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Pet Poop, by Dr. Dave

This article is prepared by Appalachain Spring Mall's very own "resident" veterinarian, Dr. Dave. For a whole lot more FREE information, check out his site at: All Creatures Virtual Veterinary Clinic

His column is updated every day or thereabouts, so check back to see what on Dr. Dave's mind today.

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Another Trash Lover

A reader writes,

"I have a 1.5-year-old Irish Setter/Hound mix who is normally a very good listener; however, just recently she has taken every opportunity to raid the trashcan for leftovers. She is not fed off of the table. In fact, any time she does manage to get to the food, she always ends up with nausea and vomiting. She is very tricky/smart and waits until we leave the room so not to catch her in the act. She does, however, show evidence of guilt and quickly retires to her kennel when her picnic is found. Any ideas?"
Dr. Dave's Reply:

You might try black pepper, as described last time.

If that doesn't work, you might consider a specially shaped "Scat Mat," an electric mat shaped like a large letter "C", designed just for trash cans.

When the dog steps on the mat, which is around your trashcan, she will get a mild, static electric shock.

Most dogs need to get this correction only once or twice and then they avoid the trash (or couch or whatever you are trying to get them to stay away from. These mats come in different shapes for different problems.)

Some dogs require a "dummy mat," which has no electricity after that to remind them to stay away.


A Peppery Solution to Garbage Cans

Reader "Arclight" writes,

"My husband found a way to keep our wonderful Pit Bull, Lab mix little girl from getting into the garbage.

She was so obedient in many ways, but head strong. One night we had a chicken dinner, and she was determined to get into and get the bones out of the garbage.

He reprimanded her in our usual way, which consisted of us talking directly to her with "eye contact" (this usually worked, because she did not like this method of discipline, and she would usually capitulate); however, this time it did not work.

She went back to her bed twice before he decided to use this method.

He sprinkled normal black pepper into the garbage can and left the scene.

After a few minutes, he heard her sneezing. She never in the 11 years of her life ever tried to get into the garbage can again."


This Old Cat - Common Diseases of Feline Senior Citizens

Unfortunately, our cats don't live as long as we humans do.

So, without a doubt, the cat you may now have as a kitten, may likely in your lifetime, become an aging senior citizen.

As our cats age, just like humans, they become more susceptible to many diseases associated with "old age."

It is all the more important to take your older feline friend to the vet for more frequent and regular checkups.

We are responsible to help assure the longest, healthiest, and happiest life possible for our beloved pets.

Here are some signs and symptoms of some of the common diseases found in our older cats:

CANCER:

  • Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow

  • Sores that do not heal

  • Weight loss

  • Loss of appetite

  • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening

  • Offensive odor

  • Difficulty eating or swallowing

  • Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina

  • Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
  • DENTAL DISEASE:

  • Bad breath

  • Difficulty eating or swallowing

  • Drooling

  • Food dropping from mouth when eating

  • Weight loss
  • HYPERTHYROIDISM:

  • Increased activity

  • Increased appetite

  • Weight loss

  • Increased thirst and urination

  • Vomiting

  • Labored or increased rate of respiration

  • Increased heart rate (pulse)
  • KIDNEY FAILURE/DISEASE:

  • Increased urination and thirst

  • Weight loss

  • Vomiting

  • Loss of appetite

  • Depression and lethargy

  • Diarrhea

  • Blood in vomit or black, tarry stool

  • Bad breath and oral ulcers

  • Inflammatory bowel disease Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Mucous or blood in stool

  • Increased frequency of defecation

  • Defecating outside of litter box

  • Weight loss
  • DIABETES:

  • Increased thirst and urination

  • Weight loss or weight gain

  • Decreased activity, weakness

  • Change in appetite

  • Vomiting

  • Walk on their hocks
  • OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY:

  • Exercise intolerance

  • Unkempt hair coat, especially in anal area
  • FELINE HEPATIC LIPIDOSIS:

  • Obese cat with sudden loss of appetite

  • Subsequent weight loss

  • Depression

  • Vomiting

  • Yellow gums

  • Behavior changes
  • ANEMIA:

  • Exercise intolerance

  • Very light colored gums
  • HEART DISEASE:

  • Exercise intolerance

  • Labored and increased rate of breathing

  • Weight loss

  • Paralysis of rear legs
  • LIVER DISEASE:

  • Vomiting

  • Loss of appetite

  • Diarrhea

  • Abdominal distention

  • Yellow or pale gums

  • Behavior changes

  • Weight loss
  • BLADDER STONES:

  • Difficulty urinating

  • Urinating outside the litter box

  • Blood in the urine

  • Arthritis Difficulty jumping and with stairs

  • Behavior change - irritable, reclusive

  • Urinating or defecating outside of litter box
  • If you observe any of these symptoms in between regular check ups, take your cat to your vet right away.


    Do you have a question or comment for the Dr. Dave?

    You can Write to Dr. Dave!.

    Include your first initial and last name and he'll try to respond to your question in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so replies will be delayed accordingly.)


    animals.gif - 20212 Bytes Good Luck and remember who's in charge (You KNOW your PETS OWN YOU),

    Dr. Dave


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