Coppell Veterinary Hospital - A full-Service Medical Facility for Cats and Dogs in Coppell, Texas
Coppell Veterinary Hospital
A Full Service Veterinary Medical Facility For Cats and Dogs

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Coppell Veterinary Hospital - A full-Service Medical Facility for Cats and Dogs in Coppell, Texas

Coppell Veterinary Hospital Feline Wellness

This page is devoted to information on feline wellness and problems that may affect your cat. Use these quick links to find the information on this page:

Tips for Managing Multi-Cat Households

Getting Your Cat Used to Their Carrier

Seniors Care

Coppell Veterinary Hospital’s Gold Paws and Silver Whiskers Program for Senior Cats

If you haven’t already, soon you may begin to notice some telltale signs that your pet is entering the “senior” years. Perhaps you are noticing that your pet has poor skin and coat condition or is sleeping more than they used to sleep. While these things may seem like normal “old age” to you, the fact is that any or all of these signs might be an indication that your senior pet has a medical problem that needs attention.

In the past, we often accepted a declining quality of life for our aging pets – or for ourselves, for that matter – as a fact of life beyond our control. Thanks to advances in disease detection and treatment, that is no longer necessary! Routine checkups and wellness testing become more important as your pet grows older. In many cases, we can monitor organ function and detect disease even before symptoms appear.

Remember: your pet ages 5-7 years for every one of yours. This suggests that health problems in your pet can progress 5 to 7 times faster and, therefore, more frequent checkups are necessary.

Chemistry Blood Tests provide useful indicators of the health and functioning of your pet’s organ systems. Electrolytes are also measured to ensure that a vital system balance is maintained. Hematology Blood Tests provide a detailed look at blood cells. Red blood cell results provide information regarding oxygen carrying ability, while white blood cell results provide information on how well your pet can fight infection. Platelet results indicate how effectively your pet is able to stop bleeding.

Urinalysis indicates how well the kidneys, liver and pancreas are functioning. Urine contains by-products from these organs and abnormal levels of these by-products can indicate disease including diabetes, liver and kidney disease.

Serum T4 is a measurement of the level of thyroid hormone circulating in the blood and is helpful in identifying thyroid disease. Thyroid disease occurs in both cats and dogs and can have a serious impact on health if left untreated.

Radiographs or “X-Rays” of the chest and abdomen are done to allow us to visualize the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and other vital organs appearance to detect disease.

Blood Pressure Monitoring allows us to check and monitor hypertension.

Have you noticed any of the below, if so, please let us know:

Lumps/bumps, Changes in urination, Changes in appetite, Behavior changes, Changes in bowel habits Changes in activity level

Feel free to ask Angie Best, LVT or Dr. Stearman any questions you may have about any of these conditions.



Cats Get Heartworms, Too!

Coppell Veterinary Hospital - A full-Service Medical Facility for Cats and Dogs

  • Veterinarians have been aware of the potential effects of heartworm disease in cats since the first diagnosis in the 1920’s.
  • Few pet owners are aware that the canine heartworm parasite can also affect cats.
  • Neither a reliable test nor a safe treatment exists for cats.
  • Prevention - the only way to keep your cat free of heartworm disease.


  • Coppell Veterinary Hospital - A full-Service Medical Facility for Cats and DogsFeline heartworm disease is caused by the same parasite that causes the disease in dogs.
  • Heartworm is transmitted by mosquito bite to a dog or cat.
  • Unlike the dog, the cat is a dead-end host (larvae grow up to be adults, but the adults die before producing more young larvae able to perpetuate the disease in other cats.)


  • Feline heartworm exposure may range from 5% to 33%. 
  • Indoor cats are also at a high risk for developing adult heartworms.  
  • One study shows that an estimated 27% of cats exposed to feline heartworm were kept exclusively indoors. 
  • Based on the safety and relatively low cost of the preventative, we recommend the use of a monthly medication for all cats.


  • The signs of heartworm disease in cats are different than those seen in the dog.
  • In cats, the most common signs are a sudden difficulty in breathing, (in some cases, misdiagnosed as asthma), coughing, chronic vomiting and sudden unexplained death.


  • Unlike canine heartworm disease, there is currently no reliable test for feline heartworm available.
  • Diagnosis of feline heartworm disease usually involves a combination of physical exam findings, blood tests, x-rays, echocardiography (an ultrasound exam of the heart) and a post-mortem exam.


  • Currently, there is no approved or safe treatment for a cat that has heartworm disease, so we treat the signs associated with the disease and wait for the adult heartworms to die.
  • This waiting and watching period can be a very tense time.


  • Since indoor cats are at risk as well, it is just as important to protect the indoor as well as the outdoor cat from heartworm disease by use of the preventative.
  • No pre-prevention tests are required. Preventative is safe to use even in a cat that has existing heartworm disease.
  • The feline preventative consists of a one-a-month topical applied high on the back of the neck.
  • It is safe and will effectively prevent heartworm disease, in addition to treating and preventing fleas, flea development, ear-mites, hookworms, and roundworms in your cat.

Download this fact sheet on felines and heartworms: Feline Heartworm FAQ's


It can take up to six months to successfully get rid of a flea infestation!

Understanding Fleas

Fleas are wingless, bloodsucking insects that may cause excessive grooming, hair loss, anemia and tapeworm infection in your cat.  And it’s no wonder that pet owners have a difficult time eradicating fleas from their homes once they take up residence:

  • Once an adult flea lands on a pet, she can lay 50 eggs a day and more than 2,000 eggs in a lifetime. 1
  • The complete life cycle of the flea can be completed in as little as 14 days or prolonged up to 180 days.1
  • Adult fleas cannot survive or lay eggs without a blood meal, but may live in a pupal cocoon from two months to one year without feeding. 2
  • Only 5 percent of a home’s flea population is the adults that you can see. 2
  • It can take four to eight weeks or longer of topical preventive medication use to completely eradicate all flea life stages in the home. 3
  • 90 percent of the flea life cycle occurs off the animal. 4 For every six adult fleas seen, there are 300 immature stages in the environment or on the pet. 5

Structure of Flea Population

Just a low level of infestation of fleas in various stages in the environment can take a considerable amount of time to overcome.  Since there are no products labeled that eliminate the pupal stage of the flea, it is important to keep your cat healthy and protected from fleas with a monthly preventive medicine.

1. Dryden MW, Payne P, Zurek L. Pests That Affect Human Health: Fleas Infesting our Pets and Homes, Manhattan: Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, September 2003.
2. Lyon WF. Fleas: Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet, Columbus: The Ohio State University.
3. Dryden M. The Case for Year-Round Flea and Tick Control, Available at: Accessed August 24, 2005.
4. Lane TH. Flea Control: Understanding the Flea, Gainesville: University of Florida IFAS Extension.
5. MacAllister C. Flea Control Fact Sheet, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Fact Sheets, Stillwater: Oklahoma State University.

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