Pet Care Tips

Heartworm Disease In Dogs

Did your dog die young (at 6 or 7 years of age)?
Did your dog have difficulties breathing, coughing and was always tired?
If so, then your dog is likely to have had heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is a disease carried from infected mosquitos to dogs. When bitten the infected mosquito releases a heartworm parasite into the blood. Adult heartworms can grow 10 to 12 inches in length and make their home in the right side of the heart and lung arteries, often causing lung disease and heart failure.

HEARTWORM DISEASE IS PREVENTABLE.
1 tablet of Heartguard every month can prevent this life-threatening illness. Heartguard is available at vet practices on island.
Dogs over 7 months can take Heartguard to prevent heartworm disease. If your dog is not currently taking Heartguard then you need to take him to the vet for a blood test to see if he has heartworm disease. Heartworm disease can be treated effectively if caught early.

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Information About Cat Diseases

Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
Feline leukemia is a disease that only affects cats. It cannot be transmitted to people, dogs, or other animals. FeLV is passed from one cat to another through saliva, blood, and to some extent, urine and feces. The virus does not live long outside the cat’s body, probably just a few hours. Grooming and fighting seem to be the most common ways for infection to spread. Kittens can contract the disease in utero or through an infected mother’s milk. Keeping your cat indoors and away from infected cats is a sure way to prevent him from contracting FeLV

Regular veterinary check-ups and good preventive health care can help keep these cats feeling well for some time and help protect them from secondary infection. Twice-yearly physical examinations, blood tests, and parasite control (Heart worm, flea and tick prevention) can prevent complications and identify problems quickly. All FeLV infected cats should be kept indoors and be neutered. There is presently no cure for FeLV infection. Secondary infections can be treated as they appear,

Cats with FeLV can live happy lives. Their lifespan will be shorter than a healthy cat but that won’t affect their ability to love and be a wonderful companion. The staff at the Cayman Islands Humane Society can answer your questions about caring for an animal with special needs.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Cats who are infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) may not show symptoms until years after the initial infection occurred. Although the virus is slow-acting, a cat’s immune system is weakened once the cat becomes infected. This makes the cat susceptible to various secondary infections. Infected cats who receive supportive medical care and are kept in a stress-free, indoor environment can live happy lives for months or years before the disease reaches its final stages.

FIV is mainly passed from cat to cat through deep bite wounds. Another, less common mode of transmission is from an FIV-infected mother cat to her kitten. FIV does not seem to be commonly spread through sharing food bowls and litter boxes, social grooming sneezing and other casual modes of contact.

FIV can only be transmitted between cats. Humans and other pets (i.e., dogs) can not catch FIV. Since it is possible for an infected mother cat to transfer FIV antibodies to her kittens, these kittens may test positive from their mother’s antibodies until they have cleared them from their systems, which happens by six months of age. Therefore, kittens who test positive for FIV antibodies when they’re younger than six months should undergo antibody tests again at a later date to see if they are infected.

Cats with FIV should be kept indoors. This will protect him from contact with disease-causing agents to which he may be susceptible. It will also protect the uninfected cats in your community. Being proactive with your cat’s health is another key to your FIV+ cat living a longer life. Bring your cat to your vet at least twice per year for a wellness checkup, blood count and urine analysis. Proper nutrition is also important to keeping your cat with FIV healthy. The staff at the Humane Society and your vet can recommend a food that best suits your cat’s needs.

Cats with FIV can live happy lives. Their lifespan will be shorter than a healthy cat but that won’t affect their ability to love and be a wonderful companion. The staff at the Cayman Islands Humane Society can answer your questions about caring for an animal with special needs.

Animals Law (2013 Revision)

We are frequently asked about the regulations and treatment of animals under the current Animals Law. Under this law it states that:

  • Owners are expected to have a license for their dog (licenses are obtained from the Department of Agriculture or the Cayman Islands Humane Society)
  • Only registered breeders who have an operating license are allowed to breed and sell animals
  • It is unlawful to allow your dog to roam onto a road and can incur a fine up to CI 500
  • It is an offence to have your dog ‘dangerously out of control’ and can incur a fine of up to CI 4,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment
  • Dogs found roaming can be collected and taken to the pound at the Department of Agriculture. They have 7 days to be claimed by an owner or sold to another owner, otherwise they will be destroyed.
  • Dogs on a highway or any other public place must be on a lead and have a collar with a licence tag
  • If a member of the public finds a dog then they need to report it to the nearest police station. If an owner comes forward then they need to prove that it is their dog and the dog will be returned. If an owner is not found within 15 days then they are permitted to keep the dog.
  • If a dog defecates in a public place and the person in charge of the dog fails to remove and dispose of the faeces he is guilty of an offence and can be fined up to CI$2000
  • Anyone who causes an animal unnecessary suffering, ill-treats them, or uses poisonous substances is committing an offence of animal cruelty and liable to a fine of up to CI 4,000 and imprisonment for 1 year
  • Anyone keeping an animal on their premises needs to ensure that said animal has access to drinking water and food, access to accommodation that is suitable as regards drainage, size, cleanliness and ventilation, is able to move freely and has reasonable shelter against the sun and rain. If they are found not to provide this then they are committing an offence of animal cruelty and is liable to a fine of up to CI 4,000 and imprisonment of 1 year
  • Anyone found to be involved in the fighting of animals (bull, dog, cock or any other animal) is committing an offence and liable to a fine of up to CI 500 and imprisonment for 1 year
  • Animal Welfare Officers are able to investigate and enforce animal cruelty or abuse cases, apprehend an individual and prosecute