Tips For Dealing with a Fearful Pet

When a dog fears something, it displays distinct signs that an experienced pet owner can easily recognize. As soon as a dog encounters the stimulus, he may tremble and place his tail between his legs. He may also lower his head and body, with his ears pinned back, laid flat against his head. The hackles (hair on the upper part of the neck) may also be raised. In extreme cases, a dog may drool and his pupils are dilated. He may also be unable to control elimination.

Unknown to many pet owners, habitual reinforcement of the behavior has been considered as one of the important contributing factors to a phobia. When a pet is frightened or afraid, his instinct is ‘fight or flight’. Running and hiding can help a dog steer clear of the stimulus, and when successful, it has fed its fear of the stimulus. However, when he is backed into a corner without any chance of escape, he has no choice but to exhibit fear aggression. If the behavior results in the removal of the stimulus, the dog will eventually learn that his behavior is rewarding, and will continue with the habit. Contact your veterinarian if you have concerns and/or questions about your pet’s behavior.


Can I Give Table Scraps To My Dog?

Many pet owners continue to offer table scraps to their pet dogs. If you or anyone in the family is guilty of this practice, here are some important things you should know about.

  • Some table scraps are unsafe for dogs. You should know what foods are potentially toxic to dogs, such as chocolates, onions, garlic, cooked bones, etc. If you really want to offer table scraps for your dog, make sure it is not harmful to your pet. Remember though that table scraps should not compose the bulk of your pet’s diet for the simple reason that they don’t contain all the nutrients necessary to meet your pet’s nutritional needs.

  • Feeding table scraps to pet dogs should be done in moderation. Human foods are often filled with fats and calories, and dogs that are given mostly leftovers for their daily sustenance have higher risks of becoming obese. To find out more, click here.

What Is The Best Food For Cats That Are Shedding?


Did you know that nutrition plays a very important role in maintaining your pet’s hair coat and reducing shedding?

Indeed, one of the most important ways to control shedding in cats is through their diet. Cats that are nutritionally deprived usually have dry, flaky skin and go through bouts of excessive shedding.

Cats are true carnivores and they thrive when given on a high-protein, high-fat diet. Experts recommend feeding premium canned cat food because it has lesser calories than kibble; canned food also adds to the water intake of cats which is very important in preventing kidney problems and other health issues.

Since a canned pet food diet can be quite expensive than dry food, adding some sources of omega-3 fatty acids will help improve the hair coat of cats.

Shedding issues may also be attributed to a cat being overweight and losing some flexibility. They won’t be able to groom themselves properly and reach their backs where oil glands abound. For more details visit the website.

Hyperthyroidism In Cats


Hyperthyroidism is considered as the most common endocrine disorder in cats. It is a condition which is caused by the overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. The problem is most common among senior cats.

The symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism are generally non-specific. Affected cats show an increase in appetite but with unexplained weight loss; there is also increased in water intake and urine output. Other symptoms include vomiting, weakness, and a dull hair coat. Since these symptoms can also be present in certain medical conditions, it’s important to bring your kitty to the vet. Without prompt veterinary attention and treatment, hyperthyroidism can place excessive stress on the cat’s heart and other organs.

Most cats with hyperthyroidism respond well to treatment. There are 3 viable modes of treatment – administration of methimazole, radio-iodine treatment, and surgery. Of the three treatment methods, radio-iodine treatment is considered by many experts as the most effective. It’s non-invasive and more than 95% of treated cats regain normal function of their thyroid without needing further treatment or medication. Read more information contact your local veterinarians care.

Why Reptiles Need To Be Well-Hydrated


Staying well-hydrated is very important for pet reptiles. It is one of the essential components of their nutrition and husbandry that help promote efficient digestion as well as utilization of nutrients.

Without proper hydration, the digestive process of reptiles can be halted and nutrient absorption is inhibited. In their natural habitats, reptiles are wired to conserve water efficiently. Those that live in arid regions can go for a considerable length of time without drinking. To escape the heat, reptiles instinctively burrows deep into the ground where it’s moist and cool, thus keeping their bodies well-hydrated. They can also get water from what they eat. Suffice to say, in their natural habitat, reptiles have adapted so many ways to satisfy their moisture requirements.

But it’s a different story for captive reptiles. It’s the responsibility of the keeper to provide moisture inside the reptile’s enclosure. This can be achieved by a variety of methods such as misting, placing a water inside the enclosure, periodic soaking of the reptile, or a combination of these methods. For more information visit your Vet care.

Abscess Formation In Dogs And Cats


The abscess can form when surface wounds or skin irritations become infected with certain types of bacteria and are left untreated. The formation of an abscess can occur on any part of the animal’s body.

The most common bacteria that cause skin infections are Pasteurella multocida and Staphylococcus intermedius, which can easily be treated using topical ointments. However, any of these bacteria can invade the deeper parts of the skin and cause infection which can be a serious issue. Without any treatment, the wound can develop into a painful abscess.

To make sure that the right antibiotic is used for treatment, your veterinarian needs to take a swab of the infected wound to identify the strain of bacteria that is present. A blood test may also be performed to see if the infection has reached the bloodstream. The appropriate treatment plan can only be made by your veterinarian once test results are available and a proper diagnosis is reached. For more details visit your local Animal Hospital.


Guinea Pigs Are Prone To Vitamin C Deficiency


Like humans, guinea pigs cannot create vitamin C in their body. In order to meet their daily needs, there should be adequate vitamin C in their diet. Without adequate intake of the vitamin, they can develop vitamin C deficiency, a condition that is commonly called Scurvy.

Even with adequate consumption of vitamin C, some guinea pigs suffer from scurvy because of certain underlying health issues and physical conditions that prevent their bodies from metabolizing efficiently the vitamin from their diet.

Some important signs of vitamin C deficiency in guinea pigs

Joints are swollen thus affected cavies have difficulty moving around

Bleeding may occur and is often noticeable in small wounds that don’t heal rapidly and just under the skin’s surface; the cavy may also be prone to internal bleeding.

Loss of weight which is primarily due to a loss of appetite Rough hair coat giving the cavy an unkempt appearance. For more details visit your local Animal Hospital.