Health Tips

Bladder Disease

Lower urinary tract disease is a common problem in cats, especially males. Inappropriate urinations can be a urinary tract disease or a behavior issue common to both males and females.There are things you can do to help prevent problems.

  • Use one more litter box than number of cats
  • Use an automatic cat water fountain
  • Use litter they like (they will cover any deposits if they like the feel of the litter)
  • Feed moist food(can moisten dry with water)
  • Reduce stress of being indoors or living with multiple cats by providing vertical cat towers and window seats
  • Never use covered litter boxes
  • Pick litter clean daily and strip boxes weekly

What is Giardia?

Giardia is a microscopic parasite that can cause vomiting and diarrhea. It can infect dogs, cats and people and is transmitted through fecal contamination. 

Animals that are housed in groups such as shelters, pets stores, and dog parks can be prone to picking up Giardia. Dogs that go hiking, or cats that go outside, can be exposed to Giardia by drinking water from ponds and steams.

A stool sample from your dog or cat should be tested for routine parasites including Giardia. Most pets do fine with treatment, however occasionally it can become a chronic condition.

Caffeine Poisoning

Our pets are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people. The ingestion of moderate amounts of coffee grounds, tea bags, or one to two diets pills can easily be fatal to small animals. Although, a couple of laps of coffe, tea, or soda won't harm most pets. Symptoms of caffeine toxicity are: mild to severe hyperactivity, restlessness, vomiting, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, tremors, fever, seizures, and collapse. Your pet should be seen by a veterinarian if ingestion occurs, especially since symptoms can take two hours to occur. 

Bee Stings

If possible, the stinger should be removed. For the single sting at home, and if no allergic reaction exists, you can apply cool compresses and monitor your pet closely. If an allergic reaction or if stung multiple times your pet should immediately be transported to the hospital. No time should be wasted searching for stingers and removing them, since 100% of bee venom is delivered within sixty seconds of being stung. Allergic reactions are: low blood pressure, hives, difficulty breathing, itchiness, and possible collapse. Most stings are solitary and animals are able to recover.

Cold Medications Toxicosis

Many over the counter cold medications contain pseudoephedrine, a drug similar to amphetamines. This can lead to stimulation of the cardiovascular system and the central nervous system (CNS). Most common symptoms include: hyperactivity, agitation, panting, fever, hypertension, rapid heart rate, head bobbing, and enlarged pupils. Many are life threatning signs. Symptoms can persist for up to 72 hours. You should not give ANY over the counter medications without asking your veterinarian. Your pet needs to be seen immediately if they ingest pseudoephedrine.


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