Cat Eye Discharge

Eye discharge in cats

At a glance

Eye discharge is an excessive amount of discharge from the eye, which can be crusty, mucousy or watery. It is always a sign of an underlying issue and can affect one eye or both eyes.

Causes:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Foreign body
  • Cat flu
  • Blepharitis
  • Stye
  • Dry eye
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Uveitis
  • Allergy

Treatment:

The goal of treatment is to find and treat the underlying cause.

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Bland Diet For Cats With Vomiting and Diarrhea

The purpose of putting a cat on a bland diet is to allow the decrease of peristalsis, the contraction of the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, and allow it to rest and heal before introducing more difficult to digest foods. Your veterinarian may recommend a cat be put on a bland diet after a recent bout of sickness affecting his gastrointestinal tract, has a medical condition that causes nausea, or needs easily digestible food.

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Cat Weight – Is My Cat Underweight or Overweight

There are several possible causes of weight loss or gain in cats, including medical conditions and overfeeding/underfeeding.

As the cause can be caused by a disease or dietary, it is important that you seek the advice of your veterinarian to determine the cause. The vet will do a complete physical examination, obtain a medical history from you, ask questions about diet, what food, how much, how often, and possibly take blood and urine samples for testing.

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Zyrtec (Cetirizine) For Cats

At a glance

  • Drug Name: Cetirizine HCI
  • Common names: Zyrtec, Reactine
  • Drug Type: Second-generation antihistamine
  • Used For: Pruritis (itching) associated with hives, insect bite reactions, atopic dermatitis and eosinophilic granuloma complex
  • Species: Humans, cats, dogs, horses
  • Administered: Tablet

What is Zyrtec?

Zyrtec (cetirizine) is a second-generation antihistamine that can treat allergy-related symptoms in cats. Antihistamines work by blocking the effects of histamine on certain cells within the body. When a cat has an allergic response, mast cells and basophils release histamine which binds to cells containing H1 receptors. Four types of receptors have been identified so far.

  • H1 – Located in the smooth muscles, lining of blood vessels and airways.
  • H2 – Found in the stomach cells and stimulates the secretion of stomach acid.
  • H3 – Located in the neurons of the brain, influences neurotransmission.
  • H4 – Found in the bone marrow and white blood cells, responsible for immune response.

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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

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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Quick Guide to Tapeworm Treatments for Cats

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

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) from 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

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 a 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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