The AVMA Board of Directors has endorsed a document recommending that cats not intended for breeding be spayed or neutered prior to five months of age. The document has also has been endorsed by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Association of Shelter Veterinarians, American Animal Hospital Association, Winn Foundation, Catalyst Council, Cat Fancier’s Association, and The International Cat Association. Visit the AVMA@Work blog to learn more about the Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization Recommendations for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery.
Veterinarian Sarah Kanther administered vodka intravenously to a convulsive, hypothermic 1-year-old cat found outside a tire shop after ultrasound scans showed the cat had renal damage, probably from drinking antifreeze. The same enzymes that metabolize antifreeze also break down the ethanol in vodka, and the cat is recovering, Dr. Kanther says.
Pets’ allergies often get worse as the weather warms, and a veterinary exam may be in order for pets that excessively lick, chew or bite themselves, shake their heads, rub their faces, overgroom, vomit, lose more hair than usual or demand more scratching than usual, says veterinarian Amelia White of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “Typical tests might include skin cytology and skin scraping, a skin biopsy or an intradermal, or skin, allergy test,” Dr. White said.
Tennessee veterinarians are seeing a growing number of cats with bobcat fever, a virus transmitted by ticks from bobcats to domestic cats, says veterinarian Frankie Locklar. The disease is painful and fatal in pet cats, and Dr. Locklar recommends using tick repellent on cats, even if they live indoors.