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Top Symptoms of Diabetes in Your Cat

You may have heard of feline diabetes – or maybe not.  As a cat owner, it’s important to understand this disease as it may at some point effect your feline friend.  Cats are susceptible to this disease so you need to know what to look for. Does your cat drink a lot of water?  More than they normally do?  Well, that’s just one symptom.  Read on to learn more. Symptoms of feline diabetes:                                       Drinking more than normal Excessive urination Loss of Weight Weight Gain Rough or unruly fur Unusual sleeping patterns, ie. More sedentary than usual Loss of interest in toys and play time Dandruff Unusual walk – stiff back legs What is diabetes and how is feline diabetes diagnosed? Simply put, Feline diabetes results when the cat’s body stops producing insulin.  You’ve heard of high blood sugar? Well, insulin in your cat’s body breaks down and regulates the blood sugar.   When the insulin in your cat’s body stops doing its job, then the sugar is pushed out or eliminated from his body when he urinates, hence the symptom of excessive urination.  Your vet will diagnose diabetes upon the results of a physical exam and lab tests.  One clear, definitive sign is the presence of high blood sugar. Early diagnosis and treatment will present the best prognosis for your feline friend. Some treatments may include one, all or a combination of the following: Oral medications Insulin injections Dietary changes Your vet will work closely with you as you treat your...
Top 10 Tips for a Well Behaved Dog

Top 10 Tips for a Well Behaved Dog

Training your dog may seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be! Understandably, you will have many days that you just want to throw in the towel and call it quits, but don’t! Read on to learn the top tips for training your dog to be the best behaved dog. Before you know it, your dog will be well on his way to achieving star status in the arena of well-behaved dogs! Be patient! Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a well-behaved dog! Be consistent.  Pick a methodology of training, commands, lingo and procedures and stick with it!  That’s not to say that you can’t alter things along the way but keep in mind that the more you change things up, the more confused your dog may become – thereby delaying progress. Use single word commands and don’t repeat the command more than twice.  For example, if you want your dog to “come”, say “come”.  Do not say “come here” or add any other words after it. Be kind, humane and make learning fun!  The best teachers in schools across the world do this every day.  Use rewards such as treats, love and hugs.  It may feel like bribery initially but after you begin training with treats and your dog is following your commands, you will be able to taper off the treats and reward him intermittently. Limit your dog’s freedom.  Do not let your dog have run of the house until he is house broken and is following commands. He should be supervised while he is not in his crate or play...