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Can Pets Suffer From Hypertension?

Thursday, January 16, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Did you ever think that only humans can get high blood pressure?  Cats and dogs can also suffer from hypertension.  Most of the time, they will never show any obvious signs of the disease.  The ability to recognize and to treat hypertension in dogs and cats is a relatively recent development in veterinary medicine.  Treatment for a pet with high blood pressure may include a low salt diet and pet medication to lower their blood pressure.  It has been found that in pets, hypertension is almost always secondary to some other disorder which may include diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid disease.  The chance of treating the hypertension really increases if you are able to discover and eradicate the underlying disease.

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Two Dog Breeds With Special Health Issues

Monday, January 13, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Every breed will face some health issues as they age.  If you are thinking of adopting a dog, you should look into some of the health issues that are associated with certain breeds.  A few of the breeds with health challenges are:

Shar-Pei – This wrinkle faced dog along with others of this type such as the English Bulldog are prone to skin infections. Their skin must be cleaned and checked regularly to prevent any problems. Various pet medications prescribed by your veterinarian could help cure these infections but prevention is always best.

Rhodesian Ridgeback  – This breed has a ridge of hair along the spine that grows backward. It looks beautiful but unfortunately, it frequently caused spine and back problems for the dog.

Inbreeding by puppy mills and irresponsible backyard breeders have created a whole new set of problems for otherwise healthy dog breeds. A couple of very popular breeds that now face health problems are the Labrador Retriever and German Shepherds. They are more prone to hip Dysplasia than lots of other breeds.

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Hyperthyroidism has to be Monitored

Sunday, January 12, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

I mentioned in earlier posts that my cat Atlantis was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. This mean that the thyroid is overactive and speeds up everything in the body. It affects all organs and can cause death if not caught and controlled. Atlantis is on Methimazole the drug used to control hyperthyroidsim. He is doing very well. He’s gaining weight, eating well and those digestive problems seem to be subsiding. He’s now a very happy boy. We can’t stop here, Atlantis needs to go back to the Vet in early February to check is thyroid levels. Many times, the medication has to be adjusted because hypothyroidism may occur. This means that the thyroid becomes under active. It’s like a gauge that needs to be adjusted.

Atlantis’s thyroid needs to be monitored every now and then throughout his life. Owners need to be very aware of any changes with may be an indicator that hyperthyroidism has returned. This disease never goes away, it just goes into remission. I’m speaking from experience. In 2005, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, it was controlled with Methimazole. I was later taken off the drug and it appeared that the disease had gone into remission. I was symptom free for about four years but some symptoms returned such as fast heart rate and high blood pressure. I was put back on Methimazole. I’m now in remission but I have my Thyroid checked every time I get blood work.

Hyperthyroidism is controllable but symptoms should never be ignored.

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Tooth Resorption Disease

Saturday, January 11, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Tooth resorption is a dental condition in which an animal develops a lesion around the root of a tooth. It can appear to be a tooth fracture, or be hidden beneath the gum line. Tooth resorption occurs commonly in cats, about one in two cats have it. Feline dentists check for the condition routinely. Dogs can acquire the problem as well, but rarely do. If you notice a change in your pets eating habits and increased salivation, consider taking your pet to the veterinarian. He or she will take x rays to determine the affected teeth and stage of disease. Treatment may involve tooth extraction. To find out more, talk to your veterinarian or a veterinary dental specialist.

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Pet 24/7 Emergency Care is Extremely Important!

Friday, January 10, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

I’ve lived in north Jersey for most of my life and have had different pets throughout the years.  One thing that was very important to me was finding a good vet. I did that but one time, my cat Molly had difficulty walking. It was a Sunday and my Vet’s office was closed. I found an animal hospital open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week even on holiday’s. They accepted all animal emergencies. I rushed Molly there and thankfully it was nothing serious and she made a full recovery.

I now live in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  We moved here full time about 4 years ago and Molly had some serious medical issues like hyperthyroidism and kidney disease. I found an animal hospital that offers 24 hour emergency services seven days a week including holidays. The most recent member of our feline family is Atlantis. Just last week he was vomiting , not eating and had diarrhea. It was New Years Day and luckily I was able to utilize the emergency services of our animal hospital. I took him, they did blood work and discovered that he has hyperthyroidism. He was given medication and his home now doing just fine.

If you’re a new pet owner, I strongly suggest that you find a good vet and locate an animal hospital who accepts all pets at any time 24/7. You won’t regret it. This is extremely important if you have pets.

