Cat Veterinarian in Germantown, MD

Orange cat stretching on a carpeted floor in the sun.As most cat owners know, it can be difficult to tell when our feline friends are feeling under the weather. However, it’s incredibly important that you know what to look for because spotting symptoms early can lead to a more successful treatment and, ultimately, a happier life for your cat.

If your cat is acting abnormally or showing any of the below symptoms, contact Germantown Vet right away at (240) 252-7467.

Conditions We Treat

Your cat is a part of your family, so when signs of an illness appear, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with our staff at Germantown Vet. The list of diseases and conditions we treat is extensive. They include:

Contact Germantown Vet immediately if you notice unexplainable changes in your cat’s health or behavior. There are times when your cat may be sick but isn’t showing any symptoms, which is why scheduling routine wellness visits is crucial.

Call Germantown Vet at (240) 252-7467 to schedule an appointment. Make sure your cat gets the best care possible!

Feline Preventative Care & Wellness Visits

Cats should be seen by their veterinarian at least once a year. A feline preventative wellness visit ensures your cat is healthy and allows our vet team to detect problems early. At Germantown Vet, our goal is to help you keep your cat as healthy and active as possible. With regular care and wellness visits and immediate attention when they’re sick or injured, we can help your cat live a long and healthy life. 

During a care and wellness check, the veterinarian will examine your cat and check for any signs of illness or disease. They can begin treatment right away if they find that something is wrong. During the visit, they’ll also administer any vaccinations that are needed. If you have questions, be sure to ask them!

At Germantown Vet, we take your cat’s health seriously. Call (240) 252-7467 today to schedule their yearly exam.

Common Cat Illnesses & Symptoms

At Germantown Vet, our experienced veterinarians get the question “what’s wrong with my cat?” quite often. Although it’s impossible to accurately diagnose your cat’s illness without a thorough examination and, in some cases, testing, we have a list of some of the most common illnesses and the symptoms your cat would likely exhibit.

Feline Panleukopenia

Feline panleukopenia is caused by a virus commonly known as feline distemper. This contagious infection is most common in kittens but can also be contracted by adult cats. This is a potentially fatal illness, so it’s incredibly important to have your cat vaccinated as part of their routine veterinarian care and to bring your cat to the vet immediately if they’re exhibiting signs of feline panleukopenia.

Symptoms:

  • Listlessness
  • Lethargy
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Refusal to drink water
  • Dry skin due to dehydration
  • Fur loss or lack of luster

Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can range in severity and can clear up on its own without you ever noticing. However, in more severe cases, it can be very painful for your pet, and, if left untreated, the infection can spread to the kidneys and cause serious problems.

Symptoms:

  • Whining or yelping when using the litter box
  • Blood in urine
  • Accidents outside the litter box
  • Frequent trips to litter box without success

Upper Respiratory Infection

Cat getting an examination by a veterinarian and vet tech.Much like a human cold, this contagious illness is only passed from one infected cat to another — this means most indoor cats won’t suffer from an upper respiratory infection. However, outdoor cats could contract an illness from another cat.

In most cases, an upper respiratory infection can work itself out, however, if your cat is not eating or drinking, it can be a more serious issue that requires veterinarian attention ASAP.

Symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Watery eyes
  • Raspy meow
  • Lack of interest in eating or drinking
  • Lethargy

Feline Diabetes

Feline diabetes is just like human diabetes, in that the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to properly maintain blood sugar levels in the body. It’s incredibly important that, if your cat has this disease, it is diagnosed as soon as possible — otherwise, it can lead to a shorter life for your cat.

Symptoms:

  • Increased appetite without weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Drinking and urinating excessively
  • Less active
  • Fur loses luster
  • Ketoacidosis in severe cases (includes weakness, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle weakness)

Chronic Kidney Failure

We see this illness most commonly in senior cats, and it happens as a result of the aging process. The kidneys begin to deteriorate and lose their ability to effectively remove waste from the bloodstream. There’s no cure for kidney failure; however, our veterinarians can make suggestions to improve and extend your cat’s life.

Symptoms:

  • Constipation
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea

Get a Diagnosis for Your Cat Today

If you’re asking yourself, “what’s wrong with my cat?” the first thing you need to do is make an appointment with Germantown Vet. Only a trained and experienced veterinarian can accurately diagnose and treat your furry friend, so it’s incredibly important to come in at the first sign of illness.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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