Monthly Archives: April 2019

Regular Dental Care Prevents Bad Breath In Cats

Bad breath is an early sign of periodontal disease. Thus, it shouldn’t be ignored or attributed to your pet’s diet. Cats with poor dental hygiene are most prone to tooth and gum problems. A regular home dental regimen coupled with regular dental checks can go a long way in protecting your pet against dental problems. Without regular tooth brushing, plaque and tartar can accumulate and pave the way for dental carries and gum disease. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of cat owners admit to brushing their pet’s teeth and gums regularly. Tooth and gum problems should not be taken lightly because when there is infection in the mouth and associated parts, bacteria from the oral infection can travel throughout the body via the bloodstream and cause disease in major organs of the body such as the heart, kidneys, and liver.

Bring your pet to your Crown Point, IN animal hospital for his annual dental hygiene and checkup.

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Common Dog Training Mistakes

While training their dogs, some pet owners unintentionally reward the wrong behavior. Reinforcing undesirable behavior can interfere in the dog’s learning process and comprehension. Consistency is very important if you want your dog to learn within a short length of time as possible. If you are not consistent in correcting negative behavior exhibited by your dog, letting it pass sometimes and correcting it when you like, can be an important factor in the delay of achieving the desired results. When it comes to dog training, pet owners should learn to set realistic and achievable goals. Specific commands should never be issued or given if you are unable to reinforce it. Always be firm in asserting your dominance as the alpha dog so that your pooch will look up to you as the leader of the pack.

Sudden changes in your pet’s behavior should be brought to the attention of your Crown Point, IN veterinarian. Click here.

Biting And Urine Spraying In Chinchillas

Chinchillas can shy away from human handling and interaction especially when they lack early interaction with humans. Bad experiences may also lead to the manifestation of anti-social behaviors that can be a hard to eliminate and deal with.

Biting and nibbling

Nibbling is one way by which chinchillas show affection to their humans. It shows that they are comfortable with the interaction. However, they can also bite down hard when they are frightened or extremely stressed. Some pet chins become persistent bites and measures must be taken to nip the problem in the bud as it can cause injuries.

Urine spraying

Urine spraying is commonly displayed by female chinchillas that are hyperactive. When someone tries to approach or passes by, they spray urine directed at the person.The behavior might be triggered by their strong territorial instincts or when they are exposed to specific stressors in their environment.

You should seek professional help from a Crown Point, IN vet if you are dealing with any negative behavior of your pet. Click here for more information.

Feeding Management of Older Dogs

As their bodies slow down with age, older or senior dogs require less food intake and better food quality. Fortunately, there are now premium pet food products that have been formulated for their specific lifestage. Age-related changes eventually affect the overall physiological functions of the body, thus there specific diet can help prevent health problems associated with being overweight or obese including heart disease and diabetes. It can also help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with joint problems. Considering that senior dogs are more prone to age-related health issues because its immune system is not as strong as it was when they were younger, their daily food intake must be free from artificial additives and by-products. There are also prescription diets which can help effectively manage age-related problems including arthritis, as well as kidney and heart problems.

Senior pets need more health checks at your Crown Point, IN animal hospital.

Pet Reptiles Can Be Highly Territorial

veterinarian Anderson, INEven when they are used to the presence of people, many types of reptiles remain to be very territorial. The presence of perceived threats to their territory is an important factor that can trigger displays of aggressive behavior. Iguanas are extremely territorial, which is one reason to never keep them in the same cage or within sight of another iguana. There have been lots of cases in which pet reptiles attack their owners because they think they are encroaching on their territories. These displays of aggressive behaviors tend to increase during the breeding season as male reptiles become all fired up. The attacks can be very serious that affected pet owners need to undergo plastic surgery to repair the wounds caused by the reptiles’ sharp teeth and powerful tails.

Pet reptiles can suffer from specific medical issues that can affect their health and well-being, thus they will need regular health checks that is performed by an veterinarian Anderson, IN certified reptile or exotic.

Approaching a Stray Dog

veterinarian Mt. Airy, MDIf you find a dog wandering in your area at home or work then the dog may be a stray or he may be lost. If you start to move towards the dog and he growls, shows his teeth or starts to run then immediately stop. You can try leaving out a bowl of water and even a bowl of dog food to see if the dog will approach you on his own. This may be a better solution to getting close enough to see if the dog is wearing ID tags of any kind. If the stray dog happily approaches you and allows you to pet him then you may try to put a leash on him and hold onto him in a safe place while you contact the vet, police, dog officer, etc. If the dog isn’t wearing ID he may have a microchip. Your veterinarian Mt. Airy, MD should be able to scan the chip for ID.

Tabby Cats

If you own a cat or are families with felines then you may have heard some cats referred to as tabby cats. So what is a tabby cat? These particular cats have distinctive coat markings which are often made up of a striped, dotted or swirly pattern. In addition, most tabby cats are known for an ‘M’ shaped mark on their forehead. If you think your cat may be a tabby cat, give your vet a call and schedule a checkup. Your vet can help you look for the identifying marks and find out if your cat is indeed part of the tabby family. It’s important to know as well that tabby is not a breed but a color term. It’s a descriptive term for the patterns and colors of the cat. In fact, Maine Coons and Abyssinians can have the markings and be considered tabby cats. For more information, consult with your Fort Collins, CO veterinarian.

Dogs and Ice Cream

As a general rule of thumb, dogs should not have ice cream or at least they should not have large amounts of it on a regular basis. Ice cream given a few licks here and there is probably fine, but it should not become the norm. Why? Most ice cream is filled with sugar which can cause dental problems, weight issues, and even diabetes in canines. In addition, not all dogs can digest milk or dairy based products. Lactose found in ice cream and other dairy products is not easily digested for most dogs. In fact, dogs are generally lactose intolerant. If they are given ice cream they may develop diarrhea or other stomach issues. Instead of feeding your dog ice cream, try feeding him a little bit of frozen yogurt, dog safe ice cream, or frozen fruit. These are all cool treats that your dog will most likely enjoy. For more ideas, call your Fort Collins, CO vet.

What is a Feral Cast?

A feral cat is a domesticated cat that typically lives outdoors and seldom has contact with people. The feral cat is often untamed and un-socialized. Contrary to popular belief, however, feral cats are not stray cats. Most stray cats are cats that at one time were house cats but have since become lost or have run away or have even been abandoned and are now living outdoors on the streets. Feral cats are generally born and raised on the streets. They have had no contact with in house living and are often hard to catch and tame. They are in a sense wild and can be very frightened if caught and placed in a home environment. They may even be aggressive due to their fear and anxiety. If you are considering adopting a feral cat, talk with your Happy Valley, OR veterinary clinic first for assistance and advice.

The Golden

If you’ve heard people make reference to ‘The Golden’ then they are most often referring to the lovable, loyal, smart, intelligent, canine companion known as the Golden Retriever. This large canine is one of the most beloved, recognizable, and most sought after pet for people of just about all ages. The Golden not only gets along with most people, but he also does well with other dogs, cats, and really just about any pet. The Golden can be energetic as well as a regular lap dog (he doesn’t know he’s too large for that). The Golden is eager to please and eager to train. He loves to play fetch, go for long walks, and love on or tear up soft toys. The puppyhood of a Golden is generally a long one so patience and consistent training are recommended. Talk to your Happy Valley, OR vet to learn more.