4 Tips For Taking Care Of Your New Puppy’s Teeth

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For Taking Care Of Your New Puppy’s Teeth

Getting a new puppy is a huge responsibility. You have to house train it, take care of its vet appointments and shots, feed it the best food for a growing young dog, and generally do what you can to give your puppy the best start in life. One thing you definitely shouldn’t overlook is your puppy’s dental care. Taking great care of your dog’s teeth now will help prevent issues down the road.  Here are four tips for taking care of your new puppy’s teeth: Get Appropriate Chew Toys Young puppies need a healthy outlet for their urge to chew on things. You can easily redirect their chewing from shoes and furniture by providing them with chew toys. Be very enthusiastic and encouraging when they begin to chew on their toys, so they know they’re doing what you want them to. Young dog teeth are somewhat fragile, so opt for soft, flexible rubber chew toys rather than hard bone or plastic ones.  Feed Your Puppy the Right Food It’s best to buy your young dog food that’s formulated specifically for puppies. This will ensure they get the nutrients they need most. Puppy food is also smaller and easier to chew than food made for adult dogs. Most vets agree that dry dog food is better for dog’s teeth than wet food, which can contribute to tooth decay and other dental issues. Get Your Puppy Comfortable with Mouth Handling It’s a good idea to get your dog used to having its mouth handled when it’s still young and before it has a chance to develop a fear of this sort of handling. This will make it much less stressful for both you and your dog to brush your dog’s teeth and have its teeth examined and cleaned by the vet. Brush Your Puppy’s Teeth Many people don’t realize they’re supposed to brush their dogs’ teeth. Luckily, special toothbrushes and toothpaste made just for dogs make this task easier. Some dog toothbrushes look a lot like human toothbrushes, while others fit right over your finger. Since dog toothpaste is usually flavored like chicken, beef, or peanut butter to best appeal to dogs, your puppy will most likely be glad to let you brush their teeth. By following these steps you will help ensure that your puppy has healthy teeth for a long time to come. If your puppy experiences any dental issues, be sure to make an appointment with a dental vet (click here for more...

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Why Cats Sleep In Their Litter Boxes

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Cats Sleep In Their Litter Boxes

Do you have a cat that likes to sleep in its litter box? Sometimes this behavior can be benign, but in many cases it’s the symptom of a deeper problem. By knowing your cat’s behaviors, you will be able to ensure your cat is happy and avoid potentially dangerous health issues.      Guarding Behavior And Stress If you have more than one cat and one of them is sleeping in the cat box on a consistent basis you have trouble on your hands. Cats can exhibit this behavior when they’re guarding their litter box from other felines. If this is going on you may notice your other cats eliminating inappropriately elsewhere. So what’s the solution to this problem? Go out and buy one cat box for each cat you have plus an additional one. Placing these boxes in different areas of the home will ensure all of your cats have the opportunity to use the litter box without invading another cat’s territory. If your cat is stressed, they may show similar behaviors to a cat that is guarding the litter box. However, this could happen even if your cat is an only cat. If your cat begins sleeping in the litter box or eliminating inappropriately, stress could be the culprit. Cats can become stressed if anything new happens in the household. This can mean anything from a new puppy, to installing a new dryer that is slightly louder than the last one. You can help minimize stress for your cat by gradually moving their litter box to a quieter place, or by using a hormone spray. Hormone sprays work by marking an area with a feline hormone that induces calm feelings in cats. Health Issues One of the more common reasons for cats to sleep in the litter box is if they’re having problems urinating properly. Urinary tract infections are common in cats and can cause them to have to urinate frequently. Due to the urge to frequently urinate your cat will sleep in the litter box so it doesn’t eliminate inappropriately. When To See Your Vet Urinary issues can become life threatening in cats if not treated properly. If you notice any of the following symptoms in your cat, get it to a vet (such as one from Phoenixville Animal Hospital – R B Wolstenholme DVM​) immediately: Breathing open mouthed Straining to urinate or defecate Blood in your cat’s urine Little or no urine or fecal matter after straining Exposed third eyelid These symptoms indicate your cat is in a life threatening situation and needs to be seen by your vet as soon as...

