Question by Snuggie: Is there a difference between a gastrointestinal disease and disorder?
I’m quite confused. I’m supposed to do a powerpoint presentation for my Clin. Med class and I was assigned gastrointestinal disease in cats, but when I search for it, almost all that comes up are disorders. Am I just over thinking it or is it truely a “disease” and not just a group of disorders?
Answer by J C
A lot of things that used to be called “disease” are now called “disorder”. IBD – used to be irritable bowel disease, now it’s irritable bowel disorder. FLUTD – feline urinary tract disease, now disorder. I think that disease was once the collective term for all these illnesses, but they are now calling them disorders as they aren’t caused by germs or organisms, so that they can be distinguished from a real disease. I guess something like intestinal lymphoma would be considered a disease, but other than that I can’t think of anything?
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To a pet parent, the words “I am sorry, but your cat has cancer” can be truly devastating. However, thanks to the progress that scientists and veterinarians have made over the past few decades, this is no-longer need be a death sentence. There are hundreds of different cats diseases, which not only can be treated, but cured. Fortunately, various forms of cancer are among the ones that can be remedied if caught early enough. A cats health often depends upon an owner’s ability to recognize the early signs of disease and cancer.Yes, cats can and do get cancer. Although, cancer in cats in not nearly as common as it is in dogs, it can and does occur. The most frequent type of cancer in cats is of course the dreaded feline leukemia. Thankfully, with the introduction of a vaccination, fewer cats than ever are succumbing to this form of illness. Cats cancer, like all cancers, can appear in different forms and can attack various organs and parts of the body.
One of the biggest problems with any form of cancer in cats is early detection. As with all kinds of cancer, early detection is vital. Unfortunately, the majority of animals that a vet sees have already entered into the late stages of the disease before the owner seeks treatment. This is not the owner’s fault as in many cases, detection is very tricky and cats by nature try to hide the fact that they are sick.
As a responsible cat owner you should know what the signs and symptoms of cancer are. One of the best ways to check your cat is to brush him regularly. While brushing you should check his body for anything out of the ordinary. Lumps or growths on your cat’s skin should be watched carefully. It could be something as simple as a bug bite of some kind, but if you notice that it is getting bigger or is changing in any way, you need to have it checked. Cats do get cuts and scrapes, but they should heal fairly quickly. Sores that do not seem to heal at the normal rate are a cause for concern. Discharge from any opening or bleeding needs to be investigated. Look for any loss of fur or a rough coat. Cats are particular about their fur. A sick cat may disregard his regular grooming, and his fur may show signs of neglect or lack its normal luster.
The way that your cat behaves is another way of detecting illness. Nobody knows your cat better than you. If you see that your once carefree window watcher is now hiding in the closet all the time, he may be sick. Any change in eating habits or difficult chewing and swallowing should be monitored. Additionally, watch for changes in weight.You know how much energy your cat normally has. A sick cat will not have his usual bounce. He may prefer to sleep and hide even when offered his favorite toy. The way that a cat moves can be a symptom of something very serious. Cats by nature are graceful. However, a cat that is ill may become stiff and sore, and you will be able to see this in the way that he walks or moves. He may even show signs of being lame or favor one side of his body.
A cats health is the responsibility of the owner. They cannot tell you when they hurt or where it hurts. It is up to you to watch and know your animal and learn what to look for. With early detection even if your cat does get a form of cancer, there is a very good chance that he can get effective treatment and be healed.
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