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Why is my pet having diarrhea?

Why is my pet having diarrhea?

Diarrhea in our pets can be very frustrating and upsetting when it occurs. Diarrhea is caused by increased fluid within the intestinal lumen. There are two sites in the intestinal tract that can cause diarrhea. The first is due to changes in function of the small intestine or upper portion of the GI tract. This can be due to liver disease, malfunction of the gall bladder or pancreas and certain types of cancer. It can also be due to parasites, particularly whip worms that live in the lower portion of the small intestine and are difficult to diagnose.

The second site for the development of diarrhea is the colon or large intestine. Diarrhea from this area of the intestinal tract may be due to parasites, stress, diet change, certain viruses or bacteria, food allergy/ irritable bowel syndrome, cancer (adenocarcinoma, lymphoma), many antibiotics or toxins.

With mild cases of diarrhea, we typically advise people to stop all food for 12 to 24 hours, but continue to offer water. After skipping 1-2 meals, introduce a bland diet comprised of mostly regular cooked rice with a small amount of boiled chicken. Feed as a small meatball every 2 hours on the first day and gradually increase the amount and time between feedings each day and slowly transition your pet back to his or her regular diet. If diarrhea persists despite the bland diet, or if your pet is depressed, vomiting, weak, or blood is noted in the stool, a trip to the veterinarian is advised. Any young puppy or kitten with diarrhea should be seen by your veterinarian, as they are at a greater risk of complications such as low blood sugar or hypoglycemia.


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Boarding Pets in Naples FL

Tips On Boarding Your Pets in Naples
Boarding your pets in Naples is one thing, as pet owners, most of us will need to consider at some time or another. Travel, illness or family emergencies can sometimes disrupt our normal pet care and require us to have an alternative plan.

Some pet owners prefer to bring their pets along while they travel, but traveling with your pet is not always a good solution. Many hotels, motels and campgrounds do not allow pets. Traveling by car means that at times, pets may need to be left unattended in the vehicle, a potentially dangerous situation. Even a car with a window cracked open can get very hot, very quickly, if you leave the window open too much, just enough for a head to squeeze through, your pet can escape.

Other pet owners prefer to ask a neighbor, relative or friend to watch their pets while they are gone. This can also produce unsatisfactory results. Your pet can exhibit different behaviors while you are away and may make it difficult for those looking after it. These behaviors can include aggression, not eating, withdrawal and more.

What to Ask When Boarding Your Pets in Naples
Many pet owners have found that leaving their pets in the care of a competent professional, whether that be a Naples boarding kennel or a Naples veterinary clinic, is the easiest and safest way to provide care while away.

It is important to do your research and to ask the right questions before boarding your pets in Naples in order to give your pet a safe and happy boarding experience. First, ask for referrals from friends, family and work associates. Where do they board their pets? Why did they choose this facility?

You can learn much about a boarding facility by checking online. Do they have a website? Are there pictures? Do they have a Facebook page and what are their clients saying about them on that page? Check out review sites such as Google Places, Yelp, Merchant Circle, Insider Pages and other review sites online to see what previous customers said.

Be sure and ask questions before you make a boarding reservation for your pet. Where will your pets stay? Ask for a tour of the facility. Is the environment clean and odor free? Are your pets going to be in runs or cages? How often will your dog be walked and exercised? How are your pets being monitored? Are feeding times being recorded as well as when your pets relieve themselves? What happens if your pet becomes ill?

It is not uncommon for pets to not eat as much while boarding as they do at home. Your pets can feel much more stress being in a strange environment and being away from you, therefore changing diet at this time is not a good idea. A good practice is to bring your pet’s food with them and ask the facility to feed them only their food.

It is good to be clear about all boarding costs before you make your reservation. Ask about the base boarding fee per day and about any other fees, such as fees for feeding a special diet or administering medications. Your boarding facility should be able to provide a written estimate in advance.

Most facilities require that your pet is up to date on vaccinations and will require proof. Find out exactly what is required so you have what you need before boarding your pets in Naples.

Doing your research and asking the right questions can help you find the right facility to take care of your pet and make it that much easier for you and your pet to enjoy your time apart.


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Cushing’s Disease in Naples FL Dogs

We have seen the effect of steroids at work in professional athletes, and we know too much about the dangers. The body produces natural steroids as a normal biological process. When this natural process goes out of control, your pet can become progressively debilitated and ill. Cushing’s Disease is the result of excessive steroid levels in the body and, if not treated in time, can be fatal. It can also be caused by a growth (tumor) in the adrenal gland or the pituitary gland. Most dogs with Cushing’s Disease are at least six years old, but the disease can also occur in younger dogs.

