Daily Archives: February 15, 2016

Your Puppy’s Nipping

Puppies explore their world with their mouths so occasionally your puppy might get a little rough with you and nip. When puppies nip their littermates or mother too hard, they will yelp. Thus at the moment your puppy’s teeth touches your skin, give a little yelp to get his attention. Then redirect your puppy to a more appropriate object to chew on such as a squeaky toy or a nylon teething bone. Have fun playing with your puppy but don’t get him overexcited or he may lose control again. With consistent redirection, the nipping incidents should drastically reduce. Start your puppy on obedience training. This gives you another tool to let your dog know about the appropriate behavior that is expected in your household. Learn more from your Matthews, NC veterinary clinic.


Managing Gingivitis in your Ragdoll Cat

Did you know that many breeds of cats, including the Ragdoll, are prone to gingivitis and other periodontal diseases? If your Ragdoll has been diagnosed with gingivitis then you may need to make a few adjustments to her diet and dental hygiene. For instance, your vet may suggest you switch your cat from moist food to dry food. Dry cat food can naturally help breakdown plaque build-up because of its rough texture. If you are not already brushing your Ragdoll’s teeth at home, your vet may recommend that you do so using veterinary toothpaste. Ask your vet about an antibacterial spray that can be sprayed on your Ragdoll’s teeth to reduce plaque build-up as well. Additional aids for keeping the gums and teeth clean may also include specially formulated cat treats and chews such as the popular Greenie brand. Ask your vet Greer, SC for more details about gingivitis and treatment options.

Diet Change for Manx Cats with FeLV

Manx cats and other cat breeds that have been diagnosed with FeLV or the Feline Leukemia Virus can often develop other illnesses as a result of a compromised immune system. Some cats can develop anemia, lymphoma or other cancers and become susceptible to other diseases due to a suppressed immune system. If your Manx has tested positive for FeLV talk to your vet about treatment and management options. Your vet will most likely suggest a new diet for your Manx to help prevent secondary infections. Because your cat’s immune system has been compromised she is more apt to contract additional viruses, infections and other diseases. You will need to provide her with a nutritional diet that is free of raw meat, eggs and unpasteurized dairy products as these may harbor bacteria and parasites that can lead to infection. Ask your veterinary clinic Palatine, IL about additional changes.

Diet Change for Manx Cats with FeLV

Pomeranian Barking

Did you know that Pomeranians are considered one of the more excessive barking breeds? Some Pomeranians bark to warn of danger or scare off strangers while others bark simply to gain attention. Barking habits vary from breed to breed. Other small breeds like the Beagle and Miniature Schnauzer are also known for their excessive barking as are large breeds like the German Shepherd and Doberman Pinscher. Big or small, these breeds feel a need to make their presence known. Breeds that do not bark very much include the Australian Shepherd and Golden Retriever. Although these breeds do bark, they often keep their barking to a minimum. If your Pomeranian barks a lot, talk to your local vet Palatine, IL to learn ways to break this habit. If your pup continues to bark, you may need to have him checked by your vet to make sure nothing else is going on.

Pomeranian Barking