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Chicken jerky goes by a number of different names: jerky, chicken treats, chicken strips, and chicken tenders. Pet owners should avoid any product with any of those names. Chicken jerky products have been associated with illness and even death in dogs for as far back as 2007, and in November of last year, the FDA released yet another warning about them. Read on to learn more about how chicken jerky products can harm your pet:
Symptoms of Poisoning
A number of dogs have become sick after eating chicken jerky, tenders, and other related products. Symptoms include:
- Excessive urination
- Poor appetite
- Bloody stool
- Unusually high water intake
These are all classic signs that the body is trying to rid itself of a poison and is not being completely successful at it. If your dog exhibits any combination of these symptoms, then you should take him to the veterinarian. If you’ve been feeding him chicken jerky, then be sure to tell the vet immediately.
Dogs have been poisoned by chicken jerky products for almost five years now, but the FDA and other organizations are still in the dark as to what, exactly, is causing the problem. No toxin has been identified, although scientists continue to look. This means that it is highly unwise to feed your dog chicken jerky products at this time; until the FDA can identify what the issue is, there’s just no way to know if what you’re feeding your pet is safe. Instead of feeding him premade chicken jerky treats, look into homemade dog treat recipes or dog bakeries.
If you believe that your dog has been poisoned by chicken jerky products, then you need to bring him to Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital immediately. With proper and prompt treatment, which the veterinarians at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital can provide, your dog should be fine. Even if your dog isn’t currently sick, our pet hospital can advise you on which treats you can use to replace chicken jerky. For more information, call (917) 675-3708 today.
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Human beings aren’t the only animals who can benefit from acupuncture and homeopathy. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of holistic care for pets:
A Cure, Not Suppression
Western medicine can accomplish some amazing things, but the unfortunate truth is that when Western doctors don’t understand the source of a problem, they often resort to simply suppressing the symptoms. While this may provide animals (and humans, for that matter) with a measure of relief, simply masking the symptoms of an underlying problem will not fix the problem itself and will not keep it from getting worse. Holistic medicine aims to find the root cause of an issue and to treat it, instead of just offering stop-gap measures.
Total Body Wellness
Holistic medicine is for both the very sick and for those who simply want to maintain their health. This is because holistic medicine is about keeping the whole body in great working condition, meaning that even if something isn’t yet diagnosable as a “problem,” your pet’s veterinarian will be aware of it and will take steps to make sure that it never becomes a true issue. Holistic medicine is preventative as well as reactive.
Western medicine has brought about stunning medical victories that cannot and should not be discounted; unfortunately, in the process of innovating and embracing the new, Western medicine has thrown out many tried-and-true solutions. Acupuncture and homeopathy are both ancient practices that have been benefiting people and animals for thousands of years, and sometimes they contain answers that modern Western medicine does not. Consulting your veterinarian about holistic medicine can therefore open up new avenues of health for your pet.
If you’re interested in the possibilities of holistic care for your pet, then you should visit Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital. In addition to offering top-notch veterinary care, our pet hospital also has veterinarians who practice holistic medicine. To learn more, call us at (917) 675-3708 today.
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Arthritis is unfortunately very common among older pets; in fact, many veterinarians believe that all senior pets suffer from it to some degree or another. So, how do you know if your older pet is suffering from arthritis? It’s not always easy to be certain, but there are signs. Read further to learn more about the various types of arthritis and the symptoms associated with all of them:
Common Varieties of Arthritis
There are approximately four kinds of arthritis that make up the majority of arthritis cases in dogs and cats. Osteoarthritis is by far the most common form of arthritis and is largely attributable to old age. As animals get older, their joints become progressively more worn, leading to pain and inflammation. But although osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in pets, it is by no means the only variety of the disease. Arthritis that is the result of hip or elbow dysplasia is distressingly common among dog and cat breeds prone to those conditions, and arthritis caused by dysplasia can show up even in very young animals. Arthritis can also be the result of an autoimmune malfunction; again, there’s no upper or lower age limit on such a condition. Finally, the rarest form of arthritis is the result of a bacterial infection of the bones. This last type of arthritis is extremely uncommon, but your veterinarian will need to test for all forms of arthritis before treating your pet because the treatment protocols vary widely.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Although arthritis can be caused by many different things, the symptoms are pretty much universal. After all, these conditions come down to joint pain and inflammation, so they present very similarly. The common symptoms of arthritis include:
- Unwillingness to rise. Understandably since their joints hurt, animals with arthritis do not like standing up once they’ve sat or laid down.
- Curtailing previously common activities. Animals—especially cats—love to jump, and dogs love to bound and play. Unfortunately, these activities are high impact and cause animals with arthritis a great deal of pain. One of the clearest signs that your pet is suffering from arthritis is an unwillingness to run or jump.
- Getting snappish. Pain brings out the worst in everyone, including pets. Pets with arthritis may become grumpy, moody, depressed, or even begin biting people when touched.
If you think that your pet may be suffering from arthritis, then you should visit Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital to have your companion checked out by a qualified veterinarian. Please remember that joint inflammation can be a symptom of many illnesses, including Lyme disease and even some illnesses that are fatal—so it’s imperative that you take your pet to the veterinarian if you notice any of these signs. Fortunately, Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital is a great pet hospital that offers the ultimate in pet care. For more information, call us at (917) 675-3708.