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After The Feline Cesarean | When To Call The Vet

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on After The Feline Cesarean | When To Call The Vet

If this is your kitty’s first litter or if she has problems delivering on her own due to other complications, your feline may have to have a cesarean by the veterinarian. This procedure happens much in the same way that it does in humans. Your pet will be sent home from the animal hospital, hopefully with her new babies in tow, but with stitches and directions from the vet to keep a close watch on her while she recovers. Even though she will most likely be fine within a few days, there are a few signs that will indicate something is wrong after this surgery. Here are a few red flags you should look for that will tell you that you need to call an emergency veterinarian.  Your Cat Is Not Back Up and Moving Around On Her Own By the Next Day When a cat goes in for a cesarean, she will be given anesthesia to help her sleep through the procedure. If you bring her home from the hospital the same day as the procedure, she will likely still be a little groggy and inactive. However, by the next day or possibly even later that same day, your cat should be starting to get more alert and trying to move around some on her own. It is normal for her to be in pain, and she may even mew out loudly when she moves about. However, your cat should be alert, bright eyed, and not still noticeably groggy or lifeless. If you see these symptoms the day after surgery, it is a good idea to call the vet to get an opinion about whether you should bring her in.  Your Cat’s Wound Has Opened Up  The incision made for a feline cesarean will typically run from around her umbilicus area to the lower part of her abdomen. After the procedure, the doctor will use sutures internally to close the uterus and externally to hold the wound closed. If you see that your cat’s wound has opened and there is underlying tissue exposed, calling the veterinarian for advice is best. Your kitty may have either loosened the stitches by cleaning and licking the area, or the stitches could have came loose due to too much activity, which is common. It is likely that the feline will have to go back to the hospital to have new stitches added.  Even though a cesarean for a cat can be a scary situation, with the appropriate care and attention she should heal just fine. Talk to your vet if you see any problems at all, even if the problem you see seems small....

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When Your Sweet Cat Is Too Sweet: Symptoms Of Feline Diabetes

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Your Sweet Cat Is Too Sweet: Symptoms Of Feline Diabetes

When you hear “diabetes,” you probably don’t think of your pets. Despite the fact that diabetes is typically considered a human condition, it can affect animals as well. When it comes to protecting your feline family members, it’s important that you understand the warning signs that your cat could have diabetes. Here’s a look at what you need to know about the symptoms of feline diabetes. Signs of Feline Diabetes There are several common warning signs that will indicate that your cat has developed diabetes. If you see any of these signs, you should call your veterinarian right away: Drinking Excess Amounts of Water – When your cat has diabetes, the only way to eliminate glucose from his or her body is through urine. This leads to excessive thirst, because your cat’s body is flushing fluids to try to get rid of the excess glucose in the body. If you find yourself refilling your cat’s water bowl a lot more often than before, it could be a sign of feline diabetes. Inappropriate or Frequent Urination – Since the excess glucose is filtered out through the urine, it results in frequent urination. In some cases, your cat may accidentally urinate in other parts of the house due to urgency and an inability to reach the litter box in time. Noticeable Weight Loss – If your previously heavy cat starts slimming down, that’s another key indicator of diabetes. It can be harder to tell with fluffier cats, so keeping track of your cat’s weight on a regular basis can be a good place to start. The weight loss occurs because the body starts to burn extra fat for energy in lieu of the energy from glucose. Unbalanced Movement – One of the most common physical effects of diabetes, even feline diabetes, is nervous system interference. High blood sugar readings can affect the way that the nervous system responds, which can alter your cat’s natural gait. One of the most noticeable changes is that your cat’s hind legs may rest more fully on the ground, with part of the leg behind the paw actually resting on the floor when walking. Lethargy – When the body is struggling to obtain energy from the calories consumed, it leads to general fatigue and lethargy. If your typically active cat suddenly stops chasing his or her favorite toy or loses interest in playing in general, talk to a veterinarian. He or she can prescribe some cat medication. Understanding the common signs of feline diabetes makes it easier for you to identify a problem before your cat becomes seriously ill. With the tips presented here, you’ll be able to tell when it’s time to call the...

