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What is Feline Stomatitis

Cat crying

Ow, I don’t feel good!

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Feline Stomatitis,

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what is it and

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what can you do

Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

We’ve all heard of gingivitis, that nasty swelling of our mouth’s tissues that can give us such oral distress as painful ulcers, bleeding and tenderness and can lead to periodontal disease if not treated. Well, did you know your cat can suffer the same fate if you don’t care for her teeth as you do your own? That’s right, cats can develop a disease known as feline stomatitis which, unfortunately, is quite common in adult cats.

 

It’s not known what the exact cause of feline stomatitis is, but it sometimes develops due to untreated tartar and plaque on the cat’s teeth. However, a great deal of feline experts believe the disease is the result of an over-active immune system which encourages the bacteria in the cat’s mouth to attack its own tissues. This immune system disorder can be contributed to feline conditions such as:

 

  • Nutritional imbalances
  • Food sensitivities or allergies
  • Chemical toxicity from exposure to environmental chemicals, plastics and preservatives
  • Chronic viral infections such as feline immunodeficiency virus, the herpes virus and bartonellosis (commonly known as cat scratch disease)
  • Stress

 

So, how do you know if your favorite feline might suffer from stomatitis?

 

Common signs that your feline may have the disease include bad breath (though not always a symptom) and pain in her mouth. Since your cat can’t tell you whether or not she’s in pain, look for indications that she’s experiencing a painful mouth, such as:

 

  • She often paws at her mouth
  • She drools excessively, and the drool may sometimes contain blood
  • Her appetite decreases, or she refuses to eat at all
  • She doesn’t groom herself as often as she once did
  • Her behavior has changed, for example, she’s being more clingy than usual, or she’s been hiding often

 

How do you know for sure that your cat has stomatitis?

 

If you notice any of the above signs, make an appointment with your cat’s veterinarian for a check-up. Be aware, kitty may need to be anesthetized in order to allow a thorough examination of her mouth and to prevent any undue pain during the exam.

 

While under anesthesia, the vet may opt to clean kitty’s teeth and, perhaps, get a gum tissue sample for lab review. And x-rays may be necessary to determine the extent of the disease. As well, specific blood tests may be done to check for the chronic viral infections mentioned above.

 

If it is determined your cat does indeed have stomatitis, what can be done?

 

Treatment of stomatitis varies depending on what caused the disease in the first place. With some cats, teeth extraction is necessary in order to remove the mouth surfaces that are often attacked by the bacteria that causes the disease. In others, antibiotics, steroids and/or pain medications may do the trick.

 

Also helpful during treatment and for the remainder of your cat’s life is the maintenance of good oral hygiene, including tooth-brushing, oral additives in your cat’s water dish, and treats that are made specifically for tooth-care.

 

You can also focus on providing your cat with a high protein, low carbohydrate diet with a protein source not previously encountered by your cat’s digestive system. As well, CoQ10 and zinc supplements have been shown to combat stomatitis.

 

So, as you can see, proper dental care is as crucial for your cat’s health as it is for your own. By paying attention to your cat’s behavior, maintaining a good oral health regime, and possibly changing your cat’s diet you can keep that pesky and painful stomatitis at bay!

 

 

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc October 2016 Newsletter

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October 2016 Pet Newsletter

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In This Issue – 

One Common Kitty Behavior Explained

Keep Your Pets Safe For Halloween

Halloween History – Black Cats

Your Dog’s Frequent Head Shaking

Did You Know….

Let Them Eat Carrots

Natural Constipation Reliever for Your Pets

Halloween History – Did You Know…

Herbal Remedies Are Not Always Safe For Pets

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Is Your Cat Leash Trained

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I LOVE being outside safe

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Leash Training

Your Cat ~

Yes, It Can Be Done!

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

How nice would it be to take a leisurely stroll with your cat walking by your side? And how much would your cat enjoy being able to take in all the sights and sounds he normally sees and hears only through his favorite window from the safety of his home? You and your cat can enjoy the niceties of an outdoor walk simply by training him to walk on a leash. Contrary to popular belief, yes, it CAN be done! Now, you know your cat better than anyone, so if you suspect your cat will scoff at the idea of wearing a harness and walking while attached to a leash, you’re probably right. But it can’t hurt to try!

 

First Things First

 

Purchase a well-fitting harness for your favorite feline. A collar is not advisable as cats are known for their flexibility and can easily slip out of a collar, especially a safety collar. With a harness, it will be easier to attach a leash and, when fitted properly, can be quite comfortable for your cat. Besides, a harness offers greater safety for your cat in the even he decides to run up a tree as it won’t choke him like a standard collar will. There are harnesses designed especially for cats with the ring to attach the leash located closer to the center of the harness rather than at the neck, which is safer and less stressful for your cat.

