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Keeping Your Cat Happy And Lowering Your Costs For Cat Boarding

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Your Cat Happy And Lowering Your Costs For Cat Boarding

If you’re planning to board your cat while you’re out of town, there are a few things you can do to simultaneously make your cat more comfortable and save some money. Follow these tips to keep your kitties happy and make cat boarding even more affordable. Bring Your Own Kitty Litter Part of the cost of cat boarding is all of the items your cat will receive while they’re being cared for. Among these is kitty litter, which you will probably have an excess of when you bring your cat to be boarded. Ask the cat boarder you’re going to leave your kitty with if you can bring your cat’s own litter. They may be willing to offer a discount, since they won’t be providing any litter for your cat. In addition, providing your own litter will make your cat more comfortable while they’re in an unfamiliar place. Even when your cat is at home, suddenly changing litter brands or types isn’t advisable. It may make your kitty unwilling to use the litter box, so imagine how they’ll feel with a new brand of kitty litter when they’re staying at the cat boarding facility. Bringing your litter will help them to be more at ease. Supply Food Chances are you have plenty of food, too. Cat boarders are generally happy to take your cat’s food to feed them while you’re away, because many cats have special dietary needs. For example, cats with kidney problems may need a special low protein food, or kitties with digestive woes may need a specific brand that you and your vet have found agrees with them. Even if your cats don’t have any special dietary needs, it’s still a good idea to bring some of your own food from home for them. Suddenly changing your cat’s diet can cause diarrhea, or they may refuse to eat. As you probably know, cat food can be pricey, so bringing your own should help to shave off a considerable portion of your bill. Just talk to the staff of the cat boarding facility in advance and to get a quote on how much you’ll be saving per day for bringing your own food. These tips can help your cat to feel more at home while you’re away, and save you some money while you’re at it. While it won’t save you any extra cash, consider bringing your cat’s favorite bedding and something that smells like you (like a sweater) too. These items will help your kitty to feel comforted while you’re away, and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing they’re comfortable and being taken care of by professional cat boarders. Contact a business, such as Animal Care Center of Forest Park, for more information on...

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3 Facts About Your Cat’s Oral Health To Keep In Mind

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Facts About Your Cat’s Oral Health To Keep In Mind

As a pet owner, you want to make sure that your cat has a long, happy, and healthy life. Regular visits to the vet, moderate exercise, and a healthy diet are all factors that contribute to your cat’s prolonged lifespan. As your pet ages, oral health concerns may become more of a concern. Regular dental care and diet become even more important as your cat progresses further into adulthood. Unlike dogs, cats are less likely to flash you glimpses of their teeth, so you need to maintain awareness of the quality of their oral health. Here are three facts about your cat’s oral health to keep in mind. Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in cats. As your pet ages, their teeth and gums before more fragile and vulnerable to disease. Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly helps them to fight off periodontal disease that puts their teeth and gums at risk. If your cat has gum disease, then they are much more likely to lose their teeth. As food accumulates between your cat’s teeth and gums, pockets of bacteria and plaque form in their mouth. Your cat may then begin to experience discomfort when eating or loose teeth as a consequence of periodontal disease. Maintaining proper oral hygiene and diet can improve your cat’s periodontal health and diminish their risk of developing gum disease. There are many different ways to clean your cat’s teeth. Tooth brushing is the ideal method for cleaning your cat’s teeth and gums; however, not all cats have a temperament suitable for this activity. You can buy a foaming tooth cleaner at your vet’s office or at a pet store. The foaming cleaner is similar to pet toothpaste, but does not require the rigorous scrubbing from the toothbrush to be effective. Your vet may give you the option to put your pet under elective sedation in order to have a deep teeth cleaning if their oral health is too poor for over-the-counter treatments. Treats and bone chews can help your cat maintain their oral health. Let your cat chew on uncooked bones to help remove tartar from their teeth and gums. Your cat is a natural predator and will appreciate having an uncooked bone as a treat. Be care not to give your cat fish or chicken bones that may splinter in their mouth and cause injury. Tartar control and breath-freshening treats may also be helpful, but make sure you only give them to your cat in moderation. Treats are high in calories and can affect your cat’s health poorly if they are overeaten. For more information on pet dental services, contact a company like Clayton Veterinary...

