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Under Pressure?

on January 25, 2013 - 11:00am

I am the first to admit it, but I am somewhat of a geek, especially when it comes to blood pressure problems, or hypertension.  I was first drawn in when I learnt in my physiology lectures about the Reverend Stephen Hales (shown in the picture), measuring arterial pressure for the very first time in the 18thcentury.  His technique involved placing a glass tube in a horse’s carotid artery.  This was a ‘one off’ measurement, as I don’t think he replaced the blood back into the horse!

Thankfully we now use indirect or non-invasive techniques to measure blood pressure in conscious cats.

You are as important as your cat (just don’t tell them we said that!)

on December 7, 2012 - 10:26am

If I was taking my own cat, Perry, to the vets, I would expect the staff to be compassionate towards him, as I would assume that they love and respect the patients as if they were their own - but I wonder if this patience and understanding always translates to their owners?

Creating a bond between us and our clients, is just as important to us as creating a good relationship with your feline friends. You are the first step in noticing pain, diagnosing an illness, and treating or monitoring a disease.

But Can it Cure Pins and Needles? Acupuncture in Cats.

on August 29, 2012 - 6:23pm


We enjoyed the cat Olympics and the snippets of summer that the weather allowed us.  On a rainy August day, it doesn’t surprise me that the ancient Chinese thought that an excess of ‘dampness’ was the cause of many illnesses!  I am a Western trained vet with a very sound scientific background, trained to question and seek evidence.  The concepts and vocabulary of traditional Chinese medicine may be very foreign to my Western ears, but there is no doubt that I have helped many animals using acupuncture and am convinced it works!

Scientific interrogation of acupuncture’s efficacy is limited