The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

February 14, 2020
by Lynn Merton
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Tips to Protect Your Cat from Pollution in 2020

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Pollution is on a rise, with some places being affected worse than others. If you live in an area with high levels of pollutants, in the air and water, along with yourself, it is important for you to keep your pets safe as well. Our pets depend on us for their health and well being. As a cat parent, it is your duty to make sure your cat is safe from pollution this year.

So how do you ensure your cat’s safety when pollution levels are high. Here are a few tips that can help.

Keep your cat active – The first thing you need to do is keep your cat active with adequate exercise, so that their immunity system becomes strong. A string immunity system will help your cat fight against the pollutants if at all they do enter their system. Regular exercise helps your cat build a healthy respiratory as well as cardiovascular system, which in turn will help them maintain good health.

Notice your own breathing – If the level of pollutants is high in the air, you yourself will start finding it a bit difficult to breathe. If the pollution is affecting your breathing, it will affect your cat all the more so. Cats, unlike humans, will not start coughing or sneezing when they come on contact with pollutants, including pollen in the air. Instead, they will start scratching and licking themselves. Keep a look out for this sort of behavior. You can get indoor air cleansing plants to make sure the air in your house is clean and safe for you and your cat.

Use hypo-allergenic shampoos and conditioners – If you notice your pet scratching himself or herself, it is best to bathe them with a hypo-allergenic shampoo and conditioner. These products can reduce the itchiness while improving skin health. Your cat will feel a lot more comfortable after a bath.

Take care when it comes to water – A large number of areas have issues with water pollution these days, thanks to garbage and industrial waste being disposed in water bodies. In such situations, you no doubt would be turning to bottled water, to avoid consuming polluted water. The same should apply for your pet. If at all the water in your area is polluted, make sure your pet does not consume this infected water. As a pet parent, you need to make sure that your pet is safe and healthy and free of all ailments. Pollution is something we cannot escape, but if we are careful and vigilant, we can improve our pets’ quality of life by not allowing the pollution to affect them. Install an air purifier in your home to make sure the pollution in the air does not affect your cat.

February 13, 2020
by Lynn Merton
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Tips to domesticate an outdoor cat

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While many believe that cats love being outdoors and are not meant to lead a life within the confines of a home, this is not entirely true. Cats love the indoor life, no wonder you can see cats sitting peacefully on the window sill, watching the world go by, with not a single worry. However, if you are planning in domesticating an outdoor cat, you need to know how to do it, so that the cat does not feel threatened. Here are a few tips on domesticating an outdoor cat.

Know that it is possible

You first need to be determined to get your cat to live indoors. The indoors are so much safer for your cat. No threat of traffic or bigger animals attaching your cat. The trick it to know how to make the indoor appealing to your cat so that he or she will want to stay indoors.

Slow and steady

Move your cat from the outdoors to the indoors gradually. You do not want the move to be a shock to your cat’s system. Some cats will start adjusting quickly, while some will take longer and will make quite a fuss. But you need to keep at it. Know that you are doing this for your cat’s good and you need to keep trying till the cat gets used to living indoors. Here are a few quick tips:

  • Feed your cat all his or her meals indoors and let them out only once they have eaten. However, do not let them put immediately, keep them in for longer periods of time each day.
  • Introduce your cat to a litter box before you move him or her indoors. Once the cat learns how to use the litter box, you can move the litter box indoors.
  • Do not scream or yell at your cat, and do not hit them in an attempt to keep them indoors. This will only make your cat get scared of you, and want to escape all the more.
  • If your cat does try to make a dash for the open door, squirt some water at the cat or jingle some pennies so that they do not repeat the behaviour.
  • Make sure your cat has a bed or a soft area to sleep so that he has an incentive to stay indoors.

Make life inside fun

Once you have convinced your cat to come indoors, you need to ensure that he or she wants to stay there and not run away. The best way to do this is to make the indoors as fun an intriguing as the outdoors. You can get some cat toys, a cat tower and even cat tunnels which will keep your cat entertained inside. Create a comfortable seat for your cat near a sunny window so that he can bask in the sun and enjoy the view of the great outdoors from the safety of your home.

February 12, 2020
by Lynn Merton
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Signs That Your Dog Suffers from Heart Failure

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Heart failure in dogs is referred to as Congestive Heart Failure or CHF. CHF is the condition where the heart of your pet turns incapable of pumping blood that is necessary for the body to function properly.

This failure to pump blood causes the blood to flow back into other parts of the dog’s body. The common parts to which blood flows are the lungs, abdomen and the area surrounding the lungs. CHF can lead to failure of the left or right side of the heart, or both.

Being aware of certain signs of CHF can help you seek the right treatment at the right time for your dog, which can be life-saving for him:

  • Persistent cough accompanied by difficulty in breathing – This symptom is due to the accumulation of fluids in the lungs. The heart, which gets enlarged following CHF, pushes the trachea in the backward direction. This abnormal movement can cause irritation in the respiratory system and result in steady cough.

Such coughing occurs even when your dog is sleeping or is simply resting. You may notice excessive panting too.

  • Fatigue – Dogs with CHF tend to tire out easily. They have less stamina and show less enthusiasm to play, walk, or participate in any leisure activity.
  • Loss of Appetite and Loss of Weight- Your  dog starts losing interest in food steadily. His body loses the ability to store fat. As a result, his body starts losing weight.
  • Swelling of the Abdomen– The swelling is a result of accumulation of fluids in the abdomen.
  • Bluish or Pale Gum Color – The change in color is a result of a decrease in the flow of oxygen.
  • Fainting – The  dog can faint  if flow of blood to the brain gets interrupted.