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Grooming a Short Haired Dog

Thursday, January 9, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Long haired dogs can be very high maintenance when it comes to grooming. If you have a short haired dog, it will need much less time and attention but to keep his skin and hair in good condition, you should groom him at least once a week. Start with a rubber brush to get dead skin , loosened hair and dirt off.  Then brush against the hair to look for fleas and ticks.  Follow up with a natural bristle brush to distribute his natural oils throughout his coat.  Then use a shammy cloth to shine him up. Now you’re done!  Now you may want to take a minute to check his ears, look inside his mouth, rub his paws and look for anything that seems unusual. When you check him out, he’ll feel like he’s getting a mini massage.

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Many middle ages and senior dogs, especially those that are overweight develop benign tumors under their skin. These growths are usually located on the belly or the upper legs and are generally harmless. If you notice a lump on your dog, have your veterinarian check it out. If it is a benign tumor and the dogs movement is not compromised, no treatment is necessary but it is still a good idea to keep an eye on the fatty deposit to make sure that it doesn’t grow. Your veterinarian can biopsy the growth every now and then to check for any cancerous changes. If your dog has one of these growths (lypoma), there is a chance that he will develop more. This doesn’t mean that you should dismiss any new growths or bumps. Have them checked out.  Ask your vet to give each one a proper exam. Usually no pet medication is prescribed and nothing else has to be done.

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Hyperthyroidism is a disease that affects all organs in the body one way or another. In cats, this disease comes on slowly and owners may not realize it right away. My cat Molly, exhibited vomiting,  constant hunger, weight loss and seizures. My current pet Atlantis only exhibited some weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea. Since we adopted him in July of last year, we really weren’t aware of any unusual symptoms right away. Now after being diagnosed and learning about all of the symptoms, we understand that Atlantis did exhibit some symptoms that we were unaware of. He has a big appetite and  always seems to want to eat. This is a symptom. He also made a howling sound in the night. We thought he was just lonely but I learned that cats with hyperthyroidism make strange sounds in the night. Since he’s on his medication, there have been no move “night howls.”

Animalwised.com has put together all of the symptoms to look for in Hyperthyroidism. Keep in mind that your cat probably will not exhibit all of these symptoms.

One of the most common red flags is that the cat’s food intake increases, but they do not appear to put on weight. In fact, they can often lose weight while still eating more than their normal amount of daily food. When the problem becomes alarming, you may observe the following symptoms of hyperthyroidism in cats:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Nervous or strange behavior
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Inability to jump
  • Loss of strength
  • Neglected and knotted coat
  • Arrhythmia
  • Dyspnoea (labored breathing)
  • Disorientation
  • Aggressiveness
  • Unusual nocturnal vocalizations

These symptoms do not appear suddenly or appear all together. Instead, rather they develop progressively. If we neglect our cat’s care, it is possible to overlook these symptoms. When the thyroid increases hormone production it can affect other organs in the body. Kidney function is particularly affected and, if not managed properly, can lead to fatal kidney failure.

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How Often Should Your Trim Your Cat’s Nails

Sunday, January 5, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

When we adopted our cat Atantis, we didn’t realize that he had three ingrown nails. We noticed a slight limp when he walked. I checked his nails and initially found one curved in toward the paw pad. I took him to the vet and they discover two more. Ingrown nails can cause your cat pain and mobility problems.

So how often should your cats nails be trimmed. Here’s the answer from PetMD.

Overgrown nails become curved and don’t retract completely. You will know if your cat’s nails have grown too long if your cat gets their nails stuck in carpets or other soft surfaces, or if your cat can no longer retract her nails.

Severely overgrown and curved nails can grow into the footpad, causing significant pain and mobility problems. Therefore, it is very important to keep your cat’s nails short. Cat should have their nails trimmed every 10 days to 2 weeks so that they do not get to this point.

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Always Have Your Dog Checked for Heartworm

Saturday, January 4, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Heart worms are parasites.  In their adult form, they pose a very serious threat to dogs.  These worm like parasites can infest a dogs heart and all of the large arteries that go to it’s lungs.  Mosquitoes  are the culprits as they carry the heart worm larvae.  It’s transmitted to dogs by biting them.  The season where heart worm infection is common is spring and summer when the mosquitoes are out. In some areas of the country, heart worm is a risk all year long. Symptoms include coughing, weight loss and lethargy. Unfortunately, this disease can be fatal.  The good news is that it’s very preventable.  If your dog is at risk for heart worm, your vet will suggest very affective pet medication to prevent this disease.

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