7 Tips For Caring For Your Pet This Winter

November 25, 2017

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When temperatures drop and snow starts to coat the ground outside, it’s important to adjust your pet’s daily routine so you can keep him happy, safe, and comfortable until the buds of spring begin to bloom. Caring for your pet in the winter is a multi-pronged effort that will require some thought and preparation. Here are seven things you can do to make this your pet’s best winter ever.

1. Take Care of Your Dog’s Paws

A dog’s legs, tail, and ears are most susceptible to frostbite, says Dr. Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, service chief for the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s community practice. While there’s not much you can do for the tail and ears—besides keeping your walks short or walking during daylight hours—booties will provide some welcome warmth to your dog’s paws. Booties can also protect your dog from harmful chemicals like deicers. While some ice melts are clearly marked as safe for pets, many others are not. If your dog licks his paws after walking on deicer, he may be at risk of getting sick. For dogs who refuse to wear booties, you can use a towel to wipe their paws after a walk, Ruch-Gallie says. If you notice your dog stepped in salt, rinse the area as soon as possible.

2. Adjust Daily Calories for Changes in Activity

A dog’s diet is precisely calibrated to give him all the vitamins, minerals, and calories he needs to thrive. But when a dog’s activity level changes drastically, as it can in the winter, adjustments need to be made to ensure adequate nutrition. Ruch-Gallie says this can happen in both directions. “My dog loves the snow. She’ll go out five or six times a day when it snows to play. On those days, she may need more calories because of the increase in exercise,” she says. “Other dogs don’t like to go out at all—even for potty breaks. Because they’re less active, they should consume fewer calories.” If you’re unsure what’s best for your dog and his activity level, consult with your vet to come up with a plan.

3. Play with Your Pet’s Food

When it comes to how you feed your dog, there are fun, creative things you can try that will both satisfy his hunger and give him a bit of a workout, says Dr. Deborah Linder, research assistant professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. “For dogs that are food-motivated, you can encourage activity by spreading meals throughout different parts of the house or throwing kibble to have your pet chase it down a hallway,” she says. “Mentally stimulating dogs can also be a great way to get them moving with food-dispensing toys and interactive or puzzle toys.”

4. Block Off Heat Sources

Dogs, and especially cats, may seek out sources of heat in your house as nice places to cuddle up or take a quick nap. But Ruch-Gallie warns that these spots present burn risks for pets, because they aren’t aware of how hot they can get. “Cats may try to curl up next to a radiator or jump up on a wood-burning stove,” she says. “Owners should make these places inaccessible to their pets during winter months.”

5. No Off-Leash Time

While your dog might love running around outdoors off leash, it can be especially risky when the temperatures drop. Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski, associate professor of emergency and critical care at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, says falls through ice may occur if a body of water isn’t fully frozen. Additionally, dogs are at an increased risk of being hit by vehicles, including snow plows.

6. Increase Intervals Between Baths

Moisturizer is your best friend during the winter, but your pet doesn’t have the same luxury. Baths tend to dry out their skin the same way it does yours. While it’s not the most serious of problems, dry skin can cause an animal some discomfort. Ruch-Gallie says it’s not advisable to cut out baths altogether from December to March—not only for the obvious (smelly) reasons, but also because some animals have allergies and require regular baths. That said, you may want to cut back on the frequency of baths, and speak with your vet to find a shampoo that’s more moisturizing than the average one, Ruch-Gallie suggests.

7. Keep a Blizzard Checklist Handy

If you live in a part of the country that’s prone to the occasional blizzard, it’s critical to have a checklist handy. This will help ensure you have everything your pet may need, in case you’re stranded for a few days. Ruch-Gallie says the same list you might have for yourself will apply well to your pet—blankets for warmth, battery-operated flashlights in case you lose power, clean water, plenty of food, medications, and something to stay entertained. She adds that you may want to keep all these things in one place. “If you’re thinking about leaving before the snow, make sure you have all these things together, in case you need to get out quickly,” she says.

