8. October 2013
Ticks need blood of animals to survive. As a tick goes from host to host, it spreads diseases along the way. Some of the common diseases that ticks can spread, and can cause serious health problems if left untreated, include: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. Here is a list of common signs of each of them:
Lyme disease -- swollen and painful joints, fever, depression, and loss of appetite; signs appear 1-5 months after exposure.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever -- high fever, sluggishness, loss of appetite, sore muscles, vomiting, and labored breathing; signs appear 2-3 days after exposure.
Ehrlichiosis -- weight loss, fever, runny eyes and nose, loss of appetite, and depression; chronic signs appear 6-7 weeks after exposure.
Consult your veterinarian for advice on which tick control product works best for you and your dog. Your veterinarian may recommend a tick collar for future preventions. The Preventic Tick Collar rids your dog of most ticks within 24 hours of putting it on, and it has been shown to eliminate ticks within 48 hours. The swift action of the collar paralyzes ticks so they can't feed on your dog and causes them to drop off and die -- reducing the chance that your canine friend will get a tick-borne disease.
1. October 2013
What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes in Cats?
The following are signs that your cat may be diabetic:
- Change in appetite (either increased or decreased)
- Weight loss
- Excessive thirst/increase in water consumption
- Increased urination
- Urinating in areas other than litter box
- Unusually sweet-smelling breath
- Unkempt hair coat
- Urinary tract infection
Treating diabetes in cats can be challenging at first
Managing blood glucose and clinical signs in feline diabetes patients is a constant challenge for veterinarians and pet owners, for two main reasons.
- Feline diabetes is unpredictable
Cats display diabetes signs and may react to treatment with greater variation than other species that are susceptible to diabetes, like dogs or humans. These variations can make diabetes even more difficult to control.
- Not all insulins were made for cats
PROZINC was created specifically with cats in mind.
Treating a Diabetic Cat at Home
As your veterinarian will explain, it’s important to always give your cat insulin at the same time every day and feed her regular meals in conjunction with her medication; this allows increased nutrients in the blood to coincide with peak insulin level. This will lessen the chance that her sugar levels will swing either too high or too low. You can work with your vet to create a feeding schedule around your pet’s medication time. It is also important to avoid feeding your diabetic cat treats that are high in glucose.
What Happens if Diabetes is Left Untreated
If a diabetic cat is not treated, he can develop kidney disease, neurological disorders or other metabolic diseases. Cats with type I diabetes require insulin therapy for survival.
25. September 2013
What is Cushing's Disease?
One of the most common diseases of the hormonal (endocrine) system that can affect your horse or pony is PPID (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction) or more commonly called Cushing's Disease. PPID affects as many as 1 in 7 horses over 15 years of age.
PPID causes the horse's pituitary gland, which sends out hormones to control body functions, to work overtime. This can lead to a variety of problems for your horse, ranging from unexplained laminitis (lameness) to an abnormal hair coat to getting fat in unusual places, like around the eyes.
Your veterinarian will diagnose PPID by looking at both the signs of disease your horse has and results of blood tests to check hormone levels. Hirsutism (long, shaggy hair coat), is the one disease sign considered to indicate PPID on its own.
Is there a cure for Cushing's Disease?
While there is no cure for PPID/Cushing's Disease, treatment can help reduce common signs and improve quality of life for affected horses.
Your veterinarian will give you a customized plan to follow to help get your horse back into shape. Horses with PPID need tailored nutrition and exercise plans, as well as regular grooming, hoof care, physical exams, deworming, and vaccinations.
One of the best treatments for this disease is a drug called pergolide mesylate, which is considered the gold standard for treatment of PPID. PRASCEND is the first and only pergolide formulation approved by the FDA for use in horses.
To learn more about PPID and Prascend, click here. To purchase Prascend, click here.