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December 15, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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What Are The Most Common Causes Of Choking In A Pet?

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A pet choking can be quiet difficult to watch for any pet parent. Not only is it scary, but it can also be really sad. When you take the time to learn about all the common choking hazards around the house, if it ever happens that your pet is choking, you’ll be better prepared to deal with it. You could even prevent the whole thing from happening sometimes!

  1. Foreign Objects
    Most animals, especially cats and dogs explore the world around them by sniffing, biting, and chewing. Sometimes, a dog can inhale whatever he’s sniffing or chewing by accident and that can lead to him choking. These foreign objects can be anything such as bones, sticks, rawhides, balls, and even chew toys! When your dog is choking, take care to never insert your hand into his mouth to try and take out the item he’s choking on. When he chokes, his natural reflexes make him bite. Avoid injury to yourself when caring for a choking dog. Rush him to the vet as fast as you can.

    Cats are more likely to choke on string from yarn or chew toys. Hide all the yarn in the house from your cat just to be safe. And store the chew toys out of reach when you’re not also there playing with her.

  2. Collapsing Trachea
    This is also another common choking hazard in pets – especially older dogs belonging to smaller breeds. The trachea can be described as the windpipe made of cartilage that connects the mouth and nose to the lungs. In smaller breeds, the trachea tends to become a little floppy. The harder the dog tries to suck in air, the worse the collapse will be, leading the dog to cough and choke.

    An excess in body weight can worsen this condition so the best preventative strategy is to keep your dog lean and healthy. If he still experiences problems, talk to your vet about alternative solutions.

  3. Constricting Collars
    A collar that’s fastened too tight can be just as much a choking hazard as a collapsing trachea. The key is to always keep the collar lose enough so you will be able to fit two fingers into the gap. Remember that puppies and kittens still have some growing to do and they grow pretty quickly. Make sure to constantly check their collars to make sure it’s not too tight.
  4. Feline Asthma
    Your cat could choke from coughing or wheezing too much as a result of feline asthma. Causing in this instance is caused by airways that are constricted. Feline asthma is caused by allergens like pollen and dust mites in the environment. Although there is no cure for this disease, the symptoms are easily managed with a few medications.

December 14, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Reasons Why Your Cat Is Drooling

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Cats are known to be quite mysterious in nature. They have mysterious responses and behave curiously in most situations. It is common to see dogs that have saliva running along the sides of their mouths. But for cats, this sight is bit unnatural. A bit of drooling is fine but when it’s excessive, maybe it’s time you start looking into it. Unlike dogs, cats don’t just start drooling at the sight of a tasty treat. Drooling in cats can never be considered as something ‘normal’. If you notice your cat drooling, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.

What Causes It?

A lot of the time, cats start drooling because they’re experiencing oral pain. Oral pain can make it difficult for your cat to swallow, which leads to the excess saliva running out of the mouth. There are various reasons why your cat might be experiencing oral pain. It could be a dental problem, mouth sores, or even a tumor. Sometimes, oral pain an also be caused by an injury to the mouth. Curious cats who chew on sharp objects that they find lying around can sustain cuts and bruises.

If your cat is drooling, it can also be an indication that she ate something toxic. Toxins are known to cause erosion in the mouth which can also cause drooling. Drooling can also be a side-effect of a foreign body lodged in the cat’s esophagus. The saliva doesn’t have anywhere else to go but up and out if this is the case.

All cats are different and as such have different reactions to different kinds of medications. Some medications may cause your cat to start drooling. Foul tasting medications usually have this effect.

A cat is also likely to drool if she’s experiencing nausea. It can also be an indication of underlying medical conditions like kidney, gastrointestinal, or liver disease.

When Can Drooling Be Seen As ‘Normal’ In Cats?

As all cats are different, they behave differently in different situations. Some cats drool when they’re really happy or excited, or when they’re really nervous. Although there are situations where this happens, it still remains quite uncommon. Cats who can drool when they’re either really nervous or really happy have probably done it their whole lives. If your cat just starts drooling out of the blue, you should get an appointment at the vet to get it checked out immediately.

