Is your cat shedding more than usual?

Have you noticed that your cat has been shedding more lately? Here are some of the most common reasons a cat could be experiencing increased hair loss this time of year. Seasonal. This time of year, cats can experience increased shedding due to the increased hours of daylight. Increased seasonal shedding is usually seen in spring and autumn, as the days become longer. Fleas. Fleabites can...

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Flea and Heartworm Season

Welcome to SPRING, when the fleas and ticks come out, along with the birds and flowers!  Besides being a nuisance, fleas and ticks can spread serious diseases to your pets and pose a serious risk to your cat’s health. It is time to start your cats on their monthly flea and heartworm preventative medications. We recommend that cats be protected against fleas, ticks, and heartworms during the...

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Easter Dangers for Cats

Easter Holiday Hazards for Pets was released by M. Kathleen Shaw, DVM from the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association and we wanted to be sure you read it! Easter is a time of treats and traditions, but some of these can be dangerous to your cat. Here are some tips from Dr. Shaw: “Some Easter candy may have artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, which can cause a rapid severe drop in blood...

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Fix by Five

The Marian’s Dream Fix by Five Months Program advocates that the age for spaying/neutering cats be moved back by just four to six weeks from the typical six month standard. This small change would remove the risk of unwanted litters by ensuring that these “tween” kittens will not have that accidental first “whoops” litter. A study by Andrew Rowan projected that close to 90% of...

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Dr Berger’s Pets

We thought it would be fun to give you a peek into the lives of our staff’s pets! Today Dr Berger tells us about her pets and shares some pictures!   I adopted Sugar and Matilda guinea pigs through Turtle Hill Farm Animal Sanctuary in Vermont, having been rescued from a dumpster in CT. Rocky was an orphaned 3 week old kitten that I bottle fed and raised. Toby was a stray that a...

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How To Safely Dispose of Sharps

There are some medical conditions in cats that can be controlled by the use of medicines that are only available in an injectable formula. In many cases, cat owners are willing and able to administer these medications at home. When it’s needed, many owners are unsure of how to handle the disposal of the needles, syringes, and sharps used to administer the medication. It is important for...

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Vermont Spay Neuter Low-Cost Clinic

  We have recently established Vermont Spay Neuter (VSN) – a new endeavor to provide low-cost spay and neuter services to our surrounding communities. It is the mission of VSN to help reduce the number of unwanted cats in our region.  Spaying females and neutering males is currently the most humane way to achieve our goal of controlling cat overpopulation, and by working with local...

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Why Cats Spray

We are often asked, “Why does my cat spray?”  Well, if you were a cat and you needed to mark your territory to let an intruder know that he/she was on your land, what would you do? Spray can be a mix of anal gland material and/or urine, and it carries a very potent smell that other kitties clearly understand.  We have become accustomed to calling it “inappropriate urination”...

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Obesity and our cats

Obesity is a national epidemic but not just among adults and children.  Our pets are becoming obese too.  Over 50% of the cats we see are overweight or obese.  And if adjusted for age, cats between 4 and 12 years are 70% more likely to be overweight or obese. There are several factors that come together to cause this unfortunate disease.  They include: life style changes, feeding patterns,...

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How Do Cats Get Parasites?

Many cat owners often wonder how their feline friends acquire intestinal parasites, especially when they are indoor cats. According to Veterinary Partner, cats get infected with hookworms and tapeworms by hunting prey. Even if your cat lives indoors, the ingestion of one house mouse can expose your cat to GI parasites. Cats with a flea infestation can spread cat scratch fever to children, elderly...

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