If you notice the above signs, take your dog to the vet immediately.

What Causes CHF?

Genetics is the common reason for CHF. As CHF is genetic, there is no way to prevent the condition. Smaller dogs are at greater risk of inheriting CHF because heart valves in such dogs tend to degenerate at a faster rate compared to valves in larger dogs.

In some larger breeds of dogs such as Great Danes, Newfoundlands and St. Bernards, the risk of developing CHF is higher as these breeds possess dilated heart muscles. Dogs with poor heart condition are also prone to CHF.

Prevention

CHF cannot be prevented as it is a genetic condition. However; CHF resulting from poor heart health can be prevented by preventing obesity and heartworm affliction.

Heartworm disease is a serious concern in dogs as they are the most natural hosts for heartworms (also called foot-long worms). Heartworms prey on the host dog’s lungs, heart, and blood vessels therein. As a result, these dogs can face potentially fatal conditions of heart failure, lung failure, and organ damage.

Prevention or timely treatment are crucial for dogs as heartworms tend to live, mate, breed and mature, in their body. Left untreated, the worm population increases, which can turn fatal for your pet. A diagnosis by a pet chest specialist, chest X-rays, and echocardiogram may form part of CHF treatment. Urine and blood tests may also be prescribed to rule out other possible reasons. In addition to medication, lifestyle changes may be recommended.

February 11, 2020
by Lynn Merton
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First things to do when you get a rescue puppy home

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Getting a rescue puppy home is easily one of the best experiences. You have given the puppy a forever home and the puppy is no doubt going to fill your home with happiness and lots and lots of fun. There are a few things you need to take care of as soon as you get your rescue puppy home so that the transition from shelter to home is smooth for your furry friend.

Show your puppy the house – Take your puppy to each room and show him around. Let him explore the place under your supervision. The puppy might be a bit nervous at first since he is in unknown territory, but he will soon get used to the house. If the puppy tries to bite things or lift things up from around the house, say NO in a stern voice, but do not hit or scream at the puppy.

Let him explore the yard – Make sure you get a collar and a leash for the puppy and put the collar on as soon as you get him home. Put the puppy on the leash and let him explore the backyard and your garden. He will most probably take his own time, sniffing every corner. Be patient with the puppy and let him take his time.

Show him his sleeping area – If you have a bed or a soft area where your puppy will sleep and rest, show your puppy that area and let him get comfortable. It always helps to give your puppy a soft toy to make him feel more at home.

Introduce him to the family – Once the puppy starts settling in, let him meet all the members of the family he is going to be living with. Ask your family to be gentle with the puppy. If there are kids in the house, do not let them get over excited, since this might make the puppy a bit apprehensive. See how the puppy reacts to meeting everyone. If your puppy seems all jumpy and excited, you can freely allow your family to play with him.

Show him his water and food bowl – Pour your puppy some water and some milk in his bowls. You may have to dip your finger in the water and feed the puppy a few times before he understands that he is supposed to eat and drink from the bowls.Schedule the visit to the vet – Once your puppy is happy and comfortable in your home, schedule a visit to the vet. You need to speak with the vet and make sure your puppy gets all the vaccinations he needs. Also check with your vet on when you can bathe your puppy.

February 10, 2020
by Lynn Merton
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Fad Diets & Your Pets: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

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We all obsess over our diets. The food we consume directly affects how healthy a life we lead. The same applies to our pets as well. As a responsible pet owner, you need to pay close attention to the kind of diet you make your pet follow as this will dictate how healthy your pet stays. With the number of options available and the amount of information available online about diets your pet should be following, it can get quite challenging to make a decision. Everywhere you turn, either online or offline, you will find someone talking about the latest pet dietary trend and fad. But do you give in and follow fad diets for your pets?

Pets and nutrition

Our pets need a lot of energy for all the running around that they do. In order to have adequate energy to last them through the day, it is vital that our pets follow a balanced diet. A balanced diet can give your pet energy and keep them healthy. Pet diets should have a balance of minerals, fat, vitamins, carbs, proteins as well as water. If your pet does not get enough nutrients, they will be listless and can also get ill.

Fad diets and your pet

There are quiet a few fad diets that have become quite popular of late. People have started following diets that are in line with their beliefs and their lifestyles, and a number of people insist that their pets follow the same as well. For example, a large number of people are turning vegan of late, and while that is commendable, a vegan diet might not always be the right choice for your pet. Fad diets can be dangerous for your pet as they might be getting enough nutrition from the food they are allowed to eat.

Trends like organic, raw, vegan, paleo, grain-free, non-GMO were initially limited to humans alone. However, these trends have now made their way to animal food as well, and this might not be the best thing to happen. Fad diets can be extremely expensive and can be quite harmful for your pets.

Raw food diets can prove to be harmful since they pose a threat of food poisoning. Raw meat poses the threat of salmonella which can be extremely dangerous for our pets. Grain free diets are linked with heart diseases in animals as the food does not give the pets enough of nutrition. Vegan and vegetarian diets can lead to nutrient deficiency in pets, making them listless all the time. In this digital age, it is easy to get swayed by the information available online. But when it comes to our pets, we need to be ever so careful. Consult with your vet before you make your pet start following a fad diet.