Monthly Archives: March 2016

Obesity in Persians

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Did you know that obesity is a common problem in felines including breeds like the Persian? Some owners like to give their Persian a special snack every now and again, which is OK as long as it’s done in moderation. However, a few extra calories can turn into a few unwanted pounds if your Persian’s food intake is not monitored. If you think your Persian may be overweight, contact your vet and set up a routine wellness exam to find out. Your vet can weigh and exam your Persian and let you know an ideal weight for your cat. You can also do a quick check at home, although it will not be a professional analysis. If you can easily see or feel the cat’s rib bones then he is too thin. If you cannot feel the rib bones beneath a layer of fat then he may be overweight. Contact your vet Niagara Falls, ON for additional information.

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Taking your Australian Shepherd Off Leash on the Trails

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Most Australian Shepherds love to be outdoors and especially enjoy time with their owners out on the trails. Your Aussie may even do very well running on the trails off leash. Many area parks and forestry divisions provide safe walking trails for people and their pets. Check with your vet for a list of trails that are pet friendly. If you do take your Aussie off leash, make sure there are no signs that prohibit off leash canines. Also make sure you’ve practiced off leash walking beforehand and your dog is trained to come to you when called. You can practice his response to your commands in a fenced in dog park or other fenced in area. When you and your pup do hit the trails, make sure you are on a walkway that is far from roadways or waterways before taking him off leash. Talk with your vet Racine, WI for additional tips.

Feeding Your Dog Throughout His Lifetime

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Feeding your dog properly is an essential part of your dog’s good health and long life. Puppies require frequent feeding up to four times per day. Their tummies are small and they are growing quickly so they need the extra nutrition and calories. As your dog ages, you can reduce the feedings till you just feed your dog once a day. Some dogs prefer a snack in the evening. Make sure you account for this extra feeding in your dog’s total daily calorie count. Keep portions consistent to maintain a healthy weight and help avoid obesity. Select a high-quality, nutritionally complete food that is manufactured for your dog’s stage of life. Some dogs (and owners) prefer dry food and others like canned or fresh food. Keep in mind that dry food aids in keeping teeth clean. Puppies may need dry food moistened for better digestion. Learn more from your Lawrenceville, GA veterinary clinic.

Want a dog that lives forever?

Okay, unless you have your dog stuffed and placed on your mantle, you’re never going to find a dog that lives forever. Unless you count that her memory lives in your heart forever…

However, if you’re worried about the affect it will have on you or your kids if your pooch were to pass away, there are a few breeds that live a long time. Generally the smaller dogs live longer—those who stay inside more often and are coddled by their owners. The following dogs can typically live from 12-15 years old:

  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Poodles (large and small)
  • Maltese
  • Lab Retrievers
  • Boston Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Dachshund
  • Beagle
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Pug
  • Chihuahua

There are plenty of other breeds out there who, if kept healthy, will grow up with your family and give you plenty of years of happiness together.

Talk to your  Critter Care Animal Hospital  to discuss the characteristics that are important to you and your household .

Walking Your Dog: Choosing the Right Equipment

Your dog’s daily walk is essential to his exercise regime. You need to select either a collar or a harness for your dog. A collar puts the controlling tension on your dog’s neck. If your dog is small, a collar may cause damage if you or your dog tugs on it too hard. A harness has the controlling tension in the chest and shoulders so any pressure is evenly distributed. However, for a large, strong dog, a harness may give your dog too much leverage and make it difficult to control him and keep him safe. Similarly when considering a retractable versus a fixed length leash. You may not be able to control a large dog with a retractable leash since you hold the “brakes” with just your thumb. The retractable leash is a ideal for a small dog since it gives them a little extra play to explore. Learn more from your Craig Road, NV veterinary clinic.

Places Where It’s Safe to Bring Your Dog

Places Where It's Safe to Bring Your Dog
Your dog is likely a member of your family, but just like there are some places where it’s not appropriate to bring your kids, there are places where you shouldn’t bring your dog. Here are some places where your canine companion is welcome.

Most outdoor areas are happy to host dogs. Parks, beaches, and trails often have rules for canines. If you want the freedom of allowing your dog off of his leash, visit the dog park. He can make a lot of friends with other dogs there too.

Some workplaces allow dogs. Just make sure you check with your employer before you show up with your furry friend in the morning. Some schools may be happy to host your dog as well.

For a list of places in the area that allow dogs, click here, or contact your veterinary clinic Fox Chapel, PA.

Do Cats Chase Their Tails?

Do Cats Chase Their Tails
It’s fairly common knowledge that dogs like to chase their tails. It’s a great way to pass the time and get attention from human companions, but what about cats? Do they chase their tails too?

Cats are less likely to chase their tails than dogs, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Kittens are especially prone to tail chasing behavior.

Felines are master hunters, which means keeping their eyes open for anything that moves. The flickering of a tail in your pet’s peripheral vision makes for good hunting practice!

Just like dogs, some cats chase their tails when they’re bored and want to play. Unfortunately, some cats can develop OCD, which means their constant tail chasing behavior is extremely unhealthy.

To make sure your cat’s tail chasing behavior is normal, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian Fox Chapel, PA.

Why Some Cats Prefer Water Fountains to Bowls of Water

Why Some Cats Prefer Water Fountains to Bowls of Water
Making sure your cat has constant access to water is important, but that doesn’t mean you can make your feline friend drink it! If you’re struggling to get your cat to drink enough water, you may have better luck with a water fountain.

Cats can be quite picky, especially when it comes to the freshness of their water. For some cats, changing out the water once a day isn’t enough! The mechanism in the fountain allows the water to cycle continuously, which makes the water taste better.

Water fountains are a lot more interesting than bowls of standing water! Even though most cats don’t want to get wet, they are fascinated by running water.

If you do decide to bring home a fountain for your cat, make sure that you clean it frequently. They can develop a slimy film pretty quickly. For more information, call your vet Fox Chapel, PA.

Mother Dogs Also Need To Be Weaned

Some pet parents are unaware that mother dogs have to be weaned from their puppy food diet at the same time that puppies are weaned from their mother’s milk. The process of switching a mother dog’s diet back to adult pet food is a process that should be undertaken gradually to avoid digestive upsets.

When puppies start to find puppy food more delectable, they will suckle less milk from their mother. In response, the mother dog’s body produces less milk. Certain hormones of the body exert an influence on the production of milk by the body as well as cessation. It is a customary practice to give puppy food to pregnant dogs during the last trimester of pregnancy. Puppy food is formulated with high levels of protein which are essential to help the body prepare for lactation.

The process of weaning puppies should be made step by step to avoid digestive upsets.

Know more about your pet’s nutritional needs by asking your Gresham, OR veterinarian.

Sneezing in Desert Iguanas

Sneezing in Desert Iguanas
Did you know that sneezing in reptiles can be a common occurrence? Desert Iguanas and other reptiles frequently sneeze. However, if you notice a sneeze is also accompanied by a cough, yawn or other symptoms these could be symptoms of an underlying illness. You should give your vet a call to schedule a check-up just in case your Desert Iguana is sick. In most cases, a sneeze is a natural response to an irritant in the nose. It may be caused by a foreign object in the nose such as dust or be caused by an allergic reaction to something in the air or even something ingested. Sneezing could also be an indication that the temperature of your Desert Iguana’s habitat needs adjusting. If followed by other symptoms, the sneeze could be an indicator that your iguana has a respiratory infection. Your veterinary clinic Thousand Oaks, CA will need to examine your Desert Iguana.