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Boarding A Dog With Special Needs: 3 Important Questions To Ask

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Boarding A Dog With Special Needs: 3 Important Questions To Ask

If you require the services of a dog boarder but your pup has special needs or a complex medical condition, you may be worried about finding a facility that can meet those needs. To better assist you in your search, outlined below are three important questions to ask and how the answers can affect your decision. Have You Boarded a Dog With a Similar Condition Before? When determining whether a kennel is right for your dog, it’s important to know whether they have the proper experience to handle your pup. While experience with a certain condition isn’t necessary, it can certainly help to ease your fears. A kennel who has boarded a dog with a similar condition will likely know how to handle emergencies related to your dog’s disorder, and may also know how to avoid making the condition worse. This can be especially important for dogs whose conditions aren’t under control with medications, such as certain seizure disorders, and who may require medical attention at a moment’s notice.    How Much Supervision Will My Dog Be Given? Your dog may need specialized supervision during their stay, and this will heavily affect your decision when choosing a boarding kennel. If your dog requires round-the-clock care, such as dogs requiring medications every few hours, you’ll need a kennel that’s staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other situations that may require specialized supervision include dogs with injuries that may be made worse by certain activities or illnesses that are worsened by stress. If any of these things apply, you’ll need to be sure to ask whether you can request a helper to stay with them at all times, or whether your needs will be more easily met with a pet sitter. Are There Trained Vets on Staff to Handle Emergencies? While you don’t want to think about it, illness and injury can happen even when you’re away from your four-legged friend. If your pup has special needs, this may even be a more likely issue, so it’s important to know what levels of care will be available at all times. Many traditional boarding kennels have veterinarians or other trained staff on during the day. If you’re worried about your dog’s condition worsening at night, however, you may need to seek a non-traditional route. Some options may be to hire a pet sitter with veterinarian experience, or boarding your dog at an emergency vet hospital that’s open round-the-clock. The questions above will give you a good head start when it comes to finding the right boarding facility for your pup. For more information about dog boarding,...

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Senior Dogs Love To Have Fun: Play Tips For Senior Dog Owners

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Senior Dogs Love To Have Fun: Play Tips For Senior Dog Owners

As your dog gets older, you may feel that you can not risk playing the same games your dog loved in the past. Your dog might not have as much energy, may struggle to run and may not be able to stand up as easily. But the way that you play some of your dog’s favorite games may also affect why your senior dog is less willing to play. Modifying Favorite Games The best games are those that your dog is already familiar with. Your dog will already be trained on how to play these games and reinforcing these memories can improve your dog’s mental agility. For example, if your dog has participated in agility courses, you may be able to continue this practice while removing some of the most difficult obstacles. Useful Toys For Dogs You can also make modifications to games you used to play by purchasing different toys. Dog Frisbee is lighter and softer than a regular Frisbee, which is easier on the teeth and gums. Your dog is also less likely to be injured if hit. Chew toys with more gentle rubber will also be easier on your dog’s teeth and gums. Some chew toys can have a treat inserted, which can motivate your dog to work on the chew toy more. If you used to play fetch, but your dog has a harder time seeing the ball, whistling bird balls generate bird sounds that make it easier for your dog to find the ball. Soft, indoor balls that are easy-on-the-teeth can also work well with dogs that love to play fetch. Motivating Senior Dogs When you are away from home, hide treats around the house. Your dog will then be motivated to search around the home rather than simply sleeping throughout the day. You might think your dog is tired, but a lot of sleeping is simply the result of boredom. Low-Impact Exercise If you own a swimming pool and your dog is experienced with swimming, spend more time swimming with your dog. Swimming is a low-impact activity that requires effort, which can help improve your dog’s health. It is especially beneficial for dogs that suffer from arthritis. Swimming helps build an older dog’s overall strength. Modifying The Environment Some dogs aren’t active because their environment is more difficult to navigate. Your dog might need carpet runners and steps to help your dog avoid jumping, such as when climbing up and down a couch. If you make your dog’s life easier, it will be more willing to engage in activities that keep it active. Coming up with a senior pet care program will improve your dog’s quality of...

