We’re super excited to introduce a new regular feature on The Conscious Cat: Ask the Vet with Dr. Kris!
Dr. Kristopher Chandroo is a veterinarian, scientist, photographer, animal welfare advocate, and creator of Stress to Success (STS): The Essential Guide to Medicating Your Feisty, Grumpy or Reluctant Cat. Dr. Kris wants your cats to be twenty years old. And counting! And he wants to provide medication and therapy to them in a way that respects the bond between cat and human.
Dr. Kris practices at at Orleans Veterinary Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. Since 1997, he has organized original studies, presentations, and publications that helped change what we think about consciousness and pain perception in aquatic animals. In 2002, Dr. Kris received the Humane Society of the United States travel award, which permitted him to discuss his pain research at the ISAE International Congress. He’s now putting his research and filmmaking skills towards cat specific issues.
“I believe there is a change coming,” Dr. Kris told me. “A change of how we think about cats, and how my profession works with cats and the people who love them. I know this is true because every year, I see more people joined at the hip with their felines. I witness the horrible pain when they lose them. And the amazing relationship they have in between.”
You can learn more about Dr. Kris on his website, http://www.IWillHelpYourCat.com.
I’ve been in touch with Dr. Kris via email for the past couple of years, and had the pleasure of meeting him in person at last year’s American Association of Feline Practitioners conference in Washington, DC. That’s when we started to talk about a collaboration so you could get to know Dr. Kris, and get answers to your cat health questions directly from him.
“I’m just one vet, trying to figure out this thing called life,” said Dr. Kris, “and I’ve got these furry creatures all around me who seem to have things worked out. They know who they are, and the more we respect them as individuals, the better our treatments and plans will go. And I’m happy to share this journey with you.”
Leave your questions for Dr. Kris in a comment
Once a month, we’ll post a reminder for you to post your questions for Dr. Kris. He’ll answer as many of them as he can, and I’ll publish his answers in a subsequent post. We’re kicking this new feature off today – so go ahead and leave your questions!