Cats

Lead Poisoning in Dogs and Cats

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Poisoning

According to both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, pets are more likely to exceed recommended levels of lead exposure through household contamination rather than by pet toys. Pets and children may be exposed to lead contained in consumer products like lead sinkers used to weigh down fishing lines, the consumption of old paint chips, linoleum, certain paints used by artists, or the inhalation of lead dust when surfaces of older homes are scraped or sanded.

Traveling with Your Pet the Holistic Way

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, General Care

Thinking of taking that long weekend trip to the mountains, or planning relief from the cold by soaking up some rays on the beach? Maybe you are just planning on visiting the family for a day or two. Regardless of the destination, if you are planning to include the household pet on your next trip, they may need some help in dealing with the stress of travel.

Easter Lily or Trumpet Lily Toxicosis in Cats

Filed Under: Cats, Poisoning

The “Easter” or “trumpet lily”, whose scientific name is Lilium longiflorum, is a plant which is grown from bulbs. The plant itself has large, showy, funnel-formed flowers. The trumpet lily is popular at Easter, and for many it is symbolic of the resurrection of Christ. Sales of these lilies at Easter help to make them the fourth most popular selling potted plant in the United States. Unfortunately, these short-lived plants can shorten the life of your cat to days when eaten.

Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Arthritis in Dogs, Cats, Horses, Birds, and Other Pets

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, Horses, Diseases, Birds

Is your pet having more difficulty getting up in the morning? Does he or she walk around still legged for the first 10 to 15 minutes in the morning to get warmed up? Is your pet limping especially on those cold, wet, rainy mornings? Does your pet limp around following that Frisbee session? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then your pet is probably suffering from osteoarthritis.

Microchip Implants and Fibrosarcoma Formation

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, General Care

Microchipping of pets has become an important tool reuniting pet owners with their lost and missing pets. A microchip is an electronic device approximately the size of a grain of rice that is implanted under the skin, usually in the shoulder area. The microchip itself is implanted through the use of a large bore syringe. The procedure is well tolerated by pets, allowing for permanent identification of the individual. When a pet becomes lost, a microchip reader at an animal control facility or veterinary clinic may be employed to obtain the pet ID number contained therein.

Feline Hyperthyroidism: Thyroid Disorders in Cats

Filed Under: Cats, Diseases

Feline hyperthyroidism is a disease characterized by weight loss, increased appetite, higher energy levels and possible irritability. It is the most common endocrine disorder in cats.

Fibrosarcomas: Cancerous Tumors in Cats and Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Diseases

Fibrosarcomas are malignant tumors of fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are cells within the dermis of the skin that produce the collagen in connective tissue. These tumors are locally invasive, often recur locally, and have a tendency to spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). Metastasis often occurs weeks to months following surgical removal. Fibrosarcomas are hard to control through surgery even when ancillary therapy like chemo or radiation is employed.

Feline Roundworms or Toxocara Cati

Filed Under: Cats, Parasites

The feline roundworm or Toxocara cati is the most common parasite seen throughout the U.S. in cats. Roundworms are a spaghetti-type worm typically found in the intestines of infected felines. Roundworms are especially common in young kittens and their nursing mothers.

The #1 Reason Pets are Brought to Shelters (and How to Prevent It!)

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Behavioral & Training

A nationwide study of animal control facilities performed in 2000 reported that 40% of dogs and 28% of cats were surrendered due to one or more behavior problems. Today, that number is thought to be much higher. The most common behavioral problem cited was inappropriate elimination. Owners are often reluctant to admit when there is a behavioral problem that results in the relinquishment of the pet because they believe acknowledging the problem will decrease the chance of the pet being adopted and increase the possibility of euthanasia.

Adverse Vaccine Reactions

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, General Care

Vaccines are designed to induce immunity and prevent disease development in the vaccinated party. They have made some diseases rare and others almost nonexistent. Through the use of vaccines we have saved an untold number of lives, both human and animal. Unfortunately, no vaccine is totally effective or completely free of adverse reactions.

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