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?
There has been a recall on a variety of dog food with potentially toxic levels of vitamin D.
The amount depends on the dog's weight, age, and overall health. Vitamin D is an important nutrient very good for bone growth. If your dog eats too much vitamin D it will have health problems. According to the FDA, your dog symptoms of too much vitamin D would stop eating, drinking, urinating, vomit, drool, kidney failure, weight loss, and death is could be possible. Take a photo with your cell phone of the food label and send it to your vet to see what the vet has to say.
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.
Dogs are very curious and they will ingest what is in a bag or around the house.
If you think your dog has been poisoned, be sure to take the dog to the emergency veterinarian clinic immediately. have them do a urine toxicology screening text and that should confirm if it's marijuana poisoning.
Some dogs lose bladder control, have seizures, or even become comatose and slip into a coma. vomit can be inhaled into its lungs, causing sepsis and pneumonia which led to its death. Cannabis may also cause dogs to have low heart rates, low body temperature, low blood pressure, tremors, or dilated pupils. Marijuana can have dramatic effects on dogs.
Do not smoke marijuana when your pet is in the room. Some dogs died from consuming marijuana. KEEP MARIJUANA OUT OF DOGS REACH.
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Is a disease prevalent in dogs that exhibit symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer disease?
This disease is increasing in the dog's population. The disease can start when a dog is 9-10 years old. More than 60 percent between the age 15-16 show at least one symptom of CCD. If you notice your dog is forgetting his daily walk route, not greeting you when you come home and enjoying things like he used to. It can be caused by an abnormal protein in the brain that creates a buildup of harmful plaque. Built up well cause nerve cell damage which leads to cognitive and decline. Dementia affects dogs memory, motor functions, and learning behaviors. The dog will gradually worsen over time. Have your dog evaluated by your vet.
Dog skin tag growths appear on the dogs as they age and other growths. Make sure that you pay close attention to a middle age dog. The skin tags remain soft and are the same color as the dog skin, typically excess skin or fatty deposits are normally localized, self-contained they are harmless and painless. It is always good to have your vet take a look at the tags to make sure that it is not cancerous. Lipomas are fatty deposits beneath the skin.
Skin tags on dogs can be confused with lipomas again, have your vet check out your dog.
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.
Turkey white meat with no skin and no spices can be given in a small amount.
Your dog can only eat pumpkin from a can in a small amount. Pumpkin for the dog is also good to give when a dog is constipated or to help firm up their stool. Do not give your dog cranberry. Plain unsalted green beans can be given to your dog along with boiled or steamed plain carrots because they are gentler on your dog's stomach when steamed.
Your dog can eat cut up raw sweet potatoes, or steamed, baked or boil them.
Raw, apple can be cut up into bite size pieces sprinkle very little cinnamon.
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.
Keep from having holiday pet emergencies.
Foods that are off-limits to pets are: fatty scraps, turkey skin, drippings, gravy, corn on the cob,stuffing, mushrooms, nuts, garlic, sage, butter, bread dough, raisins, grapes, bones from the poultry, pork, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, candies, sugar substitute "xylitol", and onions can be harmful or toxic to pets.
Keep the table and unattended plates of food and alcoholic drinks away from your pets. Be sure to secure the lids on the garbage cans.
If the pets are not used to being around a lot of people, it can be very stressful for them. Put the pets in another room where they can relax with their toys. When you have the guest come and go your pet could slip out the door, be sure you have a current identification tag on your pet.
Keep holiday decorations out of the pets reach that could be harmful if chewed or ingested.
Stuff a kong with doggie treats. Stuff a cat toy with cat treats or catnip.
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