Daily Archives: February 21, 2016

Fruits and veggies toxic to dogs

Your canine loves your food. Many fruits and vegetables are okay for dogs to eat, even healthy for them, providing valuable vitamins and minerals. However, you may be surprised to hear what are toxic to dogs and what they should never eat. According to American Kennel Club, these are the six mainitems that you need to keep away from your dog to keep him safe:

  1. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure.
  2. Too many tomatoes can make your pup sick.
  3. Avocados can give your pooch diarrhea and make him vomit.
  4. Better to skip mushrooms entirely.
  5. Onions could give your dog nausea and damage his red blood cells.
  6. No cherries! They contain cyanide and can affect your dog’s ability to breathe.

The bottom line is never feed your dog any human food without first clearing it with your Fort Collins, CO vet. Find out more here.

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Great Danes and NSAIDs

NSAIDs is an abbreviation for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. These particular drugs are prescribed to animals for a variety of reasons. If your Great Dane has recently been prescribed a NSAID, make sure you understand why as well as what the expected outcome or effect should be. Some vets prescribe NSAIDs to help reduce swelling, stiffness, or joint pain often associated with arthritis or effects of recent surgery. There are several NSAIDs that are designed specifically for dogs. Do not give your Great Dane any type of anti-inflammatory people drug unless directed by your vet. Always monitor your Great Dane for possible side effects while on the drugs. If your Great Dane exhibits behavior changes, changes in appetite, develops skin redness, or starts vomiting or has diarrhea stop giving him the drug and call your vet Ashburn, VA right away. Routine blood work may be needed to monitor for serious long term side effects.

Caring for your African Grey

Are you looking to purchase a pet African Grey? If so then you should talk to your vet to learn about this particular bird and everything it will require before you make a commitment. For instance, did you know that an African Grey can live for 50 years or even longer? Second, what size will your African Grey be? Will you have enough room for his cage? Experts recommend buying a cage that is twice as wide as your bird’s wing span. In addition, you should make sure you provide your African Grey with toys and plenty of attention. African Greys can get lonely and bored easily. Sometimes they will even start picking at their feathers when they aren’t getting enough attention. When it comes to food, check with your vet Terre Haute, IN for a list of suggested pellets and other foods that can be offered as treats.

Can Giving Your Dog Dry Food Keep His Teeth In Good Condition?

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As dogs get older, pet owners should keep an eye on their pets’ teeth and associated structures. Puppies should get used to having their teeth cleaned on a regular basis. A good home dental regimen will help decrease the chances of a dog suffering from dental problems or diseases.

A dog’s diet has an important impact on the buildup of plaque on their teeth. It has been assumed that eating kibble would mean far less plaque buildup on their teeth. However, studies have shown that chewing on dry food doesn’t necessarily mean less plaque buildup. Some kibbles do not help in keeping a dog’s teeth in good condition. Some pet food manufacturers subject their products to rigorous tests in order to establish whether it can help keep dogs’ teeth in better condition. This is one reason why you should buy only premium quality pet food, and take time to read labels and recommendations of the manufacturer. For more information about your pet’s dietary needs visit your Colorado Springs, CO animal hospital.

 

Are you seriously jeopardizing your pet’s health?

Have you ever stopped to think that giving your pet dog some of your food and lots of treats can seriously jeopardize the animal’s health? You might be surprised that there are things you are giving to your pet that can possibly cause health problems.

Just like humans, a dog’s diet is the foundation of their health and wellbeing. Pet foods are scientifically formulated and designed to ensure that the product provides all the essential nutrients that dogs need for each specific lifestage. However, pet owners are often tempted to supplement their dog’s diet with leftovers or table scraps. While some human foods are perfectly safe for pet dogs, pet owners should be aware of certain foods that should not be given to dogs, as well as the possible consequences of giving them so their owners will be able to resist their dogs’ soulful pleading eyes. Know more about your dog’s nutritional needs by visiting your Jacksonville Beach, FL veterinarian.

How to Pet a Hairless Cat

How to Pet a Hairless Cat

Petting a cat can be a very comforting experience, that is, unless you have a hairless cat! How in the world do you pet a hairless cat anyway!

Well, the short answer is that you pet a hairless cat the same way you would pet any cat. However, it’s going to feel a lot different, and scratching is going to feel a lot more like rubbing. Gauge the cat’s reaction to your attention, as he will tell you when he’s had enough.

It’s also important to understand that without all that fur, hairless cats can get pretty oily, which is a huge surprise to people that have never dealt with hairless breeds before. All that oil can end up on your hands, furniture, and sheets.

To learn more about what it takes to own a hairless cat, plan a visit with your Veterinary Clinic Greensboro NC.

Your Dog’s Feet

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Your dog’s feet have specialized structures to help him manage different surfaces efficiently. The bottom of your dog’s feet is covered with thick pads to protect the more delicate foot tissue and underlying bones. Since dogs don’t climb trees, their feet and legs are not as flexible as a cat’s feet and merely serve to lumber along on flat ground. However, your dog has thick, strong nails that help grip surfaces to climb hills and rough surfaces. Keep your dog’s nails trimmed to help him best utilize this capability. Dogs have evolved to walk on their toes so upon examining the skeletal features of your dogs legs you can see that what we see as a paw is actually from what would be the ball of the foot forward. Thus your dog is always in a runner’s starting position and ready to take off quickly if needed. Learn more from your Diamond Bar, CA veterinary clinic.

Fatty Liver Disease in Rhode Island Reds

Did you know that fatty liver disease is common in variety of backyard chickens including the Rhode Island Red? Fatty liver disease in chickens is most often caused by nutritional and metabolic issues such as a lack of biotin (or a water soluble B vitamin). A type of fatty liver disease is the Fatty Liver Hemorrhagic Syndrome (FLHS), which can be caused by many hormonal, nutritional and toxicological causes. This disease can affect a single Rhode Island Red or multiple Rhode Island Reds in a flock at any age. It occurs when large amounts of fat are deposited into the liver. The liver cannot break down such large amounts and may become enlarged and quit functioning. When this happens the Rhode Island Red can hemorrhage from the swollen liver and even die. FLHS is known to occur in laying hens that are straining to lay an egg. Talk with your vet Mattoon, IL to learn more.