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Holiday Cat Safety Tips

Holiday Cat Safety Tips in New Orleans, LA

From decorations to toxic foods, the holiday season can be a dangerous time for a cat, but the team at The Cat Practice in New Orleans is determined to make it safe for your feline friend. Consider the following holiday cat safety tips, and have a very merry Christmas and joy-filled new year with your family!

Christmas Decorations in NOLA

They shine, they sparkle, and they add a nice finishing touch to Christmas trees and gifts, but some of those decorations can be hazardous to your cat. High on the list are tinsel, garland, and ribbons. You’re probably well aware of the curious nature of cats and how easily drawn they are to stringy, sparkly things. Many cats have been known to even eat these things, but this can result in intestinal blockage and land them in the emergency room for pet surgery. We know that’s the last place you want to spend the holidays with your cat, so keep these stringy decorations out of your cat’s reach or simply avoid using them altogether.

Seasonal Plants Could be Dangerous for Cats

Is there mistletoe and holly hanging high above your doorway? If so, make sure it stays up there, out of your cat’s reach. Mistletoe and holly are just a couple of the many plants that are known to be mildly to moderately toxic to cats. If ingested, symptoms can include your cat to vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even seizures. Other toxic seasonal plants include poinsettias (mildly toxic) and lilies (moderately to severely toxic). To keep your cat safe, simply keep these poisonous plants out of their reach or buy artificial plants instead.

Christmas and New Years Parties for Cats

Hosting a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party at your place this year? Don’t forget to consider your cat’s safety during the planning. If your cat is the social type, make sure to keep an eye on them around your guests, especially if your cat has claws. Remember to also consider the possibility of any of your guests having allergies. If you decide it’s best—both for your cat and your guests—to not include your furry friend on the party festivities, keep your cat in a separate room where they can relax.

If you have any questions about these cat holiday tips, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment at The Cat Practice, give us a call at 504-525-6369

The Cat Practice of New Orleans Host its Annual Endymeow for 2015

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Jan. 22, 2015 — Hail, Krewe of Endymeow! Will your feline be dressing up in their finest Mardi Gras regalia for New Orleans’ annual Endymeow Bal Masque? If so, it’s time to send your pics! Photos of your fabulous feline can be sent to The Cat Practice Veterinary Hospital at endymeow@catpractice.com no later than Friday, January 23, to be considered for the Krewe. Please include your name, address, phone number, and your cat’s name in the body of the e-mail.

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Be sure to also catch Dr. Cousins on WWL’s morning show with Eric Paulsen and Sally Ann Roberts (Channel 4) on Monday, January 26, at 8:30 a.m. CST with the newly crowned Royal Court of Endymeow, King Cheetoh Moreno and Queen Lila Terry. King Cheetoh and Queen Lila will be then introduced to the city of New Orleans prior to the masque and receive the honor of having their photos displayed for a year.

 Endymeow 2015

The 2015 Endymeow Bal Masque will be held on Friday, January 30, from 7-9 p.m. at The Cat Practice Veterinary hospital, 809 Magazine Street, in the Lower Garden District. You can learn more about Endymeow at the hospital’s Facebook page visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cat-Practice-NOLA/109565355748387

 The Cat Practice

The Cat Practice is an award-winning facility, the best cat hospital in New Orleans and the only one dedicated to cats only, located in the historic Lower Garden District of New Orleans at 1809 Magazine Street. We are a full-service practice, providing both Western medicine and Chinese veterinary medicine. We incorporate the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities of any veterinary hospital…except we provide care just for cats! Visit: http://www.catpractice.com/

 

 

 

Caring for pets during emergencies

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Nothing says it better than the horror story from Hurricane Floyd: A man was leaving his flooded home when he noticed a neighbor’s dogs swimming in circles around the yard. Wondering why the dogs didn’t simply swim to safety, the man swam over to investigate. To his horror, he found that the dogs had been left chained to a stake in the yard and were swimming frantically just to stay alive. He was able to rescue the dogs, but stories such as this pointedly demonstrate the need for to you to have a good action plan in place in case a natural disaster strikes your home. In this case, the dogs’ owner most likely had been told to leave everything behind and flee as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, his dogs nearly lost their lives as a result.

