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Pause for Paws » Pet Health http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk Entertaining and educating pet lovers Sun, 04 Oct 2015 23:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.20 Canine Hip Dysplasia – Know What to Look For http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/07/12/canine-hip-dysplasia-know-what-to-look-for/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/07/12/canine-hip-dysplasia-know-what-to-look-for/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2006 19:15:57 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/07/12/canine-hip-dysplasia-know-what-to-look-for/ If you’re like most of us, your dog is part of the family. You take care of her like one of the kids, making sure she’s healthy, giving her Heartgard Plus (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) every month to keep those nasty heartworms away, and taking care of all those other items like spaying, flea and tick control, and daily walks, armed with the ol’ pooper scooper. Even so, you might not be aware of one of the most pervasive canine problems out there, especially for larger breeds. It’s called hip dysplasia, and it can turn your happy-go-lucky pup into a pain-wracked old-timer who rarely wants to move off the rug.

Hip dysplasia is a congenital problem that can cause lameness and painful arthritis in the hip joints. It occurs because of poor formation of the ball-and-socket hip joint. Basically, the ball doesn’t fit into the hip right: the socket is shallower than it should be, and the ball isn’t round enough. This can occur in humans but is more common in four-legged creatures, especially big dogs. And since there may be an environmental component, it can take a while to become obvious. It may appear before the animal is a year old, but most often shows up during adulthood, or even old age.

The Symptoms

Hip dysplasia is limited to the hind legs. One of the most obvious signs of a hip dysplasia problem is lameness, or a change in the way your pet walks. In young dogs, the hind legs may display a rolling gait, with the hips sliding up-and-down in what one researcher calls a “Marilyn Monroe wiggle.” If your pup can’t get up stairs or doesn’t like to try, and is unwilling to exercise much or won’t jump short distances, then hip dysplasia may be the culprit. Other warning signs of hip dysplasia include:

  • Decreased activity
  • Constant tiredness
  • Swaying and staggering
  • Unwillingness to lie on one side or the other
  • Difficulty getting up or lying down
  • Pushing up with the front legs from a lying position, instead of the hind legs
  • A “bunny-hop” gait
  • Audible pops and clicks when the dog walks

Who’s at risk

All dogs can get hip dysplasia, but some are more likely to than others. While dogs with hip dysplasia must be born with it, environmental factors are clearly as important in the development of full-blown cases as genetic factors are. It shows up in male dogs more often than females. Large breeds, like Dobermans, coonhounds, German Shepherds, and retrievers (golden and Labrador) are more likely to have hip dysplasia problems, especially later in life. Type of diet, excessive weight gain, and rapid growth can all trigger the onset of hip dysplasia problems.

Fortunately, there are treatments for this defect, some of which are simple yet effective. These include weigh control programs, exercise, and anti-inflammatory medications. Your vet will be happy to discuss with you the best pet medications for the problem, and for some dogs may suggest hip surgery to correct it. If you suspect that your youngster may have hip dysplasia problems in the future, you may be able to stave it off with a high-calcium diet, weight control, and moderate exercise. Swimming is particular good, if you don’t mind the smell of a wet dog!

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Holistic Health and Pet Medicines http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/01/18/holistic-health-and-pet-medicines/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/01/18/holistic-health-and-pet-medicines/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2006 10:45:07 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/?p=84 In today’s developing medical society, when an ailment is detected, people immediately look for new and better method of getting a remedy themselves. The Medical profession is likewise doing its part in seeking for better ways to find a treatment through the help of laser surgery, recovery period are much faster, and the process itself is safer.

The natural approach to the healing process is a trend that has recently caught the world by storm. We are finding out that many of the ancient remedies used long ago are truly effective and provides options for maintaining one’s health. Common colds and cancer are being treated by using holistic approaches.

Have you ever consulted your vet because of a skin problem? Cephalexin is a prescription yhat you might have bought as well. Nausea and other bacterial infections are treated by the drug Cimedine, also known as Tagament. Diphenhydramine or Benadryl is being offered to people suffering from anxiety. Later on, we will find out that holistic methods perform very well with humans and pets as well.

Is your cat suffering from hairball problem? or your dog might be feeling constipated? Have you tried getting a remedy using olive oil? Taking olive oil for a few days might be able to ensure a healthy pet.

