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Dr. Hazel Carney offers comprehensive feline behavior consultations as well as cat veterinary care for owners in the Treasure Valley and Eastern Oregon.

Do you have a freaky feline or crazy kitten?! You are not alone–and there is help!

Dr. Hazel C. Carney, MS, DABVP, has been a leader in the feline veterinary industry for more than 25 years.

She 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.

According to the AAFP, behavior problems remain the leading reason for euthanasia in pet cats. These issues may also lead to family stress, inappropriate punishment, a decreased quality of life for the cat, and deterioration in the human/animal bond.

The good news is all of these problems can be addressed through owner education and prevention. By understanding normal feline behavior and role of the environment, Dr. Carney can help families achieve a more harmonious living situation.

You may read the American Association of Feline Practitioners guidelines below:

Feline Interstitial Cystitis:

Feline Interstitial Cystitis (FIC) is a feline lower urinary tract disease. This urologic syndrome affects close to 1% of the cat population (both male and female cats).

Symptoms include bloody urine, pain when urinating, and inappropriate elimination. Kidney problems and disease can result if left untreated.

Click HERE to download an FIC Questionnaire to complete before your consultation with Dr. Carney.

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
  • fever
  • rapid heartbeat
  • excessive water intake
  • diarrhea
  • osteoporosis

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.

Read more about the Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Therapy HERE; read one client’s story with treatment HERE.

Feline Behavior

If your friendly feline has become not so friendly, even anxious, unsocial, and/or withdrawn, Dr.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.

Below you’ll find numerous blogs and articles in which Dr. Carney has shared insight on cat-related issues:

Does your cat have litter box aversion? Simple tips on creating a litter box-friendly environment for your family and your cat, “Finicky Felines: A Cat’s Dream Litter Box,” and “Ten Tips for Getting Your Cat to Use the Litter Box.

Female cat fertility, the fertility cycle, why spaying is important, and the best time to have your cat spayed, “It’s Spring and Your Cat’s thoughts Turn to Love.”

Why the late night squalling (and what to do about it):  “Why cats Squall at Night: Answers for Cat Owners.”

Strange cat behavior: eating grass: “Dr. Hazel Carney: Why Cats Eat Grass & When to Worry About It.”

Critical information on pancreatitis and your cat: “Pancreatitis: A Serious Medical Condition for Your Cat.”

Adopting a senior 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.”

Returning from the vet’s keeping the peace in a multi-cat house: “How to Prevent Cat Fights After a Vet Visit.

A short video demonstrating how to give a cat oral medications–and live to tell the tale: “Giving Your Cat Oral Medications–A Quick & Easy Technique.”

Our Specialists

Hazel Carney

Hazel Carney

DVM, MS, DABVP, Feline Behavior And Medicine

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