Dogs and cats can suffer neck pain from staining muscles of developing disk problems in the spine. This kind of neck pain is more common in dogs than in cats, with mastiffs, Doberman pinschers, and other large-breed dogs affected most often. They’ll hold their heads stiffly and won’t want to lift their faces-they may look like they’re shy or depressed and cry out with pain when they move the wrong way. Neck pain often will make pets stop eating because it hurts to reach the food bowl.
There are serious diseases that can cause neck pain. An animal who has neck pain lasting more lasting more than a few hours should be taken to the veterinarian the same day. If the pain is accompanied by a fever, get it the vet right away. Neck pain from disk problems usually isn’t an emergency, but it won’t bet better without medical attention, and it could pet much worse, even causing paralysis.
You can make a good guess about what’s causing eye infections by looking to see if one of both eyes are infected. If just one eye is swollen of has a green or yellow discharge, it’s probably a result of an injury from a poke with a stick, a fight with another animal, or even an embedded grass seed. If both eyes are infected, it’s probably because of a virus. Eye infections are easy to treat, but they can cause blindness if they aren’t treated quickly and correctly. See a veterinarian as soon as you notice symptoms.
Dogs and cats are often stung on the face, head, or inside the mouth when they try to play with bees and wasps. Fur protects most of their bodies, but pets can be bitten or stung on their sparsely furred stomachs or flanks when they blunder into a hive or a fire-ant nest. Most of the time, the sting or bite causes minor swelling and redness that can be hard to see under the fur and is itchy or painful. First aid is usually all you’ll need to relieve your pet’s discomfort. Some pets, however, can have serious allergic reactions to otherwise harmless insects. it may take only one sting for a pet’s muzzle to swell up like a cantaloupe, even if he has been stung on the tail. And in rare instances, the reaction happens on the inside, too, so that a pet’s throat swells and shuts off his air. Usually, this happens suddenly, and symptoms include fever or low body temperature, wheezing, trembling, weakness, pale gums, vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, and collapse. This is a medical emergency called anaphylactic shock that requires immediate veterinary attention. First aid can buy you time until you reach medical help.
On the surface, massage may seem like a frivolous idea, but the fact is that massage has so many physical and psychological benefits for your cat that you could almost call it an essential of health care, like grooming, feeding, exercise, etc. In fact, I might go so far as to say that, for certain reasons (which I will go into later), pets benefit more from massage than human beings do.
At the risk of gibing away my age, I remember when pharmacies didn’t offer much more than the filling of a prescription from my doctor. There were always a few sundry items on the shelves by not like today! And health food stores? Those usually offered some mysterious supplements while incense burned and sitar music played in the background.
Today, supplements have become mainstream and new ones seem to pop up almost weekly. We find them in our supermarkets ans pharmacies ans are overwhelmed by them at the health food stores. Every company has something ‘better’ or ‘new and improved’. It can be a difficult to make sense of any of it at the best of times. Even more confusing is the information that we try to gather when, in fact, not very much is known about some of these items.
Urinary bladder infections, known as cystitis, are the number one killer of cats. In cats the infection is known as FUS (Feline Urologic Syndrome). In dogs, it is both less usual and far less serious. It is caused by magnesium and phosphorus crystals on the urine that irritate the bladder and urethra. The first symptoms are of frequency, running back and forth to the litter box or in and out of the house. The animal strains and may void a few drops, but it is itching and burning, rather than fullness, that makes her think she needs to go. There may be traces of blood in the urine. A pet who suddenly starts wetting indoors or missing the litter box, likely has a urinary-tract infection and should be checked immediately.
The dog or cat who is overweight is probably starving. She is seeking nutrients from foods that have too little nutritional value, and therefore is eating too much. Commercial pet foods are filled with things an animal doesn’t need—-sugar, salt, waste fillers, chemicals. These same foods lack what is required for animal health—vitamins and minerals, enzymes, proteins, vegetables, grains. Malnutrition and/or malabsorption are important factors in animals and human obesity, as are food allergies and sensitivities. Other factors include glandular malfunction, boredom and habit, lack of exercise, competition for food with other pets and guardians who substitute food for love.
Head shaking, pawing or scratching at the ears, odor, brown discharge, and redness or swelling inside the earflap indicate an infection. This may be caused by injury or by foreign bodies in the ear (ticks or plant matter from running through high grass), by bacterial or fungal infections or by mites. Flop-eared dogs are very pronto this ear infection, particularly cocker spaniels. In my dog-grooming days, I don’t think I ever groomed a cocker with healthy ears. Fungus infections inside the ear can be caused by leaving bath water inside them, or from too many treatments with antibiotics. Chronic ear infections that are bacterial or fungal are signs of a reduced immune system and may also come from food allergies.
In 1992 Humane Societies put to death ten million dogs and cats; for all the shelters in the United States, the number reached thirty-seven million. These are horrifying, heatreaking figures, and responsible pet owners have no business contributing to such suffering. There is no excuse for not having your pet spayed or neutered, simply surgeries performed by all veterinarians with few complications. Where cost is a factor, there are spay and neuter clinics in most cities, and most animal shelters offer low cost ….sometimes free….services.
Play is apparently highly reinforcing for a great many dogs. The derailing of play by overly rough behaviors therefore serves as a sufficiently rotten consequence to purge it from most dogs’ repertoires. Likewise, play attempts directed at non-consenting dogs fall flat and so also usually diminish in frequency. For some dogs, however, roughness and harassment of non-consenting dogs is quite obviously reinforced. they engage in it all full tilt, with escalating frequency and almost always direct it at designated target dogs. this can be enormously distressing for target dogs, as well as for humans who witness it.