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February 10, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Animal Bullying And Protecting Pet Rights

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Animal bullying is no different than bullying and it is seen as a crime. Physical violence on animals makes them psychologically unstable and prone to abnormal behavior. Some animals show signs of extreme rage while others show signs of withdrawal and fear. And often, such animals are deemed as dangerous for people to be around. But is it really the animals fault when all it does is react to the physical and psychological torture that has been inflicted on him?

The question that needs to be asked is “why do some people show such violent behavior towards animals?” Studies have found that bullies don’t just bully animals but do the same thing with people as well.

Animal bullies are a threat for everyone

Research has shown that individuals who enjoy torturing animals are five times more likely to exhibit violent behavior towards people than other bullies. They are often involved in domestic violence cases and includes beating up children. From where the aggression comes is a matter of debate and many have associated it with psychological instability. Such people have an inborn desire for hurting animals and resort to sadistic pleasures to satisfy themselves.

Bullying includes hitting, kicking and even burning animals deliberately to derive pleasure from the act. According to PETA, such acts happen on a daily basis and individuals who do it are no better than criminals.

Protecting pet rights

It is important to have pet rights because without them it will be impossible to keep a track of bullies and animal abusers. Most countries have established rules and regulations that protect pets from abuse. It also extends to animals used for research, breeding and meat. However, the laws are not as stringent for them as it is for other animals.

People who support animal rights believe that animals have a value that cannot be compared to the value of humans. In the last decade, animal rights have become a social movement as more and more people come out in support of the cause. According to supporters, it is prejudice that separates the rights of one animals from the other. Such prejudices must be abolished and every animal should share a similar right to live.

Conclusion

Animals have rights and it is everyone’s duty to protect them. Especially from bullies who think it is fun to torture animals. Bullies are a threat to the society and must be prevented from indulging in sadistic acts. Protecting animal rights is a collective effort and organizations like PETA have already shown how to do it. Everyone should be aware of the laws that protect pets in their residential country and should vouch to help animals who desperately need help.

February 9, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Natural Remedies For Treating Pets At Home

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What do you do when you feel sick or you are down with an ailment but don’t want to visit your doctor? You look for home remedies that are easily accessible and effective too. There are different natural remedies available for your pets too. Here is a small list of many natural ingredients which you can use for treating your pets at home.

  1. Yogurt

    If you like yogurt and if it’s readily available in your home, then give some to your pets to keep their intestines free from bacteria. It also provides a natural protection against yeast infections if your dog is treated with antibiotics. A little yogurt along with routine food can have wonderful effects on your dog’s health.

  2. Vitamin E

    Vitamin E is a good solution for treating age lines and in dogs you can use it for treating dry skin. massage vitamin E oil directly on the skin or use it during a bath. Either way is reaches the inner parts and nourishes the skin. However, do check with your vet and take safety measures if recommended.

  3. Oatmeal

    Having a dog who continuously scratches himself can be annoying. The itchiness in animals arises due to allergies and one of the best treatments for allergies is lying in your house. Oatmeal! Use finely grounded oatmeal and mix it with warm water to create a bath. Wash your dog with the oatmeal water and soon the allergies and infections will disappear.

  4. Epsom salt

    Epsom salt is a great remedy for treating limps and muscle pain in animals. Add about half a cup of Epsom salt to warm water and soak your pet in it. The Epsom salt will relieve your dog from muscle pain and soon the limping will disappear.

  5. Butter

    If you have cats, then you how annoying it is to have hairballs inside your house. Sure, you can use a brush to get rid of them but cleaning it with butter works even better. After you use a brush, wipe using a moist towel that has a little butter in it. You’ll see the difference in a few days.

  6. Lemon water

    Fleas are the worst thing for an animal and as an owner it is your duty to make sure your pet doesn’t have them. Warm some water with lemons soaked in it. Keep the water overnight and use it as a spray or wipe it on your pet’s body. The lemon cleans the skin and gets rid of the flea problem.

