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The Case of the "Country Cats"
Hey! What's in the box? Actually, there are two boxes and in each one, there is a cat!
You will meet Dante and Beanie. They are "country cats". They spend a lot of time outdoors.
Dante and Beanie are here today for a checkup. They haven't been to the vet in three years, so the doctor wants to give them the works. She and her team need to check them inside and out.
Let's start with the outside of Dante.
Dante a domestic long hair cat. Basically, she is a "mutt".
Dante spends a lot of time outdoors. She can run around, have adventures, and see the world.
Unfortunately, she can also get fleas. They are checking to see if Dante has any.
Let's take look at some vital signs, commonly called "vitals": weight and temperature.
In order to determine an animal's temperature, a veterinarian or technician will use a rectal thermometer.
All's good from this end. Her temp is normal.
And the scale says she weighs 5.54 kg. There are 2.2 pounds in a kilogram so what does Dante weigh in pounds?
It is pretty clear that the outside of Dante is healthy. Now let's take a look inside.
The veterinarian is feeling Dante's organs through the skin. If a cat is not fat, it is possible to check the kidneys, liver, intestines and heart by hand.
It is very important to check for heartworms. Heartworms are very dangerous for cats. They can actually cause sudden death.
At the moment, there is no cure for them. There is only prevention. The doctor makes sure to tell all cat owners what they can do to protect their pets.
Everything feels good! No heartworms and no other problems. Hip! Hip! Meow!
Let's move on to shots. This is a very important part of the doctor's day and a very important part of veterinary medicine.
Today with the doctor's supervising, vet students give the shots for feline leukemia, feline distemper, and rabies.
Let's check out Beanie and see how she is doing.
Beanie had the works done just like Dante. She had dirty teeth too.
Maybe they will both come back for a cleaning. Dental work is only done on certain days. Vet students assist the doctors. At the same time, they learn from them what to do.
Beanie's temperature was normal and she weighed a bit less than Dante.
Her weight in kilograms was 5.48.
Beanie has a possible problem. It seems she might have ringworm. (What is ringworm? Is it a worm? Find out!)
The doctor decided to do some tests to find out about this strange patch on Beanie's leg.
First, she plucked some fur out and put in a petri dish. They will look at the culture again in 3 weeks to see if ringworm is present.
Here is a picture of another cat's petri dish. You can see how the fungus has grown.
If Beanie does have ringworm, her culture will look similar to this one.
Second, she fluoresced Beanie's leg. She passed a blacklight over the patch to see if it would glow. Sometimes ringworm will glow if it is there.
It didn't this time. We will have to wait for the culture results to come back to make sure.
In the meantime, she will give Beanie's owner some topical treatment to use.
Beanie also needs some blood work. She needs to get her shots for feline distemper, rabies, and feline leukemia.
To finish the visit, the veterinarian writes some prescriptions and takes them to the pharmacy window to have them filled.
Next, she meets with the owner to give her a report and tell her about some heartworm prevention info and says goodbye to Dante and Beanie.
Last Updated April 10, 2007
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