Care for your Cat

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Candy Olson, owner of Greenbriar Animal Hospital discusses how to care for your cat.

    Candy Olson

    Dr. Candy Olson graduated from veterinary school in 1978, and has been working as a small animal veterinarian ever since. She started her own practice, Greenbriar Animal Hospital, in Fairfax, Virginia in 1993 with a goal to providing a very personal level of service, like an old fashioned family doctor’s office. The hospital has grown into a busy 2 doctor practice with a full time dog and cat groomer. The practice and Dr. Olson have received several awards for top quality service to her patients and their owners, but what she enjoys the most is fine tuning the day to day care of her patients, and helping their owners cope with medical and behavioral issues that pop up in today’s lifestyles. Dr. Olson is particularly interested in the care of geriatric pets and in pets with multiple medical and/or behavioral problems. She keeps her veterinary knowledge current by reading more than 8 veterinary journals every month, and by attending more than 80 hours of continuing education meetings each year (Virginia requires 15 hours per year). She also serves as a mentor for student veterinary technicians and high school students interested in veterinary medicine. Her hobbies include gardening, travel, and photography (photography is an extended family hobby). Some of her photos and some of her family’s photos are framed and on display at the animal hospital.

    Hi, I am Dr Candy Olson, I own Greenbriar Animal Hospital. Now, were going to be going over a bunch of tips on how to take care of your cat. I have had this hospital for 15 years, and have been a veterinarian for almost 30 years. One of the things that you want to be careful about with doing things with cats is that you have to practice it first. Cats are really good at noticing when you dont know what youre doing. So, you want to practice it, so youre not fumbling, and then go and get your cat and do stuff with them. You also want to be a little careful about safety. Some of these things that were going to be showing you not all cats will be amenable to it, and even us pros cant do these things with all cats. So, watch your cat for signs that theyre getting uncomfortable or upset. Big things there, cats are subtle with their body language, so you want to look for a little twitching of the tail, ears down a little bit like this, or if youre looking at their face, like youre trying to give them medicine or putting stuff in their eyes, look for dilated pupils. If cats are hissing or swatting at you, youve gone way too far, stop and backtrack a little bit. So, the idea is to get them accustomed to these things before you get that far. As far as tips and everything, if you any questions dont hesitate to call your veterinarian. Lets go ahead and get started with your cat tips.