Between work, school, kids and of course, those dreaded errands, taking time to go see the vet can seem like a luxury for many of us pet parents. It’s not that we don’t want to go, just that finding time can be tricky.
Diabetes has risen sharply in our feline friends over the past decade or so – attributed to more cats being overweight. It can be a very serious and sometimes life-threatening disease. But, if caught and treated early, remission is possible. Though, your cat can become insulin-dependent for the rest of their life should diagnosis and treatment be delayed.
So what is feline diabetes? The most simple way to describe diabetes is with two words – Sugar and Insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which helps a cat’s body regulate the flow of glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into the cells. Cells use glucose to run cellular functions and provide energy to your cat’s entire body. If the insulin supply is low, cells won’t function well.
And, without insulin the cat’s body instead breaks down more fat and protein to supply energy, meaning the excess glucose stays in their bloodstream. Cats with diabetes therefore tend to eat more without gaining weight.
We are delighted to be partnering with our Miami neighbors The Cat Network, Inc. Through their humane practice of sterilization, vaccination, and release The Cat Network is committed to reducing the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in South Florida. Thanks to their commendable work, thousands of cats and kittens have been spared a life of neglect, cruelty, or euthanization. As well as their education program, TCN offers low-cost spay and neuter services and a community of support to assist cats and their human counterparts.
The new partnership will provide A4P’s comprehensive mobile health app for Cat Network Members plus their highly-engaged social media following – with a portion of the proceeds donated back to The Cat Network. Cat owners across the land will be able to access veterinary records and an array of other health features anytime, wherever they are in the world
Jill Steinberg, on the Board or Directors of The Cat Network comments, ‘At The Cat Network, we are always looking for partners that offer innovative ways to improve care for felines. Activ4Pets empowers our members to proactively manage their cat’s health so they can be the best pet parents they possibly can. The added benefit is that this partnership helps us generate funding so we can continue our mission of saving cat lives here in Miami and beyond.’
Florent Monssoh, Activ4Pets Founder and CEO says, ‘As an organization committed to animal welfare in our local community, Activ4Pets is always pleased to partner with forward-thinking organizations in South Florida. In Jill we have found a true champion for feline health. She is deeply passionate about caring for cats and she instantly identified the benefits Activ4Pets provides for her members. We look forward to working with and assisting her clients, and of course we wish her the very best.’
Medical errors are, unfortunately, part of life. But thankfully new technology systems are coming to the rescue, with electronic medical records and telemedicine platforms to help Doctors and Veterinarians limit potential errors and track health information more accurately.
Heartworms are parasites that often take up residence in the heart and lungs, resulting in severe lung disease, heart failure, organ damage and death. While the dog is the host-of-choice, they are also known to infect cats, ferrets and, in rare cases, humans.