2 Serious Diseases That Can Affect Your Cat

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Serious Diseases That Can Affect Your Cat

If you are a cat owner, you want to keep your feline companion in the best possible health. However, there are several serious diseases that are common among pet cats. Here are a two: Feline Leukemia Feline leukemia is a cat disease that is caused by a virus. Within about 36 months of being diagnosed, 85 percent of cats that are persistently infected die from it. The virus works by negatively affecting the immune system. Cats that suffer from feline leukemia find it difficult to fight off infections. In addition, an infected animal may display a wide variety of symptoms, such as weight loss, lack of appetite, poor coat appearance and diarrhea. Cats contract the disease from other felines, so it is best to keep your pet away from other cats that may be infected. The incidence of feline leukemia is quite low for indoor cats as well as for cats that dwell in a single-cat household. In fact, if a cat is the only feline in a family, it only has around a three percent chance of developing feline leukemia. Although a vaccination for feline leukemia does exist, it does not fully protect a cat from contracting the disease. If you are planning to adopt an additional cat, be sure to have the new animal tested before bringing it home. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease   Feline urinary tract disease can be caused by multiple factors, such as bladder stones, a blockage in the cat’s urinary tract, a bladder infection, stress or even cancer. The symptoms include problems emptying the bladder, blood in the urine, an overly firm, swollen abdomen, frequent licking of the opening to the urinary tract, urinating outside of the litter box and vomiting. It normally affects cats that are over a year old. In addition, male cats are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease. If your cat shows signs of feline lower urinary tract disease, it should be taken to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible. Serious complications that may accompany the disease, such as the inability to urinate and bloody urine, are considered medical emergencies. At some point, your cat may incur an ailment that is considered life-threatening. However, if the animal receives prompt treatment from a veterinarian at a facility like Bearss Animal Clinic, the cat may still be able to recover. If your cat displays symptoms of physical stress that you believe are consistent with a feline disease, contact your veterinarian immediately. He or she will be able to diagnose your cat’s condition and determine if it is...

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How To Perform Artificial Respiration On Your Cat

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Perform Artificial Respiration On Your Cat

If you are a cat owner, you may not to know what to do if your animal stops breathing. Breathing cessation usually occurs before your cat enters cardiac arrest, so it is important to restore your cat’s breathing as quickly as possible. Artificial respiration may be needed. Here are the steps needed to perform artificial respiration on a cat: Position your cat properly. Place the animal gently on a flat surface that you can easily access, such as a table. Be sure the animal is on its side. Check for breathing. Artificial respiration will only be necessary if your cat has stopped breathing. Watch the animal’s chest for a gentle rise and fall that would indicate respiration. If there is no visible sign of respiration, the animal could still be breathing. Place your hand close to the animal’s nose and mouth and feel for breath. In addition, lift a side of the animal’s lip to reveal the gums. Blue gums are sign of oxygen deficiency. A thick coat of hair or shallow breathing can make respiration difficult to detect visibly.  Check for an obstruction. If the cat is not breathing, its airway could be obstructed. Here are the steps to check for an obstruction and clear it from the cat’s airway: Extend the animal’s neck and head. Open its mouth to look for a foreign substance or object that could be causing an obstruction. If an object is visible, grab the cat’s tongue with your fingers and pull it forward. This maneuver may dislodge the object without further effort. However, if the object remains lodged, use your fingers, or a tool, such as pliers, to grasp it. Do not push the object further into the cat’s throat by attempting to re-position it. If the object cannot be grasped, start the Heimlich maneuver, which consists of picking up your cat and applying abdominal thrusts repeatedly behind its last rib until the object dislodges. You may also suspend your cat by its hips with its head hanging downward to help the object dislodge. Begin Artificial Respiration Once the object is dislodged, your animal may begin breathing again on its own. However, if the cat does not start breathing, begin artificial respiration. As you cat lies on its side, lift its chin, and hold the mouth shut. Place your mouth over the cat’s nose and blow with enough force to expand the chest.  Allow the cat to exhale. Continue this cycle until the cat can breathe unassisted. If you cat experiences respiratory distress, you may have to perform artificial respiration to help restore the animal’s breathing. Be sure to have someone contact a veterinarian,and transport your cat to a pet hospital immediately, like Bijou Animal Hospital P.C., once breathing is...

