The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

September 17, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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5 Signs Your Cat Is In Pain

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It is hard to comprehend when your kitty is in pain. During some instances, the pain could be obvious. You can safely assume that your cat is in pain when you observe a large cut in your body or the kitty noticeably limps. The animal surely suffers pain when it meets an accident. Most of the times, however, signs of pain in your cat are the more subtle ones. You must be extra-vigilant in this kind of cases to find out whether your cat suffers in pain or not. Do understand cats like to hide their pain, which only increases their sickness.

To know if your cat is sick, it is obvious you must know how your cat is when it is full of health. You should have a good idea of its normal attitude, appetite, sleep patterns, energy levels, and gait, Do be warned that it is not a good idea to allow the cat to scratch or bite you during the observational period.

Scratch and bite along with breathing variation

Quicker and shallow breathing will indicate your cat is in pain. The cat may also pant. You may also observe a change in abdominal muscle movement along with (or not) of the chest, Both sets of muscles get intimately involved during the breathing process.

Your kitty will be more likely to scratch you and bite you when it suffers from pain. These bites are attacks spare none, including the owner. You will notice that the kitty bites if you touch its painful area. The cat may also bite if it anticipates you moving your hand towards its pain spot.

Changes in pulse and heart

A cat in pain will have an increased heart or pulse rate, This rate noticeably jacks up when the cat’s painful area gets moved or touched. It is a good idea to take a first-aid course. You may also ask your chosen veterinarian to show you how to measure the cat’s pulse or heart rate. If your veterinarian is busy, then that person’ technician can also show you the ropes.

Purring

There is a misconception that cats which purr are happy animals. In case your cat purrs while exhibiting all the above signs, then the purr is a response to pain. The more the pain, the more the cat may purr.

Eye changes

One of the surest indicators of a cat being in pain is its eyes. This is applicable for both eye pain and for other pain located at other places in the body. Bigger or dilated pupils mean pain in other parts of your kitty’s body. Eye pain means constricted or smaller pupils.

Food changes

Cats in pain eat less. If the cause of pain lies in the mouth, then the cat may drop food and even water out of its mouth.

September 14, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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5 facts about cats’ ears you should know for sure

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Cats are fascinating animals. They can do amazing things. Almost everyone is aware of cats’ senses of sight and their smell. Many know about their eyes and noses. However, not many people know about their ears. That body part deserves a good note as well. They can do a lot more than simply detect sound. They control balance and communicate the feline mood. Ears also help to hunt prey.

The cat’s ears can be divided into three physical parts: the inner ear, the outer ear, and the middle ear. The pinna makes up the outer ear along with the ear canal. Its function is to capture the sound waves and then transmit the same to the middle ear via the ear canal.

  1. Ears and versatile range
    Human ears are mostly stationary. The ears of the cat, in contrast, have 32 muscles which help the body part to rotate, twitch and enjoy a better hearing range. The ear of the cat could rotate up to 180 degrees. This makes them an excellent tool when it comes to tracking down small prey moving swiftly from one place to another.
  2. Better hearing capabilities
    There is a misconception that among pets, dogs have the best hearing abilities. This is wrong. Cats have a better frequency range to hear. The dog’s hearing range begins from 67 hertz and ends at 45,000 Hertz. In contrast, the range of the cat starts 45 hertz and ends at 64,000 Hertz. Humans in comparison are 20 hertz to 23,000 hertz. No wonder you see your kitty’s ears perking up while you and the dog continue to lie placidly.
  3. Maintain balance
    Cats, like humans, have fluid inside their ears which helps them to maintain balance. The inner ear of the cat has a vestibular system. The latter is full of fluid and assists your cat to maintain balance. Ears are the reason cats almost always land on their feet.
  4. Communicate feelings
    A good and attentive cat owner knows what their cat intends to do by the position of its ears. Since the cat has 32 muscles in its ears, it can move the part like a satellite dish to communicate different moods. An uncomfortable cat with have its ears flat against the head and have a tense stance. The annoyed cat will have its ears twitch and erect. If the cat’s ear is twitched without any provocation, this means it is trying to locate the source of the sound.
  5. Deaf ears at the beginning
    Kittens get born with closed ear canals. It means your kitty was deaf when it was just born. The ear canals open when the kitten is a week old. The cat will begin to recognize sounds after two weeks. It can differentiate between most sounds within a month.

September 13, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Why Holding A Pet Day At Work Is A Good Idea?

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Almost all the days in a year are earmarked for some occasion or the other. One day-June 23- is “Bring Your Dog to Work Day”. If you love dogs, then enjoying this day is a no-brainer. You could bring your best friend to work and play with it all day. Matters are different, however, if you are the employer. It makes sense to rearrange your office to make it pet-friendly. Yes, there are commercial benefits as well.

Reduce staff stress

This is self-evident. The presence of dogs in the workplace reduces staff stress by a substantial amount. Dogs can boost employee morale, leading to better productivity. Work quality is also observed to go up. Four-legged friends reduce employee blood pressure and act as vital social catalysts. Pets encourage exercising during breaktimes. They assist people when the latter dips into sadness. Any pet provides people a kind of contentment which means better product and services. Every employer wants their employees to work well and the presence of animals guarantee that.

