Helpful Tips for Pet Care
We have provided commonly asked questions about how to care for your pet and what to watch for. Many times we are asked what should I feed them or what should I look for when… We have put together many of those common questions asked by our wonderful community of animal lovers and below you will find some resources to help you know your furry friend better.
Things to Watch for.
All animals are different. Some are very active and others docile, so when it comes to determining whether your pet is not feeling well, consider the following ten items;
1. Unusually bad breath or uncommon drooling
2. Excessive drinking and/or urinating
3. Changes in appetite associated with weight loss or weight gain
4. Change in activity or lack of interest in things they normally do for fun
5. Stiffness or difficulty moving
6. Sleeping more than usual, or behavior / attitude that is out of the ordinary
7. Strange allergy like symptoms; coughing, sneezing, laborious breathing or excessive panting
8. Dry or itchy skin, sores, lumps, or shaking of the head
9. Frequent digestive upsets or change in bowel regularity
10. Dry, red or cloudy eyes
Changing of seasons
Weather and seasonal changes can affect your pets health and well-being. Not all animals deal well with heat or cold. Many breeds are not suited for long exposure to drastic changes in wealther. Here are some helpful tips to care for your pets in changing seasons.
General Season Care
1. Remember to be very careful with sick or older dogs, since they are more sensitive to cold weather. For any dog sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.
2. To help protect dry, sensitive paws, try coating them with a bit of cooking spray before walks in very cold weather.
3. Consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Some companies offer non-toxic antifreeze products, such as Sierra. Be sure to have your radiator flushed before you fill it with Sierra and do not mix Sierra with traditional antifreeze.
4. Never leave your animals in cars in the summer or winter as in the summer the temperature in your car can be 20 to 50 degrees hotter than our side temeratures and in the winter cars act like refrigerators and therefore can be dangerous in both hot but also in cold weather.
1. Brush your dog vigorously and regularly. The air in most houses becomes dry during the colder months, which depletes moisture from dog skin and fur. Brushing improves skin, coat and circulation.
2. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. Leave the coat longer for more warmth. When you bathe your dog, completely dry him before taking him out for a walk.
3. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. The animal can freeze to death.
4. If you live in an area that sees a considerable amount of snow, clip the fur between your dog’s toe pads to reduce the amount of snow that collects between toes.
Preventative Care for Dogs.
Every dog should have; Annual heartworm testing, annual internal parasite testing, up to date vaccines (rabies, canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus, canine abenovirus-2) and proper dental care and proper diet.
Preventative Care for Cats.
Every cat should have; Annual heartworm testing, annual retrovirus testing, annual internal parasite testing, up to date vaccines (rabies, feline panleukopenia virus, Feline herpesvirus-1, Calicivirus, for kittens, feline leukemia virus) and proper dental care and proper diet.
What to look for in pet food.
Feeding your pet a high-quality well balanced food is one of the best things your can do for your pet. Feeding your pet table scraps is not a good idea as the human diet is very different from a proper pet diet. Your pets have biology driven nutritional requirements that may or may not me satisfied by some pet foods.
Remember that our pets can’t talk to us to tell us what might be wrong. It is important for us to be aware of our pet’s normal behavior. Sensing change in normal behavior could clue us in to something going wrong.
Dogs – Odd eating habits, excessive thirst, rough or dry coat, sluggish and tired, vomiting, unusual stools, known ingestion of toxins, sudden change in weight and cloudy or red eyes, scooting or dragging rear end.
Cat – Difficulty breathing, abnormal urination in male cats, signs of severe pain or obvious distress, sudden paralysis of the hind end, stops eating and/ or drinking, protracted vomiting / or diarrhea, known ingestion of toxins, profound lethargy or collapse and seizure
When to schedule an appointment.
If your pet is exhibiting any of the signs in the above section labled warning signs, you should consider setting up an appointment as soon as possible. As mentioned, your pet is unable to communicate with you verbally so you must be aware of unusual changes in your pets habits.
Pets and Travel
1. Prep your pet for a long trip
2. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier
3. Prep a pet-friendly travel kit
4. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle
5. When traveling by vehicle, remember to offer your animal an opportunity to stop, walk and drink
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