How to Take Care of Your Pet

November 25, 2017

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Having a pet is rewarding, but it can be hard work as well. If you are well prepared, do your research, and love your pet unconditionally, caring for a pet doesn’t have to be back-breaking. Read on to get some tips for supporting any animal addition to your family.

Preparing for a Pet

Determine if you can adequately care for a pet. While pets are loving additions to your home, they are not always easy to manage. All pets require time, money, and love in addition to the specific needs of each animal and breed. You need to be sure you want a pet not just that day but in the long-term.

  • Most pets require attention and maintenance during the day, so make sure you’ll be home enough to take care of your pet.
  • If you have kids, consider what pets will be kid-friendly. Hamsters and fish, for example, make great early pets.
  • If you plan on moving or making large lifestyle changes you shouldn’t consider a pet until you are more stable.

Choose a pet that fits your lifestyle. Even different types of dogs have different needs, so make sure you pick a pet that suits your means. Before buying a pet do thorough research on the behaviors and needs of various pets you like. Don’t go into this decision dead-set on one species or breed — being open-minded can lead to happy surprises and the right pet for your family. Keep in mind some general concerns with different pets:

  • Dogs – though dogs vary widely by breed, all dogs need lots of attention, time to exercise, and plenty of room to roam.
  • Cats – Intelligent and individual, cats will be fine with less supervision, though they still need your love and time to keep from acting out.
  • Hamsters, Gerbils, Ferrets, and Rodents – Economical and short-living, rodents make good first pets. They often, however, have strong odors.
  • Fish – Fish need careful monitoring and care to thrive, and won’t cuddle anytime soon. Think of having a fish like having a garden.
  • Lizards – Happy on their own and generally easy to care for, lizards do not offer much affection and can be difficult to diagnose when sick.
  • Birds – Birds can be incredibly messy and are often loud. They are also expensive and occasionally temperamental, especially bigger birds like parrots.

Prepare your house for your incoming pet. Curious, food-driven, and unable to listen to your warnings, pets can get into trouble if you don’t create boundaries or safe spaces. Birds may dart out of open windows, lizards can scamper around the house, and dogs or cats may run into the street. Take note of openings your pet could accidentally escape through and make sure you can keep food out of their reach.

  • Remove any harmful objects like knives or poisonous food.
  • If you want your animal to have outside time, consider putting in a fence.
  • Put aside one room that you can designate as the pet’s “bedroom.”
  • Aim to adopt your pet during a relatively quiet time in your life so that everyone can avoid undue stress while getting used to each other.

Buy necessary pet supplies in advance. Talk to the pet store attendants or adoption agencies about things you’ll need — housing, toys, grooming supplies, etc. — and shop before you bring your new pet home. Teach your family members how to use everything so that everyone is on the same page.

  • If you have young children you can help them prepare for pet care by “feeding” a doll or regularly watering plants.

Caring for Pets

Budget enough money for adequate care. Pets are not ultra expensive, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need to spend money. Below are some annual cost estimates provided by the ASPCA:

  • Dogs— $600-$900, depending on size
  • Cats— $600
  • Rabbit— $700
  • Rodents–$300-$650, depending on size
  • Fish — $40
  • Small Birds — $400
  • Large Birds (Parrots, Macaws)– $700-$1,200
  • Set aside a few hundred dollars in case of emergency veterinary costs.

Schedule regular visits to the vet. Be sure to bring your pet to the vet soon after adopting it as well. Just like humans, pets need regular check-ups to spot problems before they become serious conditions. Use your first visit to discuss how often you should schedule check-ups and your pet’s dietary and medical needs.

  • Be sure to schedule shots and vaccinations as soon as you can.
  • Ask your vet what symptoms to look for if your pet gets sick.
  • Spay or neuter dogs and cats to prevent pet over-population.
  • Record your vet’s number as well as the number of a veterinary hospital in case of emergencies.

