Quick Guide to Tapeworm Treatments for Cats

Quick guide to cat tapeworm products

Product/active ingredients Type/Frequency of dosage Parasites Treated Notes Drontal (Praziquantel and Pyrantel) Tablets. Tapeworm, roundworm and hookworm. Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats and kittens over 8 weeks. Aristopet (Praziquantel  and Pyrantel) Tablets. Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. 8 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females. Droncit (praziquantel) Tablets or injection … Read more

Ear Mites in Cats

Ear mites under a microscope

What are ear mites?

Ear mites are a common spider-like external parasite which causes significant discomfort to the cat. Although the name would suggest otherwise, ear mites can live on any part of the body although they generally live in the ear canal of cats. They are the most common cause of otitis externa (inflammation of the outer ear canal) in cats.

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Kitten Vaccination Schedule

Kitten vaccination schedule

Vaccinations are a way of preventing disease by introducing a weakened or killed form of the disease-causing organism. This stimulates an immune response which helps prevent the animal (or human) developing the full-blown disease should it be exposed to the pathogen in the future. The most common vaccination in the cat is known as F3 or FCRVP; this is commonly referred to as F3 and is a core vaccine.

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Bladder Infection in Cats

Bladder infection in cats

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The bladder is a hollow organ in the abdomen which collects and stores urine.

Cystitis is the inflammation or infection of the bladder, so you may see cystitis, bacterial cystitis OR urinary tract infection used in place of or in conjunction with bladder infection. Most cases of cystitis are idiopathic, which means the cause can not be determined. Bacterial infection of the cat’s bladder is less common in cats than it is in dogs. E-Coli is the most common bacteria to infect the bladder.

There are different types of UTI depending on the location of the infection.

  • Cystitis – Infection of the bladder
  • Urethritis – Infection of the urethra
  • Pyelonephritis – Infection of the kidneys

Bladder infections are thought to develop when bacteria around the anus ascend into the urethra and the bladder.

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How To Safely Remove Fleas From Newborn Kittens

Treating fleas on newborn kittens

 

Medically reviewed by Dr Sam Kovac BVSc (Merit) Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic

Fleas are a common external parasite which feeds on the blood of their host. Their flattened body, hard exoskeleton and backward-facing hairs allow the flea to burrow through the fur to the skin where they feed on the host’s blood using specialised mouthparts. Young kittens are at risk because of their small size and blood volume, which puts them at risk of anemia (low red blood cell count). Most flea products are toxic to very young kittens and cannot be used until 6-8 weeks.

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