pet eating habits

Eating Habits in Pets: What’s Normal and What’s Problematic

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Just as is the case with humans, pets tend to establish and maintain some basic eating habits that may vary only a very little bit over time. Of course as is also the case with humans, a pet’s eating habits can be healthy or unhealthy, helping them maintain a healthy, happy, and active lifestyle or contributing to discomfort and numerous health issues. Needless to say, pet health is primarily dependent upon the choices owners make in the type and quantity of food they feed their pet. Pet foods vary widely in quality, and can even accommodate special nutritional needs that some pets may have. However, even where a pet owner has taken the time to consult with their pet’s veterinarian prior to selecting the best pet food for their beloved companion, they may occasionally notice changes in their pet’s eating habits. It’s important to recognize which changes are normal, and…

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5 Ways to Prevent Your Pet From Contracting Rabies

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When it comes to pet health conditions, few are as dangerous as rabies. This viral disease is often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, wherein their infected saliva or blood is transmitted into the new animal’s bloodstream through the wound. While rabies can be effectively prevented against and can often be resolved if caught at immediate onset, it is completely fatal once symptoms have developed. It is therefore appropriate that in observance of World Rabies Day, pet owners learn how pets get rabies and how to prevent their pet from contracting this disease. Preventing Rabies The most effective rabies treatment is prevention. Following are five ways to help protect your pet against rabies: Ensure their rabies vaccination is up-to-date. All states require that pets have current rabies vaccinations, but the type and length of rabies vaccinations that are required can vary widely–some may be good for one year,…

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asthma in pets

Recognizing the Signs of Asthma in Pets

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While there are obviously some very marked differences between pets and humans, our physiology is yet alike enough that we do suffer from some of the same health conditions. One of these health conditions is asthma–a chronic disease that affects the respiratory system and causes breathing difficulties. As is the case with humans, pets can develop asthma at any age, though it does seem to occur more frequently in younger pets and in certain breeds of pets–such as Siamese and Himalayan cats. There is no known cure for pets with asthma, but fortunately recognizing the signs and managing the symptoms of pet asthma can help to protect against more serious asthma attacks. It can also help to ensure that your pet breathes better overall, and lives a longer and better quality of life. Asthma and Pets Understanding how to address asthma in pets begins with understanding what can trigger it….

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pet health

How Your Smoking Habits are Affecting Your Pet’s Health

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Regardless of the fact that there are varying opinions on the exact effects caused by cigarette smoking, there is general agreement that it is unhealthy. Unfortunately, the adverse effects are not restricted to those individuals who smoke, but rather affect everyone who breathes in cigarette smoke. In fact, there are some who argue that secondhand smoke is even more dangerous than direct smoke. Furthermore, research has slowly uncovered the fact that there is no safe amount of secondhand smoke exposure since it contains numerous toxins that are harmful to the lungs and body. Cigarette Smoke and Pets Few people realize that pets can be affected by exposure to secondhand smoke just as humans can. The ASPCA does list tobacco smoke as a dangerous toxin, with their Animal Poison Control Center medical director asserting that the nicotine in secondhand smoke can affect a pet’s nervous system, while tobacco smoke contains dangerous,…

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5 Reasons Why Your Pet’s Flea Medication Isn’t Working

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Pet owners understand that sharing their lives with pets is a big responsibility, and it demands that one is aware of and fulfilling their pet’s every need. After all, our pets aren’t able to communicate exactly what is going on, how they feel or what they need. In addition to providing a pet with a good diet, plenty of exercise opportunities and lots of love, one must also provide them with appropriate health care. This includes pet flea protection. Flea Protection for Pets Fleas are far more than an irritation for pets and their owners–they are tenacious pests that can inflict irritating bites on their hosts and can also cause or exacerbate non-optimal health conditions and are difficult to eradicate. This is why flea medication should not be chosen casually, and also why pet owners should watch out for any of the following indications that it’s not working: 1. There is…

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Animal dandruff

Dandruff in Pets: What Causes it and Is it Serious

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While there are certainly differences between the health issues pets face and the health issues humans face, there are also some basic similarities. For example, many pet skin problems mimic human skin problems, with many of the same causes and solutions. Dandruff–the irritating, uncomfortable condition one experiences when they have overly dry and flaky skin–is something that our pets can suffer from just as much as we can. Unfortunately, they are not able to verbalize their discomfort and must, therefore, rely upon us to not only detect the condition but also determine the cause of the condition and institute a solution. Pet Skin Issues There are, obviously, many different types of pet skin conditions, and some are more serious than others. It is therefore very helpful to know the signs of some of the more common skin conditions and to get professional advice from a veterinarian where needed. One of…

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congestive heart failure in dogs

Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs: Why It Doesn’t Have to be Fatal

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We understand that your dog is far more to you than just a loving companion–he is a close and important member of your family and he deserves the very best. This is why if you invest great time, effort, and money into preventative care you may automatically expect that all veterinary appointments and examinations will go smoothly and your dog will live a long, full, healthy life. It can, therefore, be incredibly distressing to find out that your dog is suffering from any sort of health condition, especially one as serious as congestive heart failure. It’s true that congestive heart failure is not to be taken lightly, but if you understand the basic symptoms of heart failure in dogs, you can take quick action to your veterinarian to help protect your furry friend against a fatal outcome. Dog Heart Symptoms As is the case with other heart conditions that can…

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cat litter box problems

How to Solve Common Litter Box Problems With Cats

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There are many wonderful benefits that come with cat ownership, as these independent, whimsical creatures can be loving and devoted companions. One of the less appealing aspects of cat ownership is dealing with litter boxes. Even when you have determined what type of litter box to use, where to place it and which litter to put in it in order to best trap odors, your cat’s refusal to use it properly or at all can be nothing short of completely frustrating. Fortunately, most litter box problems have distinct causes and therefore, distinct solutions. Litter Box Issues It’s normally incredibly easy to litter box train cats–it’s certainly far easier than it is to house train a dog–because cats instinctually want to bury their waste. You may think that providing them with a litter box and litter is all it takes to satisfy this instinct, and are therefore understandably dismayed when your…

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pet allergies

Benadryl for Pets: Is It Safe

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Allergies can be incredibly uncomfortable for anyone to experience, whether they are mild, moderate or severe. From itchy eyes and a scratchy throat to a runny nose and difficulty breathing, allergies can complicate your life and make it hard to function well. Whether you have to cope with allergies on a regular basis, during seasonal changes or only occasionally when exposed to specific allergens, you become familiar with how allergies affect you and what you can do in order to deal with them. But have you ever thought about your pet? Pet Allergies Pets, like humans, can suffer from allergies, although their symptoms can vary widely from our own and are therefore often misinterpreted and ignored. Since pets cannot easily communicate their discomfort or their symptoms to their owner, they must rely on their owner to first notice that they are having a problem, and then to do something effective…

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pet hot spots

Hot Spots on Pets: When You Need to See a Vet

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Of course we want what is best for our pets, but this does not mean that we are willing, or financially able, to rush them to the vet’s office every single time something small comes up. Pet hot spots can seem like a perfect example of “something small” that most pet owners feel they should be able to treat at home. However, they can quickly flare out of control if not addressed and treated properly. It is therefore helpful to understand what types of hot spot issues can be successfully handled at home, and at what point a trip to the vet’s office is necessary. What Are Hot Spots on Pets When the surface of a pet’s skin is superficially damaged in some way, normal skin bacteria irritates the area and creates an infection that is known as a hot spot. Superficial skin damage most often occurs when the pet…

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