• November 6, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    There are two types of dog liver cancer – a primary liver cell cancer, and a secondary tumor which has spread from another part of the body such as the mammary gland. In this article, we will only discuss primary liver cancer.

    Cancer of the liver occurs most frequently in elderly dogs. In fact, over 80% of dogs affected by this type of cancer are over 10 years of age. In almost one-third of dogs that are diagnosed with primary liver cancer, they have no symptoms of the disease. Their cancer is an incidental finding when they are taken to their veterinarian for some other reason.

    Diagnosis

    Those dogs that do have symptoms of cancer show signs of liver disease. These include vomiting, increased thirst and yellowing of the skin, gums and conjunctiva. As the tumor grows, their abdomen may appear swollen.

    Your veterinarian will suspect some form of liver disease based on these symptoms, and will run some blood tests to make sure they are on the right track. They are looking for high levels of liver enzymes in your dog’s blood. This may not mean your dog has cancer, but definitely indicates that their liver isn’t working properly.

    The next step in getting an accurate diagnosis is to have an ultrasound of your dog’s abdomen, so their liver can be examined. Dog liver cancer can show up in two forms. Firstly, there may be many small cancerous nodules distributed throughout the liver. Secondly, there may be one large tumor affecting just one lobe of the liver.

    A biopsy of the liver tumor will identify the exact type of cancer, and give you a better idea of your dog’s prognosis. This can be done in two ways. Firstly, a biopsy needle can be guided by ultrasound into the tumor, and a sample removed for examination. The second method is by fine needle aspirate biopsy. This is safer for those dogs with extensive dog liver cancer, because if the liver isn’t working well it can affect the ability of the blood to clot. A fine needle biopsy has less risk of hemorrhage.

    Prognosis

    If the cancer is confined to one lobe of the liver, the median survival time for dogs suffering from primary liver cancer is around 3 years. The mass can be surgically removed and the patients tend to do well for quite some time.

    The outlook for those with the nodular form of liver cancer isn’t good.

    If you own a senior dog, and they start to become unwell with vomiting and excessive drinking, it’s important to rule out dog liver cancer.

    Has your dog been diagnosed with liver cancer? Perhaps you suspect he might have this dreaded disease…

  • Your Guide to Cantharis For Cats

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    November 5, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    According to the literature, Cantharis for cats is used to treat kidney problems, cystitis, urinary tract infections, blocked urinary tracts, burns, blisters, and various skin conditions. In this article, we’ll focus on its use in treating urinary issues.

    I first learned of the herb Cantharis when a friend of mine had a male cat whose urinary tract was completely blocked. The cat was crying and howling and could not urinate at all. Worried, she did some quick research and found out about this powerful herb. Long story short, she bought some, gave it to her cat and within about an hour, the cat was able to urinate and had no more problems.

    In order for Cantharis for cats to work effectively, it should be made into a tonic, but this doesn’t mean that you should purchase the herb and try to make a formulation yourself. Since too much of a good thing can be detrimental to your cat’s health, it’s much safer to go with a homeopathic remedy that has been standardized and developed by a qualified pharmacist according to the guidelines in Homeopathic Pharmacoepia.

    Look for a good quality remedy that has ingredients like Cantharis and Staphysagris and Uva Ursi which are proven to help eliminate infection, restore the pH of the bladder and soothe and heal pain and inflammation.

    Make sure the remedy comes with a money-back guarantee. This is an indication that the company has tested the efficacy of their product and are willing to stand behind it. The best remedies are inexpensive and easy to administer because they come in granule form which you can just sprinkle on your cat’s food.

    The good news about these herbs is that Cantharis and Staphysagris are strong enough to heal infections and dissolve bladder stones, yet gentle enough to use for prevention every day.

    In addition to giving your cat a good homeopathic remedy, take common sense preventative steps, especially if your cat is aging or is prone to urinary tract infections or bladder stones. Make sure to feed your cat healthy food which is free from additives, fillers and chemicals. Wet food is much better than kibble. Also make sure your cat always has a fresh clean bowl of water. I prefer to give my cat filtered water to cut down on the chemicals.

    About the Author: Laura Ramirez is a dedicated researcher of natural remedies which heal disorders and keep pets vibrant and healthy. Find out more about safe, effective ways to maintain your pet’s urinary tract health at .

