MetroPet Veterinary Clinic - Cat in Exam

Common Symptoms

At MetroPet, we notice several trends in why clients bring their pets to us. Here are some of the most common symptoms we’ve seen, as well as how you can expect your loved one to be treated.

Itching and scratching in pets is one of the most common reasons people come to see us. It can be frustrating for owners and pets alike. But not to worry, we treat itching all of the time, and have an arsenal of ideas, treatments, and recommendations that can help you and your pet. Microscopic skin mites, fungus, bacteria, hormonal diseases, and allergies can all cause itching. To figure out the cause, our team will consult with you about your pet’s environment, diet, exposures, and so on. Our doctors will perform a complete exam. From there, we can develop a plan to get to the root of the cause for itching and work towards managing this pesky symptom.
We take cat pee very seriously at MetroPet! Inappropriate urination is the number one cause for cats being returned to the shelter. Medical or behavioral problems, and sometimes a combination of both, can lead to cats peeing in the wrong places. We take a systematic and progressive approach to diagnosing and treating urinary disease in cats. Possible causes would include; urinary tract infection, bladder stones, kidney disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, cancer, inter-cat aggression, urinary crystals, or other behavioral problems. It is easy to think your cat is being “spiteful” or “mad” at you and urinating for that reason. However, this type of thinking is not medically possible in cats and by using a systematic approach we can figure out the real reason they are peeing in your house and help them to stop.
The causes of weight gain or loss can be attributed to diet of course. However, usually an underlying metabolic or hormonal cause can be attributed to more extreme forms of weight loss or gain. Our complete in house laboratory can diagnose diseases that could be causing the change in your pet’s shape. Our doctors can discuss pet nutrition recommendations for your pet and help come up with a treatment and meal plan that will help your pet move towards its ideal weight.
One of the main things you can do to make sure your pet has a long and healthy life is provide good dental care. Home brushing, as well as veterinary dental cleanings, will prevent the formation of tartar and periodontal disease. Gum and tooth infection can spread to the liver, kidneys, heart, and other body systems leading to secondary diseases and ailments. Bad breath is an indication that something is going on “beneath the surface”. Our digital dental X-rays are included with all of our routine dental cleanings and will show any teeth that have abscessing or decay below the gum line.
The list for causes of diarrhea is certainly a long one. Microscopic intestinal parasites, liver disease, pancreatic disease, dietary indiscretion, and bacterial infections are just a few. Parasite screening and laboratory testing can tell us why your pet has diarrhea and how to stop it.
We firmly believe that old age is not a disease. Geriatric pet medicine is one of our passions. With routine blood screening and proper management your pet can live a very high quality life during its golden years. Arthritis is very common in older dogs and cats. Our therapy laser is an excellent minimally invasive and drug-free way to help increase comfort and mobility for older pets with arthritis.