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Helping Your Overweight Adult Cat To Slim Down

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Helping Your Overweight Adult Cat To Slim Down

Kittens seem to have a constant source of energy to run, jump and play. Your adult cat may have spurts of energy, but more often enjoys napping in the sun. A more sedentary lifestyle, and poor eating habits, cause adult cats to become overweight. Here is how you can help your cat get rid of those pounds and keep themselves healthy and trim as they age. Get a Professional Opinion First When you first notice your cat’s rounded tummy, take them to the pet hospital and have your vet look at them. There are cat diseases that cause weight gain, such as hyperthyroidism. Don’t waste time trying to get your cat to slim down when you should be treating them for a disease. When your cat gets a clean bill of health, then you can start their weight reduction program. Start With Lower Calorie Food Your vet can recommend some healthy brands that make food for the less active cat. In the pet food store, these foods may be marked as for indoor or senior cats. These are high protein foods with less carbohydrate fillers, such as rice. The protein gives your cat the energy it needs. Fewer carbs mean less fat production in your cat. Introduce these foods to your cat over a couple of weeks. Most cats don’t like change, especially in their food bowl. If they’ve been getting the same food for a long time, a change may put off their eating schedule. Give them a little of the new food at first, and gradually increase the amount of it in their bowl. Wet or Dry Food? Dry cat food contains more high calorie fillers than the wet variety because it’s a more compact form of nutrition. Look at the ingredients label for the dry food and select those which list animal protein first and have fewer grains. The grains, especially rice, wheat flour and corn meal, are essentially fillers as your cat gets little nutritional benefit from them. The water in wet food helps your cat digest its food. Wet cat food is a good choice if your cat does not often drink from the water bowl. Hydration is also important in older cats in which kidney issues are common. The additional water keeps toxins flushed out of the kidneys. The choice may come down to your cat. Some cats prefer dry over wet food. If you buy a high protein, low carbohydrate food, whether it’s wet or dry, your cat will lose weight. What may be more of a factor is how you feed your cat. Change Your Feeding Routine Many cats are grazers and will go back to their food dishes several times throughout the day. Knowing this, you may over-feed them, so your cat always has something in their bowl when they go back for a “snack.” For weight control, you should give your cat the amount of food needed to give them the calories they require, and no more. For the average cat, this is slightly less than one cup of dry food and less than six ounces of wet. Get used to measuring out their food at feeding time and don’t give them more no matter how much they beg. Help Your Cat Get More Exercise As with humans, diet...

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Your Dog Got Locked Out In The Heat: 4 Steps For Treating Heat Stroke

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Dog Got Locked Out In The Heat: 4 Steps For Treating Heat Stroke

You leave your home for a few hours. Your dog is in the house, but there’s a doggy door leading to the backyard. It’s the middle of summer, so you make sure there’s plenty of fresh water for your dog to drink while you’re gone.    When you return home, you realize that your dog somehow blocked the doggy door when it went outside and it’s been stuck in the heat for hours. Now it’s suffering from heat stroke. Don’t panic. Here’s what you need to do.  Check Its Temperature The first thing you need to do is check your dog’s temperature rectally. If the temperature is higher than 105 degrees, wrap your dog in a wet towel and get it to the animal hospital as quickly as possible. Temperatures over 105 degrees can be life-threatening for your dog. If the temperature is below 105 degrees, you can continue with the cooling process at home. Cool It Down With Water Your dog is going to need a cool bath. You can do this a couple of ways. If your dog is too large for the bathtub, you can use a garden hose to cool it down. Be sure your dog is in the shade so that it doesn’t get any hotter. If you use the tub, simply fill the tub with cool water and place your dog directly in the water. Don’t let your dog lay down in the water, or it may breathe water in through its nose. Be sure to cool down your dog’s hot spots, which include the armpits and groin area. Allow your dog to cool down for about 15 minutes before you take it out of the water. Turn on the Fan Once you’ve cooled your dog down with water, wrap it in a damp towel and lay it down in front of a fan. The fan will keep your pet’s fur cool, which will help lower its temperature. This is a good time to check your dog’s temperature again. If the temperature has decreased, continue cooling your dog in front of the fan. However, if your dog’s temperature is still elevated, contact a local animal hospital (such as My Rancho Bernardo Pet Hospital). Offer Plenty of Water Once your dog begins moving around again, be sure to offer it plenty of cool water. The heat has probably caused severe dehydration, which can cause additional health problems for your pet. If your dog refuses to drink the water, take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible. If your pet is suffering from heat stroke, you need to act fast. These simple steps will help your pet recover...

