2851 W. IRVING PARK RD  CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  60618     PHONE  (773) 539-9080   FAX  (773) 478-0605

Health Care Services

Specialized Care for Chicago's FelinesInternal Feline Medicine

Cat Hospital of Chicago is a full-service feline-only hospital staffed by skilled, compassionate, and caring professionals. Beyond our comprehensive “nose-to-tail” wellness examinations, we offer a full range of health services. At Cat Hospital of Chicago, your cat receives the highest level of care available in a professional and loving environment. As a part of our commitment to you and your cat, we are here to address any concerns you have.

Internal Medicine

The veterinary team at Cat Hospital of Chicago offers a broad range of feline veterinary services to best protect your cat's health and overall well-being. Our most commonly addressed area of focus is internal medicine.

We regularly treat patients suffering from both straightforward and more complicated ailments, and we are committed to communicating with our clients and providing individualized care to our feline patients so we can determine the best course of action in treating any illness or injury. We look at the whole picture, considering each of your cat's organ systems effected, your cat’s ability to medicate and their tolerance to medication, and what you can reasonably afford.

Our experienced veterinarians—supported by Cat Hospital of Chicago's advanced diagnostic technology—have expertise in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as chronic kidney, heart, respiratory, dental, and endocrine diseases, as well as cancer and arthritis. We refer patients to specialists when needed, but we are strong internists in feline medicine and the vast majority of diagnostics and therapeutics are completed in-house.

Cat DermatologyTreating Allergies and Skin Problems

Cats are curious creatures It's not uncommon for them to come into contact with potential allergens such as fleas, ticks, a variety of edibles, or inhalants like dust and pollen. It is most common for allergies to appear after a cat has reached six months of age. The most common symptom associated with allergies is localized or generalized itching of the skin. Other symptoms may include respiratory distress (e.g. coughing, sneezing, and wheezing) or digestive problems that cause vomiting, flatulence, or diarrhea.

Flea allergies are a common allergies of cats. A normal cat experiences only minor skin irritation at the site of a bite. The flea-allergic cat, however, may have a severe, itch-producing reaction when the flea's saliva is deposited in the skin. Just one bite causes such intense itching that the cat may severely scratch or chew itself, leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs on the skin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump or base of the tail.

It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, paws and ears
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Bumps, crusts or pus filled vesicles on the skin
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Thickened skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Head shaking

If your cat exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment with Cat Hospital of Chicago to have him or her seen by one of our veterinarians. We will perform a complete evaluation, determine the most effective method of treatment, and explain how you can prevent future problems. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.

We carry a large selection of hypoallergenic diets for diet trials with cats suspected of having food allergies, as well as shampoos, sprays and other pharmaceuticals for cats with dermatological conditions.

Glaucoma PreventionGlaucoma Prevention

Compared to their human caretakers, cats do not see as much color. They make up for that deficiency with a wider field of view and a greater range of peripheral vision. That is why the experienced veterinarians at Cat Hospital of Chicago recommend your cat receive a routine glaucoma exam as part of his or her regular wellness care.

Glaucoma is a relatively common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases which results in damage to the optic nerve. This can be followed by a loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma. Primary (or chronic) glaucoma is hereditary or develops as your cat ages. Secondary (or acute) glaucoma develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency situation.

Although some cats may have no symptoms in the earlier stages of glaucoma, signs will develop as the condition progresses.

Signs of glaucoma to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

A glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma. It can also help set a baseline measurement of your cat's normal intraocular pressure (IOP). Establishing an IOP baseline is important because the normal measurement can vary between breeds and even individual cats. This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your furry friend any pain or discomfort. We apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your cat is comfortable during the exam.

Treating Your Cat's Cancer

We consider many factors in advising the most appropriate course of treatment for your cat's particular case at Cat Hospital of Chicago. The standard treatment for almost all cancers is removal of the lump via surgical laser. Benign (non-invasive, non-spreading) cancers in an accessible, well-defined area are almost always permanently cured by surgical removal. Surgery is also the best treatment for the majority of malignant cancers that have not yet spread (metastasized). Complex procedures and those requiring radiation will be referred to a cancer center – located two short miles away. Recovery from most surgery is rapid and post-surgical pain is controllable using appropriate medications.

We also offer chemotherapy at Cat Hospital of Chicago. Chemotherapy uses drugs that are damaging to cancer cells, but may also have some toxicity for healthy cells. Some cats experience side effects such as anemia, reduced resistance to infection, and gastrointestinal upset. Our medical team will help you monitor your cat for these conditions.

CancerChemotherapy for cats has been designed to improve their quality of life and maximize their life spans. Protocols are developed to minimize side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, and lowered resistance to infection. These effects can be moderated or eliminated by use of appropriate medications and adjustment of the chemotherapy protocol.

Radiation treatment is another option. High-energy radiation injures cancer cells' DNA. Unfortunately, normal healthy cells may also be damaged or destroyed by the radiation procedure, particularly cells that make up your cat's intestinal lining, bone marrow, and immune system. This type of treatment is only available at veterinary specialty centers. We can refer you to a trustworthy radiation oncology specialist in our area.

We will discuss all the relevant factors with you to help you make the best decision on the appropriate course of action for your cat. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, quality of life, and improved outcomes.

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