 

The Basic Steps to Leash Training Your Cat

 

  1. Don’t go out and buy a harness and leash, rush home and put it on your cat right away. Give him time to adjust to the contraption. Let him play with it for a while first so he can get accustom to it. Obviously, don’t let him play with it so much that it gets damaged, but enough to give him the chance to become unafraid of the harness so he’ll be more accepting when you go to put it on him.
  2. Place the harness loosely on your kitty and see how he reacts to it. If he is willing, tighten the harness appropriately, attach the leash and practice walking your cat around your house. This will help him become comfortable wearing the harness and acquaint him to the feeling of the leash.
  3. When you feel confident your cat is doing well and is comfortable walking in his harness and leash, take him outside for a walk. Let him set the pace, as it may be daunting for an otherwise indoor kitty to suddenly be outside. If he shies away from any step, simply go back and try again.
  4. Be patient! Don’t rush it! Your cat may experience a flood of emotions while learning to walk outdoors on a leash. For example, he may be frightened and freeze in place at first or, to the contrary, he may get overly excited, go hog wild and take off running. As the saying goes, all good things take time!

 

As anyone who is owned by a cat will know, they differ from dogs in that they do what they want, when they want, and how they want. But if you and your kitty can work together to perfect his leash walking skills, he will surely thank you for the outdoor experiences with extra special purrs, kitty kisses and eternal love!

 

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Do You Know How To Remove a Tick

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Do you hate ticks as much as I do?

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A Step-by-Step

Guide to

Tick Removal

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Ugh! You and your precious pooch have just returned home after a pleasant walk around the neighborhood and, to your disgust, you find a nasty blood-sucking parasite known as a tick has hitched a ride on Fido’s leg. As you know, ticks are not only disgusting and a terrible inconvenience, but they can also be devastatingly harmful to your dog if not taken care of properly. Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and Canine Anaplasmosis, just to name a few, to your dog, resulting in symptoms ranging from fatigue to death. So, what should you as a devoted pet parent do when you discover a tick on your pooch? You must remove it! Here’s a simple step-by-step guide on the safest and most sanitary method of removing a tick that has latched on to your dog.

 

#1 ~ Get the Right Tools

 

  • Gloves ~ any pair will do as long as they fit quite tight to your skin, as some ticks are tiny and you want to ensure your gloves don’t get in the way
  • Tweezers ~ sterilize before use with rubbing alcohol
  • Antiseptic ~ either one made specifically for use on pets, or an over-the-counter brand like Neosporin will do
  • Rubbing alcohol ~ fill a plastic bag (a zipper sandwich bag works well) partially with rubbing alcohol and place the tick(s) in the bag once extracted

 

#2 ~ Remove the Tick

 

Depending on the size and behavior of your dog, you may need to enlist the help of a friend or family member when it comes time to remove the tick. For your safety and that of your pooch, you don’t want your pooch to squirm or move suddenly and disrupt the removal process. Once you are certain he is either held firm, or he’s in a position of comfort and you know he will remain calm and still, pull his hair back from around the tick and use the sterilized tweezers to clasp the body of the tick, as close to the base (where the tick has attached to your dog) as possible. You don’t want to pinch the tweezers too tight, or pull suddenly, as this can sever the head and leave the mouth in your dog’s skin. To extract the tick, pull slowly and steadily in one fluid movement until the entire tick is removed.

 

#3 ~ Complete the Treatment

 

Drop the body of the tick into the plastic bag of alcohol, which will immediately kill the tick. Immediately wipe the bite wound with antiseptic and be sure to re-sterilize the tweezers before putting them away.

 

Note ~ if you suspect your dog may have contracted a tick-borne disease or infection, secure the bag that contains the tick and bring it to your vet, along with your pooch, for a thorough review.

 

#4 ~ Follow-up

 

Keep a close eye on the area where the tick bit your dog, remaining on the lookout for possible infection or irritation. If your dog shows symptoms such as swollen joints, fever, loss of appetite, lethargy and/or pain, it is possible the tick passed on a disease and you should visit your vet without delay.

 

So, now you know the proper method of tick removal that will keep both you and your pet safe. Don’t be remiss and simply squish the tick upon removal as it can secrete infected fluids. Always dispose in alcohol, which is the best way to guard against infection and disease.

 

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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