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October 2017

pets and high blood pressure

Treatment Options for Pets with High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition that occurs when arterial blood pressure is consistently higher than normal. It can affect pets just as it affects humans, and it can cause problems in important organs and systems–including the heart, kidneys, eyes and nervous system. When caught early on and treated aggressively, high blood pressure can be well managed so as not to adversely affect the pet’s health and life. Pet Heart Health Regardless of what kind it is and how it manifests, pet heart disease is understandably one of the more difficult health conditions that pets and their owners can encounter. It is key for pet owners to understand and look for symptoms of these conditions, and then work together with their veterinarian to find the treatment option that works best for their pet. Some of the most prominent symptoms of high blood pressure include: Seizures Circling Disorientation Blindness Dilated…

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brain injuries

Brain Injuries in Pets: the Importance of Seeing a Vet

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The brain is a vital organ that requires constant oxygen and nutrition in order to operate well. When it is deprived of oxygen or affected by direct trauma, the brain can suffer injury. There are two main types of brain injuries that pets can experience. Primary brain injuries result from direct trauma to the brain, which can cause bleeding, fluid buildup, and pressure. Unfortunately, there is no way to reverse the effects caused by primary brain injuries. Secondary brain injuries result from primary brain injuries and are the alteration of brain tissue. These types of brain injuries can be prevented, managed and improved with the right care. When to Call the Vet Brain injuries can be caused by head trauma, severe hypothermia or hyperthermia, severe hypoglycemia, prolonged seizures, shock, high blood pressure, brain parasites, brain tumors, infections that involve the nervous system, toxicity, immune-mediated diseases, and more. All brain injuries…

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pet skin condition

5 Signs Your Pet Has a Bacterial Skin Infection

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Pets can suffer from irritating and uncomfortable skin conditions, just as humans do. And just like humans, pet skin conditions can range from mild and temporary to serious and even life-threatening. It is always best to have your veterinarian examine and diagnose a pet’s skin issues, but it can be helpful to know what you may be dealing with. Pet Skin Problems One of the most common pet skin problems is a bacterial skin infection. This is largely due to the fact that there are many types of bacteria that normally reside on a pet’s skin. When this bacteria is given an opportunity to over-expand through any manner of health conditions, including a flea infestation, an open wound, an allergic reaction, or some similar condition, it creates an infection that is clearly visible on the skin. These infections can become incredibly painful if left untreated, and treatment must be aggressive…

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pet fears

Top Fears and Anxieties That Plague Pets

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Just as humans can experience certain fears and anxieties, so too can our pets. While it is perfectly understandable that new and unusual things can be alarming, one of the major issues that pets face is not only their lack of understanding but also their inability to handle this. Pets cannot have someone explain to them what is happening and why they shouldn’t be afraid. Fortunately, there are things that pet owners can do to help reduce their pet’s anxiety and fear. Pet Anxiety and Fear In order to provide pet anxiety relief, pet owners have to first understand what type of anxiety or fear their pet is experiencing. Separation anxiety in pets, for example, is successfully handled in a way that is quite different than fear of thunderstorms in pets. Here are some common anxieties and fears: Separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is one of the most common anxieties that…

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pet eating habits

Eating Habits in Pets: What’s Normal and What’s Problematic

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Just as is the case with humans, pets tend to establish and maintain some basic eating habits that may vary only a very little bit over time. Of course as is also the case with humans, a pet’s eating habits can be healthy or unhealthy, helping them maintain a healthy, happy, and active lifestyle or contributing to discomfort and numerous health issues. Needless to say, pet health is primarily dependent upon the choices owners make in the type and quantity of food they feed their pet. Pet foods vary widely in quality, and can even accommodate special nutritional needs that some pets may have. However, even where a pet owner has taken the time to consult with their pet’s veterinarian prior to selecting the best pet food for their beloved companion, they may occasionally notice changes in their pet’s eating habits. It’s important to recognize which changes are normal, and…

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