For most cats, fleas cause mild itching and annoyance. However, some cats are allergic to the fleas' saliva, and they develop very itchy, sensitive skin with scabby patches in response to a flea infestation. This condition is known as flea bite dermatitis. Here's a look at how to treat this condition if you suspect your cat may be suffering.
Eliminate the Fleas
The first thing you need to do is rid your cat of fleas so that he or she is not exposed to any additional saliva.
If you are a dog or cat parent, you know the hazards of leaving them in a hot car. If you are a rabbit parent, you need to be aware of the dangers of heat as well. Overheating is a major concern for rabbits and constitutes an extreme emergency for which you need to seek immediate help. Here's what you need to know about rabbits and heat stroke.
Rabbits and Body Temperature
If you are planning on going on vacation, you will first need to decide who will watch your cat. If you don't have a petsitter, you may need to put the cat in a boarding facility. Here are some things to know about pet boarding facilities to decide if this is a good option for you.
Your Cat Needs to be Vaccinated
When you start looking at different boarding facilities for your cat, you will notice that they have certain rules and restrictions.
It can be easy to overlook your cat's dental care needs. Most cats are relatively secretive about any issues or pain, so they can have an infected tooth or other dental issue for a long time before you even realize there is a problem. This is why regular dental care is so important. Your cat may not be able to brush their teeth, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't do it for them.
If your once-healthy German Shepherd all of a sudden cannot chew its food or drink, it could have a disease called masticatory muscle myositis (MMM). This is an inflammatory disease that mainly affects the chewing muscles in the jaw. In some cases, this disease can also affect the eye muscles, which causes the eye(s) to droop, and can result in blindness if not treated properly. This disease commonly affects large breed dogs, and German Shepherds are predisposed to it.