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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Sunday's "Living With Your Pet" Tips: Top Five Pet Diseases And How To Prevent Them

        Fabulous photo of me by John Clark of Clark Creative

As you know, we're fans of Dr. Karen Becker, the holistic veterinarian who writes the "Healthy Pets" blog for the Mercola website. And one of the reasons we like her so much is that her articles aren't superficial-they typically go into great detail and include numerous links to her sources, as is the case with her recent article that we're bringing you today, about the top five chronic diseases you dog or cat is most likely to get. She thoroughly explains in laypersons terms what these diseases are, why our pets tend to get them and how we, as our pets' caretakers, can prevent them. And by the way, do these diseases, like obesity, arthritis and heart disease ring a bell? You humans suffer from them, too!

One of these chronic illnesses is kidney disease, which occurs seven times for frequently in cats than dogs. My feline sister, Bella, was recently diagnosed with early stages of kidney problems through a routine blood test taken before her teeth cleaning-she has slightly elevated Creatine levels, which our Doc said is an indicator of kidney problems, and there is cat medication that can be used to successfully treat this type of problem.

Parental Unit has been "treating" her, for the time being, by slowly adding more soft food (canned) to her diet and enticing her to drink more water, although she's never been shy about hovering over my water bowl to quench her thirst. We'll see if these changes have helped when she gets her blood tested again in June.

In the meantime, we'd appreciate any tips you have about treating elevated Creatine levels and/or kidney disease in your cats. Thanks!

Please note: This is a compensated guest post.


meowmeowmans said...

Sammy has the beginning stages of kidney disease, but has been holding steady for about three years. Pretty good, considering he's 19 years old. We feed him Hills Science Diet KD, and add water to his food.

Paws crossed that Bella does well, too.

Asta said...

Thank you fow yoow impawtant infowmashun my angel sissie Nowa gotted kidney disease and it pwogwessed too quickly..despite evewything Mommi and Daddi did, inclooding giving hew twice daily infooshuns, she had to cwoss the bwidge when she was just 11 it bwoke my pawents heawt I hope no one gets it
smoochie kisses

steph said...

Great article and awesome tips. Here is a link to some really high quality fish oils for folks who are interested. http://www.luckydogvitamin.com/brand/nordic-naturals.html. I give this to my dog and she loves it. We've really noticed a difference in her skin and coat too.

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