The End Of FIP?

Could it be over? In 1994 we lost our precious Sally to what her pathologists believed was FIP, Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Sally was only twelve when she fell ill after a dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning). She had survived with flying colors. Three days later, she was gone. Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a disease caused by […]

Funding Pet Emergencies

A recent survey by BankRate.com shows that 63% of Americans had no means to handle a $500 emergency for auto repair, or an ER visit costing $1000. It can reasonably be assumed that a $500 emergency pet illness bill would also be beyond the reach of those same Americans. That’s sad. While the Great Recession […]

Meal Schedules For Pets Eating Different Foods

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Our last column was about our new kitten, Frida Kahlo, and we promised to tell you how we met the challenge of feeding different foods to our two pets. Max, at three years of age, eats Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d for good dental health, and Frida eats Hill’s Healthy Advantage kitten formula. For many years we […]

The Randolphs Take On A New Kitty

My wife, Brenda, and I added a kitten to our household a few months ago. One night after work, I was getting gas at the Valero station in Diamondhead and I heard a screeching noise. Leaving the pump on automatic, I walked in the direction of the sound, and it stopped. I went back to […]

Three-Colored Cats Have Catitude

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BY CYNTHIA HUBERT Sacramento Bee Your tortie is temperamental? It seems you’re in good company. Veterinarians from the University of California, Davis, have discovered, in recently published research, that cats with calico and tortoiseshell coat patterns tend to challenge their human companions more often than felines whose fur is less flashy. The research backs up […]

In Case Of Emergency

“Our dog has been bleeding since last night. Can you help?” “Dr. Randolph will be in surgery for another 45 minutes. If we apply pressure to the wound can it wait, or should I call another veterinary hospital to find a doctor who can see her right away?” our receptionist asked. “It’s not that kind […]

Microhematocrit

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Hematocrit. Microhematocrit. Packed cell volume (PCV). All of these terms mean the same thing: What percentage of a patient’s blood is red blood cells (RBCs)? The pet at hand today is Plato, a cancer patient on chemotherapy who has a mass in one of his lungs. He has been bleeding, his respiratory rate has increased, […]

Anti-vaxxer Movement And Pets

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Veterinarians are concerned that the “anti-vaxxer” movement in the United States could result in more pets becoming ill. “Anti-vaxxers” are parents of children and/or pets who believe that the risks of vaccines do not outweigh the benefits of disease prevention. Epidemiologists broadly agree that the minority trend causing people to not want to vaccinate their […]

Cat Tests Positive For H3N2 Canine Influenza

As of our last Canine Influenza update, no cats had been diagnosed with laboratory-confirmed infection by the Asian form of Canine Influenza-A virus, H3N2. Since then a kitty from a shelter in New York City became ill, was tested for H3N2 and was confirmed to be positive. Another cat in the household was also ill, […]