At times, she’s just fascinated by the drool. So if you ever find your cat drooling but it stops after a few minutes, there’s no need to go to the vet. Cats can start drooling when they’re really stressed, like during a house party with strangers. If she stops right after the stressful event is over, she’ll likely be okay. If your cat is drooling and she doesn’t have an appetite, there is clearly an underlying problem and you should consult with your vet immediately.

December 13, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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What Happens To Our Pets When They Inhale Smoke?

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There have been numerous wildfires spreading through the US this year. The fires did damage to an approximate of 9.2 million acres in land as of November 30th, 2017. These wildfires are awful to deal with and can cause extensive damage to various properties, wildlife habitats, and people. It also causes a lot of trauma to our pets.

Dr. Lynn Rolland Hovda, director of veterinary services at the Pet Poison Helpline of Bloomington located in Minnesota says that the most prominent reason behind death in pets during a fire is poisoning through carbon monoxide. Not only is it deadly, it is also the very first thing that everyone initially associates with inhaling smoke.

Although carbon monoxide poisoning can be potentially fatal, there are also other dangers to watch out for in terms of protecting your pets. These dangers can range from small injuries to medical emergencies. That’s why it is so important to do adequate research so you’re better prepared for if something traumatic happens to your pet.

Signs That Your Pet Has Inhaled Smoke:

The outward signs include:

  • Your pet might smell like smoke
  • Your pet might have soot all over him
  • Your pet might be coughing, breathing rapidly, or is having some difficulty drawing breath
  • Singed fur
  • Your pet’s mucous membranes and gums change to a bright red color
  • Abnormalities in the eye like squinting, redness etc.
  • Visible burns

Dangers Of Smoke-Inhalation For Pets:

Some minor injuries sustained from smoke inhalation are easily treatable if caught early, here are a few other dangers that could affect your pet:

  1. Thermal Injury
    Smoke and heat that the pet inhales travels through his nose, into his windpipe, and through his small airways, finally making it into his lungs. This can damage and irritate the airways. The airways can also become damaged by the ash, heat, and chemicals. That, in turn, increases your pet’s likelihood of getting pneumonia.
  2. Poisoning Through Carbon Monoxide
    Carbon monoxide that’s found in smoke is quite high which results in your pet being poisoned by carbon monoxide. Hemoglobin is used to carry the oxygen from his lungs, back to his body’s tissues. Carbon monoxide binds with the hemoglobin which makes it hard for it to do its job. A lack of oxygen can cause brain damage or even death.
  3. Poisoning Through Hydrogen Cyanide
    Houses contain a lot of plastics, paint, laminates, and varnishes and when it burns down, it spreads a combination of dangerous chemicals into the air which can then cause poisoning through hydrogen cyanide in your pets. The symptoms exhibited by your pet after he has been poisoned is much the same to symptoms he exhibits when he’s lacking oxygen. This can include difficulty drawing air or rapid breathing, drowsiness, lethargy, and even excited behavior of an unusual nature.

There are also things like pneumonia and neurologic damage that your pets could get if exposed to too much smoke. So be careful and take extra precautions to keep your furry friends safe during this difficult time.

December 12, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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6 Dog Breeds Prone To Obesity

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Obesity is such a big health problem because it can lead to numerous life-threatening diseases. While exercise and diet are important in keeping obesity at bay, there are certain breeds of dogs that find it difficult to shed those extra pounds. Here are six dog breeds that are prone to obesity:

Basset Hounds

As basset hounds have short legs, they aren’t the fastest runners in the canine world. As a result of this, basset hounds don’t burn a large number of calories every time they go out to play or for a walk. In addition to their short legs, basset hounds are also known to be lazy. When you put these two factors together, you can see why basset hounds are prone to obesity. Basset hounds can maintain their weight if they follow a strict diet.

