Stem Cells and Dogs

The use of adult stem cells to cure sickness among out canine companions is common nowadays. Veterinarian clinics have been performing stem cell renewal to address dogs ailing due to old age, arthritis, or broken bones. Several mammals, like cows, sheep, mice, horse, mule, rabbits, have been cloned using almost the same process similar to adult stem cell. Clone means that two organisms have the same DNA construct or the same genome. Blastocysts are obtained; they are also called pre-embryo and are mass of undifferentiated cells. Each of the obtained blastocyst has the potential to generate an individual, but that is not a goal. The goal is to use these undifferentiated cells, also called embryonic stem cells, to generate any time of issue. This stock of stem cells can then be used to treat diseases. You can call this therapeutic cloning.

Much research is being done in developing therapeutic cloning. When developed, it can be used against life-threatening disease such as AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other sicknesses. How could it work? Alzheimer’s disease results into dying neurons, it is possible to use cells to treat the degenerative disease. The use of stem cells, whether it is embryonic and adult, is to regenerate or replace diseased tissue, like in Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. An advantage of an adult stem cell is that the patient’s own stem cells can be used on his own body. This removes the risk of rejection, or the immune reactions against re-implanting these cells. In the embryonic stem cell, exogenous cells are used. They may provoke an immune reaction or response. That is where the therapeutic cloning comes in. A nucleus is extracted from the body cell, it is then inserted into a denucleated egg cell and the embryonic development is stimulated. It gets cultured and will eventually transform into the needed tissue which will be transplanted again to the patient for treatment.

But recent medicine has not yet reached this height. There are still no reports for successful treatments in kind of human cases using this way. Embryonic stem cells have high tumor risk. But researches are still in the dawn of discovering something or technique that will pave a way for medical change. But is it really as good as this? There are some researchers who argue that the adult stem cells are not as it regenerative as it claims. A scientific panel cited a 2002 study showing that adult stem cells are useful as embryonic ones are flawed may be wrong. They make three common claims about adult stem cells: They already work as therapies, while embryonic stem cells are still experimental; they are derived without killing embryos; and — last but not least — they are safe compared to embryonic stem cells, which are known to cause tumors.

Stem cells have been the subject of much controversy in recent years. Supporters of stem cell research promise successful therapies in the future. Opponents are concerned about the ethics of using embryonic stem cells for research – such stem cells inherently require the destruction of human embryos. Adult stem cells – which do not involve embryo destruction – are another option for research, and have great potential for successful therapies in the future. It may have started or popularly used in canine bodies, but there is a future for humans receiving the same treatments for dogs.

 

Cat Dental Care Importance

You do not have to wait for the month of February to remember about cat teeth care. It is a part of your responsibility as a pet owner to be mindful about cleaning your pet’s oral hygiene. Why February, you may ask. The American Veterinary Medicine Association or the AVMA and the American Veterinary Dental Society or the AVDS join forces each February to give this month a different meaning. Yes, it is still about love. But now it is love for pets and their teeth.  These two groups tagged what used to be the love month as the Pet Dental Health Month. They both aim and do steps in educating pet owners like you about how to care for the dental needs of your pets every day. But these groups know how important this is for the pets and their owners. They actually would want all those who are caring for any pets to consider each month as the dental health month for pets.

Did You Know?

Did you know that about 85 percent of the old pets have dental diseases? Did you know that this is one of the most common causes of health related problems with cats? And did you know that if you didn’t pay any attention to those periodontal diseases, more problems may surface?  If such conditions will not be properly treated, such may cause harmful elements like bacteria from the dental cavity spreading all through the bloodstream. And as a result, this will infect other major organs that will cause more complications that may lead to your pet’s death.

How to Care for the Teeth

As a pet owner, you have the responsibility to clean your cat’s teeth every day. This could be tasking if you will imagine about it. But you can use some help from other household members to open kitty’s mouth for you while you complete the task. Your feline friend may not like the process at first. But it is for its own good. For this reason, you both need to get accustomed with it. You can try toothpaste that has a fish flavor for the experience to be more fun for your cat.

You must also have a regular appointment with your vet regarding the dental health of your pets. Aside from this, you have to check on your cat’s teeth as well as the gums every day to see if they are clean. If you want, you can also floss your cat’s teeth.

Conclusion

You have already provided a lot for your cat. Don’t let it all go to waste. Take care of your cat’s teeth as soon as you have them. You don’t want further complications as they grow old. If you have experienced what it’s like to experience pain because of your teeth. You can only imagine how a helpless cat can cope with it. If you will not do something about it soon, your cats will be prone to diseases like in the heart, even their lungs and liver, as well as the kidneys.