Well, how about infections from a bite or a cut? Beta-Carotine is transformed to Vitamin A in the animals system and has no side effect. Vitamin A is a natural antioxidant that helps boost the immunse system, but stays with Beta-Carotine, Using Vitamin A can be fatal when taken in large doses.

Ever heard of Glucosime Chondroitin? Well, the medicine is not only used by humans but for our pets as well. Glucosime Chondroitin cures stiffness in the joints or arthritis of pets. Urinary tract or bladder infection is cured by the Cranberry Juice trick.

Nasty side effects goes hand in hand with natural methods together with traditional medicines if misguided. Check out everything first before committing to try holistic medicine on your pets. Consult your vet, explore holistic books and web sites. The advancements in the holistic method has provided an option to people as well as pets to live a longer, healthy and happy life.

Science is a never-ending process. As we count the days, more methods of treating animals are being discovered and developed. But one thing is for certain, holistic healing is here to stay.

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Natural Flea Remedies for Dogs http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/12/14/natural-flea-remedies-for-dogs/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/12/14/natural-flea-remedies-for-dogs/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2005 18:47:28 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/12/14/natural-flea-remedies-for-dogs/

I’m always impressed when I read articles about natural alternatives, and one thing that I really like is seeing these alternatives for pets. Animals can’t speak out for themselves and put up with us overloading their bodies with toxic chemicals on a regular basis, which to me is just a little unfair.

Pets are suffering more and more with the diseases humans are – eczema, skin rashes, allergies, etc. The question I ask “is this because of what we are subjecting them to??.

In the article below Chris Byrne has some great advices for dogs.

Natural Flea Remedies for Dogs by Chris Byrne

While companies boast the effectiveness of traditional flea control methods for dogs, some reports indicate that they can be toxic, and in some cases cause hot spots, allergies, and compromised immune function. In rarer cases, these methods have been fatal. As a result, more and more owners are looking to find safe and effective alternatives to flea shampoos, powders, collars, and the like. The following may help reduce the incidence of fleas for your dog.

1. General Diet. There’s a nutritional reason why your dog has fleas, and it could be in large part that your dog’s immune system may be compromised. A strong immune system and high nutrient levels naturally deter fleas and other insects. In particular, the levels of B complex, zinc, selenium and antioxidants in the body and bloodstream play a large role in immune function. By feeding your animals a high-quality, natural diet, free of additives and preservatives, you improve their health and dramatically increase their protection from fleas. A healthy animal does not taste or smell as good to fleas.

2. Dietary Supplements. Garlic. 1-3 fresh garlic cloves-pulverized and mixed with food–may be administered daily.

Brewer’s Yeast/Thiamin. The potent nutrient found in brewer’s yeast is thiamin. One milligram (1 mg) of thiamine daily for each five pounds of your pet’s body weight is ideal. For a large dog, you might administer one tablespoon of brewer’s yeast supplemented with a B-complex vitamin pill. Brewer’s yeast can also be dusted on externally as a flea powder. If your pet licks some off, there’s no harm done.

Zinc. This mineral is essential for healthy skin, but is lacking in many pets’ diets. Use chelated (pronounced key-lated) zinc: 10 mg daily for small dogs; 20 mg for larger canines.

These dietary supplements will require close to a month to build up to flea-fighting levels in a pet’s skin. So start them in the spring before you find yourself in the midst of a severe flea invasion.

3. Vinegar–internal use. Take a gallon of water, add four to six teaspoons of organic white vinegar, and give it to your pets as their only drinking water. If they have a water dish outside, use this water for that as well. During the winter, you can use a smaller amount (~4 teaspoons), but you’ll want to use a more potent mixture (~6 teaspoons) during flea season.

4. Grooming. Combing your dog daily with a flea comb is an important part of flea control. Bathing animals regularly is also advised.

5. Bathing and Shampooing. There is no need to use chemical flea shampoos. A water bath with a gentle soap that won’t irritate their skin is sufficient to eliminate existing fleas. You can also use bentonite or terramin clay mixed with water into a thin paste. Wet your dog thoroughly, then in brush the clay into the fur and massage it in the skin for a few minutes. Then rinse off lightly.