  • Cat Vitamins Can Help Prevent Felv And Fiv In Cats

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    November 4, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    Can cat vitamins really help prevent FeLV and FIV in cats? Feline Leukemia Virus or FeLV is contagious and is passed by direct cat-to- cat contact, such as in mutual grooming or bite wounds. Not all cats who contact it die from the disease. Some fight it off and recover and some become carriers of the virus. FeLV suppresses a cat’s immune system, allowing other diseases to make the cat extremely sick. It can also cause lymphatic cancer. A small number of cats contract FeLV and never get sick, living a normal life span. This is because their immune system fights off the active infection. A good vitamin for cats containing vitamins, minerals and super-foods will keep your cat’s immune system in tip-top shape. Infection is much less likely to occur when the immune system is supported and functioning well.

    It is so very vital for a cat’s health that he gets daily vitamins. Supplements of cat vitamins and minerals keep the immune system strong and this will (1) prevent cats from becoming infected because they fight off the disease (2) keep carriers of the virus healthy and finally (3) help cats with active cat FeLV to boost their immune system, stay healthy and not get a fatal illness or cancer.

    FIV or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus does not usually progress to the same kind of debilitating life-threatening condition as happens with human AIDS. It’s commonly transmitted through cat fights, resulting in a bite wound. So you see FIV more often in stray cats. Some cats get it and just fight it off, without your knowing they were ever infected. If your kitten tests positive for FIV you should retest again for the second test will often be normal. Make sure you get him on a powerfully healthy supplement right away. Cats can beat FIV infection and if they do remain positive a good supplement keeps them healthier for a longer time. The most important kind of supplement is a complete supplement. Many times, a cat owner goes right for immune boosting products but forgets to give a complete and balanced supplement.

    Once again, it’s just so important to supplement your cat with healthy cat vitamins and minerals to help him resist getting Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS. It’s easy to forget how important it is to give the cells in our cats’ bodies all the tools they need to fight disease.

    Copyright (c) 2012 Dr. Deva Khalsa

  • Clostridium In Dogs – Symptoms And Treatment

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    October 31, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    The genus Clostridium is a group of anaerobic bacteria (they can thrive in conditions where oxygen is not present) which have been linked to several important diseases in dogs. Two of the most common clostridial infections in dogs are caused by Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium difficile.

    Some healthy dogs have been found to harbor C. difficile in their gastrointestinal tract without suffering any infection. However antibiotic treatment can create a favorable environment for this bacterium to increase in number and cause a condition called pseudomembranous colitis, a serious local infection affecting the colon.

    Clostridium perfringens is also considered a normal bacterial flora of the gastrointestinal tract. However when conditions are favorable for their multiplication and colonization, the infectious agent can cause Clostridial enterotoxicosis, an abnormal condition of the intestinal tract which is manifested by diarrhea and abdominal pain. Vomiting and fever may also be present. There are certain types of Clostridium perfringens that produce toxins and have been linked to food poisoning in dogs. These are bacteria which are acquired when dogs eat poorly cooked meat or poultry. Most dogs suffering from food poisoning often recover from the gastrointestinal symptoms after a day or two without any serious complications. However, there are those that develop into clostridial necrotizing enteritis, an infection which may be fatal for dogs.

    There are several predisposing factors that may pave the way for proliferation and colonization of Clostridium perfringens which includes a sudden change in diet, deficient antibodies, high intestinal pH, exposure to sick dogs in a kennel or hospital, and concurrent conditions affecting the digestive system such as gastroenteritis, parvovirus, and inflammatory bowel disease.

    Diagnosis of Clostridial infections in dogs is based on a complete history and thorough physical exam. Your veterinarian may also recommend specific diagnostic tests such as complete blood count, urinalysis, and biochemical blood profile. Microscopic analysis of a fecal sample is also indicated. An endoscope can be used to get a clear view of the condition of the dog’s intestines and also to get tissue samples for further examination and bacterial culture. The latest state of the art diagnostic tool for Clostridium perfringens infection is an immunologic test which can identify the presence of the bacterial toxin in the fecal sample. The test is made more accurate when combined with the PCR testing to detect the Clostridial gene which has been linked to enterotoxin production.

