May 15, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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You work hard, and you desperately need a vacation. Your senior cat, however, poses a problem. It is too old to be taken everywhere, and you have thus decided to keep the cat at home while you go away for a few days. Before you lock the door, it is essential to take a few steps to ensure that both your senior cat and you have a lovely time.
Appoint a petsitter
Remove all plants before you leave the house. A majority of house-plants are toxic to your cat if it chews or eats them. Unplug all electrical appliances and cords which can be reached by the cat. Remove the light bulbs from table lamps. Do not leave the senior cat to its wits. Appoint a pet sitter to visit the house every day. Give the person the house key before you go. Ask the person to play with the kitty time-to-time. Cats do get sad when they are lonely. Ask the petsitter to send you daily status reports. This ensures that both the cat and the petsitter are alright. Do not forget to give that person your cell phone number to call in-case of emergencies. It is a good idea to give a spare key to a trusted friend. If the petsitter suddenly vanishes or falls sick and cannot take care of the cat, your friend can pitch in.
open doors and food
that all doors except the main one remain partially open. Put a towel
in the closing arc to ensure this. Your senior cat may close the door
by accident if you do not do so. Cats cannot tolerate being locked up
inside a room. It will then make a mess if there is no litter box
present inside that enclosed space. Before you go away, set up a
minimum of two water dispensers. This is as water from a standard
water bowl quickly evaporates, and it is essential to have one for
back-up if the kitty knocks over one dispenser. The water in the
dispenser must be sufficiently big to stay the time of your vacation.
The water must last even if the petsitter fails to come to the house
and your friend cannot visit the place.
particular dry food your cat does not like and keep it somewhere.
Your senior cat will eat it only as a last resort if no other food is
available. This food will become its snack if the pet sitter is
absent. Do set up a motion activated webcam next to the water
dispensers and the litter box. You will then have a visual
confirmation that your cat is fine. As long as the cat drinks and
poops, it is in perfect health. You can also see the activities of
your appointed pet sitter.
May 14, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Daschunds are a distinct dog breed characterized by a longer back and shorter legs when compared to most dogs. This breed is originally German and was initially used for hunting. A Daschund has many special needs and is prone to several diseases like the intervertebral disc disease. As an owner, it is your responsibility to help your Daschund to gain and hold a healthy weight and grooming the animal. You must also teach it good habits.
and how to hold the dog
are vulnerable yo intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). The IVDD
involves the bulging out or bursting of the vertebrae, placing stress
on the structure. An IVDD afflicted dog will suffer immense pain and
bladder control problems. Paralysis may also occur as a worst-case
scenario. You must take a few precautions to stop this happening to
your dog. Try to recognize all the IVDD symptoms so that you can
refer the animal to the veterinarian immediately if you see them. The
first sign of IVDD trouble is when the dog does not walk or run as
much as it used to. A dog saddled with such a condition cannot stand
properly and will cry out in pain. There will also be a noticeable
change in behavior, like being nervous and acting strange. It will
eat less and lose control over its bowels or bladder or both.
It is good
practice to know how to hold the dachshund. It is important to keep
the dog in the correct way as to protect its back. If you want to
lift it up, place one hand under his belly and the other to support
the dog’s rear. Do not carry your dog in one hand.
important that your Daschund must maintain its proper weight. There
will be a higher chance of IVDD if it gains more weight. It is
crucial that you feed the appropriate dog nutrition and assist it to
get Zadequate amount of exercise. The thumb rule of finding out
whether your Daschund is of proper weight is to stand over the dog
and look down. In case you can see the dog’s ribs, the canine is
thin, and it needs more nutrition. Healthy weight is that when you
cannot see the ribs but can feel them just below the skin —
overweight means you can neither see or feel the ribs. The Daschund
must have a tapered waist and not a hang-down belly. Talk to the
veterinarian if you are in doubt. The medical professional will tell
you the exact quantity of food to give to your dog. Do walk the
Daschund and try to play with it every day. Do not provide excess
treats to your dog. Do feed the dog weight maintenance food if it has
May 13, 2019
by Lynn Merton
English Springer Spaniel breed of dog was developed as a gun dog to
spring or flush out game from fields. This breed makes a popular
companion. The dogs are not only versatile and immensely athletic,
but it also scores high marks in tracking and hunt tests. This canine
is obedient and makes an excellent companion for camping and hiking.
Springer Spaniels are medium-sized animals with a gentle expression.
They have drop ears. A dense and medium length coat adorn their
compact body. The body hair is longer on the animal’s ears, belly,
chest, and legs. They wag their tails when happy. The body is longer
than how much tall they are but not much. This is as they are bred
for hunting and a longer dog will tire quickly.
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English Springer Spaniel is a lively and beautiful dog. This breed
makes for wonderful family companions if you give them the exercise
and training they need. The dogs are smart and enthusiastic. They
want to make their owners happy and have an endearing sense of humor.
Springer Spaniels gel well with children if they are acquainted with
humans from puppyhood. They get well with other household pets. The
only exception is birds as the dogs view them as prey. Remember they
are bred to do exactly so.
English Spaniel Springer is a hunting dog, you must give your dog
ample amounts of exercise. It is important to leash them when you
place them in unfenced areas as they can go hunting on their own.
