Food Allergy In Pet Dogs and Cats

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Some cats and dogs are allergic to certain ingredients in their diet. The most common food allergens in dog food include chicken, dairy, soy, beef, corn, wheat, and eggs; for cats, the most common food allergens include fish, dairy products, and beef. Some pets can also be allergic to preservatives, food dyes, or additives. Many cases of food allergy can be traced back to an ingredient that has been part of the animal’s food intake for a considerable length of time.

Like other cases of allergy, there is a need to identify the allergen so exposure can be reduced or eliminated. Your vet may recommend an elimination diet to identify the ingredient that’s been causing the allergy, and when it’s pinpointed, it should be removed from your pet’s diet.

Food allergies trigger persistent itching, causing the animal to may chew, rub, and scratch all over their body leading to raw spots and hair loss. Some can have bouts of vomiting and diarrhea, and even ear infections. Learn more call your vet care

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Microchipping Is A Permanent Form Of Identification For Pets

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Among the different types of identification being used in pets, a microchip is considered to be the most reliable and permanent form of pet identification. The insertion of the microchip will only take a few seconds and the procedure is considered very safe. However, the reliability of the microchip in identifying pets is highly dependent on the contact details of the pet owner thus it’s very important that it should be kept updated whenever there’s a change in address or contact number.

Collars and identification tags are the most common forms of pet identification. But collars can easily fall off or a pet can free himself from a loose collar; on the other hand, identification tags can fade or even fall off. Tattoos can also be used to ID pets but many pet owners have reservations about them.

Microchips increase the chance of lost pets being reunited with their owners. A pet with a microchip has a higher chance of being identified by a veterinarian or animal shelter and returned to his owner. For more suggestion visit your local Animal Hospital.

Why You Should Check Your Cat’s Paws Regularly

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Checking your pet’s paws regularly will enable you to spot cuts, splinters, or blisters that may need prompt veterinary attention.

Cat’s paws may feel tough to the touch but their paw pads are actually sensitive to extreme cold or hot surfaces. It is also a good idea to apply moisture on your pet’s paws regularly to keep them soft. Cat’s paws can get in contact with various types of surfaces where foreign objects may be present. Their curiosity can take them to every nook and cranny they can gain access to. They won’t have second thoughts walking on surfaces without any regard to whether it is hot or extremely cold. Long-haired cats should have the fur in between their toes trimmed regularly because dirt and debris can easily buildup in these parts. Sometimes, persistent licking of the toes may indicate the presence of an infection or irritation. For more suggestion visit your local Animal Hospital.

Housing For Pet Salamander Or Newt

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If you have a pet salamander or newt, you should make the effort to know more about your pet, especially its basic needs. Different species vary in their needs because some are aquatic, while other species are semi-aquatic, or terrestrial. With their extremely sensitive skin, salamanders and newts are highly susceptible to adverse environmental conditions. Their skin is porous and needs specific environmental conditions that closely mimic their natural habitat. Pet owners should closely monitor their pet’s enclosure to ensure that ideal conditions are maintained.

Semi-Aquatic habitat

The tank has a basking area that gradually shifts into an aquatic biome so it will be easier for the newt to crawl from one portion of the tank to the next.

Aquatic habitat

One important problem associated with aquatic tanks is the ammonia produced by the tank’s inhabitant. There is a need for regular cleaning and maintenance to keep the water safe and clean.

Terrestrial habitat

One end of the enclosure of terrestrial salamanders should be made a basking area where a heat source is placed; the other end of the enclosure should be dark. Sufficient humidity needs to be maintained; this can be achieved by keeping the substrate damp. Place some rocks or small logs where your pet can seek shelter. Read more advice visit your local Animal Health care.

Lights May Not Be Required In Enclosures Of Pet Snakes

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Many species of snakes that are kept as pets don’t require conventional lighting inside their enclosures. There are species of snakes that can do well without any type of lighting fixture inside their enclosure.

If you’re wondering whether there is a need to install lighting inside the enclosure of your pet snake, you should take a closer look at the conditions that exist inside the enclosure. If the snake’s immediate environment remains warm all-year round, there may be no need to install artificial lighting. But there are pet owners who still choose to install UVB lighting because it can increase the activity level of the snake as well as enhance coloration. There are also those that install heat lights to create a more natural day-night cycle in their pet’s enclosure. If your pet snake is a nocturnal species, a heat source may be needed during the day while a red light can be turned on at night inside the enclosure. Read more advice visit your local Animal Health care.

Food Allergies In Dogs

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Food allergies can be triggered when a dog exhibits a severe reaction to a particular ingredient in their diet. More often than not, the substance has been part of the dog’s diet for a considerable period of time. The only effective way to deal with the problem is to pinpoint the specific allergen so you can switch to another type of pet food that does not contain the allergen. The most common allergens that trigger food allergies in dogs include chicken, corn, mutton, soy, eggs, wheat, and dairy foods. Some dogs are allergic to chemical additives including preservatives and food coloring.

Itching is the most prominent sign of food allergy in dogs. Affected dogs chew, rub, and scratch any itchy part of his body in an effort to relieve itching. Raw spots and hair loss are usually potential consequences. Digestive upsets like diarrhea, vomiting, and ear infections can also occur. Learn more call our Animal hospital.

Worms in Cats

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The most common intestinal parasites that affect cats are roundworms and tapeworms. The most common route of infection is ingestion of parasites eggs that are passed in the feces and contaminate food, water, etc. Eating infected prey is also another important route of infection. Kittens may also get worms through their mother’s milk although this is not as common as in puppies.

Considering the potential health hazards that heavy worm infestation pose to pet owners and pets alike, a year-round worming program should be observed. Also, proper disposal of litter box contents is important, as well as weekly disinfection of the box with boiling water to kill parasite eggs.

There are various medications that are commercially available to treat tapeworms and roundworms in cats, but they are not equal in terms of degree of safety and efficacy. You should ask for your vet’s advice about the type of worming preparation that is best for your pet. For more suggestion contact your local Animal health care.