    Clostridium infection in dogs can be treated with a round of antibiotics which can be given orally for several weeks. Some of the most common antibiotics of choice include metronidazole, ampicillin, tylosin, amoxicillin, and tylosin.

  • Denamarin For Dogs – Advantages And Side Effects

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    October 29, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    Dogs are more than just animals to millions of people across the world. They are family members. And as family members, you want to make sure that your dog is taken care of physically, so that he enjoys a long, happy, and healthy life. Dogs, like people, are subject to internal ailments, which require medical attention, and one of the most crucial parts of the canine anatomy to look after is the liver. With medicines such as Denamarin, you can help preserve your pet’s safety and health for years to come. But before deciding whether Denamarin is the right choice for your dog, you should first do some research and learn about the advantages and disadvantages that can arise as a result of using the product.

    Supporting liver function is the number one priority of Denamarin. By supporting the liver, the medicine allows dogs to more easily digest foods and absorb the nutrients that are necessary for continued good health. Digestive issues can be the start of more serious issues, not just for dogs but for people and all other types of animals. The canine digestive system relies on glutathione, which Denamarin helps to produce. Silybin also helps with the flow of bile, which also serves to aid in digestion.

    Denamarin also helps to fight disease, which can afflict the dog liver as easily as it can the human liver. In humans, a condition called cirrhosis, or chronic active hepatitis, can eat away at the liver’s functions and ultimately shut it down. Dogs are subject to a similar condition, which Denamarin helps fight against. A dog’s liver can also become the target of common but deadly diseases such as cancer and hepatitis. With Denamarin, the restricted blood flow through the liver that often occurs as a result of these diseases is avoidable.

    Furthermore, a dog really doesn’t have to be a certain age or size for you to administer this preventative medication for their well-being. Whether you’re dealing with a large, medium, or small breed, all dogs can benefit from the long-term effects of Denamarin. However, some animals may have allergens or predispositions against taking the medication. It’s always a good idea to first check with a veterinarian before administering, and you should never give more than the recommended amount for fear of overdose. Dogs may also develop some gastrointestinal discomfort and itching as a result of using the product.

    Denamarin can also be difficult to administer to a dog. In order to prevent the animal from rejecting the dosage, you should probably try to hide it within the day’s food supply or mix it in with a special treat. That way you know that your dog is getting the treatment he needs and deserves.

  • Blastomycosis In Dogs – Symptoms And Treatment

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    October 26, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    Blastomycosis is a systemic disease which is caused by the fungus, Blastomyces dermatitidis. This fungal infection primarily affects dogs and humans. In humans, the disease is called “Chicago Disease”, “Gilchrist Disease” or “Mycosis”.

    The primary mode of transmission of Blastomycosis is through inhalation of the fungal spores. The fungus abounds in the environment-in bodies of water and in the soil-thus most infections occur in dogs which spend a considerable amount of time outdoors. It has been observed that there is a high incidence of Blastomycosis in intact male dogs and large breed dogs. The disease has also been observed to commonly occur in dogs between the ages of 1-5 years old. Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to the infection. These dog breeds include Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, Coonhounds, Pointers, Cocker Spaniels, and Weimaraners.

    Once the spores enter the dog’s airways, it stays in the lungs where the infection commences. As the organism multiplies, it spreads to the vascular system and/or lymph nodes.

    Blastomycosis infection in dogs is manifested initially by a gradual loss of appetite followed by intermittent fever, weight loss, and depression. Coughing may also be present and usually gets worse as the disease progresses. By this time, the infection may have spread to the nervous system, bones, lymph nodes and skin.

    Studies and clinical observations have shown that Blastomycosis is mainly manifested as a respiratory infection. A thorough physical examination may reveal enlarged lymph nodes, fever, abnormal lung sounds, skin lesions, nasal discharge, coughing, eye problems such as uveitis, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and chorioretinitis, tachypnea, nervous signs, and abnormal mass growths in the mammary gland, soft tissues, and vulva.

    Aside from the physical manifestations of the disease, diagnosis is made based on a complete history and a thorough medical check-up. Your veterinarian will also recommend specific laboratory tests such as complete blood count and biochemical profile. Hypoalbuminemia is the usual result followed by hyperglobulinemia, and hypercalcemia. Radiographic examination of the chest may reveal the so-called “snowstorm pattern” which describes the growth of the yeast. Microscopic examination and staining of cytologic samples can also be done to identify the fungus. Other diagnostic tests which may be conducted include transtracheal wash (TTW), bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), or fine needle aspiration (FNA) of the lung tissue.

