Whole & Complete Animal Health

First things first, I want to wish everyone and their beloved pets, a WONDERFUL 2015!!!

If you have had your pet since they were very young, and they are now old and gray, clearly you have been doing something right. The most important thing to remember about keeping a pet healthy, happy and comfortable in old age is that they should have been kept healthy, happy and active in youth.

To help your pet live healthy and long lived, be sure to provide good care throughout their life. Make sure all vaccinations are up to date ( I will discuss the pros and cons of vaccinations in future articles), feed a “High” quality pet food, keep plenty of fresh water available at all times and keep your pet safe and secure indoors and in a well fenced yard.

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It’s estimated that between 25 to 40 percent of the cats and dogs, in homes, around the United States are overweight or obese.  Most of these pets are overweight simply because their care takers feed them too much food and they don’t get enough exercise.

Most of us do not like our pets to be hungry.  All it takes is for our cat or dog to turn those big, pleading eyes on us and we get out the food bowl.  But, the reality is, it’s much healthier for your pet to maintain a healthy weight even if it means cutting back on the food.

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It is possible for cats & dogs to faint or collapse due to an abnormality with their heart function.  The name for this is “syncope” and is caused by poor heart function as a result of heart disease or abnormal heart rhythms.  This is probably what many people mean when they say that their dog had a “heart attack.”  However, it is very rare for a cat or dog to have the same kind of heart attack that humans have.

A human heart attack is, technically, a “myocardial infarction” and it’s usually related to coronary artery disease.  When the coronary arteries become clogged or blocked, this can interrupt the blood flow to the heart.  This can cause the heart muscle to stop functioning, leading to the heart attack.

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Before we answer this, let’s take a look at what stress is. According to  MedicineNet.com, “Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure). Stress can initiate the “fight or flight” response, a complex reaction of neurologic and endocrinologic systems”.                         

So we know that Stress is both an emotional and mental response as well as a physical  response to stimuli.  Both cats and dogs certainly have physical responses to stressful situations. An example of this would be a dog or cat that is overheated. Their body will produce physical reactions that will stress their body’s systems.  It’s likely that they will also feel emotional and mental stress which is related to the physical distress that they are feeling in this situation. 

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Dear Friends,

I am extremely excited to announce the release of my new eBook entitled “Your Guide to Whole and Complete Pet Health”. It has taken awhile with various obsticles slowing me down but I am very pleased with its depth of information and the fact that it will help pet care takers “immensely”with their pets health & longevity.

I have worked for many years to hone my skills in pet health and pet care – from working very closely with one of the worlds best and formost veterinarians to the experiences and achievements within our rescue and sanctuary, to years of research and study.

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