Epilepsy in dogs
Epilepsy is a chronic condition that causes repeated seizures, and is the most common chronic neurological disorder in dogs, affecting an estimated 0.6-0.7% of all dogs in the UK alone. Your vet may suspect that your dog has epilepsy if they have at least two unprovoked epileptic seizures more than 24 hours apart. Some dogs have more than one type of seizure, and not all seizures involve convulsions). Injuries can happen during seizures, but most dogs do not hurt themselves and do not need to go to the vets unless epilepsy has not been diagnosed. A number of different underlying diseases and other factors can cause seizures leading to epilepsy.
Idiopathic epilepsy usually affects young to middle age dogs in which no underlying cause for repeated seizures can be found. Most seizures are brief, and dogs are usually totally unaware of them. Affected dogs are not likely to suffer during the seizure, even if they appear violent. How often a dog with epilepsy experiences seizures can vary greatly between dogs and over an individual dog’s lifetime. Some dogs experience seizures very close together in time, seizures that are very long, or seizures that immediately lead to more seizures, which they do not return to normal in-between.
Cluster seizures occur in around one third to three quarters of dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. Some dogs may appear to have ‘triggers’ that lead to a seizure, while others do not.
Smoking and Animals: Healthy Habits for Healthy Pets
Many do not realize that second-hand smoke is also dangerous in regards to the nervous systems of their cats, dogs, and other household pets. There are at least 4000 chemicals found in cigarette smoke, altogether causing numerous adverse health issues for both, people and animals. Several recent studies show that tobacco and secondhand smoke, are not only hazardous to other people around you, but also to your beloved pets. Second-hand smoke is just as dangerous as direct smoking. The most common issue dogs living in a smoking household face is cancer.
Cats can inhale secondhand smoke, but they can also lick up toxic substances accumulated on their fur from smoke when they groom themselves by licking their fur. Small animals such as rodents and birds are very sensitive to air pollution, including secondhand smoke. According to the Mayo Clinic, third-hand smoke is the clinging of cigarette smoke to furniture, hair, carpet, and other surfaces and materials. Pets are affected in more ways than just being exposed to second and third-hand smoke. According to the results, almost one-third of the participants said that after finding out that smoking is also bad for their pets, they are more motivated to quit.
Quitting smoking is in your best interest, as well as the best interest of your pets and of the people around you. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your smoking affects your pets as little as possible.
Healthy Pets Project of NYC, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. Access to information and accessible care is crucial to a pet’s wellbeing. Please check out our Resources page for articles on how to care for your pet. Healthy Pets Project of NYC Inc., may be able to provide Veterinary assistance for your pet, but cases are reviewed thoroughly and unfortunately we can not help all cases that contact us.
Healthy Pets Project of NYC, Inc. was created in order to help pet owners in crisis care and keep their pet companions at home. We are a group of individuals that believe strongly and wholeheartedly in the bond between a human and a companion pet. We want to take the stigma off pet owners that even though they love their pet, sometimes they just can’t afford NYC Veterinary care. Our goal is to diminish the number of homeless and abandoned pets in New York City.
Over 20,000 pets are surrendered to our municipal animal shelters every year. It’s not simply a matter of providing food to needy pet owners. In 2016, we were able to assist 170 pets directly with our programs, and we were able to refer 54 pets to other organizations for assistance. For $15 a month: We are able to provide a vaccine to a cat or dog, a 13lbs bag of dry cat or dog food or cat wet food for a month to an existing pet in our programs! BECOME a Monthly Donor today! All donations are tax deductible.
Healthy Pet Cat Litter
Healthy Pet™ Cat Litter is an earth friendly line of cat litters designed to offer a variety of solutions to strongly control odor caused by cat waste. None of the five varieties of Healthy Pet™ Cat Litter come from strip mining or resource depletion from the environment. Healthy Pet™ Dust Free Fiber pellets are made from reclaimed paper fortified with Odor Shield™ to absorb and control odor. Healthy Pet™ Cracked Pine™ Cat Litter is made from cracked pine pellets offering a superior odor control formula and a tactile feel that cat cats prefer over larger pine pellets. Healthy Pet™ Milled Grain™ is a unique formula made from grain byproducts that manages odor created from cat urine.
It doesn’t track and cats prefer the small pellet size. Healthy Pet™ Health Plus™ is a combination of odor fighting Dust Free Fiber and Milled Grain™. It provides double odor protection for cat owners with multiple cats. Healthy Pet™ P-POD™ is a clumping cat litter that provides a quick, soft clumping of cat urine while dispensing a pleasant mint odor control fragrance. No ingredients used to make Healthy Pet™ Cat Litter come from strip mining the environment.
None of the five varieties of Healthy Pet™ Cat Litter contain silica dust that has been known to harm a cats’ respiratory system.