Dr. Streithof of TVV Decatur Emergency reports...
So you’ve been thinking of adopting a pet for awhile. You’ve thought it over, and you know you’re ready. It just so happens, your friend on Facebook has some adorable pictures posted of some puppies that absolutely need a home now! And they’re FREE! Really? ... Look away from those cute pictures for a minute, because there may be one important aspect of pet ownership that you haven’t completely considered.
Dr. Doss of TVV Decatur reports...
It never fails, as we enter the fall season, we always see a surge in Feline Idiopathic Cystitis. FIC, formerly known as Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS), and Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTS), consists of a complex set of symptoms that can affect cats of all ages. Symptoms include episodes of bloody urine, straining to urinate, urinating in abnormal places, and possible urinary blockage. Of all the cats that display this set of symptoms, 50% do not have a cause that can be identified despite extensive testing and can be classified as suffering from FIC. Idiopathic is the medical term for “we don’t know why”.
Dr. Amy Mathews of TVV Buckhead speaks about our feline friends . . .
Cats are extremely popular pets for many good reasons. One of these reasons that may work against them, and us, is the thought that they are low maintenance and do not need or want much attention. Stresses which we unintentionally cause our cats by not providing them a comfortable environment contribute to behavior problems and illnesses in our feline friends. There are more and more resources available to help us see the world through the eyes of cats and to render them a little less mysterious to us mere humans. One if these sources is indoorpet.osu.edu/cats.
September is Senior Pet Care Month and TVV Decatur 's own Dr. Melissa Finke (left) gives us important tips and information on keeping our senior pets living longer, healthier and happier lives.
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, our dogs and cats are living longer and longer lives. As they age, however, we find ourselves dealing with ailments more common to these senior pets. It is up to you and your veterinarian to provide the best possible preventative care and to recognize problems early.
So, at what point do our pets become seniors? We generally consider our feline patients to be seniors once they reach the age of eight. Dogs, due to their varied sizes, are not quite so simple but eight years of age is still a good average. However, smaller dogs may reach old age 3 or 4 years later than giant dogs. Keep in mind, our pets age 5 to 7 years for every year of our life.
What are the diseases more often found in geriatric patients?