Abnormal discharge from nose and eyes.
The owner striking or physically abusing their pet.
Extreme matting in the fur, dirty fur, over grown toe nails.
Very tight collar causing the neck wound, open wounds.
Ongoing illness or injuries that are not treated.
Clearly visible bones.
Patches of missing hair and scaly skin rashes.
Fur infested with parasites, ticks or flea infestations. If left untreated, this can lead to an animal's death.
Look for drowsiness and confusion.
Weak, injuries causing limping or otherwise demonstrating distress, having problems with standing and walking normal.
Pets that are kept outside repeatedly without shelter in extreme heat or cold.
Pets that are tied up or repeatedly in the yard for a very long time with not enough food or water. It's important that they have clean water and food.
Too many animals living on one property. This can be a sign of animal hoarding.
Dogs or cats inside abandoned homes, animals abandoned and left to die inside vacant buildings or apartment units are startlingly common. A dog who is howling or barking for more than a day sending out a clear signal that it's not being attended to. He/she may be injured or may be abandoned, be extra vigilant. Call the authorities to investigate.
Call the police when you see a pet left in the car.
If you suspect animal cruelty please call the Animal Control in Pinellas County Florida Phone: (727) 582-2600
Cats and dogs require different diets. Cats are pure carnivores. Typically cats eat nothing but meat. A Cat's diet is primarily of meat and meat products. Cat food is far higher in protein than dog food. Cat food is high in calories, and can cause digestive problems and lead to obesity in dogs. Cat food tastes better to dogs. Only feed your pet food that is formulated for their specific species. You can feed cat food to Ferrets because they are also pure carnivorous.
The protein makes it extra tasty to dogs and that is the reason the litter box is so appealing to a dog. If you feed the cat dog food only, it can cause a cat to go blind and it can develop feline dilated cardiomyopathy, which is a serious heart condition.
My understanding, is plastic bowls are really bad for your pets because they capture and hold bacteria.
Plastic is prone to scratching (both From cleaning and from the dog pawing at it or its teeth) and corn harbor bacteria. It may have some toxins as well, you may find it more of an issue for water or wet food than dry food.
Porcelain or glass isn't bad, it can be Useful for dogs or cats if they eat with enthusiasm, they will push the bowl across the room or tip the bowl over. The problem with porcelain or glass is that it breaks if you drop it.
Ceramic is not what you want to use because the glaze can have lead in it and over time, the glaze gets tiny cracks and can then harbor bacteria like plastic, and it breaks.
I think the best all-around choice is stainless steel. Very durable, easier to keep clean, and will not leach anything into the food or hold bacteria. The stainless steel with the rubber on the bottom will keep your pet from tipping the bowl over and keep it from being pushed around the room.
Some dogs are born with hip dysplasia. The most common hip dysplasia occurs in large-breed dogs, including Great Danes, St. Bernards, Mixed breeds, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Retrievers, German Shepherd, Labrador Retrievers, and many others. Smaller breeds are also affected, but are less likely to show symptoms. Hip Dysplasia is a polygenic trait where more than one gene controls the Inheritance. Diet and environmental are a factor and inappropriate exercise during the period of rapid bone growth. As the stress of obesity and weight-bearing exceeds the strength limits of the supporting connective tissue and muscle, the joint becomes loose and unstable which promotes abnormal wear and tear. This causes joint inflammation and places extra pressure on the joints.
A diet with an imbalance of calcium and phosphorous is bad for bone development. Feeding a high calorie, high protein diet which produces rapid weight gain will increase the likelihood of the disease development because bones and musculature grows too rapidly and places increased stress on the hips.
Dogs should not be jumping up and down to catch a ball or frisbee and land on their back legs. Also avoid running on pavement which places additional pressure on the joint. X-rays of the hips and pelvis is the only reliable way to determine whether a dog has hip dysplasia. Good X-rays require anesthesia.
Massage And Physical therapy. Exercise that is low impact and involves muscle building and maintenance is highly recommended. Such activities include walking, jogging and especially swimming.
Nutritional Supplements (Such as glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, paranoia mussels/green-lipped mussels, Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
Dogs with hip dysplasia will live full lives when you follow your veterinarian recommendations for exercise and nutrition.
GingerLead Rear Support Harness
Salmon: it’s really not a good idea to feed Salmon to your cat; because they are farm-raised and the farm-raised unfortunately are kept in huge, overcrowded pens, in polluted coastal waters. They are fed antifungals and antibiotics to limit the spread of disease. Common water pollutants, such as pesticides, and other chemicals, are found in farmed salmon at ten times the amount found in wild fish. These contaminants will be present in any product made with farmed fish, including pet food.
Tuna: cats favorite fish. A cat may accumulate high levels of heavy metals, (including mercury), pesticides, and other toxins by eating smaller fish. The older the fish the more contamination.
Tile fish: avoid them entirely, it is the worst contaminated fish along with king mackerel, shark and swordfish. These fish are very toxic.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area