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The Novel Protein Diet: Serving Up A Diagnosis And Treatment For Your Itchy Pet

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Novel Protein Diet: Serving Up A Diagnosis And Treatment For Your Itchy Pet

If your cat or dog is experiencing potential food allergy symptoms, your veterinarian may prescribe a novel protein diet to confirm a diagnosis. Understanding how a novel protein diet works and its role in the diagnosis and treatment of food allergies is an important step in selecting the right food to relieve your pet’s symptoms. Food Allergy Facts The most commonly-diagnosed allergies in pets are flea bite allergies, followed by inhalant allergies and food allergies. There are no breed predispositions for food allergies, and both genders are equally affected. Symptoms of food allergies can present at any time in a pet’s life, and they typically include the following: Excessive itchiness, evidenced by persistent scratching Chronic ear infections Areas of hair loss or thinning In some cases, a food allergy may present with gastrointestinal symptoms, such as chronic soft stool or diarrhea. Food allergies in pets are usually a reaction to a protein source in their diets, but a carbohydrate source can incite an allergic response as well. The Common Culprits Unfortunately, the protein and carbohydrate ingredients that are most commonly found in commercial pet foods are the most common allergens associated with food allergies. These protein sources and carbohydrate sources are among the usual culprits: Beef Fish Dairy products Chicken Soy Wheat Corn To avoid these potential allergens, manufacturers of novel protein diets have eliminated these ingredients from the food. New For Your Pet’s Menu Novel means new, and the goal of the novel protein diet is to introduce your pet to a protein that is new to her system because she has not had prior exposure to it. Each novel protein diet variation contains a single protein source. Some commonly-used novel proteins include rabbit, venison and duck. Soy, wheat and corn are replaced with peas or potatoes. Your veterinarian will discuss your pet’s usual diet in order to select a protein source to which your pet has not been previously exposed. The Elimination Feeding Trial Once your veterinarian has selected a novel protein for your pet, an elimination feeding trial, also known as a food allergy trial, will be conducted. You will be instructed to feed exclusively the prescribed food and water. This means that your pet may not consume table scraps, treats, flavored pet toothpastes or any other edibles. The purpose of this exclusionary feeding practice is to observe if your pet’s allergy symptoms abate once exposure to the allergenic ingredients has ceased. If your pet continues to have even minimal exposure through a daily treat, then the chance of this resolution is derailed. The typical food allergy trial lasts for three to four months to confirm the food allergy diagnosis. If the allergy symptoms have cleared up, then your veterinarian may recommend feeding your pet this diet for the long term to prevent allergy recurrences. Switching Novel Proteins If your pet continues to suffer from allergy symptoms as the elimination feeding trial nears its conclusion, your veterinarian may opt to start the trial again with an alternate novel protein. This is because some pets that have a reaction to chicken may also react to duck. Similarly, some pets that suffer from a beef allergy may react to venison. Since most pets have been exposed to chicken and beef in their commercial pet foods, it is uncertain...

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Tips For Having Your Dog Neutered

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Having Your Dog Neutered

If you choose to have your dog neutered, you are essentially limiting your dog’s reproductive abilities in order to ensure that he does not father children that might be unwanted. You are reducing the number of puppies that are brought into the world that are not strictly wanted and increasing the chances that those dogs that are already born are able to find a home. Here are some tips for having your dog neutered. 1. Make Sure That Your Dog Actually Fasts If you have ever undergone surgery, you probably remember that you had to fast beforehand for several hours in order to make sure that your stomach was totally empty. This is equally critical for your dog. However, getting your dog to actually fast is trickier than taking away his food and water because there’s a chance that he might try to get water by drinking out of the toilet or supplement his diet with napkins that he finds on the floor. If you want  to make sure that your dog fasts, then you are going to need to keep a close eye on him from the minute that your vet specified that fasting should begin. Lock him in a room with you that doesn’t have anything that he could easily eat and make sure that, when you take him out, that you keep him on a short leash as you move through the house. Finally, make sure that your dog doesn’t feast on any leaves while you are outside. 2. Get a Wound-Saving Collar Ahead of Time There’s a chance that your dog might not even realize that he has been neutered. However, there’s a greater chance that your dog will notice that he has stitches and will worry at them by licking or chewing on them. In order to make sure that your dog heals as quickly as possible, you are going to need a wound-saving collar ahead of time. This type of collar is shaped like a cone and makes it impossible for the dog to bend his head enough to lick most of his body. Keep watch on your dog right after the surgery to put the collar on at the first sign of any worrying at his wounds. 3. Watch for Swelling Finally, make sure that you watch for swelling. Some swelling in the surgery area is very normal. However, if this swelling does not go down after a few days, then you are going to need to take your dog to the vet because this is a potential sign of infection. For more information, talk to your vet or a company like Animal Medical...

