Daily Archives: January 14, 2016

Housetraining Your Puppy

Pet dogs should be taught to conform to house rules. Early training will teach them the line that separates behaviors that are accepted or unaccepted in the household. While training your dog to perform tricks is just optional, dogs need to undergo housetraining and obedience training so they will become well-behaved members of the household.

Housetraining is one of the first training regimens that a puppy has to deal with. Positive results can easily be attained when training starts while the puppy is still very young. In fact, housetraining can start when you bring your new puppy home. Puppies younger than 3 months are still inefficient in controlling their bowel and bladder so expect to deal with potty accidents during this time. Puppies that are older than 4 months have been observed to take a longer time to be housetrained.

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Kids and Parakeets

Children love birds and parakeets are especially like to socialize. Your children needs to understand that parakeets can’t be held and cuddled like dogs or cats and they can be injured easily. Most children can learn how to feed and water their bird and clean the cage as needed. However, a child should never be the sole caretaker for a parakeet since they could die without proper care. Train your parakeet to sit on your finger. Practice till your bird is very comfortable and then let your child try this trick too. Work with your child to take the parakeet out of its cage daily for exercise. Never allow your child to grab at the bird or swat it while it is flying. Wait till your bird lands and offer your finger as a perch so you can put it back in its cage. Learn more from your Lakewood Ranch, FL veterinary clinic.

Kids and Parakeets

Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

The most obvious reason to spay or neuter your dog or cat is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. However, there are a number of medical reasons to spay or neuter. Spaying your female pet before her first heat cycle can help prevent breast tumors and cancer. You can also expect less uterine infections in a spayed animal. Since your spayed female won’t go into heat, you won’t have the mess from bleeding or urine marking to clean up. Male dogs and cats that are neutered are less likely to get testicular cancer or experience prostate issues. Your neutered male pet won’t wander from home as much and there will be less marking with urine throughout the house. These pets are also less aggressive. Spaying and neutering doesn’t cause your pet to gain weight. That is a result of overeating and lack of exercise. Learn more from your Lakewood Ranch, FL veterinary clinic.

Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Grooming Your Dog Like a Professional

Some dog breeds have long hair that needs regular trimming. Owners will often take their dogs to professional groomers to keep their dogs’ coats manageable and in style for the breed. However, unless you are showing your dog, you may be able to do the job yourself. Research what style you should try to emulate depending on your dog’s breed. Give your dog a bath with dog-safe shampoo, towel dry and brush your dog. Choose a quiet place to trim your dog that is private and without distractions. You want your dog to stay calm while you are grooming him using sharp implements. Use sharp scissors when trimming around the face and feet. An electric clipper works well for trimming hair on your dog’s body to an even length. Keep all blades sharp for best results. Work efficiently and quickly while offering ample treats and praise. Contact your Myakka, FL veterinarian for more information.

Grooming Your Dog Like a Professional

Siberian Cats and FeLV

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Did you know that all cats should test negative for FeLV and other diseases before they are adopted out or offered up for sale? This means you should always ask for proof of an FeLV negative test before buying or adopting a Siberian cat. FeLV stand for the Feline Leukemia Virus. In general, FeLV is the second largest cause of death among cats with trauma being first. The virus can cause anemia or lymphoma as well as suppress their immune system making them highly susceptible to deadly infections. Although the virus is a leading cause of death, it doesn’t have to be. When Siberians are vaccinated they have a stronger chance of resisting the deadly virus. In fact, research has found that 70% of cats that came in contact with FeLV were able to either resist the infection or overcome it on their own. FeLV affects cats only and is not contagious to dogs, people or other animals. Talk to your Pet Clinic Jacksonville FL for more details.

Allowing Your Iguana to Roam Free in Your Home

Allowing Your Iguana to Roam Free in Your Home
Iguanas who get out of their enclosure regularly benefit from the exercise and mental stimulation that your home provides. The open space makes iguanas less stressed and become more a part of your household than when they are cooped up all the time. However, you must take precautions when your iguana is roaming free in your home. Iguanas need heat and light so set up areas where your pet can bask. Supervise your iguana to prevent falls or tangles. Watch that your iguana doesn’t eat anything it shouldn’t. Keep other pets in another area area from your iguana and make sure all household members tread carefully. Your iguana can also squeeze into small spaces and could get lost so be especially watchful. Since iguanas can carry salmonella, keep your iguana off of food prep and eating areas and wash your hands often. Know more in details from your Sun Prairie, WI veterinarian.

 

Giving Your Cat a Pill

Giving Your Cat a Pill
There are times when you may need to give your cat medication in a pill form. You can crush the pill and mix it with your cat’s food or into a small amount of ground beef. However, your cat may not like the taste. You also need to take care that only the cat that needs to get the medication gets it. You can also try using a pill gun made for animals. These guns have a rubber fingers on one end to hold the pill and a plunger on the other to release the pill into your cat’s mouth. Raise your cat’s chin and open her mouth. Quickly insert the pill gun behind your cat’s tongue and release the pill into her throat. Keep her chin raised and rub her throat till you are sure the pill has been swallowed. Contact your Sun Prairie, WI vet for more information in details.

Avoiding Obesity in Dogs

Avoiding Obesity in Dogs

A fat dog is in danger of suffering mobility issues and is at risk of contracting a number of diseases. Some breeds are more susceptible to obesity than others. Labrador retrievers love to eat and tend to get fat. Since people are more likely to offer cute dogs treats, small dogs are susceptible to getting fat. The dog food manufacturer’s recommended portion size may be too much for your dog. Monitor your dog’s weight and adjust portion sizes accordingly. Limit treats and if possible, eliminate all table scraps. Count calories from treats and table scraps in your dog’s total daily caloric allotment. In addition to a bad diet, lack of exercise is another way dogs get obese. Start a comprehensive exercise program. Increase the distance and pace of daily walks as your dog gets in shape. Encourage active play in the yard or dog park. Learn more from your Sun Prairie, WI veterinary clinic.