We love and care for our pets, and so the last thing we want is for them to become sick or get infected. It is every pet owners nightmare, and unfortunately it is inevitable. One way or another your pet will fall ill, however you can help matters greatly by looking out for signs and behaviours in your pet in the early stages. This article will focus on things to notice and what pet medicines can help to treat the problems.
If the coughing is persistent it could be a sign of a heart or lung disease.
There are treatments available for coughs.
A dog may have a Kennel cough, a tracheobronchitis that is infectious. The cough is harsh and hacking. Kennel can be relatively mild and may pass on it’s own after two weeks although in the case of puppies the result can be severe.
A Kennel cough can lead to pneumonia, possible symptoms of this include loss of appetite, lethargy, nasal discharge or a fever. If you spot any of these symptoms advice from a vet is recommended. There are vaccinations available to treat this, however a veterinary prescription is required.
If you notice your cat urinates frequently or is always very thirsty, these could be signs of diabetes. There are pet foods available for treating diabetes.
If you see signs of an increase in your dog’s urination, this can be a sign of a liver or bladder disorder. There are pet drugs such as kidney or mixed vegetable tablets, which can resolve this issue.
Fleas or mite infection can be the cause of itchy skin in cats and dogs. Treatments are available for this, some also specially made for treating kittens or puppies.
Adult fleas on domestic cats cause little harm unless the host animal becomes allergic to substances in saliva and it is true that more than three quarters of a flea’s life is spent elsewhere away from the pet’s body. However, they still easily agitate your feline and the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) can transmit parasites and infections to other pets as well as humans. Therefore it is heavily important not just to keep a clean environment for your animal, but also to apply flea treatment regularly.
Advantage Flea Treatment for cats is a fast-working, month-long formula which can be bought in a pack containing four applications for four months protection. Advantage 40 is suitable for small cats and can be used in kittens aged eight weeks and older whereas Advantage 80 is manufactured for larger cats weighing over four kilograms. Each contain the same three guarantees; that Advantage stops biting fleas in three to five minutes, it starts to kill adult fleas within an hour after application and within twelve hours, 98 to 100 percent of fleas are dead.
Another available topical application cat flea treatment is Effipro Spot On Cat. Like Advantage, Effipro can be bought in packs or four so it can be used to treat and prevent the infestation of fleas for up to four weeks and ticks for up to two weeks on kittens from two months of age or weighing more than one kilogram. Their exclusive pipette is different from any other currently on the market, ensuring the leak-free design helps you avoid getting any liquid on your fingers when opening the applicator. Until it is squeezed, no liquid will escape from the pipette meaning your cat gets the whole dose.
A better known spot on is Frontline. As well as being a cat flea treatment and prevention of infestations by fleas and ticks in cats, it is also used as a treatment strategy for Flea Allergy Dermatitis which is the most common skin disease found in cats and is brought on by an allergic reaction to chemicals in the flea saliva. Frontline combats this with a topical application to be used every four weeks and it can be bought in packs of three of six pipettes.