No one wants to hear the word Cancer, especially when referring to your own family, friends and your pets that are indeed a part of the family. Although research continues and improvements have been made over the years, cancer is still considered to be a devastating disease. The best you can do as a pet parent is to recognize common signs and symptoms of cancer to get your dog immediate help. For further questions and concerns, contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home for answers and further information.
Cancer is described as uncontrolled cell growth that can form within or on the body. It can be localized or spread throughout the body, especially if not caught in its early stages. Most cancers cannot be prevented since the causes are unknown except for a breast cancer in your dog, prevented through spaying your pet. Cancer in your dog can occur in the gastrointestinal tract, on the skin, on the brain, in the kidneys, bladder and bones.
Noticing the common signs of cancer in dogs depends on the type and location of the cancer itself. For skin cancer, you may notice any kind of unusual lumps and bumps that appear to be increasing in size. Additionally, there may be sores that seem to spread and just won’t heal. A form of lymphoma can affect the digestive system with signs of lethargy, vomiting and a yellow tinge to the gums. Affecting the chest as well, cancer can cause coughing and difficulty breathing.
The older female dogs are susceptible to mammary gland tumors, which can be prevented through spaying. Several abdominal cancers can affect dogs as well, such as mast cell tumors, hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma and prostate cancers. Common signs will be lethargy, weight loss, weakness, pale gums, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal enlargement. Testicular cancer is common in the male dogs which can be prevented through neutering. A sign of testicular cancer is when one of the testicles appears larger than the other.
Other common signs of cancer in your dog, aside from those mentioned above, are a change in bowel or bladder habits where your dog has difficulty urinating or defecating. You may note some unexplained bleeding or a discharge from any part of the body along with an offensive odor. There may be difficulty eating, swallowing, loss of appetite and weight loss. Maybe your dog is experiencing persistent lameness or stiffness.
As a pet parent, it is important to be aware of all your dogs’ behaviors and healthy appearance. Handle your dog often, and while giving it lots of love and attention, also “examine” your dog for anything unusual. When it comes to cancer, early detection is the answer for the best prognosis.
Caring for a pet takes on a lot of responsibility and commitment, although many pet owners forget the importance of ear care until it is too late. Ear issues are common for many dogs, especially those with long, floppy ears because air is unable to get in the ear canal and avoid moisture. If moisture accumulates in the ear for extended periods of time, infections can form and cause great discomfort for your dog. The moisture creates a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. If you need more information on ear care or suspect your dog developed an ear infection, contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian or one closest to your home for help and medical attention.
A most common problem affecting a dog’s ears is known as otitis externa which can be due to allergies, parasites, foreign bodies within the ears, tumors and trauma along with trapped moisture. Any dog of any age or sex can be predisposed to otitis externa. Aside from dogs with floppy ears such as the Cocker spaniel and Springer spaniel, other dogs prone to ear infections are those with abnormal ear canals such as the Shar-Pei, Chow and English bulldog. Dogs with hair in the ears such as Poodles and Terriers plus working dogs commonly exposed to water and foreign objects are also susceptible. Infections are more prevalent in hot humid conditions. It is necessary to monitor your dog’s ears on a regular basis to keep them free from moisture, debris and infections. When in contact with water such as swimming or bathing, be sure to dry the ears thoroughly with a soft towel, gauze sponge or cotton ball.
If time gets away from you, and you haven’t cared for your dogs ears recently, there are common signs evident in a dog with an ear infection. A strong foul older will be coming from an infected ear, your dog may be scratching excessively at the ears, shaking his head with visible signs of redness, swelling, a discharge plus as pain and swelling will all be present. The sooner you can detect the problem the better the prognosis will be for a quicker recovery with prescribed treatment by your veterinarian.
Through a complete medical examination, medical history and selected diagnostic testing, your veterinarian will be able to diagnose any ear problems affecting your dog. He may perform cytology, a culture of the ear, x-rays, a biochemical profile, complete blood profile, skin scrapings in the event of a parasitic condition and possible allergy tests. Your veterinarian cannot prescribe the appropriate treatment without a definitive cause of your dog’s ear infection.
Treatment is most often achieved with antibiotic therapy, depending upon whether the cause is viral, bacterial or fungal. The medication most often is in the form of ear drops. The ears will need to be cleaned and treated daily as prescribed by your doctor. For severe cases with extreme pain and swelling, your dog may be prescribed Glucocorticoids. Treatment options for dogs with allergies and parasites will vary per the findings and recommendations of your personal doctor.
Your vet or his staff can show you the proper way to safely clean your dog’s ears with cotton balls and an ear cleaning product. Cotton swabs are not recommended because they can push debris further into the ear and also harm the eardrum. After cleaning the ears, place the drops prescribed to treat the ear infection.
The obvious preventative measure you can take to ward off ear infections in your dog involves regular cleaning and monitoring of the ears. This is a way to keep the ears free from debris and moisture which causes the ear problems. Prevention is the best medicine for dry, clean healthy ears on your dog.
Parasites are a common problem for dogs and the pet parents. Parasites of any type causes your dog great discomfort and can sometimes become fatal if not treated. This past year, because of a mild winter and early spring weather, scientists have predicted that fleas, ticks and mosquitoes that cause heartworm disease are extremely prevalent. Without protecting your dog from these nasty critters, your dog is subjected to disease, anemia and other health concerns. Contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home if you suspect your dog has a problem with a parasitic condition.
Fleas and ticks love to make their home on your dog and suck at the blood of your pet. The flea injects its saliva into your dog in order to prevent blood coagulation. Most often flea bites cause great discomfort for your pet and is one of the most common skin problems. Many dogs are also allergic to flea bites, causing even more severe problems for your pet.
