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Easy Solutions For Common Doggy Problems

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have a dog, you probably make lots of trips to the veterinarian. In fact, you might go to the vet’s office so much that you’re on a first name basis with everyone on the staff. While trips to the vet for things like vaccinations, medical exams, and emergency care are always necessary, there are some common pet problems that you can take care of right at home. Here are a couple solutions for some common problems. Flea Infestations If your dog goes outside a lot, it probably gets fleas. Instead of heading to the vet for pesticide based flea treatments, you can make an all natural flea spray. This treatment is easy to use and will keep the fleas away. Supplies You’ll Need Plastic spray bottle 1 lemon 2 ½ cups of water Small pan Directions Slice your lemon into thin slices. Bring your water to a boil. Add the lemons to the water and turn off the heat. Leave the lemons and water to sit overnight. Strain the lemons out of the water. Pour the water into your spray bottle. Spray your dog from head to toe with the spray, especially around the ears. Repeat each day to keep the fleas away. Skunk Spray Odor Remover If you live in an area that has lots of wildlife, your dog has probably been skunked before. It’s a horrible odor that’s almost impossible to get rid of. This home treatment will get rid of the odor quickly and thoroughly. Supplies You’ll Need 8 cups of hydrogen peroxide ½ cup of baking soda 3 teaspoons of dish detergent Large bucket Small cup Rubber gloves Directions Take your dog out to the yard. Pour the hydrogen peroxide into the bucket. Add the baking soda and dish detergent. The baking soda will foam so don’t be alarmed. Put your rubber gloves on. Use the cup to pour the solution over your dog. Rub the solution into the fur, especially on the areas that were sprayed. Be sure to keep the solution out of your dog’s eyes. Leave the solution on your dog for at least 15 minutes. Rinse well with clean water. You need to take your dog to the vet, such as Howard County Animal Hospital, for medical care and emergency services. However, you can take care of minor issues like flea infestations and skunk sprays easily and safely with homemade products. Keep these solutions on hand so that you can take care of the issues right...

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Home From The Equine Hospital: Using Massage Therapy To Maximize Recovery

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your horse has recently been released from the equine hospital, chances are you are facing a recovery period during which your horse may be allowed limited exercise or be rehabbing with specific movements. Here’s a look at how equine massage therapy can help speed the recovery process. Check with Your Vet First Before scheduling an equine massage session, it’s best to check with your vet first. There are certain conditions for which equine massage is contraindicated, including cancer, pregnancy, and certain skin diseases that can be spread by contact. If your vet is unfamiliar with equine massage, invite your vet to watch a session or see if you can schedule your first session while your horse is still in the hospital. Benefits of Equine Massage Therapy Equine massage therapy can have many benefits for a horse recovering from a medical or orthopedic condition. It improves circulation, speeding both white and red blood cells to injury sites and aiding in digestion and motility. Massage also produces endorphins–the body’s natural pain killers–which help quell discomfort and improve disposition. For a horse that’s stiff or sore, equine massage therapy can relieve muscle tension and spasms. Massage can help keep muscles supple during periods of little or no exercise, which is vital for elite competitive horses, like race horses, jumpers, and dressage horses. Equine massage therapy is growing in popularity and is an accepted adjunct to traditional veterinary medicine for horses in recovery. Equine massage therapists often work alongside other complementary health care professionals, such as equine chiropractors and equine acupuncturists. Getting the Most from Your Massage Therapy Sessions Equine massage therapy works best if you give a little thought ahead of time to making the session as effective as possible for your horse: Schedule the massage during a quiet time of day in a less-trafficked area of the barn. Offer your horse a flake of hay during the massage to keep its mouth busy and improve the total relaxation. If your horse is anxious, unpredictable or otherwise in need of control, hold the horse on a lead rope or have a groom do it during the session. Make sure your horse is clean, dry, and free of grooming products like coat sheen spray or fly spray. If flies are a nuisance, try just spraying the legs, tail, and face before your session. Inform the massage therapist about any tender spots, sensitive areas, or favorite rubbing spots for your horse. Plan to walk your horse for about five minutes after the session to give circulation an extra boost and work out any last kinks. Equine massage therapy does not diagnose or cure any veterinary conditions, but it can provide great relief for your horse, and consequently for you, during recovery from illness or injury. Your horse will probably enjoy it so much you will want to schedule regular sessions long after rehab at places like Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists & 24-Hour Emergency Hospital is...

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Why Are Your Kitty’s Eyes Weeping?

