Miliary Dermatitis in Cats

Miliary dermatitis in cats

What is miliary dermatitis?

Also called miliary eczema, papulocrusting dermatitis or scabby cat disease, miliary dermatitis is a collection of crusty skin lesions around the head, neck and back along with intense itching. It isn’t a specific disease but a disease complex.

The term miliary refers to the millet-like papules on the skin which feels similar to millet seeds.

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Cat Claw Disorders

Cat claw disorders

A cat’s claws are an amazing part of the anatomy which performs several important functions. Located at the end of each toe, the claws help the cat climb, balance, grip prey, defend against attacks from other animals and protect the toes (digits).

The claws are continually growing, with the outermost layer sloughing off every few weeks to make way for a newer, sharper claw.

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Heartworm Disease in Cats

Heartworm in cats

At a glance

About: Dirofilaria immitis are a parasitic worm which lives in the pulmonary arteries, lungs and heart of affected cats.

Transmission: Infection occurs via the mosquito who passes on the microfilaria (baby heartworms) when they feed on the cat.

Symptoms: Include difficulty breathing, coughing, gagging, exercise intolerance, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Treatment: There is no safe treatment to kill heartworms in cats. Most veterinarians monitor your cat closely and offer supportive care. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the worms.

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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 referrecd to as F3 and is a core vaccine.

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Bladder Infection in Cats

Bladder infection in cats

About

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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