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Articles by Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (feline)

Coughing and wheezing cats: Diagnosis and treatment of feline asthma (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

Lower respiratory tract disease produces typical clinical signs in cats, including chronic cough and wheeze as well as dyspnea that may have a sudden onset.1 Owners may report an increase in respiratory rate (>30-40 breaths per minute), increased expiratory effort and lethargy. Clinical signs may be mild to severe and may be chronic or intermittent.

How to get the most from the feline physical examination – Lessons learned from cats (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

Cats are masters at hiding illness, so that clinicians must become expert at uncovering illness with a thorough medical history and feline-specific physical examination. Obtaining a medical history is easier than ever in today's electronic world. Clinicians can take advantage of multimedia tools to collect information, ranging from an email containing a basic signalment to videos of a particular behavior.

Feline blood types: What you need to know and why (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

There are three well-known, clinically important blood groups in cats: A, B, and AB.1-2 Despite the nomenclature, the antigens in the feline AB blood group are not serologically related to the human ABO blood group antigens.

Feline obesity: Dietary therapy and beyond (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2010

It has been estimated that at 25 to 33% of cats are either overweight or grossly obese, with the highest rates seen in middle-aged cats. Yet the 2003 AAHA Compliance Study (The Path to High-Quality Care) found that veterinarians are significantly under diagnosing feline obesity. Owners also may not recognize when their cat is overweight, nor be aware of the associated health risks. Obesity should be the easiest disorder to diagnose, but it is also one of the hardest to treat.

Testing kittens for FeLV and FIV (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2008

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are retroviruses that represent two of the most important infectious diseases of cats worldwide.

Feline herpesvirus and calicivirus infections: What's new? (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2008

Acute and chronic upper respiratory tract disease caused by feline herpesvirus (FHV) and feline calicivirus (FCV) is well known to practitioners.

Feline stomatitis/gingivitis: How frustrating is that? (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2008

In a recent survey of the health status of over 31,000 dogs and over 15,000 cats examined at veterinary practices in the United States, the most commonly reported disorders were dental calculus (20.5% prevalence in dogs; 24.2% in cats) and gingivitis (19.5% prevalence in dogs; 13.1% in cats).

Designing kitten wellness programs (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2008

Kittens make up a significant proportion of the patient population in both general small animal and feline specialty practices.

Medicating cats: Transdermal drugs and more (Proceedings)

Aug 1, 2008

Long term administration of oral medications can be problematic in cats.

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