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Why It’s Important To Tailor Exercise To Your Pet’s Breed, Age, Or Physical Abilities

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Regular physical activity is one of the basic needs of dogs. It offers physical and mental stimulation, thus reducing the tendency to develop behavior and health issues. Physical activity helps keep off the pounds, and help dogs become more confident and happy.

But there is a right and wrong way to introduce exercise to your pooch.  One common mistake is not tailoring the exercise regimen to your pet’s age, breed, or physical abilities. Some pet owners think that if a 15-minute walk is recommended for their dog’s health, a 15-minute run must offer better benefits.

Unfortunately, many pet parents assume that the more exercise their dog gets, the greater will be the benefits to their health and wellbeing. But this could not be further from the truth. Yes, all dogs require daily physical activity, but some can handle strenuous exercise better than other dogs. For example, a pug does not need the same amount of physical activity as a Doberman pinscher. Also, long-distance running is not a requirement for just any breed for this can lead to long-term injury in some cases. Read more information visit the website. http://pawsforapurrpose.com/.

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“My Dog Ate Chocolate. What Do I Do?”

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This is a very common question that pet owners may find themselves asking. Most dogs don’t have lasting side effects from eating chocolate, but because a substance in chocolate can be toxic to dogs, it’s important for pet owners to take measures to keep pets from coming to any harm. If your dog has eaten chocolate, it’s important to ensure his immediate safety, assess the severity of the problem, and seek veterinary attention when necessary.

Here are things to keep in mind if your pooch eats chocolate:

Take the chocolate away from your pet immediately, and when you do, make sure that there are no wrappers or packaging that is stuck in his mouth or throat.

Keep a close eye on your dog for the next hours for any signs of gagging, difficulty breathing, and other symptoms.

Once you are sure that your pooch is stable, don’t treat him or try to induce vomiting without being instructed by your veterinarian. Read more information contact veterinarians care.

Cat Flu

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Cat flu often refers to infections affecting the upper respiratory tract of cats. The problem is quite common and is very contagious especially among cats that have not been vaccinated. Cat flu tends to be particularly serious in kittens.

There are two types of viruses that have been linked to cat flu—Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) and Feline Calicivirus (FCV). In general, viral infections can be very difficult to treat because anti-viral medications are generally not available and can be quite expensive. There are cats that are harboring the virus but may not show any symptoms of the infection. In fact, some cats are unfortunate enough to have the virus in their system for life.

The symptoms of cat flu are similar to flu in people. Affected cats may have coughing, nose discharge, sneezing, inflamed and runny eyes, and loss of appetite. Some may have mouth ulcers. In the early stages, the nasal and eye discharges appear clear but when secondary bacterial infection sets in, the discharge will turn to a  yellowish-green color.

The severity of the clinical signs will depend on the breed, age, and vaccination status of the cat, and whether or not they have previously been infected. Read more information contact veterinarians care.

What Is The Best Food For Cats That Are Shedding?

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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. http://rollsale.com/

Hyperthyroidism In Cats

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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.

Abscess Formation In Dogs And Cats

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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.

 

Sudden Switching Of Cat Food Can Make Your Kitty Go Off-Food

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Cats that are raised on a single type of pet food (usually kibble) can become fussy if or when offered a different type of food. The practice of feeding a single type or brand of food is not recommended by many experts because of the following reasons:

The food that is preferred by your cat may be out of stock frequently or may go out of production.

Variety in a cat’s diet increases the cat’s possibility of receiving a well-balanced diet.

A number of health issues are being linked to certain types of cat food. Kibbles can change the pH of a cat’s urine; being too acidic or alkaline can pave the way to the formation of crystals or stones. Cats on a pure kibble diet need to have adequate water intake to prevent them from becoming chronically dehydrated and have concentrated urine, which creates a perfect environment for urinary crystals formation. For more advice contact your veterinary clinic.