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.
PLANTS THAT ARE TOXIC TO PETS
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.
CANCER PREVENTION FOR 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.
How to prepare your dog or cat for teeth cleaning. Get the pets accustomed to your fingers in their mouth so that you can brush their teeth, remove obstructions, and check the gums should be healthy and pink, except for pets with dark pigment. No odor should be coming from the mouth unpleasant scent could be gum disease, tooth decay, or gastrointestinal problem, check with your vet.
Also, make sure your pet is not dehydrated and feels the moistness in the gums. Wet is good dry or sticky means encourage your pet to drink water. You can also add a small bit of tuna juice maybe it will encourage your pet to drink it. Another thing you can do is administer it with a syringe or eyedropper.
Cleaning of the ears gently strokes the head, sniff the ears and remove dirt and wax debris with a soft cloth moistened or a Q-tip with purified water or room temperature chamomile tea which calms inflammation and has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Stay away from alcohol which not only dries the ear canal but can sting the pet if it has a scratch. If the ear is red, smells bad or if you see coffee ground-like dirt, it could be ear mites. You may cause your pet pain if you try to clean it call the vet.
Excessively tear eyes, if they have a thick discharge or if the pet is rubbing them, clean with purified water, flushing from the outer corner gently pull up on the upper eyelid allowing fluid and debris to run down the snout. If that does not work call the vet.
SPRINGTIME HOUSE CLEANING
Be very careful with common spring toxins, like cleaning products. Keep the cleaning products out of the pet's reach. Put the pets in another room when using cleaning products. There is also product outdoors that are very dangerous. It is essential that you know what outdoor plants are poisonous to your pets. You always want to supervise your pets when outdoors in case the pets encounter something hazardous you can take immediate action.
Some items are not pet friendly they are hidden under chairs, sofas, and other places. Be sure you look for household medications they are usually found when cleaning. The pets tend to get into them.
If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxin stay calm and call your vet or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435
CARING FOR SENIOR CATS
The health status of the senior cat can change quickly, with few or no obvious external signs. “Cats are masters at hiding their pain.” Cats are solitary survivors. Cats hunt alone and rely only on themselves for safety and protection. Expression of pain like limping, or moaning would alert predators that the cat is vulnerable and decreases the cat's survival.
The senior cat should have a vet visit every 6 months. The cat will have a better quality of life if detected early of diseases. The vet can assess the cat if it is in pain then the vet can source of pain and provide treatment for pain.
Help your cat by making their life easier with a low-sided, large litter box, add multiple water low-sided, wide-based water bowls near the resting area. Low-sided, wide-based food bowls near the resting area.
Elevate food and water bowls to help cats with the degenerative joint disease be more comfortable while eating and drinking.
Keeping your dog active is very important. Some dogs have the urge to stay busy, which can make them restless. They're also curious and energetic by nurture. Dogs get bored when they don't have anything to occupy themselves for long periods of time. Boredom can lead to trouble, like getting into your garbage can or chewing on things. And it can also lead to anxiety and obsessive behaviors, like excessive barking, pacing, digging, and fur pulling. Schedule playtime with your dog, give your dog puzzle toys, and squeaky toys, dogs like to chew on them be sure the toy is safe for your dog. Put the toys in the dishwasher to clean them. You can leave the radio on classical music or Tv on your dog's favorite program. A two-way video is good if your dog misses you when you are at work you can talk to your dog with your phone app. Your dog can also alert you when it's barking and you can check to see what's going on.
In order for the cats to protect themselves from not to become prey by some larger animals. They developed the ability to hide injury or illness very well. Things to look for in a sick cat: change in appetite, increase in appetite intestinal parasites, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or gastrointestinal disease which will cause poor nutrient absorption. Decreased appetite may be caused by nausea, fever, gastrointestinal disease, or pain in the mouth due to dental disease, a mass, or trauma. Causes of increased thirst: Diabetes, increased calcium, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease. Prescription designed to increase thirst to promote frequent urinating. Increased meowing the cat may be trying to tell you physical or emotional distress. If the cat is not using the litter box take it immediately to your vet. If the cat associates pain with the litter box it may stop using the litter box. In multi-cat households, one cat will block the other cat from using it. Bad breath is caused by dental disease a mass or tumor in the mouth. It can also be internal illnesses like kidney disease or diabetes. Be sure to see your vet. If the cat has a painful bladder condition it can over-groom itself to the point of baldness. Not being able to pee, vomiting that won’t stop, being unresponsive, having seizures, and labored breathing are all emergencies, and you should seek veterinary care immediately.
Mix a batch of electrolytes 4 cups water
1 Tablespoon sugar or honey
1 teaspoon salt
Store in the refrigerator but serve at room temperature, making fresh batches daily.
Throughout the day, dose:
3 Tablespoons for puppies/kittens
5 tablespoons for pets up to 5 lbs.
¾ cups for pets up to 10 lbs.
¼ cup per 5 lbs. of body weight for pets 15 lbs. and more.
Keep on hand, and freeze into ice cubes to drop in water as needed.
Ginger snap cookies are only 2 cookies for a medium-size dog, due to the sugar content.
If your pet can drink peel fresh ginger root, slice 5-8 ¼ thick slices and boil in ¼ cup water.
When cool, let the pet drink it. This can also prevent motion sickness when given 20-30 minutes
before a road trip.
White Rice with one spoonful of pumpkin. Boil 1 cup of white rice and 3 cups of water, then turn it down to a very low simmer until all the water is absorbed. Cool before serving and refrigerate leftovers for up 24 hrs.
Pumpkin puree Feed one (1) tablespoon for cats and small dogs and up to three (3) tablespoons for a large dog. Pumpkin puree is a natural remedy for diarrhea since fiber helps firm up loose stools.
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