Bring your dog's favorite treats or toy with you to lure him/her out of hiding. Immediately put out smelly, wet canned dog food or something with gravy. This type of food carries the most smell and will help lure the dog back home. Place dirty clothes or your dog's bedding outside to attract your dog using familiar scents. It is very important not to chase the dog you scare it away from familiar ground. A lost dog is in flight mode It's like a switch goes off in his/her head and he/she is no longer a domesticated pet. If the dog doesn't respond and come to your voice, chasing the dog will only make matters worse. Dogs use their powerful noses to navigate, with almost 60 percent following their outbound route by tracing their own scent.
Pet owners need to make sure that curious cats and dogs are safe from potential dangers with plants and flowers in the home and gardens. Some plans can be deadly if ingested.
Cats are prone to chewing on indoor or outdoor plants, puppies love to chew on anything they come across. Make sure indoor plants are placed in safe, unreachable areas to prevent potential poisonings.
Some of the plants and flowers are amaryllis, calla lilies, lilies, carnations, azaleas, daffodils, elephant's ear, hibiscus, morning glory, tulips, sago palm, and especially oleander and angel trumpet. The most common side effects that result from ingesting plants or flowers are vomiting, or diarrhea. If you believe that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance call the veterinarian or the APCC 24 – hour 7 days a week, emergency poison hot-line at 1-888-426-4435
Owners, some plants, and flowers are sprayed with pesticides that can cause serious adverse reactions. Some pets have allergies to pollens from plants and flowers. Pets get itchy, inflamed skin. Symptoms include scratching excessively at the skin or ears, as well as constant licking and chewing on the skin. Make an appointment with your veterinarian to help your pet.
Keep the home smoke-free.
Keep an eye on your pet's weight obesity is a risk for cancer. Feeding poor-quality foods or an imbalanced diet may also increase the cancer risk.
There are certain breeds of dogs and cats that are prone to cancer. Learn about different diseases before you purchase your pet. Regular visits to the vet will help identify abnormalities.
Exposure to sunlight can increase the risk of some cancers. Be sure your dog or cat can get out of the sun.
Adding vegetables to your dog's diet may help decrease cancer risk.
Each month look in your pet's mouth and ears and run your hands on your pet's body to see if you feel any lumps. Early detection is the best way to treat diseases.
Regular exercise will keep your pet mentally stimulated and physically in shape this will help lower the chance of health problems.
Put your pet in another room when using paints and solvents.
Your dog or cat's behavior changes are often a signal that they are not feeling well. Learn your pet's sleeping and eating habits. If you see a demeanor shift could be an early sign of disease.
Some owners don't know how the cat is going to behave once they leave their home. We need to keep in mind that these are indoor cats, they love routine and predictability. Cats are sensitive to changes when you bring in a friend, relative, or pet sitter they can become aggressive towards them some cats feel out of control and even frightened, simply because their routine has been disrupted and they aren't sure what to expect. If the cat won't let the caregiver have access to the food or litter box try to distract the cat with a wand toy, laser pointer, or tossing a treat away from the caregiver. The caregiver should shield themselves with a blanket and lure the cat into another room with a treat or toy and close the door behind them. Now the caregiver has the chance to feed the cat and scoop the litter box.
Owner before you leave give the cat anxiety medication, like Feliway – cat treats with chamomile to naturally soothe your cat's anxiety and promote relaxation. Soft classical music and cat TV also help the cat relax.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area