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Why Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene is Important

It can be easy to forget about your pet’s dental hygiene. After all, your pets don’t come with you to your regularly scheduled teeth cleanings. But it is very important to stay on top of your pet’s dental hygiene to be sure they live a long and healthy life.

Why Is Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene Important?

Just like humans, if pets are left with bacteria in their mouths, it can enter their bloodstream and affect the heart, liver, and kidneys. Some veterinarians report that a very high percentage of people’s pets are facing some negative effects from poor dental hygiene. The good news is that it is very preventable with regular scheduled cleanings and checkups.

Regular Check-Ups

If you have never scheduled your pet for a teeth cleaning, don’t stress – you still have time! It’s better that you learned about this later rather than never. Pets don’t have the same ability as humans to communicate with us if their teeth or gums hurt. A regular dental check-up will give you the peace of mind that your pet’s dental health is okay and he is feeling great. Continue reading “Why Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene is Important”

How Do Dogs Get Dehydrated?

Your dog can’t exactly ask for a drink of water, but his hydrations plays a major role in his health. Just like severely dehydrated children and adults can end up in the hospital, a dehydrated dog will experience a number of dangerous and unpleasant symptoms. Here is what you need to know to avoid doggy dehydration and ensure that your pup always has plenty to drink.

How Does Dehydration Affect Dogs?

Dehydration, defined as a lack of water in the body, will cause serious medical complications for dogs. Just like humans, dogs depend on proper fluid to stay health. When he doesn’t drink enough water, his blood circulation becomes weaker and less effective.

Without enough blood circulating through his body, your dog will experience a number of symptoms caused by electrolyte imbalance. Such imbalance threatens his digestion, waste removal, and other biological processes.

Symptoms of Dehydration

It’s relatively easy to identify dehydration in your dog. Common symptoms include sunken eyes, unusual lethargy, loss of appetite, dry mouth, and even depression. Other signs include vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive drooling, and loose, wrinkled skin.

Dogs at High Risk of Dehydration

All dogs are more likely to become dehydrated during the summer since the hot weather triggers excessive sweating, but small dogs are naturally at an increased risk of becoming dehydrated since they have a higher body surface area-to-volume ratio. Elderly and pregnant or nursing dogs also need to be watched carefully and monitored for signs of dehydration. Continue reading “How Do Dogs Get Dehydrated?”

Everything You Need to Know About Neutering Your Cat

You adore your cat and want to keep him or her in the best health possible, so it’s essential to make spaying and neutering a top priority.

Spaying and neutering are both procedures to sterilize a cat. Spaying eliminates the crying and nervous pacing of adult females in heat, while neutering reduces undesirable sexual behaviors in male cats. Make sure you educate yourself on these two important procedures and make your cat’s appointment soon.

What To Expect Immediately After the Procedure

Spaying and neutering procedures occur under general anesthesia, so your pet will be unconscious during the operation. You female cat will have her uterus and ovaries removed while your male cat will have his testicles removed.

In the first 24 hours after surgery, you’ll notice your pet may act groggy and sleep a great deal. This is a normal side effect of anesthesia. Be sure to keep your cat in a small room or crate to sleep so he can’t overexert himself, and make sure he is comfortable and secure. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Neutering Your Cat”

Yes, Your Indoor Cats Do Need To Be Vaccinated

You may think that your indoor cats do not need vaccines since they are not exposed to other animals or the wilderness, but that’s a common misconception. Vaccinations provide essential protections to your cats in order to prevent serious illness and disease. Here’s what you should know.

Vaccinate In Case Your Cat Escapes

Cats are stealthy creatures that have the ability to roam and flee without being noticed. If your cat somehow manages to escape out of the door as you carry in groceries, he could become exposed to strange, new, and potentially dangerous rabid animals. He could even end up in a shelter as you struggle to find him, and catching a new disease in a shelter is virtually guaranteed for an unvaccinated cat. Only proper vaccinations will keep your cat safe from these threats. Continue reading “Yes, Your Indoor Cats Do Need To Be Vaccinated”

Giving Your Pet a Healthy, Active Lifestyle

It is commonly known that obesity among Americans is a growing epidemic, but not as many people realize that pet obesity is also a significant concern in our country. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, and those numbers continue to increase each year.

Obesity is just as dangerous in animals as it is in humans. It can encourage the development of chronic diseases, exacerbate existing health conditions, and diminish your pet’s quality of life. This is why it is essential that you evaluate the dietary and exercise habits of your own pet and work with your pet’s veterinarian to determine if adjustments should be made.

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