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Affected Animals: This is a common disease of older cats, with an average age of 13 years and a general range of four to 20 years. Cats of all breeds and both sexes can be affected. Overview: Feline hyperthyroidism is the most common hormonal abnormality and is a common disease of aging cats. Hyperthyroidism is a feline disorder affecting multiple body systems due to an overabundance of the thyroid hormone, which increases the metabolism. Because of this increase, the cat’s…
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Affected Animals: Although dogs of almost every age have been reported to have Cushing’s disease, it is most common in middle-aged and older dogs. Most dogs diagnosed with Cushing’s disease are at least 9 to 10 years old. Slightly more female dogs are affected than male dogs. Large breed dogs tend to be affected more often than smaller breeds. Several breeds are more commonly diagnosed with PDH than others, including poodles, terriers, German shepherds, dachshunds, beagles, and boxers. Many of…
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Foods to Avoid Chocolate Grapes/Raisins Raw meats Hard/Treated or cooked bones Pig ear treats or other pork products Any over the counter pain relievers or human medications (check with veterinarian first) Toys Avoid any chew toys that are harder than your dog’s teeth. This includes: bones, hooves, and nylabones etc, as these can cause serious damage to teeth and gums. Instead choose a chew that has a little give. Avoid balls and toys with a felt (tennis ball) outer coating.…
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As much as you try to extend your pet’s life through first-rate medical care, there comes a time when euthanasia is the most caring gift left to give your animal companion. Approximately 70 percent of owners opt for euthanasia when the pet is suffering from an ailment that significantly compromises its quality of life. Choosing to put your pet down is an incredibly dif cult and emotionally grueling decision to make, but it’s often more humane than letting the animal…
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When a cat is diabetic, it means that their naturally occurring insulin hormones are either not being produced or not working efficiently to utilize glucose. Glucose is the main energy source of the body and controls your cat’s basic metabolism.