The month of April is full of random holidays, but at the end of this month we celebrate Hairball Awareness Day and World Veterinary Day.
Hairball Awareness Day
Hairball Awareness Day is time to highlight the importance, cause, effect and prevention of hairballs for your fuzzy feline. Hairballs have always been considered a “normal” grooming mechanism that allows a cat to clean themselves and then release the waste through regurgitation. The formation of hairballs are very common in outdoor cats, however with the change to having indoor cats, hairballs are not as prevalent due to: consistent temperatures, inconsistencies with light cycles, nutrition, hormones and grooming from owners. All these factors have greatly reduced the formation of hairballs, but for those owners who are constantly plagued by hairballs, take a look at this short list of causes/effects and prevention methods below!
Hairballs are more than an annoyance for pet parents, they can cause serious health issues requiring veterinary care:
- Ongoing vomiting, gagging, retching or hacking without producing a hairball
- Lack of appetite
- Constipation (intestinal blockage may have taken place)
- Bloated abdomen
Fortunately, there are simple ways to prevent hairballs from forming:
- Frequently brush your cat
- Feed your cat specially formulated food
- Give your cat a hairball remedy like Petromalt or Laxatone
World Veterinary Day
World Veterinary Day this year will be focused around raising the public awareness of vector-borne diseases with zoonotic potential. This day became an annual celebration back in 2000, with the intent to show gratitude for the many Veterinarians who dedicate their lives to helping other peoples pets. So what is Vector-Borne Disease with Zoonotic Potential?
“Vector-borne zoonotic diseases are becoming a major public health concern in all world regions and are not limited only to tropical and subtropical areas.
Changes in Global climate influences the increase of emerging and re-emerging vector-borne diseases and disease outbreaks (e.g. West-Nile Disease, Leishmaniosis etc.).
Vector-borne zoonotic diseases are an important example of the interdependence that exists between vectors, animal hosts, climate conditions, pathogens, and susceptible human population.”
“World Veterinary Day Award 2015: OIE – World Organisation for Animal Health.” World Veterinary Day Award 2015: OIE – World Organisation for Animal Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.