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What To Do If You Suspect Your Dog Ate Something Poisonous

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Do If You Suspect Your Dog Ate Something Poisonous

If you have a dog and you suspect it may have eaten something toxic, you will need to speak to an emergency animal hospital immediately. In the moments after the dog ingests the material, it is important to monitor the dog for any symptoms so they can be conveyed to the veterinarian when you make the phone call. Here are some of the things to look out for when you are dealing with a dog that eats something poisonous. Look For The Source Of Poison If you know what the substance is that had caused you to believe poison was ingested, read the ingredients on the packaging to the doctor so they can come up with a treatment plan. Let the doctor know how much of the poisonous substance is missing from the packaging, as well, as this can make a difference in the treatment to rid the body of the toxin. In some cases you will need to give the dog a charcoal-based substance to help absorb the poison, meaning you would need to get to an emergency hospital right away. Other treatments will require that you do not induce vomiting, as this could make the situation worse for the dog. Knowing the source is a big help overall as you will be able to incorporate treatment on the way to the emergency vet facility to help the dog have a better chance of recovery. Observe The Symptoms When calling the emergency hospital, make sure to be descriptive about the exact symptoms your dog is displaying. Things to look out for include whether your dog is eating and drinking normally or if they have a loss of appetite. If they are vomiting or have diarrhea, this may be a symptom to try to rid the body of the harmful substance. Labored breathing, lethargy, loss of coordination, or seizure activity happen when a toxin starts acting upon the organs within the dog’s body. In severe cases the dog may be unresponsive or be in a coma.  Get To A Doctor Right Away Once you find out from the emergency vet whether there are treatment options you can take immediately, get your dog into a vehicle to get them to an animal hospital for analysis. Bring along the packaging that the poison was enclosed in if you have it readily available. Have someone come along with you to keep the dog calm in the back seat of your vehicle as you bring it in for evaluation. To learn more, visit a website...

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3 Tips For Keeping Sugar Gliders As Pets

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Among the different types of exotic pets, sugar gliders are some of the most popular. Sugar gliders are small marsupial animals in the kangaroo family. Before you decide to get sugar gliders are pets, there are some things you should know. Here are the most important care tips to follow when you plan to have them as pets in your home. Socialize Them Properly Sugar gliders are very social pets, so they are ideal for a home with people who will want to play with them and entertain them often. Sugar gliders are happier when they are kept in pairs or groups, so try to adopt at least two sugar gliders at one time. This allows them to entertain each other when you are unable to interact with them. Make sure you keep their nails trimmed since they can grow long and sharp. If you received your sugar gliders when they were not already tame, it will take a little longer to bond with them properly. Plan for daily training sessions with your sugar gliders, being gentle and patient with them. Handle them very carefully, but give them plenty of attention. They will like being near you as the bonding increases, even if they are just sitting in your shirt pocket. Make sure when training them, you don’t use any type of domination or punishment, as they don’t respond to it. Treating them with respect and being gentle with them is plenty for bonding and training. Follow Their Dietary Requirements Sugar gliders are easy to care for, but you must stick to their dietary requirements. You should contact your veterinarian to get exact requirements about what to feed the sugar gliders are how often. Sugar gliders are omnivores and insectivores, so you can feed them a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, and insects. They can get paralysis from a diet that is too high in phosphorous and too low in calcium, or vice versa. This is why you should stick to a strict diet regimen. Prepare a Roomy Housing Option The housing for sugar gliders isn’t too complicated, but it needs to be large enough. The bigger cage you can get for them, the happier they will be. Consider how many sugar gliders you have when selecting a cage. Each of them should have plenty of room for living and playing. Make sure there are horizontal bars on the cage as they love to climb. Inside the cage, place a variety of toys, nesting boxes, ropes, ladders, and branches. This will provide them with entertainment and exercise. For more information about pets, check out clinics such as Coble Animal...