Many owners who do not hunt but have Springer Spaniels make their
canines participate in various activities like agility and obedience
competitions. Other than superlative trackers, these dogs make
excellent therapy dogs, suitable for people who spend their time in
nursing homes and hospitals.
adopt Springer Spaniels if you want a guard dog. Although they will
bark when they see a stranger, their gentle and loving nature will
make them crave attention from complete strangers. This dog breed is
people-oriented and not a one-person canine. You should not leave the
Springer Spaniel alone in the house for a more extended period of
time. Isolation is not suitable for the mental health of such a breed
finally decide to take a Springer Spaniel home, remember this breed
hates to be alone and could become nuisance barkers in-case, they
find themselves isolated. Although these dogs are of even
temperament, there are several recent reports where dogs of this
breed are reputed to be too aggressive or too submissive. This, of
course, depends on the owner. Do not be such kind of owner who would
hurt a dog.
May 10, 2019
by Lynn Merton
The best advantage of owning a cat is the animal’s low
maintenance aspect. All you need to do is to clean out the litterbox once a
day. That’s all (other than the affection of course). However, there are those
rare times when your cat, the normally groom crazy animal, develop skin issues
which result in the feline smelling bad.
If your cat suddenly begins to smell bad, then it is time to
take it to the veterinarian. There could be many causes as to why a cat could
develop odors like infection, fur issues, mouth issues, old age, and illness.
Some such problems could be corrected, and this means you must give your
furball some extra care. Illness is the
most frequent cause of your cat smelling bad. It could be possible that the disease
makes the cat too tired to groom itself. There is also the possibility that the
illness itself could make the animal smelly. Examine the cat for other
tell-tale signs. The animal could have lost weight, and its eating has become
Infection and mouth issues
Infection is another reason for a cat to smell bad. An
infection can hide for long under the thick fur. The fur may hide wounds or
injuries. You should check the feline carefully searching for tender spots. Do
check its body for fleas. A flea bite could turn into a scaly sore which may
smell bad. In case your cat suffers from an infection, the animal most likely
needs an antibiotic issued by any licensed vet. It will help to clear the
The cat may smell due to tooth or mouth issues as well. This
is particularly applicable for older cats which have bad breath. This affects
their saliva quality. It means when the older cat grooms itself, the bad odor
of the saliva from its mouth transfers to the thick coat, making the animal a
bad smelling one. If you have multiple cats, and the affected cat grooms its
companions, the other cats will also smell bad. You must examine the mouth of
your cat and determine whether its bad breath is the cause. Bad breath is
generally due to decay of a tooth or could be a chronic illness sign like
This issue entails a visit
to the veterinarian for either a tooth being extracted and subsequently being
cleaned or assists the kitty in coping with kidney function loss. If tooth
decay was the problem, change the normal cat food and go upmarket to buy
quality cat food. It is crucial to make sure that the cat either gets treats or
dry cat food every day. This dry food assists in cleaning the mouth and the
teeth. The more expensive cat foods contain reduced amounts of sugar and
additives which cause tooth decay.
May 9, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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It is common sense that you should never kiss your cat on its mouth. There is more than an even chance that doing so may make you fall sick. The worst-case scenario includes you dying. The presence of pathogens like viruses and bacteria also means it is unwise to allow your cat to share your bed when you sleep. These pathogens are deadly when transmitted to humans. They will not go fully even if you give your kitty a thorough wash.
Greater chance of being infected
The rising ownership of cats among the urban population has
only increased the risks. There are now more interactions between animals and
their owners. Other humans, like passersby who were attracted by a cute cat,
and touches the animal, could also be affected. A common feline disease
transmitted by kissing the cat is Corynebacterium ulcerans. This disease is common
among humans who care for stray cats. The pathogen gets transmitted to humans
when the animal sneezes. The results is a sore throat or cough or any other
cold-like symptoms. There could be breathing difficulties or something much
more complicated. This is why you should never approach a cat with a runny
Many infected diseases could be transmitted from animals to
humans. These infections have a term: zoonoses. The biting of a cat infected
with thrombocytopenia syndrome or SFTS could cause death. The felines get this
infection from an unfortunate hard tick bike. People close to their pets have a
higher chance of suffering from infections. Pasteurellosis is a common zoonose.
Almost 95% of cats have this horrible bacterium inside their mouths. When this
zoonose infects a human, the result will be aching and swelling. There will
also be coughing and fever, and other cold-like symptoms — the worst cases
involve sepsis and meningitis. Death may happen in severe cases.
The good news is that it is
possible to cure zoonoses with antimicrobial drugs. Although cats may remain
unaffected by the pathogens, humans, who come near the affected animal develop
symptoms which are like a common cold. This makes it much harder for doctors to
diagnose the infection. The result? Treatment of the disease comes much later.
Almost every pet owner or those who live near pets are vulnerable as the
animals carry pathogens. Any veterinarian would recommend that you should not
kiss your pet on its mouth or near it. The same advice can be applied when you
want your furball to sleep with you on your bed- do not do it. Place the cat in
its designated room and close the door. You need a good night’s sleep-which the
presence of the cat cannot provide you. Regularly trim your pet’s nails and
quickly dispose off the cat’s urine and feces.