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.
The cat can be producing excessive tears by the shape of the eye or inflammation, infection, allergies, viral conjunctivitis, swelling it could also be a hair, tumor, scratch, injured or blocked tear ducts. Some cats genetically produce more tears if this is the case the cat is ok do check with your vet. Wipe under the eye to keep it dry and clean. If you notice your cat pawing, rubbing, squinting, discharge, from the nose and the eye go to see the vet. Remember cats like to hide their symptoms.
If the vet gives you medication to administer be sure not to let the tip touch the eye.
Do not use human eye drops on your cat because it could damage your cat's eye.
Make sure your pets are current with identification including pets name, rabies tag, cell phone number, home address.
Put the pets health records in a file and then put them in a zip-locked bag. Be sure to have all of the pet's photos vaccination current.
If you have to evacuate know where you can take your pets to their pet-friendly places like BrigFido.com and GoPetFriendly.com
Be sure you have 10 days supplies for your pets like water, food, bowls, trash bags, newspapers, cat litter, litter box, and pet carrier.
If you are away from home when disaster strikes provide your pet sitter with a plan.
Caffeine, Soda, Tea, and coffee can make your pet restless, caffeine can make the heart rate go up. Caffeine can cause your pet to go to the hospital. If the pet has swallowed caffeine do contact the vet or Animal Poison Control. Make sure you tell them how much caffeine your pet has consumed and what the pet weight is. The pet can start to have tremors, seizures, restlessness, agitation, vomiting, panting and experience diarrhea and have difficulty breathing. Do not induce vomiting it could lead to problems. Let your vet do that. It takes about 24-48 hours for the caffeine to pass through the animal's system. Keep these products out of the pets reach like coffee beans, grind coffee, tea bags, and chocolate.
Cats are creatures of habit and comfort. They don't do well with changes like going to the vet, pet carrier, car ride, moving to another home and having a new person in the house can scare and stress them out. The best thing you can do for your cat is pay attention to the body language. If the cat is aroused or stressed out don't try to pet it or pick up the cat. Give your cat space even if it takes hours for the cat to calm down from being aroused or stressed out.
If you have an affectionate cat talk or sing to him/her.
Cats like to hide under things or go to their condo.
Things that cats do to comfort themselves like leaving their scent around with rubbing their face and marking their paws with the scent and scratching posts area. When you transport your cat in a carrier to unfamiliar places take the items that bears your cat's own scent and that should make your cat very happy.
You can also use Essential Oils honeysuckle or lavender have calming effect on cats. Put a couple of drops on a paper towel just to air the room. Only use a small amount at a time. Essential Oils can be very dangerous to cats if they come in direct contact with them.
For treats with calming effects in them consult with your vet.
Interactive play with a lure toy is important to repeat daily. It's a calming benefit for your cat.
Playing soft classical music or cat-specific music will increase the sense of calm.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUhcY86ybi0
This is life-threatening to a cat crystal blockage, stones, and plugs. If your cat is blocked death can occur if untreated within 72 hours.
If you see your cat is drinking and peeing a lot it may have Hyperthyroidism.
When you take your cat to get a physical make sure that the vet does a blood test to check for renal failure this condition is very serious by the time the symptom shows up the kidneys are damaged.
Signs to look for are ammonia breath, jaw clicking and drooling.
An ear infection could be caused by medication, mites, bacteria, fungi, diabetes, and allergies. See you vet.
Signs of having colitis diarrhea, the cat will hurt to poop and will try to hold it in. It can also develop constipation.
For gastritis inflammation of the stomach lining. Be sure to take the cat to the vet.
If you see that your older cat is depressed or very thirst-day and peeing outside of the litter box the cat may have diabetes see your vet.
When you see that your cat scratches, chews on his skin or has patches of fur missing take the cat to the vet. It has probably allergies.
Be aware of what could set your dog off.
Dogs will fight over toys and food, that is very common.
They can become possessive and aggressive when guarding their items.
It is a good idea to feed the dogs on opposite sides of the room or in another room if necessary. When the dog is done eating remove their bowls.
If you try to remove a bone or a toy from the dog's mouth distract the dog with a treat to divert his/her attention so that you can take the item away from it.
To distract the dogs from fighting, throw water at them, bang two lids together, or blow air horn more than likely they will stop. If you are outside use the water hose.
You can put a barrier between the dogs like a garbage can lid, a piece of wood or metal but not your hands.
Stay calm if at all possible and don't get between a dogfight.
Be sure the dogs are up to date on all of their vaccination.
your dog should be removed if you see these types of signs: pulling back on their leash, wide eyes, tucked tails and drooped ears they're looking very apprehensive. Smaller dogs should be off the ground into doggie stroller or purse. The smaller dog can easily get under people feet trip the person and injure the dog. For the safety of the dog and others, it is best to remove the dog.
Dogs can be aggressive with other dogs make sure they get along well with every kind of dogs, people, children and loud noises.
Older dogs may have issues outside with health problems, sun, and hot pavement.
Unexpected noises can cause your pet to get away from you. Be sure your dog is microchip-ed or has an ID.
Cats and dogs can become blind by diabetes, trauma to the retina in the back of the eye, glaucoma, and genetics. Those diseases can cause clouding of the lens, gradual or sudden blindness. If you think your pet is becoming blind take it to your vet for a test.
Early diagnosis can be very important. The vision loss can be reversed if treated early enough. Animals adapt well to blindness. Give your pet time to adjust to their vision loss.
It would a good idea to put you blind cat into a small room so that it can learn to navigate. Put the litter in there with the cat. After it learns to navigate in the room then it can navigate the rest of the home. Keep the furniture and cat's scratching post in the same place. Moving things around can confuse your cat. Keep the toilet bowls closed, prevent access to the outdoor pool, put a gate at the bottom of the stairs.
Walk a blind dog around the house on a leash and give it treats and praises.
The blind pet will use its other senses to navigate their environment.
You can use toys with bells, rattles, and catnip. Blind pets do need playtime and exercise.
Put a bell on your shoe so that your dog knows where you are. Keep your dog on same walking route.
These types of breeds are known for drooling Bloodhounds, Saint Bernard, Mastiffs, and Newfoundlands.
Drooling is normal when the dog is anticipating something he really likes.
Labradors will drool when they’re anticipating something.
Not normal drooling is when a dog is nervous, anxious panting or trembling are signs of nervousness. Drooling will go away once the stressor is removed.
Another sign of drooling is a pain in the mouth, throat or nausea. The dog does not want to swallow because it's painful. Drooling from a car ride can make a dog sick.
Dogs can become nauseous from an upset stomach.
Ingesting something toxic can cause drooling. If you see serious signs of vomiting, diarrhea, shaking, seizures, bruising, bleeding or very little energy. These are signs that the dog has ingested something toxic.
If drooling is not part of your of your dog's normal behavior take the dog to the vet and have him checked out.
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