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Dr. Jessica Taylor, DVM

North Carolina THRIVE Affordable Vet Care


  • Fear Free Certified, Cat Friendly Practice certificate completion, multiple educational and veterinary articles published in local and national platforms, over 14 years of general practice and supporting fellow veterinarians


Graduated with a BS in Animal Science from North Carolina State University, summa cum laude. Obtained Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.


Dr. Taylor spent years in small animal general practice, focusing on preventative care, client education, and internal medicine. Now a Regional Medical Director for a growing general practice group, she enjoys providing support and leadership to fellow veterinarians.


Growing up in Georgia, Dr. Taylor now calls North Carolina home, where she shares her days with her two daughters, husband, and very opinionated pets. When able, she enjoys running and hiking, reading, and playing board games with the family. She also volunteers her time with her local church and spaying and neutering feral cats with her local rescue group.


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Why Do Cats Groom Each Other? Reasons Why Cats Socially Groom

Domestic cats are fastidious animals, and the main way they keep themselves clean is through grooming. Many of us have multiple feline friends in the same household and have noticed that they groom not only themselves but sometimes each other. How did this behavior evolve? How is it decided who grooms who? Let’s explore the details on why grooming plays...

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10 Fascinating Cat Brain Facts

The feline mind is a fickle one. Cats are pint-sized predators, but also spend hours napping on plush comforters and purring. They paw at your face for attention at 3 am, but then stand aloof when you call their name. This article brings you 10 cat brain facts that showcase just how fascinating our cats' minds are. Final Thoughts Whether...

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Dwarfism In Cats: What You Need To Know

Throughout history, people have valued and bred pets for specific qualities and appearance. Dwarfism in cats is growing as a class of breeds, but come with potential health risks and considerations. While munchkin and other aptly named breeds may be cute, we should base our pet selection on more than looks for a long and healthy relationship. Causes Of Dwarfism...

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Epiphora In Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment​

Have you noticed brown or reddish stained fur around your cat’s eyes? Does your cat seem to have watery ocular discharge that you need to wipe away frequently? They may have epiphora. There are many causes of epiphora in cats. Some are completely benign, and some need treatment with the help of your veterinarian. Let’s discuss how to tell the...

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Tapeworms In Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment​

Our cats live closely with our families every day. Keeping them healthy and parasite free is extremely important. Intestinal parasites can occur in any age cat, and several types of intestinal worms infect our housecats. Parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms cause weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Common tapeworms are a pesky example, and require...

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Roundworm Infection In Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment​

Parasites come in many forms. Some we can see on our cats, such as fleas and ticks. Others are not readily visible to us as pet owners. Internal parasites such as heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms all live inside your pet’s organs. Roundworms are an example of a common intestinal parasite, meaning that they live in your cat's intestines...

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Cataracts In Cats: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

Night hunting, pouncing on speedy prey, keeping a watch to protect their territory—cats use their keen eyesight for survival in the wild and to live an active life as a pet in the home. If a cat’s eyesight is affected or reduced, it can lead to changes in behavior and sometimes pain and discomfort. Cats are excellent at hiding signs...

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