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21/Oct/2018

It’s important to make sure that you get the right recovery set-up for your cat at home. It’s hard for your cat, too, you know? If you’re a cat owner, then you don’t have a lot to worry about. Most felines would probably only need neutering and spaying for their surgery. But, sometimes, you get unlucky, and your pets need surgery for health complications. In fact, the most common surgeries that are being done on felines other than the spaying and neutering are removal of skin mass and various lumps.

Regardless of what kind of surgery your cat gets, it’s important to prepare a post-op environment for her fast recovery. In this article, we will explore some of the ways that you can take care of your pet after surgery. We will list down some of the ways that you can restrict the movement of your cat for better recovery. We will list down some of the ways that coping with a recovering pet would be less stressful on your part.

  1. Talk to your vet

You should make sure that you understand all the instructions from your doctor. Any pre-surgical requirements from your doctor should be followed. Some of these requirements include restriction on food and taking them away from the felines before surgery. You should also ask your doctor for what the recovery would be like. Setting your expectations straight would lessen your stress.

You should also ask your doctor if you need to put your pet in the vet hospital first. Most of the doctors today send the felines home, but some of them would ask that the cats stay for the night first. You should also not forget to ask your vet about how to give the medication to the cats. Let the vet indicate the date, the times and other important information on how to give the antibiotics to your cat. You should put that list on a piece of paper for easier recall. You should remind yourself of that when you get home. Don’t ever forget that.

  1. Financial Plan

Never underestimate the costs of your vet. They could be a lot. You could get a sticker shock for the amount you’re about to pay for the post-surgery needs. Arrange a good plan with your vet, so you don’t get surprised of the bill. Before you get surgery, you can also ask your vet about the entire total cost. It’s advantageous if you have an insurance for your pet.

  1. Quiet Place

Provide a safe and quiet place for your cat. Your cat may still be a bit nauseated after the surgery. Putting your feline in a room that won’t wake it up will be healthy and increase its recovery rate. Don’t give the entire house for her to enjoy. She may hit its stitches and ruin it. It would also help to put a blanket over your pet. Putting the cat litter near to where she sleeps would also be a help.

  1. Keeping an eye on stitches

You should be able to watch over your feline all the time. Make sure that you don’t let her touch the incision. Find a way that your cat won’t chew out the stitches. Although licking is a good way to heal naturally, you should call the cat out if the scratching proves to be too much. If you think that the scratching is too abrasive for the stitches, you may need to put an Elizabethan collar, which is also known as the Dunce Cone.

Summary and Conclusion

With this article, you learned some of the easy ways that you could promote faster healing for your pet after surgery. We hope you found great value in the article! Should you have any questions, just call us at UVC – 203 957-3375.


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21/Oct/2018

Are you worried that your dog won’t be able to recover that well? Are you hesitant to get your dog into surgery because your dog might not be able to recover? You’re not alone. Many dog owners face the same dread. They fear the first day of the operation, and they dread the days that will follow for complete recovery. In this article, we will attempt to list down some of the tips and ways to help your dog recover after a long operation. Let’s start.

  1. Consider the basics

The first set of recovery tips you should learn would involve following the instructions the vet told you. Help the dog follow them. You should watch out for ways when they deviate from it. The list that your vet will tell you might be long. Make sure you remember all of them. You should watch out for your puppy’s attempt to play and ruin the surgery. If you see your dog chewing wallpaper and it’s not allowed, make sure you call the dog out.

  1. Put the puppy in a crate

Isolating your dog from constant movement from the other dogs would help. Building a crate for your dog could help them recover quickly.

  1. Do Obedience Commands

Try to make sure you master the basic commands. When you say “Sit” and “Look” to your dog, that means they’re less likely to tear the stitches in their surgery.

  1. Dog-safe areas

Build areas that are safe for dogs to run to. An excellent way to protect the dogs from ruining their stitches is by creating a dog pen. Building stair gates could also help.

