Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins Answers Cat Questions

HodgkinsDr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, a cat-only veterinarian in Yorba Linda, CA and author of ”Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life”, recently answered questions from cat owners in regards to cat health.

One reader asked about her cat that constantly sneezed and mucous coming out of her nose. Dr. Hodgkins said the four most likely explanations for the snotty nose are polyps in the nose, a tumor in the nasal passage, an allergic reaction or –- the most likely of all –- chronic herpes virus. Testing for herpes is the first thing that she suggested the cat owner should do.

Hodgkins explained that there is no cure for chronic herpes and it can be a lifetime problem. A treatment is available to help alleviate the symptoms of the cats. Anti-viral medication is suggested for cats who have extreme symptoms.

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5 Responses to “Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins Answers Cat Questions”

  1. stefani says:

    I have the book; it is excellent and a very easy read for the layperson. I recommend it. It is very important for us to be educated for the wellbeing of our pets.

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    I listened to you on a Canadian talk show and just caught the last part when you said commercial dog food wasn’t healthy for dogs. I breed Soft Coated Wheaten terrriers and I have had them on Hills Low Allergen dry dog food I would like to know what food you thought would be the best perhaps it’s something better then I’ve been feeding mine. I’m also quite aware of the PLE/PLN and I do put my females on a high protein puppy food when I’m breeding after the female has conceived. Do you believe in the Holistic commercial food as you never did say. My females are not overweight and they seem to be doing fine on the low allergen food I am open for sugestions any info I would apreaciate it thanks Don

  3. Ann says:

    Hello my name is Ann and I have a 4 year old cat that has diabeties and was wondering how I can help him through this, he eats canned food and a little dry. I am not sure about the insulin that they would like to put him on. Could you please give me some advise or help me out?

  4. Cate Ritzman says:

    Hi, I have a 7 month old Ocicat that has broken and several curly whiskers. Is this a problem? She is from a very reputable breeder and I think she looks fine otherwise. I’d like to know if this something that she’ll grow out of.


  5. Kathy L Clinon says:

    Hello Dr Hodgkins,
    I have two neutered male cats (ages 9 and 16) who have eaten only Science Diet CD or SD since very early bouts with uninary stones. When I have tried other recommended commercial foods, both immediately relapsed. I’d love to change them to a healthier diet, but am told by my vet that SD is the best option and the proof is in their success on it. I feel like I am purchasing and over-priced,obviously inferior food that is at least ph safe. Can you help me work them into a healthier diet? Both used to eat only the dry version (which I now read likely caused the issue to begin with), now the older one has transitioned to the canned version. Both were rescued as kittens. Thank you for your help!

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