Ask the Doctor!
posted: Aug. 04, 2020.
Q: My cat is not grooming anymore. What is wrong?
A: There can be several possibilities. Arthritis is a major cause because it hurts them to bend around to groom. Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Liver Disease, and others can cause your cat to feel unwell enough to stop grooming. An exam is a great place to start to find out what's going on.
Q: My dog is dribbling urine. Does she have a urinary tract infection?
A: Urinary tract infections are a common problem that can cause this. We also see cases where incontinence, urinary stones, and arthritis can cause this. We have options for treatment that can help.
Q: My bird is picking out his feathers. What's going on?
A: The most common cause of feather picking is anxiety and stress, but they can also do this because of underlying organ disease. We must first check for underlying disease and if he checks out ok, we can recommend therapies such as environmental enrichment, calming oil diffusers, anti-anxiety medication, and other options.
Q: My cat is losing weight but is eating a lot. Why is she doing that?
A: The three most common diseases in cats that can do this are: Diabetes, Hyperthyroidism, and Kidney Disease. There are other possible issues we would want to rule out also, which we can check for with a blood test.