“What Are The EARLY Signs Your PET May Have HEALTH PROBLEMS?…”

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So… Do you know what to look for to head off dreaded health issues? If not you’re in the right place at the right time to find out. Pets are a little different than us people… they don’t usually tell you they have discomfort until it’s painfully obvious and they can’t hide the pain or take it any more. Or maybe it’s because they don’t speak… Although they do communicate to us all the time, you just have to know what to look for.

The best action to take here is PREVENTION and of course to know your pet. That’s one of the reasons I’m such a strong advocate for pet massage because you are more familiar with the FEEL of your pet and GOD FORBID if something foreign shows up you’ll notice it right away, but even then some things can fall through the cracks. So what’s a concerned pet parent to do?

Well for starters pay more attention to your pet in the first place. I know this sounds obvious but really it isn’t. Hey, we’re all such busy people sometimes in the chaos of getting everything done on our schedules pets get neglected…. No guilty feelings here please no one is judging you 🙂

So let’s dive in, these are the top 3 Health Issues to look out for…..

1. Heart disease 

Cats – The biggest difference is that cats tend to mask their signs better than dogs, and therefore go longer without detection. Since early detection is key, be on the look-out for the following signs…

Vomiting – While our doggie friends will develop a cough cats will not they will vomit as a sign of heart disease. Also they will have difficulty breathing. If your cats breathing has become a bit labored, or if it experiences shortness of breath and begins to breath more rapidly than usual.

Thromboembolisms – Blood clots which are usually the result of heart disease in cats. Often the first sign is pain and inability to walk mainly on the hind legs. If you see this take kitty to the vet IMMEDIATELY!

Depressed/Withdrawn – If your kitty is acting blue, withdrawn, reluctant to accept affection, or isolating itself. The behavior may be caused by heart disease.

Poor appetite – If your cat suddenly loses it’s appetite for no good reason seek your vet IMMEDIATELY! Something is going on.

Weight loss or gain – Weight loss is definitely a symptom of heart disease though weight gain can be as well… Pay attention!

Swollen abdomen – If your kitty is swollen with a distended abdomen it’s probably excess fluid because of heart disease please DO NOT IGNORE!

Fainting/Collapsing – excessive weakness is a sure sign. Of course kitties sleep a lot. but if kitty appears less playful, or tires more easily due to weakness not laziness… you have a problem.

Restlessness – This is harder to recognize in cats than dogs. Because it seems many cats can be normally restless. Although if your cat suddenly becomes restless especially at night where they weren’t before, be on the lookout for heart disease.

Dog – Coughing is a very common symptom of many illnesses, one of those being heart disease. Minor coughs will not last more than a few days. If after three days your dog is still coughing, or is experiencing other symptoms, seek veterinary care.

Difficulty Breathing – Changes in breathing relating to heart disease may include difficulty breathing due to shortness of breath, labored breathing, or rapid breathing.

Changes in Behavior – If you notice behavior changes in your dog, such as tiring more easily, being less playful, reluctance to exercise, reluctance to accept affection, being withdrawn, or an appearance of depression, these are all signs of heart disease.

Poor Appetite – Loss of appetite is almost always a symptom of something. If combined with any of the other symptoms on this list, it could be a strong indicator of heart disease.

Weight Loss or Gain – Weight loss is definitely a symptom of heart disease, though weight gain can be as well. More likely than weight gain is a bloated or distended abdomen, giving your dog a potbellied appearance.

Weight Loss or Gain – Weight loss is definitely a symptom of heart disease, though weight gain can be as well. More likely than weight gain is a bloated or distended abdomen, giving your dog a potbellied appearance.

Weakness – Weakness may be seen as a general sign of aging, but be sure to seek veterinary attention if it is combined with other symptoms.

Weakness – Weakness may be seen as a general sign of aging, but be sure to seek veterinary attention if it is combined with other symptoms.

Edema – Edema is the swelling of body tissues. In regards to heart disease, your dog may show swelling in the abdomen and extremities if it has heart disease.

