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Is your cat or dog constantly scratching at its ears or shaking its head? Do the ears contain a dark brown to black crusty discharge that resembles coffee grounds, yet has a waxy consistency? Does your pet have a hot spot below one of its ears? Then your cat or dog could be suffering from an infestation secondary to an infectious mite called Otodectes cynotis, more commonly referred to as ear mites.
Do you have an older cat that is losing weight, yet has a ravenous appetite? Is your cat vomiting on a regular basis? Then your cat could be suffering from Feline hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroid disorders may also increase energy levels and cause irritability. It is the second most common endocrine disorder in cats.
Has your cat suddenly decided to use the dirty laundry as a litter box? Maybe your cat was belligerent and backed up to the wall, spraying right in front of you. Then again, you may have been on the receiving end of an unacceptable litter box gift on your pillow. Regardless of the circumstances, your cat may be trying to bring a medical or behavioral problem to your attention.
The number one killer of geriatric cats is chronic kidney failure. Kidney disease affects 112 of every 1,000 of our feline friends. Among cats 10 years and older, the prevalence of kidney disease climbs to 269 per 1,000 and for those 15 years of age and older a staggering 491 per 1,000, or nearly 1 of every 2 cats will be suffering from kidney failure.
The flea and tick collar is a tried and tested method of protecting your pet from pests during the buggy summer season, but most of them need replacing every month or two. Bayer's Seresto Collar for Dogs and Cats is a newcomer to the flea and tick game with a big promise that it will last 8 months—potentially outlasting the fleas and ticks, even, in your area. Does it measure up to its promise? And how does it do it?
The short answer is, yes, it does.
Many cats suffer from feline herpes virus type 1 (FHV-1) without their owners even being aware. When our cat Harold began sneezing like crazy and had a runny nose, we thought maybe he had allergies. After doing a little research and taking little Harold to the vet, we discovered he had been infected with feline herpes. While the majority of kitties that contract this virus do not ever get rid of the virus, the symptoms can be treated.
It took me a few years to recognize that it was the vacuum cleaner that was causing my fat cat to pull at his fur. Dogs and cats suffer from anxiety and stress just like humans. One way to relieve that stress is with a gentle hug, providing pressure, which calms your pet, like swaddling a newborn baby. Of course, I can’t be home 24 hours a day to give Buster the love he needs and help him with his separation anxiety, so I wrap him in a Calm Coat until I can return to swaddle him personally.
Is your dog more sluggish to retrieve the ball they once couldn’t reach fast enough, or more reluctant to run and greet you at the door when you come home? Your dog may be silently suffering from joint pain. Dogs of all ages and sizes can develop joint pain for a number of reasons. Not to worry though, there are plenty of ways to prevent and treat your pup’s stiff joints from supplements to prescription medications.
Fleas and ticks may seem like just a part of life for your dogs or cats, but they don’t have to be. In fact, preventing contact with these parasites is the surest way to keep your pet from contracting the infections or diseases they may carry.
With so many products on the market to combat fleas and ticks, which is best for your pet? Here is a breakdown of the differences between flea and tick treatments, in ingredients, strength and method, to help you make the right choice.
We all love to get up close and personal with man’s best friend, but if your dog has stinky breath, it can be almost unbearable. Not only does smelly breath bother a pet’s owners, bad breath can also be somewhat offensive to guests! Below are some of the causes of bad breath in dogs and some ways to treat it so your dog doesn’t have to be embarrassed to come in for a wet one!
It happens to us all this time of year…even our pets. With the onset of cold, dry weather, we run our heat pumps more than ever, sucking the moisture out of our skin. Most of us humans have our own coping mechanisms and favorite products, but it’s important not to forget about our four-legged friends.