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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hyperthyroidism common in the elderly female cat

Q: I read your works in the sun last week, the veterinary field with great interest. A clear picture of your medical conditions in dogs with low thyroid output (hypothyroidism). The original 10-year-old cat, I have the opposite problem - she suffers from excessive secretion of thyroid hormone - Hyperthyroidism of a disease called upon. After several rounds of review visits and study tours in the local College of Veterinary Medicine Oklahoma State University, and we eventually won the diagnosis, she received a special iodine injection procedures, designed to stop the progress of the disease. So far, so good. I never thought we would spend so much money on the cat - but she is worth.

I think you may want to warn other elderly cat on the disease to enable them to recognize this and be better able to get a good start that should never have happened. - Lori tons

A: Recently, many improvements and advanced medical and nutritional care, our home life of a cat a longer period of time than in the past. The age of the disease to the veterinary profession a bit strange, earlier. One of these diseases is hyperthyroidism cat writer, Lori and experienced.

Before the 20th century, the early 80s, veterinary clinicians do not generally recognized that this situation, the cat, and now it is almost an epidemic in the past 10-year-old cat, with an average age of 13 years old. Veterinary experts believe the majority of cats, it is seen as the most common endocrine (glandular excretion principle) confusion aging cats, may be the most common diseases, they always see the cat for more than 10-year-old patients.

Cat Hyperthyroidism is a disease, multi-body systems, as a result of excessive secretion of thyroid hormone. This has seriously increased the metabolic rate of individuals. With the addition of the affected body system functions to speed up the cat, it can not be maintained. This is not the final outcome of the normal process in the heart, kidneys, liver and gastrointestinal problems, hyperactivity and severe weight loss, despite strong demand.

A number of other elderly cat diseases, including chronic renal failure, liver disease, cancer and diabetes have symptoms similar to those observed in cats with hyperthyroidism, so that when the diagnosis difficult. However, a thorough veterinary examination, together with the owner of a good history and conventional laboratory tests, it is relatively easy to diagnose in most cases. The practice of veterinary medicine in general tend to believe that this kind of cat it is necessary to the patient's physician or veterinary teaching facilities for further and more complex test before making a final diagnosis.

Prognosis simple cat hyperthyroidism (ie not with kidney disease, liver disease or serious damage to the heart) is usually good. Without treatment, hyperthyroidism cat will succumb to complications of the disease.

Medical management of this issue show that the three options a cat, should conduct in-depth discussion with your veterinary surgeon:

• non-invasive oral tablet a government deadline for the lives of cats.

• Surgical removal of the thyroid.

• injection of radioactive iodine.

The latter is currently considered the preferred treatment, but relatively expensive.

There is no known risk of the disease other than aging. Preventive measures including the closure of home monitoring, frequent veterinary checks, hope to have the right genes, and to help your cat to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

How to prevent sunburn for Cats

• Make sure your pets have thermal protection and the Sun (the dog house does not provide relief to heat), and adequate fresh water when outdoors. Heat stroke in pets can be fatal, as well as people.

• Mass Transit Railway Ordinance in Louisville, the sun and fresh water available at all times to animals, and in the outdoors.

• With more time spent outside, make sure that your pet is always wearing a collar and identification tag. Or better, however, is the chip.

• Pet sunburn, too - use sunscreen on his nose and ears, if necessary. Pet light-colored noses or fur are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer.

• take your pet to exercise caution. Adjust the intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. In very hot days, limit the activities of the early morning or evening to be especially careful when the short-nose dogs and those thick jackets. Asphalt is very hot and can burn your pet's claws. Walking the recommendations at the grassroots level.

• Keep your cat indoors. No one cat who is allowed to go out to an increase in risk of disease and injury in a motor vehicle or other animals.

Important to prevent Cats heartworm disease

Heart disease caused by cats of the same mosquito-borne parasites as heartworms in dogs, Dirofilaria immitis. This mosquito-borne parasites, and take a blood meal from infected hosts, and then feeds the impact of cats, the transfer of infected blood. Larvae and then transferred to the cat's body, and ultimately in pulmonary blood vessels. This takes about 8 months of time to get in touch adult heartworms in cats stages of development. This is one to two months longer than the dog. Heartworms in cats infected with the average life expectancy of two to three years time, and 5-7 years of experimental research.

Any heart disease in dogs, cats may be infected. Less vulnerable to cats than dogs infected with heartworms or other dogs. However, the cat, but the development of heart disease, high risk of developing serious consequences, including death. Indoor and outdoor cats may be exposed to infected mosquitoes and heartworms.

