There are some conditions that are so common amongst certain breeds or species of pets, that there is a common misconception that these conditions are normal. It is very common for us to see a cat for a wellness checkup and find out that the cat has been vomiting 2 – 3 times a week for years. Vomiting is a common problem in cats, and is sometimes overlooked because the cat is still eating well and acting normally. However, this level of vomiting is not normal. Many cats have dietary sensitivities that cause them to vomit regularly. A change in diet (sometimes to a prescription diet) usually helps reduce these symptoms.
There are some conditions that are so common amongst certain breeds or species of pets, that there is a common misconception that these conditions are normal. Small breed dogs with heavy tartar and bad breath are very common. Since dental problems are so common in small breed dogs, and the dogs still eat and behave normally, it does not always cause owners alarm. The fact is that foul smelling breath and heavy tartar indicate that bacterial infection is present, and can be causing abscessed teeth. The bacteria from the infected teeth have access to the blood stream through the gums, and then travel to the kidneys, liver, and heart. There is a scientific study that demonstrates pets with dental disease have pathological changes in these organs. Sadly, it is not unusual for us to see a dog or cat who has stopped eating and has considerable pain from dental disease that has been present for years. We recommend regular dental cleaning and home care to prevent these problems. If these problems are present, then we can discuss a treatment plan to remove the infected teeth, which improves the length and quality of life for these pets.