What is heart disease and congestive heart failure?
Congestive heart failure occurs as a result of progressive heart disease. Heart disease is when the heart starts to fail in its ability to pump blood properly, but in the early stages the body is still able to compensate and the blood and tissues still receives the oxygen they need. When the heart is unable to pump blood properly though your pet’s body and there is not enough oxygen getting around it causes an increase in pressure and fluid that eventually leaks out of the heart to the lungs, around the lungs or into the abdomen. This causes congestion of the lungs and the heart will begin to fail.
What is chronic kidney disease?
Chronic kidney disease is a common health condition in cats and dogs, especially those who are in their senior and geriatric years. The onset of chronic kidney disease is usually slow and the signs are usually generalized and non-specific, usually your pet is “just not doing well”. Some symptoms may also not be noticed until your pet has progressed to a later stage of kidney disease. These symptoms can include, but are not limited to:
- increased water consumption
- changes in urination habits (increased, decreased, blood in the urine)
- weight loss
- not eating
- poor hair coat
Spaying your pet
Spaying removes the ovaries and uterus from your female animal, preventing them from coming into heat, convincing, carrying a pregnancy and giving birth. This is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia by a veterinarian. The recovery time for you pet is about 24-72 hours until they are feeling back to normal, however recovery time for your pet’s body to heal is about 10-14 days. It is during this 2 week recovery period your pet will need to wear an e-collar so not to disturb the surgery site and will need to stay rested and not engage in any activity.
What is cancer
Cancer is also known as neoplasia. Neoplasia means abnormal/uncontrolled growth of cells or tissues in the body. The growth itself is called a neoplasm, mass or tumor. This mass can either be benign or malignant. Benign cancers do not grow quickly and do not spread throughout the body. Malignant cancers tend to grow very fast, invade the tissues around them and can spread other parts of the body.
Let’s look at the Turkish Angora!
This breed of cat originated in the mountainous regions of Turkey from an area called Ankara (which was formerly known as Angora). Their fur kept them quite warm in the chilly climate. They were imported into Europe and were used in breeding programs with persian cats almost to the point of extinction. Luckily the Anakra Zoo began a breeding program to preserve the white Angora cats, especially the odd-eyed ones.
What is Rabies?
Rabies is a viral disease of mammals (including humans) that is most commonly transmitted though the bite of a rabid animal. In Canada the majority of the rabies cases reported are from foxes, bats and skunks.
Here are a few helpful hint for you when it comes to bath time for your pet.
Do you need to clean your pets’ ears at home? Some pets are prone to waxy ear discharge and their ears need to be cleaned periodically. Here is some information about your pets’ ears and how to clean them.
The best dental care you can give to your pet is daily brushing. By the age of 3 most pets are showing signs of dental disease. When plaque and tartar build up and spread under the gum line, oral and systemic infection can occur. By brushing daily, you can limit the progression of dental disease and may even avoid the need for a dental cleaning under anesthetic (or at least prolong the frequency between dental cleanings).