New England Cat Care Treats Gastrointestinal Issues in Cats in Woodbridge, CT
Cats are subject to a number of gastrointestinal problems that can cause frequent stomach upsets or trouble going to the bathroom. Your Woodbridge veterinarian can help pinpoint the source of the trouble and provide effective treatment to help your cat. At New England Cat Care in Woodbridge, CT, we specialize in the problems of felines and are dedicated to their maintaining their health.
Signs of Gastrointestinal Issues in Cats
There may be a noticeable drop in the animal’s appetite. Cats may drink more or less water than usual. They may throw up frequently. They may have frequent problems with hairballs. You may notice bouts of diarrhea in the litter box, or they may go outside the litter box altogether. The animal’s coat may become dull and lifeless. These are signs your cat is not metabolizing his food properly, and should be seen by a vet to have the problem investigated.
Common Gastrointestinal Conditions in Cats
Cats can acquire intestinal parasites, and you may find worms in the stool. Cats can also have viral infections of the gastrointestinal tract. They can also develop inflammatory bowel disease or become severely constipated. Gastrointestinal problems can sometimes be a sign of allergies, metabolic disease, feline leukemia or cancer.
How Gastrointestinal Problems Are Diagnosed
Your Woodbridge veterinarian will review the cat’s medical history and administer a number of tests. A fecal test will detect internal parasites. Blood chemistry tests will look for problems in the kidneys, liver and pancreas that could cause G.I. problems. A blood count will determine anemia, infection and inflammation in the body. The vet may also order x-rays of the abdomen or ultrasound tests to detect abnormalities. If necessary, endoscopy will be used to examine suspected areas in the G.I. tract.
Treatments For Gastrointestinal Issues in Cats
The vet may prescribe a change in diet to aid your cat’s digestion. If parasites are the problem, the vet will administer medication to eliminate the worms. In cases of infection, antibiotics will be provided. If an underlying liver or kidney problem is at fault, medications will be administered. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
Schedule an Appointment at New England Cat Care in Woodbridge, CT Today!
Dr. Richter and Dr. Arcuri have extensive training in the diseases of cats and have dedicated their lives to ensuring the health of their patients in Woodbridge, CT and surrounding communities. We offer a full range of veterinary services for cats, including vaccinations, parasite prevention, dental care, diagnostic services and surgery. Call New England Cat Care today at 230-387-6369 for an appointment to have your cat examined for gastrointestinal problems and to find effective treatments.