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3 Tips For Making Your Puppy Comfortable At The Veterinarian

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Making Your Puppy Comfortable At The Veterinarian

When you take your puppy into the veterinarian for the first time, there is a good possibility that they are going to be scared or, at the very least, unsure of their surroundings. This can cause them to behave irrationally, and can sometimes make the experience a difficult one for both you and your puppy. Thankfully, there are certain things that you can do to try to help make your visit to the vet a smooth and successful one. This article is going to discuss 3 tips for making your puppy comfortable at the veterinarian.  Visit Beforehand If you take the time to visit the veterinary office before your puppy’s appointment, this can go a long way in helping them to feel more comfortable. You can call the veterinary office ahead of time, and simply ask when it would be a good time for you to come in with your dog to tour the location. During this tour you can not only take your dog to the waiting room and front desk, but you can also show them the back of the veterinary office where patients are seen and kept. Rather than walking into a new area, your dog is going to be visiting a place that they are somewhat familiar with. They will recognize the people and the smells, and will likely be more calm for the vet and the rest of the staff.  Bring Rewards If your puppy is like most puppies, they are going to respond well to rewards. Rewards are often used in training to help a dog listen to the commands that are being given to them. This is much the same when you take your puppy to the vet. If you let them know that you have a reward for them, such as a toy or a treat, they are going to be much more likely to listen to you and be on their best behavior while at the vet. You can even periodically give them a treat or a toy while at the vet to encourage them to behave properly.  Bring Their Crate A lot of puppies are going to feel best if they are in an area that is comfortable to them. Because of this, you will want to consider bringing your puppy’s crate to the veterinary office. They can stay in their crate when they aren’t being seen by the vet, and this will give them a sense of security and protection that they wouldn’t otherwise have.  Check with a veterinarian like Oakton Animal Hospital for more...

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Moving To A Warm Climate? 3 Services A Pet Groomer Can Provide For Your Dog

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moving To A Warm Climate? 3 Services A Pet Groomer Can Provide For Your Dog

Visiting a dog groomer shortly after moving can be a necessity when you’re going to be living in a new climate. While you may already be prepared with new clothing for the warmer temperatures at your new home, you need to keep in mind that you’ll have to make some changes for your dog as well. Rather than take care of grooming entirely on your own, consider the following reasons why visiting a groomer should be one of the first things you do after settling into your new home. Remove Any Matted Fur If your dog has any matted fur, it’s important that you get it removed right away. Not only can matted fur look bad, it can also lead to your dog feeling much hotter than usual. Matted fur can often occur where their joints bend, such as in their armpits or under their stomach, making it a smart idea to get these areas trimmed so that matted fur doesn’t lead to your dog being too warm. Get Rid of Excess Hair Along with checking for any matted fur, visiting a dog groomer can also be a good idea for simply trimming their fur. If your dog has medium to long hair, you’re likely going to need to get some of their fur trimmed after moving since you don’t want to have issues with their hair making them uncomfortable. You’ll likely want to get the hair all over their body trimmed, making it a good idea to schedule a haircut as soon as soon as you can so that your dog doesn’t get overheated when heading outside when it’s warm. Advice for the Ideal Haircut Along with making sure of their fur is trimmed, you’ll want to prioritize getting a good haircut. Since you’ll be bringing your dog to local dog parks and meeting new people, you’ll probably want your dog looking their best. This will be much easier when you visit a groomer and ask for their professional advice about haircuts. When you live in a warmer climate, the groomer will likely have good information regarding popular haircuts and what will be well suited for your dog’s breed and the typical summer temperature outside. Taking your time getting an understanding of how your dog’s hair should be can help you and your dog feel comfortable after moving. With the above tips, your dog will be comfortable, despite how warm it gets their new home. For more grooming tips and heath-related advice for your dog, visit the Spring Hill Veterinary...

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Taking Your Retriever Hunting For The First Time? What Gear Will You Need?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Taking Your Retriever Hunting For The First Time? What Gear Will You Need?