6. Organic red or white vinegar as skin remedy. Vinegar is a naturally occurring germ killer and is one of the very first medicines known to man. It kills germs on contact and it contains bacteria which is unfriendly to infectious micro-organisms. It is a natural remedy and most of all, it is safe. For a full body treatment, add four cups of vinegar to the bath water. Be careful not to get the vinegar/water mixture in the ears and eyes. The vinegar/water rinses are a quick remedy to relieve minor skin irritations such as hives, chigger bites, other insect bites and rashes.

7. Neem Oil as skin remedy. The seeds, bark and leaves of the neem plant contain compounds with proven antiseptic, antiviral, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, and antifungal uses. For thousands of years, the Indian people have appreciated the medicinal and insect-repellent properties of neem leaves and seeds. Mix one ounce of pure neem oil with 2 or 3 ounces of organic white vinegar and 4 to 6 ounces of water. Before applying, hose your dog thoroughly with water. Shake the bottle well several times while applying the oil mixture on the entire body, including legs, feet, tail, etc. Then brush your dog to help disperse the neem oil futher on fur and skin. Do not rinse off. Neem oil repels flea immediately and help heal hotspots and promote a healthy skin.
About the Author

Chris Byrne maintains the site DogHealthNet.com

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BARF Diet For Dogs – Not As Gross As It Sounds! http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/11/13/barf-diet-for-dogs-not-as-gross-as-it-sounds/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/11/13/barf-diet-for-dogs-not-as-gross-as-it-sounds/#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2005 11:43:55 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/?p=71

The first thing I thought when I heard the term “BARF diet” I didn’t have a clue what it was about. But the more we read about it, the more it makes sense. We’ve been reading the book “Give Your Dog a Bone” by Dr Ian Billinghurst which we’d recomend to anyone. To provide an outline of the BARF diet for dog I’ve included this article by Tara Pearce. It covers how to know how much to feed, what to feed, whether or not you can you mix the BARF diet with processed food and more.

Are you just starting to research the BARF diet for dogs – also known as “bones and raw food? or the RAW diet? It can be confusing – I remember asking TONS of questions when I first started. How do you know how much to feed? WHAT do you feed? Can you mix the BARF diet with processed food? How long does it take to prepare the raw food? How much does it cost to buy all the BARF products necessary? Should you feed raw meat and vegetables? Well, on the last question, only you can decide what’s right for your dog, but I’ll answer the rest of your questions as best I can.

How do you know how much to feed?

It really depends on the weight of your dog. Most people recommend 2-5% of their body weight. Just make sure you know your dog’s weight before starting, and then watch their weight and adjust depending if they gain/lose/maintain.

WHAT do you feed?

Raw meaty bones, like chicken necks and backs for example. Muscle meat which has no bones. Organ meat, like lungs, liver, kidneys, etc. Some people also include raw vegetables.

Can you mix the BARF diet with processed food?

It’s not recommended as processed food, or kibble, is digested in about 10-12 hours, and raw food in about 4-6. This can lead to serious health problems. That being said, some people do it quite successfully – but I wouldn’t.

How long does it take to prepare the raw food?

If you buy pre-prepared BARF for your dog, it only takes the time to defrost and put in their bowl. If you prefer the DIY (do it yourself) method, this would depend on what you’re serving and to how many dogs. Most people recommend pre-packaging once a week in the serving sizes necessary for your dog. You could probably safely count on a half hour per dog, less if you can get your butcher to do some of the cutting for you.

How much does it cost to buy all the BARF products necessary?

This would also depend on whether you’re going with the DIY or buying the packaged food. DIY usually requires hunting for bargains and can be time consuming. What I prefer to do (with only 2 dogs) is buy my BARF pre-packaged from a reputable company and I serve that. It can be more expensive, but with our busy lives, I don’t mind paying a few bucks more.

Visit our website, http://www.a1-dog-info.com/barf-diet-for-dogs.htm for more information.

Tara Pearce is the author and webmaster of A1-Dog-Info.com. Please visit us for all kinds of information about dog food, toys, health, books, supplies and clothes.


