A pet receiving a flea preventive can be bitten by an adult flea and develop an allergic reaction. Many pets are allergic to the saliva of the adult flea, if the pet is allergic, you will notice itchiness and sores. The animals with the worst allergies to fleas spend a great deal of time grooming and chewing.
Anti-flea medications for animals with allergies are very important and will help prevent an allergy flare up. If the problem persists, most likely it is an environmental problem and you may want to treat your house.
Puppies can be born with roundworms if their mother is infected. Roundworm eggs are found everywhere in the environment, they don't die. Dogs become infected by snarfing down. Be sure to wash hands after playing with the dog.
Cats can transmit roundworm when they eat a mouse or other wild prey animal. Kittens can get roundworms from their mother's milk if she is infected. Wash hands after playing with the cat.
Keep an eye on your pet's feces for roundworms.
Signs of roundworms in your pet: weight loss, dull hair coat, a potbellied appearance. Young animals with a heavy infection may vomit up the worms, some pets may not show any signs at all, while spreading the eggs into the environment.
Your vet can help you keep your pets healthy and free of worms.
Estimated 45 million dogs and cats are seniors. This is due to healthier lives and advances in veterinary medicine, nutrition and strengthening of the human animal bond.
52% of dogs and 55% of cats, over age 7, are overweight or obese. We are killing our dogs and cats with kindness. No feeding table scraps, especially those gristly fatty scraps. The pets are in our life approximately 10-20 years. In some cases the pet is the one that is there through many of our life changes.
Spot early signs and symptoms in your pet: Senior Labs will get little moles or fatty deposits on their bodies. If the mole gets bigger, change colors, or start bleeding have the vet take a look. Observe the behavior and demeanor: Is the pet sleeping more? Is it less enthusiastic in greeting you? Is it losing weight or gaining weight? If a pet has gained or lost one pound in a month. Check with your vet.
Senior pets should go to the vet twice a year for a complete checkup: allow the veterinarian to assess changes in the pet in a timely and accurate manner. A 12 year old cat may develop hyperthyroidism which is common in senior cats can be corrected when caught early on. The same applies to the dog with diabetes. Senior cats that are affected with arthritis should not use a tall litter box, use a lower level one.
Look out for bad breath, bleeding gums, tartar buildup: The pet is swallowing all of the bacteria and germs, it's going down into their organs. Infection can take a toll on the dog's and cat's internal organs.
Help your pets as they get older: some pets have mobility issues, especially if they are overweight or long backed. Ramps should be used to access beds or sofas. Warm up a towel or blanket in the dryer and put them over the senior pet. Kind of heat therapy for their bones and joints. It also helps get blood flowing, you can also give them little bit of pet massage.
Senior pets benefit from mental and physical stimulation: dog gentle exercises like stretches, roll the ball across the yard or family room. For cats, take some kibble and put a few of them up and down the stairs to simulate hunting exercise. These games will exercise a pet's mind and body.
Your bird needs to have properly clipped wings so that the bird can glide to the ground and not fly erratically around the house or worse. Mistakenly launching into mirrors, ceiling fans, windows and other objects. The bird could develop concussions, fractures, lacerations, bleeding in the brain and other serious deadly injuries.
Be very careful that your bird is not deprived of water. Look out for defective water bottle and tubes ball sticks. Birds can stuff an object into the tube. Be sure you check the water bottle daily, if you do not notice that the bottle water level is going down the birds will die of dehydration if water is withheld for three days. Give the birds fresh water every day.
Natural gas leaks can cause sudden death in birds. Heaters that are not properly ventilated can be deadly to birds. Make sure that you have a carbon monoxide detector in the room where you keep your birds. Smoke from a fire, cigarette, cooking oils, non-stick pan surface like (Polyethylene) can cause the bird to die. Move the birds into another room where there are no fumes. Pump spray, aerosol products, perfume, deodorant, hairspray and candles can cause respiratory problems in birds and death can occur.
Never leave your bird unattended outside of the cage when you are not there.
Plants and foods you should not feed to your bird: any kind of chocolate, avocado or onions.
Outdoor plants such as oleander is deadly etc.
Birds should always sleep in their cages for their safety.
Never leave your birds in the vehicle, birds cannot tolerate excessive heat.
It is essential for birds to have social interaction. A bird that is not socialized with birds or humans can lead to a behavioral and medical problems, such as biting, feather picking, screaming or self-mutilation.
Do not buy or adopted a parrot if you don't have the time to commit. Parrots can live for several decades and require a huge time commitment.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area