  1. Poop on Leash

You should also learn how to teach your pup how to poop on a leash. That’s one right way to secure the surgery stitches. Remember that all the time. This is important mainly if your dog’s surgery was orthopedic.

  1. Schedule it right

When your dog’s surgery is before a party, you’re in trouble. Your dog won’t be able to enjoy it. You won’t be able to enjoy the party! What you need is a peaceful, quiet place when your dog is recuperating. Put the dog in a silent place during recovery, and having a party after surgery would just make it worse.

  1. Painkillers

    If you’re worried that your dog feels too much pain, ask the doctor for painkillers. It would be of great help for the dogs. Just remember that your pup would be feeling miserable after the painkiller’s effect fades. Expect for a sudden behavior change.

  2. You should also consider getting intradermal sutures.

    The good thing about this type of stitches is because it’s under the surface. If you do it like this, you’d have no sutures that could get your dog to unstitch. No more worries about sutures being chewed.

  3. Consider the Elizabethan Collar

    Your dog’s teeth could be filled with dirt and germs. Getting them away from the stitches would be a great way to recuperate. When you put the Elizabethan Collar on your dog, you protect it from further infection on your stitches.

  4. Neck Braces.

    You can also improve the recovery of your pup if you use neck braces. It will also be an excellent alternative to use an inflatable neck brace if you don’t like to see your dog walking around with a giant collar. It’s also best to use this inflatable braces to prevent the dog from licking their sutures.

 

Summary and Conclusion

In this article, you learned some of the common diseases that dogs have. We hope that you can use this guide when you get your dog to a complete health check-up.


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21/Oct/2018

There are many issues that a cat owner or a cat parent face. Most of them are negligible. Many of them are nothing to worry about. However, there’re a few of them that could pose a lot of stress, worry, and concern for a cat parent. In this article, we will explore some of the common cats’ diseases that cause fear to their owners. We will examine here some of the symptoms and signs to verify if the cat has the disease stated. We would also tell you some of the ways that you can cope with these conditions so that you can address them quickly. For more detailed explanations, visit a cat vet near to you.

Cancer

This is the first disease that worries cat owners today. Cancer for cats is referred to as a class of the many life-threatening diseases that should be identified the soonest time possible. It’s that dangerous.

When cancer happens to cats, there’s an abnormal and increased growth of cells around the tissue of the cats. These cells spread around the body, and can also be confined to a selected area of the cat. You should also learn that there’s no single identified cause for cancer in cats. The term used for this is “multifactorial”. The cancer disease in cats may come from the environment, or they can be caused by hereditary factors.

Some of the varieties of cancer that cats can experience include squamous cell carcinoma, which can be found in the ear or nose, and lymphosarcoma. Squamous cell carcinoma is a skin cancer that’s caused by constant sun exposure. If you observe the following symptoms in your cats, you may want to get them checked by your vet:

  • Lumps
  • Swelling
  • Bad Breath
  • Skin Infections
  • Lack of Energy
  • Abnormal Defecation
  • Sores that are hard to heal
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Skin Patches
  • Behaviour Changes

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases

Commonly called as FLUTD, these diseases affect about 3% of the cats being checked in America by all vets. You should know that this health condition is not gender-centric. It can affect both male and female cats. This usually happens to overweight cats that don’t move about often. Their sedentary lifestyle could also worsen their problem. Felines who don’t eat healthily and don’t vary their food are also prone to experience FLUTD. There are also various triggers to getting FLUTD. Some of them include stress and having a lot of people in the household. Some of the symptoms you should check for FLUTD include:

  • Urinating in uncommon places
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Urine contains blood
  • Cat licks the area near its urinary tract, mainly caused by intense pain.

Fleas

Another common illness that felines usually experience is fleas. They’re not a disease, but they’re still a worrisome issue that cat owners deal with regularly.  Of course, there are easy treatment options for cats with fleas. If these signs and symptoms are found in your cats, then you should get her checked with a vet:

  • Flea dirt found on their skin. This dirt would look like little black dots.
  • Hair loss
  • Skin infection
  • Licking that happens way too frequently.

