Monthly Archives: December 2015

Cat-Proofing Your Home

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Cats are curious and explore by sniffing, touching and chewing objects in their environment. Take a hard look at your home from a cat’s point of view to determine what could be dangerous to your kitty.  Strings, ribbons and yarn can cause your cat to get tangled. And game parts, coins and other small items can be swallowed and present a choking hazard. Put away all these items after use. Both animal and human medicines can be deadly to your cat so store them securely. Lock up household chemicals especially sweet-tasting ones such as anti-freeze which is highly poisonous. Secure electrical cords and dangling blind and curtain cords. Check that all houseplants or even flowers received as a gift are non-toxic to cats. Give your cat plenty of cat-safe toys and exercise your kitty regularly to make them less likely to get into trouble. Learn more from your Smyrna, GA vet.


Bringing Your Puppy Home

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To help your puppy adjust to his new home, prepare for his arrival. Set up a feeding and water station in an easy-to-find area. Avoid the main flow of traffic to prevent distractions when your puppy is trying to eat or drink. Purchase high-nutrition puppy food. Get a crate and bedding so you can establish a bedtime routine. Keep grooming supplies on hand such as a brush or comb, dog-safe shampoo, a nail trimmer and tooth cleaning implements. Pick up a few toys especially those that encourage appropriate chewing. Purchase a collar with an ID tag plus a leash to start a healthy exercise program. Read up on house training and obedience training so you can start right away. Puppy-proof the house for your puppy’s safety. Most importantly, make an appointment with your Smyrna, GA veterinary clinic for his initial exam and to set up a vaccination schedule.

I think my African Grey’s Eye is Swollen

If you notice your African Grey’s eye looks red or swollen call your vet right away. It’s best never to assume that an eye infection or injury will heal by itself. Always talk to your vet. A swollen or irritated eye may be the result of an injury either directly to the eye or to the head. Often times a bird’s eye will bulge or appear swollen if there is built up pressure coming from behind the eye. Your vet Louisville, CO will most likely need to examine your African Grey to find out what the exact cause of the swelling is. If it is general swelling due to an allergy or an irritant in the eye, your vet may flush the eye repeatedly with water or a sterile saline solution. Pet birds tend to have a variety of eye injuries due to their size and the habitats they live in. Visit this website Arapahoe Animal Hospital to know more.

I think my African Greys Eye is Swollen

Preparing Your African Grey for Show Season

Whether you’re a first time attendee or a seasoned contestant, there are always things to do to prepare yourself and your African Grey for a bird show. It’s a good idea to connect with fellow bird owners and show participants during the off season as well as show season as you can learn a lot from one another and help one another in show preparations. Part of bird show prep includes making a checklist. This list should include a reminder to give your African Grey a good “look-over” before the show. Make sure he doesn’t have any missing toenails, toes, or bald patches where feathers are missing. If he does then you will not be able to show him. Start cleaning your African Greys’ feet ahead of time, file their beaks if necessary, and start bathing them twice a week a couple of weeks before the show. Your vet Louisville, CO can help with additional grooming tips.

Preparing Your African Grey for Show Season

Your Cat and Scratching

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Cats scratch to mark their territories with both visual and scent marking. The scratching of objects would be a clear indication in the wild that your cat had been in this area. However, in your home, this scratching just looks like ruined furniture and drapes. Scratching also helps remove the outer layer of their claws and sometimes the stretching and kneading just feels good. You won’t be able to complete eliminate the behavior so provide appropriate scratching posts where your cat would normally go. Position the posts close to their favorite napping places and where you hang out with your kitty. Temporarily put double stick tape or aluminum foil on the inappropriate places your cat likes to scratch to act as a deterrent. If you catch your cat scratching an inappropriate place, quickly and firmly redirect kitty to an appropriate scratching post. Contact your Smyrna Animal Hospital to learn more.

