Cat Health

Biochemical Profile in Cats

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Also known as ‘chemistry profile’ a  biochemical profile is a series of tests your veterinarian may wish to perform to evaluate your cat’s health.

Performed  on the clear/fluid portion of the blood. Biochemical profile tests a variety of bodily systems and can give an overall picture of how your cat’s organs are functioning.

Some measure the amount of substances in the blood such as glucose, sodium, potassium, cholesterol, others measure the activity of enzymes such as aminotransferase (ALT), creatinine etc. Continue reading

Cat Health

Ringworm in Cats – Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

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What is ringworm?   How do cats become infected?   What are the symptoms of ringworm?   How is it diagnosed?   How is it treated?   Can I catch ringworm from my cat?

 

Ringworm at a glance

  • Ringworm in cats is a highly contagious fungal infection of the skin and fur. It is contagious to cats, other pets and people.
  • Cats become infected by direct contact with an infected animal or via fungal spores which are in the environment.
  • Symptoms include circular red lesions and areas of hair loss.
  • Treatment includes oral anti-fungal drugs, medicated baths and/or medicated shampoos and dips.

Ringworm in cats

What is ringworm?

Also known as dermatophytosis (pronounced der-mato-ptosis), ringworm a common fungal infection which affects the skin, fur, and nails of cats. It is caused by a microscopic group of parasitic fungal organisms known as dermatophytes, meaning “plants that live on the skin“.

Ringworm invades the dead, outer layers of the skin, claws, and hair. The name ringworm comes from the ring like, circular lesions which develop on the cat’s skin. The fungus is more common in areas of high humidity and temperatures. Continue reading