Food Allergies In Cats: Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatment Approach

Cats can become allergic to the same types of foods that commonly affect humans, such as gluten, dairy and soy, and they can also become allergic to beef and lamb. The reason for a cat suddenly developing a food allergy isn't always clear, but it typically occurs as a result of a hypersensitive immune system. When the immune system becomes hypersensitive, it can begin to identify harmless foods as dangerous, and exposure to high levels of histamine and certain gastrointestinal parasites and bacteria can overstimulate a cat's immune system.

5 Steps to Take if Your Dog is Eating its Own Poop

Dogs aren't that discerning about what they eat, and many of them will actually ingest their own faeces if given the opportunity. This is naturally behaviour that owners will want to avoid, especially since it's not very healthy, but it is often hard to make them quit. If your dog seems intent on eating its own poop, try taking the 5 steps listed below. 1. Check Their Diet Dogs often eat their own poop in order to receive essential nutrients that they aren't receiving from their regular diet, so make sure you check that you're feeding them the right food for their age, breed, and activity level.

The Tooth Is Out There: Preventing And Treating Overgrown Teeth In Your Hamster

The enormous yellow teeth of a hamster may not be the prettiest set of the teeth in the animal kingdom, but keeping them healthy is vital to a hamster's health and well-being. Hamsters' teeth grow constantly, largely to compensate for the wear they receive dealing with a hamster's typically voracious diet -- however, this constant growth can cause problems too. Hamsters that are not afforded enough opportunities to wear down their teeth can suffer from badly overgrown teeth; given the relative size of a hamster's teeth, a hamster with overgrown teeth may find itself almost completely unable to eat.

Ticked Off: Preventing Australian Paralysis Ticks From Attacking Your Cat

Finding ticks on your cat is never a pleasant experience, but for many Australia cat owners finding a live tick on their cat is a potential medical emergency. Ioxdes holocyclus, more commonly known as the Australian paralysis tick, is a small round tick with a virulently toxic bite—an untreated paralysis tick bite can cause a range of debilitating and dangerous symptoms in cats, ranging from vomiting and breathing difficulties to the eponymous paralysis, which can ultimately be deadly.

What to do if your dog is afraid of loud noises

While many dogs will bark or react to loud noises, some dogs show signs of actually being afraid of them. If your dog doesn't bark at the noises, but instead hides, whimpers, or shows signs of anxiety, it helps to know how to calm the dog down. Here is what you can do when you have a dog afraid of loud noises. Create a Safe, Comfortable Spot The first thing you need to do for your dogs is give them a cozy and comfortable spot to go in your home when loud noises occur.