Peggy is a sweet senior cat. She routinely comes in for senior wellness care. In the senior wellness visits, blood screening tests, thyroid levels, blood pressure and urinalysis are assessed to screen for early signs of disease. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism a number of years prior - a condition in which benign thyroid nodules produce too much thyroid in the body. It is a common condition in aging cats and leads to weight loss and organ damage over time. Peggy’s screening also unveiled renal insufficiency. Aging kidneys can slowly lose the ability to concentrate urine as well as excrete waste products. If the renal disease is found early, certain medications and prescription food can be given to slow the process. Peggy responds well to medications to combat her thyroid and her renal disease has subsequently remained stable. She is monitored yearly with blood work and twice yearly for wellness. Today, Peggy is over 18 years old and is thriving. That is why she is our feline Pet of the Month.
Scout’s story is a great example of the importance of foresight on his owner’s part. Scout was found by the employees of a local grocery store, running around the parking lot. She was very friendly but obviously lost. After observing her there for several hours, the grocery store employees did what they thought was best and tied her to one of the light posts to keep her from getting hit by a car. One of our conscientious clients found her and, after questioning the store employees, brought her to our clinic. Scout checked out fine physically and seemed to feel great. Fortunately her owners had thought to microchip her. We were able to contact the microchip company who gave us the name of her owner and, shortly thereafter, Scout was back in her owner’s arms.
Turns out Scout had escaped her invisible fence while her owners were at work. She had wandered to the grocery store because of all the activity there, but had obviously forgotten how to get home. She was fortunate that a caring family found her and brought her to our clinic where she could be identified. Things could have turned out much worse for her.
Microchipping is a quick and easy process of injecting a chip under the skin. It is much like getting an injection. The cost is minimal and, as this case shows, can be the difference between a pet being returned to her loving owner and a pet never making it home again. Because of her owner’s preparedness for a possible mishap, Scout is AHS’s canine Pet of the Month.