When You Notice A Growth On Your Dog’s Body: Information For You

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When You Notice A Growth On Your Dog’s Body: Information For You

As an avid pet owner, your pet is like another child to you. Because of this connection and bond with your dog, you want to do everything that you can to keep them happy and healthy. However, sometimes there are health elements that you just cannot control. If, one day, you are petting your dog and you notice a lump or growth on their body, you may wonder what the growth means and how you can help your dog get to feeling better as soon as possible. Get to know some of the steps that you can take to help your dog get the care that they need and get healthy as soon as possible. Understand The Possible Types of Growths The first step when you notice a strange growth on your dog’s body is to take it checked out by your veterinarian or at an animal hospital. But it is also important to know that there are many different types of growths that your dog can develop and what they are. The most common are known as lipomas. A lipoma is a fatty tumor that is benign (non-cancerous). The older your dog gets, the more likely they are to develop some type of lipoma. Oftentimes, these remain small growths under the surface of the skin. However, some lipomas have been known to grow quite large and begin to interfere with muscle function and the like. Other possible growths on your dog’s body can be more problematic. Dogs can develop melanoma, a form of skin cancer, and those growths are often on the exterior surface of the skin and may appear black or red. And, of course, your dog may also develop benign, pus-filled cysts. Know The Diagnostic And Treatment Procedures When you take your dog in to the animal hospital, your veterinarian will first examine the growth and check the rest of your dog’s body for any additional growths. Then, depending on whether or not the growth is on the surface of the skin or beneath it, they will either remove the growth or aspirate it. To aspirate a growth means that the vet will use a needle to remove some of the fluid or cells inside of it so that the sample can be analyzed under a microscope. If the growth cannot be aspirated or is a suspected melanoma, the veterinarian will remove it completely to avoid spreading the malignancy. Generally speaking, removal is the best treatment option for most growths. However, if the growth is a lipoma and it does not cause your dog discomfort or other health issues, it may not need to be removed unless it begins to grow. Additionally, if your dog has cancer, they may need chemotherapy or radiation therapy in addition to growth removal. Now that you know what to expect when you find a growth on your dog’s body, you can better handle the situation and get your dog the care they need as quickly as possible. Regarding animal hospitals, click here for more about this topic or do an online...

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Four Things To Know About Having A Pet Hedgehog

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Things To Know About Having A Pet Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are cuddly, intelligent animals that can be a great addition to your home. However, it is not a pet you should rush out and adopt. Here are some important things to know about hedgehogs first in order to determine if it is a good pet for your family. Hedgehogs Are Friendly With Regular Social Interaction Hedgehogs are not naturally friendly and social pets, but that doesn’t mean you can’t train them to be. It might be a little shy and not interested in interacting or playing much when you first bring it home. However, like many other pets, hedgehogs can be raised to be close to you. You want to be patient with the animal, using positive reinforcement when teaching it certain behaviors. Even if it doesn’t seek out attention from you, you should still pet it, play with it, and interact with it regularly. Don’t be concerned if it wants to spend most time with itself or other hedgehogs in the home; this is not unusual. They Need to be Handled Very Carefully Hedgehogs have prickly backs, so be very careful when handling it. If you surprise the hedgehog and grab it without warning, the animal might act defensively and roll up into a ball. This causes their entire body to be covered in pointy spines. It is best to leave it alone and approach it later on when it calms down. In the beginning, you might feel more comfortable holding and handling the animal with a small towel, though you will get used to the spines eventually. Soon, the hedgehog will become comfortable with you and won’t keep the spines out so often. Make sure you pet it in the right direction to avoid injuring yourself. Little Care is Required for Hedgehogs On the plus side, there isn’t a lot required of you when you adopt a hedgehog. They need regular food and water, and regular cleaning of their bed and potty area. Aside from that, all you need to do is give it enough attention and socialization. The animal does not need to be bathed often and you won’t have to let it outside or take it on walks. They also tend to be quiet, so there isn’t much to worry about there either. However, if you keep it in a cage, giving it a wheel and other toys is a good idea so it stays entertained. If the cage smells bad, it is probably time to clean it. Hedgehogs Are More Active at Night Hedgehogs are nocturnal by nature as their food sources are typically acquired at night. When you have one as a pet, don’t be surprised if it continues being more active and playful at night. You might hear it playing with its toys or running on the wheels at night more often than during the day. Make sure you have found a veterinarian that takes care of animals such as hedgehogs. See the veterinarian shortly after adopting the animal. To learn more, contact a veterinary clinic like Capitol Animal...

