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Seasonal Pet Safety Tips

seasonal_petsEach season poses different potential hazards to your pet. Here are some seasonal pet health tips compiled by DoveLewis Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, and staff veterinarian, Dr. Katherine Earl, DVM, to help keep your pet safe and healthy all throughout the year.

Winter:
Holiday Pet Hazards
The holidays present some unique hazards to pets. Exposure to these hazards can be avoidable with some careful planning and forethought. Decorating around the holidays consists of hanging lights and ornaments. Dogs and some cats are notorious for chewing on anything new and sometimes shiny things attract their attention. Electrical cords associated with holiday lights can cause electrical shock and burns if your pet chews through these. If your pet likes to chew on wiring, take precautions to keep your pets away from your holiday lights, or use electrical cord covers or organizers to keep the wires under wraps. Holiday tinsel can brighten up the Christmas tree, and ribbons are almost a universal part of gift wrapping. Cats and some dogs like to chew and swallow these long lengths of tinsel or ribbon. The tinsel and

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5 Tips for Finding Pet Care When You’re Going to Be Away from Home

51fc005d74c5b6725f0012ff._w.540_s.fit_Figuring out what to do with the family pet when you’re away can be one of the most anxiety inducing parts of a trip. If you are one of the lucky ones you have a good friend or family member that is happy to have them over for a visit. For the rest of us, it can be a challenging situation. Here are a few tips to help make the process as painless as possible.

1. Decide what kind of care you are after. This can vary with your personal comfort level, your budget and you pet’s individual needs or temperament. The options vary from the traditional kennel, pet “hotels” that are often also doggie daycare centers, care in a pet sitter’s home or care in your own home. It’s a good idea to have a couple of options researched and prepare in case one falls through.

2. Make sure you leave plenty of time to book, options tend to fill up fastest during holidays and peak vacation times. You will also want to leave time to tour any facilities and for you pet to

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How to Choose the Right Dog Food

Food

No one is in a better position than you are to decide which food you should feed your dog. That may not be what you wanted to hear. You may have been hoping that someone would reveal to you the name of the world’s healthiest food, so you could just buy that and have it done with.

But dogs, just like people, are individuals. What works for this dog won’t work for that one. A Pointer who goes jogging with his marathon-running owner every day needs a lot more calories than the Golden Retriever who watches TV all day. The diet that contains enough fat to keep that sled dog warm through an Alaskan winter would kill that Miniature Poodle who suffers from pancreatitis. The commercial kibble that stopped my Border Collie’s itching and scratching in its tracks may cause your Bedlington Terrier to develop copper storage disease.

Every food on the market contains different ingredients, and each one has the potential to cause symptoms of allergy or intolerance in some dogs. Every food contains a different ratio of macronutrients – protein, fat, and carbohydrates – and you have to learn by trial and error

Common Paralysis Tick Symptoms After Removal

Ticks affect several animals such as dogs. Tick-bite paralysis or simply known as tick paralysis is rooted from powerful toxin released via the saliva of a female tick, which is then injected on the blood of your dog. This infests now the skin of your dogs.  Such toxin has a direct impact on the nervous system, causing lower motor neuron paralysis. When we say lower motor neuron paralysis, it pertains on the loss of the voluntary movement that is caused by the disease of the nerves connecting muscles and spinal cord.

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How to remove ticks?

When you notice that your dog has tick paralysis, immediately get rid of them. In removing, use tweezers around on its head and then pull that out. You may also use tick hooks that are specially designed for better convenience. Look over your pet thoroughly to make sure you already remove every tick in your dog’s body.

What are the symptoms of paralysis?

  • Weakness particularly on the hind limbs
  • Unsteadiness
  • Regurgitation
  • Vomiting
  • Paralysis or complete loss of the muscle movement
  • Difficulty in eating
  • Asphysia because of respiratory muscle paralysis on animals which are affected severely
  • High blood pressure

When your pets

10 Top Ferrets Care Tips to Guarantee a Happy and Healthy Pet Ferret

Owning a ferret can be great fun. But before you can enjoy some time with your new pet, it is important you know what it takes to care for your little fun loving fur-ball. Ferret care can be very easy, its just you need to know what’s best, most of which is common sense and if you have owned other pets then you are off to a good start. This top 10 guide will walk you through the things you must know about your ferrets care.

