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January 4, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Symptoms of Heart Attack in Dogs

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There are several medical conditions that can affect your dog and a heart attack is one of them. Yes, dogs and a lot of other animals are susceptible to heart attacks, especially in the later stages of life. But, how can you know if your dog is having one?
Well, that’s what this blog is for. So, make sure you read up because information can save lives.

What is Heart Attack?
A heart attack, medically referred to as a myocardial infarction, takes place when the muscles of the heart do not receive adequate blood supply. This causes the heart to become deprived of blood, which, in turn, causes a deficiency in oxygen and nutrient.

As a result, the heart fails to function and stops pumping blood to the rest of the organs in the body. Heart attacks in dogs are rare. However, they can and do occur among various breeds.

Symptoms
It’s actually quite difficult to notice the symptoms of a heart attack in dogs, since they come without warning. However, do watch out for a collapse. A collapse is one of the first signs. Other than that, a fever of over 103° Fahrenheit/39.4° Celsius, increase heart rate (over 100 beats/minute for large dogs and over 140 beats/minute for small dogs), head tilting, immobility, anxiety, vomiting, confusion, and abnormal breathing are some of the symptoms.

Causes
There are several factors that cause heart attacks in dogs.
Tumors that grow in or around the heart can end up blocking blood flow, which leads to heart failure.

Hypothyroidism, which is characterized by the thyroid gland’s inability to produce enough thyroxine, can also cause heart attacks. This is because the hormone plays a key role in the conversion of food into fuel.

Nephrotic Syndrome, a condition where kidney damage leads to protein loss, can also cause heart attacks. Protein is necessary for preventing blood clots, which are one of the major causes of heart attacks.

Bacterial Infection is another. Such infections can cause inflammation, which leads to the blood flow getting blocked.

Vasculitis is also known to cause heart attacks. The condition is characterized by the inflammation of blood vessels, which inhibits the flow of blood to the heart due to narrow vasculature.

Then, there is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a condition characterized by the build up of plaque within the arteries. However, this is one of the rarer causes. In fact, it is known to occur only in dogs diagnosed with extreme hypothyroidism and high serum cholesterol levels.

What to Do
If you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms, rush your dog to the vet immediately. Timely interference can save his/her life.

January 3, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Do Cats Really Hate Water?

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“Cats hate water!”
That’s a statement you’ve likely heard a thousand time and you probably even believe. So, do cats really hate water? Well, the answer to that isn’t a straightforward yes or no. In fact, there are breeds that simply a love water. The Turkish Van cat, for instance, enjoys getting soaked. The breed’s earliest ancestors would jump into lakes to cope with the blistering heat of the Lake Van region in Turkey.

The Experts Speak
Like we said, the answer is much more complicated. According to Dr. Carlo Siracus, a clinical assistant professor of behavioral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, cats have a love-hate relationship with water.

Most of them do enjoy their fair share of water. However, individual cats that have never been exposed to the elements will likely have a not so pleasant reaction to it.

Also, according to Dr. Katy Nelson, a veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre in Washington, D.C., cats are great at self-grooming and don’t require their human owners to supplement that for them. They prefer to be in control of their selves and make their own choices. So, if you forced your cat into a bath, he/she may not take it well.

Unless they choose to do so on their own, they are likely to keep away from water, which is probably how the misconception of cats hating water came about

It’s common for domesticated cats to have not been exposed to water (except for drinking), which feeds their anti-water stance. Even if they have, it was probably not in a positive setting. For instance, using water as a disciplinary measure can cause cats to develop an aversion.

Then, there’s genetics. Most cats borrow their genes from larger cats in China, Africa, and Europe. Cas in these regions did not have much exposure to water due to their habitats and evolved to survive without much of it. Again, exceptions do exist, cats that exist in hot and humid areas tend to regularly go for a swim. For instance, tigers are found mostly in rainforests and have no problems jumping into water.

The Fascination with Water
One thing that’s common to most domesticated cats is the curiosity for water. Even if they don’t like being immersed in it, cats will explore by dipping their paws into a bowl or playing around with water from the faucet.

In Conclusion…
So, to conclude, it would be safe to say that cats are okay with water. The key is to get them used to it from a very young age. This will make things easier for them and you.

January 2, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Dealing With Stubborn Dogs

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Many owners complain about their dogs not listening to them. The truth, as an expert dog trainer will tell you, is that there is nothing like a stubborn dog. People mislabel untrained dogs as stubborn dogs.

Exciting Surroundings

Dogs may act infuriatingly stubborn especially when there are guests around. This is due to distraction as its mind is occupied with more exciting things which are much more interesting than your commands. It means you have not trained it well, and thus it’s your fault- not your dog’s. Too much excitement means the canine will not even sit. It will jump and run around. One aspect of dog training is to make the animal focus on a certain task and disregard others at that time.

Many dogs pull on the leash, making you feel that it is much easier to let your dog free of the restriction. If you do not want to do that, it will be much easier to give it the benefit of the slack leash. A minimal length leash is not good for the dog. This is due to two reasons- the first is that the dog expends a large amount of energy as it constantly pulls on the leash and the second is the condition would be extremely uncomfortable. The leash pushes against the neck muscles and the trachea. No wonder you should invest in a longer leash. Even then many dogs continue to pull. This is not as it is stubborn. It is simply a case of over-excitement. Your dog cannot wait to discover the new scents which it discovers at every step. It wants to add its own scent. In short, your dog is too excited to walk.