    Early detection is very important to prevent the onset of serious complications. The treatment regimen for Blastomycosis includes antifungal medication such as itraconazole, amphotericin-B, Ketoconazole, and Prednisone.

    There is no vaccine which can protect your dog against Blastomycosis. In areas where the disease is endemic, limiting the amount of time that your dog spends outside, particularly around bodies of water may help reduce the incidence.

    Knowing the early signs of Blastomycosis in dogs and seeking early veterinary attention can increase the chances of a favorable prognosis.

  • A Little Something About Cats And Their Unique Behavior

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    October 25, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    Did you know that one out of four American households has a cat for a pet. Ailurophiles also known as people who love cats always want to know more about their favorite pets. For that reason we’ve decided to share some facts about cats that you might not know about.

    Did you know that:

    It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one’s blood pressure! Cat’s sense of smell is 14 times stronger than a human’s! Besides their noses, cats can smell with something called the “Jacobson’s organ”, located in the upper surface of their mouths. This is what cats are using when they scrunch up their eyes and open their mouths after sniffing something intently! Cats have 244 bones in their bodies! (About 40 more than humans!) Cats have 32 muscles in each ear! Cats only sweat from the pads of their paws. Cats aren’t hunters by nature; their mothers teach them to hunt! Female cats can reach adulthood in as little as five months, but male cats can take nine months to a year to reach adulthood. Most breeds of cats have reached their full growth by two years! To drink, a cat laps liquid from the underside of its tongue, rather than the top! Cats are said to see color. Studies have been able to prove that cats can distinguish between red and green; red and blue; red and gray; green and blue; green and gray; blue and gray; yellow and blue, and yellow and gray! Whiskers tell a cat whether the space they are entering is big enough for it! The oldest cat on record was a female tabby that lived to be 34 years old! Cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds. In comparison, dogs have about 10! Cats respond most readily to names that end in an “ee” sound! Cats respond better to women than to men, probably due to the fact that women’s voices have a higher pitch! If your cat snores, or rolls over on his back to expose his belly, it means he trusts you! Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine…about 26 cycles per second! The domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. Wild cats hold their tail horizontally, or tucked between their legs while walking!

    Check out some of my favorite cat moments:

    This cat is a top trained assassin!Watch it display its mad ninja skills!This cat will kick your butt, for sure!

    And how about this one. Even though its obvious thatthe little guy is getting some help, still can’t believe that this cat is actually eating its dinner with a fork.

    And when you had a rough day, you sure wanna relax and enjoy the view. This cat sure knows how to do that!

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  • Using Promeris For Cats For Flea Treatment

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    October 23, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    There are many different choices of fast working and long lasting flea medication for you to choose from in an effort to treat your cats. One of the most popular choices is Promeris for cats. This medication is recommended by most veterinarians for its quick speed and successful track record.

    Of course Promeris for cats will not be your only option but it is probably going to be the best option that you have. Promeris for cats is one of the best available topical flea treatments for todays cats because of its dual active ingredients. This product is also known for treating the fleas quickly and preventing their return.

    You will find that Promeris for cats is successful in treating and preventing the return of fleas in your cat which will help you to remain loyal to the product and use it on a regular monthly basis. This medication has become increasingly popular with veterinarians and is quickly rising to the top where it is the most requested and prescribed choice for flea treatment.

    There are many reasons that Promeris for cats is so popular, one of which is the fact that it is waterproof once dried. This means that you only need to keep your pet still while the product is drying rather than having to wait for it to take effect or avoiding water with your pet for some time. It is completely effective even after you bathe and clean your cat so that is something else that you should take into consideration since this is not a true fact with all flea treatment options.

    This is one choice in flea treatment that is going to kill the adult and alive fleas, the larvae, and the eggs so it offers total flea treatment and continued control for one month after the application. This is another of the great features of since it offers a way to be able to relax after the once a month treatment. The product also comes in two different sized applications, one of which is made with kittens in mind and the other that is made when considering full sized adult cats.