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Essential Tips For Hiking With Your Dog

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Essential Tips For Hiking With Your Dog

If your dog loves exercise and you enjoy the great outdoors, why not combine these two passions and take your dog on a hike? Here are some tips for taking your dog hiking and making it a safe and enjoyable experience. Bring the Right Items Before you go hiking with your dog, make sure you are bringing the right items. Being prepared is essential any time you go hiking but especially if you bring your furry friend along. Your dog should have a loose dog leash and not a retractable one. Their dog collar should be sturdy and have proper identification. It is also a good idea to put a bandanna or jacket on your dog with bright colors. Bring along extra bottled water and a small bowl for your dog to drink it out of. Also bring some snacks for you and your dog to munch on. Also have some bags for picking up dog waste, as well as first aid supplies. Protect Your Dog When you are planning on hiking with your dog, you are putting it at risk for ticks, fleas, and other parasites. Ticks are a big risk with hiking trails, so make sure you have a good flea and tick treatment on the dog, or use a repellent. It is a good idea to ring bug repellent that is safe to use on dogs. Also make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations to protect them against the many dangers they could come across. Follow the Rules and Regulations Every hiking trail has rules in regard to what you can and can’t do, and that includes dog-friendly trails. First of all, dogs are not allowed in all areas, so make sure you read the signs and know what trails you can bring your dog on. Next, be sure your dog is always on a leash. Even if your dog does great without one, this is often a park rule, and even if it is not, it will keep them safe. Don’t use a leash that is too long, since it can snag on trees and bushes. You want a nice sturdy leash that you can easily control. Also keep a close eye on your dog and its behavior. Clean up after your dog when it goes potty and be careful to avoid other people and dogs that you pass on the trail. General Hiking Tips When you start your hike, keep a close eye out for oak, sumac, and poison ivy, as these can all cause illness and discomfort for your dog. Look out for small critters like snakes, rabbits, and porcupines. They don’t all attack dogs, but your dogs might lose control when it sees one. Also look for larger animals, such as coyotes and bears. Give your dog a lot of walking breaks, stopping in the shade for water and the occasional snack if you are on a longer hike. If you aren’t sure whether or not your dog can physically handle a hike, get it examined by a vet from a clinic like Babylon Animal Hospital before you go. Also visit your vet if your dog is showing suspicious behavior or habits following the...

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What To Do If Your Dog Is Hit By A Car

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Do If Your Dog Is Hit By A Car

As a dog owner, you do what you can to keep your dog contained in your backyard or other space where they cannot get hurt. However, sometimes accidents, like leaving the gate open or the dog breaking free from its leash do occur. If this should happen and a car hits your dog, there are some things you can do to help. This guide explains the quick action you must take to help your dog, or anyone else’s for that matter, if a vehicle strikes him or her. Step 1: Muzzle the Dog Use a shirt or belt to muzzle the dog’s mouth closed. The only exception to muzzling is if your dog is vomiting. Muzzling a vomiting dog can lead to choking. If there is no vomit, muzzle the injured dog immediately. The trauma of being hit by a car causes your dog to be reduced to its most basic instinct of defensiveness, biting. Even the gentlest dog could lash out when it is in extreme pain. So, follow this important first step to prevent yourself from getting injured, making an already bad situation worse. Step 2: Get the Dog Off the Road Slide the dog onto a blanket, and then drag him or her off the road. Don’t lift the dog up very high since this may cause further injury to broken bones. Step 3: Keep the Dog Warm Use another blanket, towel, or jacket to cover your dog. Since the dog is in shock, his or her body temperature could be erratic or drop quickly. As you’re covering the dog don’t tuck the blanket around him or her too tightly to avoid any painful areas. Step 4: Splint Any Broken Bones If you can tell that bones are broken, splint them as best as you can. Use a magazine or newspaper to wrap the broken bone and keep it straight. Keep in mind that this will probably be painful for your dog. Make sure the muzzle is tightly secured and that you’re aware of the possibility of being scratched. Step 5: Get to the Animal Hospital Contact an animal hospital like Denville Animal Hospital and inform them of the situation. Some animal hospitals offer ambulance services and that may be your best option, depending on the severity of your dog’s injuries. If no such service is available, call someone to help you transport the dog to the nearest vet. Quick action and a calm demeanor are necessary during this type of pet emergency. The faster you put these steps into action, the better the chance your furry friend has of a full recovery. Ask your local animal hospital for more first aid ideas for your...

