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Levothyroxine or Thyroxine as it is also know is prescribed to treat low thyroid levels. This drug is classed as a general hormone medication. Levothyroxine works by replacing the thyroid hormone when the thyroid gland fails to produce enough. I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?… Read More »
Liquid paraffin is a laxative used for the treatment of constipation. Liquid paraffin can also be found in some eye preparations and used as a tear substitute in keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye syndrome). Paraffin can also be prescribed in a paste form which is used to control ‘fur balls’ in cats. I have heard that… Read More »
Microalbuminuria to Detect Early Renal Disease (ERD)
What is Microalbuminuria? Microalbuminuria is used to detect the presence of albumin in urine. Albumin is a very important protein in the bloodstream but not usually found in the urine of healthy cats or dogs. Until recently the diagnostic methods of renal disease could only detect renal disease at a stage where kidney function was… Read More »
Antioxidants are a substance that shields the body from free radical damage. Free radicals cause damage to living tissue in a process called ‘oxidation’. Free radicals enter the environment through pollution and UV radiation but are also produced naturally though metabolism, exercise and stress. Your pet will have natural antioxidants in their body to protect… Read More »
Betamethasone is a glucocorticoid steroid with anti-inflammatory properties typically used to treat inflammation of the joints, ear and eye conditions as well as skin conditions such as eczema. I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet? All medicines have potential side effects, but this does not mean… Read More »
If your pet is unable to urinate, Bethanechol Chloride will be prescribed to stimulate muscular contractions in your pet’s bladder. I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet? All medicines have potential side effects, but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing… Read More »
Bilberry is a natural herb most commonly used to help with disorders of the eyes, including macular degeneration and cataract formation. The high level of vitamin C it contains also makes bilberry a good antioxidant and beneficial for pets with arthritis. Is bilberry only beneficial to animals? No, based on its successful use within the… Read More »
Breeding cats can be very rewarding, however, it is a big responsibility and the breeder must understand what is involved. It must also be remembered that there are many unwanted cats and that the breeder is responsible for finding long-term loving homes for the kittens that they breed. What does it mean when my cat… Read More »
Hyperthyroidism – Overactive Thyroid Gland
Hyperthyroidism means an overactive thyroid gland and is very common in older cats, it is very rare for cats under the age of 8 to suffer from this condition. Hyperthyroidism is a hormonal disorder that causes an increase in production of thyroid hormones, produced by the thyroid gland which is situated in the neck. Symptoms… Read More »
Diethylstilbestrol or stilboestrol as it is also known as is a synthetic oestrogen (natural oestrogen is the primary female sex hormones). This medication is used to treat enlarged prostate glands found in male dogs and to treat forms of aggression in female dogs. It can also be prescribed to treat urinary incontinence. I have heard… Read More »