    Conclusion

    There are different ingredients available in your house that can be used to treat different pet problems. From lemon to oatmeal, the treatment methods are easy and effective.

February 8, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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What is Feline Acne and How to Treat It

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If you notice tiny specks under your cat’s chin that do not wash away, perhaps your cat is suffering from feline acne or chin acne, a condition affecting cats in several numbers. The condition, characterized by red bumps on cats’ chin, may progress to become oozing, painful and open sores if left without treatment. If you have cat showing signs of acne, you shouldn’t delay in consulting a vet.

What causes feline acne?
The exact cause of feline acne is unknown, but hyperactive sebaceous glands and allergens are considered potential reasons for feline acne. The sebaceous glands produce sebum, an oily substance produced in your cat’s chin. Some cats produce sebum in large quantities, and cause dead skin cells to plug the chin’s hair follicles. The blocked hair follicles convert into blackheads called comedones on the lips and chin, which are often confused as dirt.

The blackheads eventually become red, itchy bumps, then pimples, and finally convert to abscesses at an advanced stage, which rupture and bleed causing furunculosis. In severe cases, swelling, hair loss and development of draining tracks is common. Scratching amplifies the process and lead to infections like cellulitis in advanced stages.

However, some other causes of feline acne are as follows:

  • Reduced immunity
  • Stress and trauma
  • Food sensitivity
  • Bacterial contamination
  • Seborrheic dermatitis

Symptoms of feline acne

Symptoms of feline acne include the following:

  • Blackheads or whiteheads
  • Red Pimples
  • Watery crusts on the lips and chin
  • Itching and swelling in the chin
  • Development of nodules and bleeding crusts, hair loss, pustules, pain and severe redness.

Diagnosis of feline acne
Diagnosis of feline acne begins with a thorough review of your cat’s medical history and physical examination. Vets usually use visual examination of the chin to diagnose the issue. Such examination rules out other issues such as fungal infection, mange, feline leprosy, tumors and allergies, or other skin imbalances. Your vet may also reckon upon certain procedures like taking fungal culture, skin scraping to identify mites or fungi, microscopic cell examinations, and biopsy, which is seldom needed.

Treatment of feline acne
Treatment options available for feline acne usually aim at reducing sebum. However, the treatment greatly depends on the severity of the condition. Feline acne of mild forms are treated without strong medications. You only have to keep a watch on your cat’s chin to ensure that blackheads are not progressing towards something more severe.

You should never squeeze blackheads from your cat’s chin lest it become infected. You can use antibiotic soaps, witch hazel, and Epsom or iodine salts to clean the area. Severe cases of feline acne require gel or ointment containing benzoyl peroxide or chlorhexidine, and topical glucocorticoids to reduce inflammation.

February 7, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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All You Need To Know About Feline Cardiac Arrhythmia

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Cardiac issues are not confined to humans only. Your feline friend may also counter a cardiac issue that may prove weakening and fatal at times. In order to treat such issues, you need to understand them properly. Abnormal heart rhythms of your cat is a sign that something is wrong and needs your attention.

What is feline cardiac arrhythmia?

Cardiac arrhythmia is an abnormal pattern of your cat’s heartbeat. The issue can be associated with a heartbeat too fast or too slow, or strong or weak, or a problem in the region where electrical signals are initiated in the heart. Cats of any age, breed or sex may suffer from cardiac arrhythmia. There are different types of feline cardiac arrhythmia, some of which may not fatal at all. But it is always recommended to seek help before the issue complicated itself.

Causes of feline cardiac arrhythmia

While arrhythmia is associated with abnormal heartbeat patterns, it does not always mean that your cat has a heart condition. Cardiac arrhythmia can be caused due to a number of factors, some of which are as follows:

  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Anemia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Tumors
  • Drug reactions
  • Trauma
  • Cyclic change in the vagus nerves connected with respiration
  • Gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases, congestive heart failure, intracranial pressure, digitalis toxicity, and cerebral disorders.

