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Fucosidosis In English Springer Spaniels: What You Should Know As A Dog Owner

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When you are a dog owner and one or more of those dogs is an English Springer Spaniel, you may not ever really think about breed specific health conditions that they may suffer from or develop. However, every dog breed has its quirks and specific medical conditions, and the English Springer Spaniel is no exception. One of the diseases that affects this breed is a condition known as fucosidosis. Read this article to learn more about fucosidosis and how it might affect your English Springer Spaniel so that you can make sure you get your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible if they show signs or symptoms.  What Is Canine Fucosidosis? Canine fucosidosis is a rare disease that is inherited genetically. It is considered to be a recessive autosomal disease, meaning that both parents need to carry the gene mutation in order for a dog to develop the disorder. Dogs with only one form of the gene mutation are known as carriers. This is a condition in which your English Springer Spaniel’s body cannot produce an enzyme known as alpha-fucosidase. This enzyme helps to break down sugars, fats, and cholesterol in the body. When these substances cannot be broken down, it means that the dog cannot get the nutrition that they need to function properly. How Does Fucosidosis Affect A Dog? Most of the symptoms of canine fucosidosis are neurological in nature. They affect the ways in which your dog thinks and is able to function mentally. Your dog may begin to act confused and may not respond to known commands or perform known behaviors as they normally would. This can be as simple as forgetting the command “sit” or not going outside to urinate or defecate. Many dog owners assume that their English Springer Spaniel is acting out and just having behavior issues when this occurs, delaying diagnosis. As the condition progresses, an affected dog may also experience extreme weight loss, deafness, blindness, and extreme changes in temperament. Fucosidosis is progressive, and the symptoms will continue to worsen over time. What Are The Options For Treating Fucosidosis? Fucosidosis is an incurable genetic disorder and is considered to be fatal. However, a diagnosis does not mean that you need to make any drastic decisions in the moment. If discovered early, you can work with your veterinarian to manage the symptoms and improve your English Springer Spaniel’s quality of life. Experimental treatments for fucosidosis including stem cell therapy and bone marrow transplants can change the speed at which the disease affects your dog and may improve their overall quality of life. Additionally, you may be able to try monthly injections of a form of the missing enzyme as a means to break down those fats, sugars, and cholesterol molecules that build up in the dog’s body due to the disease. Now that you better understand fucosidosis and how it can affect your English Springer Spaniel, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your dog healthy and to get them the diagnosis and the treatment they need to deal with this disease. For more information, talk with an experienced vet at clinic like Chapel Hill Veterinary...

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Tips For Success In Giving Your Cat Pills With Pill Pockets

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If your veterinarian has prescribed some kind of medication for your cat to take in pill form, you may be worried about how to get them to eat it. One thing vets often suggest is using a pill pocket treat, which is designed like a soft shell that you can mold around the pill and hide it in. While these treats can be effective, cats are very smart creatures and may not cooperate with the pill pocket right away, which could make you feel frustrated. Here are a few tips on how to get your cat to take their medication with pill pockets. Pockets First, Pills Later The first thing to do is to get your cat acclimated to the pill pockets treats themselves before you ever try to hide a pill inside of them. If your cat normally enjoys kitty treats, do whatever you normally do when you give them a treat – shake the bag, talk to them in a happy voice, and get them excited about it. Then give them a pockets or two with nothing inside of it. With a little luck, your kitty will eat them right away, and you can move on to the next step. If your cat doesn’t seem interested in the pill pockets, try tucking a morsel if their favorite food (or another treat) into the pill pocket. The scent of their favorite food should entice them to eat the pocket and become accustomed to the texture and taste. Hand Smell Counts Chances are when you try to seal up a pill inside a pill pocket, you use your bare hands to do it. Unfortunately, this can leave your fingers smelling like medicine, which can be a warning flag to your cat that the pill pocket is hiding something they don’t want. Washing your hands may not be enough to remove the smell, either. Cats’ noses are much more sensitive than humans’, with 80 million scent receptors versus humans’ 5 million. Instead of picking up the pill in your fingers and placing it in the treat, try using a tweezer or even chopsticks to pick up the pill. Set it in the treat, and then pinch it closed with your tool, rather than your fingers. This will prevent the medicine smell from spreading to your hands, and your kitty should be none the wiser to your ulterior motives. Break it Up Another common mistake is trying to stuff an entire pill into a pill pocket. If it’s a fairly large pill, the pill pocket may tear around the pill, revealing the pill. Even if it doesn’t tear, your kitty may take one bite into the pill pocket and get a mouthful of large, hard pill, and promptly spit it back out. You shouldn’t break up your cat’s medication over the course of a day without a veterinarian’s permission, but there’s no harm in splitting the pill into pieces and giving all of them to your cat in multiple pockets. This should prevent the treat from tearing, and reduce the chance of your cat spitting the pill back out. It’s tricky getting a cat to take medication, but it can be done. With these tips, your kitty should be enthusiastic about taking their new pill pocket treats, and if done correctly,...

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