Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-09-17 11:45:08 GMT
A Jackson mother claims a Wingfield high school soccer coach had inappropriate contact with her 14-year-old daughter who plays soccer. She says she became concerned after seeing some of the texts the coachMore >>
The mom, who preferred to remain unidentified to protect her daughter, said the coach asked her daughter for her cell phone number. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:00:09 GMT
An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate.More >>
An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate. Johnson discovered the posts last week, and she says what she read would make parents cringe.More >>
Wednesday, September 17 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-09-17 10:54:13 GMT
Margaritaville's employees and the casinos supplier have known for some time the closure was a likely possibility, but still, they say, that doesn't make the reality of it any less difficult.More >>
Margaritaville's employees and the casinos supplier have known for some time the closure was a likely possibility, but still, they say, that doesn't make the reality of it any less difficult. A day after the shutdown they used words like "sad" and "devastating" to describe their feelings. Now they must wonder what comes next for them.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:19:28 GMT
This is a news release from the Mississippi Department of Justice Local contractor Mike Miller, 48, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty on September 15, 2014, to a kickback scheme which defrauded the U.S. DepartmentMore >>
Local contractor Mike Miller, 48, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty on September 15, 2014, to a kickback scheme which defrauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K.More >>
Dental disease is a problem for cats of all ages, especially older ones, and ven lead to much greater health problems than a cavity to fill here and there.More >>
Dental disease is a problem for cats of any age, but especially for older cats. Tartar build-up, gum disease, and bad breath are bad enough, but they bring with them other serious problems. Infected teeth are swarming with harmful bacteria that have direct access to your cat's bloodstream through the blood vessels in and around the roots of his teeth. These bacteria travel throughout your cat's body, and their two favorite places to do damage are the kidneys and the heart valves. When damaged, kidneys become unable to eliminate toxic waste from the body through the urine, and your cat begins to suffer from kidney failure. Eventually, this will prove fatal. Infected heart valves become shriveled and gnarled and no longer close properly when the heart contracts. The heart becomes unable to pump blood throughout the body properly. Then other body systems begin to malfunction.
Anesthesia is never without risk, even for a young and healthy cat, but modern anesthetics, machines, and monitoring equipment make the procedure much safer. Your veterinarian may recommended a pre-anesthetic evaluation of your cat, which should include a thorough examination to detect other health problems; an electrocardiogram (ECG), which might detect abnormalities of the heart; and analysis of a blood sample (both a complete blood count, or CBC, and serum biochemistry panel, often just called a panel) to determine whether other internal organs are functioning normally. Analysis of a urine sample (urinalysis) will also help your doctor evaluate the kidneys.
All of these tests should be performed at least every two years on cats older than 10 years of age. The tests will tell your veterinarian how well your cat will respond to anesthesia and which anesthetic procedures might be safest for him. Just because he doesn't pass these tests with flying colors doesn't mean he shouldn't be anesthetized: Those teeth still need to be thoroughly cleaned (even under the gums, which is impossible without anesthesia), and many cats with some malfunction of the heart, kidneys, liver, or other organs can be safely anesthetized as long as special precautions are taken.
One last bit of advice: Don't make the mistake of not taking good care of your older cat's teeth (or any other health problem he may have) just because he's an old cat. With modern veterinary care, many cats now live to be at least 20 years old, and withholding care now could rob you of several wonderful years with your feline buddy.