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Do All Hedgehogs Carry Salmonella?

Do All Hedgehogs Carry Salmonella

A good number of Salmonella outbreaks in humans have been traced back to hedgehogs that are kept as pets. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can infect humans. Pet reptiles and pocket pets are natural carriers of the bacteria. Typical signs of Salmonella infection in people include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever. The onset of symptoms can occur as early as within 12 hours after coming into contact with an infected pet.

Picking a healthy hedgehog is very important. Steer clear of hedgehogs with diarrhea, is lethargic, and has eye and nose discharges. While picking out a hedgehog from a group, avoid purchasing healthy ones if there is a sickly looking hedgehog in the bunch.

The best way to protect yourself from getting the infection is to wash your hands with soap and water after handling your pet, the enclosure, bedding, cage furniture, etc. Droppings should be disposed of properly. Avoid eating or smoking while handling your pet. Handling of pets in areas where you prepare food should never be made. Kissing or holding your pet close to your mouth should also be avoided.  For more details visit our site.

Before Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears

Before Cleaning Your Dog_s Ears

Some dogs need to have their ears cleaned frequently to avoid excessive buildup of earwax and debris. However, there are those that can do well with less frequent cleaning. Knowing how to clean your pet’s ears properly is very important to avoid damaging the delicate structures of the ears. It’s best to clean your pet’s ears just before giving him a bath. It’s also a good idea to do it outdoors to prevent ear debris and cleaning solution from getting into walls or on things when he shakes his head. Use a towel to wrap around your dog and keep him dry. You may also need a towel so you won’t get anything on your clothes.

Before cleaning your pet’s ears take a closer look at each ear and check for dirt and excess hair. If there is a lot of hair in the ear canal, you may need to pluck them using your fingers or tweezers. You can also ask your groomer or staff at the vet clinic for a special ear powder for dogs which can help grip the hair.

Possession Aggression And Dominance Are Important Causes Of Aggressive Behavior In Dogs

Possession Aggression And Dominance Are Important Causes Of Aggressive Behavior In Dogs

Dogs are normally possessive, but some can be more possessive than others and won’t hesitate to exhibit aggressive behavior if they feel someone is out to get what they think is theirs.  A dog can become possessive of their toy, food, bed, territory, and even their humans. Dogs with possessive aggression may growl if someone goes near him while he is eating or chewing a favorite toy. He may also charge and bite an unfamiliar person who steps inside your yard or home.

Dominance

Some dogs display aggressive behavior to establish dominance. Aggression is usually aimed at other dogs, but it can also be directed towards humans as well. Dogs that show this type of aggressive behavior feel that they are dominant and in charge of the situation. Displays of aggression can occur when the dog feels his dominance is being challenged.

Since a health issue can also be a potential cause of your pet’s behavior, it’s important to have your pet checked out by your vet to rule out a health issue.  For more information visit to your veterinary clinic.

Combatting Fleas In Non-Toxic Ways

Combatting Fleas In Non-Toxic Ways

Flea products contain ingredients that may be toxic to pets especially if dosing and instruction for their use are not followed. Fortunately, there are non-toxic ways to battle fleas. One is by steam-cleaning carpets; it may be quite expensive but it’s an effective way to kill flea eggs.

Another is by using a natural flea-control shampoo for your pet, such as one that contains d-limonene, but make sure it’s formulated specifically for dogs.

If your pet likes hanging out in a sandy or bare spot in the yard, cover the spot every now and then with a heavy black plastic sheet during a hot, sunny day. As heat builds up under the plastic, fleas and larvae are killed. But this idea is not recommended if you want to preserve live grass or plants. Spreading agricultural lime on moist areas or grassy spots can help dry out the fleas. Just make sure to rake up any debris and dead leaves first before application. Learn more here.

Tips To Make Your Blind Dog Adjust And Stay Safe

Tips To Make Your Blind Dog Adjust And Stay Safe

Fortunately, most dogs don’t have any problems adjusting to a life without their sense of sight. Here are ways that you can do to help your dog adjust and maintain a good quality of life:

  • Water and food bowls should remain in the same location as when before your dog had vision problems.
  • Check your pet’s immediate environment for potential hazards that can be in your dog’s way.
  • Avoid re-arranging furniture or placing objects in places where your dog passes. If there is really a need to rearrange furniture, it’s a good idea to acquaint your dog to the change by walking him through the area on a leash.
  • Stairs and other off-limit areas should be blocked off or barricaded to prevent your dog from getting into the area and falling or getting hurt.
  • A dog that has recently gone blind may be afraid to use the stairs. Boost his confidence by walking by his side up and down the stairs while he is on a leash.
  • When your dog is home alone, it’s a good idea to keep inside a crate to keep him safe and comfortable.

Contact your animal health care for more information.

How Do You Know If A Bearded Dragon Is Stressed?

How Do You Know If A Bearded Dragon Is Stressed

Being exposed to certain factors in their immediate environment can cause stress in many types of pet reptiles. Stress can become a potent fuel for display of undesirable behavior. Being quick to spot signs that indicate your pet is under stress is very important so measures can be undertaken to address the problem.

Bearded dragons that are stressed can engage in glass surfing or glass dancing. It’s when they appear to be rubbing their belly on the glass walls while paddling their feet. Their skin also takes on a dark coloration or turns black. If you notice that your beardie’s beard has turned black, try to think about potential stressors that your pet has been exposed to recently. Some important stressors that can affect beardies include being moved to a new tank, the arrival of a new beardie, change in the location of their enclosure, or when their human leaves home for a few days. For more details visit your vets care.

How Hamsters Get Fat

Unfortunately, overweight dogs and cats aren’t uncommon. But hamsters? It seems strange that these tiny little creatures could have such a problem with their weight too!

Here’s how your pet could be putting on extra weight, according to a professional vet.

Poor diet

The first place you want to look is your pet’s diet. What are you feeding your hamster?

When it comes to dogs and cats, extra weight is usually a problem because their owners feed them human food, but you aren’t likely to give your hamster lunch meat, pizza, or ice cream. How in the world is he getting fat then?

Just because you get your hammy’s food at the pet store doesn’t mean it’s healthy. A lot of hamster food at the store contains seeds and nuts that can make him overweight.

The best way to keep your pet at a healthy weight is to feed him basic pellets that are developed just for hamsters. Avoid mixed food. Although your critter loves the seeds, nuts, and snacks that come in these bags, he’s likely to pick through his food and eat what he likes the best, leaving the healthiest bits behind.

That doesn’t mean your hamster can’t have a snack every once in a while! Give your critter fresh fruit, vegetables, and nuts just once every day or two to keep him at a healthy weight.

Not enough exercise

Think you’re feeding your hamster properly, but he’s still putting on weight? He probably isn’t getting enough exercise.

First, take a look at his cage. Does he have enough room to walk, run, and explore? If he has a small aquarium or wire cage without any tubes, he probably spends more time sitting around than walking.

This is especially the case if your hamster doesn’t have a running wheel. Or, maybe he has one that he doesn’t use. Purchase different styles until you find one that your furry little friend actually likes.

How much time does your critter get outside the cage? He needs to come out and play in order to stay trim! Build a box full of fun items he can explore, or get a hamster ball and let your pet run around the house.

Still having trouble getting your hamster to lose weight? You might need a little extra help from your vet, so should give them a call.