Make sure your new “family member” has food that suits their nutritional needs. The cheapest food you find may not always be the healthiest. Feeding animals table scraps – no matter how cute they are when they beg – is not a good idea since people food often has minerals and items in it that can be harmful to our animal friends. Only feed your pet appropriate foods and give them responsible portions.

  • Research or ask your vet about good food sources and portion sizes.
  • Natural foods, though more expensive, are healthier than dry or processed foods.

Give your pet your affection and attention. Though this is certainly true of dogs and cats, even fish and lizards require dedication and love to really thrive. Animals are social beings much like humans, and you need to set aside time to play with your pets so they get exercise and mental stimulation.

  • Give your pet room to roam — the bigger the animal, the more room they’ll need.
  • Buy toys and play-sets for you and your pet to use together.
  • Give your pet the occasional treat after good behavior to motivate it and cement good habits

Clean your pet and all of its enclosures. This will keep both you and your pet healthy and happy. Create a regular cleaning schedule, at least once every 2-3 weeks, and stick to it, cleaning your animal and it’s living spaces to prevent disease and odor.

  • For larger pets like cats and dogs, there are animal cleaning centers with large tubs and hoses.
  • Keep up with regular grooming, such as brushing fur or scrubbing scales, every few days.
  • For dogs and cats, make sure you keep their nails short so they don’t break painfully

Do in-depth research about care for your pet. While these steps are general guidelines for pet ownership, each animal is different and you need to adapt accordingly. Ask friends who have similar pets, check out books from the library, and search internet discussion boards about your breed or species. You can never know too much.

  • Be flexible once you bring your pet home. Pets have personalities and will have different wants and needs.

How to Properly Take Care of Your Dogs and Cats

November 25, 2017

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The world borders are shrinking and people are moving all over the globe in pursuit of jobs and careers. Pets are increasingly taking the place of siblings and family to stave off loneliness. At the end of a long day at work, a lot of people find it reassuring to know their pet will be waiting for them at home. They make us feel needed and their devotion is never in question. They are extremely good listeners and are willing to get stroked or petted or even ignored according to our moods.

Importance of Pets in Your Life

It is however important that we take care of them well not only for their well-being but for our good health also. They help to reduce anxiety levels and decrease loneliness. They can promote lifestyle changes by making you more active and ensuring you have a healthy active social life. Pets bring routine and order in your life because they have to be taken care of.

Caring For Your Cat

Cats are of many types, so it is important to get a cat that is suitable for your lifestyle. A cat wanting high maintenance is not suitable for a person with a very hectic lifestyle. A well-trained cat in the house with a clean litter box, fresh water and a mixture of wet and dry nutritious and balanced foods is what you pet want. Treats like pears and bananas could be given but not chocolates. Cats have to be groomed regularly weekly so that you can be sure they are free of fleas and parasites. They must be regularly taken to the vet for vaccinations, deworming, neutering, and spaying. They should also be trained so they learn the house rules and do not destroy plants or climb on to kitchen counters.

Caring For Your Dog

Likewise dogs also need proper care if you want them to be your true companion, as the saying goes. Your dog should be tagged with a collar so that it can be identified easily even if lost. The legal requirements for keeping a dog especially in the city should be met by checking with your local animal shelter or the local vet. It can also be spayed or neutered. There should be frequent vet visits for rabies and other vaccinations and for regular checkups. Dogs are loving and friendly and need to be hugged and petted regularly. They should be fed regularly with nutritious and balanced food and given access to clean fresh water. They must be brushed and cleaned regularly. Regular walks at least twice a day will give them enough exercise so that they are fit and healthy.

Pets are taking the place of families in the present day world but a lot of care must be taken to ensure they are taken care of adequately.

4 Essential Tips for Taking Care of Your Pets

November 25, 2017

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Pets are like the kids who require proper nurturing and a caring touch to thrive and grow up. Once you bring any of them home, you should shower on them the maximum amount of love and respect possible. That is why going for pets is a big decision that you must opt for after deep introspection. There are quite a number of things that you must take care of, in the best way possible. Here are some of the best ways in which you can take care of your canine companions, feathery buddies and feline friends.

