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    need for dietary fibre itself which is thought to be unlikely Cats in particular are known to be obligate carnivores and have no requirement for nutrients derived from plant material It has been reported but not scientifically proved that cats and dogs will eat grass if they have a digestive system problem such as gastritis or nausea They will also eat unusual materials if they have a nutritional deficiency or if they are hungry and do not have access to food On the other hand eating small amounts of untypical foods grass wood leaves can just be a normal behavioural trait and is not important providing the material eaten is not toxic such as laburnum leaves or sticks Grass is usually safe unless it has been sprayed with herbicide or insecticides Provet Recommendation If your pet suddenly starts eating grass it would be worthwhile getting your veterinarian to examine it just in case there is an underlying gastrointestinal problem or a nutritional deficiency Feedback from Provet Visitor I just thought that perhaps I could add my input on this subject I have an almost 10 year old golden retriever mix named Polly Just this morning I took her out for our early morning walk and she started practically mowing the lawn I was just on the internet to see perhaps if it was a sign that I was missing something Something new anyway Basically I discovered that in her case it is simply to induce vomiting I was unaware that she had gotten into the trash during the night not usually a problem with her but leftovers had been dumped and the bag didn t make it all the way outside When she came in she had a sad look on her face walked a few steps and threw up

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/grass.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • PROVET HEALTHCARE INFORMATION - Hair loss (Alopecia) - Cats
    of their pet It can also be extremely frustrating to treat depending upon the underlying cause Cat with severe generalised hair loss There are many different causes of hair loss in cats and there are three main types if you want to find out more click on the blue underlined words Congenital hereditary Congenital hair loss hypotrichosis Acquired develops during the life of the animal Alopecia of cat ears Alopecia of the temporal region of the head Symmetrical alopecia of the body Injection reactions local hair loss following injections have been reported eg treatment with rabies vaccines and with praziquantel Pancreatic paraneoplastic alopecia This is very rare and is hair loss associated with a pancreatic cancer The hair loss involves the underside of the body and legs Secondary to another disease process Skin infections eg ringworm a fungal infection typical circular patches of hair loss diagnosed by taking hair samples Self inflicted injury eg allergy parasites must treat underlying cause to stop self trauma Differentiating between the different causes of hair loss can be difficult and your veterinarian may need to perform a series of skin and other tests to determine the cause This is important because treatment will vary

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/alopeciacatspf.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • PROVET HEALTHCARE INFORMATION - Lifting Puppies and Kittens
    puppy or kitten is to place one hand under the chest the sternum or breast bone and the other hand or arm if it is a large dog should be placed under or wrapped around the hind legs The weight is therefore taken evenly by the hind legs and chest In this position the youngster will not be able to wriggle away easily because you will have good control of the body and hind legs Some owners pick their puppies or kittens up by the loose skin folds on the scruff of the neck with one hand placing the other hand under the chest This method puts all the weight bearing on the chest because the hind legs dangle down and is not recommended for heavy animals by the author For larger puppies a useful method is to approach the pup from the side place one arm around the front of the chest and under the neck and the other arm is placed around and under the hind legs so the pup is held in the arms Puppies and kittens should not be picked up by placing a hand under the soft part of their belly because this can cause

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/lifting.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • PROVET HEALTHCARE INFORMATION - Cats Rubbing Against People
    part of normal cat greeting behaviour and it is a method of exchanging scents with friends Cats have scent secreting glands on various parts of their body including their head on the Chin Corners of the mouth Cheeks Temples of the head When a cat rubs itself against our leg we interpret it as a sign that the cat wants attention and most people will unconsciously respond because of their companion animal human bond programming and will instinctively reach down to stroke the cat This reinforces the cats behaviour because we are then conveying positive touch signals and exchanging our human scents with the cat The tactile sensation of rubbing against each other and the exchange of scents between friends is all part of the complex behavioural language exhibited by cats including wild cats that live in groups Within a pride of lions individuals will often be observed rubbing their heads against others in the group Sometimes these physical actions are associated with vocalisation purring or a meow Engaging in this interaction with your cat helps to reinforce the bond between you and makes your cat feel reassured about it s position in the family and more confident about it

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/catrubbing.htm (2016-02-08)
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    These mites cause irritation as they move around within the ear canal and the cat will scratch at the back of the ear The mites can not be seen easily without a magnifying glass but they stimulate the production of wax in the ear canal and this can often be seen as a dark reddish brown to black discharge The mites are transmitted from one animal to another by close

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/earscratchingcats.htm (2016-02-08)
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    of this condition it can be seen in neutered cats and females as well as in entire male cats The condition commonly called stud tail is actually an accumulation of large amounts of greasy waxy secretions from glands located on top of the tail A correct description for the condition is hyperplasia over development of the sebaceous and or apocrine glands of the skin along the tail Sebaceous glands are known to increase their secretion in response to male hormones called androgens hence a possible link for the disease being more common in stud cats The secretions matt the hair and then dry to produce scales and crusting Complications include Thinning of the hair Black pigmentation of the skin typically seen with chronic inflammation Bacterial infection involving the hair follicles uncommon Formation of sinuses in the skin uncommon A variety of treatments can be used including Clipping off hair over the affected area Combing and grooming the hair to remove debris Shampoos eg anti seborrhoeic shampoos benzoyl peroxide sulphur salicylic acid Cleansing the area with antiseptic solutions eg chlorhexidine Providing free access to the outside environment confined cats have greater difficulty getting rid of the problem suggesting that fresh air

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/studtail.htm (2016-02-08)
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  • PROVET HEALTHCARE INFORMATION - Toxoplasmosis - Risk from Cats
    source of infection Toxoplasmosis is most serious in pregnant women because the infection can spread to the baby and does so in about 25 of cases in which a pregnant woman contracts the disease In a large survey of 1000 pregnant women in Europe it was found that the main source of infection with Toxoplasma was eating undercooked meat beef lamb or pork The risk of contracting toxoplasmosis from meat

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/toxoplasmosisrisk.htm (2016-02-08)
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    probably due to exposure to high doses of ultraviolet rays in sunlight Because the hair covering of the pinna of the ears is very thin it provides very little protection to ultraviolet rays in sunlight There are other situations in which ultraviolet light can harm animals typically dogs with white bridges to their nose such as collies may develop photosensitisation which leads to sores and bleeding Also pigs kept out

    Original URL path: http://www.provet.co.uk/Petfacts/healthtips/whitecatcarcinoma.htm (2016-02-08)
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