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2 Ways To Soothe Your Older Dog’s Arthritis Pain Naturally

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Ways To Soothe Your Older Dog’s Arthritis Pain Naturally

If your older dog suffers from arthritis, then you likely look for any way you can help relieve his aching joints. Just like arthritis in humans, there are prescription medications that can help him, but no medication can cure or alleviate his pain completely. Thankfully, there are many natural ways you can help your older dog enjoy his golden years in less pain. Here are two natural pain remedies you can try right now.  1. Joint-pain Relief Supplements The joint pain that accompanies arthritis in dogs is caused by deterioration of joint cartilage and a lack of natural lubrication in the joints. There are supplements that can help tackle both causes of joint pain, and although they may not alleviate his pain immediately, you will notice a huge difference in his activity level and comfort after several weeks of giving him the supplements daily.  Glucosamine/chondroitin supplements made for dogs can help rebuild healthy cartilage in your dog’s joints when given to him daily. If this supplement sounds familiar, it is because many humans also take similar supplements for their joint pain with great success.  Oral type-2 collagen supplements have also been shown in studies to help relieve joint pain in dogs after just a few months of daily use.  Both of these supplements can easily be found online or in your local pet store, and they come in several forms, including liquids and “dog treat” form, so you can choose the form that your dog will like best.  2. Pet Acupuncture Acupuncture is a great natural pain remedy for arthritis in dogs, and it works even more quickly than supplements. Many veterinarians recommend it for arthritic dogs who need pain relief, because there are no side effects to worry about and it can be done as often as necessary.   How is it done? A professional veterinary acupuncturist will insert tiny needles into the nerve bundles of your dog’s body. This stimulates your dog’s natural pain relief hormones, called endorphins, helps relieve inflammation, and it stimulates blood flow to increase your dog’s natural healing abilities.  You don’t have to worry that the needles will hurt your dog, because they are so tiny that he won’t even feel them. He may even lie back and relax as the acupuncture begins to bring him pain relief he may not have felt for a long time or even fall asleep during his session. One session a week is typically recommended initially, and then you and your acupuncturist will decide if your dog needs to continue weekly sessions or is doing well enough to space them apart further.  If your dog has arthritis, then you have many natural options to help relieve his aching joints. Along with giving him a big soft bed to lay on, give him joint support supplements and try acupuncture, and you may be surprised when he begins to run around like a puppy...

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Preventing And Dealing With Canine Hot Spots: What You Should Know

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preventing And Dealing With Canine Hot Spots: What You Should Know

As a loving and proactive dog owner, you are always doing what you can to keep your dog happy and healthy. However, even the most diligent dog owner can find themselves with a dog suffering from hot spots. Hot spots are also known as moist dermatitis or pyotraumatic. This skin condition occurs when outside substances or pests cause your dog’s skin to become irritated and then infected. The moistness comes from the fact that the wounds usually look wet or damp and may be oozing clear or yellow liquid. Get to know some of the ways that you can prevent and deal with hot spots on your dog. Prevention: Be Sure To Take Your Dog In For Pet Grooming Proper grooming is one of the best ways that you can prevent hot spots from developing on your dog. While you cannot always prevent your dog from being exposed to potential skin irritants (like pollen, dander from other animals, dirt, and grass for example), you can ensure that your dog’s skin and coat is as well-maintained and clean as possible.  If your dog’s coat gets matted or dirty or even if they are in the middle of their main shedding season, you will want to take them in to the pet groomer right away to get their coat taken care of. That way, should hot spots be developing, you can find and treat them properly. Otherwise, regular (monthly or even more frequently) grooming will help to keep your dog’s skin from getting overly irritated and infected.  While you may think that you can take care of these issues yourself, a professional groomer, like those at Rush Animal Care Clinic PC, has the proper tools to effectively remove mats from fur, loosen up a dog’s undercoat and remove all of their loose hair during shedding season, and ensure that your dog’s skin gets properly cleaned no matter how thick their coat. You may be able to give them a decent bath and brushing, but you do not have the professional tools and supplies that will ensure that those hot spots are kept away. Treatment: Clean and Apply Medications To The Area If you find a hot spot on your dog’s skin, whether it is small or large, you should take your dog in to the veterinarian right away. While you may correctly assume that it is moist dermatitis, there is a possibility that your dog has ringworm or another skin condition requiring different treatments.  When your vet identifies the hot spot as moist dermatitis, they will likely help you to shave and clip the fur away from the hot spot and the area immediately surrounding it. This will help you to access the wound to keep it clean, monitor it to ensure it heals, and to apply the antibiotic ointment the vet will prescribe for your dog.  Once the area is shaved and easy to see, keeping the hot spot clean is as simple as looking to ensure no dirt or debris gets into it. You may also need to pat it down with a soft cloth or paper towel to clean it. Applying the medication may involve using a spray or gently rubbing an ointment onto the wound.  Additionally, you may also need to give your dog antihistamines or other medications for...