A pet day at work does wonders for charity. Your chosen charity could get funds due to bring your pet day being organized in the office. Choose a charity which works for animal welfare. Do donate to those which deals in saving lives or end animal abuse. Most charities provide branding for your company when you donate money. Their websites and even their merchandise will carry your company logo. Individuals may also contribute to funds being raised. A minimum threshold amount will put the company logo associated with all the companies you want to a logo to be on. People who donate larger amounts may get a bigger share of the campaign. As an employer, you will benefit from the positive image generated by such activity. Your company will be known as a caring and responsible business organization.

Better social media

Selfies are a thing of the past. Taking one’s picture with a dog is the now “in” thing with the fashionista. Many celebrities now actively promote their pets. Generate a hashtag and promote it everywhere. People must talk about your company in a positive way. To ensure you get a business, get a hashtag and make it a trend.

When you allow your company employees to bring their dogs, your company automatically joins the membership of progressive and forward-thinking organizations which exude confidence in not only their product but also in their employees. Do make sure, however, that there is a proper procedure in place before the employee can bring its pet to work. The concerned employee should complete a form at least a day before bringing the dog. Consent must also be taken from all colleagues.

September 12, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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How To Check Your Pet’s Food For Listeria Contamination

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Your pet food could be contaminated without your knowledge. This happens on a fairly regular basis. Many pet foods are recalled all through the year also due to listeria contamination. This is a kind of bacteria which causes infection. It is potent and could be lethal. There was a significant outbreak in 2011. Pregnant women could be put at risk of miscarriage. The infection could also be transferred to the fetus. When it comes to humans, individuals with a suppressed human system the elderly are at maximum risk.

The veterinarian could do a superficial examination and ask questions about your pet’s diet, and behavioral changes. The veterinarian may do multiple tests. A simple blood test could confirm listeria. In pets, an examination of cerebrospinal liquid could confirm the presence of listeria infection.

At risk

Dogs who frequently consume a raw diet are more at risk from listeria infection. All canines are vulnerable to listeria bacteria. Senior dogs and young puppies are more at risk from Listeria infection as their immune systems are already weak. The Listeria bacterium is found in soil and water. It is also discovered in a number of animals like a guinea pig, goats, cattle, sheep, and poultry. The bacteria could be passed through contaminated food, meats, and dairy products. Many low-quality dog foods were found to contain Listeria.

It is to be remembered that not all listeria affected dogs will exhibit symptoms. Those will show will exhibit it in varying degrees. If you believe that your pet has listeria, take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible. If not treated quickly, this bacterial disease could prove fatal to the pet. The list of symptoms is diarrhea, vomiting, fever, lethargy, lack of coordination, nausea, weakness, muscle soreness, stiff neck, and skin infections.

Ingestion and treatment

The Listeria bacterium is found everywhere. It is seen in water and soil. The bacteria could easily pass to your pet and infect it. It is found in products made from raw milk and also in raw milk. Most pets get contaminated from eating dairy products and meats. This bacteria can be killed by pasteurization and cooking. It is thus vital to offer your pet a cooked diet, and not a raw one. You should never give your pet scraps from the table. Do be aware of the latest status of the dog food you normally buy. Be active and monitor any kind of raw foods which the dog could eat. Treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms. Mild symptoms could be countered with pain and gastrointestinal medications. Severe cases may require the pet to be hospitalized. IV fluids could be needed. The list of common anti-listeria antibiotics includes amoxicillin and penicillin.

September 11, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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The Opioid Crisis Is Real. Is Your Pet In Danger Too?

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Data extracted from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paints a grim picture: the opioid epidemic continues to claim about 115 human lives per day in the United States. Along with humans, their pets are now also in danger. A few of these pets get into this position as they are exposed to harmful environments. Others are susceptible due to their work. Since dogs and other pets almost everything they see, many inadvertently lick drug cooking or manufacturing equipment. This results in an opioid overdose. In such cases, only timely medicine can save that specific pet’s life.

Vulnerable dogs in law enforcement

Police dogs, in such context, are more vulnerable to the opioid crisis. Many drug dealers try to boost their profits by sprinkling synthetic opioids over standard narcotics like heroin to jump-start the highs of their customers. The principal villains are carfentanyl and fentanyl. A single grain of this lethal mix is sufficient to murder a police dog weighing 75 pounds. The affected dog at first loses its motor function, then slowly lose consciousness, followed ultimately by body collapse. There is one silver lining though: if treated early, the dog will be safely out of danger.

Police dogs are particularly vulnerable as unlike their human masters who wear masks to protect themselves from fentanyl, the canines cannot do so. The dog may die if a couple of drug powder grains get absorbed into the nose’s mucous membranes or even the area around eyes. This is the reason many police forces have changed their tactics. The dogs are bound by a leash in the areas where drugs are expected to be stashed. Law enforcement officers also carry Narcan, a medicine, either in the injectable form or as a nasal spray. Police use these compounds on dogs if they believe that their canines have been compromised by such dangerous opioids.

Finding a solution to a tricky problem

Police officers have to solve another problem: how to make a dog detect opioids on a regular basis and yet still remain functional with minimum medication. Dogs in such cases are required to find fentanyl, a compound used exclusively by drug sellers as a USP of their drug. The biggest roadblock is that fentanyl is responsible for 80 percent of dog deaths. The Canadians have found a solution. The potent fentanyl powder was converted into a diluted liquid form. Few drops of this product were squeezed on a gauze pad. This then functions as the target which the police dog must locate. Since there are no powder granules, the dog learns the nature of the odor sans any risk. The canines were then trained not to approach where the drugs are stashed. The dogs simply point towards the spot.