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4 Things to Do Before Boarding Your Cat for the First Time

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things to Do Before Boarding Your Cat for the First Time

If you’ll be traveling in the near future and don’t have anybody to come check on your cat while you’re gone, then you might be thinking about boarding your feline friend. Before you drop your kitty off at your local boarding facility, however, there are some things you’ll want to do. Get Updated Vaccination Records Any reputable boarding facility will require you to provide vet records showing that your cat is updated on all vaccinations, including rabies. This is done for the safety of your cat and other animals within the facility. If you’ve lost your cat’s paperwork, contact your vet and he or she should be able to e-mail or fax them to you. Find the Right Boarding Facility Keep in mind that not all boarding facilities are created equal. Some are better-suited for cats than others. You may want to consider looking for a boarding facility that exclusively houses cats, as facilities that host both dogs and cats can sometimes be a little hectic and loud. You’ll also want to find a facility that offers the features you’re looking for, such as: a window view for your cat daily play time or treats regular photo/video updates while you’re away Consider Your Cat’s Anxiety Levels If your cat tends to get anxiety in unfamiliar surroundings (which is very common in felines), you may even want to talk to your cat’s vet about the possibility of getting some anti-anxiety medication before taking him or her to the boarding facility. A small dose of medicine can go a long way in keeping your cat relaxed and content in new surroundings. Simply let the boarding staff know about the medication and they should be able to administer it to your cat daily. Pack a Familiar Toy or Blanket Finally, remember to pack a familiar toy or blanket that will remind your cat of home. Cats have a very strong sense of smell, so an item with a familiar scent can go a long way in helping your cat stay calm in his or her new surroundings.  These are just a few things to keep in mind as you prepare to board your cat for the first time. By making sure you have up-to-date vaccination records, choosing the right facility, and packing a familiar toy or piece of bedding with your cat, you can make the experience as enjoyable as possible for all involved. Start getting an idea of your options by contacting services like Academy Of Canine...

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Why A Once Quiet Cat Meowing All The Time Isn’t A Good Thing

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why A Once Quiet Cat Meowing All The Time Isn’t A Good Thing

If you enjoy hearing your cat meow, it could seem delightful to have a once-quiet cat suddenly begin to meow all the time. However, this is actually a matter that should concern you. Excessive meowing can be one of the first indicators that there’s something wrong with your cat’s health. If your cat rarely used to meow and does so endlessly now, read this guide to learn some possible reasons why. Illness and Age If you’ve had your cat for many years and they’ve been quiet, there’s a chance that your cat is elderly. Unfortunately, frequent meowing in old age can indicate that there’s a health problem with your cat. Elderly cats can experience a lot of health issues as they grow older, including hyperthyroidism, a loss of hearing or worsening sight, and even cognitive dysfunction, which is essentially cat dementia. Some of these conditions are treatable, so the good thing about your cat yowling frequently is that it may be the sign you need to get your cat help. Problems with the thyroid gland can be treated with medication, and a veterinarian can come up with a care plan to help soothe your cat if they’re experiencing deafness, blindness, or cognitive dysfunction. Hormones Another possibility is that there’s a cat in heat near your home. Many cats go through a good portion of their lives showing no signs of excessive yowling, but when an unfixed female cat moves into the neighborhood, they respond accordingly. For males, this may mean that your cat yowls, meows, or attempts to mark his territory. Female cats may also excessively meow and become irritable or territorial. In short, your cat may be responding to the hormones another cat in your neighborhood is producing. The easiest solution for this problem is to have your cat fixed, if they aren’t already. If they already are, however, using a collar or air spray with soothing pheromones may be your best bet. They can reduce the stress and anxiety that your cat is experiencing until the neighborhood cat is no longer in heat. Talkative cats are cute, but if your cat used to be quiet or silent and suddenly can’t stop talking, it might be time for a checkup. Visit your vet at a place like Groves Veterinary Clinic to make sure that your cat’s health is good, and consider using a soothing pheromone product to calm your...