Ticks also love to suck blood from their warm host; human or animal. After attaching to the dog, their mouths seem to latch and lock on to the dog while feeing itself of the blood. They fall off their host once fed. In the meantime, while feeding on your pet, a tick can transmit such diseases as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Heartworm begins with the bite of a mosquito which carries heartworm larvae. The larvae develop into adult worms which find their home within the pulmonary arteries of the lungs and lead to the heart. In fatal conditions, the heartworms reside within the heart, causing heart failure, difficulty breathing for your dog along with other strains on the heart and blood vessels.
Fleas, ticks and heartworm, annoying as they present themselves, are easily preventable but you must begin getting your dog treated as early in the year as possible. For the protection and prevention of fleas, many over the counter medications are available with moderate effectiveness. Speak with your veterinarian for more successful medication therapy to prevent fleas and ticks on your dog; medications such as Frontline, Revolution, Sentinel, Advantage and more.
When it comes to heartworm prevention, you will need to consult your veterinarian. A blood test will be taken in order to be sure your dog is heartworm-free before therapy can begin. If the dog is heartworm positive, a different more invasive treatment plan would need to be implemented.
Preventative measures for heartworm disease include such prescription medications as Interceptor, Sentinel, HeartGard and Revolution, all in tablet form, administered once monthly. A newer treatment known as ProHeart-6 is an injection medication which is given once every six months, making it easier for the pet parent who does not want to give a monthly pill.
All it takes is a little time on your part as a responsible pet owner to keep your pet safe and protected from common parasites that could otherwise cause your dog great harm. Prevent these pests and keep your dog safe year round for more comfort and good health.
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For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 - Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy
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Please read this important article addressing Heartworms. Heartworms are avoidable and less costly on monthly prevention. The worms develop inside your pet from a infected mosquito, and are very painful while strangling the heart of your pet. Please do the right thing for our animals and protect them, as they deserve that and so much more!!! There are many products to choose from to prevent this h
orrible disease. Call your vet today and talk to them about Heartworm prevention!! If your pet has never been on heartworm prevention make sure you get the test done at your vet before starting the prevention!! Thank you for sharing & caring!!
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Canine halloween safety tips to consider for the safety of your dog - Rockford pet care | Examiner.com
Be sure, in an emergency that you have easy and quick access to your local Rockford-area veterinarians' contact information as listed below or one closest to your home if your dog gets into the Halloween candy
Dog food recall: Natureâ€™s Recipe, possible Salmonella contamination - National pet news | Examiner.com
Nature's Recipe, a pet food maker, has announced a voluntary recall of selected production runs of its Nature's Recipe® Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken due to concerns of Salmonella contamination
For five years we have campaigned for stores to stop selling the toxic treats from China. Politicians and policy leaders have protested on our behalf, media networks have covered the story hundreds of times, thousands have signed petitions and written letters.
But, in all that time, not one store in America has voluntarily stopped selling the death treats.
Now, we ask you to join us in a nationwide campaign to ask, no, demand that WalMart, the global leader in retail, to be the first retailer to pull the toxic treats from their stores out of an abundance of caution.
We want WalMart to be the global leader in caring about customers first. We want WalMart to care as much for pets as they do for people and the planet. We want WalMart to demonstrate to other retailers what it means to be an ethical corporation.Touched by Tragedy
On Black Friday, November 26, 2012, before the doors open to the throngs of eager post-Thanksgiving day holiday shoppers we will be there. And every person who has been touched by the tragedy of having a pet poisoned by the toxic treats will be there; in 3000 locations across the US, consumers will be there.
We will be there on retailer's most important shopping day of the year. The day they count on to get them out of the red; hence the name Black Friday. Reporters are there too, lots of them. There to film the madness, we will be there too. Holding signs, talking to reporters, shoppers, telling them why we are there too. We didn't come for the specials; we came because we love our pets.
I know WalMart is capable of compassion. They demonstrated their willingness to people before profits during a very difficult time involving the tragic death of an infant last December and a product that WalMart carried.Empty Stocking
Just like life, timing is everything. The time is right for retailers to do the right thing this holiday season. Because for many families, it will be a difficult time. There will be an empty stocking and an empty bed where once a much-loved member of the family will be deeply missed. The member of the family who gave us sloppy kisses, played with the children and was fed a treat that they thought was healthy and wholesome.
We want everyone, victims, veterinarians, and the media to be there. We know that, together, we can help change the world. Even we only change our corner of the world, we know that WalMart can help make it possible all over the world.
Do Pet Seat Belts Really Work?
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Under the proposed legislation, owners who drive with their dogs or cats must either tuck them away in a carrier or clip them into a safety harness seat belt -- or suffer the consequences, which could include anything from a $20 ticket to a $1,000 f
I only posted the link because it is a 10 page article,but it is great info
Pets are susceptible to the same types of cancer that people get. Cancer can strike at any age, but it is usually a disease of middle-aged and older dogs and cats. And it is all too common: Cancer causes almost half the deaths of pets older than 10 years.
Here is a checklist of possible warning signs of some pet cancers:
If your pet exhibits any of these signs, call your vet.
1. Your pet has a lump or sore that won’t go away.
2. Your pet is eating but losing weight.
3. It is hard for your pet to chew or swallow.
4. There is a discharge or bleeding from any body opening.
5. Your pet has a bad smell.
6. Your pet tires easily and doesn’t want to exercise.
7. Your pet has quit eating for more than a day or two.
Can Your Pet Catch the Flu From You? - National Animal Advocacy | Examiner.Com
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Do not forget your pets as the flu season approaches. Be sure to get your flu shot for many reasons, and take note that if you get sick, you can pass the flu not only to other people, but possibly to your companion animal, including cats, do