Schedule regular visits to the vets – This is one of the foremost things to be performed after you bring them home. They are almost like human beings and just like humans need a periodical check-up they also need to have it. This is done just to ensure that if they are infected with the virus of any kind of disease, it gets detected before it’s too late. So you should go for regular vaccination of the dogs and cats especially and keep the number of your vet and that of a veterinary hospital handy just as a precaution of dealing with emergency situations.

Spaying and neutering pets – This one is not only imperative but it proves to be really beneficial too. Each year there is an increasing number of animals who become homeless, are abandoned or lost. To prevent this, it is necessary that you go for this. This type of operation prevents the pets from developing certain types of cancer and also checks the roaming about of your pets and thus, decreases the chance of them from being lost.

Make sure their food suits their nutritional needs – The inexpensive foodstuff that is available in the market may not be healthy for your pets. Similar is the case with feeding them with table scraps. No matter how sweet they look, it is not advisable to practise this because the food that you take may contain some minerals that are harmful to them. That is why you should feed them with the special type food meant for them that too in a responsible amount.

Bestow adequate love and affection on your pets – Animals are more like humans and they crave for attention from their masters and mistresses. Though this is mostly true for cats and dogs but even fish and lizards require this for surviving. You need to play with them so as to ensure that they get proper mental stimulation and exercise.

The above are some of the ways in which you can take care of your pets who can be your greatest buddies for life and whom you don’t want to lose ever.

6 Elementary Tips to Take Care of Your Pets

November 25, 2017

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Pet owners often wonder – what they should do to keep their pets healthy; is there a decorum they should follow? Pets are like family members that need to be fostered with care. It’s a very responsible task as a pet owner to keep the pet in check. There are various important things that need to be taken care of if you want to be a proud owner of a pet.

Periodical Veterinary Appointments

In a case of pets, the most significant reminder is – don’t wait for them to get sick, bring them for a periodical check up. If it’s not feasible for a half-yearly one, then at least once a year wellness checkup is a must for the pets.

Similar to human beings, pets need periodical check up to ensure the wellness and resolving the health issues if they are infected. Consequently, pets are needed to visit for regular vaccination and other screening tests to avoid sudden superfluous concerns.

Parasite Protection

The most common causes of disease in pets are Parasites. Some parasites can be internal, such as worms and protozoa and some are external like ticks and fleas. These parasites can be deadly and can cause diseases like Heartworm and Lyme which ultimately lead to the death of pets. Pets’ parasites can be contagious which can be a threat to the kids of the family. Providentially, these parasites can be easily preventable by providing monthly preventatives.

Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and Neutering pets are an imperative and beneficial for a number of reasons. To begin with, it would prevent the overpopulation of pets. Secondly, it lowers risks for various fatal diseases like pyometra – infection of the uterus, breast cancer, testicular cancer etc. Last but not the least, a lot of pets get lost or abandoned due to their behavioral problems and spaying and neutering can also help with these problems like aggression, get lost, roam etc.

Microchips

While collars and name tags are necessary, they can’t guarantee the safe return of pets. As a result, here comes the marvel – the Microchip. Since collars and name tags can fall off, microchips are the next best possible alternatives out there. A lot of pets that have ended in shelter houses were returned to the owners’ side for the reason that they had microchips attached to their body.

Nutritional Foods and Exercise

Don’t go and look for only cheap, inexpensive pet foods since those foods may not be healthy for the pets. You can consult to a veterinary about what, how and in which amount u should feed your pets. The foods should be nutritional and well balanced. Consequently, it comes to the issue – exercise.

A lot of pets, nowadays, suffer from obesity that leads to diseases like diabetes and arthritis. Therefore, pets are needed to maintain their level of activity and weight just like humans. Research shows that exercise is the best possible way to keep the pets healthy both physically and mentally.

Love and Affection

Pets also long for love and affection just like us humans. They like it when their owners pay attention to them or take extra care of them. Research verifies that pets rely on us not only for food and security but also for social comfort and bonding.

