The well-meaning Milwaukee pet owner can be putting their pets in jeopardy and not know it. Those who take their animals for an annual check-up, provide daily exercise, and give proper grooming can miss some important risks.
One flea eaten by your cat can cause tapeworms. A missed spot of dirt in a pet’s ear can be a cluster of ear mites that can cause infection. There are other parasites that can be transmitted to humans like ticks. Older female dogs that have not been spayed are prone to a malady known as Pyometra. It is an infection in the genitals. Female cats are susceptible to the infection, but it occurs more frequently in dogs.
Unidentified pets, those without secured name tags or not chipped, run the risk of being lost permanently. It is advised to chip your cat because they have more of a tendency to lose their collar than do dogs.
The best protection from these hazards is observation. Watch for change in habit, loss of appetite, limping or intense scratching at the head, ear or other parts of the body. If the symptoms persist take your pet to the veterinarian.
Most of these problems are easily remedied but left unchecked can become serious.