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How To Care For Multiple Dogs After They Have Been Spayed

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Care For Multiple Dogs After They Have Been Spayed

If you have more than one dog that you plan to have spayed at the same time, it is important to make sure that you know what to expect during the recovery period. It can be hard to know what to do when you have multiple puppies recovering because you have two puppies to handle at one time. The following guide walks you through a few things that you need to be sure to take into consideration when taking care of your dogs after they have been spayed. Keep the Dogs in Separate Kennels at Night When the dogs are recovering, you need to put them in separate kennels when they sleep to ensure that they do not pick at each others’ stitches. You do not want to let your dogs sleep in your bed or out in your home freely at night because you will not be able to rest assured that they are not chewing at each others’ stitches. Watch the Dogs at All Times Dogs can sometimes play rough with one another. Your dogs could accidentally scratch one another when they are wrestling at the incision sites. This could cause their stitches to become loose or cause the incision to become infected. Keep Their Cones On Until the Stitches Are Removed After surgery, cones will be placed around your dogs’ necks to keep them from being able to chew at their stitches. You want to be sure that you leave the cones in place until your dogs stitches are removed to ensure that they do not bite at the stitches. Once the stitches are removed, the incision will have healed and the vet will tell you if the cone can be removed. Take the Dogs Outside Separately When you take the dogs outside, be sure to take them individually. This allows you to monitor their bowel movements and how often they are each urinating. There are times when spaying a dog can cause them to become constipated and this may require medical attention after a few days. If you take both dogs outside at the same time, you may not be able to pay attention to both of their bowel movements and when they are urinating. If you follow these tips, you will be able to keep track of the health of both puppies and keep them as safe as possible during their recovery. If you feel that there is anything wrong with either puppy, take them to the vet–like the one from My Pet’s Vet Clinic–right away. If your vet is closed, you can take them to a 24-hour hospital to get the care that they need right...

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Tick Checking Tips For Your Dog

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tick Checking Tips For Your Dog

A walk in the woods can be a relaxing bit of exercise for both you and your dog, but in the spring and summer it can also put your dog at risk of tick exposures. These blood-sucking arachnids can transmit illnesses like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or anaplasmosis to your pet. One of the best defenses against these diseases is to check your dog thoroughly for ticks every day. The following tips can help you check for ticks more successfully. Tip #1: Get a Summer ‘Do Dogs with long or thick hair can be particularly hard to check. All this extra fur can also be hot and uncomfortable in warm weather. Solve both problems with a trip to the groomer. Have the groomer shorten and thin your dogs hair. Depending on how quickly your dog’s fur grows in, you may need to have this done every six weeks or so throughout the summer months. Tip #2: Gather the Right Tools A few tools help make a tick check easier: A light colored sheet A dog comb Treats A tick removal tool A bowl filled with peroxide or alcohol Alcohol pads Tip #3: Get Comfortable The best place to work is right on the floor. Place your dog on the light colored sheet. This sheet is a must because it allows you to spot a tick if it falls off of your dog during the check. If the ground is too uncomfortable, you can sit on cushion or stool. For smaller dogs, you can place the sheet on a table so you can stand and check. The key is not to have the dog on your lap, since that just exposes you to the tick if it is dropped. Tip #4: Keep It Methodical Start at the head and work your way down your dog’s body. Push the fur up against the grain, using the comb to help separate it as needed. Although you should be looking for ticks, you also need to use the pads of your fingers to feel for the small bumps that could indicate a tick. If you find one, separate the fur and check. If you see the small black or reddish brown bump of a tick, use your tick tool to pull it off and then drop it in the bowl of peroxide to kill it. Dab the area with an alcohol pad and continue your check. Just proceed carefully on your dogs stomach and make sure any dark bumps are actually ticks and not nipples! Monitor your dog throughout the tick season, especially if you do find ticks. If you notice a loss of appetite, lethargy, or any other health issues, take them in to the vet right away to get tested for a tick borne illness. To learn more, contact a clinic like Elizabethton Veterinary...

