How Your Cats Face Shape (and other body parts) Affects Their Health

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Have you ever taken a quiz that told you what your face shape says about your personality? I have no idea if that is real but your cats face shape is a real thing.  The shape of your cats face may tell you more than you realize about them. 

 

Science looks to the body of the cat to tell us vital information about their heritage, breeding, and health. The shape of your cats face could indicate a propensity for certain health issues. Often times these things have been bred into your cat because the trait is considered visually desirable. Cats with squished fluffy faces are cute. Who doesn’t love the short-legged kittens? A cat with no tail? Well that is just exotic and interesting. Folded ears make their little heads look so round and squishable. But these traits, just because they have been breeded in, are often bad for the cat. They look cute but could are not cute from a health perspective. 

 

  1. Brachycephalic cats — the breeds with flat, squishy faces —among the brachycephalic cat breeds are Persian, Himalayan and exotic short-hair cats. These cats are showing a higher likelihood of breathing problems.
  2. No Tail cats like Manx cats which can have no tails at all are prone to hind end problems such as nerve issues, hip issues, and incontinence. 
  3. Munchkin cats are the cats with dwarfism leaving them with little tiny legs. The cats look super cute but they come with a host of problems associated with dwarfism including curved spine, undersized jaw, and joint issues. 
  4. Folded ears as seen in Scottish Folds. Their ears are folded because of a cartilage issue. This issue also leads to cartilage issues in their whole body and often cause osteoarthritis. 

If you have a cat that has one of these shapes or body part conditions we suggest you speak with your Albuquerque veterinarian about possible health concerns and what you may be able to do to help you cat. 

 

Reporting Aggressive Dogs in Albuquerque

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dangerous dogs albuquerqueIf you come across an aggressive dog in your neighborhood it can be very scary and possibly dangerous. Angels Law is in place to help protect the public from aggressive dogs, especially kids and people who are not able to protect themselves against dog attacks.  The City of Albuquerque does find owners to be liable for the harm their dogs cause, even if it is on their property.

If you are concerned about an aggressive dog you can report them to the city.

The act defines dogs as such:

  • “Potentially Dangerous Dog: A dog that may reasonably be assumed to pose a threat to public safety as demonstrated by the following behaviors: 1) Causing an injury to a person or companion animal that is less severe than a serious injury; 2) Chasing or menacing a person or companion animal in an aggressive manner and without provocation; or 3) Acting in an aggressive manner within a fenced yard or enclosure and appearing able to jump out of the yard or enclosure.
  • Dangerous Dog: A dog that has, without provocation, caused serious injury, great bodily harm, or mortal injury to a person or companion animal; or was previously designated as a potentially dangerous dog and subsequently: (1) causes injury to a person or companion animal that is less severe than a serious injury; or (2) is observed by any person chasing or menacing a person or companion animal in an aggressive manner and without provocation. Police dogs are excepted from the definition.
  • Irresponsible Owner: A dog owner deemed incapable or unable to safely or humanely own an animal.” -https://www.cabq.gov/pets/education-resources/dogs/dangerous-dogs

Actions taken by the city depend on what the City of Albuquerque determines.  Often times a hearing will be called at which time a judge will decide the fate of the dog and the dog owner. Most often, people are given the chance to get their dogs back under control and placed in an environment that keeps themselves, other people, and the dog safe. But depending on the severity of the charge, the dog can be euthanized.

It is very serious to report a dog, so please do not do so light heartedly. However, it is for your safety and the safety of the community that you report a dangerous dog. Please be safe.

Dogs Can Get The Coronavirus? …Canine Coronavirus and We Have the Vaccine!

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canine coronavirus

It is a crazy time out there right now. It seems like there are more questions than answers when it comes to the Coronavirus. One of the questions is can your dog get the coronavirus? Yes he can and we have a Coronavirus vaccine! It is not the same one as people are getting….we will expand on this a bit more down below.

Canine Corona Virus is a highly contagious intestinal infection. It is known as CCoV. It is typically short lived but can cause a lot of discomfort in your dogs while they have it.

The disease is typically spread via oral contact with infected fecal matter. What does that mean? It means eating poo. Your dog can also become infected by eating from a contaminated food bowl or by coming in contact with an infected doeg.

The incubation period, meaning the time from exposure to showing symptoms, is two to four days. The illness lasts from two to ten days. What is even scarier is your dog can be a carrier for up to 6 months AFTER infection. Once a dog has Coronavirus they are susceptible to secondary infections by bacteria, parasites, and other viruses. This can take a bad disease to an even worse disease that could cause lifelong problems.

The most common symptom is diarrhea with sudden onset. This can be accompanied by lethargy and a decreased appetite. The poo is often loose with a bad smell and orange in tint. It can also contain blood or mucus.

How do you know that your dog’s diarrhea is not just a bad meal? If it lasts for more than 24 hours you will want to get in touch with your Albuquerque Veterinarian. Sadly, there is no treatment for Canine Coronavirus. Your vet will be able to treat the symptoms and help keep your dog comfortable during the infection and keep them from developing symptoms that could be worse.

There is a vaccine!

What do we always say? Prevention is better than treatment. Vaccines for the Canine Coronavirus are available and we have them at Vetco! You can bring your dog to the walk-in shot clinic open daily. The vaccine is 2 initial doses, 1 year follow the first vaccines, then every three years after that. This vaccine does not vaccinate your dog against Covid-19.

What About Covid-19?

The Canine Coronavirus is not the same as Covid-19. You cannot get the coronavirus from your dog. It it not the same strand of the virus. There was a dog in Hong Kong that may have contracted the human Coronavirus from a human. So far it looks like he did not but they are keeping him in quarantine for the time being.