What you should remember about fleas is that they can last for about a year.  They can also worsen if you’re not careful. To make sure that you get rid of the fleas from the cats, treat it immediately. Treating it the first time you detect it will also prevent further infestations.

 

Diabetes

This is also a surprising disease that’s also common to cats. You should watch out for the following symptoms so you can detect diabetes from a cat early on:

  • Appetite changes
  • Thirst that’s excessive
  • Urinating in areas outside the litter box
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Weight Loss
  • Lethargy
  • Sweet-smelling breathing that’s unusual
  • Hair coat that’s usually unkempt

There’s no known cause yet of diabetes, but some of the more likely factors that contribute to the issue are genetics and abnormal levels of protein deposits in the pancreas. Obesity and medications could also be a contributing factor in diabetes. For your doctor to check if your cat has diabetes, s/he will conduct urinalysis and other clinical exam on your cat to gather information about its blood.

Conclusion

In this article, you learned some of the common diseases that felines face. We hope that this enlightened you the next time you’re checking your cat’s health. Get a Cat Care Plan to Ensure a Long and Healthy Life!


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21/Oct/2018

There are many dogs’ diseases today that face dog owners. Most of these diseases could be life-threatening, and some of these may heal on their own. In this article, we will explore some of the most common dog’s diseases, its signs and symptoms and the ways you can help address the issue. Let’s continue.

  1. Ear Infections

Although these are not entirely life-threatening, ear infections could be very unpleasant to the dog. Bacteria in your dogs’ ears could also escalate and affect the well-being of your dog. Some of the symptoms that can be seen from a dog with ear infections include:

  • Ear Odor
  • Scratching that looks more frequent than usual
  • Lack of proper balance
  • Abnormal Gain
  • Eye movements that may appear unusual, usually in a back-and-forth motion
  • Swollen ear canal
  • Bloody and sometimes brown-yellow discharge

 

The critical thing to do when you suspect that your dog has an ear infection is to get it to a vet for a general check-up. The vet would usually just clear the ear infection and medicate the dog’s ear canal. This will usually remedy the ear infection and make the situation better.

There might be a surgery needed though if the dog’s infection gets worse. If there’s too much movement on the part of the dog, there could be a rupture of the vessel, which requires the surgery.

 

  1. Worms

Another common disease or ailment that dogs can easily get are worms. There are many types of them. Some of the more popular are whipworms and roundworms. Although some of these tapeworms can go way on their own, you should look out for hookworms in puppies. These worms could prove fatal and would be difficult to address if they worsen. Some of the common symptoms that you should look out for in your dogs include:

  • Weight loss
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Appetite changes that have no reason
  • Bottom-scooting
  • Excessive vomiting
  • Dry and rough coat
  • Dishevelled appearance

 

Always go to your veterinarian if you see a problem worsening. Tapeworms could be treated, most especially if you detect them early. Medications for these diseases are made orally. But, you may return to the doctor once in a while to complete the treatment.

 

  1. Hot Spots

The hot spots that you find in your dog are commonly referred to as acute moist dermatitis. They’re a skin infection that’s bacteria-based. Don’t underestimate the fact that it’s just a skin infection. It could get worse. It may even be a sign of a deeper problem. Check your doctor immediately to know the real score. If you don’t address this, it could get worse after a dog scratches the area. It could even get worse when they eat something that could make them want to scratch more. The hot spots could also grow larger if you leave them untreated.

For a better diagnosis from your vet, the vet can check the location of the hot spots to know its cause. The vet can also find out if the fleas of the dogs have anything to do with the hot spots of the dog. If the hot spots are located in the ear, that should also be an indication that there are ear problems in the dog.

