FELINE MEDICINE & BEHAVIORDr. Carney offer comprehensive feline behavior consultations and the most advanced cat medical care available in the veterinary field.
Feline Behavior — Do you have a freaky feline or crazy kitten? You are not alone–and there is help!
As veterinary medicine continues advancing in treatments and therapies, behavior plays an increasingly important component of the human and animal bond. According to the American Association of Feline Practitioner’s (AAFP), behavior problems remain the leading reason for euthanasia in pet cats. Issues that may increase family stress and elicit inappropriate punishments — resulting in a decreased quality of life for the cat and deterioration in the human/animal bond.
These problems can be addressed through owner education and prevention, by understanding feline behavior and their needs for a healthy environment, families can achieve a more harmonious living situation.
Because Dr. Carney limits her practice to cats, she offers a very specialized scope of services for treating feline behavior problems including aggression and eliminating outside of the litter box.
Idaho’s Feline Veterinary Specialist
Feline Interstitial Cystitis
Feline Interstitial Cystitis (FIC) is a lower urinary tract disease affecting 1% of the cat population (both male and female). Symptoms include bloody urine, pain when urinating, and inappropriate elimination. Kidney problems and disease can result if left untreated. Dr. Carney can help! Click HERE to download an FIC Questionnaire to complete before your consultation.
Treating Feline Hyperthyroidism with Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Therapy
Feline Hyperthyroidism is a fairly common disease of older cats. This disorder, resulting from a tumor that produces too much thyroid hormone, results in metabolic changes in your cat. Left untreated, this disorder is fatal. Symptoms include:
- weight loss
- fluctuations in appetite and energy level
- rapid heartbeat
- excessive water intake
Dr. Carney is a nationally recognized feline veterinarian who co-created Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Therapy. 98% of the tumors that cause hyperthyroidism are benign and curable with one shot of radioactive iodine. Here is one client’s experience with this treatment for her feline friend: HERE.
Her vast experience and knowledge of feline medicine and behavior enable WestVet to expand our services to clients and family veterinarians.
Blogs and articles in which Dr. Carney has shared insight on cat-related issues:
- Does your cat have litter box aversion? “Finicky Felines: A Cat’s Dream Litter Box,” and “Ten Tips for Getting Your Cat to Use the Litter Box.“
- Female cat fertility 101. “It’s Spring and Your Cat’s thoughts Turn to Love.”
- Why all the late night squalling (and what to do about it): “Why cats Squall at Night: Answers for Cat Owners.”
- “Why Cats Eat Grass & When to Worry About It.”
- Critical information on feline pancreatitis: “Pancreatitis: A Serious Medical Condition for Your Cat.”
- “Adopt a Senior Cat and Save a lite (or Two)“
- Idaho Statesman article on Dr. Carney’s research into the cat psyche: “Analyzing Feline Behavior: Cat Psychology.“
- How the home environment affects your cat’s health, mood, and behavior: “Creating a Safe Home Environment for Your Cat.”
- “How to Prevent Cat Fights After a Vet Visit.“
- Home care video: “Giving Your Cat Oral Medications–A Quick & Easy Technique.”
DVM, MS, DABVP, Feline Behavior And Medicine
Dr. Carney, a leader in the feline veterinary industry for more than 25 years, is one of only eight feline veterinarians nationwide that serves as a panel member and co-author of the American Association of Feline Practitioner’s (AAFP) Guidelines:
If your friendly feline has become not so friendly, even anxious, unsocial, and/or withdrawn, Dr. Carney recommends this dietary supplement. Read more about Caseinate hydrolysate Neutraceutical Therapy aka Zylkene® or De-Stress® HERE.
Dr. Carney’s Availability:
- Tu. 2/28 WestVet
- W. 3/1 WestVet
- W. 3/8 WestVet AM
- Th. 3/9 Four Rivers, Ontario, OR
- Mon – Fri 3/13-17 Four Rivers, Ontario, OR, I 131 treatment week
- Mon. Mar. 20 WestVet
- Tu. Mar 21, WestVet AM
- Wed-Fri 3/22-24, out of the office
- Wed. 3/29, WestVet
- Th. 3/30, WestVet AM
- Tu. 4/4, WestVet
- Wed. 4/5, WestVet AM
- Th. 4/6, Four Rivers, Ontario, OR
- Mon-Tue. 4/10-11, Four Rivers, Ontario, OR, I 131 treatment week
- Wed. 4/12, WestVet AM, Four Rivers, Ontario, OR, noon – 5 PM
- Thur-Fri. 4/13-14, Four Rivers, Ontario, OR, I 131 treatment week
- Mon. 4/17, WestVet
- Tue-Fri. 4/18-28, out of office