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Lower Your Veterinarian Costs And Increase the Longevity of Your Pets Lives http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/11/13/lower-your-veterinarian-costs-and-increase-the-longevity-of-your-pets-lives/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/11/13/lower-your-veterinarian-costs-and-increase-the-longevity-of-your-pets-lives/#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2005 00:00:36 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/11/13/lower-your-veterinarian-costs-and-increase-the-longevity-of-your-pets-lives/

Ollie is 12 weeks old now and we want to feed him the best diet as possible. He’s had his second vaccination now, although we’re not entirely sure we believe they are neccessary. This long LONG article by Kim Bloomer covers the subject of vaccinations and some of the truth behind them and lays out some choices for holistically giving your dog it’s best chance in life.

What does doing natural preventative care mean? I thought vaccinating, prevention medicines, and premium kibble was natural preventative care. Hardly.

Unfortunately the pharmaceutical companies and the pet food industry have really pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes -but the wool is coming off! People are frustrated with the way traditional care has let them down and are seeking alternatives to help them not only give their pets more quality of life but longer lives. It seems as though we barely get our pets to a “settled” place in our lives before they’re gone. It doesn’t have to be like this.

Please don’t misunderstand, mainstream care does have its place but it should not be the only choice people and their pets have. In fact, I think it’s the imbalanced lean towards allopathic medicine rather than including homeopathic and naturopathic and alternative therapies that is a big part of the problem. At some point where do we stop and say, what happened to “first do no harm??

Okay, so let’s start with what preventative, natural, holistic care means with a definition of the words holistic, preventative and natural which I obtained from my American Heritage Dictionary: 1. Holistic: …2) emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts. 2. Natural: 1) present in or produced by nature; not artificial or man-made; 3) pertaining to or produced solely by nature or the expected order of things 3. Preventive: 1) designed or used to prevent or hinder; acting as an obstacle; precautionary. 2) Thwarting or warding off illness or disease. When we put all these definitions together: the whole of the parts working interdependently, without artificial ingredients or synthetics, in the natural order of things you will then ward off illness or disease! Now that we have the definition of natural pet care in place, let’s go deeper into the how to do this and thereby lowering the costs of your pet care and increase the longevity of your pets lives.

The first place to always start is with nutrition and that starts with what you are feeding your pets. My initial answer will be as species specific as you can get in a domestic setting. For dogs and cats that means that meat needs to be the primary ingredient of their food. Not kibble. Kibble isn’t fit for anything or anyone to eat. There a couple I will recommend in the light of a very reluctant pet owner not being able to stomach the idea of feeding raw meat to their dog or cat, but I will say that as long as you adhere to kibble your pets will experience the problems associated with food that their bodies weren’t designed to digest.

There are many different forms of feeding natural for example in dogs you can choose a B.A.R.F. diet which translates to Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and can also stand for Bones and Raw Food. This diet consists of all raw meats, veggies, dairy products, and nuts. Some adhere to strictly feeding raw meat. Some to a cooked diet of meat and vegetables. I think that you’ve got to decide what will work in your household and do that and any of these, including the cooked diet is far better than any form of a kibble diet. Think of animals in the wild – they do not get kibble or pellets. Our domestic pets don’t need those things either!

I feed my dog a cooked meat diet along with a natural whole food liquid supplement. I also use essential oils to thwart parasites and help with the pain in his forelegs. He came to us as a very abused, starved, neglected nearly 5 month old puppy. Through trial and error we’ve found what keeps him healthy, strong and happy and he is completely natural. We do homeopathic for heartworm prevention. He actually runs with me and traditionally his breed is not a running breed – or so it’s thought! So you also need to include some precautionary nutrition along with natural feeding. For horses you always need to be concerned with worms but there are natural ways like using food grade (ONLY use food grade) diatomaceous earth –this also works well in cats, dogs and other warm-blooded animals but I prefer to use essential oils in my dog.

Next I would consider why vaccinating seems to be so important to your pets health. Let me give you just a few examples of why that could be the very thing that is harming your pets rather than helping them (information from www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com):

“Routine” vaccination has adverse side-effects, either short or long term. With vaccines that are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity of these side-effects in our pets has increased dramatically. Most of the problems involve the immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the immune system.” Donna Starita Mehan DVM. I believe that Dr. Mehan is saying here that while vaccinations stimulate the immune system and that is supposed to rev it up, the vaccine actually not only does this unnaturally as Dr. Mehan stated but it also causes so much confusion in the immune system that much more harm than good is done by vaccinating.

Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, Ph.D..- “Annual revaccination provides no benefit and may increase the risk for adverse reactions. The percentage of vaccinated animals (those vaccinated only as puppies) protected from clinical disease after challenge with canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus in the study was greater than 95%.” Current and Future Canine and Feline Vaccination Programs. Dr. Ronald Schultz is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison. Schultz, R.D. – Current & Future Canine & Feline Vaccination Programs. Vet Med 3: No. 3, 233-254, 1998 more. A chart provided in the report shows immunity levels for all vaccines currently given to dogs lasting a minimum of 5 years with most lasting 7-15 years! Don Hamilton, DVM -Yearly “boosters” are unnecessary, provide no benefit if given (will not increase immunity). Thus boosters are either a legal issue (Rabies) or a manipulation issue (inducing clients to come in for examination rather than directly suggesting an examination). Charles E Loops DVM – “Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits. Vaccinations represent a major assault on the body’s immune system…. Vaccine induced chronic diseases range from life-threatening conditions such as auto-immune crises to conditions destroying the quality of life of an animal as in chronic skin allergies.”

These are just a few examples with veterinarians leading the way in sharing this information which I find interesting since vaccinations and surgeries are their bread and butter. A few of the holistic/homeopathic vets I know started in mainstream medicine and became frustrated and moved into the holistic arena so they could do their patients the most good. Feed correctly with proper back up supplementation and your pets will have natural immunities that protect them naturally from disease.

Another thing to do is to keep your pets stimulated mentally through exercise, play and training. Animals love to have a job and they love to be useful. The key to a good interaction here is training according to the natural interaction of the animal you own. What does that mean? For a dog it means approaching him or her using the “pack? mentality. For the horse it means approaching the horse the way another horse would. It all makes common sense really. Good practical common sense, do away with all these synthetics, using the natural order of things, and all the parts working together means you don’t treat an illness, you treat the pet. I like what I saw Dr. Shawn Messonnier write recently to one of the groups I belong to, “I don’t treat crystals in the urine, I treat the pet?. That’s what holistic means: all the parts working together interdependently. So not treating the symptoms but caring for the entire animal is the answer to lowering your veterinarian costs and increasing the longevity of your pets lives.

Article originally published on and for http://www.Suite101.com under the Holistic Pet Care topic.

About the Author:

Kim Bloomer is a preventative pet care consultant. She offers natural products and a business opportunity. She is partnered with a dog breeder and internationally known master dog trainer in their online audio pet care classes, All God’s Creatures. Visit her website for details Aspenbloom Pet Care and her dog’s blog Bark ‘n’ Blog

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Nutrition for Dogs and for Cats. http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/14/nutrition-for-dogs-and-for-cats/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/14/nutrition-for-dogs-and-for-cats/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2005 15:43:18 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/14/nutrition-for-dogs-and-for-cats/ I’ve written before about your dog’s nutrition requirements, how it can effect your dog’s behaviour and posted a guest article detailing what is wrong with a commercial diet. So I’m only too pleased to refer you to the Pets section of the Veriuni Store.

They deliver pretty much anywhere world wide and offer multivitamins for cats as well as dogs, plus a variety of targetted products for joint health and to improve the coat and vitality of your pet.

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Why do dogs eat grass? http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/18/why-do-dogs-eat-grass/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/18/why-do-dogs-eat-grass/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2005 12:40:52 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/?p=42 I often read about people wanting to know why dogs eat grass. Or even asking “How can I stop my dog eating grass?” because it disturbs them when they see their loved pet being sick from it. Well, in answer to the second question is “You can’t” or even better “Don’t” because there could be a decent medicinal or dietary need for the dog to eat the grass in the first place.