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Urinary Issues In Cats: 3 Common Symptoms & What Causes Them

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Urinary Issues In Cats: 3 Common Symptoms & What Causes Them

If you’ve noticed changes in your cat’s urination habits, you may be concerned about their health. Listed below are three common symptoms associated with feline urinary conditions and what these symptoms could be telling you about your cat’s health. Frequent Urination If your cat has begun to visit their litter box on a more frequent basis, your cat could be suffering from a bladder infection or other related disorder. The most important question to ask when you notice your cat urinating more frequently is whether the volume of their urine has increased, or if they’re urinating in smaller amounts more frequently. If the volume of urine has increased along with the amount of times they’re peeing each day, your cat’s veterinarian will first look to rule out renal issues. If there is a greater frequency in urination but no increased output, the vet will likely look for infections of the bladder and urethra before proceeding to test for other issues. Urination Outside of Litter Box When dealing with a new behavior, such as urinating in inappropriate places, it’s first important to rule out any medical issues before trying behavioral modifications. Conditions that your cat’s vet may screen for include urinary tract infections and joint issues. For example, if your cat is urinating in different places throughout your home and cannot seem to make it to the litter box in time, your cat may be dealing with a urinary tract infection. UTIs can cause frequent urination and the urge to pee can become urgent within a matter of seconds. On the other hand, if your cat is peeing around the litter box but not inside it, your cat could have joint issues that prevent her from climbing inside to do her business. Only after all medical issues have been ruled out should behavioral modifications be put into place. Painful Urination Meowing, straining, and shaking during urination can all be signs that your cat is in pain while using the bathroom. If your cat is experiencing pain during urination, there are a number of conditions that could be causing it. Urinary tract infections are a common culprit, but there can be other, less common issues that can lead to the pain as well. For example, a very painful condition in cats, called crystalluria, occurs when your cat isn’t getting enough hydration. This leads to the urine being too concentrated. While urine crystals may be present if your cat has this condition, it can’t be ruled out without proper laboratory testing. Other causes of painful urination include blockages in the urinary tract, kidney stones, and cysts.   To learn more about feline urinary conditions and whether your cat’s symptoms are indicative of a bigger issue, consult with your cat’s veterinarian. To learn more, speak with a business like Animal House Veterinary...

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3 Must-Haves For Cats To Recover Quickly After Surgery

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Must-Haves For Cats To Recover Quickly After Surgery

If your cat has undergone or is about to undergo small animal surgery, it’s important to take steps to make sure that they’re comfortable and safe during their recovery. While more serious procedures may require your cat to stay at the animal hospital, even minor operations like spaying and neutering are made safer if you follow these steps once your cat comes home. Quiet Chances are, your veterinarian will suggest that you allow your pet to rest somewhere quiet once they’re home, away from other animals or people. This step is more important than you might initially realize. It’s important for your cat to have a quiet place to rest not just so that they can sleep well, but to prevent stress. Stress has been shown to slow the healing process in animals, and anxiety or stress can potentially raise your cat’s blood pressure and heart rate. If your cat still has a healing incision, this can increase the risk of the incision bleeding, or even throwing a blood clot. Recovery Crate Another great step you can take for your cat while they heal is to use a recovery crate. Recovery crates, or cages, allow your cat enough space to move around and stretch out comfortably, but prevent your cat from walking long distances or jumping onto surfaces. The act of jumping is especially dangerous if your cat has an incision that hasn’t fully closed yet. Jumping requires a lot of muscle flexing, which can open up the incision and seriously harm your cat and increase the risk of infection. However, don’t substitute a simple cat carrier for a recovery crate. Cat carriers don’t allow enough space to move around comfortably over long periods of time. Talk to your veterinarian to find out where you can buy a recovery crate, and if they have any recommendations. Follow Directions This may seem like common sense, but always listen to your veterinarian’s directions while caring for your cat. If the incision needs to be cleaned, don’t skip cleaning it – you might inadvertently cause an infection. If your cat needs medication every six hours, set an alarm to wake you up or alert you so you can deliver it every six hours. Ignoring directions or just doing what comes easily can make your cat’s recovery time longer, or at worst, make them more likely to become ill. Having your cat go through any kind of surgical procedure can be nerve wracking, but rest assured that your veterinarian knows what they’re doing. Follow their advice and the advice in this guide, and your kitty will be back on their feet in no...