Biting Puppies

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Puppies explore their world with their mouths through biting and chewing. Puppies will play rough and fight with their littermates. When you bring your puppy home, he doesn’t know that biting or chewing is not welcome. And your puppy’s teeth are so sharp that even a minor bite can hurt. The key to stopping this behavior starts with your reaction. When your puppy plays too hard with his littermates, they will yelp. As soon as your puppy’s teeth touch your skin, yelp as if it is painful so your puppy stops biting. Say your puppy’s name and the NO command. Then immediately redirect your puppy to something that is appropriate to bite such as a chew toy. Verbally reward your puppy if he plays with the chew toy on his own. Be enthusiastic. Never physically punish or yell at your puppy for bad behavior. Learn more from your veterinary clinic Marietta, GA.

What To Do When Your Dog Dies at Home

What To Do When Your Dog Dies at Home

The death of a pet is one of the hardest situations that a loving pet owner choose not to think about. However, there will come a day when your beloved pet will cross the rainbow bridge and knowing what to do will make everything easier for everyone.

Pets that die at the veterinary clinic often have their aftercare being attended to by the staff, however, it will be a different scenario when a pet dies at home. There are important decisions to be made by the owner as soon as possible. You can call your veterinarian for instructions on how to take care of your pet’s remains. There are also mobile vet clinics or pet crematory facilities that can pick up your pet’s remains. If you are still unable to make decisions for your pet’s aftercare, there are animal hospitals with facilities to preserve your pet’s remains for a day or two until you can make important decisions.

You can also ask your Jacksonville, FL veterinarian for help in contacting a local pet cremation or aftercare business. Click on this link to find out more.

Effective Ways To Make The Litter Box More Appealing To Your Cat

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Pet cats instinctively seek a litter box for their elimination needs. However, a cat’s fussiness can extend to the litter box and there are instances when a cat suddenly stops using the box, choosing other places to do his thing instead.

If your kitty is avoiding the litter box like a plague, here are effective ways to entice him back to using the litter box.

  • Make sure the litter box is spacious enough for your pet to move around, back-up, eliminate, and cover his poop. As a rule of thumb, the litter box should be 1.5 times longer than your cat’s length (from the nose to the base of the tail)
  • The litter should be deep enough (about 3-5 centimeters) so it would be easier for your cat to cover his waste.
  • Place the litter box in a place with low household traffic. Cats like to do their thing in privacy. The box should also be far from where your pet eats or sleeps.

Know more about your cat’s needs by visiting your Dames Point Animal Hospital. Check out this website.

Are you unintentionally causing your dog’s nervous habits?

Are you unintentionally causing your dog’s nervous habits

Some pet owners unknowingly trigger their dog’s anxiety and nervousness. If your dog seems to be quite high-strung most of the time, it’s time to assess if you are unintentionally causing your pet’s behavior:

  • Scolding or punishing your pet for displaying undesired behavior— Scolding or physical punishment can only confuse your dog and may worsen the behavior. The best way to get rid of undesirable pet behavior is to take steps to identify the cause so you can deal with it appropriately. Positive reinforcement will also let your dog realize what behaviors are acceptable and what are not.
  • You may be always telling your dog “No!” without showing him what’s right. This will only confuse your pet. Undesirable behaviors should be dealt with in a constructive and positive manner.

Aside from socialization, bringing your pet to your animal hospital Jacksonville, FL for regular checkups will ensure that your puppy will grow up healthy and well-behaved. For more information, visit this website.

Rabbit Care – Rabbits Are Sensitive Creatures

Rabbits can easily be frightened and stressed by anything that is strange or unfamiliar to them. They have sensitive temperaments and they can be nervous when there are unfamiliar animals or people in their surroundings. Chronic exposure to specific stressors in their environment can affect their health and wellbeing. In fact, some rabbits can die from extreme fright. Pet rabbits are highly reliant on their owners to keep them safe and free from stress.

Since they only see shapes, you should talk to your pet as you approach the enclosure so he will recognize your voice. Spending time with your bunny and interacting on a regular basis will make him more familiar with your voice. When rabbits get scared or frightened, their only defense is to nip or bite in an effort to protect themselves. Always teach a child never to poke any finger into the rabbit’s enclosure for this can also alarm your pet and make him nervous.

Know more about your pet’s needs by visiting your Flushing, MI veterinary clinic. Check out this website to know more.

Rabbit Care - Rabbits Are Sensitive Creatures