May Newsletter: An update from CCC
Heartworm...Is your cat protected?
Heartworm is typically considered a dog disease, but did you know it affects cats too?  

Anywhere dogs get heartworm, cats can too. Heartworm is very prevalent in Wisconsin!  It is reported that there will be 10 positive cats for every 100 positive dogs. Cats are infected by mosquitos that can carry the heartworm larvae. 

It is much more difficult to diagnose heartworm in cats than dogs.  Signs of heartworm can be very subtle OR very dramatic.  Symptoms may include coughing, asthma-like attacks, periodic vomiting, lack of appetite, or weight loss.  Occassionally an affected cat may have difficulty walking, experience fainting or seizures, or suffer from fluid accumulation in the abdomen. Unfortunately, the first sign in some cases is sudden collapse of the cat, or sudden death. 

Since there is no approved treatment for heartworm in cats, PREVENTION is the best medicine.  Monthly preventatives, like topical Revolution or oral Heartgard are recommended. Even cats that do not experience the outdoors have a small risk if a mosquito carrying the larvae ventures in the home.  Therefore, we recommend using a preventative regardless of "indoor" or "outdoor" status.  The American Heartworm Society recommends that ALL cats be on year round heartworm prevention. 

We are always happy to discuss what is best for your cat's lifestyle! Please call, email, or bring your questions to your next appointment. 
New Guidelines on Feline Thyroid Disease               

Just like many people combat thyroid disease, it is also an illness that we diagnose and manage frequently in cats.  Feline hyperthyroidism is increasing in prevalenc e and is now the most common endocrine disorder in middle-aged and older cats, occurring in about 10% of US feline patients over ten years old.  

On May 3, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) released "The Guidelines for the Management of Feline Hyperthyroidism" in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. This provides all veterinary clinics a more standardized way of diagnosing hyperthroidism.  It also helps guide owners with all the options for treating the disease.  

Our routine senior screening panels have always included serum thyroid hormone, which allows detection of elevated "T4" levels at an early stage in the disease.  If we can detect thyroid disease before cats are showing symptoms, then we can begin treatment to avoid complications of the illness.

If your cat is showing symptoms such as weight loss, ravenous appetite, vomiting or loose stool, haircoat changes, or changes in behavior, thyroid disease should be considered. Or, if you are interested in learning more about all of the options for treatment of your already diagnosed cat...please give us a call.

The AAFP provides a helpful client brochure for more detailed information.

**Free Newly Adopted Cat Wellness Exam**
To thank you for adopting a cat in need of a home and to help get your new familty member off to the right start, Cat Care Clinic is offering a
free first Wellness Exam to all kittens and adult cats within a week of adoption.  Please mention this offer and bring all adoption records and information 
on your new family member  (and your list of questions!).  
*does not include any vaccines, fecal tests, or medications if needed

Congrats to our latest winner of a FREE YEAR 
(shown with her sister, Margot)

What Makes Boarding at Cat Care Clinic Unique?

* Feline-Only means no sight, sound, smell, or STRESS of dogs
* Highly trained loving staff checks on cats at least twice daily and will notify a doctor of any change in food or water consumption, weight changes, any vomiting, diarrhea, or behavioral changes.  If after hours, one of our veterinarians is on call 24/7 to determine what your cat needs.
* Food and water consumption and weight are measured daily
* Expert feline staff to administer medications, subcutaneous fluids, or other needs
* Daily exercise, love, and play depending on your cat's personality and needs
* Purrsonalized, loving cat care in a warm quiet environment. 
* Call us for more information, or to come see the different options for your kitty to stay with us.

Coming Soon...Royal Canin Therapeutic Treats!
We're excited for the arrival of treats from Royal Canin made specifically for our patients with special dietary needs.  Coming in June:

Urinary Health Treats, with S/O index
Hydrolyzed Treats, for cats with food sensitivities
Gastrointestinal, highly digestible to support digestive health
Satiety, Low Calorie with S/O index
and Original

As always, thank you for letting us be a part of cats' care!
Kat Luther, DVM
Carrie Bunger, DVM
Ilona Rodan, DVM, DABVP

 And the rest your feline loving team at Cat Care Clinic