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  1. #1
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    Ask the Vets this week!

    Anyone have any questions they'd like to ask a vet this week? I'll have a "new" - to the show, anyway veterinarian on, and Dr. Carol and Dr. Don as well, so any questions will be appreciated, and I will ask the cranberry juice for kitty UTI's question I didn't get a chance to last week!

    Any nutrition or food questions are also welcome!

    I need them by 1:30 Thursday afternoon, we're recording starting at 2 this week!
    I've Been Frosted

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    Thank you so much for remembering, Karen. I saw you post and was just getting ready to ask that question again!
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    Karen, I know that I already asked a question a few weeks ago so if you don't receive enough questions for this week here's my question: My cat Ziggy Stardust was at the groomers and they always check the animals anal glands. She's been checked before and has never had any problems. This time they said she had a small problem with her anal glands. I guess when they squeezed them, some stuff came out. My question is how do I keep her from having any more problems with her anal glands? She'll be 7 years old in June so she's not even a senior cat yet. I feed her both canned and dry food which is grain free.
    Owned by Sky, Pearl, Ziggy Stardust, Alani, Blaze, Colby, Finnegan, and Summer.


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    Thanks, I will add that in!
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    I wonder what the vets think of checking your diabetic animal's blood sugar at home, specifically a cat in my case.

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    Karen, would you please ask the vets what they think about giving cats tap water to drink?

    I use a Brita filter pitcher for my own drinking water. The water tastes better, if nothing else. For a while I was giving my cats this water too, and then I happened to think: Wait a minute, they use their tongues as toilet paper! And surely tap water wasn't going to be worse than that, so I started giving them the tap water instead.

    Then one day a few months ago someone said to me that the chlorine in tap water can cause real serious harm to cats ( kidneys maybe? I forget which organ she said), so I've been giving them the Brita filtered water again since then.

    My question is: is that true? or are there other impurities in tap water that are potentially harmful to them?

    The tap water in Ann Arbor is supposedly very pure as tap water goes.

    Thanks very much,
    Pat
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