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Tips On Caring For Your Cat After She’s Been Spayed

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips On Caring For Your Cat After She’s Been Spayed

One aspect of being a responsible cat owner is getting your cat spayed or neutered. The term “spaying” refers to performing a hysteria-oophorectomy on a female animal to render the animal infertile. A hysteria-oophorectomy involves removing the animal’s ovaries and uterus. This procedure is a fairly invasive surgical procedure that will usually leave the animal somewhat weak until the surgery wounds heal up. The following four tips can help pet owners take good care of their cats following surgery so that recovery is as fast and painless as possible: Periodically inspect the suture area When a cat is spayed, she will have an incision made into her abdomen. One of the biggest potential obstacles to recovery after spaying is the development of an infection in the suture wound that is left behind after this incision is closed up.  Cat owners should discuss the procedure with their veterinarian and be aware of where this suture wound is. While it’s very important to avoid touching or irritating this suture wound, it is a good idea to keep your eye on the wound to make sure it is not bleeding or showing infection signs like pus discharge.  Prevent your cat from licking her wound Your cat may want to lick the suture wound after surgery because it may become irritated or itchy as the wound heals. However, this can significantly increase the chances of infection.  If you have trouble preventing your cat from licking the suture area, you might be able to purchase a large collar-like device that will prevent the cat from getting at the wound. Ask your veterinarian or a sales associates at your local pet store for advice on finding an appropriate device.  Take your cat in to have sutures taken out Depending on what type of suture is used on the wound, you may have to take your cat in for a follow-up appointment during which the sutures will be removed.  While absorbable sutures that don’t need to be removed are commonly used to close up surgical incisions nowadays, your vet might choose to use non-absorbable sutures. Ask your vet if any follow-up appointments are necessary to make sure that suture removal gets taken care of.  Consider pain relievers Your cat won’t necessarily experience pain in the days following the spaying procedure. Many cats only experience temporary weakness or grogginess. If your cat seems to be in pain, you should discuss this with your vet. Your vet might recommend administering some analgesic pills to relieve post-surgery pain until your cat...

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Diseases of Ducks: Keeping the Quack Pack Healthy

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Diseases of Ducks: Keeping the Quack Pack Healthy

If you enjoy having ducks on your farm or homestead, you’re not alone. Ducks in general are easy to care for and can provide plenty of entertainment for you and your family. Fortunately, ducks are one of the most disease-resistant fowl and are seldom bothered by parasites or sickness. However, when illness does occur in ducks, it can spread rapidly and be fatal in a short period of time. Taking a few measures to prevent disease will go a long way in keeping your ducks healthy. You should also be aware of duck diseases and know what symptoms warrant a call to your veterinarian. Preventing illness Proving plenty of clean water and dry shelter for your ducks will help prevent disease and keep your quack pack healthy. Good ventilation in the area where ducks are sheltered is also crucial. You should also talk to your veterinarian regarding immunizing your ducks against duck diseases. Duck virus enteritis Also called duck plague, duck virus enteritis typically occurs in mature ducks. Caused by the herpes virus, the disease can be fatal as well as contagious. Affected ducks have ruffled feathers, become sluggish, and develop diarrhea that may contain blood or be greenish-yellow in color. It is crucial to vaccinate any breeder ducks in your flock against duck plague. Slipped wing Feathers that drop from the body in ducklings are symptoms of slipped wing. This is caused by a duckling growing rapidly due to too much protein in their diet. Consulting with your veterinarian to determine the correct amount of protein for the duckling’s diet should clear up the problem. Worms Worms that occur in ducks sometimes are nothing more than a nuisance. However, some parasites can lead to severe health risks or be fatal. Coughing, shaking of the head, and weight loss can signal worms. Sometimes the worms are noticeable in the duck’s droppings. You should follow your veterinarian’s guidelines for de-worming your ducks to prevent parasite infestations. Duck virus hepatitis Contagious and fatal, duck virus hepatitis affects young ducklings. Symptoms include spasms, contractions in legs, and arching of the back. Preventing this deadly disease is vital. You should vaccinate mother ducks when you are breeding ducks to protect ducklings from developing duck virus hepatitis. While duck diseases can be serious and at times be fatal, fortunately they are rare. Taking the proper measures to prevent disease, and working closely with your veterinarian, such asArmory Dog & Cat Hospital, will help you keep your quack pack healthy and...

