Sunday, December 18, 2016

Savannah Cats

The Worlds Tallest Domestic Cat Breed are a spotted domestic cat breed started in the 1980's. Developed to give the impression of grandeur and dignity of an wild cat with a cheetah type appearance, expressive eyes highlighted by dark tear stains, vibrant coat colors, solid contrasting black spots, huge sonar-like ears and long legs. Since 2006 they have held the Guinness Book World Record for the world's tallest domestic cat.
Breed Standard 
Calls for all traits to mimic those of it's ancestor the African Serval. The goal of the Savannah Cat Breed is to obtain a well rounded temperament yet wild-looking breed that makes a suitable alternative to a exotic pet.
  • Lifespan:  12-20 years
  • Weight:  12-25 pounds
  • Exercise:  Medium/High
  • Hypoallergenic:  No

Health Issues
Are not specific to the breed at this time. Genetic testing is crucial to avoid development of breed specific ailments long term. Reproduction is very difficult and fertility rates are low. Litters average 1 to 3 kittens. Intact cats are often infertile due to genetics. Intact cats are extremely selective, pairing only with those it is raised with from kitten-hood.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Top 5 Considerations in Caring for Older Pets

Although old age itself is not a disease, the aging process involves changes in physiologic function that the health care team and the client need to understand to ensure the geriatric patient is as comfortable and happy as possible.
Following are the top 5 considerations in caring for older patients.

1. Special Nutritional Needs

As animals age, their metabolic rate and activity decrease, which leads to a decrease in caloric need by as much as 30% to 40%. Older animals also may need specific diets for health reasons (eg, osteoarthritis, kidney or liver disease, neoplasia). Commercial dietary formulas that attempt to address geriatric patients’ needs are available, but finding a single product that addresses all their nutritional needs can be difficult. The veterinary team should ensure an aging patient has proper nutrition, as it can impact quality of life.


2. Early Disease Detection

As animals age, metabolic changes occur and immune competence decreases, despite normal numbers of lymphocytes. Also, phagocytosis and chemotaxis decrease, resulting in less ability to fight infection and allowing for autoantibodies and immune-mediated diseases to develop. Early signs of a disease state may be masked by what the client considers signs of the normal aging process (eg, decreased appetite, lethargy, change in hair coat).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pneumonia

In animals, as in humans, pneumonia is an infection or inflammation of the lungs. Dogs and cats can develop pneumonia for several reasons, and pneumonia is usually a complication of an underlying problem. “Community-acquired pneumonia”, which is the most common form of pneumonia in people (often a resulting from a cold, or the flu), is rare in pets. In other words, when pneumonia is confirmed in a dog or cat, it is essential to search for the underlying cause with medical tests, such as blood and urine tests, and to treat both the pneumonia and, whenever possible, the underlying cause as well. Pneumonia often produces generalized symptoms like most other infections in animals: lethargy or tiredness, poor appetite, and so forth. In addition, animals with pneumonia may also develop specific respiratory symptoms as a result of the infection within the lung tissue. These symptoms can include shortness of breath, coughing, raspy or fluid-sounding respirations, hacking, and gagging. It is important to know that symptoms of pneumonia in dogs and cats may be subtle, so the absence of visible symptoms should not be used for assuming that pneumonia is absent.


It is also important to keep in mind that many disorders other than pneumonia can produce these same symptoms, so a dog or cat cannot be known to have pneumonia, even by the most skilled veterinarian, without diagnostic tests such as radiographs (x-rays) of the chest.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Considerations Before Choosing a Right Dog

Dogs are joyful animals that bring companionship and fun into any household, but we must take care of their needs. These include food, shelter, and veterinary care, but also affection and physical and mental stimulation. Before getting a dog, be aware that costs—food, vaccinations and other veterinary expenses, insurance, kennels when you go on vacation—will add up. Consider your lifestyle, too: do you have the time and space to give a dog a stress-free environment for its entire lifetime? Can you cope with a dog and young children? Are you ready to pick up after your dog in public places?

CHOOSING A PUPPY
Everyone loves a puppy! But unless that little ball of fluff with a squeaky bark is a Chihuahua or other small breed, it won’t stay that size for long. Seeing your puppy’s parents will indicate how big it will grow, especially with a purebred dog; if it’s a mixed breed, be prepared for anything. Puppies are especially good for very young children, since they can grow up together, forming a lifelong bond.