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Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

Feline idiopathic cystitis, formerly called FUS and FLUTD is a poorly understood condition in cats, which unfortunately is pretty common and

has a tendency to recur. In fact, about half of the cats with this condition will have at least another episode within a year.


Some or all of the following symptoms may be observed: yellow cat


bloody urine

excessive licking of the urinary opening

straining to urinate

frequent visits to the litterbox or urinating outside of the litterbox

vocalizing in pain while inside the litterbox

inability to urinate due to a blockage of the urethra


Your veterinarian will want to conduct a urine test and take radiographs, to rule out a blockage, a bladder infection and bladder stones.

Only when all these other conditions are ruled-out, a diagnosis of FIC can be made.

Not one single cause has been identified, but environmental stress and concurrent illnesses seem to play an important part. Younger cats seem to be predisposed to this disease.  

The reason why only some cats get it, seems to have to do with the way that they handle stress, and the hormones associated with it. A cascade of events is triggered that leads to  

irritation of the bladder lining, pain, bleeding, and urgency to urinate.

September: The Labrador Retriever

lab freeHistory of the Breed
The Labrador's lineage goes back to 16th century Newfoundland.  This dog was the fisherman's working dog, helping to carry ropes to boats and retrievinng fishing nets in the water.  The labrador's predessor, the St. John's water dog, had tuxedo markings of a white chest, feet, chin and muzzle.  This trait will occasionally be expressed in our modern day labradors as a white spot on the chest (known as a medallion), or stray white hairs on the feet or muzzle. 
Valued for it's loyal and brave personality, the labrador retriever is the quinesential dog.  Friends with everyone, the labrador makes a great family dog.  Labradors love being outdoors and need plenty of exercise.  They are excellent at the job they were bred to do, which is retrieving.  If your family is not one of hunters, then labradors would love to retrieve sticks and balls to fullfill that natural instinct. 
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