The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

March 15, 2018
by Lynn Merton

What Causes Deafness in Pets?

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Have you noticed your pet suddenly being too quit or too loud? Has your pet stopped reacting to your voice and other sounds to which it used to react? Does your pet seem confused and lost at times even when in familiar settings? There is a chance your pet might be suffering from deafness or hearing loss.

Deafness and hearing loss in dogs

Aging and degeneration of muscles and nerve fibers are the most common causes of hearing loss and deafness among dogs. It is common to see hearing loss in older dogs.

Some breeds of dogs are genetically inclined toward hearing loss and deafness. Certain pigments, or lack thereof, can lead to deafness in dogs as well as very young pups. Some breeds are predisposed to certain kinds of tumors, ear infections, and diseases that can all lead to haring loss and eventual deafness.

Physical trauma and injury can also lead to damaged ear drums and deafness or hearing loss. Drug toxicity is another factor that can cause hearing loss in dogs.

Deafness and hearing loss in cats

The most common reason for deafness among cats is age. Ass cats age, many of them experience degeneration of nerve fibers and muscles that aid and enable hearing. In such cases, the hearing loss and eventual deafness is a gradual progression. You may not notice any changes immediately and may need to get your older cat checked regularly to spot such hearing loss.

Another common reason for deafness is ear infections that may go untreated or spread really quickly. Certain ear infections can lead to hearing loss and deafness if not treated well and in time. It is important to pay attention to cat behavior such as excessive scratching of ears, wounds in the ear, or a reaction of pain whenever the ear is touched and to get it checked without delay.

Other causes of hearing loss may be physical blockages in the ear canal, reaction to medication, and extra growths. Physical blockages can be fixed by a thorough and gentle cleaning of the ears. If it is a reaction to medicines, your vet might prescribe a different medicine for your cat. Extra growths may need to be operated and removed. Such growths will also be tested for malignancy, infections, and other possibilities.

Signs and symptoms of hearing loss and deafness in pets

Your pet suddenly stops reacting to food bags and cans being opened, most pets will come running when they head these sounds.

  • Your pets stop reacting to sudden loud noises around them. Loud noises generally scare pets and make them run or react vocally.
  • The volume of your pet’s meows or barks increases drastically or significantly for no apparent reason.

Getting regular vet check-ups done for your pets is a good way to prevent deafness or get it diagnosed in time.

March 14, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Spring Is Here! Here’s How to Care for Your Pet

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Are you excited that spring is almost here? Are you going to be taking up spring cleaning soon or renovating your home? Are you excited to start gardening again? Although spring is a time for all this and more, it is also a time when your pets are at risk of falling seriously ill. How can you ensure your pets enjoy spring as much as you do?

  • Choose home cleaning products with care: A number of common home cleaning products contain chemicals that are toxic for humans and pets alike. Pets tend to sniff or lick everything, including these products, which could cause poisoning and toxicity in pets. Ensure you choose cleaning products that are mind and do not contain toxic chemicals that can harm you and your pets.
  • Keep pets away from home renovation materials: Pets tend to sniff products like paints and thinners to know what they are. Dogs may lick these products and cats may ingest them while grooming if they have had bodily contact with the products. Ingestion could cause a lot of serious health problems for your pet, so it is best to keep them locked out of the rooms that contain these products.
  • Watch out for fleas and ticks: Springtime is when you will see a lot of bugs around the house and in the garden. This is also a time when ticks and fleas breed and become active again, making your pets susceptible to being infested with these bugs. Keep a close watch on your pets and get them treated right away if you notice ticks or fleas on them.
  • Keep pets away from gardening equipment and chemicals: Just like other cleaning and renovation products, gardening products such as fertilizers and pesticides can contain chemicals that can harm your pet if ingested. Ensure that you store these products away from your pets. Keep your pets indoors when you are out gardening and have these products lying round or are using them in your garden.
  • Watch out for allergies in your pets: Many people have constant and acute allergic reactions during spring. This is mainly because the air is full of pollen and there are a lot of insects that can cause allergic reactions around. Just like you, your pets are also susceptible to allergies during spring. If you notice your pet sneezing often, scratching a lot, or having trouble breathing, take your pet to the vet right away for a check-up.

Keep a watch on your pets and ensure you keep them away from products that could be toxic for them, and you and your pets can both enjoy the spring without any fear.

March 13, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Are You Loving Your Pet to Death?

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Do you have a pet? Do you love your pet a lot? Are you always trying to ensure your pet gets the best of everything, is never in pain, and always seems happy? It is great if you are, but ensure that you are not unknowingly harming your pet by loving it too much. Is it possible you may be doing more harm than good by loving your pet a bit too much?