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s common for cat owners to come home to pets with eyes that are red, teary or weeping.  Eye problems are quite common in cats, and there are a number of conditions that can cause these symptoms. Follow this guide to figure out why your cat’s eyes are so irritated, and what to do about it. Evaluating the Severity of the Problem When you notice that your cat’s eyes are looking weepy, the first thing you need to do is determine if this is a minor problem with a simple fix, or a more severe medical condition that needs veterinary treatment. Hold your kitty gently, and look closely at his or her eyes. If your cat is struggling, have a friend hold him while you look at the eyes. If your cat refuses to open his or her eye, even in dim light, make a call to your veterinarian. Your cat may have suffered trauma to the eye, such as a corneal scratch or ulcer. Do not attempt to force your cat’s eyelids open with your fingers – you may cause more damage. You should also call the vet if the third membrane is closing over your cat’s eyes, if the eye appears red, or if you see any evidence of a scratch or abrasion on the eye’s surface. If the discharge from your cat’s eye is yellow or green, this is a sign of infection, and also a reason to make a veterinary appointment (although probably not an emergency one). Finding the Cause of Minor Eye Irritation If your cat’s eyes are running and the liquid is clear, you can likely address the problem at home. The first step is identifying the cause of your cat’s runny eyes. Have you been using a new type of cleaning product lately? Many cleaning products can cause eye irritation in cats and dogs. Perhaps you recently cleaned your home and released a lot of dust in the process. The dust could be irritating your cat’s eyes, too. Address any potential causes of eye irritation to make your kitty more comfortable. Treating Minor Irritation at Home You can also sooth your cat’s irritated eyes by wiping them gently with a piece of gauze dipped in warm water. Use a separate piece of gauze for each eye, to avoid spreading a possible infection from one eye to another. Keep a close eye on your cat’s eyes, and if the condition becomes worse or the discharge becomes yellow or green, call your vet. Don’t panic if you come home to a cat with droopy eyes. In most cases, the problem is caused by minor irritation or an infection that your vet can easily treat with antibiotics. Treat the condition properly, and your cat will be back in good health...

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The Pampered Pet: Unique Services Only Offered By Complete Pet Hospitals

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pet owners are always looking for ways to spoil their fur-babies. A recent trend in pet health and care has created the complete pet hospital, which is more than just immediate medical care for your animals. Rather than just annual checkups, basic surgeries and shots, vets and vet technicians focus on the complete life and wellness approaches for your pet. Some of the more unique services and their descriptions follow. Full Grooming Service Rather than declaw your pets, you can bring them into the pet hospital and have their nails clipped and sanded down. Nail caps, which come a wide variety of colors and designs, can be applied to your pets’ claws, making them look like they have had a fresh manicure, nail polish included. the nail caps are difficult to remove, but if any of your pets manage to remove them, you can always bring the offending pet back in to reapply the nail caps. Along with nails, pets get bathed, clipped, prettied up with bows or handkerchiefs, and doused in anti-flea and biting pest powder. Full Dental Service Everything from x-rays of your pets’ mouths and teeth to oral treatments for gum disease are part of the dental clinic inside a complete pet hospital. A pet dentist scales, cleans, files down and brushes your pets’ teeth and gums. When there is a problem, such as gum disease or loose tooth, the pet dentist can address it in-house and prescribe medication to treat any infections. Hospice Care Pets, naturally, do not live as long as their owners. When your furry companions near the ends of their lives, you might find that they need more care than you can give at home. One of the nicest features of all in a complete pet hospital is hospice care. Here, your pet can live out its final days in comfort and without pain, until you are ready to let him or her go. You can visit as often as you like and you receive phone calls and updates daily with how your pet is faring. If and when it is possible, the vet notifies you that your pet does not have much longer to live, and you can choose to be with him or her when he or she passes. Finding a Complete Pet Hospital Most of these newer pet hospitals are in large metropolitan areas, such as New York City, or Los Angeles, where pets are already quite pampered by wealthy owners. If you would like to take your pet to a complete hospital and continue to treat him or her just as you would a human family member, cities like these are exactly where to begin your search. If you are also concerned by the cost of care, many full service pet hospitals take pet insurance, which you can purchase through them or...

