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Posted by John Boey on 8/11/2019

Cats are wonderful pets, but before you get one into your home, some illnesses are common to our little feline friends. Below are six common health issues to look out for: 

Cancer

Just like humans, cats can have cancer too. In cats, the two common types of cancer are feline leukemia virus and lymphosarcoma. Lymphosarcoma is very deadly, and it affects the lymph system in the chest or the intestine. Common symptoms include:

- Bumps or lumps in the lymph nodes or other parts of the body

- Swelling of the skin

- Skin infection or sores that recur or never fully heal

- Frequent sleeping

- Rapid weight loss

- Inability to move around

- Vomiting

- Difficulty breathing

Treatment: Whenever your cat starts displaying one or more of the above signs, ensure you take it to the vet doctor immediately.

Kidney Disease

Kidney disease is prevalent in cats and can quickly result in fatal health problems. Cats develop kidney issues as a result of high blood pressure, cancer, exposure to toxins, etc. Common symptoms include:

- A frequent loss in appetite

- Unexplained weight loss

- Vomiting

- Sleeping more than usual

Treatment: When kidney disease is detected early, you can treat it with medicines, but in severe cases, a kidney transplant or dialysis is the only option. 

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Cats are sensitive animals, and they are quick to react to anything they ingest. That's the reason vomiting, and diarrhea is common in them. Vomiting and diarrhea are most times caused by eating rotten or expired food, eating too fast, or eating plants with rough edges. Sometimes, bloody or dark diarrhea indicates internal bleeding of the intestine or stomach. Common symptoms are: 

- Continuous vomiting or diarrhea lasting more than a day

Treatment:

- Allow the digestive system of your cat to rest for 12-20 hours

- Change their diet to something like boiled potatoes, boneless chicken, and cooked rice

- Buy some anti-vomiting medicines from the vet hospital

Obesity

Obesity can be a big issue for cats, especially indoor cats. Obesity can lead to other health issues including kidney problem, joints, and liver problems. Keeping a close watch on your cats' weight is necessary. In a situation your cat gets overweight, here are some practical solutions:

- Avoid feeding your cat calories

- Increase your cat activities by playing with them for 15-20minutes a few times each day 

There are other types of health issues cats can develop, and these 4 are some of the most common you will see. The more familiar you are with them, the easier it will be to detect them and treat them effectively. For more on these or other potential issues, consult with your vet before you’re your cat falls ill.




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Posted by John Boey on 12/28/2014

Getting healthy can seem like such a big task. Getting healthy doesn't have to be hard, making small changes can make a big difference. Here are some simple things you can do everyday to get healthy: 1. Walk more-Walking has shown to help people lose weight, and lower their blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking and a total of 10,000 steps per day. If you are unsure of how much you need to walk wear a pedometer, research shows people who wear a pedometer walk more. 2. Eat more fish-Evidence shows that darker types of fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring) are good for your heart and brain. They have also shown to lower the risk of cancer. 3. Drink more water-Water is an essential for good health. Water  helps maintain the balance of body fluids, reduces caloric intake and helps your organs function properly. 4. Get enough sleep-You really do need at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep has many benefits: you will feel better, it decreases the risk for cardiovascular disease, and boosts memory. 5. Reduce sugar in your diet-Decreasing your sugar will actually increase your energy. Sugary foods create highs and lows in your energy levels. There are many more steps you can take to get healthy but these few tips are things you can implement without making major changes to your life.  





Posted by John Boey on 8/3/2014

2012 has brought a rash of new West Nile Virus cases in the New England area. Many areas are now taking measures to combat further spread of the virus, from public awareness campaigns to large-scale pesticide spraying in the worst-hit areas. There are many steps you can take to minimize your exposure to the mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus. A simple survey of your home and lawn can pinpoint trouble areas where insects would naturally congregate. Do you have any freestanding patches of water on your property? If so, fill them in with dirt. Stagnant water is typically a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If you live near a pond or lake, your city may already be treating the area to ensure mosquito levels are kept in check, but there's no harm in calling your local city health department. If you happen to own a pond, then consider stocking it with fish or some other form of life that could feed on any insect populations that find it inviting. What about guarding your home? Tight mesh window screens are your first line of defense, followed up with a citronella candle burning in the window sill if you happen to want to keep your windows open. Consider switching your outdoor light bulbs a little dimmer than usual, so as to not attract large groups of insects. Additionally, you may want to think about opting for yellow bulbs if you are in a particularly mosquito-prone area. Mindfulness is your friend here. Tell your family and friends to take care to not leave doors and windows open for too log between dusk and dawn.  Remember....Even though it's getting colder out, the West Nile risk will not significantly decrease until your area experiences its first hard frost. For more information on West Nile Virus, including up-to-the-date reports of confirmed cases, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm




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