Non-specific symptoms of cat heartworms can be very easily confused with other diseases cats. Some cats with feline asthma or allergic bronchitis is defined by the new respiratory syndrome-related complex known as the heart. Acute symptoms of heart disease and cats, including difficulty breathing, increasing heart rate, collapse, convulsions, vomiting and / or diarrhea. Signs of a more long-term, heart disease, including cough, loss of appetite, weight loss and lethargy. Some cats did not show any clinical symptoms, and suffered the collapse of severe acute disease and sudden death. These cats may appear normal up to the time of death.

Heart disease diagnosis often is difficult to cats. In addition to physical examination, you may be the implementation of the veterinary chest X-ray and complete blood counts. Antibody and antigen tests of adult female heartworms available heart. Whether the test is perfect, but at the same time, they may help to determine whether the existence of heartworms. Cardiovascular ultrasound and other imaging diagnostic tests may be used to help diagnosis of heartworms.

There is no approved drug for the treatment of diseases of the cat heart. The drug for the treatment of heartworms in dogs may cause serious reactions in cats. Anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the body's response to parasites, bronchodilators and antibiotics to prevent secondary infection can be used for the treatment of heart disease symptoms. Heartworms extraction operation has been completed, but in some cases, is not without risk.

The good news is, preventatives available for cats. Monthly drug given orally or in part, is effective in preventing heartworm infection. American Heart Association recommends that cats with heartworms antigen detection and antibody tests before the start of prevention. Preventatives for cats tested positive in order to prevent additional forms of heartworms larvae from developing to adult stage, but will not eliminate the existing adult.

There are four drugs approved to prevent heart disease in cats. Heartgard Cat and intercept oral drug given month. Advantage of the revolution and the more popular products, has also been used to a month. For more information on cat heartworms, please contact your veterinary

cat hair black spots? Flea reminded!

Berks County, PA - Dear Christopher Cat: We found a stray kitten has small black spots in her long-term stay deep, fluffy hair. What are they?

Chris replied: these black flea dirt particles may be the euphemism of the flea droppings.

When a flea bites, drink a little blood, and excretion of black spots was digested blood.

To determine whether your cat is flea dirt spots, comb hair from her and place them on a white paper. Dripping wet and smear them a few of your fingers touch them. If you see a red-brown stripes of wet paper towel, your cat has fleas.

Fortunately, the process of killing them is very simple. Just apply a hot products, such as front-line In addition, advantage or revolution to your kitten's skin.

If you choose a different flea products, to ensure that the package said that it is safe for cats, because some products when the development of a fatal dog for our cats.

To check for fleas, I comb my hair my mother a fine-tooth flea comb every week. If she saw a flea dirt, she applies to the topic of my products to kill fleas and prevent the locusts in our home.

Even if your cat's life entirely indoors, you should be wary of. Fleas can be a smooth ride to your home page of your pants and shoes; Once inside, they attacked our cat. Is not only a nuisance caused by fleas, but they can carry disease.

Alternative weekly flea comb is one of the products as described above apply to your cat's skin once a month. Your cat will thank you.

Dear Daisy Dog: Actinidia, we Bichon / Shih Tzu puppy, the brake when we take his belt.

I tried attaching the leash to a harness instead of a collar, but it worked no better. What should we do?

Daisy said: my mother when I was 5, because I have never gone through the belt, I show the same way.

She taught me to see the fun of walking the dog a warm tribute to my every step.

Our dogs well, and actively to strengthen the "good dog!"

When we walk, my mother before me at a special taste to retain an injustice to our businesses. Every few steps, she has given me a.

Mom also taught me happy I enjoy walking belt of places, including parks and friends homes.

Finally, she let me have confidence in the belt entry at my dog obedience class.

There, I learned how to walk around other dogs and are not afraid of them.

Walking belt so that the fun - full of praise and rewards - and Kiwi soon as I can, like many

Antifreeze cat owner threat warning

Pet insurance has been warning customers of the dangers of antifreeze may cause their friend is a cat family, to leave the sad death of the cat.

9-year-old Tommy the Cat 5 days of fighting, trying to overcome the effects of intake of the substance, he eventually had to put down last week, the report yarmouth advertisers.

It is unclear whether the cat was, deliberately or accidentally poisoned to death, but the Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would like to remind the owners risk the health of their pets.

Undergraduate inspectors said: "Sometimes, when someone spilled antifreeze is being committed to their car, but sometimes it is deliberately poisoned cat lay, may enable them to stay away from the property."

He added that the impact is often deadly and can lead to a "slow and painful" death of the animal.

Tommy is the tragic situation in the south London Business News said that a 5-year-old cat has been poisoned to buy a bouquet of lily of God for his boss, Roger's wife.

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