Why a Cat Doctor Needs Her Own Cats

After seeing cats all day, you might think I have had enough of cats. After all I’ve stroked and palpated and listened to at least 20 cat hearts on an average day. I’ve used my trusty lint rollers over and over in a futile effort to keep from becoming a person wearing...

How Can You Help Your Vet?

 When you bring your pet to your veterinarian, there are two important parts to your visit. A careful exam is very important, but so is a thorough history. My 30-minute (instead of 15 minute) appointments really help me. When your veterinarian is asking you questions,...

Acupuncture, Arthritis and Cats

 While I am primarily a Western cat doctor who does patient exams, interprets lab-work and x-rays, and performs surgery and dental procedures like most other veterinarians, I do have an Eastern side. One of my favorite tools for healing isn’t a drug or a surgical...

Alphabet Soup

 I’m always amazed by all the initials and abbreviations pertaining to veterinary medicine. AVMA, AAHA, AAFP, VMB, DVM, CVA, RVT, and so on and so on…. If you have ever wondered what these abbreviations stand for, today’s your lucky day; you’re about to find...

Why I Love My Cat Doctor Team – Part two

Last month I explained why I love my receptionists and veterinary assistants. This month, I’m going to finish my love letter with a description of my lab supervisor, registered veterinary technicians, operations coordinator and human resources coordinator/bookkeeper....

Why I love My Cat Doctor Team – Part One

I’ve been a veterinarian for 32 years, and a Cat Doctor for 22 years. One of the many positives of founding my own practice, The Cat Doctor & Friends, is getting to choose the team I work with. I’ve been taking stock of my life lately – yes, late middle age can...

Kitten Milestones – Part two of two

 Continuing from last month’s article on Kitten milestones… Walking, Running, and Jumping Over the first six weeks, they progress from not being able to walk to walking, running, hopping, and jumping.  By eight weeks they are able to execute every move we expect from...

What Can Your Cat’s Behavior Tell You?

 Cats can seem quite mysterious at times, but after 32 years as a veterinarian (22 years seeing cats exclusively), I’ve come to some conclusions about what certain behaviors/changes can mean. For example, if your cat has always been “good” about using his or her...