Simple steps to prevent dog and cat bladder infections

 Bacteria can build up in urine that remains in the bladder for long periods of time. This can make your animal more prone to infections.

There are 2 simple things caregivers can do to help protect their dogs and cats from bladder infections.

It is important to remember to let your dogs out at regular intervals so that they can eliminate this bacteria.  Just because your dog can “hold it” does not mean that bacteria isn’t building up in the bladder.  Taking him or her for 2 walks a day is highly recommended as well.

For cats, it is important to keep the litter box clean.  A dirty litter box can discourage the cat from using it as often as they should.  There may still be bacteria growing inside the bladder due to holding it in for longer periods of time. 

Don’t wait until an infection has manifested and they have already developed a problem.

Practicing these easy preventative measures will help keep your animals healthy.

Diabetes Step Out Walk, Look Park, MA

This Sunday, the 26th is the annual Step Out walk for diabetes.   This year the walk will again be held in Look Park in Northampton, MA.

My sister, Lily and I will be driving up from the Cape.  Lily will once again be wearing her Diabetes bandana.  I think some of my cousins will be bringing their dogs as well…although none have been at as many walks as Lily, I’m sure she will be fairly happy to see them.

So far the weather reports are looking good, so I hope it will be a nice turn-out.  The previous walks were held in the Springfield area and were quite successful.   We’ll be walking in memory of my cousin Brenda Allen, who passed on 2 years ago from complications of type 1 diabetes and her father Elliott Allen who passed on a few months later.

Detecting kidney disease in dogs

Everyone if familiar with the benefits of early detection and this certainly applies to dogs and cats as well.

The most common signs of kidney disease are fairly well known.  However, there are some “subtle” signs that can be an indication of kidney disease in dogs and they are easy to keep an eye out for.

One is dehydration.  Dehydration can be a symptom of acute kidney disease. Periodically just gently pull up the skin on your dog’s stomach.  The skin should spring right back into place.  If it does not, that is often a sign that your dog may be dehydrated.  While this does not necessarily imply an illness with the kidneys, it is an easy thing for a caregiver to keep an eye on.

Another sign is if your dog seems to be walking with an arched back. Notice if the back legs appear to be stiff when they walk as well.  This can be an indication that your animal is in pain, and should be checked out by a veterinarian right away.

Paying attention to these more subtle clues are important in catching this potentially serious illness at an early stage.

Treating dog or cat urinary tract infections

If your dog or cat has been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, or even if you suspect one, it is important to make sure he or she is drinking a lot of water.

This can be a bit trickier with cats than dogs, but I have had excellent success in putting a few teaspoons of tuna fish juice in the water dish.   Cats who had no interest in drinking will often lap it up.

And of course be vigilant in making sure that the water dish is cleaned well twice a day.

Early detection for dog urinary tract infections

Bacteria present in the bladder or urethra causes urinary tract infections, or UTI’s in dogs, just as with humans.  The most common symptom is pain during urination. And as with humans, the pain can be pretty intense.

The UTI should be treated at an early stage, not just to prevent further discomfort for your pet, but also because the infection can spread to the kidneys and cause potentially serious problems that are more difficult and more expensive to treat.

Pet kidney health….protecting your dog and cat’s health

An important reason to feed your dog or cat the best quality food you can is to help the kidneys with their job of filtering toxins from your pet’s body through the urinary tract system.  As your animal ages, the kidneys have to work harder to filter toxins, so it is much easier on their system to have less toxins to filter.

Purifying their diet ~  food and water and treats ~puts less stress on your animal’s kidneys.

ThePetCheckup helping FIV cats

We received another nice email from someone who has an FIV cat and is using ThePetCheckup to keep a close watch on the cat’s health.

FIV cats can certainly live long and healthy lives, but there is concern for secondary infections and other illnesses that they are susceptible too.  Using ThePetCheckup as an early detection screen is a wonderful addition to their care. 

We are really pleased that the product is so helpful in caring for them. And hopefully, it will encourage others to provide homes for more FIV cats.

amazing new picture of Christian the Lion

I love to read Ace Bourke’s blog.  So well-written and informative.

Many of his blogs feature animal welfare and related issues and there are always many links that I want to check out.

Recently he published a photo in the blog that was taken on the very last visit with Christian.  Ace himself only found out about the picture last year.  It is truly an amazing picture and you won’t want to miss it.

another great quote about dogs

This is a quote about life with a dog…I had never seen it before, and it is beautiful and so true.  I am enjoying Cape Cod with Lily this week….she is legal on some of the beaches (after Labor Day) and the weather is fabulous.

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace. ”

— Milan Kundera

Animals as Property

Francis Battista from Best Friends Animal Society wrote  a great article on the value of animal life in our society and what we have to do to finish the No More Homeless Pets campaign.  Check it out:

He did a fabulous job of putting the situation in a logical, affirmative direction.  I try to always read his articles.  In addition to being a very proactive, compassionate person, Francis is also a great writer.