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March 17, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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The 5 Simple Tips That Can Help Your Cat Lose Weight

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Overview

Obesity in cats is common that you think. In fact, obese and overweight cats have actually outnumbered cats with normal weight. Obesity in your feline friend can be dangerous because it predisposes it to diseases like hepatic lipidosis, diabetes and arthritis. Diet and activities are extremely important for helping your cat lose weight.

When it comes to eating, cats either simply skim on their food and don’t over-eat or keeping craving for more food despite being heavily fed. Cats can face significant health issues even with 0.5-1 kilogram of extra weight, subjecting them to diabetes and reducing their lifespan.

How to help your cat lose weight?
Now that you know the perils of obesity in cats, you must be wondering how to help your feline friend lose weight. You can follow the following five tips that we have compiled to help you achieve this:

Determine your cat’s calorie requirement: To do this, multiply its weight in kilograms by 30, then add 70, and then multiply the result by 0.8. To illustrate: (5kg x 30 + 70) x 0.8 = 176 calories per day. If your cat eats less than this, it is likely to lose weight and vice-versa. You can reduce its calorie-intake by 15% for steady weight loss.

Use a dispenser or treat ball: You can consider putting all your cat’s dry food in a dispenser or treat ball for slowing down its eating and increasing its exercise. You also make a dispenser at home with a toilet paper roll holder which is sealed at both the ends with tape. You should avoid free choice feeding and think in terms of ounces instead of cups of food.

Consider giving small meals: Another way to control the diet of your cat is by feeding it with small meals throughout the day. Most cats like to eat 7 times in a day. So you can consider splitting its day’s meal into small parts for increasing its satiety. Also add more proteins to its diet for better metabolism.

Add more water to its diet: Water keeps your cat’s body hydrated and makes it feel full. You can add more water to its diet so that it curbs your cat’s hunger pangs and satisfy its appetite quickly. You can do this with both dry and wet foods for your cat. Also, cut down the amount of dry foods you give to your cat because they contain less water and more carbohydrates.

10 minutes of exercise: Finally, you should at least play with or exercise your feline friend for at least 10 minutes a day. Use cat toys that enable it to jump and pounce. You need to keep its predator instincts alive through regular exercise, otherwise it would become lazy and gain weight.

March 17, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Know These 5 First-Aid Tips For Treating Your Pet

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It’s no secret that knowing a couple of handy first-aid tips can help you save lives. In fact, most schools have now started teaching children the correct way to read symptoms and give first-aid if necessary. Your pet is also an important part of your family and knowing which first-aid treatment measures to follow during emergency can make a lot of difference. Here are 5 tips that every pet owner should know the next time they give first-aid.

  1. Take precautions

    Injured animals will be in a lot of pain and sometimes they tend to bite that want to help them. This is a natural phenomenon and animals want to protect themselves from further pain. If your pet is in great physical pain, then approach him after wearing protective gloves. Don’t leave your skin exposed and cover up as much as possible.

  2. Call a vet

    Whether you know how to handle a pet or not is irrelevant during an emergency. The first thing that you should do is call up the vet. Then proceed with the first-aid techniques which you have learned.

  3. Keep a kit ready

    Don’t keep bandages and medicines lying around at different corners of the house. Make a first-aid kit and keep all the essential things in that kit. The kit should include bandages, surgical sticky tape, cotton, non-adhesive absorbent dressing, blunt scissors and some antiseptics.

  4. Understand the type of injury

    Every injury may not be physical injury and you should look for signs and symptoms which will tell you more about the disease. For ex., if your pet is restless and moaning but you don’t find any injury on the body, then the problem is internal and should be attended by a vet. Similarly, if you find your pet nauseating, then it means he has swallowed something poisonous.

  5. Know what you’re dealing with

    Different first-aids are given to pets with different injuries. For ex., burns should be treated first with cold water and then a saline soaked dressing should be applied. In case of cuts and bruises, put a bandage and if the bleeding is too heavy, then put another layer of bandage over the first one. Call the vet immediately.

Conclusion

Every pet owner should know how to apply first-aid during an emergency because accidents can happen any time and it’s best to stay prepared. Keep a first-aid kit in hand and follow the tips.

March 15, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Take Care! This Food Might Be More Harmful Than Beneficial For Your Pet

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If you have a pet, then you know the amount of effort you need to give to ensure your pet is taken care of in the best way. However, things that might be absolutely harmless for you might act in the opposite way for your dog or cat. Food is one such thing. You might indulge in a particular food and must have eaten it all your life but that does not mean it will be good for your pet too.

Milk and dairy products may seem like the most harmless of all foods but if you are giving it to your pet, then you should stop immediately. It seems absurd that cats, who can literally live on milk are also included in the list but the truth is, milk is harmful to cats too.

Why is milk harmful?

Unlike us, our pets do not have a significant amount of lactase in the digestive system which is required to break down milk into smaller components. Another reason why pets shouldn’t be given milk is because they might be lactose intolerant and you might not even know about it. But then what about mother’s milk then? Every child born must be fed mother’s milk because it contains all the essential nutrients that even the best food in the world can’t provide. In puppies, the enzyme lactase is found in abundance and therefore it does not affect puppies. However, when the puppy grows up, some of the enzyme gets lost and dogs develop an intolerance towards milk.