 

  1. Vomiting

One common health issue that may not be given attention is vomiting. When there’s an excessive amount of vomiting in the dog, that’s a sign of a deeper health problem. It could be a sign of infection. It’s a sign of parasites. There are numerous causes for such disease, and so it’s good to check with the vet to know what it is.

Vomiting can come from a variety of roots. They include intestinal worms, infections of the kidney and even pancreatitis. You could also observe vomiting from a dog if they suffer from food poisoning or even heatstroke. The usual symptoms of vomiting include drooling and unusual heaving. You could also observe blood in the stool if your dog has diarrhea. If these symptoms occur, immediately contact the vet to avoid life-threatening consequences.

 

Conclusion

In this article, you learned the common symptoms of dog’s diseases. We hope you can use this guide the next time you check your dog’s health condition. Check this lifetime canine care plan – it will help you to take good care of your furry friend and control everything.


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21/Oct/2018

For some people, a glass of milk is a glass of milk, but for others, it’s hours of agonizing pain and diarrhea. For some, eggs are eggs, wheat is wheat, and peanuts are peanuts, but for countless others, those products are something much more sinister. Every person reacts differently to foods, but those differences don’t just stop at us bipeds. Animals experience food allergies too, and just like a person who is allergic to peanuts can swell up when the nut is near, so can your pooch or your kitten or even your horse.

Just recently, The Messerli Research Institute released a paper that highlights the similarities in human and animal allergy symptoms and triggers of adverse food reactions. The paper condenses all the information ever recorded about animal allergies into one, easy(ier) to digest paper.

According to the study, animals that are allergic to milk may experience the same upset stomach that we humans do; pets that eat something that doesn’t agree with their system may suffer from an itchy palate, swelling of the face or even a severe asthma attack; and those with more severe intolerances, such as peanut allergies, may go into anaphylactic shock if they are even near the substance. For these reasons, it is so important that we as pet owners and caretakers understand how animals are affected by certain foods and what we can do to eliminate triggers from their diets entirely. That is what this article aims to do: educate you on pet food allergies, triggers, symptoms, treatment and prevention and prevention.

 

Does Your Pet Have an Allergy or an Intolerance?

First and foremost, it is important that you understand the differences between an allergy and intolerance. Let’s use lactose intolerance as an example… Most people who are lactose intolerant will exhibit signs such as vomiting, diarrhea, gas or painful bowels after drinking milk, eating cheese or consuming dairy of any kind. However, people who are allergic to dairy will suffer from a different type of reaction such as itching, skin problems or even difficulty breathing. Allergies can be life threatening, while intolerances are merely uncomfortable. That is why it is so important that you understand the differences between the two, as if your pet has an allergy, you need to know to what so that you can prevent their consumption of it and have the necessary tools on hand to help him if he does consume a trigger food.

 

Common Food Triggers

Just like there are known trigger foods in the human diet, there are known trigger foods in a pet’s diet too. Some of the more common products to cause allergies include dairy products, beef, chicken, lamb, fish, eggs, corn, soy and wheat. If this list sounds eerily similar to the ingredients in your dog’s food, that is because it is. Unfortunately, many reactions are triggered by the most basic of foods, which is what makes food allergies so scary and difficult to control. Additionally, while some proteins are slightly more antigenic than others, the prevalence in animal meals—and therefore, the rate of exposure—is likely linked to the rate of incidences.

 

Symptoms to Look Out For

Again, many of the symptoms that your pet will experience when they consume a snack they’re allergic to are similar to the symptoms that you may exhibit. The most common symptom of a food allergy is the less severe itching. Your dog or cat may paw intensely at their face or scratch at their feet, ears, forelegs, armpits and the area around their anus. In larger animals that cannot scratch themselves, or even in your cat or dog, look for chronic and recurrent symptoms such as hair loss, hot spots, skin infections and ear infections. Dairy allergies especially present themselves in recurrent ear infections.

