Eating turkey or the skin sometimes even a small amount can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets. Keep away from fatty foods that are hard for animals to digest including onions, raisins, and grapes. Buy Thanksgiving treats for pets. Chocolate can be harmful to pets. The artificial sweetener xylitol can be deadly if consumed by a dog or cat. Yeast dough causes problems for pets, painful gas, and potentially dangerous bloating.
Keep the trash away from your pets behind a locked door.
Keep decorative plants away some flowers can be toxic to pets.
If you believe your pet has eaten something it shouldn't have call your vet or the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4435 or Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. Signs to look for vomiting, diarrhea, pain, depression, and changes in behavior.
Your dog will probably enjoy the opportunity to savor different flavors throughout the year. You can rotate weekly or monthly. This approach helps prevent overexposure to a single kind of protein, and it can help alleviate issues such as allergies. It's good to give your dog what's in the season spring veggies like peas and carrots. Summertime fresh spinach, a small amount of sweet corn from your garden. Autumn fiber-rich pumpkin or squash. Winter legumes, sweet potatoes, and potatoes.
German Shorthaired Pointer bred for hunting excellent jogging companion, energetic. Labrador Retriever, friendly and good jogging companion.
Border Collies, are very energetic and need plenty of exercise. Excellent jogging companion. Vizsla loves to go on long-distance runs, is energetic, and makes an excellent running partner. Weimaraner, agile and muscular excellent jogging partner. Australian Shepherd, very intelligent and active, thrives on physical activity, excellent jogging partner.
Be sure your dog does not have any health issues before you take it for a run otherwise see a vet. The distance you should run your dog depends on the breed, age, overall health, and fitness level. The dog should be at least a year old before you can run with it. Build up gradually. Start with shorter distances and gradually increase the running distance as the fitness level improves. Monitor your dog during and after each run. Look for signs of discomfort, fatigue, or distress, stop running, and give your dog cool water. Allow the dog to rest. Avoid running your dog during the hottest parts of the day. Hot pavement could injure the paw pad. Check the pavement and place the back of your hand on it if it is hot for you, it's too hot for your pet paws.
Run early in the morning or in the cooler evening.
Halloween can be a nightmare for pets that are frightened and uncomfortable with people, and children with masks and frightening costumes.
Keep away from trick-or-treaters. Keep your pet in a room with their toys close the door and turn on some calming music, so they can relax. Don't take your dog
for a walk during truck-or-treating hours. Bring your outdoor pets inside on Halloween night especially if you have a black cat you want to avoid malicious tricksters
who may want to frighten or harm your pets.
Be sure your pet is wearing a tag with current contact information in case the pet escapes from the house. Keep candies and chocolate away from your pets
can be deadly if ingested. Give your pets their tre
Cats need to scratch, they have a natural instinct to claw at things. Cats scratch for decompression, to clean dead skin from their nail beds, to mark their territory, and to communicate. Not a issue behavioral. Cats don't learn from physical punishment but will learn through strategic behavior redirection. The way cats announce themselves or leave messages when cats walk into a room is by scratching on surfaces along the way. This allows them to leave messages. If your cat is scratching your stuff because they don't have enough scratch pads available to them. Try a few different kinds of scratchers like cardboard, sisal, wood, and cork around your home. Domestic cats need variety in texture. Cats can get bored with the same things. Try to rewrap the post with fresh rope and sprinkle on some silvervine.
Cats are very intelligent your cat will be able to recognize the hand holding the bottle as a source of discomfort. This will create fear between you and your cat, it will not teach your cat anything. Do not shout or use a spray bottle as a punishment remember scratching is very natural to cats.
Homemade vertical scratcher post wrapped in a carpet.
Homemade scratching post
Large cardboard box
Duct or masking tape
Box cutter and straight-edge
Cut the cardboard box into 4” strips. Roll a strip. Roll a strip of cardboard up very tightly. When you get to the end of it duct tape it to another strip of cardboard. Continue doing this, rolling and taping until your scratching pad measures at least 16” across. Sprinkle the top of the pad with dried catnip. When the cardboard wears out, flip it over for a whole new scratching pad.