3 Ways to Protect Pets From Harmful Parasites

November 25, 2017

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There are different sorts of internal and external parasites that can affect the health of your pet. Some of them include: fleas, ticks, Giardia, heartworms, hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, tapeworms and Coccidia. It is easier to prevent these parasites than to treat after infection. One other thing that needs to be kept in mind is that there are certain parasites that can be transmitted from pets to people. Hence, a year round prevention is the best way to deal with these parasites on pets.

It is not that difficult to keep your pets parasite-free. In fact, if you are giving your furry pal monthly heartworm prevention treatment along flea and tick treatment, then you are already protecting them against multiple parasites. Apart from this, you can protect your pets from harmful parasites by following the different ways given below:

Take recommendation from your veterinarian

Take the help of your veterinarian and inquire from them about the parasites that can cause problem for your pets in your area. There are certain parasites which pose more threat to pets than others depending on where you live and your pet’s lifestyle. He/she is the best person to tell you which parasites are the real threat and how they can be transmitted to your pet. He/she will also suggest you appropriate preventative treatments for your pets.

Look out for the signs of parasites

Pets are all prone to parasites, but it is very difficult to say if your pet has them. External parasites like fleas and ticks can be seen if you know where to look for them. Pets having fleas scratch a lot, chew at the skin, have visible red bumps and hair loss.

While internal parasites like heartworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, roundworms, Giardia or Coccidia is tougher to detect in pets. This is due to the fact that it requires more than detecting illness or behavioural changes in pets. Adult intestinal parasites are not visible in stool, while immature and adult heartworms can be found in blood. Intestinal parasites can cause vomiting, obstruction, poor general appearance, weight loss, and diarrhoea. Kittens and puppies with internal parasites have a pot-boiled appearance.

Ask your veterinarian to conduct routine faecal examinations

Faecal examination needs to be conducted on an yearly basis or for some pets every 3 to 6 months. Your veterinarian would ask you to bring a fresh sample of pet stool for parasite screening. By scrutinising it microscopically, he/she would determine whether the pet has internal parasites or not. And if there are internal parasites then which ones. Then he would give necessary treatment for eliminating the parasites. He would also give preventative treatments that control these internal parasites along with fleas and ticks and heartworms.

4 Tips For Animal Communication

November 25, 2017

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Can you communicate with your pet? Well, the answer depends on the love between you and your pet. We, humans, have the skill of interacting with animals, and that is the reason we are different from other creatures of the universe. As a matter of fact, the process of animal communication is part of the natural law. If you don’t know how to communicate with animals, you may find the following tips helpful.

1. Start With You Own Pet

If you have a pet parrot, for instance, you should start with your pet. This is because you already have a connection with your pet, which will make it easier for you to connect with another animal. Keep an eye on how your pet behaves when he is angry, sad or hungry. This will give you a very good idea of their behaviors.

If you have just bought a pet, you should start by saying good morning to him in the morning when you meet him for the first time.

2. Wait For Their Response

Second, whenever you say something to your pet, wait for them to respond. Don’t just keep on talking. This is just like you talk to a human friend and give them some time to reply. You should give the same opportunity to your animal as well. After all, they do need time to understand you and then give you a reply.

Usually, they will reply you in their own way. It could be a gesture, a whistle or a random word. At times, you may receive an image. After all, we all have different ways of sending, receiving and interpreting the information others give us.

3. Give Proper Responses

While chatting with someone on your phone, you will respond to their messages appropriately. You may give them a reply and start chatting with them or you may tell them that you are busy right now. In the same way, you should “reply” to your new pet as well. Say whatever you want and they will understand it.

If you don’t respond to your friend, they will stop paying attention to you. In the same way, your pet won’t pay attention to you if you stop responding to them. The worst animal communication mistake is to ignore your pet.

Do you feel like your pet has already given up? If so, you can reach out to them to restore the connection once again. You have to make the phone call.