Ferrets Care Tip #1: Pay Close Attention to What You Feed Your Little Critter. Ferrets are carnivorous animals and will therefore generally eat meat and meat byproducts. Since they have a very high metabolism and a fast acting digestive system, they will be eating numerous times in a given day. Therefore, it will be your job to ensure that it gets food each time it is hungry. That said note that a typical ferret diet needs to be high in protein and fat while low in fiber and carbohydrates.

Ferrets Care Tip #2: Leave a Constant Supply of Water Ferrets drink a lot of water in a day therefore you need to ensure that they have

Tips For Proper And Cost Effective Pet Care

Having an animal under your care really takes time, effort and sometimes money. There are a lot of people who do not really know how to properly care for their pets and animals. And so, they end up losing so much money paying the veterinary clinic because their pets always get ill. Sometimes, they lose their beloved pets. And this is just so sad.

There are also some people who mistreat their animals even without knowing. This is because of the lack of knowledge on how to properly care for them.

While mistreatment of animals is certainly not (and by no means should be) excused by not having enough funds, there are ways to minimise the cost of pet care without sacrificing a precious animal’s quality of life. Here are just some of the ways you can manage the costs of pet care.

First, get preventative care for your pet. Look for an established vet and ask about his preventative health care plan for dogs, cats, birds, and other species of pets. It is always best to take care of a small wound, tick or flea infestations, or unusual behaviour before they start to get big. It will then be hard to take

10 Ways to Keep Your Pet Healthy and Happy for Less

Having a pet can be as costly as it is rewarding. Taking proper care of a pet doesn’t have to be expensive, however. There are ways to save on pet care, as well as some occasional splurges pet owners should make to avoid costly problems later.

Protect against fleas and ticks.

These bugs aren’t simply a nuisance. While flea and tick bites may start by causing minor skin irritation, an infestation can lead to significant blood loss or infection. Consider using preventive treatments such as Frontline or Advantage to eliminate a problem before it starts.
Use natural remedies.

If your pet does contract fleas, make your own flea shampoo by mixing together 1 cup dish soap, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water. Rub the shampoo into the pet’s fur and let it sit for at least five minutes before rinsing. Coffee grounds can also ward off fleas and ticks without special shampoo. After using your regular pet shampoo, massage coffee grounds left over from your morning brew through your pet’s coat and rinse thoroughly. Another natural remedy: To treat bad breath, add parsley to pet food.

Do some grooming yourself.

Keeping pets groomed helps keep them healthy while drastically reducing the amount

10 Tips for Better Dental Health in Dogs

1. The Breath Test

Sniff your dog’s breath. Not a field of lilies? That’s okay-normal doggie-breath isn’t particularly fresh-smelling. However, if his breath is especially offensive and is accompanied by a loss of appetite, vomiting or excessive drinking or urinating, it’s a good idea to take your pooch to the vet.

2. Lip Service

Once a week, with your dog facing you, lift his lips and examine his gums and teeth. The gums should be pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling. His teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar.

3. Signs of Oral Disease

The following are signs that your dog may have a problem in his mouth or gastrointestinal system and should be checked by a veterinarian:

  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Inflamed gums
  • Tumors in the gums
  • Cysts under the tongue
  • Loose teeth

4. The Lowdown on Tooth Decay

Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on a dog’s teeth. This can harden into tartar, possibly causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. One solution? Regular teeth cleanings, of course.

5. Canine Tooth-Brushing Kit

Get yourself a toothbrush made especially for canines or a clean piece of soft gauze to wrap around your finger. Ask your vet for toothpaste made especially for canines or make a paste

8 Green Pet Care and Cleaning Tips

8. Accidents and Odors
If your pet has had an accident, scrub the area with club soda as soon as possible and let it dry. Then sprinkle the area with baking soda and let it stand to help control odors. After an hour or so, vacuum the rug thoroughly.

