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Summeridge Animal Clinic’s Blog

The End of the Road: Feline Urinary Obstruction

Feline urinary obstruction can be a threat to cat health.Sometimes it can be hard to know whether you have a pet emergency or not. When it comes to things that can absolutely not wait, though, feline urinary obstruction tops the list. Savvy cat owners need to be able to recognize signs of a blocked cat so that the staff at Summeridge Animal Clinic can get started helping without delay.

How Feline Urinary Obstruction Happens

When there is any kind of an obstruction of the flow of urine from the bladder through the urethra, problems can ensue. While this type of obstruction can happen in any cat, male cats are predisposed to blockage because their urethra is longer and more narrow than that of their female counterparts.

Certainly a blockage such as a urinary stone can cause this problem, but in the feline family there is another more common cause for urinary obstruction. Feline lower urinary tract disease, sometimes also called feline interstitial cystitis (FIC), is most often the culprit when it comes to this issue. Continue…

Make Tick Prevention a Priority!

Tick prevention is an important part of outdoor pet safety and pet health.Tick populations are on the rise in Ontario and across Canada. With this increase comes the very real threat of tick-borne illnesses in both people and pets. While getting outside and enjoying summer is an important part of life, protecting yourself and your pet should be a priority at all times. Let the team at Summeridge Animal Clinic recommend some effective tick prevention strategies to keep you and your pet safe.  

Tiny Bodies, Huge Dangers

Spread by the black-legged deer tick, Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness that affects people and pets in Canada. Rocky Mountain spotted fever and babesiosis are examples of other zoonotic diseases (can be transmitted between humans and animals) that are carried by ticks. Continue…

The Dangers of Standing Water: Understanding Leptospirosis in Dogs

leptospirosis in dogs is a zoonotic disease that can affect both pet health and human health.Leptospirosis in dogs started to receive attention in the 1980s, but in the decades since, this potentially serious zoonotic disease (and a leading cause of acute renal failure) has become a looming reason to fear the great outdoors. However, even dogs who aren’t fishing or hunting companions can contract it. As a result, preventing leptospirosis in dogs is a serious endeavor, and it’s one we give top priority to this time of the year.

The Source

Leptospira bacteria, in its many strains, causes leptospirosis in dogs and may be spread through the following ways:

  • Urine
  • Contaminated soil or water
  • Direct contact with an infected animal (while less common, reports are far from rare)

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