Isolation – If your dog suddenly starts to isolate itself or is keeping its distance from other pets and/or you, this may be a sign of heart disease.

2. Arthritis in DOGS & CATS – Arthritis is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged to older pets. Even younger dogs and cats, under the right circumstances, can suffer from arthritic changes. Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints that are painful for the affected pet. This pain is responsible for many of the signs associated with arthritis. Here are seven of those common signs. Remember guys PROTANDIM is a great NATURAL way to ease symptoms of arthritis and many other inflamatory diseases… and it’s available to you on beijoscorner.com 🙂

Limping – You may see your pet limping or favoring one or more of his legs, depending on which legs and which joints are arthritic. In some cases, the limp may seem worse when your pet first rises and become less noticeable as your pet “warms up” by moving around.

Difficulty Moving – Your pet may also become reluctant to do things that were previously easy for him to accomplish. For instance, your dog may find it difficult to get into and out of the car or may have difficulty going up and down stairs that were previously easily manageable. Arthritic cats, on the other hand, may stop jumping onto countertops, perches and other high areas because of the pain and discomfort.

Spinal Issues – Arthritic changes can occur not only in the legs but also in the various parts of the spine. These changes may result in a sore neck, an abnormal posture with a “hunch” in the back, or lameness of one or both hind legs.

Tiredness – Your pet may tire more easily. For dogs, this may mean that walks become shorter and more painful for your pet. Your pet may spend more time sleeping and/or resting.

Irritability – Arthritic animals may become irritable. They may snap and/or bite when approached or handled, particularly if the petting or handling takes place in a manner that increases their pain.

Muscle Atrophy – Arthritic pets often develop muscle atrophy or dying off of the muscle tissue due to inactivity and decreased use of the muscles. A pet with atrophied muscles in their legs will have a leg which looks thinner than a normal leg.

Licking, Chewing & Biting – Pets affected with arthritis may also begin to lick at, chew or bite at body areas that are painful. This may even reach the point of causing inflamed skin and hair loss over affected areas.

3. Symtoms of CANCER in Dogs & Cats – Lumps and Bumps
Not all lumps and bumps on or under your dog or cat’s skin will be cancerous, but there is no way to know for sure without getting your veterinarian involved – this is especially important if the lump is not resolving itself or is growing in size. A needle biopsy is commonly done and a veterinary pathologist can let you know if the cells are cancerous or no.

Abnormal Odors – Offensive odors from your dog or cat’s mouth, ears, or any other part of your pet’s body, should be checked out. Oftentimes cancers of the mouth, nose, or anal regions can cause such foul odors.

Abnormal Discharges – Blood, pus, vomiting, diarrhea, or any other abnormal substance being discharged from any part of your pet’s body should be checked out by your veterinarian. In addition to that, if your dog or cat’s abdomen becomes bloated or distended it could be a sign of an accumulation of abnormal discharge within the body.

Non-Healing Wounds – If your pet has wounds or sores that are not healing, it could be a sign of infection, skin disease, or even cancer.

Weight Loss – Cancer is among the list of diseases that can cause weight loss in a pet. If you notice sudden weight loss in your dog or cat (and it is not currently on a diet), along with other signs from this list, be sure to mention it to your veterinarian.

Change in Appetite – Dogs and cats do not stop eating without a cause. While a lack of appetite does not automatically indicate cancer, it is still something to be discussed with your veterinarian. Oral tumors can also cause difficulty or pain when eating or swallowing.

Changes in Bathroom Habits – Changes in your pet’s urinary or bowel habits – difficulty using the bathroom, frequent bathroom use, blood in urine or stool – these are all potential signs of cancer.

Evidence of Pain – Limping or other evidence of pain while the pet is walking, running, or jumping is mostly associated with arthritic issues or joint or muscle diseases, but it can also be a sign of cancer (especially cancer of the bone).

Whew! I know that’s a lot of info. guys but we want to look out for our Furry Family Members and these are the top 3. As I mentioned in the beginning the best plan for health is PREVENTION! It’s true for us and it’s true for them 🙂 until next time…

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