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.
They do see in color like dark blue, light blue, gray, light yellow, darker yellow and very dark gray. Dogs can see green and red objects. If you are going play with your dog in the grass be sure you pick a colorful toy that the dog can see like red. Also when your dog gets anxious from noises, fireworks and thunderstorm it is a good time to play with your dog to distract him/her from those other noises. Dogs use their sense of smell to understand what's going on. Dogs rely mainly on movement and contrast to identify objects. If you noticed your dog or cat paying attention to a TV program dogs can differentiate pictures of humans from other dogs on TV and understand the sounds with those pictures. If you want your dog to be captivated by the sounds and pictures turn on the programs that feature animals.
The small dogs are giving a mixed signal to the large dogs. When they pee on things, the higher it lifts his leg to mark the objects the exaggerated urine streams may fool the large dogs into thinking large and more powerful dogs are in the area. Spraying urine higher up causes the scent of urine to be more noticeable to other dogs. Shooting high up proves their strength and dominance. Male and female will use their urine to mark territory.
Do not leave your pets in a parked vehicle even for a short time. You are putting your pets at risk even if you leave the windows cracked or air conditioner running, temperatures can still rise quickly and your pets can get serious illness or death.
Do not exercising, walk or play with the dog in the hottest part of the day. Best time is in the morning or evening. If you can't hold the back of your hand on the pavement for five seconds it's too hot to walk your dog.
Look out for heat exhaustion, trouble breathing, excessive panting, increased heart rate, weakness or collapsing. If the temperature in your house it's too warm for you, it's also too warm for your pets.
Do not leave your dog unsupervised by the pool. Be sure your dog knows how to get out of the pool by practice several times how to use the pool stairs with your dog. Put a life-jacket on your dog when you take the dog boating.
Grapes and Raisins
The dog will develop severe kidney damage and it can lead to kidney failure.
Ingesting garlic can be deadly to dogs and cats. Low red blood cell count anemia which can cause lethargy difficulty breathing and death.
Bacon and Ham
Are very dangerous can cause extremely painful digestive condition hospital is required.
Xylitol in sugar-free product is extremely dangerous causing blood glucose to drop. Have the pet treated immediately.
Soda Coffee and Tea
Products with caffeine cause heart arrhythmia, coma vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures. Keep it away from your pets.
Is toxic to dogs and cats. It causes seizures, arrhythmia, hyperactivity, and death.
A balanced diet is very important to kittens and puppies. All animals need a balanced diet. Calcium is very important for the animal's bones development excess calcium can cause puppy severe bone changes. Puppies and kittens should never eat adult formula food.
Kitten and poppy food have everything they need for proper development.
Puppies should eat 3 meals per day, kittens 6 months or less should eat 4-6 times a day.
Multiple meals offered throughout the day best avert the onset of lethargy, trembling, weakness, lack of coordination, and seizures. It is best if you have a time-limited where the food is out for a set period of time and not 24/7. It is also best that you talk to your vet about the best feeding options.
Brush the pet before you bath the pet to remove any debris.
Use warm water and not cold. Don't let the water get into the pet's ears.
Apply the shampoo onto the dry fur. The shampoo will bond with the dirt on contact then wet the pet's coat down and repeat it again. Only use pet shampoo or tearless shampoo. Use conditioner after shampooing even if the coat is very oily it will return moisture to the skin and coat. Rinse with cool water not cold be sure you rinse thoroughly. For cats use waterless shampoo. Pat dry with a towel until the coat is damp, brush after it is dry.
Affects animals and humans and is transmitted through tick bites. The disease can be difficult to detect and can cause serious and recurring health problems. Talk to your vet about whether you need to vaccinate your dog against Lyme disease. It depends on where you live and the lifestyle of your pet. Avoid areas with tall grasses, marshes, and wooded areas. When you come in form outdoor check for ticks on yourself and your pets.
Lyme disease infected pets may not show any signs for 2-5 months. Symptoms are fever, loss of appetite, joint swelling, decreased activity, and lameness.
Check their footpads for stickers, burrs, sunburn from pavement Slivers, gumweed seeds. Look for signs like licking paws. If it is a burr you may need to trim the hair or use mineral oil to get it out. Long hair can mat between their toes. Too much moisture can cause irritation. Make sure you dry their feet with a towel. Use a spray bottle to spry their paw pads when walking.
How to clean gum and gunk out of your pet using a little Dawn dishwasher detergent or olive oil.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area