Beagles

Due to beagles low metabolism rates, they can gain weight quite easily. Back in the day, people used beagles for hunting, which gave them numerous opportunities to cover large distances. However, as beagles don’t have that luxury any more, they are prone to obesity. The best way to keep the weight of beagles in check is to give them balanced diets with plenty of exercises.

Dachshunds

As dachshunds were originally hunting dogs, they need a lot of exercises to maintain their figure. However, most owners believe that dachshunds don’t need to be highly active because of their size. Coupled with their short legs, its harder for them to burn a lot of calories in a short span of time. If dachshunds become overweight, they are more vulnerable to inter-vertebral disc disease (IVDD).

English Bulldogs

It is a common belief that English Bulldogs should remain overweight because they look strong and mean. However, it is important to help them maintain their weight because it can lead to a large number of health problems. On top of that, English Bulldogs don’t like exercising too much because of their short muzzles which makes it harder to breathe. Due to these factors, English Bulldogs are prone to obesity.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are more likely to gain weight because their owners find it hard to say no to them. When Golden Retrievers ask their owners for food, they will most likely give it to them. Since Golden Retrievers appetite has no end, they will continue to eat till their owners don’t give them food.

Labrador Retrievers

Most vets will agree that Labrador Retrievers are most vulnerable to obesity because of their never-ending appetite. Due to their large build, Labrador Retrievers build up a huge appetite when they go out for walks. As Labrador Retrievers will eat anything given to them, it is extremely easy for them to gain weight.

These are the six dog breeds that are prone to obesity. If you have any queries regarding this topic, leave a comment below!

December 11, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Dog Breeds That Are Prone To Dental Problems

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Did you know that the overall wellness of your canine also depends on its dental health? If your canine has dental problems, it will impact its gums and teeth. Over time, it will lead to infections which can cause organ failure. It’s extremely important that your canine receives treatment for dental problems so that it can lead a long and healthy life.

As a canine owner, you should take your four-legged friend to the vet regularly for dental cleanings and checkups. However, there are certain breeds of canines that are prone to dental problems. If your canine’s breed happens to be on this list, make sure that you schedule frequent appointments with your vet for dental health checkups.

Boxers
Although boxers fall under the category of large canines, they are prone to dental problems such as gingival hyperplasia, which is thickening or overgrowth of their gums. Gingival hyperplasia is an inflammatory reaction to bacteria and plaque. Sometimes, boxers also get gingival hyperplasia due to the side effects of specific medicines. To treat this problem, the vet will reduce the plaque and bacteria in the boxer’s mouth. In extreme cases, the vet will resort to gingivoplasty to restore the boxer’s gums.

Collies
These large herding dogs are also vulnerable to a variety of dental problems due to the structure of their facial bones. As a result of this, collies will have overbites as the lower jaw is smaller than the upper one. Overbites will damage the gums and teeth of collies because of the difference in upper and lower jaws. To correct this problem, vets will perform interceptive orthodontics when collies are puppies. If the collies have already become an adult, the vets will use crown shortening, extractions, and orthodontic movement to reduce the side effects of overbites.

Chihuahuas
Despite being extremely small in size, the mouth of Chihuahuas has to accommodate 42 teeth. As this is a huge number, Chihuahuas are prone to overcrowding. In such cases, there will be an accumulation of food particles in between its teeth. Over time, it will lead to a buildup of plaque, which can cause periodontal disease.

Pugs
Pugs are also vulnerable to periodontal disease because of their extremely short muzzle. Due to the shortage of space, pugs get affected by malocclusions, a problem where the teeth don’t align properly. Malocclusions will cause severe pain and trauma to pugs. On top of that, the teeth of pugs will be overcrowded, which increases bacterial and plaque buildup, which leads to periodontal disease. Due to these problems, it is vital that pugs go for professional dental cleaning on a regular basis.

These are the four dog breeds that are prone to dental problems. If you have any queries regarding this topic, feel free to leave a comment below!