If you’ve always been an avid hunter but have only recently begun training your pup to safely retrieve your prey, you may be excited at the prospect of heading out to the woods for your first tandem hunt. However, preparing your retriever for action can go beyond simply learning verbal commands. Read on to learn more about some of the protective gear you’ll want to utilize during your dog’s first hunting trip, as well as a few gadgets that can make your experience much more rewarding.  What equipment may your hunting dog need?  1. Safety vest (and life preserver): Due to their short stature and tendency to blend in, hunting dogs (including retrievers) will need to wear bright-colored or reflective safety vests to prevent them from inadvertently finding themselves in the sights of another hunter’s rifle.  In the context of hunting water fowl, you may opt for a safety vest that does double duty as a life preserver or life jacket. Choosing a safety jacket that can be manually inflated, rather than one containing water-repellent foam or other buoyant material, can allow you to deflate the life preserver while you’re away from the water, improving your dog’s comfort and ability to move quickly.  In addition to providing a bright and reflective surface that can protect your dog from being caught in crossfire, these safety vests often include chest and even tail protectors, keeping your dog safe from briers or stinging nettles, bits of metal machinery, and other objects (both natural and man-made) that may stand between your retriever and his or her prey.  Because there’s little that can ruin a hunting trip more quickly than an injury to your companion, a canine safety vest is often the most important piece of hunting gear you can buy. 2. Training whistle :Even experienced hunting dogs can benefit from a corrective (or instructive) whistle, and for dogs who are fairly new to the game, bringing along a training whistle or two is crucial to keeping your pup in control while you’re in the woods.  Using a training whistle can also help you get out of the habit of yelling commands at your dog, which can be a surefire way to give up your location and ensure game will steer clear of the area until you’ve left.  3. Dog blind: When hunting small game, you’ll want to remain concealed; often easier said than done after you’ve outfitted yourself and your pup in bright orange vests. You may be reluctant for your pup to accompany you to a duck blind or hunting stand because of the potential for distraction – so what better option than your dog’s own pint-sized blind? These blinds are portable and can be placed near your own or close to the water, giving you the choice to keep your pup close or allow him or her to be nearer the action. If you find that your dog’s mere presence near the water is enough to send game scurrying (or flying), investing in a blind can keep your companion well-concealed until his or her help is needed.  What else can help you improve your hunting performance?  After you’ve invested in some safety and camouflage gear for your hunting companion, you may also want to purchase some duck whistles. These whistles simulate the mating...

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How an Emotional Support Pet Can Benefit Your Life

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How an Emotional Support Pet Can Benefit Your Life

There are many ways that pets are beneficial to your life. They give you companionship, responsibility, and if you are suffering from a mental illness such as anxiety, depression, or OCD, a sense of calm and belonging. Unlike other types of service animals, emotional support pets do not need to undergo extensive training, they simply need an ESA evaluation for their health and overall demeanor, and once you get a written recommendation from your therapist or doctor, your own pet can be certified as an emotional support animal. This can allow you to take your pet with you to places where they may formerly be turned away, such as airports, restaurants, and other public places. If you are thinking about turning a pet you love into an emotional support animal, talk to your therapist and explore some of the benefits that may come your way in making this change. Greater freedom If you don’t like going in public due to your mental illness symptoms, having a support animal by your side can give you a greater sense of freedom. Pets naturally lower your heart rate and can reduce symptoms of anxiety, fight or flight response, and other problems that can often keep you from wanting to go to the store, the movies, or even the park. With your emotional support pet by your side, you can feel more confident, overcome obstacles with greater ease, and interact socially. Mental health improvement Your therapist may recommend an emotional support pet to help you with your condition in addition to taking medication to balance out the way your mind works. Since a certification allows you to take your pet with your nearly anywhere, you can enjoy mental health improvement with time as you learn to encounter new situations and activities with your symptoms being monitored. When you begin to feel fearful, confused, agitated, or overwhelmed, you can feel the constant support of your pet and know that you will be OK. It’s important to continue seeing your therapist or psychiatrist as you use your emotional support pet in public so they can evaluate your symptoms and make sure you are improving. Any pet can be a service pet, from a cat to a pig. Before you attempt to get your pet approved for this kind of support, you may want to have them take an obedience training class and have their health evaluated to ensure they are a good fit for your needs. Talk to a therapist at facilities like Next Generation Psychology to see if this would be a helpful...

