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Drinking Problem

Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, cat health, dog health

Had to get your attention somehow!

Well, I wanted to relay some pet info after speaking with someone at a cafe the other day.  An acquaintance had an appointment for her cat to come into Alicia Pet Clinic due to increased water intake, but she ended up cancelling the appointment after one of her friends told her that there was nothing to worry about.  What a great friend!!!  Yikes.  Of course everyone has an opinion but it is so interesting to me how someone can know very little about veterinary medicine and give advice that is going to actually make things worse.  Is the friend trying to save her from spending money?  I would guess that to be the case.  In so doing, she is setting this cat owner up to continue to ignore the problem and allow it to get worse.

So, lets go over increased water intake in dogs and cats.  The list includes about 12 things but the main culprits are chronic kidney failure, diabetes, liver failure, hyperthyroidism (cats), cushing’s disease (dogs), kidney infection or urinary tract infection.  The others are uncommon and I will just leave them out of the conversation for now.  This older cat most likely will have chronic kidney failure (also known as chronic renal failure or CRF) due to the fact that it is still eating and not losing weight.  If it was losing weight and with an increased appetite, it would likely be either diabetes or hyperthyroidism.  If it had a poor appetite it could be liver disease or severe CRF.  These are the kinds of things that you don’t want to allow to continue to progress without treatment.  I have seen very good success in the last year with using benazapril in the early kidney failure cats to slow down the progression of disease.  There are many other treatments possible for the cats with chronic kidney failure if they start to have symptoms other than increased water intake.

Bottom line: Bring in the pet with increased water intake!  Delaying a diagnosis and the resulting management of the disease can take a lot of time off of your pet’s life and end up limiting the treatment options available.  After a physical examination of the kitty is performed, labwork will be submitted for analysis which will likely reveal the problem.  Its a pretty simple diagnosis to make in most cases and usually will not break the bank.  It always frustrates me to hear stories like this one because there is so much that we can do to help these little guys age more gracefully and avoid getting really sick really fast.

You can read more about increased drinking in cats here.

You can read more about increased drinking in dogs here.

You can read more about chronic kidney failure in cats here.

Dr. Matthew Wheaton


What I Want For Christmas

Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, pet rescue

As the big day moves upon me with the speed of a herd of wildebeast, I find myself thinking about all the stuff I have going on in my life. Its pretty crazy right now. Cool thing is, most of the stuff that is making it crazy is good stuff…I think. The veterinary hospital is really moving to the new location! I handed in our plans for final approval Friday afternoon and will be able to pull the permit January 4th most likely. Then its off to the races for the construction crew. The new place is gonna be soooo cool! I just can’t wait to be in there. Everything is being designed to keep all the different people and all the pets happy. So, we have roomy runs for the dogs for boarding, sweet cat condos with a view of the salt water aquarium for the kitties, a calming reception area for the clients with much bigger exam rooms, and the rest is for us. The back half of the hospital will have everything the staff needs to do their job well, without breaking their bodies in the process. Plus we get to do the right thing by not adding any bacteria to the world with the crazy exercise area in the back that is tied directly into the sewer. I’m super excited about everything coming to fruition. Finally.

The other half of the craziness is what we are doing with the old place when we leave. We started a non-profit and are turning the old facility into a pet rescue center. What is a pet rescue center? Well, we will be working with the local rescue groups to find great homes for dogs and cats more efficiently. The animals that we will house there will be mostly from high-kill shelters and will be taken care of until they are adopted from The Pet Rescue Center (PRC.) My wife, Blythe, is going to be in charge of the fundraising and Josh Lanting will be the day-to-day operations manager. We are in the process of getting all the details figured out and have started the fundraising effort because we need to have Josh working his butt off starting in January. Donations can be made through paypal at our website: www.thepetrescuecenter.org.

So, What I want for Christmas is a little calm and relaxation with the knowledge that things are all gonna turn out great. I plan to be working harder than ever on these two projects next year and I am so excited about putting my effort into such worthy causes. I’ve thought for a long time about how to give back to the community. I have been waiting to have extra money to donate to a worthy cause and it looks like I will have to wait a long time for that to happen. I just decided to create a worthy cause instead and sink my time into it instead of my money (hopefully.) So far I have sunk a ton of time and money into it, but I hope to have other people step up and pitch in financially so that we can all make this thing go. My dream would be to have the PRC take off so well that in 5 years we are looking to move to a much larger facility. We will see.

For now I will sign off with the hope that you all have (had) a great Christmas and New Year celebration.

Dr. Matthew Wheaton

Alicia Pet Care Center

Co-Founder of The Pet Rescue Center

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