The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

October 16, 2017
by Lynn Merton

7 Ways To Prevent And Treat Canine Knee Injuries

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We all know the excruciating pain of a twisted knee and that pain can be overwhelming for us sometimes. It goes for our canine buddies who, just like us humans know the feeling too well. But, the good news is that, there are an umpteen number of ways to treat and prevent our dogs from knee injuries. Here are 7 ways to keep your dogs knees healthy and well protected:

Identify The Symptoms:
Our dogs cannot tell us about the pain they are going through so it is our duty to look for the signs. The most common symptom of a knee injury is limping. The dogs usually walk in an imbalanced manner when they have hit their knee. Sometimes they find it difficult to get up. These are the vital symptoms of a knee injury and should not be avoided at any cost.

Comprehending Risk Factors: Any kind of dog irrespective of breed and age is prone to knee injuries. Understanding the potential of risk factors leading to a knee injury in your dog can lead to a fast recovery and less pain to your furry friend. Being cautious and not taking chances is a very clever approach towards your dog’s well being.

Proper Diet: Dogs tend to become overweight very quickly if they are overfed. Consult a vet and take a diet chart. The portions that are given to a dog need to be controlled ensuring a healthy life for them. Dogs being dogs will never say no to food. It is up to you to ensure that your buddy doesn’t end up eating more than the usual limit.

Exercise Daily: Daily exercise is a must in order to prevent knee injuries to happen. Dogs can get lazy and overweight very quickly making their knees more susceptible to injuries. Taking your dog for a brisk walk everyday is considered a very healthy habit.

Prompt Action: Do not wait to get proper attention to your dog’s knee problem as even one day’s delay. You wouldn’t have waited if it were your knee right? Taking prompt action helps your canine get rid of the pain quickly.

Dog Proofing The House: Sometimes too much clutter in the house also causes the dog to get hurt or injured. Making the environment more safe and play friendly for the dog helps in preventing knee injuries. Keeping empty spaces for them to stroll around or play around makes them happy and also safe.

Joint Care Medicines: Collagen and Glucosamine are two compounds that are known to improve joint condition. They also help in reducing the pain in the knee and aids in controlling the swelling. They are absolutely safe for your dog and have no side effects.

October 13, 2017
by Lynn Merton

The Natural Oils That Can Benefit Your Dog

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We all know the psychological and physical benefits of aromatherapy. Just like how it is beneficial to us, they also provide various advantages to your canine. Natural oils contain powerful active compounds that are beneficial in the right doses. Before you administer any of these natural oils to your canine, consult your veterinarian for more information. Without further ado, here are the five natural oils that can benefit your canine:

  1. Cardamom oil

    The spice cardamom is known for having a positive impact on the respiratory and digestive system. The vast majority of veterinarians around the world understand the advantages of using cardamom oil for canines. It has the following advantages for your dog:

  • Uplifts mood when feeling anxious or sullen
  • Improves breathing/overall health of respiratory system
  • Eases indigestion, maintains ideal balance of gastrointestinal system
  • Makes stomach upsets more manageable
  • Reduces the feeling of feeling overwhelmed
  • Makes the environment more calming

    Lavender oil is also beneficial if your dog is known to be aggressive

  1. Cedar-wood oil

    Also known as cedar oil, cedarwood oil has strong properties which kill and repels pests such as fleas and ticks. At the same time, it has the following advantages:

  • Improves circulation of blood
  • Reduces the effects of back pain and arthritis by reducing stiffness
  • Increases the strength of kidneys significantly
  • Lung antiseptic
  • Has a calming effect

    Cedarwood oil is perfect for canines that are aggressive due to nervousness. It is also ideal for canines that are timid or shy or have issues due to separation.

  1. Citronella oil

    Due to citronella oil’s ability to repel insects, it is quite popular in our world. Avoid using candles that have citronella oil as it can overpower your dog’s senses. Instead, it is always better to purchase natural citronella oil because it will be free of chemicals. To apply citronella oil on your dog, mix it with water and spray small amounts on your canine’s coat. Gently massage the oil through the coat for 10 minutes and your dog is good to go.