Training

Do not berate your dog for being stubborn all the time. This is due to it being over-excited for the most part of the time. Whatever you do, the dog must not be blamed for your mistakes. It was your duty to teach your dog that it can go anywhere and all it requires is a little patience. Assure it your actions that you will not stop your dog from doing anything as long as it is not destructive.

You could easily train an untrained dog through a mix of discipline and treats. When you feel you are ready to begin, get some treats which your dog loves, like its favorite food. Take these treats and your clicker for a walk. After stepping out of the front door, wait for your dog to stop and look towards you. Do not say anything. Just stand in silence. When the dog looks back towards you, click and then treat. Take a few steps and when the leash feels tight, stop. Repeat the above process and walk again. The dog will get the message.

January 1, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Cat Dragging Back Legs

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There is definitely a problem when a cat drags its back legs. A normal, healthy cat walks straight and with an easy gait. A sudden dragging of its legs means you should take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

A number of reasons could be the cause of a cat dragging its back legs. A few are obvious like being maimed in an accident. The activity of back legs being dragged may have a serious consequence of thromboembolism and diabetes in a cat. Do not be afraid if your cat suddenly begins to drag its back legs. A majority of the causes are fully treatable.

Injury or trauma

This happens mostly when the cat goes outside after being bored indoors. The external environment has many dangers which can seriously maim your kitty. Most accidents occur when the cat is simply walking on the street. A car may hit it or a pack of dogs can attack your car. The latter is found to occur when the cat mistakenly wanders into a place dominated by dogs.

Cats may suffer trauma while being indoors as well. Many people unknowingly sit on a kitten while it relaxes on the sofa. Children may, without their knowledge, harm the cat. All of these may cause your kitty some amounts of trauma in different parts of its body. Its hind legs could be injured, and in some extreme cases, the spine could be traumatized. A traumatized cat could suffer from difficulty moving its hind legs. The nerves impulse that takes part in the movement process could not flow in a proper manner. Trauma is a fairly common reason among cats dragging its back legs. The veterinarian will perform both x-ray and physical examination to treat your dog.

Diabetic cat

Another good reason for your cat dragging its hind legs could be feline diabetes. Although it is a rare condition but serious. The occurrence of diabetes in cats results in weak bag legs, thus limiting its movement. The cause of feline diabetes could of the failure of the pancreas to generate insulin in sufficient quantities. The latter is extremely helpful when it comes to regulating the sugar amount in the cat’s body. The result is an excessive accumulation of sugar in the bloodstream.

A number of signs will appear in the cat which will indicate that the cat suffers from diabetes mellitus. The list of signs includes excess consumption of water, frequent urination, and increased appetite. The cat also becomes thinner within a distressingly short time period. Feline Aortic Thromboembolism or FATE is also a notable cause of a cat dragging its feet. This condition involves the production of blood clots within the blood vessels.

December 31, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Can You Give Bananas To A Cat?

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Bananas make an excellent protein source, in addition to the fruit being rich in natural sugars, vitamins, and fibers. You love them and considering that whether you will share this delicious bite with your kitty?

The short answer is no. You should never give your cat a banana. The fruit, although not toxic to cats, has a high concentration of sugar which cats may find hard to digest. It follows that while your cat may not die after eating a banana, it could result in diabetes and obesity for the animal. As an owner, it is not worth to spend your money on bananas to feed them to cats.

Cat food is better

The nutritional requirements of cats are much different than that of humans. Indoor kitties need special diets that offers better nourishment in Vitamin A, protein, Vitamin C, and a number of other amino acids. It also needs sufficient amounts of fats. To get this to your cat, buy it a cat food package and not bananas.

If you love sweets and think your kitty also likes the same, you are wrong. Cats do not possess any sweet receptor on the tiny taste buds present in their tongues. This is why your kitty does not require sweet treats from you. If you like most of us, you will be wondering why your kitty stares at you with soulful and hungry eyes when you eat something. Control your emotions if you are already feeding your kitty premium quality cat food. If your cat is healthy, there is no need for you to feed it additional items. Even if you do, it is not a good decision to go for vitamin sources found in healthy foods.

No sweets, please

Contrary to popular perception, what is good for you may not be good for your kitty. Bananas, with their high concentration of sugar, is actually bad for your cat. The biology of your kitty is not able to digest and also absorb the sugar in a manner a body of a human can. The sugar accumulated in the body of your cat and may cause multiple health linked complications, including obesity and cat diabetes. The fiber of the banana is not helpful too as the animal has no need for such fiber.

Cats dislike frozen or cold food, Most of the time, a cat refuse to eat food as it finds the edible too cold. To put it short, do not try to feed your cat bananas. This kind of diet will not benefit your cat in any way as the animal is incapable of tasting sweet flavors. To answer your question of why your cat stares at you when you eat, it is not that your kitty finds the food delicious, it is simply curious.