Arthritis affects one in every five adult dogs in the U.S. and is one of the most common sources of chronic pain that veterinarians treat.
It is important to watch for non-verbal cues closely and take even subtle changes seriously. If your dog seems to have any of these
symptoms for more than two weeks take your dog to your veterinarian for an arthritis evaluation, which will involve a physical exam and possibly
X-rays. Never give your dog human medication without checking first with your veterinarian. Certain medications can be toxic to dogs.
Signs and symptoms include:
A personality change that involves resisting touch
Attitude or behavior changes
Barking or whimpering when touched
Being less alert
Decreased activity or less interest in play
Difficulty sitting or standing
Favoring a limb
Reluctance to jump, run or climb stairs
Seeming to have stiff or sore joints
Sleeping more than usual
Moderate exercise is beneficial because it maintains muscle mass and preserves joint flexibility. Excessive exercise, however, is counterproductive.
Swimming is an excellent exercise that improves muscle mass without over stressing the joints.
Tapeworms are flat, long worms that live in the intestines.
Tapeworms are visible to the naked eye as rice-like grains after they dry out.
Visible worms or eggs can be seen in the feces. Not all kinds of worms are visible in the feces to the naked eye.
Visible worms can also be found around dog's rear, fur, and under the dog's tail.
Dogs show signs of itching around the rear, scratching or rubbing of rear on the ground or against furniture. It can also be seen in the dog's vomit.
Common symptoms of worms are abdominal pain, weight loss, dull coat, low energy level, diarrhea and vomiting, bloated stomach or belly. The dog may be weak or constantly hungry as the worms are stealing the dog's nutrition.
Tapeworms reside in fleas. When the dog grooms itself, he/she may ingest fleas and become infected with tapeworm.
Only a veterinarian can identify the precise medication and dosage that is appropriate for your dog. Do not use over-the-counter medicine.
Get rid of fleas if you want to get rid of tapeworms.
Hairballs are clumps of indigestible fur that accumulate in cats' stomachs and small intestines as the result of them grooming their coats by licking.
The hair is swallowed, and builds up over time. Hairballs can cause upset stomach, hacking and gagging--at this point most cats will vomit them up.
If the hairballs are not expelled, it can result in decreased appetite or constipation. Long haired cats tend to get them more often.
Use high-quality dry cat food
Add a lubricant to your pet's dry food if hairballs continue.
Add a small amount of vegetable oil on dry cat food--this can act
as a lubricant that can help your cat pass hairballs easily.
You can get the lubricants at a pet store. Use as directed.
If you notice that your cat grooms excessively, give the cat a new toy to play with.
If the hairballs continue to be a problem, see a veterinarian.
Use cat hair brush
Long-haired cats need to be brushed daily.
Short-haired cats need to be brushed once a week.
Provide plenty of fresh water for your cat around the clock
A cat that is well-hydrated will pass hairballs more easily.
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