Daily Archives: February 11, 2016

Could your dog be a therapy dog?

Is your dog gentle? If her temperament is mild and kind, and she loves all types of people, she might be a good candidate for a therapy dog.

She must be at least one year old and go through testing and observation before being accepted.

Together, you and your dog can make a difference in the lives of people in your community who love animals, but can’t be a pet owner! This could be older folks in nursing homes, care centers and hospitals. It might include people with special needs and children.

The first step may be a handling test for you and manners test for your pooch. If you both pass, the next level is to interact with strangers on supervised visits to see how your dog handles it.

Talk with your Puyallup, WA vet to see if this might be a great fit for you and your pup or read more here.


Is your dog overweight?


Your dog loves to lounge around your home, and this affinity for relaxation seems to be only rivaled by his love of treats. While that’s all well and good in moderation, you’ve noticed that lately he has gained a bit of weight. How can you help him get back to his usual fit self?

Your pet has gained weight for a reason, and you will need to correct the issues that led to this in order for him to slim back down. If he is eating poorly, make sure to offer high quality food that will be healthy for him. If he is eating too much, take the time to figure out what portion sizes he should be having and stick to it. His exercise needs can be met through play and regular walks, so make sure to offer him some of your time each day. For more information, please contact your local Essex-Middle River, MD vet.

Gingivitis in Ragdoll Cats

Cats and dogs as well as other animals are prone to periodontal diseases such as gingivitis. Gum disease such as gingivitis can occur in feline breeds such as the Ragdoll. This particular gum disease can sneak up on cat owners if they are not routinely monitoring their Ragdoll’s dental health. If you suspect your Ragdoll has gingivitis or some other type of gum disease, contact your vet to set up an exam. Gingivitis can cause inflammation and irritation to the gums. It is one of the first stages of periodontal disease. Gingivitis can develop when food builds up on the gums. Advanced gingivitis occurs when plaque plus a calculus build up is present causing severe redness, irritation, and inflammation. The first sign of gingivitis in Ragdolls is usually inflammation or redness of the gums. Plaque is not always present at the beginning. Contact your veterinarian Greensboro, NC for more information.


Have you ever considered owning a bird as a pet? If so, then you may want to talk to your vet or local pet store associate about a parrot. Parrots are one of the most recognized pet birds. They can be colorful, fun to have around, and make great companions. But, you need to do your research before buying just any type of parrot. There are several kinds of parrots available such as the cockatiel, parakeet, lovebird, Amazon, cockatoo, etc. Choosing a parrot that fits your own personality as well as your living environment is generally best. For instance, the cockatiel and parakeet are smaller parrots that are often recommended for first time bird owners. The larger Amazon parrot or the Macaws are often suggested for advanced bird owners. No matter which type you choose, be prepared for a long-term relationship as most live for 50 years or more. Talk with your vet Poway, CA for additional information.

Grooming Your Dog in the Winter

Winter brings some extra grooming for your dog. Your dog may need more baths because with inclement weather comes mud and snow. Make sure your dog is completely dry before letting him back outside. Consider a longer haircut for the winter to help keep your dog warm inside and outside the home. Your dog may shed in the winter since his coat will thicken from the cold weather. When your cat spends time indoors, he will shed this excess fur. Thus more brushing can help prevent matting and messes in the house. Protect your dog’s feet from deicing chemicals and cold, rough surfaces by rinsing and drying paws after outings. Consider using doggy booties to protect paws and prevent slipping. Since your dog won’t be outside on the pavement as often, you may need to trim his nails more often in winter. Learn more from your Newmarket, ON veterinary clinic.

Lumps and Bumps on Your Dog

As your dog ages, he may develop some small lumps or bumps under the skin. Most of these bumps are harmless cysts or fatty lumps. Examine your dog frequently and check that those bumps don’t get any larger. Check that they remain relatively soft and don’t change color. Take accurate measurements so you can be absolutely sure of any changes. Take photographs to document any of these lumps or bumps. A decrease in appetite, loss of weight or a dip in energy can indicate that these lumps may be problematic. Some of these lumps occur in sensitive places and may need to be removed even if they are harmless. Do not try to remove any lumps yourself. The best course of action is to make an appointment with your Oconomowoc, WI veterinary clinic to have any new lumps or bumps evaluated. They may be nothing or they could be cancer and need immediate care.

Outside Blankets for Dachshunds

Outside Blankets for Dachshunds
You may have heard this before, but as a general rule, if it’s too cold for you to stay outside then your Dachshund should not be outside either. If your Dachshund has access to an outside porch area during the day, you may want to consider keeping it closed off during the colder winter days and nights. If this is not an option, then you may want to consider purchasing a blanket or coat for your Dachshund to wear while outside for long periods of time. Please note that a coat does not make it OK for a dog to stay outside in below freezing temperatures. A coat; however, can help keep snow from accumulating in the fur as well as provide temporary added warmth while outdoors. Your veterinary clinic Louisville, CO can help you determine if and when a blanket is necessary for your Dachshund during the winter months.

Ice Melt and Chihuahuas

Ice Melt and Chihuahuas
The winter months can be tough on people and dogs alike especially when it comes to finding places to walk outside. Products that are used to melt ice away from roadways and walkways can put a damper on your walking plans especially if you’re planning to walk your Chihuahua. Why? These products are made with chemicals that are tough on ice, but did you know that those same chemicals are also tough on your Chihuahua’s paws? Walking your Chihuahua in the winter is not impossible, but it does take more of an effort than in the summertime. Quick melt or melt-away products can be toxic to dogs especially if it is allowed to build up on your dog’s paws. The best thing to do is avoid walking your Chihuahua on treated surfaces in the winter. If you do, ask Arapahoe Animal Hospital about pet wipes or a pet scrub that can be used to clean your Chihuahua’s paws.

Can you share food with your cat?

Your cat loves to share your home with you, and she also likes to be a part of nearly everything you do. This is never more true than when it comes to mealtime you’re your pet is very interested in everything you eat. Is it okay to share your meals with your cat?

There are many foods that humans eat that cats will enjoy as well. However, this doesn’t mean that these foods are good for your cat’s health, or that they are safe for her to be consuming. A lot of the preparation techniques and flavor enhancers humans use on their food can be harmful to cats. Because of this, it isn’t a good idea to share food with your pet unless you have taken the time to research and prepare a meal that you’re sure is safe for your pet to eat. Your local Mt. Pleasant, SC vet clinic can offer additional suggestions.

Can you share food with your cat

Holding your New Siamese Kitten

Holding your New Siamese Kitten

Like most babies, Siamese kittens need to be handled with care. If you’re unsure how to hold your Siamese kitten, ask the person you are purchasing or adopting the kitten from. You can also give your local veterinarian a call as well. The main thing is to ensure you are holding the kitten in a position that is comfortable for both you and the kitten. One of the most recommended ways to pick up a Siamese kitten is to use your writing hand to gently grip the kitten behind its front legs. Use the opposite hand to scoop up the kitten by his rump. Make sure his tail is tucked between his legs so he doesn’t get hurt. When setting your kitten back down, support his body and make sure all four feet touch the ground. Remember, kittens generally do not like being held for long periods. Talk to your vet Louisville, CO if you have further questions.