It is common knowledge that there is an overpopulation of dogs and cats in our community. That reason alone should be enough to encourage responsible pet ownership to include spaying of kittens and puppies.
As our canine companions age, there is concern about them developing deafness and blindness.
Changes such as blindness and deafness in dogs may go un-noticed in their early development because the canine species is heavily reliant on their noses and sensory hairs to feed information about their environment into their brain.
There are many available formulations of puppy food to purchase for your new canine companion. The best type of food to feed is a small kibble that your puppy chews in his or her back teeth. The harder kibble helps to keep your dog’s oral health at its best and avoids the excessive calories found in canned food. There are mini kibbles and diets for large breed puppies that provide different sizes of the kibble to fit the size of the puppies mouth. Puppies should be fed a growth formulation until they have been spayed or neutered. At this point, their metabolism goes through a transition and they require the fewer calories that are provided in adult formulations.
Fleas are not only a visible and itchy nuisance to you and your dog, but they can also carry deadly diseases and cause anemia if left untreated. Flea saliva can also cause an allergic reaction in your dog that includes hair loss and inflammation most commonly near the tail base. Steroids and antibiotics are often needed to control the allergic response to the flea.
Most people don’t commonly bring up the habits of their beloved furry family members. In fact, it can be outright embarrassing to see your dog do such a “disgusting” thing as eating their own feces. This however, is truly a common occurrence in pets and an instinctual behavior that can be triggered by environmental occurrences.
Signs of “old age” in your pet may actually be symptoms of more serious problems. Your observation of your pet is the most important tool in preventing serious problems. If these signs are detected early enough, we can help provide more comfort for your pet in overcoming the natural effects of aging in your pet.
Feline heartworm disease is a potentially fatal and totally preventable disease. Cats contract heartworms by being bitten by an infected mosquito, which there are plenty of around our parts. Within six months, the heartworm larvae migrate to the heart and mature into adult heartworms that create turbulent blood flow (a heart murmur) and changes in the heart’s blood pressure. Eventually, congestive heart failure can develop or sudden death can occur.