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Do Not Let A Friend Watch Your Cat… Leave It To A Professional

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do Not Let A Friend Watch Your Cat… Leave It To A Professional

Taking care of pets is something that is both fun and extremely important. Taking your cat on a long trip can be hard on the cat, and it can be very hard for you. The cat may get in the way of what you truly want to do on vacation, and the cat may be uncomfortable the entire time that it is away from home. For this reason, it may be a much better choice to take your cat to a boarding facility. Here are a few comparisons to illustrate how important it can be to take your cat to a top notch boarding facility. “I’ll Just Have My Friend Watch My Cat” Cats are very particular animals, and they are not going to feel like they are home when they are at a friend’s house. Your cat is going to act out when they are at a new location. This can be frustrating for your friend and also for your cat. A cat will often act out in different ways such as hiding or trying to escape. Your friend may end up having to chase a cat around while you are away.  Comfort In Safety One of the most important things to a cat is that they feel safe. A cat wants to know that they are not in danger. So when you take your cat to a boarding facility, make sure that it is a cat only boarding facility. You do not want to have dogs and other animals around your cat in a new environment. A good cat boarding facility is going to give your cat a very comfortable condo that they can feel safe in. Your cat will be able to sit until they feel comfortable, and then they will have the freedom to move around as they wish.  Professionals Another reason to take your cat to a boarding facility is that your cat will be watched by individuals that understand and love cats. They will be trained on how to handle any problem that may arise when you are away. They will be able to calm a cat or give your cat a sense of security to make it feel more safe and comfortable. While you are away, you do not want to have to worry about how your cat is being treated and if it is comfortable. Make sure that you are taking your cat to a very good all-cat boarding...

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How To Choose A Pet Reptile For Your Child

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Choose A Pet Reptile For Your Child

Parents should not find it strange if their child ask for a pet reptile. Nowadays, reptiles are getting more and more popular. You not only see reptiles for sale at the pet store, but you see them in commercials, movies, and in the fashion industry. When an animal is featured in a commercial, the demand for the animal increases especially on the behalf of children. Read on find out what to consider when choosing a pet reptile for your child or children to have. How Long Does The Pet Lives? You have to consider your child’s age and lifespan of the reptile. A pet tortoise can live from 50 to 100 years old. If your child is 11 years old when he or she get a tortoise, then the pet should still be living when you child leaves for college. Is your child going to take the pet with him or her? If not, you are left caring for the tortoise yourself. For some pet reptiles, you might have to provide a lifetime of care.  How Big Do They Get? Some reptiles are cute when they are small, but you need to know the actual adult size of the animal. The pet can outgrow your house. Green iguanas start out small. However, they can reach lengths of over six feet and weigh around 11 pounds. When they start to increase in size, the enclosure used when the iguana was a baby is no longer big enough.   What Does The Pet Eat? It helps to know what the reptile eats before choosing a pet. If you choose a snake, then you may have to feed it rodents. You must have mice and insects on hand for feedings. An alternative is buying frozen rodents, but you have to thaw them before giving to your snake. On the other hand, reptiles like the tortoise enjoys eating fruits and vegetables. Regardless of what your pet eats, you must have plenty of food on hand. Many parents rarely object to getting a reptile as a pet. Reptiles are very low maintenance animals. They do not need the attention that is required by cats and dogs. A pet teaches your child responsibility and how to have compassion. If you decide to get a pet reptile, then you should know what to expect before bringing one home. It helps to do your homework and ask the seller...

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Things To Watch For After Spaying Your Dog

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things To Watch For After Spaying Your Dog

The benefits of spaying your dog far outweigh the risks. A spayed dog is often better behaved, there will be no unexpected puppies, and it is protected against a variety of health conditions that are common in intact female dogs. Although the procedure is routine and relatively low risk, there are some things you will need to watch for during recovery, as the following list details. Loose stitches Loose stitches can lead to scarring, slow healing, or an infection. The most common cause is that your dog is messing with them. Dogs are naturally drawn to lick their wounds, but this can prematurely loosen or pull out stitches. This is the simplest issue to avoid. Simply place a cone collar on your dog so they won’t be able to reach the wound. Infection Generally, if you keep the wound site clean and prevent licking, then infection won’t be an issue. This means monitoring your dog when they need to go outside to make sure they don’t lie down in the dirt. Of course, sometimes infections still occur. An infection will first show as bumps along the wound site, which will then become red, irritated, or pus filled. If the site looks infected, it probably is, and you should contact your vet right away. Hernias A severe risk, although rare, is a hernia at the incision site. A hernia is when fat tissue or an organ, such as the intestines, slips through a tear or wound in the abdominal wall. The cause is usually a dog that is too active in the first couple of days after the surgery, which is why it’s vital that you avoid jumping, running, climbing, and rough housing. Signs of herniation include bulging at the incision site, visible distress, no bowel movements, or refusal to eat. Immediate vet care is needed to repair the hernia. Internal infection Occasionally a dog may develop a secondary infection inside, which won’t be visible at the wound site. Your dog may seem lethargic, refuse to eat, or develop a fever. Although some lethargy and reduced appetite is expected the first day or two after surgery, it should improve daily. If it doesn’t, take your dog into the vet to make sure there is no infection or other concern causing the trouble. A dose of antibiotics can usually take care of any internal infection. For more help, contact a vet or spaying clinic like Southwest Animal Hospital in your...