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4 Tips For Boarding Your Dog

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dogs are often close to their owners and don’t like being separated from the ones they love. However, there sometimes comes a point where you need to board your dog if you’re going away and don’t have someone to watch your pet. Here are 4 tips to make the process go smoothly and keep your dog as happy as possible while you’re gone. Do Your Research When looking for dog boarding, it’s important to research a number of choices to ensure your dog is getting the best care. Feel free to tour a dog boarding facility and read online reviews. Once at a dog boarding facility, ask what kind of physical activity your dog will get while you’re away. Often, dog boarding facilities will walk dogs, have a dog gym where dogs can play with different toys, and other services such as a grooming. If you get a good feel for a place, leaving your dog will be much less hard for both you and your dog. Leave Your Pet Something Special Your dog may have some separation anxiety, but this can be greatly reduced if you provide it with a few things it knows from home. Try leaving its favorite toy or a pack of bones it really likes. It’s also a good idea to give it a blanket or bed that has the scent from your home on it. This will help ease the transition when you leave. Provide Your Own Dog Food Giving your dog the food it knows from home can ensure your dog doesn’t have any problems adjusting to a new food. After all, you don’t want your dog getting sick without you around to take care of it. Bringing your own food can also ensure your dog gets the level of quality you expect it to have. Special Needs Dogs If your dog has an illness or takes medication, it’s important you inform staff about this information. Leave any medication your dog needs along with instructions when your dog needs it, and your phone number in case of emergencies. If your dog has anxiety issues, has a sensitive stomach or doesn’t get along with other dogs, this is also information you should inform staff about to ensure your dog stays healthy while you’re gone. Ultimately, leaving your dog at a dog boarding specialist doesn’t have to be a sad thing. Your dog will quickly get used to it, and might even have a bit of fun with other dogs while you enjoy your vacation or travel for work. Following some of these tips will simply make the process go a lot smoother. For more information, contact Canine Companion or a similar...

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How To Have A Cat-Safe Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With the holidays coming up, it can be difficult to get your cat adjusted to guests, the colder weather conditions, and more. Here are a few tips that should help you get your cat adjusted: Don’t Put Your Cat in the Garage: Many cat owners think to simply set their cat up with a space in the garage. However, this can be extremely dangerous. Although the space seems larger than any other space in the home, there are many dangerous items in there. For one, anti-freeze is something that both attracts cats and becomes deadly for them. Instead consider a safe room for your cat, such as the bedroom. It may seem small, but cats are easy to adjust to smaller spaces.  Don’t Light Tabletop Candles: Tabletop candles can be dangerous around cats since they enjoy climbing on tables. When you have guests over, it can be more challenging to watch your cat and keep them from jumping on the tables. If you are not using a safe room for the cat, consider LED candle lights instead, or a different decorative center piece, such as fruit bowls.  Don’t Share Dinner with Your Cat: Although it may be tempting to share your Thanksgiving dinner with your cat, it really is not a good idea. This is because Thanksgiving dinner is typically too rich for cats and can cause diarrhea. Also, if there are onions in any of the food, it should stay away fro your cat since onions are toxic for them. Instead, consider giving your cat some wet food before the guests arrive. This will also prevent your cat from begging once Thanksgiving dinner is served. Give Cat Attention: Before your guests arrive, you should be sure to give your cat some attention. Cats can feel neglected when a large crowd is around. By setting aside some time for them, this can reduce their stress levels significantly.  Try Natural Stress Remedies: There are many natural remedies, such as flower essences, holistic aids, and more that can help your cat to reduce their stress levels. You should start using these remedies a day or two before since they can sometimes take time to become effective.  By following some of these tips, you can easily keep your cat safe and stress free. This is going to ensure that once the holidays are over, your cat will have an easy recovery from it. Contact a company for more about this...

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Your Cat’s Ears And Their Potential Problems

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cats rely a lot on their keen hearing to get them through life. Their ears are designed to pick up sounds that are out of the range of normal human hearing. In the dark, cats depend on them not only to find prey, but also to detect danger. Keeping their ears healthy is a top priority.  Cat’s ears are usually low maintenance and require little care on your part. However, like any body part, there are times when they can have their problems. Symptoms of ear problems in cats include: Excessive head shaking Scratching that can be so bad as to rub the fur off around the ear Dizziness Acting like he or she is deaf or has diminished hearing Dark spots in the ear Discharge from the ear Tears and bleeding in the ear membrane     Any time a cat has problems with its ears or hearing, take the cat to a cat clinic for a diagnosis. The veterinarian will check the ears for swelling, tenderness, or parasites. Some of the typical cat ear problems can include: Ear mites: These are a common cause for many ear problems and infections in cats. They are so small that they can’t be seen by a human eye. These mites can be highly contagious and if one cat in the household has them, chances are the rest of the cats in the house will need to be treated as well. Treatment involves special prescription topical medicine. Be sure to follow the veterinarian’s instructions on applying the medication. Blockage: A cat may get a blockage from too much wax or a foreign object.  Your veterinarian may prescribe a cleaning regimen to remove or prevent excess wax build-up or remove other foreign objects. Tumors: Tumors can cause temporary or permanent deafness depending on their location and size. Your veterinarian will decide whether removing them will be beneficial. Infections: Infections can be brought on by any type of puncture in the ear membrane, including insect bites. Medications as well as keeping the area clean and sanitized will help the infection heal.  There is little that needs to be done to keep a healthy cat’s ears in top shape. But, sometimes you may want or need to clean them to prevent future problems. Before attempting to clean your cat’s ears, ask a veterinarian how to do it. A cat’s ears are designed differently and improper cleaning may do more harm than...

