See the Worm Squirm

Below you will see the image of an intestinal round worm that has come from a patient of mine - I have seen these vomited up by both indoor only and outdoor cats. On our facebook page there is a short video of a tapeworm proglottid moving around.  These are the two most common intestinal worms we see here in Nova Scotia although I do still occassionally see cats (and yes, indoor ones too) with hookworms. 

What Goes In Must Come Out - the Concern About Constipation

I just want to talk a bit about a condition that can be quite serious in cats.  We take so much for granted in life.  Eating, sleeping and going to the bathroom.  All animals require these things for survival.  What many pet owners do not realize is just how serious it can be if your cat is not passing stool on a daily basis.  

“….. but Doc, my cat isn’t constipated, he/she goes every 2-3 days….”

Until We Meet Again....

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I inform all of our friends, that we said farewell to Danny this morning.  Words cannot begin to describe this wonderful, quirky cat.

Danny came to us in 2014, as a rescue from Cape Breton, who had multiple medical issues.  He immediately had us all under his spell and we made our clinic his home.


This is a life threatening emergency in cats that is most commonly seen in males, but can also occur in females.  If you notice ANY of the following signs in your cat he/she may be blocked or becoming blocked:

1 - your cat is in and out of the litterpan frequently

2 - urine spotting on furniture, you, the floor or urinating outside the litterpan

3 - straining to urinate and/or vocalizing when trying to do so

4 - producing small amounts or no urine when voiding

5 - blood in the urine or blood spots around the house

Ho! Ho! HOLD the Tinsel!!

The Holiday Season is upon us and with it all of the decorating and celebrating that so many enjoy.  Be sure to keep your holiday Pet Safe this year.  

Here is a link to a great article about pet safety over the Holidays provided by the ASPCA.

Tick Season and Lyme's Disease

It is that season again folks and very important to be 'aware' and vigilant.

Sugar and Spice might not be Nice.... Diabetes and Cats

I am always concerned when an owner tells me their cat "drinks and urinates well" as this can be a 'red flag' that there is an underlying medical issue.  The most common causes in older cats are kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, diabetes or an infection in the urinary system.  Younger cats are more prone to urinary tract infections and/or crystals in the urine causing this although we do still see some with kidney failure or diabetes.   Less commonly, liver issues may cause these symptoms.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

No owner wants to find out that their cat has tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and/or Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV).  Today we're going to discuss FIV.  

While this virus is contagious, it does not live long outside of the hosts body and is typically transmitted through deep bite wounds.  It is important to realize that the transmission rate is low in multicat households as long as there is no fighting (bite wounds).