In the event of an emergency, your life and your family’s lives are the first you should be concerned with. You should only look to save your animals once you are sure you and your family will be safe. But once you are safe, you most likely will want to ensure the safety of your pets. Are you prepared?

Consider your location

First things first. You can only be prepared with a plan of action if you know what you’re planning for, so take some time to think about the area you live in. Some areas are naturally prone to certain disasters California’s earthquakes, for example. Find out what types of disasters have previously struck your area hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards, etc. Contacting your local emergency management office or Red Cross will help you to identify what could affect your particular neighborhood. You should also plan for non-natural disasters fires, gas leaks, chemical spills, etc. If, for example, there’s a big chemical processing plant in your area, then you need to be aware of the possible dangers so that you can react if need be. No matter where you live, you’ve got your own special brand of disaster just around the corner, and it may strike at any time.

If You Leave, They Leave

In the event that you have to leave your home, take your pets with you. If it isn’t safe for you to be there, it isn’t safe for them either. Too often people rationalize that their pets’ instincts will kick in, and they’ll be okay. Even if your cat, who has spent the last six years of his life hunting only the fake mice you pull around on a string for him, does have the instincts to survive, it doesn’t mean that the conditions are survivable. No drinkable water for you means no drinkable water for him too. Of course, you have to have somewhere to take your four-legged friends–Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets. Make a list of all the places with in a 100-mile radius of your home where you might be able to take your pet if the need arises, include boarding facilities, veterinarians with boarding capabilities, hotels that will accept pets (ask if they’ll allow pets during a disaster situation), and animal shelters. (Use animal shelters only as a last resort, as they will be overburdened with other animals whose owners did not plan for them). Also, you need to gather your critters inside the house as soon as you are aware that you may have to leave, so that you can easily get them when it’s time to go. Then, when you do leave, make sure you have your little friends under firm control–even the best behaved dog can become scared during an emergency, making his behavior less than predictable.

Be prepared

Like a Boy Scout, you should always be prepared. This means having a disaster kit in your home as well as a smaller version in the trunk of your car if your pet routinely rides with you. Make sure that your pet’s kit is contained in something that is easy to pick up quickly and take out the door with you. You should replace this food and water every six months and rethink your pet’s needs for the kit once a year to make sure that the supplies meet your current needs the same collar that fits your new kitten is not likely to fit him a year later.

The kit should include a week’s supply of food and water in nonbreakable, airtight containers to ensure safety and freshness. If you pack canned food you’ll want to make sure you have a hand-held can opener too. And don’t forget a plastic dish that can double as a food and water dish. An extra collar and leash are also important things to have in your kit. You should also have a portable kennel for each of your critters handy. The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that the official Red Cross policy is that there are no animals allowed in emergency shelters, but they have been known to make exceptions if the animal is securely confined. Pets such as birds will obviously have to have a carrier of some sort as they cannot be leashed. You will want to make certain that you have a well-stocked first-aid kit for your pet that includes tweezers, gauze bandages, first aid cream, antiseptic spray, and hydrogen peroxide. Ask your veterinarian about storing any medications that your pet may need to take regularly.

All the right papers

Many people have their home telephone numbers on their pets’ ID tags. You may want to have an extra set of tags made that list the number of a friend or family member outside the area so that if your phone lines are down, or you’ve been evacuated, your pets can still make it back to you. Another option is to simply include an out-of-area number on your pets’ everyday tag, which can be useful if you’re away on vacation too. And many people don’t have tags for their cats at all, even though they should. According to the 1996 National Council on Pet Population Study, out of one million dogs and 580,000 cats that were taken in as strays, only 17 percent of the dogs and two percent of the cats made it back to their owners. The American Humane Association strongly believes that tags are your pets’ ticket home. You may also want to consider having your pet microchipped or tattooed. And finally, don’t forget the paperwork. Have a copy of your pet’s recent vaccination records in your kit–some boarding facilities may require them before they will take your pet in. A recent picture of your pet may also come in handy if you should become separated and need to make “Lost” posters. Hopefully you won’t ever have to put them up, and hopefully you’ll never have to use your disaster plan. But if you do ever need it, you’ll be very thankful that you were prepared; it could make a trying time a bit easier for you and your faithful companion.