  2. Frankincense oil

    Although the potency of frankincense oil is not as high as all the other oils in this list, it is a brilliant all-rounder. It has a calming effect on your canine and improves the strength of its immunity system. Frankincense oil is also good at reducing anxiety.

  3. Lavender oil

    Out of all the natural oils in this list, lavender is extremely versatile. Lavender oil can have a calming effect on canines because it brings a sense of harmony and peace. It is soothing to the central nervous system of your dog. Lavender oil is also used to combat insomnia and allergies.

Use these five natural oils that are beneficial to your dog. If you have any queries, feel free to leave a comment below.

October 12, 2017
by Lynn Merton

Can Vets Lie To You About Your Pet’s Health?

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Vets are literal lifesavers when it comes to the health and well-being of your pets. But are they being completely truthful? Although there are some things that your vet won’t tell you, he will never be unethical. It’s their duty to serve good health to your pet.

What vets usually hide are the subtle information gleaned from yearly checkups. What they might disapprove of and where you could put in more effort in the care of your pet. Here are a few things that your vet keeps hidden from you to prevent hurting your feelings.

  1. Your Pet Isn’t Just ‘Big-boned!’

40% of pets are overweight and half of that could be avoided with proper diet and exercise. Obesity can cause many health problems from heart disease to diabetes. Your vet wishes that you would watch out for whether your pet is overweight and not just ‘big-boned’, or, ‘fluffy.’

  1. Consider A One-On-One Talk With Your Vet Before Adopting A New Pet

Vets are available for consultations and they are only happy to answer any and all of your questions. When you decide to adopt a new pet, you’re taking on a whole new responsibility that you might not really be ready for. Your vet (as they are also a big part of your new pet’s life), wishes that you would speak with them to find out exactly what it is you’re getting into.

  1. No Hidden Symptoms

Pets can’t talk so you have to be their advocate. No small symptom is unimportant. Your vets need to know the exact symptoms to make an accurate diagnosis. Your vet wishes that you would take note of unusual behavior and report it accordingly on your next visit.

  1. Neutering Pets Are Better For Their Overall Well-being

When you spay cats within the first 6 months of their lives, you’re decreasing her chances of breast cancer by 92%. Your vet wishes that you would take this step in your pet’s health.

  1. Brush Their Teeth

Periodontal problems are hard to diagnose and treat. Most dental problems can be avoided with proper dental care. Your vet wishes that you wouldn’t skip your pets’ regular teeth cleaning. Skipping a cleaning puts them at risk for bacteria buildup. The bacteria can easily travel to the bloodstream and cause infections.

  1. Prepare Them For The Vet

Just like children, your pets can also be a little restless or squeamish at the thought of going to the doctor and car rides aren’t going to help that. Prepare your pet by calming her by exercising her. Try taking her on a walk or playing with her to relax and tire her out a little.

  1. Call For Medical Advice

That’s what they’re there for. Don’t hesitate to call your vet to know the best treatments, exercise regimes, diets, and other important pet decisions. Include your vet in all the major decisions that you make for your pet.

October 11, 2017
by Lynn Merton

How Much Water Should Your Cat Drink

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Cats are creatures that crave comfort. When it comes to comfort, what most cat owners think about is tasty treats and soft beds. These are important but what’s even more important is proper hydration. Don’t skip out on this aspect of our cat’s health.

It is important that she hase a full, clean bowl of water every day. A few most common questions concerning hydration are how much water is safe for your cat to drink per day and how do you make sure that she’s getting enough water?

Water consumption depends on a number of factors including the time of the year, the size of your cat, and diet. Generally, a cat’s water needs depend on the amount of food that she’s consumed and whether that food was mainly canned or dry cat food. Dry food requires more water to stay hydrated. An average cat requires approximately 44 to 66 ml water per kg of her body weight.