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Dogs And Dehydration

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dehydration occurs when you require more water than is available in your body, and can be the cause of serious complications. Water is essential to all life, from people to dogs and any other pets. Dogs require a proper daily intake of fluid in order to maintain an appropriate level of health. In order to keep your dog as health as possible, you should know the symptoms of dog dehydration, as well as treatment options, when dehydration calls for a vet visit, as well as how you can prevent dehydration. Symptoms of Dog Dehydration Your dog may be dehydrated for a number of reasons, from a drop in water intake to an increase in fluid loss. Dehydration in dogs can lead to hyperthermia, vomiting or diarrhea, especially in puppies. If your dog is dehydrated you may see some common symptoms such as sunken eyes, general lethargy, excessive panting, a loss of appetite, dry tongue, mouth, gums or nose, as well as various types of depression or unhappiness. Also watch for a visibly tired or slow pace, or a change in attitude such as an increase in apprehension. Treating Dehydration at Home The maintenance of a constant level of fluid intake is as important with dogs as it is with people. Dogs can lose a significant amount of water while panting, so try to leave a few bowls filled with fresh water throughout your house. If you suspect your dog has not had a good drink in a long time, allow her a few sips every few minutes, or try allowing her to lick some ice. Overdrinking while trying to treat dehydration or after strenuous exercise can lead to vomiting, which will cause more water loss than you were trying to deal with in the first place. You can also try to feed your dog some electrolytes mixed in with their water. When To Call a Vet Dehydration may not be a simple case of a lack of water intake. It can indicate a serious problem lying under the surface. While some signs of dehydration are obvious, such as lifting the skin on the back of your dog’s neck (it should immediately return to a normal position), other signs are not obvious at all. Only a quality veterinarian from a place like 1st Pet Veterinary Centers – Chandler can make a proper diagnosis. If you’ve tried to keep your dog hydrated but still see signs, or have any doubts about their safety whatsoever, see a vet immediately. Preventing Dehydration from Occurring in the First Place Make sure you provide your pet with clean water at all times, taking care to change it frequently to ensure it is fresh. Also make sure that the bowl is cleaned every day, as harmful bacteria can form that may lead to a number of causes of dehydration. If you are concerned about dehydration, monitor the water intake of your dog daily. This is particularly important after fighting with diarrhea, illness or vomiting. If you are traveling or exercising with your dog, make sure their water needs are taken care of. Try to avoid chaining your dog up outside, as she can get tangled in the leash and be prevented from accessing the water bowl. At home, keep the lid of your toilet closed in...

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Small Pet Medical Wonders: How Vets Care For The Tiniest Members Of Your Family

