Cat Health Issues–These Cat Medical Issues Must be Discussed

Cat Health Issues – There are certain cat medical issues that must be discussed.

This blog has talked about these dog health issues very frequently.  But I have only mentioned these cat medical issues in passing. 

Preventable cat diseases and other cat medical issues are on the rise.  And there is a reason for that. 

Cats are not being taken to their veterinarian for their periodic checkups.  At least, these vet visits are on the decline.

In fact, cats are taken for vet regular visits far less than dogs.  Quite frankly, I don’t know why that is happening.  Cats need those examinations just like dogs.

Many cat health issues can be completely avoided by the shots and vaccinations provided by these examinations.  Some untreatable diseases could have been detected by a veterinarian before it became critical.

I read a good article on the topic on the rise of cat medical issues.  It is entitled “Cats Are Medically Underserved.”   The author is Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM.

Ms. Hohenhaus lists three of the important cat medical issues that are on the rise.  Here is an important quote from the article: 

1. Rabies in cats is increasing.
In a recently published survey in the
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association of rabies cases in the United States, the occurrence of rabies declined in all wildlife and domestic dogs, but in cats, rabies increased. Rabies presents a double whammy: it is fatal in cats and poses a huge health risk for the cat’s family members.  The good news is rabies is safely and easily prevented by a vaccination which can be given when your cat visits her veterinarian.

2. Feline diabetes is on the rise.

The Banfield State of Pet Health 2010 report documented a 16% increase of diabetes in cats and a much higher occurrence of diabetes in cats than in dogs. The epidemic of diabetes in cats is likely linked to the increase in pet obesity. Annual wellness examinations will include measuring your cat’s body weight, and if your pussy cat is getting a little porky a weight reduction diet can be developed to help keep her from developing diabetes.

3. Dental disease has increased 10% in cats over the past 5 years.
A study from France reports in the
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry that cats have a high rate of fractured teeth with retained roots, periodontal disease and bone loss around teeth.  Every cat studied had periodontal inflammation. Cat owners can help prevent dental and periodontal disease in their cats with regular tooth brushing. Annual wellness examinations by your cat’s veterinarian can identify dental problems early, and teeth cleaning using special equipment is done with your cat under general anesthesia.

Don’t delay, call your veterinarian today. Your cat will thank you.

The complete article can be read here.

Of course, all three of these cat health issues can be avoided by regular vet visits.

I would like to hear your opinions here.  I am pretty sure that all of you take your cat for the required vet checkups.  But how do you influence other cat owners who don’t do that.  Otherwise, these cat medical issues will continue to rise.  Thanks for your input.

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