If a stain or discoloration remains, apply a generous amount of lemon juice to the area; let it soak for about 15 to 30 minutes. When the stain is removed, rinse the area well and blot it thoroughly. Another remedy to try is a paste made with lemon juice and cream of tartar, followed by the same rinsing and blotting technique.

After the stain removal, deodorize if necessary by rinsing the area with a vinegar and water solution. It’s important to remove the odor — doing so helps give your pet the signal that they should not do the same thing in that spot again.

If the accident was fairly small, say, a simple spot of urine on a rug, it can be cleaned up by applying straight vinegar to the area with a sponge or rag. Let it dry, then spend some time giving your pet a refresher course in potty training.

7. Bath

Choosing a Vet

It can be difficult to know what to look for when looking for a Veterinarian for your pet. You may have moved and left behind a vet with whom you have great rapport or you may have a new pet and are overwhelmed by all those big ads in the yellow pages. While there is no magic formula to guarantee a positive experience and high-quality care for your pet, there are a few ways to simply evaluate the hospital and veterinarian you choose.

Ask friends for recommendations

Before making an appointment you should check with friends and neighbors who own pets. Find out who they use and why. It is a good idea to get several different opinions since no one person will be liked by everyone. You want to get a sampling of opinions.

A visit to the clinic
Next, visit the clinic before making the appointment. The staff should be happy to answer any questions about the practice. It is also legitimate to request a tour at a time that is mutually convenient. There may be times of the day when a tour is not advisable but your request should be granted at some point.

The staff
Evaluate the front office staff?

5 Hot Tips for Summer Pet Care

Summertime is fun time, but hot weather makes for some unique summer pet care challenges. Although wild animals are well adapted to the elements, companion animals can be just as susceptible to extreme temperatures as their owners are. What does that mean for your pet? When the temperatures get extreme, pet safety should be top of mind. Here are 5 ways to stay safe while enjoying summer activities with your pet:

  • Respect the heat. Humans aren’t the only animals that can find a hot summer day overwhelming. But unlike you, your pet has a limited ability to deal with the heat. Dogs release heat through their paw pads and by panting, while humans can sweat through all of the skin on their body. Dehydration can be a big problem for pets during the hot weather, too. According to the ASPCA, animals with flat faces—like Pugs and Persian cats—cannot pant as effectively, and are therefore more susceptible to heat stroke. You should also keep an eye on elderly or overweight pets or animals with heart and lung disease. In the summer, make certain that Fido and Fluffy always have access to plenty of fresh, cool water, and avoid letting them run around

10 Things Veterinary Professionals Want You to Know About Pet Care

It can be difficult to stay on top of what’s best for your own health and well-being, so knowing what’s good for your pet may seem a little confusing.

Keep your feline friends and canine companions healthy and happy by following these 10 pet care tips the pros want you to know.

1. Regular Exams are Vital

Just like you, your pet can get heart problems, develop arthritis, or have a toothache. The best way to prevent such problems or catch them early is to see your veterinarian every year.

Regular exams are “the single most important way to keep pets healthy,” says Kara M. Burns, MS, Med, LVT, president of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians.

Annual vet visits should touch on nutrition and weight control, says Oregon veterinarian Marla J. McGeorge, DVM, as well as cover recommended vaccinations, parasite control, dental exam, and health screenings.

2. Spay and Neuter Your Pets

Eight million to 10 million pets end up in U.S. shelters every year. Some are lost, some have been abandoned, and some are homeless.

Here’s an easy way to avoid adding to that number — spay and neuter your cats and dogs. It’s a procedure that can be performed as early as six to eight

5 tips to help a dog or cat that has lost its appetite

Have a dog or cat that’s lost its appetite?

“There’s a lots of reasons why they won’t eat,” veterinarian and regular North by Northwest guest Ted Morris told host Sheryl MacKay.

“Our pets are really good at hiding their illnesses, especially cats, so by the time they’re starting to act sick they’ve usually been sick a fair bit longer than you realize.”

