(Continued) Sty I might have mentioned before that the great designer was at his/her constructive best when the eye was being put together.
Ectropion Last week we dealt with the condition whereby the eyelids roll inwards and, as a consequence, the edge of the lids and the eyelashes rub against the eyeball.
Last week, we discussed problems associated with the third eyelid (the nictitating membrane).
(Continued) The third eyelid You may recall that we had mentioned that dogs and cats and other species have a third eyelid (nictitating membrane) – in addition to the upper and lower lids, which cover the eyeball during sleep and blinking.
Last week we dealt with conjunctivitis, an inflammatory process of the membrane which covers the inner side of the eyelids and part of the surface of the eyeball.
(Continued) Let’s face it, the eye is a very vulnerable organ. In spite of protective eyelids (in many species there are three) injuries and diseases occur often.
There could be many situations which would necessitate having a closer look at your pet’s eye.
The retina We promised last week that we’d discuss the retina in more detail.
Having completed extensive articles on the issues of Pet Geriatrics and Euthanasia, we will commence today with considerations as they relate to specific organs and the diseases associated therewith.
By Kristel-Marie Ramnauth This article was written by guest columnist Kristel-Marie Ramnath, who is an Associate Member of the Veterinary Association of Trinidad and Tobago and specialises in animal behaviour and pet psychology.
Over the past couple of months, we discussed the physical, emotional and psychological changes – that take place as dogs/cats become elderly.
(continued) As promised, we continue with more detailed discussions relative to changes that take place as your dog ages.
Continued As promised last week, let’s look at some more of the physical changes and decreased organ functions in the elderly pet.
A few weeks ago (TPC 25 January, 2015) we alluded to some physical changes which take place relative to our pets, specifically dogs and cats.
Psychological considerations In the January 18, 2015 column, I referred to some behavioural changes in the elderly dog/cat.
(continued) Physical changes in the elderly dog Since the old dog tends to be more lethargic and less likely to frolic around the yard as he used to do when younger, it stands to reason that the increased slothfulness and resting periods will lead to a loss of muscular tone.
– continued We had decided that during the festive season, a break would be taken from the science of geriatrics (the treatment and care of the elderly dog) and instead we would speak about matters pertaining to resolutions for the New Year.
Let us look today at some other actions that will help you to make an intelligent choice of pet from the GSPCA’s Shelter at Robb Street and Orange Walk, Georgetown.
(Continued from last week) When you are adopting a dog, especially one from the GSPCA Shelter, there are certain considerations that have to be factored into the exercise.
The Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) and so many other Good Samaritans collect abandoned dogs and cats with the hope that they can find a suitable and loving/caring home for the orphans.
As you read this, the festive season and the New Year are just around the proverbial corner.
Well, Christmas time, the season of goodwill and reflection, is upon us. So we’ll take time off from the theme of Canine geriatrics which had commenced two weeks ago.
Continued from last week After having spent some time last week discussing canine chronology and positing that the ‘7 human years = 1 dog year’ opinion should not be taken as gospel, let us now have a more serious look at the physical and psychological (behavioural) changes in the elderly dog as well as those things that influence his wellbeing and longevity.
So, today as promised, we embark upon a theme which is not so traumatic as the last series of articles dealing with pet euthanasia.
Mention was made in last week’s column about the possible need for special treatment for those animals which were companions to the one that was euthanized.