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Help Seniors Adopt Pets For Holistic Health And Autonomy

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Help Seniors Adopt Pets For Holistic Health And Autonomy

There has been much research done surrounding the benefits of pet ownership and this extends to studies involving the senior population. Many social workers and therapists claim that there are some therapeutic benefits to caring for pets, and that seniors can increase their quality of life by simply adopting a pet. Caregivers, family members, and friends should support and assist seniors in caring for their pets, as the benefits of a senior pet care program can contribute to improved health, increased happiness, and greater self-esteem. Some of the advantages of assisting seniors acquire and care for pets include: Increased social engagement. Interacting with pets provides some level of social engagement that many seniors or shut-ins may not experience ordinarily. There is a sense of unconditional love that comes from caring for a pet, which could be very gratifying to someone who may be alone, or that may have recently suffered the loss of a loved one. Compassion and companionship. Domestic pets, such as dogs, cats, and birds, can trigger the caring, nurturing instincts; caring for a pet can instill compassion in most individuals. Pets are also a predictable and consistent companion, which is especially important for those seniors that live alone. A healthy outlet. Taking care of a pet is a healthy leisure activity and can provide a sense of routine. Pets need to be fed, bathed, etc. Keeping up with the daily tasks and chores can help fill a void and provide something for the individual to do that they enjoy. Positive coping strategies. Everyone has coping strategies that they pull out in times of stress or duress. Pets can be an effective and healthy coping strategy that has a calming effect on many individuals. When someone, including a senior, has positive coping strategies in place, they may not resort to detrimental means of coping with life’s stressors. Sense of purpose. When you care for a pet, there are some responsibilities and chores that come along with it. This can provide a sense of purpose, a feeling of being needed, that is invaluable for many aging individuals. Taking care of someone or something else can also lead to taking better care of one’s own self. If you are an animal lover, then you probably already know the many advantages and rewards of pet ownership. This may be particularly true among the senior population; there are many aspects of caring for a pet that can improve and enhance the life of a senior. Supporting, assisting, and facilitating pet ownership among the aging population makes sense and is well-worth the effort....

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Tips To Help Make Sure That You Are Buying A Healthy Snake

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Help Make Sure That You Are Buying A Healthy Snake

If you are interested in purchasing a snake as a pet, you need to know just what it is that you are looking for. Beyond the type of snake you are interested in, you need to know that you are buying a healthy pet. To help you with that, you might want to take a few moments to review the following tips. Take A Close Look At The Eyes A healthy snake will have bright and shiny eyes. They will surely be a sight to see. However, if you find that the snake eyes that you are glaring into are actually dull and appear to be lifeless, you might want to move on to another snake. Of course, dull looking eyes can also be a sign that the snake is about to shed its skin. Look for signs of peeling skin. If you do not see any, try waiting a few days and come back to visit the snake again. At that time, you should be able to notice signs of skin shedding or brighter eyes if the shedding took place in the meantime. If every snake that the store or breeder is offering for sale has the same dull looking eyes, you will want to look elsewhere. Compare Your Knowledge To The Breeder’s Knowledge You should start your snake shopping with an understanding of the type of snake that you want. You need to know what conditions it needs to be kept in to be happy and healthy, as many snakes prefer something different because they come from various parts of the country or world. Specifically, you want to know the ideal temperature, humidity, basking preferences, and substrate desires before shopping for your snake. Look for snakes that are being kept in the proper conditions according to their breed. After all, a snake that is not kept in the ideal conditions can end up with a variety of illnesses, none of which you want to be responsible for. Examine The Skin Generally speaking, the skin of a snake should be smooth and should not have a dry, wrinkled look to it. If it does, then there is a chance that the snake is dehydrated, underfed, or suffering from an unknown illness. The snake should be nicely filled out and the skin should be firm but dry. With those few tips in mind, you should find that it is a lot easier to buy a healthy snake than you might have once thought. For more information, contact breeders and sellers who advertise reptiles and amphibians for sale....

