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Arthritis The Silent Cat Killer

Cats suffer from arthritis just like humans.  The sad fact is that unlike in humans, only 7% of cats receive any kind of treatment for their arthritis.

Signs to look for that may suggest your cat has arthritis:

  • Slower than normal movements and an unwillingness to jump or climb.
  • More time spent sleeping and lying about.
  • Unwillingness to be handled, or increasingly grumpy behavior.
  • A shabby coat that shows signs of reduced grooming.
  • Defecation/urination in the house and not using a litter box.
  • Decreasing appetite.
  • Generally poorly in health and well-being.

Oriental and Burmese cats have a greater incidence of treatment suggesting that they may be more susceptible to arthritis.  As are Scottish fold cats – because of a genetic defect affecting the cartilage.

With early diagnosis and treatment it is possible to greatly improve the quality of life and longevity of your cat.


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Latest In Vet Medicine Saves Lives of Pets and People

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The American Veterinary Medical Association recently released the following information.

Veterinary medicine is quickly expanding into new high-tech approaches to save pets. The side benefits of this work is improved medicine for people.  Such advancements include laser scalpels, arthroscopic surgery, genomic research, and even dog heart defibrillators.

As the demands of pet owners become more advanced, expecting treatment for diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and orthopedic problems, the treatments developed by veterinarians are increasingly crossing over to treat human patients.

The constant refusal by a subborn German shepherd – Cassidy – to wear a strap on prosthetic to replace her missing hind leg led to the development of a titanium fitting allowing a carbon fibre leg to be attatced directly to the bone. Dr. Marcellin-Little’s team at NCSU have used this new technology to implant limbs on two cats and to create a plate for the roof of a dog’s mouth. It involves using computed tomography (CT) to scan and create three-dimensional implants that perfectly match the patients bones.  There are plenty of amputees that would benefit from this kind of advanced prosthetic.

Dr. James Cook is advancing medical knowledge in the same way his name-sake advanced our knowledge of the globe, with his leading edge research into joint repair.  His BioDuct Meniscal Fixation Device helps repair damaged meiscus, the cartilage in the knee joint, which stops the onset of arthritis.  Recently approved to be used as human medicine Dr. Cooks treatment has healed or partially healed 25 dogs only weeks after surgery.

As this trend grows, you could very well find your life being saved by medicine developed by a vet for the treatment of your pet.

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Old age catches up with everyone – even our cats and dogs and other pets.

Special care requirements are often necessary to ensure the health and well-being of these elderly animals. Old age is not to be regarded as a disease, but as a natural process.
Just because your pet is old, does not mean it is normal for it to look unwell.

Learn to recognize the signs of old age, these may include impaired vision and hearing. For example, extra care is needed so you don’t startle animals with a hearing impairment, especially when they are asleep.

Vision impaired animals may not want to be taken new places for fear of the unknown and bumping into objects. If you see signs of your animal developing vision problems have them checked out by your vet. It is possible they may be able to be successfully treated for cataracts.

Older cats and dogs especially, are prone to cardiac disease. You can spot signs such as coughing, irregular breathing, or a reluctance to exercise that might indicate cardiac problems.

Gum disease is a common complaint amongst the elderly. Look for the obvious signs of dental ill health, including bad breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth, and no interesting in eating food that needs chewing. Again, many dental problems are treatable.

Arthritis is more obvious in dogs, as cats tend to just withdraw and become less sociable. If your pet loses its spring, and doesn’t venture off the floor, or loses interest in exercise then book them a vet inspection. Medication can help relieve arthritic pain and make your pets twilight years a lot more comfortable.

Cats are less likely to develop cataracts, but there are problems that tend to be more cat specific. Kidney failure is one problem common amongst elderly cats. Drinking lots, loss of weight, depression, and vomiting are signs that may indicate a kidney problem in your cat. Kidney problems may also occur in younger cats as a result of infection or tumors.

You may not know what hyperthyroidism is, but you may recognize its symptoms in your elderly cat. These symptoms include long claws, becoming very thin while maintaining a healthy apatite, and becoming shaky and more vocal. Once again there are treatments available to help in this situation.

Elderly pets have different requirements, but this doesn’t mean they can’t have a good quality of life. Just remember they will require more sleep, a slower pace of life, and regular health checks. But they are the same loyal pets that have shared in your family life for many years.

[Source: Dr Elsa Flint Pet]

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dog therapy

Hydrotherapy (pool therapy) is gaining wide respect among the veterinary profession as a way of treating dogs for a variety of ailments.

No matter what bread of dog you have hydrotherapy pools are a great way of giving your dog some exercise. NMIT veterinary nursing course-coordinator Annette McFadden says a minute for a dog in the pool can be the equivalent to it walking or running a kilometre.

Pool therapy is a great choice for exercising your dog because it is low impact and there is no pressure on bones or muscles. This is particularly good for dogs recovering from surgery. Dogs in all stages of recovery will be catered to during a session in the pool.

It is also the exercise of choice for dogs with arthritis and other conditions that limit normal activities. Even blind dogs are able to make the most of exercising in the hydrotherapy pool.

Relieve the boredom in your dog’s life and search out a pool near you today.

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