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Everyone knows a dog or a cat receives wonderful care at the local vet. Even rabbits and guineas can expect top notch treatment. But how does something as small as a Syrian hamster, whose average weight is merely five to seven ounces, come to receive the best care? How do you give a Betta Fish a checkup? Here’s the scoop on the patient care for the smallest species. The Small Fuzzy Types Believe it or not, a hamster or gerbil can develop all kinds of human-like conditions, from diabetes to glaucoma. While such tragedies are most likely to strike in middle or older age, they can occur earlier, depending on genetic and environmental variables. A hamster’s little organs can actually become congested, too, when abnormal proteins accumulate. This condition is called amyloidosis and will most often affect older guys. Treatment may include cardiac glycosides to aid in muscle movement and circulation, but such a condition probably means a lot of TLC for the patient, including palliative.   When they need care: Gerbils and hamsters demonstrate the same behaviors in eating, sleeping, drinking and exercise on a regular basis. If you notice any significant deviation, such as suddenly drinking a lot of water or neglecting the big wheel, look closer and call the vet if it continues. How to bring them to the vet: Tiny transport cages are suitable for bringing a hamster, mouse or gerbil to the doctor. Just drop a good handful of bedding in for comfort and avoid exposure to extreme temperatures as much as you can. Ask the vet if it’s okay to place food and water in the temporary habitat. Fine Feathered Tweeters Although a small common species, such as a parakeet or cockatiel isn’t very expensive to begin with, some of the more exotic types can cost a small fortune. Any bird, however, is susceptible to diseases and conditions that will cause an owner to panic. Avian vets recommend an annual physical for these little guys, during which hidden problems might be uncovered. Budgies and other species, though, are not immune to emergencies. A bird can develop cysts, which are actually life-threatening because they can burst and cause bleeding. Fear not, however, as your local vet probably has a tiny gas mask specially made for the patient, and they can perform microscopic laser surgery to save the bird. When they need care: It might be obvious that a bird is ill, such as when there are changes in appetite, sleeping habits and excrement. If feathers are constantly ruffled, this is a good indication that something is amiss. Also, owners should learn to trust their instincts and observations regarding behavior and habits and changes in them. How to bring them to the vet: Provided the cage isn’t large or cumbersome for transport, it’s best to bring the animal in its normal cage. The bird will be more comfortable it its primary habitat, and the vet can examine stool samples for issues. Cover the cage in the car, after securing it to the seat. The Slippery Scaly Pets While technically you can bring a fish to the veterinarian’s office, a few phone calls are in order first. Most exotic fish, such as the classic Betta, require very specific water conditions for optimum health. Water samples should...

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Four Factors To Consider Before Adopting A Cocker Spaniel As A Pet

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Cocker Spaniel is a popular breed of dog in the United States. Known for their cheerful personalities and mild dispositions, they make excellent family dogs. They are also small, with an average weight between 15 and 30 pounds, which allows them to be kept comfortably in small houses and even apartments. Cocker Spaniels can be quite endearing, and bringing one home as a pet can lead to many years of fulfillment. However, like most dog breeds, Cocker Spaniels do come with some breed-specific challenges. Make sure you consider these factors before you adopt one of these perky pets. Cocker Spaniels do require careful grooming. They have very thick, full coats that consist of two layers: a silky overcoat and a dense undercoat. In order to prevent the dense undercoat from forming painful mats, it’s essential for a Cocker Spaniel to be groomed regularly. Unless you have substantial experience grooming dogs, you will likely need to have your dog groomed by a professional groomer who knows how to remove the dead and tangled hair that tends to stick to the dog’s undercoat. When temperatures are hot in the summer, your groomer may also thin your Cocker Spaniel’s overcoat to prevent him or her from overheating. Failing to have your Cocker Spaniel groomed properly may lead to painful mats, sores and discomfort, so make sure you’re ready to commit to monthly or even bi-weekly grooming appointments before adopting one. Cocker spaniels are predisposed to eye problems. Although many Cocker Spaniel breeders are working to eradicate eye problems, certain eye diseases are still very common in this breed. Many Cocker Spaniels develop cataracts as they age. Surgery is often required to restore vision. Diseases of the retina are also more common in Cocker Spaniels than in other breeds. Some dogs show signs of retinal disease as early as 18 months of age, and they may develop complete blindness or become nearly blind as they age. Even in Cocker Spaniels who are free from cataracts and retinal disease, dry eyes and infections are common. If you’ve ever seen a Cocker Spaniel with teary, runny eyes, these symptoms were likely caused by an infection and you’ll need to make a visit to a place like The Pets Place Animal Hospital. Both dry eye and infections are treatable, but you’ll likely need to apply eye drops to your dog’s eyes on a regular basis if he or she is prone to these conditions. Ensure that this care and the related expense fits into your lifestyle before adopting a Cocker Spaniel. In spite of their small size, Cocker Spaniels do need space for exercise. Although they are small enough to be housed in a small house or apartment, Cocker Spaniels are an active breed and do need space to run and play. They were originally bred as hunting and sport dogs, and today’s Cocker Spaniels retain the energy and stamina of their ancestors. Before adopting your own Cocker Spaniel, make sure you either have a yard or live near a dog park where the dog can get some exercise. Plan on dedicating an hour several days per week to exercising your dog. Cocker Spaniels who don’t get enough exercise may become irritable or start causing mischief in the home. Cocker Spaniels do tend to be...

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