Morris said cats who aren’t eating should be taken to the vet as soon as possible, because not eating for a few days can cause them to develop a liver problem called fatty liver.

He said people shouldn’t get too concerned if a dog doesn’t eat for a day, but if it reaches a few days then they should be looked at by a vet.

Morris says finding out the reason behind their loss of appetite is important — as it could be anything from cancer to being dehydrated and having tooth pain or arthritis.

Once the reason has been discovered and attended to, here are the steps owners can take to encourage their pets to eat again:

1. Try different foods

“Just offering them something different to eat” may work, Morris said. “I’ll give them a buffet of a whole bunch of different options …

10 tips to make pet care more affordable

In some of these cases, pet insurance can help pet owners afford the care their pets need. Consider these 10 tips to teach pet owners about pet insurance.

Tip 1: Educate. “Pet insurance is all about educating the client, not about selling a service,” says Dr. Amanda Donnelly, owner of ALD Veterinary Consulting. “Team members play a very critical role in helping educate pet owners about payment options.”

Tip 2: Team up. “In a lot of practices, we assume that someone else has talked to the pet owner about pet insurance,” Dr. Roark says. “Without a coordinated plan that involves the whole team, you might miss having this important conversation with pet owners.”

Creating a plan your whole team can get behind improves the chances pet owners will hear your insurance message. For example, Dr. Roark says your plan might be to talk to clients during their first visit with a new pet.

Tip 3: Make strong recommendations. Dr. Roark says it can be confusing to clients when you simply offer brochures for all of the pet insurance companies in your new pet packets. A more effective approach, he says, is to demonstrate that you’re a resource on pet insurance topics by offering recommendations

7 Frugal Tips for Cutting Pet Care Costs

If you’re looking to start cutting pet care costs, there are some fairly simple and easy ways you can do so! I don’t know what I’d do without my pets and as much as I love them, taking care of them can get pretty expensive. From vaccinations to de-worming treatments, pet care can be quite costly. Let’s take a look at cutting pet care costs so both you and your pet are healthy and happy!

1. RESCUE

The first step in cutting pet care costs starts before you even get your new pet! If you’re considering getting a new friend for the family, start your search at your local pet rescue. Shelters and pet rescues house pets who are desperately in need of a good home and it is often cheaper than buying from a breeder. Another money-saving bonus is that pets from rescues are typically already vaccinated and spayed or neutered!

2. FEED

Another way to cut costs in pet care is to feed your pet healthy, nutritious food. It might seem like buying the cheap brand from mass merchandisers is a great way to save money, but that’s not always the case. Pet trainers often say that natural dog food, as expensive

Pet Care Mistakes Good Owners Make

As a board-certified veterinary emergency specialist, I’m often amazed at what owners will put up with as they care for their animals. Take a recent client of mine. She’d brought her sick cat to her regular veterinarian, who said Felix needed intravenous fluids. The vet didn’t have 24-hour care, though. So Felix’s owner picked her cat up at closing time and drove him to an after-hours emergency clinic where he could stay overnight. In the morning, she got to the clinic before it closed at 8 am so she could bring Felix back to her vet. She did this four days in a row before she and Felix ended up in the emergency room of the university vet school where I work.

When I saw her, she was physically, mentally, and financially exhausted. And Felix was really sick—he was in severe kidney failure and needed much more aggressive care than either his regular vet or the after-hours clinic could provide. He survived, but it was touch-and-go.

I promise I don’t have my eye on my wallet when I say this: There are times when your pet needs someone other than the wonderful vet you’ve been using for years. I know it can

8 tips for holiday pet care

Tis the season to reconnect with distant relatives, long lost friends, and maybe even your favorite former coworkers. As you dig into your free time to do some much needed Christmas gift shopping and maybe even a little traveling, you may realize that you’re spending less and less time at home. This becomes apparent as your dishes begin to pile and your fridge grows bare, however, something more important than any chore or produce item is being neglected – your pet.

Not to bring on the guilt at this, the happiest time of the year, but it’s time to think of ways to get your best friend in on some of this holiday cheer. So what do you say? Are you ready to be an awesome pet parent despite your hectic holiday schedule? If so, check out the following tips to get started!

