You can learn a lot about your cat's health from his poop. Whether you’ve just adopted your first kitten or you’ve shared your home with cats for years, watch for a few key signs when you scoop out the litter box.
Cat Poop: What’s Normal?
Most cats will poop at least once a day. If they’re healthy, their poop should:
Be deep brown in color
Feel not too hard or too soft or mushy
Not smell too foul, though some odor is normal
Q: Will diabetes shorten my cat’s lifespan?
A: It sure can, because it can be associated with infections, with peripheral nerve disorders, and other problems. If it’s poorly controlled you can get into some pretty severe emergency situations. But I can tell you that we see lots of diabetic cats that are older that are managed for many years and they can get into their late teens. It requires a lifelong, daily commitment, but it’s something that can be done.
Q: What does it cost
Q: If caught early enough, can my cat be cured of diabetes?
A: It’s usually not cured. Some cats, when you start treating their diabetes and you get their blood sugar under control and get them on a reasonable diet and get them in a better body condition, their diabetes actually goes into remission or partial remission. There are cats that stay that way for many months. Some might even stay that way for years. It can happen. But for the most part diabetes is a disease that we control and do
An alarming number of cats are developing diabetes mellitus, which is the inability to produce enough insulin to balance blood sugar, or glucose, levels .Left untreated, it can lead to weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting ,dehydration, severe depression, problems with motor function, coma, and even death. To find out why so many cats are being diagnosed with diabetes, and what owners can do, WebMD talked to Thomas Graves, a former feline practitioner who is associate professor and section hea
Another possible cause of stomach swelling in dogs, this serious infection is usually caused by puncture or rupture of your dog's stomach or intestine, due to splinters from a bone, ulcers, tumors, or other causes. Peritonitis can also occur if the gallbladder or urinary bladder ruptures.
Extremely painful, a dog with peritonitis may be listless, reluctant to move, have a swollen abdomen, or vomit. Shock is likely, so emergency treatment is crucial.
Treatment for perit
Stomach swelling in dogs can be a life-threatening emergency, or it can be as simple as your dog eating too much.
To keep your canine companion in good health, it helps to know the signs of dog stomach problems and what you can do when they happen.
Dog Stomach Swelling: Common Causes and Treatments
Because stomach swelling in dogs can be dangerous, never try to diagnose the cause of your dog's stomach trouble yourself. If your dog's abdomen looks bloated or unusual, get your pet t
Your pup needs to stay clean and well-groomed, so it is essential to get grooming supplies before your puppy arrives. You need to clean and brush the pup’s coat, trim his nails, and brush his teeth from an early stage. Starting the grooming routine early helps your pup to learn how to behave during the process. Some of the grooming products that you will need include bristle brushes, conditioning spray, shampoo, towels, toothbrush and dog toothpaste, ear cleaning so
You are about to receive your new puppy either from an orphanage or a breeder. You are excited as you prepare for the arrival of a new furry addition to the family, but you are feeling a bit nervous amidst all the excitement. Just like every other new puppy owner, you are not sure of what you will need for your puppy. Getting a puppy does not have to be complicated when you know the right things to get for your pup. Let us look at the items that you should have on your shopping list as you prepa
It’s important to know all the facts about Cushing’s disease.
This disease is presently being diagnosed at earlier stages in life. However, a dog should still have some of the symptoms and a low urine specific gravity to consider it.
Both Trilostane and Lysodren are detoxed by the liver. In fact, it’s clearly stated that you shouldn’t give Trilostane to a dog who has kidney or liver disease. So there’s no good reason to place an animal with a liver problem and not Cushing’s disease on
There’s another misunderstanding called atypical Cushing’s disease. I’m convinced that a dog diagnosed with Cushing’s without corresponding symptoms doesn’t have the disease.
While there is such a thing as atypical Cushing’s disease, it’s not what most people think it is. About ten years ago, veterinarians at the Royal Veterinary College in England observed dogs that had all the classical signs of Cushing’s disease. These dogs:
Were drinking a lot of water
Were urinating a lot
Cushing’s disease seems to be on every veterinarian’s mind these days. Because of this, many screening tests are recommended to diagnose Cushing’s disease. These tests are relatively reliable if there are signs and symptoms as well as lab abnormalities.
But what if these same tests are used on animals that aren’t showing these signs and symptoms? False positive results can occur.
In addition, these tests are done at the veterinary hospital. That has impacts too. The dog is caged and th
I wrote this article because Cushing’s disease in dogs is often over-diagnosed.
Over-diagnosed is a euphemism for “your dog never had it in the first place.” And that’s a problem.
My goal? To give you the facts on how the testing procedure for Cushing’s disease works and what exactly vets are looking for. This should help save unnecessary expenses and worry.
So it’s important that we fully understand this disease.
What Is Cushing’s Disease In Dogs?
Cushing’s disease is an