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Dealing With Your Bearded Dragon’s Pregnancy: What You Should Know And Watch Out For

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dealing With Your Bearded Dragon’s Pregnancy: What You Should Know And Watch Out For

Bearded dragons are unique and interesting pets to keep. When you are the owner of a pair of bearded dragons, you are likely to find that whether you were trying to breed your bearded dragons or not, you will be doing so. When your female bearded dragon gets pregnant for the first time in your care, you may find yourself unsure of how to handle the situation or if there is anything you can or should do for her. Get to know what you should do and what you should look out for when your bearded dragon is pregnant and ready to lay eggs so that she is healthy and safe in the process. Be Sure She Is Getting Enough Calcium Just like humans and other animals, a pregnant bearded dragon needs to consume a sufficient amount of calcium during pregnancy to remain healthy. Calcium helps to keep your bearded dragon’s bones and body strong during pregnancy and during the egg laying process. If she does not have enough calcium, she may be too weak to lay all of the eggs inside her body, which can result in a syndrome known as retained eggs that can be dangerous to her health. To ensure she gets enough calcium, you will need to feed your bearded dragon foods that are rich in calcium as well as calcium supplements and multivitamins. A pet services specialist like your veterinarian or a pet pharmacy can get you the calcium supplements and multivitamins your bearded dragon needs while pregnant that are customized to their needs. The foods that you can give your bearded dragon that are high in calcium include green vegetables, squash, and kelp. You will also want to increase the number of insects like silkworms that you feed your pregnant bearded dragon as they also provide needed calcium.   Watch Out For A Prolapsed Cloaca And Retained Eggs When your beaded dragon begins the process of laying their eggs, it is much like when a person goes into labor as far as the muscle contractions and the strain on their body. It will take your bearded dragon a great deal of energy and effort to push out the eggs. And a clutch of eggs can include large numbers of eggs up to 24 or more in some clutches. As such, sometimes the strain can be too much for their body and issues can arise. One such issue is a prolapsed cloaca. The cloaca is the bodily orifice through which your bearded dragon will lay her eggs. If your bearded dragon strains too much to get those last few eggs out, they can suffer from a prolapsed cloaca. You will easily recognize this as you will see a large protrusion coming from their hind end. It will look something like a tumor or a piece of intestines outside the body and will require veterinary care and possibly surgery to correct. Retained eggs can also be a problem for your bearded dragon. This occurs when not all of the eggs in your bearded dragon’s body exit the body during the egg laying process. You can tell there are eggs retained by gently handling your bearded dragon and palpitating their abdomen. You will be able to feel the cylindrical lump of the egg and it may...

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How To Prepare Your Dog For Veterinary Surgery

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Prepare Your Dog For Veterinary Surgery

It is always stressful when your dog needs to have veterinary surgery. Your veterinarian knows best how you should prepare your dog for surgery and he will inform you of his concerns and requirements. Here are a few other suggestions that may also help to prepare you and your dog for his upcoming veterinary surgery: Bathe Your Dog – A day or two before your dog’s scheduled surgery, examine him thoroughly to make sure he is clean and has no fleas, tics, or other skin issues or problems. If possible, give your dog a bath, towel dry him, and brush his coat. Check your dog’s paws and clean them well. Keep him clean for the next few days before he has to go to the vet.  Blanket – Set aside a clean blanket to bring with you when you go for the surgical appointment. Wrap your dog in the blanket a few times to allow him to become familiar with the smell and feel of the blanket and know that it is okay for him to use it. This blanket can be a source of security for your dog if he becomes stressed or nervous and can give him a place to curl up and hide if needed.  Clean, Comfortable Cushions – Wash your dog’s bed cushions to make sure that he has a clean place to rest and recuperate when he comes home from surgery. If he needs some additional bedding, this would be a good time to buy him a new soft bed cushion.  Dietary Preparation – If your dog will be given veterinary anesthesia, follow your vet’s explicit directions to prepare your dog for surgery. It is customary to not feed your dog for 12 hours preceding veterinary surgery. Ask your veterinarian if your dog is allowed to have water during that time. Take some of your dog’s regular food with you when you take your dog to the vet. This will help to calm him if he is fed something very familiar after surgery while at the veterinary clinic.  Arrive Early – Even though your dog may not scheduled to have surgery until mid-morning or mid-afternoon, arrive early so that your veterinarian has ample time to take blood samples, x-rays, insert a catheter, and administer IV fluids. If possible, stay with your dog while he waits for his surgery to keep him calm and quiet.  Remain Calm – Although you will probably be nervous or stressed before your dog’s surgery, do not do anything out of the ordinary or speak to your dog any differently than you usually do. Dogs get to know their owners very well and can tell if you are nervous and you don’t want to transfer any of your stress to your dog. Remain cool and calm for your dog’s sake.  These preparations can help to keep your dog clean and prepared for his upcoming veterinary surgery at a veterinary hospital. They can also help him heal faster if he has a clean, comfortable bed when he returns home. These details will keep both you and your dog calm and prepared during this...

