September 2013 Issue
Dear Cat Clinic of Cary Furriends,
Willie just does not know where the time goes these days and can't believe the end of summer is almost here. Willie is so sorry it has been a couple of months since all his furriends received one of his Mewsletters. When his furriends read about what has been going on with Willie, he knows they will understand the circumstances that have caused Willie to get a little behind. Willie wishes he could tell you that he has been enjoying this summer on his mom and dad's boat, but with all the rain North Carolina has been getting this season, Willie has taken to spending most of his free time indoors with all his other furry siblings.
Willie has some very, very SAD MEWS to share with you. Willie and his mom bid a tearfully sad goodbye to Willie's canine Pug brother Otis in July. Willie's brother bravely fought an unexpected cancer diagnosis for 3 long weeks. Unfortunately, Willie's brother did not respond to 2 different types of chemotherapy and the disease progressed rapidly. The morning of July 11th,Willie's mom knew that Otis was thanking her for all that she did to try to heal him as well as for having the courage to finally be strong enough to let him go. Willie's brother was only 10 years old. Willie's mom adopted Otis from Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue 5 years ago. Willie is purroud to share with you that Otis was a multiple blue ribbon winner during the years he competed in rally obedience competitions. Willie's heart is breaking for his mom right now as he knows how much she loved Otis and was not given a lot of time to process how sick he got so quickly. Willie hopes all his furriends purray for his mom as she needs all the love and support she can get to help her through such a sad loss to her family. Willie has included a link to a very special video tribute that one of Willie's good furriends created for Willie's mom. Willie hopes this video helps to demonstrate the strong loving bond Willie's mom shared with her sweet baby Otis. Willie's mom has appreciated all the condolences she has received from all of Willie's Cat Clinic furriends. If you would like to contact Willie's mom with any other condolences going forward, you can send Willie an email at . RIP Otis, and Willie knows you have found peace across the Rainbow Bridge with all the other furry family members that his mom has lost over the years. Please view Otis' tribute video at the following link: http://animoto.com/play/qWGEHpdM1oJOf4CcRD4AvQ
Willie's Big Mews
Willie's Bigger Mews: As of this month, Willie officially has OVER 6000 Facebook Furriends! If you are not furriends with Willie on Facebook, Willie encourages you to LIKE his page https://www.facebook.com/FriendWillieHodge
Willie's One Eyed Sneak Peek:
Willie is so excited to share with you the upcoming launch of his mom's new Cat Clinic of Cary website! Willie knows this has been a project his mom has been working on for a long time. Willie is hoping to be able to include a link to his mom's new website in next month's Mewsletter.
Willie is also awaiting the grand opening of the two new suites his mom is creating for The Purrsnikitty Inn, the Cat Clinic's tropically themed feline only boarding facility. Willie anticipates the new suites being finished and in operation by the time the holiday season is here.
Willie wants to take a minute to remind you that his mom has successfully taken over her Pampered Pets Mobile Vets business in order to accommodate the veterinary needs of your canine family member. Meet Colby, one of the canine house call patients Willie's mom visited this month. Willie thinks Colby looks like one happy canine in the comfort of his own home during his veterinary visit.
Remember, Pampered Pets Mobile Vets offers you a FREE INITIAL TRIP FEE to come to your house. Willie encourages you to call 919-463-5597 in order to schedule your appointment today.
Willie wants to take this opportunity to thank his good furriend Leela for all her hard work the past couple of months while she was fulfilling hours to complete her externship for gaining her registered veterinary technician degree at his mom's Cat Clinic of Cary. Willie knows how much his mom enjoys sharing with others her love of the veterinary profession. Willie hopes all his furriends know how lucky they are to have met his good furriend Leela while she was at his mom's clinic. Willie, his mom, and all her staff wish Leela well in all her future endeavors and secretly hope she developed such a love for feline veterinary medicine that she finds her way back to his mom's Cat Clinic upon graduation from school.
Willie has been super busy the past couple of months. In June, Willie got to travel with his mom and dad and his canine siblings Lacie and Quasi to Myrtle Beach for the Southeast Veterinary Conference. Willie enjoyed his opportunity to visit the world's largest litter box.
See more pictures of our Myrtle Beach trip on Willie's Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.544738292250803.1073741828.320476721343629&type=3
Willie has made his regular monthly appearances at Camp Musart.
See more of Willie's visits to Camp MusArt, Please visit Willie's album on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.354016574656310.82413.320476721343629&type=3
Please visit Camp MusArt online at http://www.campmusart.com
Willie also made his debut at Bright Horizon's in Cary.
See more of Willie's Bright Horizon's visit on Willie's Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.554932714564694.1073741838.320476721343629&type=3
Willie was also so excited to host a visit for Cary Academy's Summer Camp at his mom's Cat Clinic. In fact, the visit went to will that they asked to come back 2 weeks later with another group of campers.
See more of Willie's visit with Cary Academy on Willie's Facebook Willie's Visit With Cary Academy 7/12/13
Willie also made an appearance at the Lion's Gate Children's Center in Clayton purr request of his good furriend Justine Grayson whose 3 children attended
the camp this summer.
See more of Willie's visit with Lion's Gate on Willie's Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.567890846602214.1073741845.320476721343629&type=3
Willie is so happy to be able to purrvide so much catmmunity purrvice!