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Pica And The Cat’s Meowch: Protecting Your Kitty’s Teeth From The Pica-Induced Biting Urge

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pica And The Cat’s Meowch: Protecting Your Kitty’s Teeth From The Pica-Induced Biting Urge

If your cat has been diagnosed with the obsessive-compulsive disorder known as pica, you undoubtedly are worrying about your cat. Aside from the general danger of your cat consuming things that can potentially create blockages in their intestines or even poison them, there’s one other potential threat. Cats with pica may have an affinity for chewing or biting hard objects, which can harm their teeth. This guide will help you to support your cat’s oral health and reduce the risk of damage to their teeth and gums. How Pica Harms Teeth Cats’ teeth are incredibly strong, and are meant to be able to tear away at meat and even crunch through small bones to get the marrow inside. However, their teeth aren’t designed to chew on pebbles, wood, or other hard substances. Given enough time, chewing on these substances can damage the enamel of your cat’s teeth, increasing their risk of cavities, or even causing a tooth to break or become fractured. Treatment and Preventative Care The very best way to protect your cat’s teeth from this damage is to regularly see a veterinary dentist. While all cats should see dentists regularly for cleanings, your dentist will also be helpful in examining your cat’s teeth for signs of damage. If damage is found, removing the tooth may be necessary. However, while that sounds extreme, removing the tooth will prevent the tooth from starting to die in your cat’s mouth, and causing infection in the gums. In addition, regular dental visits that reduce plaque and tartar on your cat’s teeth will keep them as strong and healthy as they can be. At the same time chewing on hard surfaces can weaken enamel and increase the risk of cavities, excess plaque and tartar can also weaken enamel, making your cat’s teeth more brittle and inclined to break if they bite a hard object. Pica-Proof Your Home Aside from regular dental checkups, do everything you can to pica-proof your home. Search your home from top to bottom for hard objects your cat has previously chewed on or might be interested in chewing on. These things need to be moved out of the cat’s reach, or gotten rid of. Since the cause of pica isn’t fully understood, there’s no real way to prevent your cat from biting except to get rid of the things they like to bite. Pica is a strange disorder that can hurt a cat’s health in many ways. By taking steps to protect your cat’s oral health now, you can prevent serious damage in the future. For more information, check out companies like Gwynedd Veterinary...

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4 Pet Care Tips For Your Iguana

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Pet Care Tips For Your Iguana

When it comes to exotic pets, iguanas are a popular choice among animal lovers. These lizards grow to be incredibly large and require some specific tips to help you prolong their health and life. In order to be the best iguana owner possible, follow these points below, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian for further help.  Give Your Pet Time To Adjust While bringing your pet lizard home can be an exciting time, you will need to temper that enthusiasm for a bit, so that your iguana has time to adjust. They will go through a bit of a depression period, filled with stress, so you should limit contact with it as much as possible. For close to a month, the only time you should come in contact with your iguana is to feed it. This adjustment period will allow your pet lizard to become better acclimated to its new environment.  Make Sure That Your Tank Expands With Your Pet Many iguanas grow to be 6 feet long, which is larger than most humans. Because of this, you need to be prepared to expand your tank accordingly as they age. It is perfectly fine to start out with 20 gallon tank, but don’t be surprised if you end up upgrading to one that is 12 feet long when it is all said and done. This will give your iguana the space that it needs to grow comfortably without feeling constrained.  A Proper Diet Goes A Long Way Iguanas thrive on plant based diets, which should consist about 35 to 50 percent of fresh, leafy green vegetables. This makes shopping easy, since you can essentially purchase their food during your grocery runs. Fresh produce like collard greens, mustard greens, oregano and basil are ideal. You can feed your iguana sparing amounts of fruit, and give them alfalfa for protein.  Find A Vet That Specializes In Exotic Pets To get the best attention to detail with your iguana’s health care, find a veterinarian that focuses on exotic pets. This will give them the help needed to for thorough checkups and proper diagnosis. Your vet can also help you out by recommended some high quality vitamins and nutrients for your iguana, in addition to responding to any specific emergencies or illnesses as they happen.  Follow these four tips, so that your pet iguana is well looked after for as long as you own...

