Is there any connection between bacteria and obesity in pets? Yes, there is. A common gut bacterium, Enterobacter cloacae, is known to produce a lip polysaccharide toxin that can cause obesity and insulin resistance in mice. This toxin consists of fat and sugar.
Although, the sedentary lifestyle, and unwise feeding choices and amounts by owners remain important components of obesity, but maybe there is more to this complex problem. Until now genetic factors or early developmental factors were the major focus of obesity research in humans. But a study published in the journal of the International Society for Microbial Ecology emphasizes the complexity of the problem.
The Bacterial Connection
In this study, the toxin lip polysaccharide was administered under the skin by injection to a group of germ free mice that were fed a high fat diet. A separate group was fed a high fat diet and restricted from activity. The germ infected group became obese but the germ free group did not despite the diet and lack of exercise. Moreover, the dietary changes also impacted the results significantly. These findings suggest that the role of bacterial toxin in obesity may also be linked to the amount of fat in the diet.
If you have a pet that is suffering from overweight problems, you must take him or her for consultation to a good Windsor veterinary. With early detection and proper care, the symptoms can be significantly reduced. Discuss with your veterinarian the details of your pet’s health for better treatment.
In our last blog we discussed the various symptoms of cat skin allergies which could be a result of Atopy (inhalant allergy), contact dermatitis and food allergies. Studies suggest that avoidance is the best treatment for both contact dermatitis and food allergies. However, cat owners can also try changing diets for food allergies and using medicated shampoos and lotions as a resolution for contact allergies.
Here are some treatment options for felines suffering from Atopy:
1.Avoidance- Use this method in conjuncture with the other treatments. Molds, pollens, Dust and House dust mites form the most common allergens. Make sure your house is clean and take your cat for regular grooming sessions to a reliable Vet In Windsor.
2.Biotin- One of the B vitamins, Biotin supplements help in treating dry and/or itchy skin common during skin allergies.
3.Fatty Acids- Omega 3 fatty acids are used to treat allergies in dogs and cats. They are effective in lowering histamine levels in the body and have few side effects.
4.Antihistamines- Up to 70% allergies in cats can be treated with antihistamine doses which are almost same as those used by humans like diphenhydramine in Benadryl, hydroxyzine in Atarax and chlorpheniramine in Chlor- Trimeton.
5.Steroids- Steroids are very much effective in treating itching and inflammation if taken in doses prescribed by professional veterinarians. Usually available as oral tablets and injectables, steroids can have serious side effects if not used correctly.
The professional team of vets at Ambassador Animal Hospital are always ready for any medical emergency concerning allergies. Call us at 519 971 3100 for professional consultation and to book an appointment.
Cats, as every cat owner would know are pretty secretive and maintain a mysterious aura around them. Due to this, their owners have to be a little more observant about any abnormal behaviour changes or physical anomalies so as to detect any allergies they might be infected to. Some of the common cat skin allergies are listed here for your convenience:
1.Sores on ears and face- If your furry pet has sores in the form of small red lesions that do not get resolved on their own after a few days, make an appointment with your veterinarian in Windsor and get it checked.
2.Flaky skin- Although insufficient minerals in diet are the primary cause of flaky skin and dull coat in cats; it can also be due to an allergic reaction to some ingredient in their food. If you are providing a balanced diet to your pet and still facing such issues, consult a professional vet.
3.Masses- Masses are the skin swellings that form almost 1/3rd of the skin infections in cats reported to vets in Canada. Diagnostic tests like aspirates and biopsies are required to determine the cause, the most common among all being abscesses.
4.Hair Loss- From the multitude of reasons of cat hair loss, ectoparasites like fleas, infections like ringworms, stress and allergies form the major causes. It can also be indicative of some chronic diseases like pancreatic tumors and various other types of cancers, thus it is essential to get veterinarian consultation as soon as possible.
The expert veterinarians at Ambassador Animal Hospital can be easily reached at 519 971 3100 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.