Biopathics Resources

February 10, 2010

How Do You Know if Your Dog Has Parvovirus?

Filed under: Pet Health — biopathics @ 12:49 am

I just returned from Salt Lake City, Utah and just time to get writing, what a life, hugh? A great range exists in the severity of symptoms in dogs infected with parvovirus. Lots of adult dogs that have come into contact with the virus show few, if any, signs. Most cases of Parvo are detected in dogs Younger than 6 months old, and the worst cases seen in puppies younger than 12 weeks old. There are also noteworthy differences in reaction to parvovirus infections. There are also significant differences in the reaction to vaccines among various breeds of dogs. Labrador Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, and Rottweilers are more vulnerable than other kinds of dogs. Incidentially should you require some insurance then this resource may be of assistance, and they also cover business, auto, car, home and homeowners insurance. Or if you need a qualified dog bite attorney in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Riveride, this site:

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can help with animal and dog bite as well as personal injury cases in Long Beach. All in all they are very good and can also help with other such as well as they are one of the better companies out there for Utah state insurance. However, the aforementioned life insurance is their primary specialty. They have their headquarters in Salt lake City and Utah they can reach most areas. Now back to the main story.
The most common form of the disease, Parvovirus enteritis, is accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, bloody feces, and in the worst cases, lowered white blood cell counts. Parvovirus enteritis can affect dogs of any kind, of any age
Parvovirus develops quickly rapidly and can result in death as fast as two days after the start of the disease. Where gram negative bacteria, parasites, or other viruses are also present, the disease can be even more serious and slow recovery.

May 5, 2009

Medical Reasons not to De-claw Your Cat

Filed under: Pet Health — biopathics @ 9:02 pm

In my numerous years of owning a cat, I have never even considered de-clawing my cats. Yes, I have a tendency to get a bit angry when sections of my furniture end up looking shredded after a while, but I look at it this way: My felines have put up with a lot of my own faults (such as when I did not buy them premium cat food like I should have, and then had to go back out again when they refused to eat it. By the way, I do think that a premium cat food is very important and i recommend Life’s Abundance premium cat food in particular); so it’s high time that I also put with a few of theirs, which includes them scratching up my furniture now and again. But all in all, if you are not like me, please consider the following arguements:

1. De-clawing is a practice that originated here in the United States for WHATEVER reason – it behooves me, but you should know that this procedure is illegal in England which views it as a cruel and inhumane practice, as it should be. Let’s hear it for England for standing up for cats’ rights.

2 De-clawing may solve your furniture scratching problem but could cause another. If you do get your cat de-clawed you should be aware that although your cat may be unable to scratch the furniture later on, the procedure alone may traumatize your cat, causing a drastic personality change in your beloved Kitty or resulting in a depressed Kitty unwilling to eat her cat food. So, the Kitty you send into the operating room, may not be the same loving Kitty that comes out. If you’re willing to take that risk, then so be it.

3. De-clawing will prevent your cat from protecting himself IF you happen to let your cat out. So if you do decide to de-claw your cat, you will then need to make a follow-up commitment, which you may find even more difficult, if you haven’t already, to keep your cat indoors for its own protection. What does this mean? It means that you will not only leave cat food for your cat indoors, but your cat will be restricted to your home 24/7, everyday in every season since he can no longer protect himself without his claws. If you can make this commitment and the above points don’t bother you, then you do have de-clawing as an option since it is available here in the United States by a number of vets.

Whatever decision you make, do not allow de-clawing your cat be the reason why you keep your cat. If you’re so fed up with your cat that you see de-clawing as the only solution, you ought to heavily weigh if indeed that will solve your dilemma, because once you de-claw a cat, it may be a bit more difficult for shelters to find your pet a good home.

April 17, 2009

The Importance of Selecting the Right Cat Food

Filed under: Pet Health — biopathics @ 7:53 pm

Even though there are many companies out there that claim to care about the well-being of your cat, they simply do not and they prove that by not having their main ingredient an animal protein. Many companies will use “filler” ingredients as the main ingredient in the cat food that they manufacturer. If you are unsure as to which ingredient is used to make up the most of the cat food, all you have to do is look for the first ingredient listed. The first one listed is the one that makes up the majority of the food.
Whether you are looking at cat food or cat treats, you must make sure that protein is listed first. If the wrong ingredients are the main ones then your cat may suffer. Many conditions such as eye, skin, coat, and joint problems have been known to come from a poor diet. Even though the pet owner thought they were giving good cat food they were not because of the actual ingredients that makes up the food. You have to look past the advertisements and the flashy work the graphic designer did for the bag or box and pay attention only to the ingredient list.
If the first ingredient that is listed is wheat or corn or anything other than animal protein then re-consider if that is the healthiest choice for your feline. Such cat foods are not good for your pet and can lead to health issues in the long run. Just like humans, you are what you eat. Felines need a balanced diet to keep their immune system healthy and strong.
If you wouldn’t eat fillers, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and artificial ingredients everyday then neither should your cat. The only benefit that these ingredients give is certainly not for your cat but a way to save money on the manufacturing.
Surprisingly, even veterinarians or “veterinarian formulated” cat foods are not healthy either. Many contain wheat and or corn gluten and this are known allergens for cats.
Many people may think that a premium cat food cost much more money, however many times a better grade food means you will feed less so it actually can cost about the same or less. A healthier feline can mean fewer trips to the vet.
Here are some ingredients to avoid:
Ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT – Artificial preservatives that are very unhealthy.
By-products – These are parts of an animal that humans wouldn’t eat. They include feet, necks etc.
Wheat, Corn, Corn Gluten, Soy – Can be used as protein sources which are inferior. They can cause allergies because they are not digested well.
It may take a learning curve to get familiar with the ingredients when researching a cat food. Pay attention to the first five on the label as this will give you an idea if you should seven keep looking at it.
Proper fiber and pro-biotics are essential for healthy digestion. The more that is digested the more nutrients are absorbed. Some companies do not include these in their formula.
This is your pet often like a child. Feel free to call the pet food manufacturer and ask where the food is made; how it is made and where do the ingredients come from. Also ask the company if they have ever been part of any pet food recall.
Lori Matthews studies health, nutrition and wellness. She enjoys writing articles on health for both people and pets. Please visit her site for more information on how Lifes Abundance cat food and premium canned cat food

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