An abnormally slow height or weight gains in a pet or poor growth, often referred to as stunted growth. This is a common condition that occurs mainly in very young dogs and cats. However, it can occur in adolescents as well. When pets do not grow normally, it can be due to many different reasons. The most common reasons are malnutrition and roundworms. Nevertheless, there are other issues that can cause poor growth in dogs and cats including skeletal disorders and pituitary dwarfism.
How to Recognize
Poor growth can be recognized if your pet is not growing normally or as quickly as it should and/or by abnormal changes in your pet's weight.
Causes of Poor Growth
The most common cause of poor growth is a roundworms infection. Malnutrition and skeletal disorders are also causes of poor growth.
While abnormal growth is common in puppies and kittens, it is rare in adult pets. A fecal sample is necessary to detect if your pet has roundworms.
Treatment for Poor Growth
Treatment for roundworms is required regularly. Preventative measures should be taken to hinder future infections.
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.