Daily Archives: March 6, 2016

Tips To Protect Your Dog’s Paws

Paw injuries in dogs can be very painful. With a swollen or injured paw, a dog is unable to engage in or enjoy activities that he loves to do such as running, jumping, digging, or walking.

Common causes of paw injuries in dogs

  • Walking on very hot or cold surfaces can actually rub the paw’s surface raw or cause blisters in the footpads.
  • Hairs growing in between the paw pads should be trimmed because these can “magnet” thorns, dirt, and other debris. When these hairs become matted, it can also be quite painful for dogs.
  • Dogs should not be allowed to play or venture in places that contain sharp objects that increase the risk of injury to the paws.
  • Trim your dog’s nails regularly. Long nails have longer ‘quicks’, which can make it difficult to trim a dog’s nails to an adequate length. Long nails can easily get caught on something and be torn off.

Asking assistance from your Woodland, CA veterinary hospital will also go a long way in addressing any problem you have with your pet’s health and wellbeing.




What is Owner-Absent Behavior In Cats?

Some cats develop undesirable behavior when they are left alone for considerable lengths of time during the day. When their owners find that they are unable to deal with their cat’s behavior, the easiest solution would be to turn them over to the shelter, after punishment yields no change in their pet’s behavior. However, a responsible cat parent does not easily give up on their pet because of problem behaviors. There are always solutions and avenues to solve behavior problems, although it will not always be an easy ride.

If ever you find yourself in the same boat with these cat parents, know that your cat’s problem is not a hopeless case. If you cannot be around to supervise him during the day, you can always do something to influence your pet’s behavior. A little manipulation and some creativity will create an environment that can influence your pet’s behavior. You can also put up “booby traps” to prevent your cat from getting into certain places that are off limits to them. You can also use eucalyptus oil placed on cotton balls, citrus-scented air fresheners, aluminum foil, and other popular cat repellants.

Consult with your Woodland, CA vet if you have any concerns about your pet’s behavior.

What is Owner-Absent Behavior In Cats

Bichon Frise and Anal Gland Cleaning

Does your Bichon Frise tend to pass gas or have smell “farts”? If so, the smell may not be from your pup’s poo as you would think. The smell could be coming from the dog’s anal glands. Anal glands are meant to provide a strong and potent scent for marking territory. They also help eliminate toxins and other substances that aren’t needed. Small dogs like the Bichon Frise are prone to suffer from anal gland inflammation, anal gland dysfunction and even abscesses and tumors of the anal gland. Things that can cause these illnesses include the dog’s diet, general body toxins, obesity due to a carb based diets, liver imbalance, or even a spine or muscle energy. Call your vet to set up a routine exam. Your vet Happy Valley, OR may exam the anal glands for any abnormalities. In most cases, cleaning and empty the anal glands will solve the problem.

Bichon Frise and Anal Gland Cleaning

Poisonous Plants for Parrots

Did you know that there are various types of plants that are both edible and non-edible or toxic for parrots and other birds? The degree of toxicity of a plant to a parrot depends on the plant itself, the type of parrot, and the amount of the toxic plant that is digested by the parrot. For instance, a plant that is potentially toxic or harmful for a parakeet may not necessarily be harmful for a larger sized African Grey. If your parrot has eaten something questionable, call your vet right away. Common side effects from toxins include weakness, inability to perch, labored breathing, and feather fluffing or puffing. Plants to keep away from your parrot include calla lilies, foxglove, elephant ear, nightshade, Virginia creeper, etc. Ask your veterinarian Happy Valley, OR to help you decipher which plants are safe and which plants should be avoided.

Poisonous Plants for Parrots