Daily Archives: January 5, 2016

Treating for Persian Cats with FeLV

Treating for Persian Cats with FeLV
Although there is no cure for FeLV, there are treatments available to help keep your Persian cat comfortable and to prolong her quality of life. The Feline Leukemia Virus can affect all breeds of cats. It’s important to have your Persian tested regularly to help detect the disease at an early enough stage that your cat can either pass it on her own or be given medications to kills the virus. Protecting your FeLV positive Persian from secondary infections is also key since FeLV can suppress the immune system leaving your cat vulnerable. In addition, cats that develop lymphoma or other types of cancer may be able to receive chemotherapy, which could lengthen their quality of life. It’s important to understand that there is no cure for FeLV and that most treatment options are meant to help keep your cat comfortable. Talk to your veterinarian Indianapolis, IN for more additional information.

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Managing Your Cat’s Gingivitis

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If your cat has been diagnosed with gingivitis then you have most likely already implemented certain changes to your cat’s diet and dental hygiene practices. For instance, you may have switched your cat to a more solid food to help naturally break down plaque build-up. Your vet may also have shown you how to clean your cat’s teeth at home between professional dental exams. In addition, ask your vet about at home cleanings with the use of veterinary toothpaste. Your vet may also suggest the use of veterinary antibacterial spray that can be sprayed on your cat’s teeth to reduce plaque build-up. Additional aids for keeping the gums and teeth clean may also include specially formulated cat treats and chews such as the popular Greenie brand of treats for cats and dogs. All of these steps can help manage your cat’s dental care long-term. Talk to your veterinary clinic Livonia, MI if you have further questions.

Uveitis in Blaze Ferrets

Uveitis in Blaze Ferrets

Blaze ferrets can be curious little creatures that love to explore and play. They tend to be little busybodies as well. If you notice a change in your ferret’s behavior, talk to your vet. Your ferret may be experiencing health issues. Many ferrets are known to develop a variety of eye conditions including Uveitis. Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea or the middle layer of the eye. Ferrets are at risk for Uveitis at just about any age. The condition is most often caused by trauma to the eye. For instance, a wound to the eye can become infected, which can lead to the development of the Aleutian’s disease virus known as Uveitis. Uveitis can then lead to other diseases of the eye including cataracts and glaucoma. Unlike other eye conditions in ferrets, Uveitis can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications. Call your veterinary clinic Indianapolis, IN if you notice your Blaze ferret having any eye related troubles.

Living with a Light Red Fox Gerbil with Epilepsy

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Epilepsy is common in 20 to 40% of gerbils of all types including Light Red Fox gerbils. Episodes typically start around 2 to 3 months of age and tend to subside around 6 months of age. Talk to your vet if you are concerned that your Light Red Fox gerbil may be having epileptic seizures. Symptoms tend to cause your gerbil to be in a trance like state while twitching his ears or whiskers excessively. Symptoms are sometimes accompanied by convulsions, stiffening of the muscles or jerking of the entire body. If this happens to your Light Red Fox gerbil, please call your vet. Your vet can teach you what to do for your gerbil during and after seizures. He may also advise you to keep a journal of your gerbil’s seizures in order to monitor the frequency and severity. Living with an epileptic gerbil can be intimidating, but your Vets Savannah GA is here to help.

Diagnosing Gingivitis in Cats

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If your cat has bad breath then you should contact your vet to schedule an exam to determine the cause. Bad breath is often a symptom of gingivitis, which is said to be one of the first signs of periodontal disease in cats. Gingivitis usually involves inflammation, redness and swelling of the gums due to the build-up of plaque, which is food or other debris. Only your vet can tell you if your cat has gingivitis. Your vet will need to perform a physical exam on your cat and will most likely ask you for a detailed history of your cat’s overall health. Be prepared to describe any symptoms your cat may be experiencing including when the symptoms appeared and how long they last. Symptoms may include bad breath, trouble chewing, etc. You should also tell your veterinary clinic Livonia, MI what type of food your cat eats and whether or not you clean your cat’s teeth.

Does my Blaze Ferret Need Vaccines?

Does my Blaze Ferret Need Vaccines

Did you know that Blaze ferrets require vaccinations just like cats and dogs? If you are planning to adopt or purchase a ferret make sure you ask if the ferret has been vaccinated. If not, call your vet to schedule a first time appointment. If you already own a ferret and aren’t sure if he has been vaccinated, contact your vet. Some vaccinations will be different from state to state or county to county. In most cases, your Blaze ferret will require a Canine Distemper and Rabies shots. Even if your ferret never ventures outside, she still needs these shots as a precaution. There is a 100% mortality rate for unvaccinated ferrets that come in contact with Canine Distemper. Although rabies is rare in ferrets within the United States, it’s still a necessary precaution to vaccinate. If you want to learn more about these vaccinations, please contact your vet Indianapolis, IN.

Dogs Can Suffer From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Many pet owners try their best to protect their dogs from a whole range of substances that can potentially be harmful or toxic to their pets. However, there is one overlooked toxic chemical that can poison every member of the household including pets – carbon monoxide. It is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless gas that is often referred to as the “silent killer”.

Humans are unable to detect carbon monoxide even if it’s present in high levels in their surroundings. Exposure and inhalation can quickly cause sickness and even death in dogs or people. Over time, carbon monoxide can quickly buildup in the bloodstream, causing a dangerous condition known as carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is produced by a variety of things, including pollution in the atmosphere and even fecal material. The gas is actually present at low levels within the environment but within safe levels. But there are certain appliances that also produce and emit carbon monoxide, thereby contributing to the level of the toxic gas in the environment.

Ask your Tipp City, OH vet regarding important pet issues. You can get more information here.

The Afghan Hound

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If you’re looking for a loving canine companion for your family then you may want to check out the Afghan hound. The Afghan is known as “King of the Dogs” and is thought to be one of the oldest breeds in the world. Native to Afghanistan, the Afghan is built for speed, tough desert like terrain, and the ability to hunt by sight. This particular breed is highly intelligent and easy to train under the hand of a gentle and experienced trainer. The Afghan hound is a sensitive dog and tends to do well in calm environments. They breed is highly recommended for families with older children. It’s important to know that the Afghan hound has a typical lifespan of 14 years. His long flowing, silky coat requires brushing daily. Due to their need for speed, it’s recommended that the Afghan has an hour of run time daily. Your veterinarians Livonia, MI can tell you more.