Archive for September, 2015

Taking Your Cat to the Emergency Vet

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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Accidents and illnesses happen to even the most healthy pets, and they often happen when we least expect them. Taking your cat to the emergency vet doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience, however. These four tips will help you keep your cool when your feline friend has to go to the veterinarian for emergency treatment.

  • Be prepared. The best time to prepare for a trip to the emergency vet in Vancouver WA is well before your cat needs it. Keep an up to date copy of your cat’s medical records, including vaccinations and current medications and diet, in an easily accessible location so you can grab them and go. If your cat sees us for wellness exams and general care, we already have those records, but being able to produce a copy of your pet’s records if needed is helpful in a situation where minutes matter.
  • Keep calm. Your cat can read your body language and pick up on your anxiety from your tone of voice. By keeping calm, you’ll give your cat one less reason to be upset. Not only that, but staying calm means you’re better able to assess the situation and get your cat here safely.
  • Call ahead. We’re prepared for just about every emergency your cat could have, but calling us beforehand gives us a bit of time to prepare to treat your cat’s emergency. It also gives us a chance to explain how best to transport your cat in any given circumstance.
  • Protect Yourself. Even if you have the sweetest cat in the world, he or she might act aggressively because of pain or fear. Wrapping your cat in a thick blanket or towel can protect you from scratches or bites. Take care when wrapping your cat, especially if there’s a possibility of a back or neck injury. We can guide you through the steps over the phone, if need be.

Emergencies can be hard to handle, but you aren’t in it alone. When you bring your cats to St. Francis 24 Hr. Animal Hospital, we’ll treat them like they’re our own. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Signs Your Cat Has An Urinary Tract Obstruction

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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As a pet owner it can be difficult to determine if you need to take your pet to the animal hospital. Often a situation occurs on a Sunday afternoon or holiday when you are unable to call your regular veterinarian to find out how to proceed. There are certain circumstances where you can’t just wait until the office opens. You need to take your pet to the emergency vet.

For cats, one such circumstance is when you suspect a urinary tract obstruction. In this situation a crystal or plug of mucous has lodged in the urethra and is completely obstructing the flow of urine. Unfortunately, if left untreated this is fatal for cats.

Although it is possible for this situation to occur in a female cat it is most commonly seen in male cats due to their anatomy. If your cat is showing any of the following symptoms you need to seek veterinary assistance immediately.

  • Getting in and out of the litter box repeatedly but not creating urine.
  • Urinating only a few drops.
  • Vomiting
  • Significant Pain
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness

Once you arrive at the animal hospital the veterinarian will perform a physical exam to determine if a urinary tract obstruction exists. The vet may also recommend a urinalysis or a urine culture. A procedure called a cystocentesis will likely be performed to obtain a urine sample. A needle will be inserted through the skin into the bladder.

Your cat may be put on antibiotics if an infection is identified. If a blockage is identified, the prognosis is generally good. For the long-term health of your cat a dietary change may be required. This will prevent another blockage from occurring in the future.

If you suspect a urinary tract obstruction or any other medical emergency contact us.