Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tonks and the Toesies

Today is both Tonks Tuesday and Toesies Tuesday. In other words, Tonks has some toesies to show off. Believe it or not, though, the toesies in question don't even belong to Tonks.

See? Tonks hid her toesies in order to showcase Evan's toesies instead. For the record, Tonks finds Evan's toesies to be so very fun to chase and slap around. Also, for those who don't know, Evan is hind limb paralyzed, which is why his back legs might look a tad bit twisted and unorthodox in photos like these.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Doodle of the Day:

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm in the process of scribbling up concept art for some writing projects. The doodle above is another one of these.

Tip of the Day:

Today we're talking about another intestinal parasite. This time, though, it's not a worm. The parasite we're talking about today is Giardia, which is a single-celled protozoa. In short, Giardia causes diarrhea in cats and dogs, as well as humans. Diarrhea caused by Giardia is often very malodorous, sometimes somewhat green in color, and may contain mucus or blood.

How does a cat or dog become infected with Giardia? It is passed in the feces of infected animals. This means that eating the feces of an infected animal, or eating grass or other debris near where an infected animal has defecated, can result in infection with Giardia. Drinking water near where infected animals have defecated is another way that Giardia can be passed from animal to animal.

This all being said, many healthy animals can have Giardia present in there intestinal tract and not show symptoms. It more commonly becomes a problem in very young, very old, or otherwise sick animals. It is also more common in highly populated areas, such as in a shelter. If diarrhea resulting from Giardia is severe enough, the situation can become life-threatening, due to dehydration and other complications.

So, though we can't always put protective bubbles around our furbabies, do your best to help prevent Giardia from affecting your furbaby. Try to keep them from ingesting the feces of other animals, of course, or from ingesting grass or water in areas where other animals may have defecated. Also be sure to keep their feeding, sleeping, and play areas, especially those outdoors, sanitary.

If you do notice your kitty or pup has diarrhea, do not hesitate to take them and a fecal sample in for an exam by a veterinarian. Especially if your furbaby is very young, geriatric, or sick, do not hesitate to have them seen if they are displaying diarrhea. Your vet can test a stool sample for Giardia, as well as for other parasites. Of course, also be sure to administer medications and follow other treatments that your vet prescribes for your furbaby. Also, as we always say, never hesitate to ask your veterinarian about any concerns you have regarding Giardia and your furbaby's risk, treatment, or prevention.

It is also worth noting that, though nowadays is is believed not as prevalent as originally thought, it is still possible for humans to get Giardia from cats and dogs. For this reason, always be sure to wash your hands after cleaning up their waste, especially if they are known to have Giardia. Giardia is not something to take lightly, neither in our furbabies nor ourselves.


The Island Cats said...

Tonks, you look good in that sun puddle. Does Evan like you playing with his toesies?

Eastside Cats said...

If I couldn't play with cat's feet, I'd be very sad indeed.

The Swiss Cats said...

What does Evan think about you playing with his toesies, Tonks ? Purrs

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Evan's the master of toesies! He shows them off like a boss!

pilch92 said...

Such cute toesies and kitties. Great drawing and excellent tips.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

You're very generous to hide your own precious toesies in order to spotlight another, Tonks!

messymimi said...

Tonks you are beautiful, and it's great that you let Evan show his toes.

Your doodles are intriguing, you must have some kind of a story planned!