Cat recovers well after hip surgery
• Fridgey, a 2-year-old Bengal cat who has had bilateral hip problems, gave veterinarians at Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital in West Lafayette, Indiana, their first opportunity to perform total hip replacement surgery — a common procedure in dogs — on a cat. He underwent the surgery in March, followed by extensive physical rehab sessions to get him back in shape, including sessions on an aquatic treadmill. Fridgey has recovered well, his veterinarians report. Between surgery and rehab, the cost of Fridgey’s care was approximately $10,000, but owners Tyler and Faith Goldsberry had pet health insurance, which covered 80 percent of the expense.
• Summer is still in full swing. If you haven’t been to the beach with Rover yet, here are eleven dog-friendly options: Muir Beach in Marin County, California; Dog Beach in Fort Myers Beach, Florida; Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia; Montrose Dog Beach in Chicago; Long Meadow Dog Beach in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park; Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina’s Outer Banks; Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, Oregon; Kinney Shores in Saco, Maine; Edisto Island Town Beach and State Park in South Carolina; Padre Island National Seashore in Corpus Christi, Texas; and Magnuson Park in Seattle.
• Got a constipated canine or a cat who’s hacking up hairballs? Add a little plain canned pumpkin to his diet. The added fiber can get things moving in your pet’s digestive tract, and it also helps to reduce the incidence of hairballs. For pets with mild diarrhea, the fiber helps to firm up loose feces. Pets on a diet will appreciate some pumpkin mixed with their food to help them feel fuller. Ask your veterinarian how much to give, based on your pet’s size, and be sure to use plain canned pumpkin, not the sweetened pie filling. — Dr. Marty Becker, Kim Campbell Thornton and Mikkel Becker