Source: http://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/general_health_care/caring_for_pets_during_emergencies.aspx

Endymeow 2014

The Cat Practice celebrates Endymeow 2014 with our latest poster. This poster is a limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered. Posters are available for $75.00, plus shipping or $75 at The Cat Practice. Posters will be available after this Friday! Hail Queen Luna Hagenbring and King Bastian Izen!

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Pain Management for Cats

Dr. W. Mark Cousins was recently awarded as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. This latest accomplishment by Dr. Cousins regarding his expertise in pain management for cats shows a patient commitment that is unparalleled! The Cat Practice understands the role pain management plays in feline medicine. The CVPP certification from the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management demonstrates the commitment of The Cat Practice to do everything we can to mitigate any discomfort our patients are feeling, from either a disease or its treatment. Dr. Cousins is the only veterinarian in New Orleans and the only veterinarian in the Gulf South who holds both a specialty designation in feline medicine and a certification in pain management.

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The Cat Practice in New Orleans is Committed to Cat Pain Control

The team at The Cat Practice feels firmly that no feline patient of ours should suffer or feel pain if it is in our ability to stop or decrease it. We pride ourselves in our aggressive approach to cat pain control at our New Orleans feline hospital. Whether your cat is at our hospital for an elective surgical procedure or is suffering from a painful malady, The Cat Practice promises you that we will always attempt to mitigate your kitty’s level of pain and make your cat feel as pain-free as possible.

Whether using pharmaceutical approaches including the latest analgesic drugs offered by veterinary medicine, a Class 4 laser for pain control or healing, or acupuncture, The Cat Practice promises you that we will always take your cat’s comfort into account. That’s our definition of compassion.

Questions About Pain Management

The Cat Practice is continually committed to client education as well as pain management, and we believe it’s important for cat owners to understand their cat’s needs. We encourage you to contact us with your questions about pain management, as well as general cat care.

 

Congratulations Dr. Mark Cousins!

Dear Mark

Congratulations on attaining your certification and thanks for going through the process. I know from personal experience that it was not an easy thing to do.

It is wonderful to see our elite group of people grow and to see it filled with talented professionals like yourself. As dedicated veterinary professionals like yourself get certified, it elevates the status of the CVPP itself.

Best Regards,

Mike Petty


President, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner
Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
Certified American Academy of Pain Management
www.animalpaincenter.com
734-844-8844

Dr. Cousins: Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner by the IVAPM.

Dear Dr. Cousins, 
It is my honor and pleasure to inform you that you have successfully completed the requirements for the designation of Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner by the IVAPM.
The CVPP designation carries with it honor and responsibility. The honor is the reward for your hard work and commitment to excellence in your profession. It demonstrates to your colleagues and your clients how much you care. The responsibility is to follow the mission of the IVAPM: to promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge related to the biology and clinical treatment of pain in animals. Please take the time to be a leader in this field and become active in the work of the IVAPM by serving on a committee within the organization and by mentoring your colleagues with your expertise in the field of pain management. I look forward to seeing you at future IVAPM events and meeting you in person.
Congratulations on your achievement! 
Best regards,
Larry Kimberlin DVM,FAVD,CVPP
Chaiman – Credential Committee – IVAPM
8414 Wesley Greenville,Texas 75402
903-454-1563

June is National Pet Preparedness Month


When preparing for emergencies, keep every member of your family in mind, including your pets. All the information in this article comes from www.ready.gov, your location for all the resources you need for any emergency.

If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what’s best for you is typically what’s best for your animals.

If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets.

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

Preparing for Your Pets Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.

Use the Red Cross emergency preparedness checklist for pets as a guide.

Trixie

Trixie was brought into us a few weeks ago and was afflicted with bloody urine that did not stop, even after multiple visits to other doctors. We worked her up and she had multiple, fine stones in her bladder and we then took her to surgery and removed the stones. She is doing great now!