On PetEducation.com, this appears to get narrowed down to one of three theories…

  1. To start with (and this seems to be the most common suggestion), is that the dog’s natural instincts tell it that eating grass will cause it to throw up or vomit. The grass acting as an irritant to the dog’s internal systems causing it to vomit up the contents of it’s stomach – which could contain whatever is making your dog feel so poorly.
  2. Secondly, wild dogs hunt and devour animals that eat grass, meaning that the contents of a herbivore’s stomach form a part of your Dog’s diet. A modern dog stuck on a non varied diet of dry kibble and canned meat will probably find the it’s intake is lacking.
  3. How many times have you had to pull your mutt’s nose out of something rotting or worse when out on a walk? Well this theory covers situations where a dog chews upon but doesn’t actually eat the grass. The idea being it is uses it’s taste for things to analyse the flavour of the grass. In doing so it would be looking for the territorial creatures that have been leaving their mark.

The one that rings most true with me is the vomiting answer. I haven’t often seen a dog just “testing” the grass and a lot of the websites out there talking about grass in dog’s nutrition are also on web pages set up to specifically sell a barley grass supplement. I’m not questioning the supplement itself, after all humans too can benefit greating from supplementing barley and wheat grass into their diet.

One note of caution, be wary of letting your dog eat grass where it may have been sprayed with chemicals such as fertalizers and/or weed killers.

Further reading:

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Your Cats Health http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/06/your-cats-health/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/06/your-cats-health/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2005 15:21:25 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/06/your-cats-health/ So far, this site has been very dog oriented, so I thought some basic info on keeping your cat healthy would be the order of the day. This piece by Lee Dobbins covers topics such as behaviour, the cat’s coat and worms.

Cats need only be provided with decent shelter, food and water and they will be quite healthy most of the time. Like any other living thing, however, they can get sick and can come down with anything from a minor cold to a major ailment.

As a responsible pet owner, you want to make sure you feed your cat premium cat food so he can be his healthiest and also watch your cat closely for signs of sickness so that you can get him to a vet right away. Hopefully most ailments will be minor, but in some cases getting your cat expedient veterinary help can be the difference between life and death.

Some things to look for include:

Your cats coat – is it full and shiny or dull and patchy? Is he shedding abnormally? If so get your cat scheduled for a vet visit.

Behavior – is your cat acting sluggish and not eating? Any change in behavior warrants a trip to the vet as it is better to be safe then sorry!

Diarrhea or vomiting – If your cat is doing either of these for more than a day, I would get him to the vet as soon as you can.

Coughing – Some cats routinely cough up hairballs, but if your cat is coughing for no reason then you should have this checked out.

Swelling or lumps – when you pet your cat, take the time to feel around for any unusual lumps or swelling.

To insure that your cat doesn’t fall victim to disease, you should make sure he has all of his vaccinations as recommended by your vetrenarian. The most devastating but easiest to prevent disease that affects cats is infectious enteritis, or feline distemper. This is a virus disease that strikes quickly and leaves little time to enact treatment.

Feline Leukemia or FeLV is another deadly disease that can be prevented through early vaccinations. This disease poses no threat to humans but can be spread between cats. These days, it is treatable and some cats can live a long life with Feline Leukemia although you would want to be very careful to keep them away from other cats so as not to spread the disease.

One health problem in cats, particulary those that go outdoors is worms. A cat with worms usually has a lackluster coat and can either have a large appetite or none at all. There are many kinds of worms, and cats are susceptible to all of them. Cats can get worms from lice or fleas or in the organs of the rodents that the cats eat. Typically the cat ingests the eggs which mature and attach to the intestinal walls. Feeding your cat a bit of garlic every once in a while can protect him against worms.

Keeping your cat happy and healthy is really a simple matter of caring for him properly and making sure he gets the appropriate veterinary care. Make sure your cat gets all the recommended vaccinations and you give him the proper treatments to repel fleas and other pesky pests. These simple steps will keep your cat happy and healthy for a lifetime!

Author Info:

Lee Dobbins: Lee Dobbins writes for http://www.epet-center.com where you can find lots of articles on cats, dogs, fish, birds and ferrets. Read more about how to keep your cat healthy at http://www.epet-center.com/catarticles1.html

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Dealing With A Dog Food Allergy? http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/06/dealing-with-a-dog-food-allergy/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/06/dealing-with-a-dog-food-allergy/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2005 15:04:28 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/06/dealing-with-a-dog-food-allergy/ Do you think your dog might be suffering from an allergy. Perhaps his skin is sore and itchy. The source of the problem could be down to what he or she is eating. Blake Kritzberg of the Toy Dog Blog “Poodle-oo” lays down a simple strategy that may help.