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Doggy Got The Sneezes? 4 Simple Ways To Treat Pet Allergies

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Doggy Got The Sneezes? 4 Simple Ways To Treat Pet Allergies

If your dog has been sneezing more than usual, it may be suffering from allergies. This is particularly true if you notice a clear discharge from their eyes or nose. Your dog doesn’t have to suffer. Here are three quick and easy ways to help relieve the discomfort your dog may be experiencing. Cool It Down Allergies can make your dog itchy all over. If your dog is scratching, it may have a skin irritant that you can’t see. Try soothing the itch with some water. Fill your bathtub with cool water and place your dog in it. Use a cup to pour water over your dog. Be sure to get around its neck and on its belly. The cool water will soothe the itching and remove the irritants that might be causing the allergic reaction. Lather on the Oatmeal If plain water isn’t doing the trick, try adding some colloidal oatmeal. You can purchase colloidal oatmeal at any health food store. You can also use oatmeal body washes that are available in any health and beauty department. Place your dog in a cool bath and lather it up with the oatmeal. Allow it to remain on your dog for a few minutes and then rinse it with clear water. To keep the itching under control, give your dog a bath several times a week. Wash the Bedding Unseen allergens, like dust and dust mites, can be hiding inside your pet’s bedding. Eliminate the problem by keeping the bedding clean. Your dog’s bedding should be washed in hot water at least once a week. If your dog’s bed is too large to wash, try covering it with a crib sheet. When it’s time to wash it, simply slip it off your dog’s bed and toss it into the washing machine. Limit the Outdoors If your dog starts sneezing every time it goes outside, it may be suffering from seasonal allergies. Reduce the symptoms by limiting the amount of time your dog spends outside. When it comes inside, wipe it down with a moist cloth to remove any allergens that it might have carried in on its feet and fur. Dogs can be bothered by allergies, too. If your dog is bothered by allergies, try the methods described above to get the symptoms under control. If you’ve tried everything and your dog is still miserable, schedule an appointment with the veterinarian like one from Spring Hill Veterinary Clinic. They may be able to provide you with a prescription for allergy medication you can pick up at a...

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Five Helpful Tips For Becoming A Safe And Reliable Pet Sitter

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Helpful Tips For Becoming A Safe And Reliable Pet Sitter

Pet sitting can be a very rewarding experience, whether you do it full-time or as a side way of income. While pet sitting can be quite straight-forward if you already have pets of your own, it is a good idea to invest some time into additional training. With further instructions, you should be able to be the best pet sitter possible and be the number one choice for any potential clients. Get Acquainted with Local Emergency Vets You never know when an emergency could occur, making it a good idea to look for veterinarians that are available 24/7. In order for any pets you watch to be in good hands, you will want easy access to local vets that can see them day and night. This can mean the difference between life and death in some situations, making it important to look into which local vets are always available. Learn How to Properly Do Pet CPR Many pet owners do not know how to do CPR for their pets, making it incredibly dangerous if they ever need resuscitation. Getting trained in pet CPR does not take much time, but will help you be a safer option when you begin to interview for potential clients. Understand Some Signs of Common Illnesses From coughing related to kennel cough to vomiting due to food poisoning, you will want to get familiar with some of the most common illnesses that may occur at some point with some of the pets you will be watching. With this basic knowledge, you will be able to treat them and know what to expect a future vet visits. Take Some Basic Training Classes Understanding how to train a dog to walk calmly on a leash and waiting before crossing a road can be very valuable if you plan on taking some of the dogs you watch outside. Taking a few classes or reading some books on pet training can make a big difference in how comfortable you are handling different sizes and breeds of dogs. Get Certified from a Pet Sitter Association Most counties and states have some kind of pet sitter association that you can join if you have the right accreditation. Checking if you meet all the guidelines and getting any further training done can help ensure that you can enter the pet sitting association and will be able to attract more clients in the future for pet sitting. Taking some time to train to become a good pet sitter will do wonders when it comes time to interview for potential clients. From knowing local vets that do emergency calls, such as, to taking training classes, all this work can be valuable tools for being an excellent pet...