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4 Ways To Test The Temperament Of A Blue Pitbull Puppy

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Test The Temperament Of A Blue Pitbull Puppy

The blue pit bull is one of the smartest and most beautiful canine breeds. The blue-gray coat of these dogs is available in various shades, which include silver-gray and dark charcoal. If you have decided to purchase a blue pit bull puppy, be sure to purchase the animal from a reputable breeder. The coat and nose color of a blue pit bull only presents if both parents possess a recessive gene for blue color. If animals in this breed are over-bred, defects and behavioral problems could result due to the limited gene pool. Still, a reputable breeder will usually have many wonderful pit bull puppies from which to choose. If you love a challenge, you may opt for a more dominant pup. However, if you want a dog that is easy to train, a more submissive puppy may be suitable. Here are a few tips to help you determine the temperament of a blue pit bull puppy before you bring it home: Watch the puppy play. The way that the puppy interacts with other pups can offer a clear indication of temperament. If a puppy dominates the play by relentlessly nipping and tugging at its playmates, the dog usually has a dominant temperament. However, if the puppy readily cowers to the other puppies, it will probably be submissive to you. Hold the pup down. When you hold the puppy down to test the temperament, you should never harm the dog. An injured dog is likely to react in an aggressive manner regardless of temperament. To test the blue pit bull puppy, roll it onto its back and hold it there for a few seconds. If the puppy fights your hand to become free, it is dominant. However, if the pup relaxes in this vulnerable position, it is probably submissive. Hold the pup in the air. Lift the puppy off the ground so that its feet are dangling in the air. Hold the puppy there for about a minute. If the puppy becomes agitated and starts to twist and turn frantically, the puppy is generally dominant. However, a pup that settles sleepily as it hovers above the ground will tend to be submissive. Touch the puppy. How does the puppy respond when you gently pull the ears or tail? If the puppy seems annoyed and ready to nip at you, it is probably dominant. With a regal posture and ears perked up, a dominant puppy is quite adorable to behold. However, a dominant animal needs a strong owner who is capable of training a headstrong dog. Look for a puppy that suits your personality. To test several puppies, schedule an appointment with a breeder in your...

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Freaky Things Cats Do That Don’t Require Vet Attention

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Freaky Things Cats Do That Don’t Require Vet Attention

Cats are amazing creatures. Graceful and powerful, they are apex predators, and known for their aloof attitudes and uncanny ability to get along without their human companions. If you’re a cat person, you’ve probably wondered more than a couple of times whether your cat’s behavior was normal, or whether you needed to get them in for an exam with your vet. Here are some things that, freaky as they are, are totally normal. Weird Sleep Habits Cats spend most of their time sleeping. It’s a predator thing. Wild cats are the same, because it conserves energy for the hunt. You may have heard that cats are nocturnal, and it’s true that many tend to be more active at night, but only wild cats are truly nocturnal, the domestic varieties tend to sleep a lot at night too. So don’t freak out if your cat snuggles up for bedtime. Cats have also been known to sleep with their eyes open. This habit is made extra freaky by the fact that cats have both internal and external eyelids. Their internal eyelids close across their eyes, and boy does it look chilling when you see them opening and closing during your cat’s REM sleep cycles. This isn’t anything to worry about, though. Earsplitting Yowls Have you ever awakened in the night to the sound of your cat bellowing in a strange voice? It probably sounded like your furry companion was getting ready to kick the bucket, but cats have complex vocal communication methods. Adult cats rarely meow to other adult cats, as this form of communication is reserved for their offspring and their owners (that’s right, your cat meows at you as if you were a baby). Much of their communication with other adults cats is nonverbal, so hearing the alien sounds your cat makes toward other adult cats can be alarming. Don’t panic, though. Most of the time cats make these sounds as a mating call or a warning to other cats in the area. It doesn’t usually signal distress or illness, although to human ears it can sure sound that way. Cats have been domesticated for thousands of years and remain a mystery to many cat owners. They are fascinating creatures and their behavior can sometimes confound us, but most of the time their weird habits are nothing about which to be concerned, so take a load off and snuggle a furry feline! To learn more, visit an animal clinic like Cat Care...

