First aid isn’t a substitute for veterinary care, but sometimes your dog needs urgent attention before you get to the vet. For example, your dog may unearth an old box of rat poison and need emergency action fast. Or your dog could be hit by a car and you may have to do some patch work before you can get him in the car. Knowing first aid for dogs is a life saver.
Over the last few years veterinary care has advanced significantly. Increasingly sophisticated methods provide high-tech solutions to previously impossible problems. These days, veterinarian clinics use equipment and drugs not too far removed from those used to treat human patients in your local hospital. This is appropriate, since most pet owners see their animal companions as part of the family and want the quality of medical treatment to reflect that. But how does that affect vet costs?
Hip dysplasia is a fairly common health problem that affects many dog breeds – especially large breeds. It can be caused by a number of different factors but most dogs who suffer from hip dysplasia are genetically predisposed to the disease. There is early onset hip dysplasia – which may show up in your puppy after four months – and late onset, usually as a result of osteoarthritis. Hip scoring tell you how badly your dog’s hips are affected.
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, and you feel strongly about the moral choice you’ve made, then you face a conundrum when it comes to pet food. On the one hand, you may be loath to support the meat industry in any way, including meaty dog foods. On the other, you’re concerned about the implications a vegan diet would have for your dog’s health.
There are two words dreaded by anyone who works with puppies: Parvo and distemper. They are deadly diseases that can kill puppies quickly (with suffering) or more slowly (with more suffering). Vaccinating dogs is one way to prevent the diseases, but so is knowledge.
It is estimated that 80% of dogs will have some form of dental disease by the time they are two years old, unless preventive measures are taken.
While a lot of cysts and tumors are non-cancerous or benign, there is always the chance that this one is malignant and potentially fatal. The earlier you detect cysts and tumors, the better the prognosis. So it’s important to regularly handle your dog thoroughly all over her body so you can immediately detect any new lumps or bumps.
It’s heartbreaking to see infants of any species suffer, but sick kittens are particularly adept at pulling the heart strings. One of the most common issues veterinarians see in kittens is intestinal parasites. Pets of any age have intestinal parasites, but they are rife in kittens living in substandard or crowded conditions. Intestinal parasites are generally easy to detect because the symptoms in infected kittens are obvious. We’ll take a closer look the symptoms below.
Your bouncing, bounding bundle of furry joy is now getting on in years. Fortunately, due to better healthcare practices and improved nutrition, our furry friends are living far longer (and happier!) than they were just a few decades ago. Senior pet food that has been specifically developed may help alleviate some age-related problems. However, a one-size-fits-all approach may not work for all.
Kidney problems are fairly common in domestic cats, particularly as they age. The kidney performs the vital functions of assisting in the regulation of blood pressure, controlling the fluid content of the blood, production of certain enzymes and hormones, and removing waste from the feline system. So they’re not something little Sylvester can do without.