If you have recently purchased a dog, you will no doubt be making sure that they have had a health check at the vet's office. The vet will give them jabs to protect them from infections and diseases and will give you advice on how you can keep your pet dog healthy. One area the vet will cover is your dog's dental health. Read on to find everything you need to know about this subject.
Cats usually spend a lot of time grooming themselves. If your cat used to do this but has suddenly changed its grooming habits or even stopped them completely, then you may be worried. Why isn't your cat looking after itself at the moment?
Your Cat Has a Medical Problem
Sometimes, cats stop grooming themselves effectively because they have some kind of health issue. A physical issue may make grooming painful or difficult; a mental problem may make your cat forget to look after itself.
Although cats tend to be solitary, being a pet owner means you know what their normal behaviour is like. And although a cat's temperament may vary from one pet owner to another, there are a few common behavioural and personality changes that likely mean that your pet's health has become compromised. If you do not know what to look for, here are some sudden changes in your cat that should have you rushing them to a veterinary hospital.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, causes excess pressure on your cat's arteries, which can damage your cat's organs and nervous system if the condition isn't treated. It's usually not possible to identify why a cat has developed high blood pressure, but it tends to only affect adult cats and there may be a genetic link in some cats that develop the condition. Cats with kidney or thyroid problems also seem to be at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, and a diet high in sodium can cause blood pressure to increase over time.
Optic neuritis is a serious eye condition that causes the optic nerve to become inflamed. This is the nerve that's responsible for transferring images received by the retina at the back of the eye to the brain for processing. Optic neuritis causes impaired vision and damage to your dog's sight can be permanent if it's left untreated. Here's what you need to know about optic neuritis in dogs:
Causes And Symptoms