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Teething Puppies: How To Calm And Comfort Your New Dog

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Teething Puppies: How To Calm And Comfort Your New Dog

Believe it or not, puppies have baby teeth and lose them just like human babies do. While this is a natural process that dogs normally don’t need any help with, there may be periods of discomfort and anxiety that go with the teething process. This guide will help you to care for your puppy during this time, reduce their anxiety, and prevent them from being destructive by biting. When Dogs Lose Their Teeth Puppies generally begin to lose their deciduous teeth at around eight weeks of age. This process can take several weeks to be complete, but you can expect to start finding loose baby teeth that have fallen out of your dog’s mouth starting at eight weeks. This is a completely normal process, and if your dog manages to swallow a tooth, it won’t hurt them. However, you should collect any teeth that have fallen out, as you don’t want to purposefully let your dog eat their own teeth! What Behaviors You Can Expect Puppies, like human babies, experience a bit of pain while they’re teething. It’s understandable: sharp teeth are pushing their way up through the gums, which can cause a bit of bleeding and some general discomfort. Puppies will naturally be more eager to chew on objects, including your belongings, in order to speed up this process. They may also paw at their mouths or spend time whimpering a bit. What You Can Do To Help Reduce Pain Your dog shouldn’t be in agony, so if they seem to be in a lot of pain, go to a vet, such as Spring Hill Veterinary Clinic. Mild discomfort is normal when a dog is teething, so use these ideas to help them to get through it. Cold Water & Ice Cubes – Cold can help to numb the pain and reduce inflammation, so offer your dog refrigerated water or water with ice cubes in it. Cold Toys – If your puppy likes chewing on rope, try wetting the rope and then refrigerating or freezing it. If you freeze it, let it thaw slightly so it’s a bit pliable and your dog can easily chew it. Your dog will naturally be inclined to chew at this time, so freezing their toys is like giving them an ice pack to chew, and will help with any swelling and discomfort. Protecting Your Home Your home is at a higher risk than ever of getting chewed to bits at this time. To discourage your puppy from chewing your furniture, make sure they have a wide variety of toys that they enjoy chomping on. Engage them regularly in play, tug-of-war, and other exciting exercises that will tire them out. A tired puppy won’t have the energy to destroy your home, and games like tug-of-war will help the teeth to burst through the gums. Your puppy will soon be past this awkward process, and things will become a bit easier soon. But for now, try these steps to help your puppy’s teething process to be as simple and easy as...

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Concerned Parents: Your Four-Point Inspection List When Selecting A Doggy Daycare

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Concerned Parents: Your Four-Point Inspection List When Selecting A Doggy Daycare

 If you have dogs you love and care for, you will find you have to treat them much like you treat human babies. This starts with food, water, and shelter and extends to daycare programs. If you work a hectic schedule, it can be best to put your dog into daycare in order to provide them with socialization and an exercise outlet during the day. Doggy daycare programs, like Pet Peeves LLC, are the best way to keep your dog active and happy, but you need to vet them much like you would a human daycare. Here is your four-point inspection list for doggy daycare. The daycare has adequate indoor and outdoor facilities Though running around and training can take place indoors and outdoors, it is important for pets to have a mixture of both. The indoor facility is necessary for dogs to beat the heat when the temperature is too high and rest is needed. The outdoors offers the space to run, jump, and play with fresh air and free space. If one of the facilities is lacking, your dog may not receive all of the benefits of doggy daycare during inclement weather, which defeats the purpose. If the interior is only cages with no walking or playing area, run. The staff has an evacuation plan People often think of fire and evacuation plans with people, but this is even more important with animals who need our help and guidance. Ask the staff about their evacuation plans in case of an emergency. Will the handlers be able to wrangle and evacuate all pets into a predestined area? If not, your pet may not be as safe as you think. Is there space for your dog? Space does not just mean room on the roster, but physical space. If your dog is large or if you have a puppy who suffers anxiety and needs a little room to be alone, they need to have adequate space for your pet to stretch, breathe, and rest alone. Instead of a daycare that is packed and always loud, select a daycare your dog can have some quiet time in, as well as play with friends at their leisure. How are other dogs assessed? All doggy daycares need to have assessments. If the daycare allows just any pet, your dog could very well be in danger. All dogs should be required to be vaccinated and they should have one on one time with the handlers before being accepted into daycare. Some daycares will walk your dog once and do an inspection before acceptance, while others may have more rigorous standards. Be sure to ask, so that you may pick a wise place that is comfortable for your fur...

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