Symptoms of feline cardiac arrhythmia

The symptoms of feline cardiac arrhythmia include the following:

  • Irregular heartbeat patterns including rapid or slow heartbeat, or a one that skips a beat
  • Physical weakness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Collapse

Diagnosis

Blood tests, including biochemical profile and blood count, should be performed to detect the issue. Some cats may be diagnosed with anemia, organ dysfunction or hyperthyroidism, which may underlie feline cardiac arrhythmia. Electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to diagnose the issue. An ECG oscilloscope or radiographs are used to detect the type and extent of feline cardiac arrhythmia. If upper airway disease is suspected, your vet can use pharyngoscopy or laryngoscopy, by which a tubular device is inserted into the cat’s respiratory track for examining the region visually.

Treatment and Prevention

The treatment for feline cardiac arrhythmia depends on the type and severity of the problem. Each type of cardiac arrhythmia in cats is addressed and managed differently. Specific treatment for cardiac arrhythmia is required only when the issue is connected with symptomatic slow heartbeat. The issue not related to respiration can be treated for underlying causes with medications. You vet may recommend caloric restrictions in case your cat is overweight, which restricts air flow.

There is no way to prevent feline cardiac arrhythmia. You can only observe the early signs of irregular heartbeats and consult a vet to treat the same.

February 6, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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5 Common Health Issues in Small Dogs

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Introduction

If you are an owner of a small dog, the perks are many; you can walk your dog around without much tiredness, you can cuddle with it, you can talk them to more places, and you can easily bathe and feed them. Small dogs, with their cuteness and amiable nature, become your best friend at home who play and run around with you. It is also said that small dogs live longer than bigger dogs.

However, sometimes the cons of having a small dog overpowers the pros. Small dogs are susceptible to several health issues that can daunt you as a pet owner. Some dogs like French Bulldog, Lhasa Apsos, Boston Terriers, and Pekingese are cuddly and cute, but face some daunting health issues that pet owners need to be aware of.

Health Issues Facing Small Dogs

As a pet owner with a small dog, you should understand the following health issues that your little pooch may suffer:

  • Patellar Luxation

    Patellar Luxation occurs when the dog’s patella (kneecap) dislocated from the femur, which is the normal anatomic position of the kneecap. Small dogs are more prone to this condition than big dogs. The typical symptoms include prolonged lameness and abnormal hindlimb movement. However, the symptoms vary greatly depending on the persistence and severity of the condition.

  • Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)

    This condition occurs when the cushions located between each vertebra comes into contact with the spinal chord. The condition leads to a range of clinical symptoms such as pain to compression of the spinal chord, leading to discomfort, paralysis and nerve damage. The breeds such as the Beagle, Dachshund, the Shih Tzu, and the Basset Hound are more susceptible to the condition.

  • Pancreatitis

    Although common in big dogs, pancreatitis affects small dogs also due to a number of reasons such as metabolic disorders, obesity, trauma and infection. The typical symptoms include fever, vomiting, dehydration, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Small dogs like the Miniature Poodle are affected mostly by the disease.

  • Hypoglycemia

    Hypoglycemia is characterized by a rapid drop in blood sugar, often triggered by stress, and common in small breeds of 6 to 12 weeks of age. Hypoglycemia is caused by over-metabolization of glucose in the liver, and include lethargy and weakness, imbalance, and tremors as prominent symptoms. In severe cases, the dog may slip into a fatal coma.

  • Ectropion

    Ectropion is another common abnormality affecting flat-faced, short-nose dogs such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Cairn Terriers, and the French Bulldogs. In ectropion, the margin of the dog’s eyelid rolls outward, exposing palpebral conjunctiva, a tissue lining is the inner eyelids. The dog develops a resistance to dust and suffers from watery eyes and irritations.