  • No Relationship Between Bonsai Kitten And Bonsai Trees. Bonsai Cats – Just Fiction

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    October 22, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    The bonsaikitten.com scandal. Raising bonsai cats is just a joke; bonsai trees are reality and an Art.

    The depictions and pictures on raising bonsai cats on the website bonsaikitten.com are obviously just jokes; Nature cannot be forced to impossibilities.

    Basically the articles on the website talk about little kittens put in an angular shaped glass, and after a time the kittens grow up into bonsai cats of angular shape.

    The website details the technological process, illustrated with manipulated texts and pictures. All what we see there is false, just a nightmare of a sick mind.

    Animal protecting organizations and people passionately protest against this website, but even FBI cannot do anything, the website still has been existing. The American student who has created it under a false name is unknown. It is to be feared that credulous people or children could try the first steps of producing bonsai kittens.

    A huge number of protesting and circulars have been published in order to protect bonsai kitten and against the website. Endeavors to put a “Just a joke” notice on the bonsai kitten website proved to be unsuccessful.

    In opposite of the theory of bonsai kitten producing the tradition and culture of bonsai trees reach back to more thousand years. It origins from China. Later Japanese monks took it to their homeland.

    Japanese masters raised it to high artistic levels. The culture of bonsai arrived to Europe a couple of centuries ago, and is spreading with an undiminished energy. Bonsai is the art of shaping plants. The desire for representation of Nature through human eyes rise in every people who love plants and nature.

    Let’s keep in mind that our garden and plant culture attracts more and more people. The plants in our environment need continuous nourishing, pruning, dressing in order to avoid our garden and court to change into a jungle. Here rises the question: when we cut the grass or hedge, when we prune the fruit trees, do we feel pity for causing pains to our plants?

    NO.

    All these are maintaining and revitalizing operations. These make our plants denser, well-arranged and more aesthetic, pleasing. Bonsai is about forming plants so that who views them could feel a positive experience through realities, all this on an artistic level. Let’s compare the reality of the bonsai trees with the unhealthy, psychopathological theory on bonsai kittens, and we’ll see what is the relationship between them.

    NOTHING.

    Bonsai is a cared and cherished treasure for their master and owner, not like the kitten who would be forced into a glass and tormented there.

    Bonsai is an expression for a noble thing, and should not been used for camouflaging a dirty and vile phantasmagoria. Bonsai is an art, while “bonsai” kitten is just an aberrated nightmare.

  • Owner’s Guide to Distemper in Cats

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    October 21, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    Distemper in cats is a very serious disease that can easily be fatal. It is caused by a highly contagious virus. The virus can be transmitted through contact with other cats and humans. Your cat can also be infected with this virus from litter boxes, bedding, and water bowls.

    Symptoms

    Cats begin to show symptoms about 10 days after being exposed to the virus. He will begin to display signs such as loss of appetite, depression, diarrhea, and vomiting. Your cat may also stop grooming himself on a regular basis. This will cause his hair to be rough. Some cats also develop a third eyelid in the inner corner of their eye.

    Diagnosis

    It is important that you take your feline to the veterinarian as soon as he begins showing symptoms. Once there, the vet will perform a blood test. A diagnosis will be confirmed if there are antibodies to the virus and a drop in the white blood cell count.

    Treatment

    Your cat will need immediate treatment once diagnosed. As you now know, vomiting and diarrhea are two of the most common signs of distemper in cats. Therefore, fluids and nutrients will need to be given to prevent dehydration. Secondary bacterial infections can also become a problem with this disease. So, antibiotics may need to be given also. This will allow the immune system time to take over. Some cats also need a blood transfusion when dealing with this illness.

    Prevention

    Vaccination is the best way to prevent this disease. Kitten will need a shot when they reach eight or ten weeks old. Cats also need a booster shot every one or three years depending on the particular vaccine.

    The virus that causes distemper in cats is capable of surviving in the environment for years. It can be harbored in carpet, upholstery, bedding, and other objects. You can use a normal disinfectant to destroy the virus.

    Distemper in cats is a very serious disease. However, there are many other illnesses that can affect your cat such as . Luckily, cat-illnesses.com provides all of the information you need to learn about these illnesses. So, stop by today to read up on common conditions like .