Ways your love might be harming your pet

  • Skipping vet visits and regular check-ups: Many pets do not like vet visits. Being crated up, being touched and handled by strangers, being giving foul-tasting medicine, being given stinging injections can all be extremely unpleasant experiences for your pet. They may scream, howl, or show their discomfort in other ways.As a pet parent, it can be painful to look at your pet going through this experience every few months, but it is essential to get regular check-ups done. By enduring a little discomfort, if you can ensure that your pet stays healthy, it surely is worth it.
  • Overfeeding or feeding human food: in many homes, it is common for pets to be given human food. Often, pets are given scraps from your plate when you are eating and they come begging for food. Although you may think that you are making your pet happy by sharing your food with it, most human food can be quite harmful, or even toxic, for pets. Another mistake pet owners make is to feed the pet whenever it asks for food instead of sticking to a schedule.Both of these habits can make your pet overweight and cause a number of illnesses, including arthritis, diabetes, kidney problems, among others. It is best to stick to pet food in controlled portions.
  • Not letting your pets run around: This is a common mistake that many dog owners in particular make. When you get a small puppy home, it is very tempting to hold it, carry it around, snuggle with the pup, and keep it with you all the time. Although this bonding is great, it means that the pup will grow up to be a dog that wants to be carried around all the time as well. It will also mean that the dog might have extreme separation anxiety and may not socialize well with other dogs.It is always a good idea to let your pets run around, meet others of their own kind, and be at least somewhat independent of you.It is common to get carried away when you love your pet a lot, but it is essential to know that a little discomfort or distance from you can go a long way in keeping your beloved pet healthy and endure a long life.

March 12, 2018
by Lynn Merton

How To Make Natural Tick Repellent At Home

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A dog chasing its tail may look cute, but it also might have a deeper cause than just his regular curiosity. He just might be suffering from a tick attack. Since he will not be able to tell you, how much those ticks are causing a nuisance to your dog’s life, it is highly advisable that you keep a look out over his general well-being. And you can watch out for the following:

Signs he is suffering from a tick

  • He is scratching and is visibly irritable.
  • You find scabs on his body.
  • If you see a bump on your dog, it just might be another sign of tick bite.
  • Fever and shortness of breath is also common among dogs due to tick bites and might be a precursor to Lyme disease.
  • Be on the look out for ticks at your home, if you see one, you should know that your dog might be enduring a tick infestation.

It may be a great bonding experience for you and your pooch to venture into the woods or any unattended areas, but it is advisable to watch where you are going. Avoid bushy areas. Keep your home tick free. If you wish to ensure more protection to your dog against ticks and organic is your choice, you can go ahead and try these:

Natural tick repellent

  • Apple cider vinegar has natural repelling effects to ticks and bugs due to its acidic property and pungent smell. Fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar and one part water and one teaspoon of baking powder. You can spray this mixture all over your dog but do make sure not to over do it. Before spraying do check if your dog has any cut or bruises and avoid spraying over the wounds.
  • Palo santo or the holy wood has amazing properties. It can be found easily as a common essential oil called Rose Geranium Oil which you can mix with your dog’s regular shampoo and go ahead, enjoy a splashing tick-free bath.
  • Dip your dog’s collar in a potion of Rose Geranium oil and almond oil, mixed equally.
  • Use a lemony repellent. To make the repellent, cut and soak lemon overnight in a pint jar of boiling water. Use the spray in the areas between the paws, armpit and, base of the tail.
  • Diatomaceous earth is a widely known safe option to use as tick repellent. Do use the food grade variety. You can either mix it with water and spray or even you can dust it lightly on to the fur.

Any of these methods alone or in combination will work wonders in tackling tick menace. Remember precautions against tick bite will protect your pet from many diseases.

March 9, 2018
by Lynn Merton

How Should You Treat Doggy Dandruff?

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Seeing your dog deal with dandruff problems is understandably stressful. Not just because it makes a big mess all around the house, but also because it could mean that there’s something wrong with his skin. There are lots of different things that can cause dandruff. Like parasites, allergies, food sensitivities, or even an underlying medical condition.

Just like in humans, doggy dandruff is never just that. And so it should never be seen as a normal occurrence. When you spot dandruff on your dog, book an appointment with your vet at your earliest convenience. Your vet is the only person who can efficiently identify the cause of this problem.

Signs of dandruff include the presence of white flakes around the base of your dog’s tail and on his back. Dandruff also causes an oily coat. It shouldn’t be too hard to identify and once you do, it’s time to take action.

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Groom and bathe him on a regular basis.
    Grooming your dog is one of the most important parts of keeping his coat dandruff free and healthy. Once your vet examines your dog, he may recommend certain shampoos that you can use while giving him his bath. Mud baths are famous for getting rid of dandruff. They exfoliate dry and dead skin, leaving your doggo with a clean and glossy coat.
  2. Change his diet.
    Diet changes can do a lot for your dog. Especially if the cause of dandruff is food sensitivities or allergies. You can sit down with your vet to come up with a new and improved diet plan for your dog to beat the dandruff situation.
  3. Keep his environment stress-free.
    Stress is one of the major causes of dandruff both in humans and animals alike. If your dog had recently gone through an especially stressful situation, there’s a good chance that that’s the reason behind the dandruff outbreak. It might be a good idea to give him some peace by creating a stress-free environment. Entertain him to keep the pressure off by playing games like fetch and going for long, relaxing walks. If that doesn’t seem to do it, call in the professionals. A dog behaviorist or trainer could help.
  4. Give him a good brushing every day.
    Add brushing to his daily routine. Brushing helps with keeping your dog’s coat healthy. It even removes dead skin and increases the healthy oils on his coat.
  5. Supplements could help.
    Make sure you talk to your vet about this before you go through with it. There are a few skin conditions that could be treated by simply adding some supplements to your pet’s diet. Fatty oils like Omega-3 can help decrease dandruff by increasing the oils on his skin.