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5/30/20 "My cat’s lips are swollen. It happened suddenly. I am concerned. She was okay yesterday and as far as I can tell nothing has happened since then. She is allowed outside into the backyard which is enclosed. What do you think caused it?" - PoC
2/19/2020 "An unusual theory ultimately warrants skepticism under further research is conducted" "For now, their hypothesis is just that: a hypothesis—one that has yet to be rigorously tested, as Wayne Thomas, an allergy expert at the University of Western Australia who wasn’t involved in the study, tells Natalie Parletta at the Guardian. Until that happens, some skepticism is warranted." - Smithsonian Magazine
2/7/2020 "About one in ten people are allergic to domestic cats. This is because of a protein, the allergen Fel d 1, in their saliva which is deposited on their fur, which dries and floats off into the environment as cat dander. It’s a remarkably problematic aspects of our relationship with domestic cats." - PoC
2/3/2020 "Since we’ve opened some dialog regarding your pet’s nutrition, we should also discuss allergies since a good number of animals suffer from them. Just like humans, pets can also develop allergic reactions to food or things they come in contact with in their environment. There are allergy tests using analysis of blood, saliva or hair; but their accuracy is not really proven." - The Daily Journal
2/2/2020 "Too many people apply anti-flea pesticides to their cats and dogs as soon as they see them scratching. That can make the animals ill, or even kill them, and may not have been warranted in the first place. There are other reasons why animals start to scratch themselves and lick and groom excessively." -
1/3/2020 "If you're an animal lover that suffers from pet allergies, you're not alone. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as three out of every ten people in the U.S. suffer from pet allergies. Of those, allergic reactions to cats are some of the most common. In fact, it’s estimated that cat allergies are about twice as common as those caused by dogs." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
12/28/2019 "It started one day when I thought my dog was drooling on me. "Gross, Dakota," I said as I got up to wipe my arm. But then, as I sat back down next to my Siberian husky, I realized that it wasn't drool, but was her nose that was dripping, like she had a cold." - Popsugar
12/9/2019 VIDEO: "With the warmer weather approaching, it’s common for your dog (and sometimes cat) to suffer from allergies. The sooner you become aware of allergy symptoms, the sooner you can take action! First, look out for head shaking, paw licking, and excessive scratching around the flanks. The goal is to get your pet to the doctor BEFORE secondary skin infections set in." - NewsChannel20
12/5/2019 "It started one day when I thought my dog was drooling on me."Gross, Dakota, I said as I got up to wipe my arm. But then, as I sat back down next to my Siberian husky, I realized that it wasn't drool, but was her nose that was dripping, like she had a cold. I made a mental note to pay extra close attention to her during the next day or so to see if she was, in fact, not feeling well or if it was just a fluke." - Popsugar
11/24/2019 "Dear Dr. Fox: My cat Moxie is a 4-year-old neutered, flea-free indoor cat. At age 6 months, he began to chew and scratch and lose hair. After a diet change, which made no difference, a blood test found him allergic to wool, cotton, grass and people. For more than a year, I gave him shots for the allergies, and he also received steroid shots as necessary during that time. The allergy shots made no difference, and were difficult to give." - Journal Now
11/15/2019 "Christiane Panis is so allergic to cats that she usually wears a mask when she combs her cat’s fur. “When I cough, it’s terrible. Day and night for six months. It’s unbearable,” Panis said. She considers the cat a beloved family member and rejected suggestions she give the cat away because of her allergies. Now, Swiss researchers say they’ve developed a vaccine given to cats that could stop allergies in people." - 3CBS Philly
11/15/2019 VIDEO: "Cat allergies could soon be a thing of the past. Researchers say a medical breakthrough that involves a vaccine given to cats could actually keep allergic people from sneezing. Swiss researchers say they've developed a vaccine given to cats that could stop allergies in people." - WGME
10/23/2019 "Q: I heard about a new food for cats that will reduce human allergies to them. Is that really available? A: The short answer is that a product like that is in the works and may be available within the year. That’s huge for people who love cats but are allergic to them, as well as for cats in shelters who need homes." - GoErie.com
10/25/2019 CAUTION: GRAPHIC IMAGES: "For anyone with medical issues related to the weather, we can simply go to the nearest pharmacy and pick up medication. If one doesn’t work, we have an array to choose from so that we can comfortably settle back into life. But for one cat suffering from severe allergies in North Carolina, it took more than a year to find relief from her environment!" - Cole and Marmalade
7/7/20 "The summer poses a major threat to dogs and cats when it comes to heartworm disease. That’s because the disease is transmitted by mosquitos and if an animal is not vaccinated or medicated, serious problems can happen, even death for cats, dogs, and ferrets.
Heartworm disease causes severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage." - 9and10NEWS
6/8/20 "When it comes to heartworms, cats may be overlooked but they’re certainly not immune. Here’s what you need to know about feline heartworm disease."
As summer arrives and temperatures rise, conversations and quarterly promotions in veterinary clinics shift once again to preventing a difficult and deadly disease. And while dog owners are usually familiar with heartworm disease and the importance of prevention, cat owners may be unaware that the disease can affect their pet at all." - dvm360
Thanks to better care, pets are living longer now than they ever have before – but as pets get older, they need extra care and attention.
Regular veterinary examinations can detect problems in older pets before they become advanced or life-threatening, and improve the chances of a longer and healthier life for your pet." - American Veterinary Medical Association
3/8/2020 "Cats are very skilled at hiding health problems, sometimes to the point where you don’t discover an illness until it’s almost too late. If he’s sleeping a lot more than usual, not eating as well, not playing or jumping, or simply hiding more, there’s a good chance he could have a medical problem." - WVNews
7/7/20 "Research published by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's (CDC) Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) journal found cat-scratch disease -otherwise known as cat-scratch fever, is more prominent in southern states like Tennessee. Researchers with the Oak Ridge Insititute for Science and Education and the CDC examined data from 2005-2014 to identify atypical responses to cat-scratch disease." - FOX17NASHVILLE
12/30/2019 VIDEO: “This is the name of the disease that people get from their cat. Cats do not get scratch fever, people get it. The most common but not the only way cats transmit the disease to people is through cat scratches, thus the name cat scratch fever." - NTV
11/4/2019 "Cat scratches can exceptionally rarely cause a serious illness by allowing Group A streptococci bacteria on the skin to enter the bloodstream. Countless millions of people, brilliant cat guardians to ailurophobes, have been scratched by domestic cats without anything to concern them except for slight discomfort and a bit of blood. I have always considered cat scratches as a passing minor hazard in caring for a cat." - PoC
12/1/2019 "Cats are generally docile, but they can be unpredictable and occasionally bite or scratch people for no good reason. Numerous diseases can be transmitted this way from cats to humans. Infections following cat puncture wounds are relatively common, and up to 80 percent of cat bites become infected." - Emergency Medicine News
10/18/2019 "Getting the odd scratch from your pet is something every cat owner is used to, but do you know the risks that these scratches can carry? In some cases, your feline pet giving you a scratch or bite can have greater consequences than a mild itch, and this is due to a disease carried by around half of cats at some point in their life." - TheScarboroughNews
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