Identifying Common Pet Infections And What You Can Do About Them

Ensure your pet's good health...

As a pet owner, it is your primary responsibility to ensure the good health of your pet. Your pet is one of your most loyal companions, therefore, their health is paramount. Many are the times the health of your pet may be under the risk of ailments.

If you do not have any idea on what is ailing your pet or even worse, how to help him then say no more. This article is just the right one for you. It will help you know more about these ailments and place you in a better position the next time your pet doesn't feel so good.

Cats

Being one of the most common pets in the household, we'll first take a look at common infections in felines and what to do about them.

a). Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD)

FLUTD is known to commonly affect overweight cats, cats that are highly stressed and those that are under a predominantly dry food diet. Symptoms that you should watch out for include: blood in urine, crying when urinating, difficulty in urinating, urinating in unusual places, dehydration, depression, vomiting, loss of appetite and licking around the urinary area.

If your cat exhibits such symptoms make sure to include more fluids in their diet. Make sure they exercise by taking them out for walks regularly. Finally, create a stress-free environment for your cat by ensuring she is unnecessarily disturbed.

b). Conjunctivitis

It is a common infection of the eyes found in cats mostly those that spend a lot of their time outdoors. It occurs when the conjunctiva (a tissue lining the eyelids) is inflamed. It can cause the white of the eye to become pink. The main symptom of this disastrous infection is severe reddening of the infected eye.

Fluid builds up in the infected eye, causing it to weep. The discharge released can make the eyelids stick together. To treat your cat, you can use products from the local drugstore, for example, diluted boric acid for ophthalmic use. Remember only to administer these under the strict prescription from your veterinary doctor.

c).Tapeworm

This infection is mostly caused by the ingestion of a flea or its larvae. To identify this ailment, simply look at your cat's feces or around her anus. If you spot small white worms that appear to look like rice or sesame seeds in the stool, your cat is definitely affected.

Other signs include vomiting and weight loss. To help in treating your cat, you might need to get dewormers from your local animal clinic. It is also advisable to take her to the vet and have her checked.

Dogs

a) Ear infections

These mainly affect ungroomed dogs and floppy-eared breeds. Fungi and bacteria that enter their ears hardly come out naturally. Symptoms of this infection include incessant scratching of the ear, red or inflamed ears, red or brown ear wax and a foul odor emanating from the ear.

To help solve your dog's ear infection, you need to first clean the ear gently with a cleanser. Be extremely gentle as it may be painful for your dog. Place a cotton ball in the ear canal and gently massage the ear at the base. Do this in order to determine if the ear is swollen and wash until the cotton ball comes out clean.

Once you identify the problem, make sure to take your dog to the vet.

b) Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs)

These are mostly seen in a number of ways. It could be a dry, hacking cough to severe inflammation of the breathing system. URIs are highly contagious hence common in dogs kept in kennels.

To help make your dog feel better, make sure to visit your veterinary doctor to have him checked. Limit exposure to other dogs to prevent further infection. Do not forget to follow the vet's prescription to the latter.

c) Canine Lyme disease

This infection is mainly contracted from the bite of an infected tick. Some of its symptoms that you should be wary of include arthritic limping, swollen lymph nodes and pain in the joints. If left unchecked, this disease may cause permanent damage to the joints.

If you suspect your dog has contracted this disease, ensure you have him tested at the vet as soon as possible. This is because at later stages the disease sets in and therefore it becomes harder to treat it.

Other pets

If you have other pets such as birds, reptiles or amphibians, be sure to take a look at https://www.unusualpetvets.com.au/blog/common-parasitic-fungal-infections-birds-reptiles-amph. Here you'll find more than enough information on how to identify common illnesses that affect your pet's health and the necessary measures you need to take to deal with them. This will make sure your pet lives a happy and healthy life.

So a lot of information has been given out concerning the health of pets. Arming yourself with such information is a critical bonus in ensuring your pet lives a long and healthy life. It also creates a stronger bond between you and your pet as you get to understand what he goes through when he's sick.

 


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