How To Identify and Treat Cat Diabetes

pet cat getting shot at vet.

We want our kitties to feel loved and pampered, so we feed them especially tasty foods and treats. We say our cats are finicky and won’t eat anything but specialty foods. Our cats aren’t fat. They’re fluffy, right?

A Fat Cat Could Become a Sick Cat

It’s rare to find type 1 diabetes in cats, but it’s increasingly common to find type 2 in house cats. The main cause of diabetes is diet, although age can be a factor. Your senior cat might not be overweight but could still develop diabetes. Unneutered male cats, eight years of age and older, are also at high risk for developing the disease.

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Pet Obesity and What You Can Do

pet dog sitting outside.

Virtually no one sets out with the intention of having an overweight dog or cat. With over half of our country’s pets being classified as overweight or obese, though, it’s a reality for many of us. 

When it comes to your pet’s weight, however, you don’t need to feel helpless. There are so many things that you can do to prevent and reverse pet obesity, and Blue Valley Animal Hospital is ready to be your partner in the battle against the bulge. 

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The Importance of Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Veterinarian holding cat in their arms.

August 22, 2021 is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, and serves as a great reminder that cats benefit from routine examinations. Because cats age much faster than humans (and they mask symptoms), it’s essential to stay in front of any developing health conditions. While we know it’s not always easy to convince a cat to enter their travel crate, routine appointments contribute to a higher quality of life. 

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How To Keep Your Pet Safe in the Event of a Fire

Pet being rescued from fire.

No one ever expects a fire to start while they’re sleeping safely at home, but making a plan to keep your pet safe in case of a fire can literally be the difference between life or death. With these pet safety tips from Blue Valley Animal Hospital, you will know what to do with your pet in the unlikely instance of a house fire:

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Recognizing Signs of Pet Cancer

Pet health: a sick cat enjoys head scratches.

With our animal friends living longer than ever historically, the incidence of pet cancer is on the rise. While this is a bit depressing, the good news is that with better pet wellness care and advancements in veterinary medicine, your team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is more prepared than ever to do battle with pet cancer when it occurs. 

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There’s a Fungus Among Us and It’s Called Ringworm

A dog bites at its leg.

Unlike parasites with a similar sounding name like hookworms and tapeworms, ringworm is actually a fungal infection that can infect domesticated animals like dogs. A dog can get infected with ringworm from simply touching a contaminated item like a rug, which is why it is important to know the signs of this infection so you can get the medical attention you need to clear it up.

Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants to help you avoid issues with ringworm for your dogs. Here’s what you need to know about this fungal infection:

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Brushing A Cat’s Teeth: Why and How it Should be Done

A black cat gets its teeth brushed.

Like humans, cats’ teeth need to be taken care of on a daily basis to reduce tartar and plaque buildup. In fact, the majority of cats have some form of dental disease by the time they reach the age of three. Dental disease can cause pain, tooth loss, infection, and can even shorten your cat’s lifespan if bacteria from an oral infection enters the bloodstream. 

The absolute best way to protect your pet’s oral health is by brushing their teeth daily or at least three times per week. Brushing a cat’s teeth probably sounds like an impossible task, but with the right approach (along with a healthy dose of patience and persistence) most cats can learn to accept and even enjoy toothbrushing.

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