1. Think of Your Pet-Loving Friends

You’ve got to get your holiday shopping done, there’s just no way around it. This typically means you have to leave your furry friend at home while you make a trip to the mall. But what if you shook things up this year? Instead of getting your friends another lotion set, why not get

5 Tips for Caring for Pet Fish

Vibrant and sleek, calmly drifting along, circling the mini-treasure chest…could there be a more peaceful pet than an aqua pal? “Fish are beautiful to watch and naturally therapeutic,” says David Boruchowitz, the editor-in-chief of Tropical Fish Hobbyist. Here’s how to set up an aquarium the whole family will enjoy:

Consider the tank size It’s true that if you’re just starting out, a large tank can seem like a lot to deal with. But there are advantages: If the filter clogs or the heater breaks, the water will remain stable much longer in a spacious model, giving you a chance to fix any problems.

Plan ahead Think about buying freshwater fish — they’re easier to maintain than saltwater ones. But first get the tank ready: Ask a pet-store employee (or read a fish-care book) for tips on pretreating the water, setting up a filter, and creating the healthiest environment for your future finned friends.

Pick a swimmer who’s a winner Small, peaceful fish are best, like neon and cardinal tetras, cory cats, gouramis, and zebra danios. (Goldfish need more attention.) An aquarium light enhances fishes’ colors, but don’t leave it on all the time — it can encourage algae.

Feed frugally Whatever food your fish

Care For Your Pet After You’re Dead

Pets have become an increasingly important part of modern life. Many pet owners view their animal companions as members of the family and treat them as such, but it has only been in the last few decades that pets were given a legal upgraded status. It was 1993 when the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and the American Bar Association added Section 2-907 of the Uniform Probate Code to the books. Previous to this the law treated pets like any other piece of property upon the death of their owners. In this article, we’ll show you how to set up a trust for your pets, so that when you pass on, they will still be able to have a full life.

How It Works
The specifics of the law vary from state to state, but the two basic types of pet trusts include testamentary, which is designed to provide care after the owner’s death, and inter vivos, which provides care when the owner is still living but no longer able to care for the animal. Inter vivos trusts can be useful if the owner is incapacitated or living in an assisted-living facility.

In both cases, a caretaker is assigned

10 Tips For Taking Care of a Sick Pet

Few things in life are worse than knowing your child is sick. For some of us, this child we speak of has four legs and a full coat of fur. Yes, having a sick little one can be a heart wrenching experience for pet parents too. The real difference between having a sick child and a sick pet is the parent’s level of preparedness.

Parents typically have a general idea of what to do when their child is sick as they’ve had to deal with similar ailments themselves. However, things change a bit when you’re dealing with a pet. Standard protocol no longer fits as your pet’s bodily functions and behaviors are completely different from your own. So what can you do to make sure your furry friend is well taken care of on a sick day? We’ve got a few helpful tips below. Be sure to get your pet to the vet, then implement these ten things in your care-giving routine to settle the unrest of both your pet and yourself.

Offer unsweetened banana chips
This is the perfect treat for a sick pet. Plain banana chips help settle restless stomachs and are gentle on your pet’s digestive system.

Keep rice on

Dog Training Tips

The need-reward method is the most effective one.The need created is that for food. Most dogs are fed once daily so the training must take place twenty-four hours after the last feeding; for difficult trainees, thirty-six hours later.

Let’s say you want to train your dog to come when you call it. Tic the end of a twenty- or thirty-foot cord to its collar and take it outside. Use the same command each time with the same tone of voice, which is usually the word, “come.” Say “come” and pull the dog to you with the cord and offer it food as a reward. Being hungry, it will take the food with relish. Then walk on and when the dog is some distance from you, repeat the procedure. Repeat it a dozen times, which is enough for one session. Wait a few days and go through the same paces, and in a surprisingly short period of time you will have conditioned it to come on command.

About the only time the no-reward method is used is to break an established bad habit. One example might be a dog that barks excessively when there is no good reason for it, such as an