Just like us humans, cats can also suffer with anxiety. They will experience anxiety if they perceive a situation as dangerous (regardless of whether it actually is or not). Although they can’t tell us, there are a few telltale signs they may show to indicate that they may be suffering with stress and anxiety.
In Part 1, we looked at the causes and adverse effects of obesity. In this Part 2, we will discuss how to manage it. What should you do about an obese cat or an overweight dog?
Well, the mainstay of obesity management are weight loss programmes that alter diet and exercise. Other things can be done alongside, but diet is almost always the most important factor to address first.
Obesity in pets is becoming a serious problem. No matter how cute they look and how much we love those ‘chunky’ dogs and cats too, obesity should not be trivialised. Obesity carries a huge range of health conditions and generally results in a poorer wellbeing for our pets. Knowing whether a pet is obese can be difficult for us as vets and owners too. Weight management itself is a vast and complex topic. Today we will be discussing how best to recognise obesity in pets (with a focus on dogs and cats).
Rachel Nixon BA VetMB CertAVP MRCVS and Lawrence Dodi BVSc MSc MRCVS
- June 15, 2020
So, you open your eyes, having rudely been pulled from a dream you would have rather continued. Only to find yourself face to face with Fluffy, your cat. It is the repeated sensation of the rough textured surface of his fleshy pink tongue as it leaves a fine warm but damp trail across your brow, that has brought you from your blissful slumber. This unpleasant experience has become a bit of habit for Fluffy. It has left you asking what has possessed your domesticated miniature lion to begin and continue this odd ritual. You have hit Google on your lunch break for answers and spoken to friends and family. But so far you are more confused than enlightened. It’s time to shine some light on this most peculiar of feline habits.
Hyperthyroidism - or an overactive thyroid - is an extremely common disease of older cats, occurring in about 1 in 10 cats over the age of 10. Unlike many diseases, hyperthyroidism is more common in moggies than purebred cats. It is a progressive disease that will eventually damage organs, leading to high blood pressure, heart problems, and kidney problems amongst other things.
Hopefully every pet owner knows that they must regularly ‘worm’ their pets. But did you know that “worm” is a very broad category referring to hundreds of different parasites that can live inside your pet’s gastrointestinal tract? Today we will be discussing one specific group – tapeworms. We will talk about tapeworm biology and the different species of dog and cat tapeworms. Also how you can treat and prevent tapeworm infection in your pets.