Do Cats Dream?

One remarkable thing about cats is that they spend 16-20 hours a day sleeping or napping. This is a habit that they have inherited from their ancestors who survived the hostile conditions in the wild by sleeping during the day and prey hunting at night.

Several studies on the sleeping habits and sleeping patterns of cats were conducted to try to establish if cats do dream. Results show that while sleeping, cats also go through a phase of rapid eye movement (REM), the same phase where dreaming occurs in people. These findings have led many experts to believe that there is a high probability that cats do dream.

Unlike some breeds of dogs that snore loudly while sleeping, cats are noiseless sleepers. Cats don’t have a loose soft palate that is present in dogs that’s why they don’t snore or breathe heavily when asleep. For more information, give your vet a call.

De-Shedding Tools Are Handy For Long-Haired Cats

Contrary to popular notion, a de-shedding tool is not used for cutting hair; it helps in the easy removal of loose hair from the undercoat to prevent mats and tangles. Regular and proper use of a de-shedding tool can help prevent hairball formation in cats. Using this specific type of grooming tool can also enhance the health and wellbeing of cats, especially Himalayans and Persian cats.

But one thing to keep in mind when using a de-shedding tool is that it does not remove loose hair easily or comfortably. Thus, it should only be used at least once a week. It may be used more often in spring and summer which are the shedding seasons of cats.

If your pet has a thick hair coat, using a de-shedding tool won’t thin out the coat; also, it does not remove hairs that are still attached to their follicles. With regular use of the de-shedding tool, cat owners will see less loose hairs blanketing surfaces in the home. Schedule an appointment today!

Important Signs Of Dental Disease In Cats

One of the important cornerstones of good health in cats is healthy teeth and gums.

Data from the American Veterinary Dental Society shows that almost 70% of cats start to show signs of tooth and gum problems by three years of age. Teeth and gums that are in bad shape can negatively impact the kidneys and heart of a cat; heart and kidney disease can have a profound effect on the quality of life of the animal.

Because cats are experts in concealing any signs of pain and discomfort, pet owners hardly have any clue that there is something wrong with their pet’s mouth is hurting until the oral disease is well advanced. Ask your vet Pets Health for more details.

Here are 5 signs than give you a clue about your pet’s condition:

  • Foul-smelling breath (halitosis) – It’s not normal for cats to have breath that smells fishy or rotten.

  • The cat is chewing only on one side of his mouth, or he may keep on dropping food while eating.

  • Decreased interest in food, even his favorite treat.

  • Won’t allow anyone to touch or pet his face or anywhere near the face because his mouth hurts

  • Excessive drooling

Tips To Protect Your Dog From Blue-Green Algae Poisoning

Blue-green algae can be found in ponds or lakes. This type of algae is toxic to dogs so before letting your pet swim in any body of water, make sure to check the water for algal blooms floating on the surface. As little as 1-2 licks of the algae can be fatal for dogs.

Since many pet owners are unable to identify the specific algae that are present, not letting dogs near these bodies of water is a good way to prevent poisoning. It’s better to be careful about these things.

It is not only in lakes and other bodies of water that blue-green algae can be found. In homes, this fatal type of algae can be found in old empty fish tanks or containers that are left outside where they accumulate rain water and become an ideal place for algae to grow. Dogs that drink from these algae-filled containers may suffer from liver failure and die. Since the blue-green algae toxicity has a very poor prognosis, you should get your pet to your veterinarian ASAP if you suspect exposure to blue-green algae.

Care Tips For A Newly Vaccinated Pet

Vaccination protects pets from specific serious medical problems. Puppies need to be taken to the vet at specific dates for shots against specific illnesses, until they receive the required number of doses that can give them adequate protection. Booster shots are usually given annually.

Fortunately, most pets don’t manifest any adverse reactions and won’t need any special care after vaccination. However, there are those that develop a mild adverse reaction and may appear lethargic for a day or two after vaccination. In most cases, this is fairly normal. The dog may not like to eat and just spend the day sleeping or resting. Some don’t like to be touched or handled because the injection site may still be sore. As you can see, this is similar to what many people experience after being vaccinated. To find out more, talk to your vet.

After-vaccination care tips for pets

  • Let him stay in a warm, cozy place that should be off limits to kids and other pets

  • Place his food bowl and water bowl within easy reach

  • Let your pet rest and avoid getting him excited

  • Keep  a close eye on your pet, just to make sure that he does not suffer from any adverse reactions

Gassiness In Dogs

Being in the same room with a dog suffering from bouts of flatulence is never enjoyable. Flatulence refers to the formation and release of gas from the stomach or intestine. While it’s a normal part of the physiological mechanism of the body, there are cases in which there is increased and excessive gas production. This can be due to a variety of causes, the most common of which is sudden change in the diet, or dietary indiscretion (eating spoiled food). In dogs, many cases of chronic flatulence are primarily caused by a diet that is poorly digested, leading to excessive fermentation and consequent formation of gas in the colon. Other possible causes of flatulence in dogs are high fat diets, spicy foods, milk products, beans, and peas. Dogs and cats that are lactose intolerant can have GI upset and flatulence after consuming milk or dairy products. While sporadic spells of flatulence may not be something to be worried about, chronic flatulence should be brought to the attention of your Animal Care veterinarian so the underlying cause can be identified and corrected.

Shedding In Bearded Dragons

Like other reptiles, bearded dragons shed off their skin as they grow. This is a natural physiological process. To keep up with the fast rate of growth, baby and juvenile beardies shed a lot more than their adult counterparts. Most adults shed just once or twice a year.

Before shedding, the skin of the bearded dragon turns dull and more grayish in color. And their eyes become slightly puffy. These changes are normal, and are considered indicators of a healthy shed cycle.

While your pet is shedding, make sure that they stay hydrated and clean. They will need to be given a regular bath with warm water. Misting of the enclosure should be also be done at least once a day. Keeping the humidity up can help speed up the shedding cycle. Never pull off the beardie’s loose skin because it can be painful; it can also cause damage to the new scales. Read more here.