4. Communicate with other animals

As soon as your pet gets familiar with you, you should keep giving time to them. Now, you are ready to communicate with other animals as well. Your pet is your family. You should treat them well. If you are alone, don’t just sit in your home. Sit with your pet and talk to them. Look in their eyes and say whatever you want to say with love. You will enjoy a lot in their company, and they will enjoy themselves too.

With these 4 tips in mind, you can talk to any pet with time. All it takes is a little bit time and patience.

How to Take Care of Pets

November 25, 2017

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In today’s busy and self-centered world when no one has any time for anyone else, pets in our homes make for the best friends and companions we can ever hope to have! The joy and enthusiasm that my pet dog greets me with when I reach home at the end of a long and arduous workday immediately lifts my spirits and any tiredness I bring back with me vanishes into thin air. Pets are loyal, faithful, unconditional and spontaneous in their love and benefit us in several ways.

In return, it is important for us to ensure we care for our pets too in the best way possible.

Here are some key ways in which you can make sure you are being a responsible pet owner and carer!

Space: Pets need to have a place that is safe, dry, clean and cozy. While deliberating on the choice of our pets we must carefully consider the space it will require for the aquarium for our fish, corner for our cat or dog or cage for the lovebirds we so wish to have! If an entire room is too much to think of, a clear and demarcated boundary can be created for your furry friend.

Diet: According to the pet that you own, you must strive to ensure they are fed a balanced and nutritious diet. Every species and breed in turn has foods that are permissible and those that can cause greater harm than good. Make sure you check with the vet and only feed your pet the right kind of foods and appropriate portions. Just as food needs to be carefully monitored, so too you must ensure that your pet has adequate and clean drinking water available.

Exercise: All pets need their space to be able to flex their muscles and spread their wings. Pets like dogs need to be taken for a scheduled walk regularly. Pet birds must have enough room in their cages not to feel cramped. A daily exercise routine will ensure your pets are healthy and happy

Medical Attention: Regular checkups with the veterinarian will make sure that your pet is hale and healthy and will help to diagnose any ailments well in advance. Vaccinations must be given in a timely and disciplined manner.

Cleanliness: All pets have cleanliness and hygiene needs. Pets like dogs and cats must be bathed regularly and groomed to keep their fur, hair, nails and skin well cared for. The area your pets are housed in must be cleaned and washed daily to keep the surroundings clean and pest free. Make sure also to keep your pet free of parasites like fleas, ticks and worms. Fish bowls or aquarium water needs to be changed appropriately in a timely fashion.

Supervision: While most pets once trained and habitual to their environment tend to stay safe it is important for a new pet to be supervised till they get a lay of the land! Inadvertently leaving the cage open could let the parrot or parakeet escape, dashing out of an ajar door could let the puppy or kitten to make a wild dash out onto the street which could be potentially dangerous.

Essential Tips for Maintaining the Health of Senior Pets

November 25, 2017

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As pets enter the age of senescence, it is the responsibility of pet parents to make the routine adjustments to match changes in the body and their immune system which make them prone to health problems in older age.

Some note-worthy tips to ensure the health and happiness of senior pets are –

Supplements

Pet supplements such as probiotics, digestive enzymes and fish oil for dogs can be a great addition to your dog’s diet. They not only help to maintain dietary balance, but also promote healthy digestive and immune systems that increase the natural resistance of pets against diseases.

Fish oil for dogs contains Eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic (DHA) acids, two essential Omega-3 acids, produced in limited quantities in dogs.

Researches reveal that the deficiency of fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6 in dogs can lead to severe disorders such as atopic dermatitis, auto-immune disorders and steatosis as well as heart and kidney problems.

Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA act as anti-inflammatory agents, reducing the impact of inflammatory enzymes produced by body fats. Reduction of inflammation prevents heart, kidney and skin inflammation conditions, promoting a shiny and healthier coat, while helping with weight loss in overweight dogs.

In fact, a study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine revealed that overweight dogs fed on calorie-restricted diets lost a considerable amount of weight when fatty acids were supplemented.

