Fall 2012 
Mews & News
Riverside Cat Hospital

Clinic Hours 
Monday 8am-7pm
Tuesday thru Friday 8am-5pm
Closed weekends

Boarding pick-ups on Sunday at 5pm by special arrangement

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Do you have a friend, neighbor, or petsitter who cares for your cats when you are out of town? Have you discussed with him or her what to do in the event your cat gets sick while you are gone?
It is important that we know who will be caring for your pets while you are away. Legally, only the person or persons listed as pet owners in your pet's medical file are able to make decisions regarding veterinary care for your pets. If you plan to be out of town, please let us know who will be taking care of your pets. You can visit our website and print and fill out a petsitter authorization form. This form can be kept on file here at the clinic, or left with your petsitter at home for him or her to present when they bring your pet in for treatment.
Some people to consider listing may include close friends or neighbors, or even a professional pet sitter. Family members must also be listed, if they are not already a "co-owner" on the pet's medical record. Remember that only adults 18 and older can legally make decisions regarding your pet's veterinary care. If you have a younger neighbor or family member caring for your pet, please be sure to ask that person's parents if they can be listed.

Be sure to take some time before you leave to discuss your wishes for veterinary care with your petsitter. If your pet becomes ill or is injured, are there limits to the types of tests or treatments that you want to authorize, or are there any financial limitations? Remember that you are financially responsible for charges for any veterinary care that is authorized by your representative.
Taking some time before your trip to see to these details will help to prevent headaches and hassles later!

Did you know that our clinic has a Facebook page?

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We use it to post interesting links or articles, as well as news updates regarding food recalls or other important information. We also love to see what our patients are up to at home, so you are welcome to post pictures of your cat there as well. Click on the Facebook icon above to visit our page.
In Memoriam
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In honor of our feline friends who have recently died...

Alex B.
Bailey C.
Figaro S.
FooFoo W.
Henry E.
Jamiroquoix D.
Mimi H.
Saba J.
Scuttlebutt C.
Spooky L.
Zippy K.

Riverside Cat Hospital Referral Program  

We love it when we meet a new client, especially when they heard about us from a friend or family member. Personal referrals are our number one source of new clients and patients. 


Help us continue to grow! If you have enjoyed bringing your cat to see us, and are impressed with the level of service that we provide, tell your friends and neighbors about us. For every new client you refer to us, receive a $10 credit on your account!

Contact Us

phone: 517-347-2287

4632 Okemos Rd.
Okemos, MI 48864

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School has started and fall is right around the corner. This month we celebrate 6 years in business and Thank You to all of the clients and pets who have supported us! You are truly a wonderful bunch of people and cats! 
a visit to the vet Spotlight on Kidney Failure

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and nutrition, our pets are living longer than ever. With this longevity comes increased numbers of geriatric pets living with chronic illness. Common chronic illnesses in geriatric cats include cancer, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and kidney failure, which is our medical topic for this newsletter. It can be scary to find out that your cat has kidney failure, but there are many cats living quite comfortably with this common condition.

Cats with kidney failure can display a wide range of symptoms, depending on how advanced the disease has become by the time of diagnosis. Cats with mild or very early kidney failure may not have any symptoms at all. Cats with a moderate degree of kidney failure will display one or more of these classic symptoms:
  • weight loss
  • increased water consumption and urination (larger volume)
  • loss of appetite (eating less than usual or becoming more"picky" about food)
  • vomiting
Cats with more advanced kidney failure will have progressed to severe weight loss. They may not want to eat at all. These cats may still drink large amounts of water, or they may stop drinking all
together. Vomiting and ulcers in the mouth become more common.

Most cats are diagnosed either in early or mid-stage kidney failure. Less commonly, a cat will progress all the way to end-stage kidney failure before the disease is found. Many cats with early stage
disease are diagnosed based on the results of senior screening blood testing, before any symptoms develop. This is ideal, since measures can be undertaken to slow down the progression of the disease early on, and a monitoring schedule can be set up.

Diagnosis of kidney failure requires a blood test, as well as a
urinalysis. If kidney disease is diagnosed, other tests may be
recommended to evaluate for staging or concurrent diseases. These tests include urine culture, urine protein level, x-rays, or abdominal ultrasound. Cats with kidney failure are also prone to hypertension, so blood pressure testing is typically performed twice yearly on affected cats.

pharmacy Treatment
It is important to understand that there are no medications that treat the kidney failure directly, nor can we cure or reverse kidney failure. However, we can do things to help slow the progression of the disease and improve a cat's quality of life. There are medications that can help to maintain proper levels of potassium and phosphorus in the blood, as well as medication to help prevent
secondary diseases, and improve a patient's appetite and prevent weight loss. Special foods are available that are easier for damaged kidneys to process. Cats with more moderate or advanced kidney failure often benefit from receiving subcutaneous fluids at home. Cats with severe kidney failure must be treated as inpatients.

Since kidney failure progresses at different rates in every patient, cats with kidney failure must be closely monitored. Typically, these cats will come to the clinic once every 3-4 months. Their weight and blood pressure are checked, and small blood and urine samples are collected for testing. Based on the results of these tests, and how the cat is doing at home, adjustments can be made to the cat's medication or feeding plan.

Some cats live quite comfortably for several years or more with mild kidney disease which never significantly progresses. Other cats develop disease that progresses more quickly, over several
months. All but the most ill cats can be stabilized and managed after the initial diagnosis.

Tell me more!
For more information, here are a few links to get you started:
The cat owner's guide to kidney disease, a video series from Cornell University.
The feline CRF information center and the feline chronic renal failure information center are good places to explore the web resources available to owners of cats with kidney disease.

If your cat has any symptoms of kidney failure (drinking and/or urinating more than usual, becoming more picky with food, losing weight) please call us to set up an appointment for evaluation. If your cat is over 10 years old and has not had senior screening blood testing, now would be a great time to bring him or her in for a screening test. Give us a call to set up an appointment!
Ask Izzy
Miss Mouse
Miss Mouse

Dear Izzy,
What was your favorite thing about this summer?

Miss Mouse

IzzyThat is a good question. I love summertime! I like to sit in the sun, I like to watch the animals scurry outside, I like my air conditioning. I think my very favorite thing about the summertime is...   Fresh Grass! Nothing beats a fresh, soft, tender piece of grass picked fresh from the yard outside. I especially love the really long pieces that grow out by the fence. I have trained my staff that when I go and sit by the back door, I would like for them to go out and pick a couple of pieces of grass for me. Over the winter, I have only potted grass available, and it just doesn't compare.   




The Last Word      
pharmacy Have you tried our online pharmacy yet? You can order your cat's medications online, at your convenience, and know that you are ordering from a trusted, local source. This is a great resource for cats who take chronic medication or those who need prescription foods. We also carry many brands of flea and heartworm preventatives, as well as other products like Soft Paws and Feliway.
If you haven't checked it out yet, please do! Some medications are available for even lower prices through our online pharmacy, due to lower handling costs. For example, the cost to purchase a 6-pack of Revolution and pick it up here at the clinic is $89.99 plus tax, compared to the online cost of $82.78 plus tax. Shipping is free for orders over $38.95.
You can check out the pharmacy here. Those who haven't set up an account yet will need to click on the link to set up a new account, enter a valid email address, and we will activate your account. Orders for prescription medications will require authorization before they are shipped.
Please check it out and let us know what you think!
Dr. Kerry Lewis
Riverside Cat Hospital