Client handout: Lower stress for the sick cat
Dr. Sarah Wooten graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. A member of the American Society of Veterinary Journalists, Dr. Wooten divides her professional time between small animal practice in Greeley, Colorado, public speaking on associate issues, leadership, and client communication, and writing. She enjoys camping with her family, skiing, SCUBA, and participating in triathlons.
Experts think conditions like interstitial feline cystitis are exacerbated (maybe even caused) by the feline stress response. Once cats are sick, what can your veterinary clients do to lower stress for their sensitive cat? This handout can help.
Attendees at a recent conference got the news: If you're still treating the bladders of feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) cats with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories alone, then Fetch dvm360 educator Julie Fischer, DVM, DACVIM, says it's time to get with the program. What these cats need more than anything is MEMO (multimodal environmental modification), more water, and dietary changes. (Read all about Dr. Fischer's session here.)
You can help with the MEMO with a handout like this for clients, which sensitizes pet owners to the stress their recovering cat may be feeling inside the hospital and back at home. And it provides tips on what to do about it-even a tip to take care of themselves too.