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By Ruth Macpete, DVM

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Most people have heard this well-known saying, but many don’t realize that following this advice can help their cats live healthier lives and save them money at the same time. Regular veterinary visits can detect disease early before it becomes more advanced and causes complications. The earlier a disease is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. Early diagnosis also means the veterinarian can treat the disease with more standard therapies and avoid the need for more expensive interventions and procedures.

**Get the January 2009 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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Carol    Albany, IN

12/4/2008 5:24:16 PM

It was interesting to read the article on cats and epilepsy. My then 3-yr-old black cat Jake, began having violent seizures which would usually last from 30 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes. Our vet put him on an anti-seizure medication which I gave him twice a day for several years. When Jake had gone for more than 4 years without any seizures, the vet suggested beginning a very slow, gradual weaning from the medication to see how he handled a lesser dose. I took almost a full year to do this and after another year, Jake was totally off the medication, and has remained seizure free since then. Jake is now 15 years old, still quite active, and a very loving friend.

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