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Alternative Therapy Treatments You Can Try For Your Dog’s Arthritis Pain

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Alternative Therapy Treatments You Can Try For Your Dog’s Arthritis Pain

When your dog has arthritis, they can become far less active than they used to be. Arthritis can be very painful, and can cause your dog to become lethargic, overweight, and unhappy. If you are leery of trying traditional pain medication to alleviate their pain but still want them to have some relief in their hips, shoulders, and other affected areas, you can try alternative therapy. Here are some alternative healing methods you can try to alleviate your dog’s arthritis pain that you can discuss with your veterinarian. Water therapy Water therapy is a great way to help your dog regain movement and become more active without placing undue pressure on their joints. This type of alternative therapy works by placing your dog in a protective harness attached to an underwater treadmill. Your dog can then walk on the treadmill and not be subject to pressure due to the weightless factor of water. This type of therapy helps reduce inflammation in their joints and gives them better movement. It can be done in conjunction with other therapy treatments or as a stand-alone healing technique. Acupuncture Acupuncture can be used for many pet ailments, including hip pain and nerve issues. Acupuncture works by placing very thin needles into pressure points, which stimulates the body’s natural response to heal, and may be a great way to help reduce your dog’s inflammation and pain. Your veterinarian can help you locate a licensed acupuncturist in your area to perform this kind of treatment on your dog to help them with their arthritis symptoms. Massage Massage therapy for pets is a great way to help your dog with their arthritis symptoms. Massage therapy entails using positive motion to gently apply pressure to swollen muscle tissue to help reduce pain and keep inflammation at bay. When having massage therapy performed on your dog, make sure you choose a practitioner who is experienced in dealing with arthritic pet patients so they know the exact way to treat your pet’s specific symptoms. If you are worried about your dog’s overall health, make sure you talk to a veterinarian, such as at the Downing Center For Animal Pain Management, first before undergoing any type of alternative therapy practices. Your vet can help you choose the right treatment for your dog as well as make suggestions for traditional methods of treatment that can work with alternative healing practices. Your dog’s health and comfort is important to you, and you can help keep their pain at bay with different types of alternative therapy treatments for...

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2 Serious Diseases That Can Affect Your Cat

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Serious Diseases That Can Affect Your Cat

If you are a cat owner, you want to keep your feline companion in the best possible health. However, there are several serious diseases that are common among pet cats. Here are a two: Feline Leukemia Feline leukemia is a cat disease that is caused by a virus. Within about 36 months of being diagnosed, 85 percent of cats that are persistently infected die from it. The virus works by negatively affecting the immune system. Cats that suffer from feline leukemia find it difficult to fight off infections. In addition, an infected animal may display a wide variety of symptoms, such as weight loss, lack of appetite, poor coat appearance and diarrhea. Cats contract the disease from other felines, so it is best to keep your pet away from other cats that may be infected. The incidence of feline leukemia is quite low for indoor cats as well as for cats that dwell in a single-cat household. In fact, if a cat is the only feline in a family, it only has around a three percent chance of developing feline leukemia. Although a vaccination for feline leukemia does exist, it does not fully protect a cat from contracting the disease. If you are planning to adopt an additional cat, be sure to have the new animal tested before bringing it home. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease   Feline urinary tract disease can be caused by multiple factors, such as bladder stones, a blockage in the cat’s urinary tract, a bladder infection, stress or even cancer. The symptoms include problems emptying the bladder, blood in the urine, an overly firm, swollen abdomen, frequent licking of the opening to the urinary tract, urinating outside of the litter box and vomiting. It normally affects cats that are over a year old. In addition, male cats are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease. If your cat shows signs of feline lower urinary tract disease, it should be taken to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible. Serious complications that may accompany the disease, such as the inability to urinate and bloody urine, are considered medical emergencies. At some point, your cat may incur an ailment that is considered life-threatening. However, if the animal receives prompt treatment from a veterinarian at a facility like Bearss Animal Clinic, the cat may still be able to recover. If your cat displays symptoms of physical stress that you believe are consistent with a feline disease, contact your veterinarian immediately. He or she will be able to diagnose your cat’s condition and determine if it is...

