Practice from time to time a vet examination of your pet at home. Practice handling the paws, looking in the ears, opening the mouth and feeling over the body and legs. Reward the cat by petting, praise and treats.
Associate your cat carrier with good things so that the cat will go into the carrier voluntarily. Place a blanket and a favorite treat or toy inside the carrier and leave the carrier out in the room at all times.
On the day of your vet appointment, encourage your cat to enter the carrier with a treat and bring the cat's favorite blanket, toy and a t-shirt with your scent on it. These items will make your cat comfortable while traveling in the car.
To minimize the stress, try to schedule your vet appointment so that the cat can be placed in an exam room and seen right away. Try to stay calm and positive otherwise your emotions can affect your cat.
When you bring the cat back home from the vet office's it will have the scents of the vet office's. Be sure you leave the cat in the carrier for a few minutes to see how all of the other cats in your home react. The cats that are home may not recognize the cat that went to the vet office's and may attack.
If this is a problem, put your cat in a room by itself with food, water and litter box for 24 hrs. Play with your cats on either side of the door and wait until they are calm before putting them together.
Plan your vacation in advance for a stress-free journey for you and your pet. Some dogs like to travel by car.
If you are going long distance you might want to provide a crate or buckle-up your pet. If you decide to let
your dog sit in the passenger seat, be aware of your pet being hurt by the air bags. Keep your car windows
high, if you open them, to prevent your pet from sticking the head out. The pet can be injured that way.
Be sure you allow frequent rest stops so that your pet can go to the bathroom and drink water. Take the dog
for a walk, on the leash, so it can stretch out the legs.
Don't leave your pet alone in the car when the temperatures are warm. The temperature in the car rises
quickly and can harm or kill your pet.
If you are looking for lodging that will accept pets. Go to www.pet-friendly-hotels.net Select the state,
cities and town to see which hotels will welcome pets.
If you decide to fly with your pet, be very careful, some dogs and Persian cats can be particularly vulnerable
to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke in a plane. Take a direct flight so that you don't have to be separated
from your pet during plane transfers. Pets are also screened by airport security.
When you train your puppy, clean up the first accident with a rag. Don't scold the puppy it will only confuse the puppy and associate fear with your action. Take the puppy and the soiled rag to a spot in your yard where you want the puppy to eliminate. Put the puppy next to the rag where it can pick up the scent and use the word "go potty". Leave the soiled rag on that spot in your yard. Go to that spot every time you take your puppy out and repeat the word "go potty". Always praise your puppy when it goes on or near the appropriate place in your yard.
If your dog repeatedly sniffs a mole or skin spot on your body, get tested for skin cancer!
Crate training - helps with house training and transportation. Do not use the crate as punishment and do not leave your dog in the crate too long. The puppy needs human interaction and exercise. When your dog has learned not to soil or
destroy household items, the crate can be used as a den or bedroom.
Reaching down or over any pet while it is eating is not a good idea, especially if you are a stranger to that pet.
Hands on - from nose to tail every day on your pet will help detect any health changes or problems before they become major.
Annual vaccinations for dogs and cats can be administered by the pet's owner. The vaccines are available at the local farm supply outlets, except rabies vaccine.
Pet owners, be sure you spay or neuter your pets. It is very important for the health, well-being and longevity of your pets.
A good way to keep cats off of your furniture. Put down aluminum foil where the cat jumps up on. They don't like the crinkling sound or feel and they will stay off.
Dogs: Be careful what words you choose when you have a puppy. Because they're learning a new vocabulary, some words will become indelibly imprinted on their minds.
If your dog tends to run away, be careful not to punish it in any way when it returns. This only teaches the dog not to come when you call. Instead, praise the dog when it does the right things.
Be sure that your dog is not bitten or scratched by a skunk, check for injuries. If you find any take the dog to your vet, even if the pet is up to date on its rabies vaccination. Bathe your dog as soon as possible, apply some mineral oil to the eyes and nose to help protect them during the bath process. If the dog has been sprayed by a skunk do not wet the dog down. Apply a DE-skunking solution directly to the dry dog. Using a sponge or brush, massage the solution into the dog's coat. Avoid eyes and nose as much as possible. Allow the solution to soak on your dog skin and hair coat for 5-10 minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water. If the skunk odor persists, repeat the application again. Dry your dog thoroughly.
Diet Tips: If the dog is overweight, replace a portion of its normal food serving with a can of unsalted green beans. The green beans offer nutrition and bulk without the calories. You can also replace the dog treats with baby carrots cooked in low sodium chicken broth.
Saw palmetto: Dogs with benign prostatic hyperplasia. The herb saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) has an immediate dramatic effect on any and all symptoms, even bleeding, associated with this condition. Neutering your dog is the best way to fully control it. If the dog is large, 80 pounds and up, human dose can be given, for a medium size dog reduce by half, for a small dog reduce by 75 percent.
Exercise: Hence the epidemic of fat dogs and cats. Nothing is more strongly correlated with a longer lifespan then keeping your pet lean. Fresh air, sunshine and exercise will improve your pet's mood and health. Stimulates your pet's mind and improves the bond between human and your pets.
Chronic bladder infection: Recurrent bladder infections are a sign of an underlying problem. You are putting your pet's life at risk if you don't find out what it is. The proper treatment is to have a culture done. Encourage your pet to drink plenty of fluids and urinate as frequently as possible.
Pain control: Pain does not just hurt, it harms. Being in pain suppresses the immune system, interfering with healing, impairs sleep, it can delay full recovery from an illness, injury or surgery. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are well worth asking your pet's veterinarian about. Also ask your vet about slippery elm.
Cats typically do not tolerate Tramadol well.
Slippery elm: is pretty much a wonder-substance for diarrhea, loose stool, nausea and other digestive upsets. This is actually a food and not a medicinal substance. And there are no contraindications to its use.
Use the powder mix with warm water and add it to the food, It forms a jelly when moistened.
It can be used for minor skin irritations. Cats hate Slippery elm, you can use Phytomucil instead.
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