There is some evidence that suggests that dogs with food allergies have particularly active bowels. Whereas it’s normal for a dog to relieve his bowels one to two times a day, dogs with food allergies average around three or more bowel movements a day.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to discern a food allergy from a topical allergies or atopy based on the aforementioned symptoms alone. This is why it is so important that if you do notice any of the above signs, you look for additional symptoms, such as wheezing, ear infections or yeast infections. Normally, an animal that is allergic to a particular meal will demonstrate more than one sign.

Diagnosing a Food Allergy in Pets

Diagnosing a food allergy in pets is fairly straightforward; however, because many other health issues present themselves in similar symptoms, it can be easy to confuse a food allergy with something else. For this reason, it is important to eliminate all other possibilities before giving an official diagnosis. For instance, if your pet has multiple fleabites, we would treat those before declaring he’s allergic to beef. If your cat has symptoms of an intestinal parasite, we would screen for that before determining that she is allergic to milk. The last thing we want to do is make a misdiagnosis, as that could lead to additional complications down the road. Only once all other probable causes have been ruled out will we begin to run allergy tests.

 

Food Trial Basics

A food trial consists of feeding your dog, cat or other pet a very restricted diet for 12 weeks and observing them carefully. Typically, a veterinarian would recommend a diet that consists of protein and carbohydrates that your pet has never eaten before, such as venison, potatoes, bison or rabbit. The proteins and carbs are broken down into such molecular sized pieces that even if your pet were allergic, he or she would not demonstrate an allergic reaction. These diets are often called “limited antigen” or “hydrolyzed protein” diets. If you want to ensure that your pet does not get anything beyond the novel proteins and carbs, you can always make their food at home. It’s important to keep in mind that while your pet is on this restricted diet, he or she does not consume anything else—no treats, no flavored medication, no bully sticks or chicken treats. They can only have the special meals and water and that is it. Studies suggest that your pet will respond to their new diet within 21 days at a minimum and 12 weeks on the very outside. If your pet shows a marked improvement on this new diet, your vet will recommend switching him back to his original diet. If his symptoms flare back up, a food allergy is confirmed. If your pet doesn’t show an improvement on the new diet after 12 weeks but a food allergy is still suspected, your vet will recommend a second trial using a new protein source.

 

What About Blood Tests?

While many people swear by blood tests, there is no evidence suggesting that they actually work for the diagnosis of food allergies. While skin testing and blood testing works for atopy, the only true way to diagnose a food allergy is via a food trial. For some pets, it could take several trials before the vet comes to an accurate diagnosis. While this can be frustrating for both you and your pet, it is necessary if you hope to eliminate the cause of your pet’s discomfort and put them on a diet to which they’ll respond positively.

 

Treating Pet Food Allergies

Like with human allergies, the only real way to treat a food allergy in animals is to help them avoid consuming the trigger food. While short-term relief may be gained through the use of antihistamines and steroids, relying on those as a long-term solution is unrealistic and ineffective. Not only is it unfair to your pet to have to consume medication in order to eat, relying on drugs long-term can reduce the effectiveness of those drugs as your pet’s system becomes used to, and therefore immune to, them. If your pet needed steroids for a more serious health condition later on down the road, the steroids would be unable to help them because of over and unnecessary use.

The best thing you can do for your pet is to make sure he or she does not consume the trigger food. This may mean making meals yourself, especially if the trigger food is found in nearly every cat/dog/horse snack on the market. However, if you do plan on making your pet’s meals, keep in mind that you still need to include an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals. The diet you do plan to feed your pet should be approved by a veterinary nutritionist.

Gene therapy can be another way for allergy treatment taken into consideration.

 

Consult the Caring Veterinary Team at the United Veterinary Center

If you suspect that you pet is allergic to a particular food, don’t wait until their reactions become severe and reach out to our trained veterinary team at the United Veterinary Center today for an official diagnosis. Though it may take time, patience and effort on yours and your pet’s parts to come to a final diagnosis, it will be well worth it when your pet is able to eat comfortably without suffering from any painful or dangerous side effects.


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