The Five Most Googled Questions About Cats

Cat using a computer.

The internet has become the go-to source for most (if not all) of our informational needs, and the world of pet ownership and care has endless sources. As such, we thought it would be fun to list the five most Googled questions about cats, and their corresponding explanations:

Can My Cat Eat…(Fill in the Blank)?

People love to share food with their pets, and cats are extremely convincing when they want to sample something. Dairy is just one of those things that is especially confusing. A saucer of milk or cream has been part of feline lore for eons, but their lactose intolerance can make this type of indulgence a painfully gassy and/or messy one. 

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Are You Positive It’s FIV? Symptoms To Look Out For

Cat wellness.

Feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV, is a cat-specific virus that doesn’t affect other species of pets or humans. It is most often transmitted from cat to cat through deep bite wounds, which makes outdoor, territorial cats more susceptible. Transmission through casual contact, such as sharing food bowls or litter boxes, is rare. FIV can weaken a cat’s immune system by attacking white blood cells, making FIV-positive cats more vulnerable to succumbing to illnesses or developing secondary infections. For this reason, twice-yearly preventive care visits are best for FIV-positive felines.

Know the Symptoms

FIV symptoms can be subtle and slow to emerge, which makes regular checkups coupled with appropriate diagnostic testing important for all cats. 

There are numerous potential FIV symptoms and many of these mimic symptoms of other conditions. Please contact us if your cat exhibits any of the following: 

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Alopecia (Bald Spots) On Dogs

Dog scratching at a bald spot.

Is there a bald patch on your pooch? Bald spots on dogs are caused by a condition called alopecia, which is simply partial or total hair loss on parts of your dog’s body where there should be fur. These bald spots often occur on the top of the head, the belly, the back, and the ears. In addition to bald patches, you might notice swelling, crusting, or redness surrounding the bald areas. Because alopecia can be uncomfortable, your dog might also be overgrooming or doing a lot of scratching. 

Alopecia is fairly common and can affect all breeds, ages, and genders. Fortunately, it is typically very treatable, but first, we have to get to the root of your dog’s hair loss!

Diagnosing Alopecia

In order for your Naperville Animal Hospital veterinarian to properly treat your dog’s bald spots, a thorough physical examination is in order, along with appropriate diagnostic tests to identify the cause of your dog’s bald spots. These tests could include:

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Naperville Exotic Veterinarian: Bearded Dragons 101

Bearded dragon in Naperville, IL.

The team at Naperville Animal Hospital love animals of all kinds. Whether they have four legs and a tail, feathers and a beak, or like to shed their skin periodically, our veterinarians are proud to care for them all. 

We like to consider ourselves the Naperville exotic veterinarians. As the local experts in exotic pet care, we want our fellow animal lovers to understand that knowledge about how to care for a non-traditional species is important in ensuring a healthy, happy pet. 

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What To Expect When Shopping At a Veterinary Online Store

Dog and cat shopping at a veterinary online pharmacy.

At Naperville Animal Hospital, we want to make full-service pet care as simple as possible. Our online pharmacy isn’t just for prescriptions. You can order vet-approved pet food and treats, too. When you order from our veterinary online store, you know you will receive quality products at fair prices. 

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Ringworm in Pets: What to Know, When to Worry

Sad dog and cat laying on couch thinking about ringworm.

In addition to the many wonderful things shared by pets and their owners, they tend to share some unfortunate experiences, too. Zoonotic diseases, for example, can be passed by pets to their humans. Among these, ringworm in pets ranks pretty high on the list of common illnesses shared between the species. Contrary to what the name suggests, ringworm in pets isn’t a worm. It’s a fungal disease, and it can wreak havoc in households. 

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Naperville Veterinary Services Spotlight: Anal Glands 101

Naperville dog with anal glands

Did you know that your dog (and cat) has two glands right inside the rectal sphincter that house some pretty stinky stuff? If you aren’t familiar with anal glands, you are about to be. Lucky for you, Naperville Animal Hospital has all the information you (never) wanted to know about your pet’s anal glands. Our veterinary team will care for the smelly parts of your family friends just as much as the more lovable parts.

Anal Glands 101

Most mammals have anal glands in some form. These pea-to-marble-sized sacs live just inside the rectum off to each side. Lined with oil and sweat producing glands, they hold some pretty unique secretions that have a distinct fishy odor.

In dogs and cats, the anal glands are not really functional. They may add some scent to the stools as they are expressed typically during a bowel movement, aiding in marking territory and communication. More often than not, they are just a pain in the behind. Literally.

When the anal glands become too full and aren’t able to express, problems can ensue. Pressure, inflammation, and pain often cause the pet to:

  • Have redness or swelling near the rectum
  • Act painful about manipulation of the tail or rear
  • Lick or bite at the rear more than normal
  • Scoot or drag
  • Avoid bowel movements
  • Have a bloody discharge from the rectum 

Untreated, an impacted anal gland can beccome infected and form an abscess and may even rupture. Anal glands are also subject to developing cancer. 

How Naperville Veterinary Services Can Help

Our team is ready to help if you think your pet may be having a problem with their anal glands. Call us right a way, as this can be a painful condition. We can also help prevent problems, too. 

Routine wellness visits are an excellent opportunity for us to detect trouble early in the process. These visits are also a great time to help wrangle conditions predisposing pets to anal gland problems such as being overweight, having frequent soft stools, or allergies (including food allergies). 

If a pet has recurrent issues with their anal glands, routine manual expression may also be in order. We recommend having this done with one of our expert staff so that it may be completed as effectively and comfortably as possible.

Anal glands can be a big problem, but with the help of the veterinary services at Naperville Animal Hospital, you can rest easier. We will take care of the dirty work for you.