Daily Archives: February 8, 2016

Suffocation Risks to Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats are curious and especially attracted to objects that smell like food. Your pet may eat plastic or paper food wrappers and put them at risk for intestinal obstructions. However, if your pet gets his head stuck in a plastic snack bag or box, they could suffocate and die. Snack foods are left on counters or tables in many households where they can be grabbed by a pet. Your pet may also reach into the garbage or recycling for an empty bag. Bags and packaging can even blow into your yard especially during barbecue season. Snack food bags and boxes plus packaging for bread, cereal and cheese are often within reach of your pet. Even a pet food or treat bag can be risky. Keep all foods stored away. Secure your garbage and recycling bins. And check your yard often for any stray garbage. Learn more from your Shawnee, KS veterinary clinic.

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Don’t put things close to counter edge

Just as parents have to be careful about what is in reach of their little ones, dog parents must do the same. People tend to put things on the counter or table, not thinking that their pooch could jump up and knock it off. When you’re not home is the perfect time for your dog to get into trouble.

Before you leave your house, just take a minute to put harmful people food, medications and anything heavy that could land on your pup’s head toward the back of your counter or in a high cupboard.

Push your kitchen chairs in so your dog can’t jump on the chair and snag whatever is on the table. If you’ve ever come inside and found dishes turned over on the floor, or bread bags emptied, you understand how easy it is for your dog to get these items.

Your Tualatin, OR vet may have other ideas or click here!

Helping your dog stay calm during large gatherings

Your dog is an important part of your family, and you love being able to offer him lots of your time and attention. This means that you will be able to give him some care one-on-one, as well as in a group setting. Large gatherings can be a bit unsettling for some dogs, particularly if they aren’t used to them. To help your pet stay calm in these situations, be sure to stick by his side. Offer lots of reassurance whenever it’s needed, and make an effort to keep your dog on his regular routine if this will be for an extended period of time. Let others know your pet’s preferences, and provide him with proper supervision in order to help all interactions remain positive. He may also benefit from having a place to get away from all the attention and relax. For additional information, please contact your local Katy, TX vet.

Is your dog scared of people?

When someone shows up at your house, don’t force your dog to be around. If she’s more comfortable hiding in your room, let her do that. However, if you have a friend who visits frequently, take this opportunity to get your dog familiarized with that person, but do it slowly. Let your pup take the lead on how quickly she wants to become friends.

Give your friend a dog treat and have him give it to your dog each time he comes over. Have him sit down or get on the floor so your dog feels he’s less of a threat.

Do not leave your dog alone with your friend until she shows clear signs that she’s comfortable with him. Your canine needs to come to your friend without you coaching her to do so before you can leave them alone.

Ask your Tipp City, OH vet for other ideas or read more here.

 

Why bones are good for your dog

Dogs get stressed. They get bored. They need something to do in their downtime besides laying on the ground and staring at the floor.

Rawhide bones accomplish a lot for your pup. It helps him get rid of pent up tension. He gets to physically waste some energy, which is the ultimate stress-reliever for him. It also lets him focus on a project, stimulating his brain and coordination. Bones keeps him busy, but it also keeps his teeth clean and strong. Plus, it’s a natural instinct for dogs to chew on things. Better a bone than your clothes!

It’s important you get the right sized bone for your pooch. Big dogs can chew through small bones very quickly. Give them a decent size one with knots on both sides so it is more of a challenge.

Your Niwot, CO vet will know more about the many benefits of bone-chewing for your dog. You can read more here!

Treats for Brown Velvet Sugar Glider

sugar-glider (1)

Do you love sugar gliders? If so then you may want to consider bringing a Brown Velvet sugar glider into your home. Talk to your vet and local sugar glider breeders to learn more about this particular type of sugar glider. You will need to know what to feed your sugar glider among other things. Please be aware that the Brown Velvet is known for his begging skills. This means, no matter how cute he looks or how often he asks, do not give in and feed him unhealthy treats or foods. Treats should be fed in moderation. Examples of healthy chinchilla treats include alfalfa hay cubes, dried rose hips, fresh or dried herbs, fresh or dried fruit, vegetables or greens, various grains, nuts and seeds, burnt toast and even raisins. Be sure to check with your vet Sugar Land, TX as to which treats are best, how much your chinchilla can have and how often.

Picking Up Your Mouse

Picking Up Your Mouse
Mice can be fragile and should be handled carefully. Never pick up your mouse by his tail, a leg or the scruff of the neck. Allow your mouse to get used to your hand in his cage before attempting to pick him up. Scoop the entire mouse up into your hand and use the other hand for extra security. Take your mouse out of the cage and bring him to your chest for support. Lower yourself toward the floor if your mouse starts wiggling out of your grasp. Do not ever drop your mouse. You can teach an older child to pick up a mouse correctly but you should always bring your mouse to a young child while he is seated. Always supervise your mouse while he is out of his cage. Mice can squeeze into small spaces and escape easily, never to be found. For additional information, contact your Livonia, MI veterinarian.

Preventing Cancer in Cats

Preventing Cancer in Cats
Cats can get cancer like humans. And many of the same preventative things we do for humans, we can do for our kitties to prevent cancer. There can be a genetic component behind the risk for cancer but handling dietary and environmental issues can be quite helpful. Obesity can make your cat prone to cancer so feed her appropriately and make exercise a part of your cat’s day. Secondhand smoke can cause cancer so don’t smoke around your cat or let anyone smoke around your cat. Household and lawn chemicals are known carcinogens and put your cat at risk for poisoning so keep them stored securely. Spaying or neutering your cat can also reduce incidents of breast or testicular cancers. Keep up with your cat’s vaccination schedule since some viral diseases also lower your cat’s immune system and increasing the risk of cancer. For more information, contact Healthy Pet Company – Country Ridge.

Caring for your dog’s paws

dog-paws

Your dog uses his paws every day to carry him throughout the world, and it’s important that they are in top shape. Otherwise, he may not get to do all the exploring he wants to, or be able to engage in all his favorite activities. To help keep his paws healthy, your pet will need your help. Try to check over his paws whenever he heads back inside from the great outdoors, as this is where he is most likely to run into issues. Foreign items can get stuck in his paw pads, and you may encounter some swelling or even a cut or two that will need to be addressed. These can be from rough terrain, sharp items, or extreme temperatures. If you notice your pet is frequently coming home like this, consider purchasing a set of protective booties for him to utilize when outside. For additional information, please contact your local Salisbury, NC vet.

Helping Your Dog who is Anxious in the Car

 

Dog in a Car Window and enjoy road trip

Some dogs love riding in the car while others can become quite anxious. Your dog may hop around in the car, vomit or pant excessively. You will need to take your dog in the car from time to time so getting him comfortable in the car is essential. Start by letting your car sit in the car with you while it is not running. Praise your dog and offer a few treats. Practice this often while increasing the time in the car. Take short trips to fun places like the dog park or the pet store so your dog starts to associate the car with fun. Restrain your dog in the car with a kennel or a harness. Give him a favorite blanket and a few toys for distraction. Talk calmly and softly to your dog to keep him calm. Learn more from your Georgian Bay, ON veterinary clinic.