Be mindful about cat teeth care. Just following the above mentioned simple rules will keep your cats smiling all the way into adult age. By doing the necessary actions, you are preparing your pets to have an easy life as it grows older.

Feline Diabetes

Cats are one of the most popular pets in North America. They are loving pets, capable of providing you years of companionship. Like other pets, cats can sometimes get sick. There are several different types of ailments that cats can get, one of which is feline diabetes. Feline diabetes is a serious disease, although it can be treated by a veterinarian.

Diabetes is more common with humans than with cats or other animals. The cause of diabetes is actually quite simple. Sugar, or glucose, is found in the blood. The level of blood sugar in the body or the animal is kept under control by hormone insulin, which the pancreas produces. When the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, diabetes is to blame.

Symptoms

 

The symptoms of feline diabetes will vary. The most common symptoms include an increase in urine and an increase in thirst. Other symptoms of feline diabetes include a loss of appetite, weight loss, and a poor coat. An increase in thirst is easy to detect, as you can easily notice the water dish empty throughout the day.

If you don’t get your cat treated for feline diabetes immediately, the cat will eventually become inactive, vomit on a regular basis, and eventually fall into a coma. On the other hand, if you get the diabetes treated in time, the cat will more than likely lead a normal and healthy life. Keep in mind that treatment doesn’t happen overnight – it takes time and dedication.

Treatment

Cats that have feline diabetes will need to be given food at the same time every day. They should be prevented from going outside as well. If your cat has diabetes, you’ll need to give him insulin shots once or twice or a day. Once your veterinarian checks your cat, he will tell you how many shots and how much insulin you need to give your cat.

Before you give your cat his insulin shot, you should always make sure that he has some food first. If he hasn’t eaten and you give him a shot anyway, he could end up with a hypoglycemic shock. This can also occur from too much insulin as well. A hypo can be really dangerous, and should be avoided at all costs. If your cat gets a hypoglycemic shock and you aren’t around, he may end up dying.

If you have to give insulin shots to your cat due to feline diabetes, you should always keep a watchful eye on him after you have administered the shot. After your cat has been on insulin for a period of time, your vet may reduce the amount of insulin. Even though he may have to stay on insulin the rest of his life, he will lead an otherwise healthy life.

Cat Care 101

When we experience pain in our bodies, we can easily tell someone that there is something wrong and that person will be able to bring you to the hospital. Pets cannot do that but watching them can tell you a lot of things which is why owners should practice cat care and be aware of the symptoms.

Following are a few diseases and their symptoms you should watch out for.

Viruses

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is the most feared disease and in fact is the leading cause of death among cats. It is caused by a coronavirus infection and the worse part is that the symptoms are very common with other ailments so it is really hard to tell.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is similar to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Just like the human version, it is a life long infection that progresses slowly and kills the cat.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). is a retrovirus that causes fatal cancerous and non-cancerous diseases. Fortunately, it can be treated using some household detergents and bleach as well as warmth and drying. It is transmitted through the saliva, tears, urine and feces of infected cats. Unlike the other two, it cannot survive that long in the environment so it is only contagious when the infected cat stays with another cat for a long period of time.

Parasites

Worms are also another threat to cats and this is caused by a fungal infection that is spread through the spores. Since it is a self-limiting disease, you don’t to do anything to make it go away. It will eventually clear up but it may just take a few months.

Diabetes

If you cat is overweight, chances are it already has feline diabetes. The symptoms of this disease include excessive urination and thirst as well as weight loss or gain. Vets are not yet sure what causes this but there have been a few research studies that have shown that there is a link between pancreatic disease, hormonal imbalance and certain medications.

Symptoms and Testing

The symptoms of most of the diseases mentioned are very similar. These include diarrhea, vomiting, lameness lasting for more than 5 days in one leg, a decrease in vision, excessive panting, a seizure, blood in the stool or urine, hair loss, persistent coughing or gagging and breathing heavily or rapidly at rest. In order to find the answer, your cat will have to undergo some tests.

The vet will take some blood, urine and feces samples. Any input that you have observed and give will also be useful. When the tests come out, only then will the proper treatment be administered to the cat as each case varies so what worked for one cat may not have the same positive effect with yours.

Conclusions

Your cat could still be healthy if you gave it constant attention. This can be done by feeding it high quality food, giving it fresh water, allowing it to exercise, proper grooming, making sure it stays indoors and taking it regularly to the vet.

If you have missed any of these simple steps, something wrong is bound to happen and you will soon notice a change in the behavior of the feline and doing nothing about it just going to make matters worse. So observe proper cat care tips and look out for symptoms.