According to the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, you can recognize sickness in rats by watching for abnormal behavior and symptoms. Symptoms of illness in rats include diarrhea, weight loss or gain, changes in appetite, sleeping more often, hunched posture, limping and staining around the mucous membranes.
The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals says that common causes for illness in rats include respiratory infections, obesity, stress and tumors. Rats can become ill as a result of poor cage hygiene or insufficient diet or they can become sick for no obvious reason. If a pet rat exhibits any abnormal symptoms or behaviors that do not resolve themselves, it is important to contact a veterinarian.Learn More
Capstar, Sentinel and Revolution are flea treatment products that are safe for 6-week-old puppies, says PetMed Express. Capstar and Sentinel kill only mature fleas, while Revolution also kills flea eggs. Flea combs are an option for manually removing fleas on puppies of any age.Full Answer >
Dr. Mark Thompson of PetPlace.com explains that a bump under the skin at the base of a dog's tail is referred to as a perianal adenoma. Perianal adenomas are tumors that remain stationary and do not affect other tissues. Perianal adenomas are benign. In rare cases, a malignant tumor known as a perianal adenocarcinoma can form at the base of the tail.Full Answer >
All veterinarians are required to be licensed doctors of veterinary medicine to practice, which means that holistic vets are as safe as traditional vets, according to the law. Debates about treatment practices are widespread and varied.Full Answer >
Medscape states that while pets were once suspected of harboring strep throat in households that had frequent outbreaks, the variety of strep that cats carry, called "Streptococcus canis," does not cause pharyngitis (also known as sore throat) in humans. Medscape cites a study that found no presence of strep throat-causing bacteria in family pets and concludes that there is no evidence of pets being a vector of human strep throat.Full Answer >