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Visiting Friends With Your Dog? Know How To Keep All Pets Safe By Proper Introductions

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Visiting Friends With Your Dog? Know How To Keep All Pets Safe By Proper Introductions

Taking your dog with you to visit friends in another area can be a little stressful for your dog, the people you are visiting and their dogs as well. It is important to understand that the people you are visiting probably treat their dogs like family, just as you do. Everyone wants the dogs to get along and to be safe during the trip. With this in mind, use this guide to properly introduce your dog to the environment, the people and their dogs. Control the Environment Ask the people that you are visiting to choose an area of their home, preferably in the backyard, where proper introductions can be made. Let your friends know that you are nearby so that they can take their dog outside to await your arrival. This lets the dog that lives in the home establish territory and not feel threatened when you bring your dog into the area. Both dogs should be on a leash at first. Allow the dogs to sniff each other, but look for signs of aggression. The dogs’ tails should be wagging as they get to know their new friend. If the ears are pinned back and tails are straight up, calm them down by speaking gently and carefully petting them until they are reassured that everything is okay. Make Introductions to People One at a Time If you have a traveling partner, introduce each person to the dog in the home one at a time. The same goes for your dog. Each person in the home should be introduced to the dog one at the time, so that they can get used to the fact that they will be sharing their space, not only with a different dog, but with other people as well. Stay Nearby When Pets Are Getting to Know One Another When you notice that the dogs seem to be getting comfortable with each other and the new people, remove the leash from each dog and let them play. However, stay near them in the event that they begin to display signs of aggression. If this happens, restrain the dogs again until they understand that this is unacceptable behavior. Once the dogs are content with all that is happening around them, take them inside. But remain near the dogs until you are sure that they will not fight with each other. Perhaps the most important thing about introducing a dog to those who live in the home that you are visiting is to remain calm. Dogs can sense when humans are nervous or agitated, so make your introductions calmly and carefully. Ask your vet for more ideas on how to properly set up a visit with friends who have dogs so that no injuries occur. For more tips on socializing your pet, contact a company like Apple Valley Animal...

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Tips For Before And After Pet Surgery

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Before And After Pet Surgery

A surgery for your pet can be a big deal. It can be a scary experience for a pet to get a surgery because they will not understand what is happening and that the surgery is to help them. It is very important as a pet owner to make sure that you follow certain guidelines before and after the pet’s surgery so that the pet can be adequately prepared and feel taken care of as well. The animal hospital and the vet will take care of the actual surgery, but below are some things that you can do before and after surgery to make the whole process go as smoothly as possible. 1. Before Surgery a. Ask Questions. Knowing what to expect is a big part of the surgical process. If you have any questions about the process, you will want to be sure to ask. How long will the surgery take, how long will recovery take, and what side effects will the pet have? By knowing the answers to these questions, you will be better prepared to take care of the pet after the surgery. b. Follow Directions. The veterinarian may give you specific instructions to prepare your pet for surgery. You will want to make sure that you follow them accurately. Your pet may need to fast before the surgery, so you will want to make sure that they are not eating. You may need to monitor your pet more closely so that they are not finding food sources while you are not looking. 2. After Surgery a. Keep a Close Eye on Your Pet. After the surgery, anesthesia may still be wearing off, and your pet may be unsteady and confused. You may need to carry them or help them walk. You will also want to keep an eye out on the area that was operated on. By examining the area you can ensure that your pet is not touching it or that it is not becoming infected. b. Get into Good Habits. More than likely, you will have to administer medicine on a regular basis until the pet has recovered. You will also need to help your pet eat and drink, as they may have less desire to do so. Your pet should also be a lot less active after the surgery and may need to be put into a crate or other confined area so that they are not trying to run and play when they should be resting. By following these before and after surgery tips, you can help your pet recover more quickly and be more comfortable throughout the whole process. For more information, talk to a staff member at a professional animal hospital, like University Pet Hospital. The staff member will be able to answer any additional questions you may...

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