Dogs who have Cushing’s Disease often develop very thin hair, muscle wasting of the legs and a pot belly. The steroids can suppress the immune system, leaving your dog open to the risk of infections and other health problems.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Cushing’s Disease
Veterinarians can diagnose Cushing’s Disease through the use of special tests, and the problem can be treated with medicine, although surgery is occasionally necessary. Unfortunately, Cushing’s Disease is difficult to diagnose. There is no one test to identify it. Veterinarians will generally perform several blood and urine tests and compare the results to normal levels. Follow-up x-rays and/or ultrasonography can help reveal the presence or absence of a tumor.

Symptoms for Cushing’s Disease include hair loss, increase water intake, a change in appetite, painful joints, and an increased susceptibility to skin and other infections.

Whether Cushing’s Disease or any other health concern, we treat all the pets that come to us as if they were our own. Our complete health care services include chronic and acute conditions as well as sharing ways to practice preventive care when it come to your pet’s health.

Our staff will fully explain any recommended treatments and prescriptions for your pet. If surgery is recommended, we offer both blade and laser surgery. Bring your pet in to Town & Country Animal Hospital in Naples FL for routine preventive measures such as inoculation, spaying and neutering, and for emergencies.


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Flea and Tick Prevention and Protection

Don’t Lose the Battle Against Fleas and Ticks in Naples
The scourge of fleas and ticks are two of the biggest problems that Collier County pets and pet owners face. So how do you beat these parasites and provide flea and tick prevention and protection for your pets.

Fleas are perhaps the biggest nemesis your dog or cat has. A single flea in one day can bite a dog or a cat 400 times, consume twice it’s weight in your pet’s blood and cause disease and skin problems. Fleas can lay hundreds of eggs at a time and very quickly a few fleas can become a few hundred, causing great stress and irritation to your pet and your household.

Pets who constantly scratch to get rid of fleas can cause permanent hair loss or other skin irritations, some fleas can also cause flea allergy dermatitis…an allergic reaction to proteins and flea saliva. In addition, fleas can give your pet a tapeworm, cause anemia and in rare cases, even death.

Fleas can be controlled much more easily if you take prevention measures before things get out of control. In most cases, newer “spot ons”, liquid drops placed between your pet’s shoulder blades, are effective in preventing and eliminating fleas. These products kill adult fleas, and some also prevent flea eggs from hatching and kill adult larvae. Oral medications are also available. Your veterinarian can advise you on which preventive product or combination of products is best for your pet.

If you are using a preventive product and are continuing to see fleas, then your problem is much more serious. You have an infestation. Managing an established flea problem in your home is not an easy feat and requires thorough treatment of your pet, your home and your yard.

Unfortunately, fleas are not your pet’s only nemesis. Tick bites can give your pet such infections as lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and ticks can give those same infections to you.

About 200 species of ticks live in the United States. Some species are extremely difficult to eliminate once they have been introduced into your home. Although not nearly as numerous as fleas, ticks do tend to gather in clusters. If you see a tick on your pet, use fine point tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull gently. Avoid squeezing the body of the tick, clean the site of the bite, your hands and the tweezers with disinfectant.

Conveniently, many of the products recommended for flea prevention, are also effective against ticks. Work with your veterinarian to devise the most effective, preventive regimen against fleas and ticks in Tulsa for your pet.

One of the most successful ways to keep ticks off of dogs is with a Preventic collar. The collar kills ticks by interfering with the tick’s ability to feed on dogs. It contains the insecticide amitraz, which paralyzes the tick’s mouth parts. Amitraz should not be used on dogs that are sickly, pregnant, nursing or with certain drugs that may interact with the insecticide. The manufacturer Verbac Corporation, Ft. Worth, Texas sells the collar through veterinarians who can insure that a dog is healthy and can use the collar safely.

Read the Labels on Flea and Tick Prevention Products
It is very important that you read the label and follow the instructions when using any flea or tick product. Don’t use products meant for dogs on your cat and vice versa. If used correctly and regularly, preventive products can keep your dog or cat safely protected from these menacing parasites.

Quick, decisive action and a good regimen recommended by your veterinarian is the best defense against fleas and ticks in Naples.