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How To Perform Artificial Respiration On Your Cat

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Perform Artificial Respiration On Your Cat

If you are a cat owner, you may not to know what to do if your animal stops breathing. Breathing cessation usually occurs before your cat enters cardiac arrest, so it is important to restore your cat’s breathing as quickly as possible. Artificial respiration may be needed. Here are the steps needed to perform artificial respiration on a cat: Position your cat properly. Place the animal gently on a flat surface that you can easily access, such as a table. Be sure the animal is on its side. Check for breathing. Artificial respiration will only be necessary if your cat has stopped breathing. Watch the animal’s chest for a gentle rise and fall that would indicate respiration. If there is no visible sign of respiration, the animal could still be breathing. Place your hand close to the animal’s nose and mouth and feel for breath. In addition, lift a side of the animal’s lip to reveal the gums. Blue gums are sign of oxygen deficiency. A thick coat of hair or shallow breathing can make respiration difficult to detect visibly.  Check for an obstruction. If the cat is not breathing, its airway could be obstructed. Here are the steps to check for an obstruction and clear it from the cat’s airway: Extend the animal’s neck and head. Open its mouth to look for a foreign substance or object that could be causing an obstruction. If an object is visible, grab the cat’s tongue with your fingers and pull it forward. This maneuver may dislodge the object without further effort. However, if the object remains lodged, use your fingers, or a tool, such as pliers, to grasp it. Do not push the object further into the cat’s throat by attempting to re-position it. If the object cannot be grasped, start the Heimlich maneuver, which consists of picking up your cat and applying abdominal thrusts repeatedly behind its last rib until the object dislodges. You may also suspend your cat by its hips with its head hanging downward to help the object dislodge. Begin Artificial Respiration Once the object is dislodged, your animal may begin breathing again on its own. However, if the cat does not start breathing, begin artificial respiration. As you cat lies on its side, lift its chin, and hold the mouth shut. Place your mouth over the cat’s nose and blow with enough force to expand the chest.  Allow the cat to exhale. Continue this cycle until the cat can breathe unassisted. If you cat experiences respiratory distress, you may have to perform artificial respiration to help restore the animal’s breathing. Be sure to have someone contact a veterinarian,and transport your cat to a pet hospital immediately, like Bijou Animal Hospital P.C., once breathing is...

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Helping Your Overweight Adult Cat To Slim Down

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Helping Your Overweight Adult Cat To Slim Down

Kittens seem to have a constant source of energy to run, jump and play. Your adult cat may have spurts of energy, but more often enjoys napping in the sun. A more sedentary lifestyle, and poor eating habits, cause adult cats to become overweight. Here is how you can help your cat get rid of those pounds and keep themselves healthy and trim as they age. Get a Professional Opinion First When you first notice your cat’s rounded tummy, take them to the pet hospital and have your vet look at them. There are cat diseases that cause weight gain, such as hyperthyroidism. Don’t waste time trying to get your cat to slim down when you should be treating them for a disease. When your cat gets a clean bill of health, then you can start their weight reduction program. Start With Lower Calorie Food Your vet can recommend some healthy brands that make food for the less active cat. In the pet food store, these foods may be marked as for indoor or senior cats. These are high protein foods with less carbohydrate fillers, such as rice. The protein gives your cat the energy it needs. Fewer carbs mean less fat production in your cat. Introduce these foods to your cat over a couple of weeks. Most cats don’t like change, especially in their food bowl. If they’ve been getting the same food for a long time, a change may put off their eating schedule. Give them a little of the new food at first, and gradually increase the amount of it in their bowl. Wet or Dry Food? Dry cat food contains more high calorie fillers than the wet variety because it’s a more compact form of nutrition. Look at the ingredients label for the dry food and select those which list animal protein first and have fewer grains. The grains, especially rice, wheat flour and corn meal, are essentially fillers as your cat gets little nutritional benefit from them. The water in wet food helps your cat digest its food. Wet cat food is a good choice if your cat does not often drink from the water bowl. Hydration is also important in older cats in which kidney issues are common. The additional water keeps toxins flushed out of the kidneys. The choice may come down to your cat. Some cats prefer dry over wet food. If you buy a high protein, low carbohydrate food, whether it’s wet or dry, your cat will lose weight. What may be more of a factor is how you feed your cat. Change Your Feeding Routine Many cats are grazers and will go back to their food dishes several times throughout the day. Knowing this, you may over-feed them, so your cat always has something in their bowl when they go back for a “snack.” For weight control, you should give your cat the amount of food needed to give them the calories they require, and no more. For the average cat, this is slightly less than one cup of dry food and less than six ounces of wet. Get used to measuring out their food at feeding time and don’t give them more no matter how much they beg. Help Your Cat Get More Exercise As with humans, diet...

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