Daily Archives: March 29, 2016

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.

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Checking Your Dogs For Ticks

Ticks are bloodsucking parasites and they carry many diseases that can affect both pets and people. Pet parents should take ticks seriously. One of the best ways to protect your pet from tick-borne disease is to know where to check your dog for ticks and how often.

Tick prevention should be a year-round undertaking. While ticks abound during summer, this does not mean they go into hibernation once the days grow cooler, as summer turns into fall, and eventually winter. Some ticks that are capable of transmitting disease have developed the ability to become immune to the cold. Studies have been able to establish the fact that these ticks have developed a type of glycoprotein that acts as their bodies’ antifreeze mechanism to survive in harsh conditions.

The important places to check your pet dog for ticks include:

  • Areas under the chin and neck
  • Between the toes
  • In the groins and armpits
  • Inside the dog’s ears and around the folds of the ear

Your Greenwood, IN veterinarian can help you create a year-round tick prevention program to protect your dog against tick bites and being infected with tick-borne infections. To learn more, click here.

Checking Your Dogs For Ticks

Vaccinations for Blaze Ferrets

Vaccinations for Blaze Ferrets
Did you know that Blaze Ferrets require routine veterinary care just like other pets? If you’ve recently purchased your ferret make sure you call your vet to set up a first time visit. Initial visits and wellness exams can help you establish a medical history for your Blaze Ferret. Your vet can also help answer any questions you have about basic care and dietary needs. In addition, Blaze ferrets require routine vaccinations. All ferrets require a distemper vaccination as well as a rabies vaccination. Most vets recommend giving your ferret a temporary distemper shot at six weeks of age. Your vet will then set up a vaccine schedule for your ferret that may include a series of distemper shots at 9, 12, and 16 weeks for the first year and once a year afterwards. The rabies vaccines will most likely be given at 13-16 weeks and then once a year. Contact your veterinarian Thousand Oaks, CA for more details.

Service dogs

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In today’s society, we use service dogs for much more than leading the blind. That’s because the healing power of dogs has been discovered to help us in ways we never imagined before. You may see some veterans with psychiatric dogs that help with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). These canines help our heroic veterans deal with the following issues:

  • Memory loss: in addition to finding lost objects, the dog can wake his owner up in the morning
  • Anxiety/Panic: alerting his owner that a panic attack is beginning
  • Sleep disturbance: waking his owner from a nightmare
  • Anger/rage: redirecting his owner from the anger trigger
  • Medication reminder: helping his owner take daily medication
  • Muscle aches: retrieving needed items for pain relief

The remarkable abilities of service dogs like these allow for veterans to continue to function in daily society.

Your Pickerington, OH vet can talk to you more about the amazing things a service dog can do or how you can get involved. Find out more here.

Feeding Your Cat Raw Meat

Feeding Your Cat Raw Meat

Wild cats eat an all-meat diet and some people feel they should feed their kitties a similar diet. However, commercial raw meat can introduce salmonella, e coli and a number of other bacteria to your cat’s system. These contaminants can make us sick as well, which is why we need to cook our food and wash our hands and preparation surfaces thoroughly after handling raw meats. If you choose to feed your cat raw meat exclusively, you may need to add supplements to provide a well-balanced diet. You can feed your cat a high-quality nutritionally complete canned or dry food or a combination of the two for best results. If you want to give your cat raw meat, get the meat from a butcher rather than the supermarket so it is fresher. Use the meat promptly or freeze it to destroy bacteria. For more information you can contact your veterinarian Myrtle Beach SC.

Training Red Ackies

Training Red Ackies
Did you know that Red Ackies need training and socialization at an early age? If you’re not sure about your Red Ackie’s age or level of socialization give your vet a call to see if he can help you out. If you own a young Red Ackie, you should try and work with him daily for at least a year or longer in order to gain his trust. It may take this long for him to adjust to life as a pet as well. You may find that a well trained Red Ackie will come to enjoy a head, neck and body rub. He’ll probably start taking treats from you and may even enjoy roaming around your home on his own. Even if you adopt an older Red Ackie that isn’t so friendly, you can still work to make friends and socialize him. If you need assistance contact your animal hospital Thousand Oaks, CA.

Do Sick Cats Have Dry Noses?

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Many cats have cool, wet noses, which causes some pet parents to believe that a dry nose means the animal is sick. Is this true?

You’ll be happy to hear that a dry nose doesn’t necessarily mean your cat is sick. As a matter of fact, without any other symptoms present, there isn’t any reason to be alarmed at all. There are quite a few reasons why a cat’s nose might be dry.

If the air is dry, your cat may experience a dry nose in much the same way that your skin gets dry when there isn’t enough moisture in the air.

For some cats, grooming is enough to dry out their nose. That’s because the compounds in cat saliva can be very drying.

Even lounging in the sun can dry out your cat’s nose. If your cat has other symptoms, schedule an appointment with your vet Cherry Hill, NJ.

Bad Breath in Dogs

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There are several causes for bad breath in dogs. If your dog chews on something particularly stinky, it will give him bad breath. Similarly, if he eats raw, stringy foods and the get caught in his teeth, the food will rot and smell. And gastrointestinal issues can cause bad breath. Feed your dog high-quality food to keep your dog’s system in balance. Clean your dog’s teeth regularly, starting when he is very young so it becomes routine. Use toothpaste that is safe for dogs since human toothpaste can upset your dog’s stomach and possibly cause medical issues. Consider adding a minty plaque remover to his water regularly. Provide hard, crunchy treats and chew toys to clean teeth and stimulate gums. Be aware that even with the best of care your dog will need periodic professional cleanings. These cleanings are done under anesthesia in your vet’s office. Learn more from your vet villa Rica Area, GA.

The Importance of Play for Felines

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Playing with a cat can be difficult because they are so picky about the things they like to play with! Although it may be frustrating to carve out playtime with your cat, it is extremely important.

Unlike dogs that you can take for a walk, cats remain indoors. This poses a challenge when it comes to making sure that your pet gets enough exercise. Playing with your cat regularly allows him to burn calories and energy, which means he’ll be much better behaved all day and all night long.

Playing with your cat is also a great way for you to bond. If you set aside time to play with your cat regularly, he’ll understand just how much you care about him.

Plus, playing is just a lot of fun! For help engaging your cat in play, call your vet Wilson County, TN.

The Best Times to Feed a Cat

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A cat can’t feed himself! In addition, it’s a bad idea to leave food out for your cat all the time. It could cause your feline friend to become overweight and he could even develop diabetes. You should feed your cat twice a day, but what are the best times to feed your pet?

It’s all about getting into a routine. That way your cat knows when to expect his food, and by feeding him at the same times, you’re less likely to forget to feed him.

Many people prefer to feed the cat in the morning when they get up for work. However, if you don’t go to work until later in the day, you may choose to feed him then instead.

It’s a good idea to feed him again when you get home or just before you go to bed.

For more tips, call your vet Bucks County, PA.