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4 Tips To Keep Your Dog Healthy This Winter

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips To Keep Your Dog Healthy This Winter

Just because your dog always sports a fur coat doesn’t mean they are able to survive winter weather unscathed. The following guide can help ensure your four-legged family members remain safe and healthy throughout the winter months. Tip #1: Outside Management The truth is most dogs must go outside to relieve themselves, even on the coldest of days. Make it easier for your pooch by shoveling a pathway to a cleared area so they don’t have to freeze their paws in cold snow. Clearing the bathroom area is also appreciated, especially if you have a female dog that would otherwise have to squat down in the snow. Don’t leave your pup outside for more than a few minutes when temperatures are below freezing, either – although they have their own fur coat, a dog can still get chilled or develop hypothermia. Tip #2: Shelter in Place If your dog must spend some time outside unattended, provide them with a doghouse. This will give them a place to shelter and get warm if they do begin to feel the chill. It doesn’t take long for them to warm a small doghouse with their body heat, plus it provides shelter from the wind. You still should avoid leaving your dog outside for too long, especially if temperatures are below freezing. Not only is this cold, their water bowls will freeze which can lead to dehydration. Tip #3: Paw Protection A daily walk, even in winter, is a great way to keep both you and your pet healthy. Unfortunately, icy sidewalks and cold temperatures can cause abrasions or frostbite on your pet’s paws. Invest in some dog booties, which will protect against both. Booties also protect against chemical burns, which some deicing products on sidewalks can cause. Dogs that are easily chilled, especially smaller dogs and short-haired breeds, may also appreciate a dog coat or sweater to help keep them warm on their walks. Tip #4: Monitor and Maintain Winter can be tough on a dog’s health, especially older dogs. These dogs may experience more arthritis pain due to the cold weather, or they may have diseases, like diabetes, that make it harder to regulate their body temperature in the chill. Keep an eye on your pet if they have a chronic condition, and notify your vet if you notice any changes. A vet, like those at Ashworth Road Animal Hospital PC, may be able to recommend diet changes or exercises that will help make them more comfortable, or they may need to adjust your dog’s medications during colder weather....

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Surprising Foods That May Cause Cat Health Hazards

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Surprising Foods That May Cause Cat Health Hazards

As a new cat owner, you are likely learning that your cat loves many different types of foods. However, some cats can be quite picky when mealtime comes around. You might find yourself offering foods and some liquids that they love, but unfortunately are not good for them. In fact, some foods that you might think are great for cats can pose some health threats. If you’re unsure which foods your cats should not eat, use this list as your guide. Tuna Tuna is often something your cat will love to eat. However, too much tuna can lead to mercury poisoning. Additionally, tuna does not provide your cat with all the nutrients he or she needs for great health. A little tuna here or there is nice for a treat, but don’t make a habit of offering them this tasty fish as a meal. Milk Many people think that cats can safely lap up milk as a drink. However, despite what is depicted in cartoons, milk is not safe for your cat. Felines actually can be lactose intolerant and unable to process dairy. Liver While it is safe for you cat to eat a small serving of liver, you must be careful not to serve it too much. Liver can lead to vitamin A toxicity in your cat. This toxicity results in bone disease that can greatly harm your cat or even lead to death. Chocolate Consuming chocolate can be lethal to your cat. Contrary to some myths that only certain chocolates are harmful, it is important to note that all chocolate poses a threat to your cat’s health. Chocolate can affect your cat’s heart and also cause seizures. Candy Candy and confections should not be part of your cat’s diet. Eating candy can cause your cat’s insulin to spike, which can then lead to unhealthily low sugar levels. Some candy even contains xylitol and it can result in liver failure. Symptoms of liver failure include fatigue, vomiting, and dizziness. Fat and Bones Some cats are served the scraps from the family dinner table. However, refrain from serving the fat or bones from meat. Fat can cause your cat to vomit and bones can easily cause your cat to choke. Even small bones that can be swallowed can cause scrapes or splinters in your cat’s digestive system. Now that you know about some popular foods that people serve their cats that they really shouldn’t, find a cat food that your cat loves and get them accustomed to not eating it. Ask your local animal care provider, like those at Lincoln Way Animal Complex, for more advice on what not to feed your cat, so that he or she can remain healthy for many...

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