Fish oil for dogs has also been found to influence growth and development of unborn puppies. Research suggests that mother dogs, fed on diets rich in marine-derived Omega-3 acids gave birth to puppies with significantly improved visual performance.

Regular Visits to Veterinarians

Regular visits to veterinary doctors can significantly improve the early diagnosis and treatment of issues which may impact the dog’s health.

Age-related diseases like cognitive dysfunction or dementia can have symptoms which are difficult to detect. A veterinary physician will undertake a thorough physical assessment of the dog to detect early signs of potentially serious illnesses. Moreover, regular checkups also provide pet owners the opportunity to consult physicians regarding behavioral issues affecting senior pets.

Providing the Best Diet

Feeding raw food or quality commercial food not only makes them feel better, but also reduces their susceptibility to illness and diseases. Adding human foods like carrots and oatmeal along with supplements like fish oil for dogs to meet the nutritional requirements of pets is a good option.

However, pet owners should be careful when introducing dietary changes to avoid stomach ailments and diarrhea.

Therefore, it is recommended to supplement new food with the dog’s current diet and gradually increase the quantity every week. Once the pet gets used to more variety, they can easily tolerate dietary changes.

 

Tips to Avoid Pet Health Hazards in Fall

November 25, 2017

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Fall is one of the favorite seasons for furry pals due to its crisp air, colorful foliage and sweet aroma of the seasonal plants lingering in the environment. Though the season is welcoming, it has potential health hazards for your furry pals, about which you may not be knowing. It is essential to learn about these dangers and protect your pet from the unconditional situations.

Let us look into some of the major things that you need to take care of in Fall.

Less Hours Of Daylight

Shorter days mean fewer hours of daylight and we have to cut-short some of our day activities when visibility is poor. Dog owners have to take their furry pal on walks either during the dusk or dawn. This brings in the added risks of accidents due to low visibility.

During winters, when taking your furry pals on walks in the darkness of early morning or evening, it is crucial to be careful of your pet. Reduced light means it is challenging for drivers to see animals, which may lead to accidents at times. Therefore, it is crucial to keep a close observation on your pooch on a walk and control by having a leash and collar or chest harness. Make him wear reflective collars as well as a tag with a microchip for a safe return in case of missing incident.

Leaves – A Catastrophe to Handle

It’s a pleasure to just move around and listen to that rumbling sound coming out of the dried leaves. Dogs love to run about the foliage and have fun time. But the furry animals are not aware of the danger of this debris. These dried leaves are the source of toxicity if your fur pal lick any substance from the ground or their paws.

There may be fleas, ticks as well as bacteria and mold growth on these leaves. And, if your pet ingests any of these micro-organisms, it would be creating dangerous condition including vomiting, diarrhea, sickness or even tapeworm infection.

It is better to remove the foliage and cut short the dried grass in the lawn to keep away those nasty parasites. Moreover, ensure that your pet remains indoors, separate from the yard work.

Plants and Mushrooms

Mushrooms and other toxic plants are seasonal plants of the Fall and they are wildly found during this time. Your furry pal may succumb to toxicity if any of the part – leaves, stem or flower, any of these is ingested by them. Mushrooms are wildly found in yards. Though most of the wild mushrooms are non-toxic, there are a few which are highly toxic, and when ingested cause challenging situations.

Therefore, try to remove any unwanted plants and mushrooms from your yard and avoid your pet from moving around in the yard until you remove it.

Fatality due to Rodenticides

Falling temperatures drive rodents out of their shell in search of shelter for cold into your homes. People mostly use rodenticides to kill these creatures and keep them away from their homes. However, at times your dog or cat are likely to feast on these chemicals, and may encounter grave danger. Rodenticides cause critical conditions like hemorrhages, uncontrolled bleeding, and blood in vomit.

If you suspect that your cat or a dog has ingested rodenticides and find any toxicities, immediately contact your vet or poison emergency center for immediate help.

Before your dog or a cat fall to any of the dangers of the season fall, ensure all the care and take precautions to avoid any unfaithful circumstances.