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Dog and Cat Common Diseases, Animal Causes, And Their Associated Ribbon Colors

As a dog and cat parent, it is important to be aware of common domestic pet illnesses in order to seek veterinary help for your favorite canine and/or feline as soon as possible. The following diseases and medical conditions most common to dogs and cats are listed below.
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Animal Fostering Parent/Family - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Fostering a Dog or Cat
Every adoption organization has its own policies and procedures when it comes to fostering. Fostering is important because it helps reduce overcrowding in shelters and opens up space for another animal to be saved. It also helps prepare animals for adoption by giving them a chance to live in a home where the can fully express their personality, work to overcome fears, or recover from trauma.

Animal Rescue Mom/Dad/Family - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Animal Rescue Mom/Dad/Family
Your adoption of a shelter or rescue animal may encourage others to do the same.

Cancer (Dogs and Cats) - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Dog and Cat Cancer Awareness
Cancer is a class of diseases in which cells grow uncontrollably, invade surrounding tissue and may spread to other areas of the body. As with people, dogs and cats can get various types of cancer. The disease can be localized (confined to one area, like a tumor) or generalized (spread throughout the body). One type of veterinarian that deals with cancer in dogs and cats is a veterinary oncologist.

A board-certified veterinary oncologist has completed extensive training after veterinary school that focuses in oncology (the way cancer develops and how to treat it). Most oncologists have completed three to five years of this focused training including an internship rotating through various medical and surgical specialties and a specialized residency on the subject of cancer. Throughout this training, an oncologist is required to pass comprehensive examinations and complete publication requirements to become board-certified in Medical Oncology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

Diabetes (Dogs and Cats) - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Dog and Cat Diabetes Awareness
Diabetes in dogs and cats is a complex disease which is caused either by a lack of the hormone insulin or an inadequate response to insulin. After a dog or cat eats, his or her digestive system breaks food into various components, including glucose, which is carried into the cells by insulin, a hormone secreated by the pancreas. When a dog or cat does not produce insulin or cannot utilize it normally, blood sugar levels rise. The result is hyperglycemia, which, if left untreated, can cause many complicated health problems for a dog or cat.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) (Cats) - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Cat Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) Awareness
First discovered in the 1960s, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a transmittable RNA retrovirus that can severely inhibit a cat's immune system. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed causes of disease and death in domestic cats. Because the virus does not always manifest symptoms right away, any new cat entering the household, and any sick cat, should be tested for FeLV.

Heartworm (Dogs and Cats) - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Dog and Cat Heartworm Awareness
Heartworm is a parasitic worm that lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of an infected animal. The worms travel through the bloodstream, harming arteries and vital organas as they go, ultimately completing their journey to the vessels of the lung and the heart chamber about six months after the initial infection. Several hundred worms can live in one dog for five to seven years.

Spread by infected mosquitoes, heartworm is increasingly being recognized as an underlying cause of health problems in domestic cats. Cats are an atypical host for heartworms. Despite its name, heartworm primarily causes lung diseases in cats. It is an important concern for any cat owner living in areas densely populated by mosquitoes.

High-Rise Syndrome (Cats) - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Cat High-Rise Syndrome Awareness
Many pet parents eagerly open their windows to enjoy the weather during the summer months. Unfortunately, unscreened windows pose a real danger to cats, who fall out of them so often that the veterinary profession has a name for the complaint - High-Rise Syndrome. Falls can result in shattered jaws, punctured lungs, broken limbs and pelvises, and even death.

Kennel Cough (Dogs) - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Dog Kennel Cough Awareness
Kennel Cough is a term loosely used to describe a complex of respiratory infections, both viral and bacterial, that causes inflammation of a dog's voice box and windpipe. It is a form of bronchitis and is similar to a chest cold in humans.

Parvovirus (Dogs) - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Dog Parvovirus Awareness
The Canine Parvovirus (CPV) infection is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. The virus manifests itself in two different forms. The more common form is the intestinal form, which is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and lack of appetite. The less common form is the cardiac form, which attacks the heart muscles of fetuses and very young puppies, often leading to death. The majority of cases are seen in puppies that are between six weeks and six months old. The incidence of Canine Parvovirus infections has been reduced radically by early vaccination in young puppies.

Rabies (Dogs and Cats) - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Dog and Cat Rabies Awareness
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including cats, dogs and humans. This preventable disease has been reported in every state except Hawaii. Once symptions appear, rabies is often fatal. Rabies continues to be a serious threat to the health of people and animals. Every year, about forty thousand people receive a rabies prevention treatment called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) because they had contact with a potentially rabid animal.

More than ninety percent of all rabid animals reported to CDC each year occur in wildlife. The animals that get rabies the most are raccoons, skunks, foxes, and bats. However, most people in the United States get PEP due to close contact with domestic animals such as cats or dogs.

Ringworm (Cats) - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Cat Ringworm Awareness
Although the name suggests otherwise, ringworm is not caused by a worm, but a fungus that can infect the skin, hair and nails. This highly contagious disease can lead to patchy areas of hair loss on a dog and spread to other animals, and to humans, too. In cats, it is not uncommon, and is a highly contagious disease. Ringworm can lead to patchy, circular areas of hair loss with central red rings. Also known as dermatophytosis, ringworm often spreads to other pets in the household, and can affect humans, too.

Upper Respiratory Infections (Cats) - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Cat Upper Respiratory Infections Awareness
It’s true: Our feline friends can get colds, too! As is the case with humans, the culprits to blame for these nasty colds are bacteria or viruses, sometimes both. A cat's upper respiratory tract, the nose, throat and sinus area, is susceptive to infections caused by a variety of viruses and bacteria.

Worms (Cats) - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons for Cat Worms Awareness
Cats can acquire a variety of intestinal parasites, including some that are commonly referred to as "worms." Infestations of intestinal worms can cause a variety of symptoms. Sometimes cats demonstrate few to no outward signs of infection, and the infection can go undetected despite being a potentially serious health problem. Some feline parasitic worms are hazards for human health, as well.

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Animal Abuse Prevention - Purple Animal Awareness Ribbons
Purple Awareness Ribbons for Animal Abuse Prevention Awareness
Please remember to spread awareness of animal abuse with a purple ribbon.

Animal Loss Due to Animal Abuse - Purple and Black Animal Awareness Ribbons
Purple and Black Awareness Ribbons for Animals Lost to Abuse or Neglect Awareness
For those animals who have been lost due to animal abuse, please consider our purple and black awareness ribbon pin. Our purple and black awareness ribbon pin can be engraved with a name, date or message, which can encourage others to learn about and advcoate for animals who have been abused and/or neglected.

In Memory of a Loved Pet - Paw Animal Awareness Ribbons
Paw Awareness Ribbons In Memory of a Loved Pet
Keep the love and devotion of your beloved pet next to your heart with a paw print memorial ribbon. Engravable animal paw print ribbons let you remember your fur baby by keeping their memory alive and their loving spirit with you at all times.

Orange Ribbon for At-Risk Animals - Orange Animal Awareness Ribbons
Orange Awareness Ribbons for At-Risk Animals Awareness
The orange ribbon recognizes at-risk animals. The orange ribbon also demonstrates your dedication to being an animal guardian, advocating for adopting from animal shelters and rescue organizations, spaying and neurtering animals to prevent homeless and unwanted animal populations, and protecting and loving your animal for his or her entire lifetime.