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Three Common Ailments To Watch Out For In Guinea Pigs

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Guinea pigs make fun and personable pets, but like any pet, they do require some level of responsibility. In order to make sure your guinea pig stays healthy and happy, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs of disease and ill health. The following three ailments are seen commonly in guinea pigs. Know their signs and symptoms, so you can provide care and veterinary attention for your guinea pig promptly when needed. Respiratory Illnesses and Pneumonia Guinea pigs are very sensitive to cold temperatures, and if they are exposed to cold, they can quickly develop respiratory illnesses that can lead to deadly pneumonia. Signs of respiratory illness in guinea pigs include: Wheezing when breathing Accumulation of mucous near the mouth and nose General malaise and lethargy, or laying on its side Coughing and sneezing Refusal to eat and drink Guinea pigs may come down with respiratory illnesses if they become wet and catch a chill. Sometimes they develop the habit of sleeping under their water bottles or in urine, and they may catch a chill from the wetness associated with these behaviors. If you think your guinea pigs may have a respiratory illness, call a veterinarian immediately. By the time you notice symptoms, the condition is generally quite severe, and your guinea pig may perish quickly if it does not receive immediate care. Digestive Ailments Digestive illnesses in guinea pigs may include parasitic infections, bacterial infections of the intestines, or bowel obstructions. All of these ailments have the same general signs and symptoms, which include: Diarrhea, or failing to pass stool for more than 12 hours Groaning and laying on its side Biting at the stomach Refusal to eat or drink Wet stool buildup on the guinea pig’s rear end If your guinea pigs is suffering from profuse diarrhea or has not eaten in more than 24 hours, call your vet immediately. Otherwise, feed your pet some of its favorite foods, and observe it for a few hours. If it does not seem to be improving, call the vet. Tooth Problems Guinea pigs’ teeth continually grow, and if they are not worn down properly, they can curl and make it hard for your guinea pig to chew. Keep an eye out for the following signs of tooth problems: Refusing to eat harder, crunchy foods Squeaking sharply after biting something Blood leaking from the mouth Tooth problems in guinea pigs are not generally emergencies, as long as the guinea pig is still eating. However, they do need to be addressed quickly in order to alleviate your guinea pig’s pain. Try to peek in your guinea pig’s mouth to see if you can spot an issue. Share your findings with your vet when you call to make a non-emergency appointment. When cared for properly, guinea pigs can live for 5 to 8 years. Watch out for the early signs of these illnesses in your pet, and you’ll prevent him or her from coming to an early...

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How To Handle A Skunk Problem

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Living in both an urban and rural setting has its own set of problems when it comes to pests and wild animals. Whether it is rats and mice or possums and bats, pests can do all kinds of damage to your home and peace of mind. It might be surprising to know that skunks are one of the most common pests that cause people to call an animal control service. The Problems Skunks Cause Of course, everyone knows that skunks can release a horrendous smell when they feel threatened. This noxious odor can infiltrate your home, and can spread so far that it can be smelled outdoors. Skunk smells are very difficult to remove, and can wreak havoc on your home. In addition, they love to tear up yards and landscaping, and can lurk in dark areas such as under decks and patios or in crawl spaces. If you have pets, the risk of rabies is also present. Getting Rid of Skunks If you spot a skunk on your property or even inside your home, do not approach it. Not only will they most likely attempt to spray, they may become aggressive and try to bite you. Since skunks are omnivores, they enjoy eating all sorts of natural foods ranging from berries and loose vegetation to insects. Eliminate as many obvious food sources as you can in order to create a habitat they’ll avoid. Block any hiding places that skunks might seek out. Eventually, they will move on and choose a new home to inhabit. A good option for skunk removal is to use a no-kill trap. You can purchase these traps at most sporting goods or home and garden stores. Keep in mind, however, that a threatened or frightened skunk is very prone to spray. In addition, most localities require you to have a permit in order trap wild animals. Instead, call a professional animal control specialist that not only has the proper permits, but the knowledge of skunk removal to get the skunks safely from your property. Aside from trapping, you can opt to use a variety of deterrents. Skunks will stay far away from areas that smell like dog or fox urine. If you have a dog, let them urinate around the perimeter, but just be sure that the skunk is not around when you do so. Alternatively, you can purchase various animal urine concentrations from hardware stores. Ammonia or even citrus peels are also a good, safe...

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