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Chronic kidney disease in cats

Today is World Kidney Day, so today’s blog is about a very common problem we see in older cats- Chronic Kidney Disease. The kidneys’ job is to filter waste products from the blood. In cats, the kidney function deteriorates slowly over time, eventually leading to Chronic Renal Failure.

The most common and often first noticed sign is increased thirst. You may notice that your cat starts drinking from more unusual places such as taps, sinks and water butts. If your cat uses a litter tray in the house, you may see her using the tray more frequently too. Other signs can include a reduced appetite, vomiting and general malaise. 2012-04-24 14.05.36 copy

If your vet suspects kidney disease, they may suggest running a blood and urine test to confirm the diagnosis and also to check for any other problems such as an over-active thyroid or high blood pressure.

If your cat has been diagnosed with kidney failure there are many things we can do to help to slow the disease progression. The first thing we suggest is changing your cats diet to a special prescription food which helps support the kidneys. Medication can be used to treat secondary problems such as nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, poor appetite and urine infections.

Unfortunately, signs of kidney disease in cats often don’t occur until the disease is at a fairly advanced stage, so if you have any concerns about your cat’s health please give as a call to arrange an appointment with one of our vets.

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Ageing and our pets

This month we will be looking at some of the health problems that can affect our pets as they become older.

Pets over the age of 8 years old are generally considered to be ‘senior’, and require particular care. This may seem quite young, but consider this; our pets’ fast metabolism means that they age approximately 7 years for every calendar year, so an eight year old pet will have the physical condition equivalent to that of a fifty six year old person.old-dog-sitting-1545519-1279x1705

Common problems seen in older pets include-

  • Arthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Tumours
  • Heart disease
  • Eyesight problems
  • Dental problems
  • Senility
  • Liver disease
  • Overactive thyroid (in cats only)

Of course, this list is not exhaustive, and some of the problems can occur in younger animals too.

Advances in modern veterinary medicine mean that many predominantly age related illnesses can be managed successfully to maintain a good quality of life for your pet when they are diagnosed early and treated effectively.

As changes in condition can happen relatively quickly we recommend that older pets have a physical examination every six months and that some diagnostic screening of urine and/or blood is considered to establish any early signs of deterioration of internal organs, such as the heart and kidneys.

Appropriate medication, regular health monitoring, supportive therapies and understanding care from a vet who sees you and your pet regularly can help to prolong a full and active lifestyle.

 

 

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New faces at Avonvale!

Kate

Kate

Ann

Ann

There have been some exciting changes across Avonvale recently.

This month we have bid a very fond farewell to Diane, our Practice Manager who has worked for Avonvale for over 12 years. We wish her all the best in her new adventures in sunny Abu Dhabi!

We are very pleased to welcome new Practice Manager Kate Webb and administration assistant Ann to the Avonvale team.

Gemma

Gemma

Our Stratford branch going from strength to strength means we have recruited three new vets! Welcome to Lara, Gemma and Daisy. Daisy will be joining our Stratford team while Katie is on maternity leave, Gemma will be mostly at Warwick and Lara will be working across all of our surgeries.

Lara

Lara

We also welcome our new nurse Denni, who many clients at our Stratford surgery may have met already.

Denni

Denni

All our new team members are looking forward to meeting our clients and their pets over the next few weeks.

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