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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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How To Hand Feed A Baby Hedgehog

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you breed an adult female hedgehog, on purpose or on accident, you may end up with hoglets that are younger and more fragile than the one you took home from your breeder. Breeding hedgehogs comes with many complications including character changes in the mother, rejected babies, and possible physical issues, and it is best done by experienced breeders with the help of an experienced veterinarian. However, some owners accidentally put their female hedgehog together with a male and a successful mating occurs. If this happens and your female births live hoglets, you don’t have too much to worry about except finding a good home for them. If the mother dies or rejects a hoglet, then you will have to take over hand feeding the baby until it is old enough to survive on its own. Determine If You Can Realistically Care For The Hoglet  Many breeders do not attempt to foster hoglets the mother rejects because they are usually smaller, weaker hoglets that have a low chance of survival. If you want to try anyway or the mother has died and you have several viable hoglets, then you need to make sure you are ready for an intense time commitment for the next ten weeks. It is not particularly expensive, especially if you already have a free cage for the hoglets, but it can be emotionally draining if any of the hoglets are not thriving.  Select a Milk Substitute  Hoglets without a mother will need to eat a fortified milk substitute such as those used for kittens or puppies. You should not attempt to feed them cow milk, as they will not be able to digest it. Breeders have varying opinions as to which brand of milk substitute is most successful. You may want to contact your veterinarian for their opinion on which substitute you should use.   Gather Feeding Supplies  To feed your hoglets you will need a 5ml syringe and a small dish to heat the milk substitute in. Both the dish and the syringe should be sterilized by boiling after each feeding, and you should use purified water to mix the milk substitute.  Create a Feeding Schedule  For the first day, hoglets will need to be fed 1ml of milk substitute every hour to stimulate their sucking reflex. This means that you will have to wake up during the night to feed them, and find someone else to feed them if you are unable to due to school or work. For the first week, you should feed 1-2ml every 2 hours.  After the first week you can slowly lengthen the time between feedings and increase the amount you offer each hoglet as long as the hoglets continue to gain weight. To make sure they are gaining weight, place them on a scale at the same time each day and record their weight. By 6 weeks, you should be able to wean your hoglets onto wet puppy or kitten food.  Create an Elimination Schedule  Some hoglets have trouble urinating. To help them urinate, you will need to stroke their genital area gently three times a day.  Take Them to Your Vet Once your hoglets are on solid food, they have a good chance of survival. You should separate them according to sex to prevent immature breeding,...

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The Healthy Parrot Diet: What To Provide And What To Avoid

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In the wild, many species of parrots are not subject to malnutrition, as nutritional needs are met through varied food sources in the natural habitat. Companion parrots often lack the essential nutrients to live a long and healthy life, often due to a new owner’s inexperience. As a new parrot owner, you owe it to your feathered friend to provide a healthy diet that meets its nutritional needs. Pellets, seeds, fruits and veggies can help balance your pet’s diet, but your avian vet will assure you there’s much more to be learned about your parrot’s nutrition. The Balancing Act If you are new to bird ownership, you may be inclined to believe that commercially prepared seed mixes contain all the nutrition your parrot requires. This is a fallacy. Just as humans require a varied diet to maintain good health, your parrot needs a well-balanced diet also. Ideally, seed mix should comprise no more than 20 percent of your bird’s diet. That said, how do you ensure a well-balanced diet for your feathered friend? Consider a fortified pelleted diet that contains a combination of amino acids, protein, vitamins and minerals. You’ll find these at most pet centers and exotic bird stores. Many contain enticing fruit flavors, and you may choose natural pellets with no food coloring or additives added. Additionally, offer your parrot fresh fruits and vegetables each day. Collards or chard greens, broccoli, carrots and spinach are good choices. Most parrots love apples, but be sure to remove all traces of seed, as these contain amygdalin, a cyanide sugar compound that is toxic to birds. Blueberries are also a nutritional treat, generally well accepted by most parrots. Also, try offering peaches and bananas, as many parrots enjoy these fruits.  Almonds, pistachios cashews and walnuts are a healthy snack, but feed these in moderation. Some companion parrots such as the Amazon, are prone to obesity, so limit the high-fat varieties such as macadamia nuts. Converting Your Seed-Accustomed Parrot to a Healthier Alternative Birds are mostly creatures of habit. Once a parrot becomes accustomed to eating a basic seed diet, it can be difficult to convert your pet to a healthier pelleted diet. Through persistence and a little effort on your part, it can be done. It’s best to introduce healthy foods gradually. Don’t abruptly make the switch by removing the seed completely. Your parrot may refuse the new food and starve itself. A better option is to mix approximately 20 percent fortified pellet diet with its normal seed diet. Eventually your parrot may try a bit of the pellets out of curiosity. Once your bird begins eating the pellets, reduce the seed and add more of the pelleted diet. Place a small portion cup with chopped fruit or vegetable next to the main food bowl. This will encourage your parrot to try these foods as well. Remove fresh foods after a couple of hours. Other Considerations When your bird is molting, which is a process of shedding old feathers to regrow new ones, extra protein is recommended. Offer a quarter hard boiled egg twice a week to your bird. Most parrots readily accept hard cooked eggs and it will supply extra nutrition during times of stress. A bird that is recovering from injury or illness also needs supported nutrition. If...

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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