However, recent research has shown that dogs can drink cow and goat milk and it does not cause any harm. In certain cases, it causes diarrhea or other complications in the stomach. Dogs often have a difficult time digesting the lactose and in some cases, develop serious stomach complications.

Milk and dairy products including chocolates can be replaced with other nutritional supplements which provide the same amount of energy. Consult a pet dietician or a veterinary doctor for learning more about the food replacements.

Conclusion

Milk and dairy products are harmful to pets and can cause serious medical conditions. As a pet keeps growing, the level of lactase enzyme in the digestive system keeps decreasing. The lactase breaks down lactose into smaller, more digestible substances. However, since the body lacks an adequate amount of lactase enzyme, milk and dairy products become toxic. Diseases like pancreatitis and diarrhea are some of the complications that take place in a pet’s body if the lactose does not get digested properly. In the case of serious complications, take your pet to the vet and have him/her checked. Additionally, remove milk and dairy products from the diet.

March 15, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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What Does Your Dog’s Urine Say About His/Her Health?

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Urine or the end product of the urinary system in the body often acts as an indicator of health. Doctors study urine samples to draw conclusions about the health of an individual. Urine and stool samples can reveal a lot about an animal’s health too. Even if there are no physical signs that indicate illness, studying stool and urine samples can give a better insight about the health.
Below is a list of different urine colors and what they indicate in a dog.

  1. Clear to light yellow

    The color of urine in a healthy dog should be light yellow. It is an indication that the dog is not suffering from any kind of illness. If the urine completely lacks water, then it means your dog is drinking excess water or the urine is not getting concentrated enough. Clear urine is not a good sign and you should consider consulting a vet.

  2. Bright or dark yellow

    Bright or dark yellow urine indicates dehydration or other illness involving the loss of water from the body. It is a sign that the urine is too concentrated. Make sure clear and fresh drinking water is available to your pet at all times. Also, don’t add anything extra to the water as your dog might be avoiding the water because of the smell it gives out.

  3. Any other color other than yellow

    If you find your dog’s urine to be of any other color like brown, orange or even red, then it is a cause for concern and you should take your dog to the vet immediately. Brown and orange colors are indicators of myoglobin, a protein that the muscles release when the body is stressed. Red urine is a sign of bleeding and is a serious condition.

Urinalysis

Urine tests can reveal a lot about your dog’s body. The urine is measured for various substances that might be present in the sample. The sample is tested for things like acidity, sugar, blood, ketone and a variety of other substances. Any irregularities in the normal level of the substances in the urine will indicate illness. For ex., a high level of sugar will reveal diabetes or presence of protein will reveal bacterial infection.

Conclusion

Sometimes it is hard to say whether a dog is ill or not by looking at his/her physical appearance. A urine sample analysis can reveal a lot about health. In fact, just by looking at the color of the urine, one can tell whether the dog is sick or not. Normal urine color should be light yellow. Any deviation from that color is an indication of health problems and should be taken to the vet for a health check-up.

March 14, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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5 Tips For Building Good Relationships Between Your Pet Dog And Cat

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Remember that scene from Tom & Jerry where Butch keeps chasing Tom around the house? It was hilarious, right? But what if the same happened in your house? It would be a nightmare, wouldn’t it? If you have a cat and you’re planning to get a dog or vice-versa, make sure you don’t do it as a surprise to your pet. Sometimes, pets don’t get along with their kind so it’s tough to say how they are going to react when a different animal suddenly occupies their space.
However, if you already have a cat and a dog, then here are five tips to that will help your pets build a better relationship amongst themselves

#1 Introduction

The introduction phase can happen in many ways. Either allow your pet to socialize with different dogs and cats for a certain period of time. Only after your pet has become comfortable interacting with the animal of the opposite species can you plan on introducing a new family member.

#2 Take it easy

Don’t fret about why your pets aren’t getting along too well. Like humans, pets also need space and you should give them that. There are some animals who are always excited to meet new people but then there are others who are shy and will wait for a longer period of time before they start interacting with other animals.

#3 Let your pet choose

Letting your pet choose the new family member is a wonderful idea. Animals often make decisions depending on smell and sometimes no matter what you do, they may not feel comfortable if the other animal smells strange. That is why it is important to take your pet along with you.

#4 Create separate space for them

Divide the space in your house for them. Keep separate eating, playing and even litter places for them. Slowly and gradually you can try mixing up their space to see how they both react. Give them time and they will grow into each other.

#5 Stop them whenever necessary

It is common for animals to fight each other when they meet for the first time. If you feel they’re going into a fight even if they look like they’re playing, stop them immediately. Teach them not to attack each other. You can even use treats when they show good behavior towards the other animal.

Conclusion

Sometimes it is hard for cats and dogs to get along but there are ways in which you can make sure that they socialize well. Your pets are your family members and ensuring that that they have a good relationship is very important for the family.