SIGNS Your dog is drinking more water and urinating more often. Your pet may be losing weight, specifically loss of muscle mass, as the kidneys lose protein. As kidney failure advances, your pet may become weak due to anemia. He may have a decreased appetite due to a buildup of toxins in the blood stream. In advanced cases, he will be dehydrated and completely off food. In some pets, kidney disease causes elevated blood pressure, which may affect his eyesight.
CAUSES The kidneys filter blood in the body. They remove waste products (urea and creatinine), retain essential nutrients (potassium), maintain hydration by retaining water, produce a hormone to stimulate red blood cell production, and produce urine. Most cases of kidney failure are due to the kidney shutting down for no specific reason (idiopathic). In other cases the cause may be due to genetic disease, infections (severe bacterial kidney infections), and … Read the rest
Choosing The Best Cat Food To Keep Your Feline Pal In Tip-Top Shape. Your cat depends on you for so many things; but there are few responsibilities more important than choosing the best cat food. Cat food affects your pet’s life, not just during those few moments when she’s eating, but for every hour of every day. Cat food regulates the healthy growth of her fur, the supple movement of her joints, the function of her kidneys and other internal organs—even the length of her lifespan. With so much riding on the choice, how can you be sure you’re choosing the best cat food for your cat? We’re going to help you.
Choosing the Best Cat Food …The Ideal Cat Food
When choosing the best cat food, the ideal cat food is one that is formulated for your cat’s age, health, body-type and activity level. Whether canned or dry, it … Read the rest
The White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) is a small songbird of the nuthatch family which breeds in old-growth woodland across much of temperate North America. It is a stocky bird, with a large head, short tail, powerful bill and strong feet. The upperparts are pale blue-gray, and the face and underparts are white. It has a black cap and a chestnut lower belly. The nine subspecies differ mainly in the color of the body plumage.
Like other nuthatches, the White-breasted Nuthatch forages for insects on trunks and branches, and is able to move head-first down trees. Seeds form a substantial part of its winter diet, as do acorns and hickory nuts that were stored by the bird in the fall. The nest is in a hole in a tree, and the breeding pair may smear insects around the entrance as a deterrent to squirrels. Adults and young may be … Read the rest