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Horse Sense: Equine Health Care Musts

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most horse owners have a deep respect and love for all things horses. Part of loving your horse includes making sure he stays strong and healthy. Whether you’re green or an ‘old hand’ at horse care, run through this list for a quick update on equine health care musts. Worming Schedule  Think of your horse as being constantly bombarded with attacks from parasites, and not just those pesky horseflies. Every time he grazes on tender spring grass or chomps tall chutes in the summer, he’s being exposed to worms. Your horse should be on a regular worming schedule every 6 to 8 weeks. This ensures that worms don’t stand a chance of taking hold. Worms can build up into huge masses in a horse’s gut, causing illness and in extreme cases death. Take the time to worm. Your veterinarian can put you on a schedule. Equine Infectious Anemia Skipping this test is like trying to send a child to public school without immunizations. It isn’t going to happen. Equine Infectious Anemia or EIA is caused by parasites and can be passed from one horse to the next. Every horse that crosses state lines, visits a national campground, participates in a sale, or enters any events needs to pass an EIA or Coggins test. This isn’t a test you can do yourself. You’ll need a qualified horse vet to take a blood sample.  Vaccinations ​Horses generally need vaccinations two times per year. In some cases, your horse may need a booster shot. Be sure to talk to your vet if you plan on traveling for any reason. Vaccinations are one of the least expensive ways that you, as a horse owner, can ensure your horses’ good health. The area you live in may mean your horse needs additional vaccinations that stray from the standard course. All horses should be vaccinated against tetanus, influenza, rabies, sleeping sickness and West Nile virus, to name a few. If you aren’t sure of what your horse has or has not been vaccinated for, give your veterinarian a call and schedule vaccination right away. Signs of Good Health Just like a person who feels wonderful, your horse will also have signs of good health such as: A bright shiny coat An interest in his surroundings Ears perked No discharge in the eyes or nose Eats well No swelling or lesions on the limbs Stands on all feet without problems Remember, you know  and love your horse. If anything seems out of the ordinary, give the vet (such as one from Edisto Equine Clinic​) a call. It’s better to be safe than have a sick horse on your...

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3 Ways To Introduce A New Home To Your Cat

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’ve found your perfect new abode, you’ve done the packing, changed addresses, and covered all your bases. Or have you? If you are a cat owner, you need to make arrangements and allowances for your cat to move safely and easily. One step is to introduce your cat to their new home. You know your cat best, but what follows are three easy ways you can use to try and introduce your cat to their new home. 1) Play it safe During the moving process, it’s imperative to have your cat someplace safe. While moving in, doors are opened frequently, and a confused cat can make a run for it. A safe place could be at a friend’s home, at your old home, or possibly in their carrying crate, for a short period of time. When it does come time for your kitty to make a grand entrance into your new home, keep safety in mind.  Close the doors before opening the crate, and make sure windows are securely shut. If there are any other potential dangers, be sure to close off the doors to which your cat might reach them. 2) Locate the litter box Choose the location for your cat’s litter box wisely, and do it before your cat’s arrival. Don’t purchase a new litter box for the occasion; in fact, don’t replace the litter when transferring to the new house. Familiar scents will help. Wherever you place the litter box, be sure that spot will work. Changing a litter box location can lead to soiling problems with your cat. Bring your cat to the box, so they will know where it is. 3) Leave a scent and let the cat roam Having your furniture, or at least some items from your old home, will help your cat find some familiarity in your new home. Items belonging to your cat, like food dishes, toys or beds are important to have in the new home prior to your cat’s introduction to the house. Treats wouldn’t go amiss here; you could place a few strategically in each room. Then, let them roam. A cat needs to use their nose to properly see a new house, so allow your cat to move about undisturbed. Moving homes can stress your cat, so keep your eye on any strange behavior your cat may be exhibiting. If you are moving to a new city or state, be sure you know where the local veterinarian is so you can bring in your cat when you get the chance. Animal Clinic of Buena is one vet in your area you can...

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Wear A Riding Helmet, Not A Bicycle Helmet, On Horseback