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Learning Canine Language

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learning Canine Language

Newsflash! Your dog doesn’t speak English. When you try to communicate in your native tongue, all they get is a warbled mess of sounds that may or may not be good, depending upon your tone of voice. So, how are you supposed to live alongside this creature you can’t converse with? How can you possibly know what they need if they can’t tell you? First, learn the language of dog, and then create your own “secret” language. Your bond with your best bud will grow, and you will both live happy lives in harmony. Here’s a few tidbits to help you venture into the linguistics of the canine variety. Tail Wags You were probably taught that whenever a dog wags its tail it’s happy. Unfortunately, that thinking leads to a lot of dog bites. You see, when a dog wags its tail it means they are aroused, but that’s not always a good thing. A smooth, side to side wag means your dog is in a mellow mood and happy, but a stiff, high tail wag can mean your dog is uncomfortable in its current situation. Grumbles Dogs growl. It’s a part of their language, and it is a necessary tool to help them deescalate a situation in which they feel nervous or uncomfortable. Although it can be scary to hear your dog growl, you should never punish them for it. If they think it’s bad to growl, the next option could be to bite. You don’t want that! Also, growling is often a natural part of dog play. Your dog may let out some grumbles as you play tug, or as they’re wrestling with their best dog pal. The trick to ensuring a fight doesn’t break out is to watch the rest of your dog’s body language. Is it loose, or is your dog rigid with the telltale mohawk running up its back? If the latter fits in this situation, it’s time for your dog to take a break from play and calm down. Communicate with a Clicker So, you’re learning how your dog communicates with you, but how are you supposed to talk to your dog? A clicker is a tool that allows you to mark certain behavior that you want to be repeated, and then reward them for their good work. Find a trainer and ask them to teach you the basics, and start talking to your dog today! If you need a veterinarian for your dog, visit Clayton Veterinary...

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3 Ways To Stop Your Puppy From Chewing The Wrong Things

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Stop Your Puppy From Chewing The Wrong Things

If your puppy has started to chew everything in sight, you may be frustrated and upset to see your shoes, clothing and other belongings ripped apart. You may also be worried that your puppy’s belly is full of chewed up materials that are not supposed to be there. It is important that you get your puppy to stop chewing on the wrong things — both to save your sanity and keep your dog in good health. Here are some things you can do to stop this unwanted behavior. Consider Medical Causes There are a few medical reasons that may be causing your puppy to chew everything. They may be teething just like a baby would be; in that case, they might feel an urge to chew on anything available in an effort to soothe their aching gums. They may also be nauseous due to an illness, making them chew on things as a coping mechanism. Your puppy might also have intestinal parasites or not be eating a nutritious diet, which can cause pica, a disease where your dog consumes non-food items. When your dog’s chewing seems to be getting out of control, your first stop needs to be at the veterinarian. A vet can rule out health problems as a cause, and they can also check your puppy’s teeth and gums for any cuts caused by chewing on the wrong things. Practice Positive Reinforcement Instead of yelling or becoming upset when your puppy chews on your favorite shoes instead of their chew toy, it’s a good idea to practice positive reinforcement when you can. If you see your puppy with something in their mouth they shouldn’t have, don’t react in an angry way. Instead, offer them a snack or a toy they can chew on. Then, offer praise and excitement to how you reward good behavior. Your dog wants to please you and wants a treat, so doing this can lead to better behavior over time. Play with Your Puppy It seems obvious that you’d want to play with your puppy, but the responsibilities in your day to day life may mean you don’t get as much playtime with your dog as you’d like. If you want to get your puppy to stop chewing on your belongings however, it’s a good idea to schedule as much playtime as you can. Not only will you bond with your puppy, but a good play session will tire them out. Hopefully, they won’t have as much energy left over to find something to chew. Now that you have some ideas for keeping your puppy’s teeth away from inappropriate things, you can work to stop your dog from chewing everything in your home. Talk to your vet, like those at Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital, for more suggestions about how you can make sure your puppy doesn’t chew up all your...