It is a tube that is held open with circular rings. When those rings break down and can no longer hold the windpipe open, it will collapse the trachea. It does not show up until the dog is middle age, it is genetic, and it is more common in toy breeds, like Yorkies, Poodles, Pomeranians, Maltese, Pugs, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus, and Chihuahuas. It can show up in any breed at any age.
Signs and symptoms to look for are honking coughs which appear to be trying to cough something up, but there is no object, the irritation to the throat lining causes inflammation that produces that sensation. Unfortunately, pets often become anxious and scared which causes them to breathe more rapidly. The best thing for your pet is to hold and calm the pet until the breathing quiets and the dog begins to relax. The pet owner should seek help from the veterinarian. There could be other medical issues that are complicating the problems. Oftentimes collapsing trachea in a dog will not show any symptoms until another medical problem exacerbates the issue. Simple changes like using a harness, avoiding vigorous activities, taking walks at times of day that are less hot and humid, and avoiding exposure to smoke and other irritants can make a significant difference.
Heartworm is a very serious condition in cats. The first sign is when the cat suffers a sudden and fatal collapse. Just one adult heartworm can be deadly if a cat experiences an allergic reaction. Indoor cats can be affected by the heartworm disease. Usually, cats survive the heartworm disease. Symptoms can range from a slight cough, vomiting, sluggishness, or difficulty breathing, to sudden death. Unfortunately, that is a problem with living in southwest Florida. You can prevent this potentially deadly disease by talking to your cat to the veterinarian and placing your cat on a heart-worm preventative once a month for 12 months.
When you bring a new puppy home and he or she starts jumping to get your attention do not pick him or her up. If you pick up the puppy he or she has learned that to get your attention, all he or she needs to do is jump. This bad behavior is your fault for not teaching your dog to sit.
The same holds true for the kitten that jumps up on things. It is critical that you prevent and correct such problems.
It is best to take the puppy at a young age to dog school.
Young pets are most impressionable from 8 weeks to 18 weeks of age. Responding NO with firmness will prevent the pet from repeating the behavior. If you are consistent in your behavior and actions, your pet will learn quickly. Consistently reward good behavior with a treat and affection.
Sometimes behavior problems can be caused by medical issues, lack of training, or both.
If you suspect a medical issue see a veterinarian.
The pet can be very irritable if it has poor hearing, vision, dental, or arthritis problems.
Be sure to check the expiration dates. The food doesn't go bad the day after expiration. You don't want to buy so much food at one time. Buy a new bag of food every four to six weeks. Place the bag directly into the pet food container the bag is designed to help keep the food fresh. Also, roll the bag tightly and put a bag clip on it. Store in a cool and dry location. The same applies to treats.
Always keep the original bag in the event the food gets recalled.
Throw away any foods that appear spoiled or contaminated. Throw away any bulging cans or foods that look or smell. Pick up any uneaten portions of wet food after four hours. Dry food shouldn't be out in the bowl for more than 24 hours.
Wash bowls once a week.
Make plans ahead of time for your pet.
If you must evacuate your pet should go with you.
Keep your pet inside during a hurricane.
Have a picture of your pet with you at all times.
Collar with up-to-date tags.
Microchip your pet in the event it gets lost.
Have two weeks' worth of pet food in a sealed container, bring canned food and a can opener, bottled water, and bowls.
Bring a carrier with your pet's name, breed, sex, age current address.
Bring more the one leash.
Bring pee pads.
Bring two weeks' of medication in a plastic container, including heartworm and flea/tick preventatives.
Bring pets bedding, toys, and treats.
Bring a pet first aid kit in case your pet gets injured. Include styptic powder to stop bleeding. Tweezers, small blunt-end scissors, medical adhesive, tape gauze antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, a digital thermometer, an oral syringe, clean cloths, disposable gloves, and a muzzle.
Bring vaccination records and medical documents of your pet.
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