Daily Archives: February 23, 2016

Your Teething Puppy

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Your puppy starts losing his puppy teeth when he is between three and nine months of age. During this time, your puppy will be teething. Between the baby teeth falling out and his adult teeth coming in your puppy is uncomfortable and will chew more. You need to be especially careful that you don’t leave any personal items around that you don’t want chewed such as shoes or books. Supervise your puppy so he doesn’t chew on your furniture. Redirect your puppy to more suitable items such as rubber toys and nylon bones. If you put these items in the refrigerator for a few minutes, the coldness can help relieve the pain. You can even rub your puppy’s gums with an ice cube if he’ll let you. Keep in mind that your puppy is a baby and this will pass soon enough. Learn more from your animal hospital mchenry il.

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Important Signs Your Dog May Be Ill

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A dog is indeed a man’s best friend; unfortunately dogs age much faster than humans. As they go through different lifestages, there are distinct changes with their health and wellbeing. One of the important roles of pet parents is to help their pets combat illness and remain as healthy as possible. Dogs cannot describe what they are feeling, but they can display signs of disease. Awareness of the symptoms of common health problems is one way to help lessen your pet’s risk of suffering from them. It’s a fact that at least 10% of pets that seem healthy to their owners and their veterinarians during annual wellness checks have underlying health problems.

Important signs that your dog may be ill:

  • Excessive water intake and urination
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Drooling
  • Change in appetite patterns
  • Change in activity level
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Respiratory problems including coughing, labored breathing, excessive panting
  • Skin problems
  • Frequent digestive upsets
  • Red, dry, or cloudy eyes

If your canine buddy shows any of these symptoms, you should contact your Animal Hospital lakeville MN as soon as possible.

Important Reasons Cats Need Blood Work Before Anesthesia

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If your cat needs some dental work or surgery done, your veterinarian will conduct some important tests before giving anesthesia to your pet. Health conditions can be discovered and monitored by conducting blood work. In fact, it is often considered the easiest, fastest and cheapest way for diagnosing and monitoring of health problems. Also, it is the least invasive approach. Blood work can be analyzed at the clinic by well-trained technicians using sophisticated machines or equipment, or it can be sent to a diagnostic laboratory for analysis.

Blood work is prescribed for cats before surgery to make sure that they are healthy enough for anesthesia and the subsequent procedure. The results of the tests will give your veterinarian a better picture of what’s going on in your cat’s body.

There are two main components of routine blood work – Complete Blood Count (CBC) and blood chemistry. The latter involves analysis of various proteins, enzymes, and other chemicals present in the animal’s bloodstream. Liver and kidney function can also be analyzed to detect any physical and functional abnormalities of these organs.

Don’t hesitate to ask your Animal Hospital Garden City NY regarding important pet issues that may affect your dog.

Keeping your dog healthy and fit

Your dog is an important part of your family, and you want to make sure he is as healthy as he possibly can be. This means not only offering him plenty of time to exercise and have some fun, but also making sure his eating habits are in line with what he needs for nutrients. Your pet will require a food that is appropriate for his life stage, general health, and works with any individual needs he has so be sure to take everything into account. High quality options will be absent of fillers and artificial ingredients, and will be packed with whole food items that will be easy for you to recognize. It’s also important that you evaluate his treats with the same standards, and pay attention to the portion sizes you offer your pet. For more information, please contact your local Fayetteville NC vet.

Storing Your Pet’s Food

Cat or dog food must be kept fresh to maintain nutrition levels and flavor. Keep dry and canned foods in a cool and dry place. Too hot and the fat in pet foods can get rancid. Too cold a temperature changes the taste and texture of the food. Don’t store more dry food than you can use in about two weeks for best results. If you want to store the food in a container than its original container, choose a metal container. Plastic bags and containers can add a funny taste to the food and your pet may reject it. Once food is in your pet’s bowl, check that insects or other vermin don’t contaminate it. Dry food can be left in the bowl for most of the day but canned foods should only be left out for about an hour. Store opened cans in the refrigerator. Contact your London, ON vet to learn more.

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Choosing Between a Purebred and a Mixed Breed Dog

If you are purchasing a dog for breeding, then a purebred dog is the only choice. However, for most people, there are more choices. Purebred dogs are bred to a certain breed standard that defines approximate size, weight, coat type and other factors related to the look of the dog. General temperament is hardwired in purebred dogs but can be altered somewhat depending on training, treatment and environmental factors. However, any genetic and health issues specific to a breed is exacerbated in purebred dogs as well. Mixed breed dogs are less likely to have the concentration of any of these genetic issues but the look and temperament of these dogs is more in question. Try to get a look at the dog’s parents if possible. Check the general stature and temperament of the dog you are considering. And of course, start obedience training right away. Learn more from your London, ON veterinary clinic.

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Mixed breed puppies, 8 weeks old, in front of white background

Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth

Dirty teeth can lead to bad breath and dental disease. In addition to the pain caused by decaying teeth, dangerous bacteria can enter your dog’s bloodstream and lead to more serious health issues. Start cleaning your dog’s teeth when he is young so it becomes routine. Help your dog become accustomed to having his teeth and gum touched. Reach in and massage his gums and touch his teeth. Next move onto a piece of gauze and eventually work up to a doggy toothbrush or a finger brush. Add some dog-safe toothpaste for more effective cleaning and to act on hard to reach places. Work to clean your dog’s teeth at least twice per week. Consider using plaque-reducing water supplements and synthetic chew bones to work on tarter reduction and gum health. Remember that even with the best of care, your dog will need periodic professional cleanings. For more information, contact your London, ON veterinarian.

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Dealing with a Lonely Bird

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Some birds, like finches and canaries, don’t mind spending time alone. Other birds, like parrots, can’t stand being alone for a long periods of time. Here’s how to deal with your parrot if he’s feeling a bit lonely.

The easiest way to deal with this problem is simply to remove your parrot from his cage more often. Let him out in the morning when you’re getting ready for work and plan to spend the better part of your evening entertaining your feathered friend.

You may also consider hiring a sitter to stop over for an hour or two each day to play with your bird. Some boarding facilities also offer bird daycare.

Getting your parrot a friend can help too! To learn which parrots like living together and which species don’t get along, visit with your veterinarian Moorpark, CA.

Should You Paint Your Dog’s Nails?

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The newest fashion craze for dogs involves painting their nails! Although painting your pooch’s nails sounds like a fun idea, is it safe?

The answer to this question depends on what kind of nail polish you use. Human nail polish can contain some toxic chemicals that are likely to be harmful to your dog if they’re ingested. If you want to paint your pet’s nails, make sure you use a formula that is specifically formulated for dogs.

It’s also important to consider whether your dog enjoys the process. Many dogs love being pampered because it allows them to spend more time with someone they care about. Other dogs would hate sitting still while their nails are painted.

Consider painting your dog’s nails for a special occasion! For pointers and tips, schedule a visit to American Veterinary Hospital.

Why Matting Is Such a Problem for Cats

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Cats can suffer from a wide variety of ailments, many of which we can’t prevent. However, matting isn’t one of those problems. Here’s why matting is such a problem for cats, and how to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Matting occurs when the hair becomes clumped together. The longer a mat is allowed to develop, the bigger it gets, and the more it pulls at the skin. The bigger the mat, the more uncomfortable it is. Some mats can be downright painful.

Fortunately, keeping matting under control is fairly easy, but it is time consuming. It involves brushing your cat at least once a day. Use a sturdy metal comb or an undercoat rake to make sure your brush is effective.

For professional help dealing with matting, call your Animal Hospital Moorpark CA for a list of groomers in the area.