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Top 12 Most Common Feline Health Problems (Pt 1)

 Top 12 Most Common Feline Health Problems (Pt 1)Do you have a cat?  Do you know the 12 most common feline health problems?  Many of these health issues have simple treatment and prevention options. Read the top 12 most common cat health problems so you know how to help prevent, identify and treat them in your cat.

1. Vomiting

Vomiting is likely the most common health problem in cats, as well as the one that is the most frustrating to cat owners.  Vomiting can be anything from eating something bad, to infection, to a hairball.   What characterizes a hairball from throw up is the presence of hair verses food content.

If your cat is throwing up a lot of hair, you may consider increasing how frequently you brush your cat to reduce the amount of hair they are ingesting from bathing.

Vomiting is often preceded by drooling, abdominal heaving and hacking sounds. If your cat is throwing up a lot, they may be at risk of dehydration. If your cat is vomiting a lot, we suggest you call the vet and get them checked out to make sure that something isn’t wrong.

2. Fleas

If your cat is an outdoor, or indoor/outdoor, cat then they are at a higher risk of getting fleas. This is a common ailment for cats, and thankfully easily treated.

Signs of Fleas:

  • Tiny black dots (or dirt) on their skin
  • Scratching
  • Heavy licking
  • Red or irritated skin
  • Hair loss
  • Skin infection
  • Hot spots

Fleas can live for a long time on your pet and in your house. They can live longer than a year! If your cat has fleas, you will need to treat your cat and your house. Read this post on how to treat your pet and house for fleas.

To treat a flea infestation you need to apply Frontline Flea and Tick Treatment as soon as you notice symptoms. The earlier the treatment starts, the faster it will be effective. You may need to continue treatment for a few months to ensure that they have been completely eradicated. Frontline also works as a flea prevention, and when it comes to fleas prevention is the most effective treatment.

3. Tapeworms

Tapeworms are likely one of the most common and yuckiest common health problems in cats. Tape worms live inside your cats small intestine and get get a long as 2 feet!  Tapeworm is contracted by eating an infected host, which is most commonly a flea. So when you are treating for fleas you are proactively treating for tapeworm!

Symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Small white worms, or grains of rice/seeds, around the anus or in their poo.
  • Scooting or dragging their bum due to anal irritation

Treatment includes oral or topical medication as well as a flea treatment. Read more about tapeworm in cats.

4. Diarrhea

Diarrhea is simply loose, watery poo. Sometimes it will last only a day, or it can go on for months. Diarrhea can be caused by:

  • Hairballs
  • Bad food
  • Allergies
  • Infection
  • Liver Disease
  • Cancer
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Change of diet
  • Parasites (ie. tapeworm)
  • Colitis
  • Medication

…to name a few.

If your cat have diarrhea make sure to give them plenty of fresh water to help prevent dehydration.You may want to remove their food for a day and replace it with fresh food. If the diarrhea lasts longer than a day, or it is accompanied with vomiting, or blood in the stool, you should talk them to the vet

My Bird is Bald! Why Your Bird is Plucking

Feather plucking: bad bird behavior with sad results. Does your bird have bald spots? Does he have a ring around his collar, but the ring is a giant bald spot? Your beloved Polly may be plucking. Also known as feather-picking or pterotillomania is a behavioral disorder commonly seen in captive birds. Some birds will chew, bite or [...]

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Hot Spots! Too Much Licking

Dogs lick themselves to clean themselves, however not all licking is for hygiene. Licking can also be a sign that something is wrong.  Read our post about what excessive licking in dogs can mean in terms of infection, arthritis and anxiety.  Sometimes all that licking can lead to a “Hot Spot”. A hot spot is [...]

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Excessive Licking: Dog Paws

Does your dog like to lick and lick and lick? When your dog licks his paws it is not always good! Sometimes a dog can lick their paws too much and cause the skin to become raw. Excessive licking can also indicate another problem.  If you see your pup licking a lot, you may need [...]

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Getting Long in the Beak? Time for a Trim!

It may sound scary but trimming a birds beak may be necessary (whether to help them to eat or to avoid them from hurting each other). Just like your fingernails a birds beak grows continuously throughout its life. Because of this, the beak must be constantly ground down in order for it to function properly. [...]

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Anaphylaxis in Dogs

Have you heard of someone dying from a peanut allergy or a bee sting? This is called anaphylaxis. It is a sever allergic reaction that requires immediate attention. Did you know that dogs can have anaphylactic shock too? A dog will have anaphylactic shock when they are exposed to an allergen to which they have [...]

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Ask Vetco: How To Remove a Bee Sting

A bee sting is no laughing matter for either you or your pet! If your pet spends time outdoors he or she will be at more risk, although an inside pet getting stung is not unheard of. A sting can be a matter of life and death for some pets so it is important to [...]

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Grooming Saves Money on Vet Bills

Vet bills can stack up quickly! Your dog and cat will often need more veterinary care than just an annual vaccination. Grooming is one of the best ways to save on vet bills. It is also a fantastic preventative health care routine. Brushing: Brushing is not only a nice way to spend some quiet time [...]

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Grooming for Health: Cats & Dogs

Did you know that grooming can be one of the best types of preventative health care for your dog? There are many ways for your dog to keep clean but no matter how much they roll or lick their coats they still may need help! Grooming is a vital part in the well-being and health of [...]

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Dog and Puppy Ear Infection FAQ

Ear infections are even more common in dogs than they are in humans! Most dogs suffer from this painful condition at some point. Dogs who are prone to allergies or have floppy ears can be especially vulnerable (such as Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers and Poodles). Dogs who tend to grow hair in the inner ear [...]

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