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    Police investigate poisoning of two cats in West Peabody

    September 10, 2012

    By Ethan FormanStaff WriterThe Salem NewsMon Sep 10, 2012, 05:00 AM EDT

    (excerpt from article)

    The veterinarians office that the police report refers to is Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn, which offers 24-hour emergency and critical care.

    Sommer Aweidah, a spokeswoman for the hospital parent company, InTown Veterinary Group, said the hospital dealt with two families who came in separately with cats suffering from renal or kidney failure after being poisoned, most likely by antifreeze. One of the owners told the vet that a third cat may have died in the neighborhood in the same way.

         At least one of the cats showed a strong positive test for ethylene glycol poisoning. The other tested negative, but it had to be put to sleep before more testing could be done, Aweidah said.

    Ethylene glycol is found in antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid and other products, Aweidah said.

    According to a veterinarian at the animal hospital, Dr. Sarah Allen, it is not the ethylene glycol that is harmful, but the metabolism of it into toxins in a cats or dogs body. Early signs of poisoning include an unsteady animal, vomiting, excessive drinking and urination, depression, twitching, and head tremors, according to the PetMD website.   A quarter of a teaspoon per kilogram can be lethal,    Allen said. Thats about the amount of one lap by a cat. The chemical has a sweet taste that attracts animals to drink it. It is harder to differentiate ethylene glycol in cats than in dogs, because often œoutdoor cats disappear and are never diagnosed. Dog owners tend to bring their pets in a little sooner.

    There is no treatment to give pets at home. If you suspect your pet is poisoned, take it to the vet right away.

        If you wait for them to get sick, the chances of saving them is less likely,   Allen said.

    Aweidah said the best way to protect a cat from antifreeze poisoning is to keep it indoors.  An outdoor cat's average life span is 5 years, while an indoor cat can easily live 20. 

    Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

     
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    Be careful with the mesh ones, I guess some cats might chew through it and escape, this one is made of metal, they have bigger ones but they're more expensive...

     
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    October 5, 2012

    Vet Connection: A little bug can cause big problems for you and your pet

    Vet Connection Dr. Elizabeth Bradt
    The Salem News

       Yesterday a dying cat was presented to our hospital. She was about 10 years old, owned by a couple that had likely never taken her to the vet before. She was dehydrated and extremely pale, lying curled up on her side unresponsive and breathing very shallow breaths and her temperature was very low. The gentleman said to his wife, dont worry, the vet will save her. Unfortunately I could not. She had to be humanely euthanized. It was heartbreaking.

    The saddest part about this cats death is that it was most likely preventable. This kitty was crawling with fleas. After she died fleas were jumping off of her like sailors off a sinking ship. They knew her lifeblood and their next meal was not flowing anymore. We had to perform an emergency flea cleanup to prevent the hospital from becoming infested.

    Fleas infest and bite mammals to obtain a blood meal. They defecate flea dirt which looks like black coffee grounds all over the skin. Since one female flea lays 2,000 eggs and they hatch out in two weeks, you can have millions of fleas infesting a home by the end of the summer. The fleas living outside die in the frost that usually occurs in October, but indoors fleas live on. Fleas will usually parasitize your pets first. If the animal leaves the household they will then start biting humans. If you have flea bites you will notice little red itchy bumps usually around your legs and ankles but they could be anywhere on your body if fleas are in your bed.

    Fleas may transmit a few diseases to people and animals. Fleas carry tapeworm larvae. If a pet chewing its fur ingests a flea it will get tapeworms. Fleas also transmit disease through biting. Bubonic plague, which is the bacteria Yersinia pestis, can be transmitted to pets and humans via flea a bite.

    Cat scratch fever or Bartonella henselae is transmitted when a flea bites a cat. Some cats will have symptoms of inflammation at the back of their mouths or inflamed eyes and severe skin lesions. Many cats exhibit no symptoms but the bug can be found in their hearts, lymph nodes, kidneys and liver. Cats can in turn infect their owners via scratches, sometimes while exhibiting absolutely no sign of infection. People can develop severe skin lesions.

    The best way to prevent these diseases is to keep your cat or dog parasite free. We no longer prevent or treat fleas with just baths and dips. Topical and oral medications are used to flight fleas these days. I do not advise choosing flea and tick preventive medicine from the pet store shelf or online store. There are some flea and tick topical products that are 30-year-old technology and are very ineffective. Other flea and tick products have the active ingredient fipronil but do not have the chemical that allows that flea preventative to be carried transdermally into the fat layer throughout the body. This makes them much less effective. There are products on the shelf that can cause cats and small dogs to have severe reactions and seizure. Consult your veterinarian about which flea and tick preventative she recommends. Your veterinarian will recommend the correct product based on your individual pets lifestyle.

    Purchasing a quality flea product from your veterinarian is often less expensive per dose than the same products from the big box stores. The complimentary doses that come with the box and the large coupon savings offered only by your veterinarian make the pricing very competitive. You can also be sure that the product is from a legitimate manufacturer and not a knock off look-alike package with questionable ingredients from an unknown source.

    If you already use flea preventative medicine its almost unimaginable that fleas could cause a cat to die. I have rarely seen that in my practice life and I hope to never see it again. Your veterinarian is dedicated to preventing disease from entering your household. That is why the veterinary hospital team discusses flea medication during your pets wellness appointment.

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    Dr. Elizabeth Bradt is a 1986 graduate of Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and is the owner of All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Salem (www.creaturehealth.com). She is a member of the American Society of Veterinary Journalists.

     
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    http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/11/13/cats/09HBQtFolxOrpZE6DjF0EK/story.html

    Another reason to keep your cat indoors.

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    MRFRS-MSPCA Sunday Feral Spay/Neuter Clinics

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    In collaboration with MSPCA Nevins Farm, we offer Sunday spay/neuter clinics for feral cats, the purpose of which is to sterilize and vaccinate as many feral cats as possible. Clinics are always held on a Sunday at Nevins Farm in Methuen and are free, though donations are welcome. Slots must be reserved in advance by emailing sundayclinic@mrfrs.org.

    Clinic treatments include: A brief examination, spay/neuter, rabies and distemper vaccines, flea and ear mite treatments, and the left ear is tipped (3/8″ is taken off the top of the ear) for identification that the cat has been sterilized and vaccinated. No other diagnostic services or treatments are given. Tests for FIV and Feline Leukemia are not done.

     

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    • Owned or possibly owned
    • To be adopted out or in foster care waiting possible placement
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    http://www.boston.com/yourtown/stoughton/2012/12/02/stoughton-woman-free-time-all-about-rescuing-stray-cats/a4WnCdutKlBNe5umu2pbIL/story.html

     
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