Just as humans allergies can show up as a sneeze or rash, your dog’s allergies can manifest as itchiness — or even ear infections. In fact, if your dog’s allergic to his food, it can cause him to scratch himself constantly, even with no obvious parasite problem.

Dog allergies rarely get solved with medicine, so the best we can do for our four-footed friends is focus on prevention. Providing the right type of food is essential to stopping your dog’s scratching habit.

Many people like to share their food with their dogs or let them help “clean up” the kitchen after a meal. Little do they know, their dogs just may not be able to take the tasty food we love so much, and some breeds (like the greyhound) are extremely sensitive. Even common foods like cheese, beef sausage and tuna may cause allergic reactions in some dogs. So it’s best to let dogs enjoy dog food and not human food, even though they clearly adore and want what we’re eating!

Narrowing Down the Problem

To determine the exact ingredients your dog is allergic to, try an elimination diet. Although powerful, it also requires patience. In fact, the elimination diet can call for eliminating specific food for up to 12 weeks before you’ll notice the effects. And if you still haven’t found the right (and wrong) ingredients, you’ll have to repeat the process all over again.

So is there an alternative to the lengthy elimination diet? Yes — give your dog a brand or type of food he’s never eaten before. But simply changing to a new brand of dog food might not be enough to eliminate his food allergies, since many brands contain similar ingredients. Instead, study the existing ingredients your dog is eating to determine which types of protein source he hasn’t been exposed to. Then, hunt for a dog food that doesn’t contain any of the ingredients you saw listed. For example, there are many brands of dog food that contains unusual protein sources such as rabbit or venison — great for testing allergic reactions to other, more common proteins.

Perhaps the best way for you to get control of dog’s allergies is to whip up your own dog food. That way, you’ll know exactly what he’s getting and what he isn’t — something that’s extremely hard to tell from reading the back of a dog food bag. Making your own food is especially helpful in elimination diets. To start, combine a portion of rice with baby food and lamb — so long as your dog isn’t already eating lamb and possibly displaying a reaction to it.

Dog food allergies are a special condition that can be frustrating and take patience to solve. Since allergic reactions don’t disappear overnight, you’ll need lots of time and thoughtfulness to help your dog overcome this problem — but his goofy smile and those scratch-free days ahead will probably make it all worth it.

Author Info:

Blake Kritzberg: Blake Kritzberg is proprietor of Poodle-oo: Fashion for Toy Dogs. Stop by for toy dog couture and home decor, free toy dog postcards and the Toy Dog Blog. http://www.poodle-oo.com/

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How To Help Your Dog With Food Allergies http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/08/30/how-to-help-your-dog-with-food-allergies/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/08/30/how-to-help-your-dog-with-food-allergies/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2005 19:07:13 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/08/30/how-to-help-your-dog-with-food-allergies/ Changing track, and very much inspired by Rick Stein’s dog, Chalkie, we’re investigating the world of Jack Russell Terriers. Especially the Rough Haired variety.

Because every dog is unique, it’s sometimes very difficult to determine what causes food-related allergies and what doesn’t. Common pet food culprits include wheat, corn and soy. Various proteins also create their share of problems in certain dogs. I was shocked to learn that some dogs are allergic to chicken, while I know from first-hand experience that my Jack Russell Terrier Lucy used to be allergic to beef. Here’s an approach worth trying if your dog is exessively itching and scratching.

If excessive itching and scratching are the problems, that may simply be the lack of Omega 3,6 and 9 fatty acids in your dog’s diet that’s making their skin and coat dry. Winter indoor heating may also be exacerbating the condition. Adding simple food additives to your dog’s food may be the key without switching diets. Supplements like Mrs. Allen’s Shed Stop, Flaxseed Oil, Pet Botanics Skin.

Author Info:

Gene Sower is the author of the ebook “The Dog Food Report: Do You Know What You’re Feeding Your Dog?” Download your free copy here: http://www.lucythewonderdog.com/dogfoodreport.htm Copyright 2005. All Rights Reserved. This article can be reprinted as long as this resource box along with the link remains intact.

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