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Cat Malignant Histiocytoma

…also occur in cats.Treatment Options Your initial visit to your veterinarian will include x-rays, ultrasound and a variety of blood tests. The x-rays will allow the vet to visualize the mass in the mediastinum and also the potential for lung involvement. Enlargement or malformation of the other potentially affected organs can also be seen on x-ray. These would include a cat’s liver, lungs and even spleen. By aspirating fluids from the affected…

Cat Congestive Heart Failure

The job of a cat’s heart is to pump blood to its entire body. Any abnormality in the heart can decrease its ability to perform that task. When the function of the heart is compromised, fluid can accumulate in the lungs and other body cavities. This is what congestive heart failure is. Causes in Cats • If a cat is born with a congenital defect, it can lead to CHF • Any degeneration of the valves of the heart • • Cardiomyopathy, which is a disease…

Cat Difficulty Breathing

…situation for your cat. Your veterinarian needs to see your cat as soon as possible. A thorough history should be provided. This will include when the symptoms began, the general state of your cat’s health and whether some trauma may have occurred. Your veterinarian will listen closely to your cat’s chest to check for heart murmurs or the possibility of some fluid in the lungs. She will also observe closely, the cats breathing patterns.…

Cat Heartworms

…adult cat that is otherwise in good health and whose infestation is not severe, can recover from heartworm without veterinary treatment practices. It is important, however, that your cat maintain a regular check up every six months with your local veterinary clinic. Cortisone can be used for lung disease and medications to prevent vomiting and excessive coughing can be given as well. When the case is more severe, however, then IV fluids, oxygen…

Cat Heart Disease

…extremities. Many forms of heart disease involve changes in the hearts structure which affect its ability to pump blood effectively. This can cause inadequate blood supply to the bodys organs and can result in the accumulation of fluid in the lungs and abdomen. While heart disease in dogs typically involves problems with the heart valves, heart disease in cats is generally related to changes in the actual heart muscle. As result, feline heart…

Cat Larynx and Trachea Cancer

…mouth. In extreme cases a cat can also become cyanotic, (gums and other mucous membranes turn blue) and collapse.Procedures for diagnosis Laboratory tests will be performed by your veterinarian. Initially a CBC will be done along with a chemical profile. Urinalysis will also be done. Ordinarily your vet will also take x-rays of the neck and chest. These procedures will normally be followed by acquiring a sample of the fluids in the lungs. Under…

Cat Ovarian Tumors

cat is intact. The most common tumor of the ovaries is carcinoma. Ovarian tumors are rare in cats. It is felt that this is due to spaying rather than specific health or environmental issues. Most will appear in older cats.Signs and Symptoms *Stay alert to any changes in your cat’s heat cycle *Hair loss may be evident *The breast may become enlarged *The uterus can become infected *Your female cat adopting more and more male behaviorisms *Fluid in

Cat Prostatic Tumor

…nodes in the back of the pelvis in the lower lumbar area, the lungs and liver are also areas that are frequently involved. The prognosis is always poor. Although the rate of prostate disease is rare in cats, it is always bad. It can affect any breed of cat but is primarily a disease of senior cats. Neutered and non-neutered cats are equally likely to have .Signs and Symptoms Some of the first things you may notice in your cat are blood in the…

Cat Spleen Cancer

…physical examination of your cat. Blood will be drawn to determine blood loss or abnormal cells. A urinalysis will be obtained. While x-ray may reveal the mass, ultrasound will most likely be used to perform a needle biopsy. X-rays of your cat’s chest will be done to determine if there is any metastasis in the lungs. An echocardiogram may also be done to see if there is fluid around the heart.Treatment Options If your cat has been found to have a…

Cat Lymphoma Cancer

…Alimentary Form In this form, the digestive tract, intestines and surrounding lymph nodes are affected. Affected cats will suffer loss of appetite, and vomiting. They will also have a palpable mass in the abdomen and a rather rough coat.The Cranial Mediastinal Form This affects the chest cavity, thymus and surrounding nymph nodes. It is common in young cats and kittens. Symptoms include severe respiratory distress and fluid in the pleural…

Cat Intracranial Neoplasia

…located in the sensory motor region or the frontoparietal area. With visual changes, involvement of the optic nerve may be evident. Each sensory loss indicates a tumor in a different area of the brain.Diagnosis Laboratory tests such as chemistry panels, urinalysis and hemogram are initially performed. X-rays are only useful if the tumors are in the nasal cavity or the skull and extend into the cat’s brain. Some analysis of cerebrospinal fluid

Cat Metastatic Neoplasia

…spread from another part of the cat’s body. Many tumors metastasize to the lymph nodes and lungs. Metastasis can actually occur in any organ of the cat’s body. The metastasis is usually spread through the cat’s lymphatic system or their blood stream. The prognosis will depend on the location of the primary tumor and where in the body metastasized to.Signs and Symptoms Your cat should be observed for any changes in their normal activity or health.…

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