Cedar Bark Festival

The City of Cedar Park Parks & Recreation Dept. present the the Cedar Bark Festival.  Bring the pets out to Veteran’s Memorial Park on Saturday April 19, 2014 between 10 am and 2 pm.

Come by our booth and meet Dr. Hill and help support the the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.

Why Do Cats Puke So Much?

I’ve always pondered why we cat owners are so tolerant of cat vomit. I mean, if you vomited once a week for years, wouldn’t you go to a medical doctor? If your dog vomited once a week all his life, chances are you’d take him to a veterinarian sooner than later. So why is it that we cat owners tolerate cat puke so much more? Maybe we’re blaming frequent vomiting on hair balls, but if your cat is puking that often and there isn’t any hair in the puke, think again. There may actually be a medical cause for all that vomit.

If your cat is vomiting up hair balls, you’ll see Kitty actively retching (with her stomach heaving) and having what we vets grossly call a productive vomit. In other words, she’ll bring up some bile (yellow-tinged fluid), undigested food, or hair. That said, retching or vomiting can also mimic other problems, such as something stuck in the mouth, throat, or esophagus. If the vomit is nonproductive (i.e., nothing comes out), your cat may be coughing instead, which is a classic sign of asthma. Regardless, if you find your cat doing either more than once or twice a month, something more serious may be going on that warrants a trip to the veterinarian. Chest and abdominal x-rays, some basic blood work, and a sterile lung fluid wash (also called an endotracheal lavage) should be done to rule out asthma. Before you blame Kitty for ruining your Persian carpet, make sure you aren’t missing a medical problem!

From: PetInsurance.com

Dental Health

The month of February is national pet dental month.  This is a great time to come in for an oral exam to help you determine your pets dental health status.  If dental work is recommended we can generate an estimate for your consideration.  We are also offering 15% discount for dental work for the month of February.  So now is the time to stop procrastinating about your pets bad breath and jump and get their teeth clean and healthy.  For more information on dental health, check out Dr. Hill’s Newsletter here.

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