Daily Archives: March 26, 2016

Benefits of Hiring a Sitter for Your Cat While You’re out of Town

If you’re planning on leaving town for over 24 hours, you’ll definitely have to consider what you’re going to do with your cat. You could send your cat to a boarding facility, but there are quite a few benefits to hiring a cat sitter instead.

First of all, your cat doesn’t have to go anywhere. Car rides and new environments can be extremely unsettling for a cat, especially if he’s middle aged or elderly. If you hire a sitter, she can check up on your cat in the comfort of his own home.

Sitters are often much more affordable too, especially if you’re able to ask a friend, family member, or neighbor to check in on your cat while you’re gone.

Need help finding a sitter? Your vet Greenville, SC can provide you with resources that will help you find a sitter in your area.

Benefits of Hiring a Sitter for Your Cat While You're out of Town

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Skateboarding Dogs

Skateboarding Dogs

It’s highly entertaining to watch a dog skateboard, so you’re likely to catch endless attention from others if you teach your dog this fun trick.

Some dogs are better skateboarders than others. For examples, Bull Dogs tend to like skateboarding, while Chihuahuas don’t. Size matters too. No matter now much your Great Dane wants to skateboard, he probably won’t be successful!

Start by teaching your dog to place his two front paws on any object of your choice. You can then teach him to jump on the object. Then, try and get him to do the same on a skateboard.

Don’t forget to use plenty of treats, and don’t get disappointed if your dog is more interested in chewing on the skateboard than riding it!

Looking for more training tips? Click here, or schedule a visit with your veterinary clinic Moorpark, CA.

Benefits of an Invisible Fence

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An invisible fence has really become a popular item with dog owners because of its many benefits. For example, the aesthetic appeal of the house remains intact without having a chain link or wooden fence in the way. Chain link fences look fine in the back, but they make it difficult to keep the lawn seamlessly mowed. Wooden fences are attractive, but if you want a different view than just your fence when you’re in the backyard, you’re out of luck. Keeping your dog in the yard without having to use a physical fence also allows your pup to roam freely in the front or the back. Because the sensor is placed below ground, once it’s installed, you don’t have to worry about using a trimmer for unruly growing grass. You also don’t have to paint anything to make sure it continues to look nice and is protected from the elements. In addition, you get the pride that comes with knowing your dog is intelligent enough to be trained to stay in the yard.

Talk to your Lakeville, MN vet about additional benefits to having an invisible fence, or read more here.

Diabetes in Persians

If you suspect your Persian cat has diabetes call your vet to set up a wellness exam. Cats with diabetes tend to have four classic symptoms among other symptoms. Those include an increase in appetite, weight loss, increased urination, and increased water consumption. Make sure you tell your vet about any symptoms your Persian is experiencing. Your vet can tell you that diabetes occurs most often when a cat doesn’t produce enough insulin or the insulin produced is not used properly. When this happens your cat’s body will start breaking down stored proteins and fats for energy instead of the glucose that should be regulated and distributed by the insulin. Most diabetic cats develop insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM).  The remaining cats most likely have non-insulin dependent diabetes but may require injections to control the disease. Contact your vet Coronado, CA for further details.

Diabetes in Persians

Treating an Eye Infection in your Painted Turtle

Always call your veterinarian if you think your Painted turtle is sick or if your turtle appears to have something wrong with his eyes. Eye conditions can be common in turtles. Things to look out for include weepiness, discharge of mucous, irritation, swelling, and even completely closed eyes. It’s possible that your turtle has something in his eye and it needs to be flushed out. The eye could also have an infection. Ear infections can sometimes lead to respiratory infections which are known to cause infections elsewhere including the eyes. Most bacterial infections in the eye come from debris trapped in the eye or from an infection elsewhere. Not only can the eye infection travel to the respiratory tract, but the respiratory tract can also develop an infection and send it to the eye. Your veterinarian Coronado, CA may need to take discharge samples from the eye area to determine the exact bacteria present.

Treating an Eye Infection in your Painted Turtle

Eye Cleaner in your Parakeet’s Eyes

No matter how hard you try to keep your bird from getting into things he shouldn’t, there are always going to be accidents and overly curious birds! Remember eye injuries can go from small to large in a matter of minutes if your Parakeet doesn’t receive proper vet care. If you notice any swelling, irritation, or excessive discharge from the eye then call your vet. If you are going to dust, vacuum, or use cleaning chemicals near your bird the best thing to do is remove him to a safe location away from the cleaning area. If your Parakeet gets cleaner in his eyes, call your vet immediately. Your vet may recommend that you flush your bird’s eyes with water or a sterile saline solution. Make sure you tell your vet Imperial Beach, CA exactly what your Parakeet got in his eye and the chemicals involved. This could help with further treatment.

AJ3FKT Ring necked parakeet Psittacula krameri perched in Oak tree looking alert Richmond park London. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.

AJ3FKT Ring necked parakeet Psittacula krameri perched in Oak tree looking alert Richmond park London. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.

Dealing with a Cat That Won’t Leave You Alone

Dealing with a Cat That Won't Leave You Alone

It’s wonderful to feel needed by your pet, but that doesn’t mean you want to be endlessly bothered! Here are a few ways to deal with a needy cat that won’t leave you alone.

First, try and determine if there’s something your cat is trying to tell you. He may become a thorn in your side if his food or water bowl is empty, or if his litter box needs to be dumped.

Some cats simply require more attention than others. Try taking a few minutes to provide your pet with some attention. You may find it only takes a scratch under the chin for your cat to go about his business.

Unfortunately, these tips don’t work with every cat. If your cat still requires attention, you may want to consider providing him with a companion.

To make sure his behavior doesn’t have a medical cause, schedule an appointment with your animal hospital Moorpark CA.

 

Suggested Diet for Diabetic Persians

Did you know that part of your Persian cat’s diabetic treatment plan could include medication, long-term care along with a change in diet and exercise habits? Your vet may recommend a more controlled diet for your cat that may include a prescription cat food and strict instructions for you and your cat to follow. For instance, changing your cat’s daily food will not work alone. You will also need to take charge and make sure your cat does not get extra treats or foods not on his diet. Most experts recommended limiting your cat’s food intake to the amount needed to maintain the best weight. Your cat should be fed naturally moist food or food moistened with water. Feed a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein. Always talk to your vet before changing or altering your diabetic cat’s food regimen. For additional information and assistance, contact your vet Imperial Beach, CA.

Suggested Diet for Diabetic Persians