Cats are subtle when they are sick and our doctors know this. When trying to find out what is wrong, we start with a detailed review of medical history and a thorough physical exam. From this information, we will discuss our area concerns, and discuss the best next step for your cat. Regardless of what we are facing, our focus is going to be ensuring that your cat is stable and comfortable, and finding out what's wrong.
If you cat’s medical condition warrants a stay in our hospital, or if they need a place to spend the day to recover from surgery or as part of a drop-off physical exam, we have cozy kennels where they can be monitored and cared for.
As part of our dedication to cat health, our doctors are trained in emergency feline medicine. Although we strive to stay on schedule, life threatening emergencies always take priority and we appreciate your understanding in these situations. In cases where your cat requires more intensive care, after-hour and critical care services are done in cooperation with area emergency care facilities.
What constitutes a feline medical emergency? Some of the most common emergency situations we treat are:
Not being able to pee: This can indicate a urethral blockage. If left untreated, urine backs up into the kidneys (causing kidney damage) and will ultimately lead to a fatal electrolyte imbalance.
Breathing difficulties: These can occur in cases of trauma, an asthma attack, or if fluid (from heart failure or cancer) has built up in the chest.
Lily or antifreeze poisoning: Any part of the lily plant or antifreeze are acute kidney toxins and will cause kidney failure within a few days.
Foreign body ingestion.
Hypoglycemic crisis: If too much insulin is given (either by over dose, double dosing, or because the cat is going into remission), then blood sugar levels can drop down to fatal levels.
Prolonged anorexia: If a cat does not eat then they can start to develop severe liver complications.