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people think that a helmet designed for bicycling is the same as one made for riding horses. This is the myth that can put you in danger. Here are three reasons not to wear a bicycle helmet when riding a horse.  Riding Helmets are Tested For Sharp Strikes Riding helmets and bicycle helmets are both put through a series of tests to make sure that they are safe and will protect the user in an accident. Both types of helmets are dropped from a high place onto a hard surface like concrete to simulate a fall or crash.  Riding helmets are also tested by being dropped on an anvil with a sharp point. This test simulates what would happen if the rider struck a sharp part of a jump or if a horse kicked the rider’s head with a hoof.  Much of the danger of falling off a horse is then being kicked or stepped on by the horse. Riding helmets are made to protect against this type of accident as well as the impact from the fall.  Bicycle Helmets are Not Intended for Riding Most bicycle helmets contain a tag that states the helmet is to be used for bicycle riding only. This is important not only because it shows that the helmet was not tested as being safe for riding horses but also because it negates any insurance.  If you wear a bicycle helmet while riding a horse and get hurt because something is wrong with the helmet, you will not be able to get damages from the manufacturer or ask them to pay your medical bills. You have effectively forfeited your legal rights by using the wrong helmet.  The same is true if you have insurance covering equestrian accidents. The insurance company is likely to deny your claim if your injury occurred while you were wearing a bicycle helmet instead of a riding helmet.  While a bicycle helmet may be providing you some physical protection, insurance companies are likely to treat it the same way they would if you were not wearing a helmet at all.  Riding Helmets Protect Different Parts of the Head A fall from a bicycle is not the same as a fall from a horse. A report from the University of Connecticut points out the difference. It states that most falls from a bicycle are forward, so bike helmets are made to protect the top of the head. People fall off of horses in all directions, so riding helmets have protection on all sides.  If you intend to ride horses, invest in a good riding helmet to protect your head in case of a fall. Your safety is worth it. (For more information, contact The Riding Store or another...

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6 Signs Your Dog Is Suffering From Oral Health Problems

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dogs often don’t show that they’re in discomfort, which can be a problem for pet parents who want to take the best possible care of their dogs. Worse still, by the time your dog is showing signs that his mouths is hurting him, chances are the problem with his teeth has become critical. Since you can’t ask your dog how his teeth are feeling, here are six indicators that something may be wrong with his oral health. Bad Breath There are a lot of jokes made about doggy breath, but in reality, if your dog has stinky breath long after eating, there may be a problem. Bad breath is often the first sign that your dog is developing tooth decay, and it could be an indicator that his teeth are actively rotting. Blood When you play with your dog, even the smallest amount of blood on a toy is a bad sign. If he’s chewing, tugging or pulling on the toy and blood is left behind, chances are his gums are bleeding, which is a classic sign of gum disease. Gum disease in dogs has been found to be linked to a higher risk of heart disease, so it’s definitely something you shouldn’t ignore. Broken Teeth Dogs should never be given hard or sharp objects to chew on, as their teeth are susceptible to chipping or breaking. Never give your dog hard bones, rocks, or other hard objects to chew on. However, if you find chunks of tooth or notice that your dog’s teeth are chipped, never let it go untreated. Chipped or broken teeth can leave behind exposed roots, which not only cause pain, but can become infected. However, if the dog in question is a puppy, don’t panic: puppies have baby teeth just like humans do, and it’s natural for their teeth to fall out. Difficulty Eating While your dog may not whimper or whine, eating when his teeth or gums hurt may still be difficult. He may be reluctant to chew on his favorite toys and snacks, eat hard kibble, or may drop food while attempting to eat. Swollen Gums Swollen, red gums indicate that there’s inflammation or an infection at work in your dog’s mouth. You can easily check most of his gums just by pulling up his upper jowls and taking a quick peek. Healthy gums should be a bright pink; unhealthy gums may be red, swollen, or dark and bruised-looking. Brown Teeth At the same time that you’re peeking at his gums, look at his teeth. If you see yellow or brown marks, especially near the gum line, that’s probably tartar or plaque. Plaque can be removed at home by brushing his teeth with a dog-safe toothbrush, but tartar can only be removed by a veterinarian with professional dentistry tools. Tartar is one of the main culprits of tooth decay, so it shouldn’t be ignored. February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so it’s a great time to get your dog’s teeth taken care of. A vet can not only treat current problems, but can teach you how to take care of your dog’s teeth to prevent gum disease, tartar buildup and cavities in the future. For more information, contact Columbine Animal Hospital & Emergency Clinic or a similar...

