Zoonoses diseases are common in the USA. Scientists estimate 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in people are spread from animals and 75 percent of new or emerging diseases are also spread from animals.
Salmonella is contracted when people eat contaminated food. Also, it can be transmitted between people and animals.
Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects the skin and is spread from animals to humans.
Ringworm will appear in pets as a dry, scaly, itchy patch in the skin. In humans, it appears as a round lesion with the scaly ring around the edge with redness and itching.
It is imperative to have yearly fecal exams for your pets and keep parasites under control. Raccoon roundworms have been known to cause death in humans.
Always wash your hands especially after you play with your pets or even if you don't touch the animals. Hand washing will reduce the incidence of many bacterial diseases.
Dog feces should be removed from your yard and when taking a dog for a walk.
Clean your cat litter box daily to lower the exposure to parasites.
Cat scratch fever is a flea-borne infection that is transmitted to humans through a scratch or bite. The infection can result in swollen lymph nodes, fever, and lethargy. If this occurs to you, check with your doctor.
You want to get good references from dog owners, breeders, shelters and dog rescues.
Check the vet 's education and experience.
Check to see if they are American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited. Membership does ensure a certain level of medical care.
Before going to the vet, make a list of question and concerns.
Can I call is often as I want to get updates on my dog if hospitalized.
Ask for a tour of the facilities.
It would be great if you can introduce your dog to the vet way before his/her first visit.
Most important is good communication with the vet.
Make sure that your vet doesn't mind when you ask a lot of questions.
See if the vet will let you pick up medication or script without an office visit after you have been established with them.
Try to develop a friendly relationship with the vet and staff.
Are their hours convenient for you?
The reasons for this change in behavior can be quite complex. Something is upsetting the cats when they stop using the litter box. Punishing cats when you find a mess they made is not helpful. There is usually a reason for the behavior. See a vet to rule out a medical cause such as an infection. If your cat has arthritis, stepping over a high litter box may be painful. If there is no medical reason for the cat's behavior, it may take time to find the cause. Cats urine mark or spray is sending a message to other cats, marking is a normal form of communication in cats. Marking occurs with both male and female cats. The markings are reduced or resolved by spaying or neutering the cats. Cats can feel anxious when there is a guest, new pet or the family's routine changed in the house. Also, anything around the litter box that makes cats feel unsafe like loud noises, such as the washing machine or dog standing over the cat and sniffing at the cat while the cat is in the litter box. Encourage your cats by providing scratching posts throughout the home, which is also a form of marking.
Cat whiskers are sensitive organs that cats use to gather information about their environment. The whiskers collect information and send it to the brain. Cats can stress out when they try to eat from a bowl it would be best if you feed your cat out of an oval bowl or flat plate.This keeps their whiskers stress free. Most of the cats like a flowing water fountain. DO NOT TRIM YOUR CATS WHISKERS it is very upsetting and uncomfortable to your cat. Without their tactile hairs, cats become very disoriented and frightened.
Fish oil can reduce the risk of heart attacks, manage high blood pressure and relieve arthritis pain. It is a nutritional supplement good for anti-inflammatory, reduces inflammation and skin allergies that allow the pet to feels less itchy. The fish oil can reduce abnormal heart rhythms and seizures. Ask your vet which fish oil will be appropriate for your pet.
If your pet does not want to swallow a capsule, you can open the capsule and pour it over his food. Fish oil supplements are not toxic to cats or dogs.
If your cat is not responding to catnip you can try a silvervine plant or a shrub called Tartarian honeysuckle. There are other alternatives, like the Cat Twig Silvervine Stick toy. Some products have both catnip and silvervine, like Petlinks HyperNip and Catnip Blend, Petlinks HyperNip Hoppers cat toys.
Other plants that you can try are rosemary and peppermint. They also have a stimulating effect on cats. If you want your cat to use a scratch post, spray catnip on it and chances are the cat will use the scratch post. The cats that like catnip will increase play behavior and activity.
Things that cats like to do with their catnip are: sniff it, roll all over and rub themselves on it, chew and lick it and rub the cheeks all over it.
Sometimes when a cat eats to fast it will regurgitate the meal. When eating dry cat food it will absorb the water and swells which sends a message to the brain that the cat has overeaten.
If there is too much food, the brain sends a signal to get rid of some. If your cat vomits frequently and loses weight, take the cat to the vet.
Here are some things you can do to keep your cat from eating too fast.
Use a large flat plate and spread the dry food on the plate leaving plenty of gaps between the kibbles. This method should slow the cat down and resolve the problem.
PetSafe Eatwell 5-meal Timed Pet Feeder. Set the times for when your pet needs to eat. You can put the portion you what your pet to have. Schedule and feed small meals frequently which often helps prevent vomiting.
Bowls that are shaped like a maze is a slow feeder that can help your cat slow down.
You can put the kibbles into a treat ball and the cat will push the ball around to get the kibbles out. This is good for the cat's mental stimulation and exercise.
The best way to acclimate your dog to grooming early in life is get the puppy used to you touching their paws, ears and tail and give the dog a treat. Using a scrub brush when bathing will help stuck on dirt, exfoliate the skin, and remove dead coat to prevent mats from forming. Conditioner helps close up the pores and protect the coat from breakage and tangles. Spend a few minutes each day brushing your dog.
The cats need to keep their claws ready to protect itself from prey and it needs to be able to hunt. By scratching their nails it will remove the dead outer nails. Cat pads will deposit their scent as they scratch. If the cat is bored they will scratch things and shared objects in the home. Try different scratching posts to see which one your cat likes. Once you find out which one the cat likes you can sprinkle some catnip. Keep your cat's nails trimmed. Play with your cat daily and make sure that the cat has lots of toys so it does not get bored.
The first thing you want to do is get to know what is “normal” with your cat's eyes.
So that you can identify signs of infection, look for redness, drainage, squinting and rubbing. If your cat's eye gets scratched by something or clawed by another cat it can become infected and requires treatment. The herpes virus can lead to ulcers and erosion of tissue of the eye. Some cats develop dry eye as they get older.
Some eye conditions only require oral medications, drops or ointments. The vet will teach you how to administer the madisons. Do not use medication that is meant for people or other pets and nothing over the counter. Be sure you consult with your vet before administering medication to your cat.
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