Where's Willie Headed?: Willie hopes you mark your calendar to visit him at his mom's booth at the 2013 Cary Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, September 21st from 1PM to 3PM. For more information please check out their website http://caryscavengerhunt.com
Willie would like to inform you that his mom's Cat Clinic of Cary has changed their venue of after-hours emergency services to the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Cary. If you have an after-hours emergency, Willie encourages you to call the Cat Clinic of Cary at 919-469-9000 where you will be given multiple options. If you have a medical emergency that you feel requires immediate care, you will be given an option to dial a number that will connect you immediately to a receptionist at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital who can advise you from there. If you have a non-emergency medical question or issue you would like to speak with Willie's mom about, there is an option you can choose which allows you to leave a message that Willie's mom will receive by email and get back to you at her earliest convenience. You can learn more about this great facility at http://www.vshcarolinas.com
Willie wants to remind you that the Cat Clinic of Cary is now officially open on Thursdays from 7:30AM until 6PM in order to provide more convenient service to you. Willie hopes you take advantage of this and stop in to pick up food and medication orders. Willie's mom is available for emergencies during these hours. Also remember that Willie's mom is available by phone evenings and on weekends for advice by calling 919-469-9000.
Purrs and Headbutts,
Cats sweat through the bottom of their paws and rub off the sweat as a marking mechanism.
The Ukrainian Levkoy has wrinkly skin (particularly when not stretched out) and like the Scottish Fold, folded ears. And only a few of them exist outside of Ukraine.
She had mittens!
Intestinal parasites are one of the most common problems veterinarians see in cats. In some cases, these parasites can also pose a threat to human family members. The more common intestinal parasites have adapted so well to their hosts (your cat), that they are living in balance and cause no observable health issues. It is when the parasites become too numerous for one reason or another that the pet's health is affected. Because of their silent nature our best approach is to try to keep our pets completely free of them before the balance becomes disturbed. Fortunately, most of these parasites are easily controlled if detected early enough.
The most common intestinal parasites affecting cats are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and tapeworms. These parasites can infect cats of any age and can cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and a decrease in appetite. Young kittens tend to be most seriously affected as these symptoms can easily lead to dehydration if not controlled in a prompt manner. Many kittens are born with intestinal parasites that they get from their feline mom, therefore, regular intestinal parasite testing and deworming is recommended by most veterinarians.
Treatment of intestinal parasite infections involves the administration of oral anti-parasitic medications. However there is no universal deworming medication that treats every single parasite that your feline family member may have. This is why it is important for you to bring a sample of your cat's feces with you to their annual examination in order to look for eggs or cysts that they may be shedding.
In order to prevent your feline family member from becoming infected or reinfecting themselves with an intestinal parasite, it is important to practice good sanitary measures at home and routinely administer monthly parasitic preventative medications, such as Heartgard.
For those of Willie's furriends that have recently visited his mom's Cat Clinic, you will have noticed that his mom is now recommending intestinal parasite testing for all of her feline patients. Willie's mom has been astonished at the number of indoor only felines that are testing positive for various intestinal parasites. Willie thinks this is so important since not only are intestinal parasites able to be transmitted to other furry family members, but there are some that can be transmitted to humans as well. Willie encouraged his mom to write this month's Mewsletter article on intestinal parasites in order to help educate all of Willie's furriends on the serious nature of this problem in the feline population.
In Loving Memory of Willie's Canine Brother Otis:
FROM FRIEND TO FRIEND
You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner 'til the end.
Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.
So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.
I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.
In Memory of Asta, Feb. 1997
(c) Karen Clouston
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Willie wants to introduce you to Ginger. Ginger is a 6 year old female kitty that was accidentally run over by a car by her previous owner. Ginger was critically injured and suffered from a ruptured bladder and broken leg. Unfortunately, her previous owners were unable to afford the care necessary to attempt to save her, given her guarded prognosis. Willie's mom took Ginger under her caring wing and after multiple surgeries and the amputation of her broken rear leg, is happy to place this sweet girl up for adoption. Willie purrays there is a family reading his Mewsletter that would love to have a special needs kitty in their household.
Willie wants to introduce you to Bella. For those of Willie's furriends that follow his Mewsletters faithfully, you might remember Bella. Bella arrived at his mom's Cat Clinic approximately a year ago because her human mom no longer had a place to live. Willie's mom was so upset about this that she immediately agreed to take Bella in to try and find her another home. Bella was adopted out shortly thereafter to a home that was supposed to be forever, but was then returned to his mom's Cat Clinic when the owner had to move someplace that did not allow fur babies. Willie's mom adopted Bella out again to another supposed furrever home, but she was again returned to his mom's Cat Clinic for the same reason. Willie really does not understand why poor innocent Bella has been subjected to such unhappy circumstances. Willie and his mom are despurrately searching for a PURRMANENT furrever loving home for this sweet little girl who has gone through so much and is very, very confused. Please let contact Willie's mom if you think you can purrvide this darling with the love that she needs.
Willie wants to introduce you to Mo (short for Maureen). Mo is a wonderful 12 week old kitten that is looking for the purrfect place to call home. Mo was found by one of his mom's clients as a stray when she was just about 5 weeks old outside in the pouring rain. Willie's mom could not resist this little one and figured she would have her adopted out in no time. Unfortunately, Mo still resides at his mom's Cat Clinic without a purrmanent place to call her own. Willie encourages you to stop by his mom's clinic to meet Mo and is certain when you do, you will want to take her home with you. (pic of Mo)
Willie wants to introduce you to Cash. Cash is a 12 week old tortoiseshell feline that was found wondering around the Cash Point station in the Parkway Point shopping center. Cash is a beautiful and sweet girl who just wraps herself around the heart of each and every purrson she meets. Willie knows that Cash will make a purrfect addition to one of his furriends furry family.