Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:02 GMT
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, aMore >>
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:21 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:21:44 GMT
State Senator Chris McDaniel, who's been an outspoken critic of Obamacare, is reacting to the ongoing IRS scandal. He says an IRS official who once oversaw a unit which targeted Tea Party groups has noMore >>
State Senator Chris McDaniel, who's been an outspoken critic of Obamacare, is reacting to the ongoing IRS scandal.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:16 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:16:49 GMT
The North Lamar Water Association has issued a boil water notice for all of Bellewood Subdivision until further notice. It was issued just before 3 p.m. Saturday. Officials with the association sayMore >>
Officials with the association say a break in a main water line prompted the notice.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 18:39:09 GMT
Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat, now free from prison, still says he had no part in a murder plot that led to him spending almost 16 years in federal prison. Halat said he had "absolutely nothing" to doMore >>
Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat, now free from prison, still says he had no part in a murder plot that led to him spending almost 16 years in federal prison.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.