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4 Ways To Board Your Pet For A Last Minute Emergency

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’ve got a family emergency and need to take the next flight out — but what about your pets? Many boarding facilities either can’t or won’t take pets last minute, and it can be very difficult to find someone to watch your pet for you. But there are still some options for those who have urgent plans ahead. 1. Your Animal Hospital Emergency veterinarians, such as Robert Irelan DVM, may also be able to provide emergency pet boarding. Though not all veterinarians advertise this, most of them are willing to board your pets, especially on an emergency basis. In fact, veterinarians may charge even lower rates than traditional boarding facilities. The only downside to using an animal hospital is that your pet may not get as much outside time as they would at a traditional boarding company.  2. Grooming Salons Similar to an animal hospital, may grooming salons also have the wherewithal to temporarily board a pet. Just call up your local salons — preferably one you’ve done business with in the past — and ask. Even if they can’t personally board your pets, they may have a suggestion as to who can.  3. Local Rescues If you’re in truly dire straits and your emergency is quite urgent, many local rescues will be willing to foster your dog for you while you’re gone. This can be especially useful if you are going to be gone for a long time. Local rescues are a good choice for those who cannot afford to pay for traditional boarding, and your pup will be happy and cared for just like any of their rescues while you’re gone. The downside, of course, is that there’s no guarantee — if you’re in a time crunch, you might not want to waste your time tracking down rescue companies. 4. In-House Pet Sitting There are many in-house pet sitting services that will come to your home, tend to your pets and leave. Most of these services are only present for one or two hours a day, so it can be easier to book them. The challenge, of course, is in finding someone that you can trust. Always try to get a referral through a friend or someone who has trustworthy testimonials and reviews.  If all else fails, you may be able to find a boarding facility farther away. Try to look for locations that aren’t as busy or are farther away from airports and large cities. And don’t forget that many ground transportation options will let you take your pets with you,...

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Choosing The Best Foods For Your Cats

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Like humans, your cat’s body is sensitive to the food it eats. As long as it gets the minimum nutrition it needs to survive, your cat will do OK — but not thrive. Cheap, mass-produced cat foods contain a variety of fillers that your cat doesn’t get much benefit from. Your veterinary clinic sees many cats that are fat or have developed health problems from the additives. If you are concerned with what your cat eats, learn about their nutritional needs and the alternatives you have for feeding them a healthy diet. How Your Cat is Not Like You Cats evolved to be carnivores, meaning they are strictly meat eaters. You are an omnivore, which means you prefer a salad and side of vegetables with your meal. Eating other animals is the only way your cat is able to take in the amino acids its body needs. The majority of their diet must be animal protein to get the taurine, arginine, lysine, and cysteine that they need. Their body does not produce enough of these amino acids to survive. For example, your cat can go blind without a sufficient supply of taurine. Your cat also needs a certain amount of animal fat in their diet. Kittens need slightly more than adult cats, but both use the fat for healthy skin, fur, circulation, and kidneys. The fat created from eating carbohydrates is not beneficial to your cat. It is the vitamins, minerals, and proteins in animal fat that keep your cat healthy. Primary Pet Food Ingredients Your Cat Needs Your cat can get the protein it needs from chicken, beef, pork, rabbit, fish, or liver. Liver is an important food because it delivers vitamin A to your cat, something their body does not produce. The addition of animal fat adds flavor and the benefits mentioned before. About a third of the cat’s water intake should come from its food, which is roughly what it would experience if it had to catch and eat its own food in the wild. Your cat gets calcium and phosphorus from the bones of animals which in processed cat food appears as bone meal. Your Packaged Food Choices When researching commercially-produced cat foods, read the ingredients list. If animal proteins and fat show up as the first few items, this is a higher-quality, and more expensive, cat food. Avoid foods that list grains or fillers as the primary ingredients. Raw Food Choices Talk to your veterinarian about feeding your cat raw foods. There may be health reasons why they don’t recommend it for your cat. Otherwise, raw food may give your cat the best selection of nutrients. There are a few small manufacturers packaging raw foods for cats. These are usually in coolers in high-end pet supply shops. The foods are often certified as organic, without preservatives or hormones. Make sure the raw food contains calcium and phosphorus, which should be supplied as ground-up bone. Otherwise, you’ll need to give your cat supplements with the raw food. Make Your Own Cat Food Some people are concerned about giving their cat uncooked meat, so they prefer to prepare their own cat foods. To do this successfully, you must make sure that the food contains all of the essentials your cat needs. There are many cat food...

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