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3 Tips To Keeping Your Dog Healthy and Happy

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Keeping Your Dog Healthy and Happy

In order to be sure that your dog is well taken care of, you need to be sure that you are providing them with practical health and medical care. As a dog owner, the following tips below will help you to keep your dog as healthy as possible through the years. #1: Know What Foods And Substances That Your Dog Should Not Have While people are typically vigilant about finding the best foods to give their dog, you may not know about some of the foods and substances that you should keep your dog away from. For instance, bread dough can cause serious problems for your dog. Substances with caffeine can be toxic to your dog; if ingested, your dog can experience discomfort and quivers. Avocados can cause your dog to either throw up or experience bouts of diarrhea. Many people feed their dogs scraps from their plate–which can be fine in most cases–but can create serious repercussions in others, such as the instances outlined above.  #2: Use Some Practical Home Remedies For Your Dog While you should take your dog to the vet when they are having issues, there are also some practical remedies that you can employ in order to help them out of some dangerous situations. For instance, you can give your dog electrolyte-infused drinks in order to keep them well hydrated, especially throughout the summer months. If your dog has a habit of chewing on things that they shouldn’t, you can slather it with a sports cream, to deter them from gnawing on it. Further, washing your dog with dishwashing liquid is useful in helping them get rid of fleas, without using harsh chemicals.  #3: Take Your Dog In For Regular Vet Checkups Taking your dog to the veterinarian allows you to make sure that any issues are caught early. Your vet will also keep excellent medical records for your dog, so that they can accurately diagnose and treat them. This should be considered the backbone and foundation of your dog’s medical care and is a very practical way to keep them healthy for as long as possible. If you aren’t sure where to take your dog for regular check-ups, talk with a place like All-Pets Hospital. If you apply these three practical tips to the way you take care of your dog, you will best be able to protect them so that they are happy and...

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The Risks Of Letting Your Cat Go Outside

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Risks Of Letting Your Cat Go Outside

Most cats are happy sleeping in a sunny spot on the floor of your living room. But if you have a cat that insists on going outside, here are some tips to help them be safe. Get Your Cat’s Vaccinations Up to Date Have your veterinarian give your cat any recommended boosters. Your cat may encounter a number of creatures outside and any one of them could have a serious illness. Feline leukemia is highly contagious and often fatal. Rabies is another serious virus. Both of these can easily be transmitted to your cat through the saliva of an infected animal. Declawed Cats Have Little Defense If your cat does not have its front claws, it’s missing one of its primary forms of defense against another animal attacking it. Your cat also uses its claws to climb trees to get away from conflict. It’s best to keep a declawed cat indoors because you’ll be sending it out with little protection. Continue to Feed Your Cat Indoors Make your cat come inside to eat. Don’t put food outside for your cat. You have no way of knowing if your cat is really eating the food or if the neighbor’s dog is helping itself. Your cat may use its predator instincts to find prey to eat outside, but it probably won’t be a nutritional diet. Make sure your cat is eating a healthy diet by getting them accustomed to only eating while inside of the house. Collars Are Crucial for the Outdoor Cat You may be used to your indoor cats not wearing collars and tags, but it should be a requirement if the cat goes outside. Your vet will help you find a nylon collar that is quick release, so your cat won’t injure itself should it catch the collar on a tree limb or fence. Identification tags are useful when other people need to contact you about your cat. Consider having your cat microchipped, too. It can be done in your vet’s office and most animal hospitals and shelters have the readers to access the information on the chip. This is valuable should your cat be hurt and end up in the animal shelter or an emergency animal hospital several neighborhoods away. Check on Your Cat’s Health Often Your outdoor cat can come in with a variety of conditions that affect their health, such as: tick and fleas that spread disease bites and scratches acquired in a fight that can abscess burrs and sticks that can cause the fur to mat broken and bleeding claws abrasions and missing fur Whenever your cat comes inside, check them over from head to toe to make sure they haven’t been hurt during their last adventure outdoors. If your cat needs immediate medical attention, take them to a professional animal clinic, like Animal Emergency Clinic,...

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