We often underestimate how quickly dental disease can take hold because most of us are in the habit of taking care of our teeth every day. Our cats and dogs are not much different in their oral health needs: daily brushing is key to avoiding severe periodontal disease which leads to loss of teeth and very bad breath.
January often brings resolutions to improve our health and the usual plans to eat better, exercise more, and shed some pounds. Statistics show many of our family pets could use more exercise and some slimming down, too.
Each year, veterinarians across the country see scores of pet injuries during this time of the year that could easily have been avoided. Pet owners should keep in mind that pets are creatures of habit and don't appreciate the exciting things that Halloween brings.
It is a common assumption that if a cat is straining in the litter box, he is constipated. However, primarily in male cats, a more concerning and life-threatening reason for straining in the litter box is a urethral obstruction.
Pay attention if your cat is sleeping more or sleeping less, suddenly has bad breath or is eliminating outside of the litter box, as these and others can be signs that something is wrong. Cats are masters at hiding signs of illness; keeping your eyes open can help you figure out when they need help.
Fear Free is a program for veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners that is focused on alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress before and during visits to the veterinary hospital.
The anatomy of your cat's ear is mostly straightforward but have you ever wondered about that slit or pocket on the rim of the ear? Learn about cat ear anatomy and ear oddities in this post.
If you suspect your cat may have ingested any part of a lily, it is imperative that you take it to a veterinarian immediately for emergency care, and tell the vet of your suspicions. If caught in time, the problems can be arrested and renal function restored; if not, permanent kidney damage can result and death becomes likely.
As the warmer weather of spring brings the outdoors back to life with flowers and animals, the parasites that feed on those animals also make their presence known. Unfortunately, these parasites are numerous and would love to make your pet their new home. The good news is that parasites and their ill effects can be combated and treated and in many cases are preventable.
While you're out buying your sweetie that box of chocolates and flowers, remember your pet could use some lovin' this time of year as well! Poor dental health not only affects the mouth but can lead to health problems throughout the entire body.