Ways To Check Whether She’s Getting Enough Water

  1. Skin elasticity: Gently pull your cat’s scruff (the skin at the base of her neck.) If the skin doesn’t spring back upon release, your cat might not be properly hydrated.
  2. Shiny Coat: If your cat’s coat doesn’t have any dry flakes, it’s a good sign of hydration.
  3. Physical Activity: If your cat’s not overly lethargic, this is a good indication that she’s well hydrated.
  4. Urination consistency: If your cat is urinating 2 – 3 times, a day, she’s getting enough water.

Ways To Encourage Her To Consume More Water

It’s usually a difficult ordeal to make cats drink water. You can lead her there but you can’t always make her drink. Proper water consumption is critical to your cat’s health. Water helps prevent illnesses like Feline Urological Syndrome. Try these few methods to increase her water consumption.

  1. Sprinkle a bit more water on your cat’s canned food for that extra hydration. Don’t do this for dry food as this may cause it to spoil.
  2. Plastic water bowls tend to leave behind a taste that cats aren’t a big fan of. Try using stainless steel or glass bowls instead.
  3. Refresh and clean your cat’s water bowl every day. She’s more likely to drink from a clean bowl than a dirty one.
  4. Tap water generally has more chlorine. Your cat might not like the taste so it is better to avoid it. Use filtered water instead.

Pay attention to your cat’s water intake. Drinking too little or even too much water can be an indication of illnesses like bladder infections, diabetes, tapeworm infestations, and hyperthyroidism. If you notice drastic changes in her water consumption levels, call your vet immediately.

October 10, 2017
by Lynn Merton

Everything You Need To Know About Chemotherapy For Dogs

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One of the scariest moments of your life as a dog owner is hearing that your beloved pet has cancer. As your vet lays out treatment options, you find yourself wondering whether chemotherapy is the best option for your dog. Understanding the process of chemotherapy and what it’ll do for your dog will give you a better idea of whether to proceed or consider other options. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions.

What Is It And Why Does My Dog Need It?

Chemotherapy is a mixture of intensive drugs that are able to destroy cancerous cells in your dog. The specific medical combination will depend on your dog’s overall health and the type of cancer that he has. Your vet will monitor your dog closely while he undergoes chemotherapy and change the dosage or frequency according to your dog’s progress or side effects.

Chemo is most prescribed for lymphoma. Other cancers that have a high chance of spreading or have already spread through the body also uses chemotherapy to slow down cancer.

If it’s a single tumor on the surface of the skin and your dog is a good candidate for surgery, then the chemo could be avoided. Cancers with chances of growing and spreading (metastasizing) are treated with chemotherapy. The lead surgeon removes the tumor and sends a piece of it to the pathologist to closely examine in order to determine whether the cancer is at risk of metastasizing. Chemotherapy is less aggressive in animals than it is in people. It’s a quality of life and not life-at-all-costs treatment.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of chemo varies with the duration, mixture of drugs, location, and frequency of the treatment. It ranges between $3500 to around $10 000 depending on the above-mentioned factors. Pet insurance should be able to cover some of the cost but that depends entirely on the company and its policies.

What Is To Be Expected During The Treatment?

Chemo is administered through injection (not unlike a vaccination) and last from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the drug cocktail. Some chemo treatments can even be administered orally. Chemotherapy usually feels like a routine visit to the vet in order to minimize discomfort and stress.

What Side-Effects Are To Be Expected?

Because dogs are given a less aggressive chemotherapy, the side effects are less and last a shorter amount of time. Side effects can include vomiting, diarrhea, and a loss of appetite. Most dogs have no side effects at all!

If the side-effects last for over two days with no signs of resolving itself, then call your vet immediately or bring your dog in to receive fluids.

How Often Should Chemo Be Administered?

The frequency, duration, and aggressiveness all depend on the type of cancer. Most treatments are given from once weekly, to once every third week.

Will Your Dog’s Chemo Medication Harm You?

The answer is, sometimes. The drugs tend to remain active inside him for a few days. To be more cautious, wear gloves to clean up after him. Remember to always wash your hands after handling his drugs or his waste – even after wearing gloves. If you ingest one of his drugs by mistake, call Your doctor immediately.

Alternative Treatments

  • Immunotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Bone Marrow Transplants