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A healthy pet is a happy pet

When our pets feel a little under the weather they can’t tell us what’s wrong.


So to help our canine and feline friends, it’s good to recognise health problems as soon as possible and treat an illness before it gets worse.Here are the most common health problems cats and dogs face during their lifetime.

Common dog health problems

Dogs are prone to ear infections. These are mostly caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria or hair growth deep in the ear canal. When your dog starts shaking or tilting his head, scratches vigorously, struggles to balance or makes unusual back-and-forth eye movements, he might have an ear infection. It’s best to take your dog to the vet as soon as possible. Normally cleaning and medication will do the trick, but when your dog battles with chronic ear infections, the vet will probably insist on surgery.

Another common pest in dogs is worms. These internal parasites include tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.  If your dog has picked up worms he may suffer from diarrhoea, lose weight, show changes in his appetite, have a dry coat and scoot on his bottom.  You can prevent this problem by worming your pet regularly. Most vets recommend worming at least every 3 months.  If your dog shows any signs of illness you should go to the vet who will prescribe the best medicine and if it’s necessary, arrange a follow-up visit.

When fleas find your dog, it takes just three weeks for one to turn into an infestation of 1,000 biting bugs. They’re easy to pick up, but luckily even easier to treat. Talk to your vet about the right flea treatment for your dog – these are normally topical liquids or oral medicines..

Most common cat health problems

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Dental disease is one of the most common health problems cats face.  It is caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar and can lead to more serious diseases if bacteria from the mouth get into the blood stream. Brushing your cats teeth can help prevent this problem. Your vet may recommend your cat undergoes a professional dental cleaning which must be done under an anaesthetic.

If your cat strains to urinate, has bloody urine, urinates in unusual places, cries when urinating or shows a loss of appetite, she might have a feline lower urinary tract disease. Both male and female cats are susceptible to this illness and it occurs more often in cats that are overweight.  Make sure you call your vet immediately if you suspect your cat has a urinary tract problem as a urinary tract blockage is potentially life threatening.

Fleas are also very prevalent in cats. These little pests can live for more than a year and your cat risks anaemia if the problem persists. Talk to your vet about the best form of flea control for your cat.

Happy, healthy pets

To help keep your pets in tip-top shape, it’s important to feed them a complete and balanced diet to make sure they get all the nutrients they need. All high quality pet food should have the right amount of fats for energy and healthy skin, protein for muscle tone and development, as well as fibre to support their digestive health.

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fracy7

fracy7

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missyi - I had a cat that couldn't meow. He was perfectly happy and healthy in all other ways. I don't think it was ever a problem for him and he could purr perfectly x

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It's really hard to know what food to buy when u have 3 dogs at various ages , especially with my elderly one x

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missyj

missyj

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Hi.iv got a kitten that will be 6 months in 2 weeks.i got him when he was 12 weeks old.he's a normal healthy kitten.chewing,running n playing.the only problem is,he doesn't meow.its not that he's a quiet cat,like it says online when iv tryed to find out about it.his mouth opens like hes meowing but nothing comes out.sometimes a squeak or a noise comes out but no meows. I feel so sorry for him.iv asked all the people I know that has cats.nobody has ever had a cat that cant meow.can ne 1 plzz help

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TitchyK

TitchyK

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Thank you so much for this article. I have 4 cats. Two that are quite old now and two young cats, so I regularly worry about their healths. My oldest cat has an issue at the moment of over grooming so I'm trying everything to try and help her, so these articles really help.

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2jolly

2jolly

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my dogs off her food she wants mine but will leave hers for days , have changed her biscuits thinking she is bored with the same ones , but still not eating , she does eat lots of grass tho and I am worried about worms etc she can get from this ,she is wormed and flead every 3 mnths but she seems to have got worse at eating grass , | am concerned but how can I stop her short of muzzling her

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