The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

November 11, 2017
by Lynn Merton

How To Treat Ringworm In Cats

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Ringworms are a common condition in humans but pet owners everywhere dread having to deal with ringworms in their cats. Getting rid of ringworms and the overall treatment of the condition can be quite expensive as well as time-consuming. So instead of going to the vet every time, some pet owners try to treat the condition from the comfort of their home. Cats who are brought up indoors can get ringworms from their owners or from other infected surfaces. Despite the name, ringworm isn’t a type of worm at all but a fungus that can affect the hair, nails, and skin.

Symptoms Of Ringworm

Typical signs that a cat has ringworms is the appearance of lesions on the head, forelimbs, and ears. Ringworms can appear red in the center with flaky patches towards the sides. In its initial stages, it looks like dandruff and as it progresses, the signs appear more severe as the infections can spread through the whole body. Sometimes, you will not be able to find any symptoms at all as fungal spores can remain dormant for a long period of time.

Ways To Prevent And Treat Ringworm

  1. Use anti-fungal creams
    These ointments and sprays can be bought over the counter and are lifesavers when it comes to treating ringworms in cats. They are affordable and provide fast relief.
  2. Give your cat oral medications.
    Oral medications like Itraconazole among others are guaranteed to prevent ringworm in felines. These medications block the spores from sticking to the cat’s fur.
  3. Bathe your cat.
    One of the most effective home remedies for treating cats with ringworms is bathing them using an anti-fungal shampoo. You can use these shampoos on felines that aren’t infected to prevent infection. Go over the usage of the shampoo with your vet.
  4. Apply lime sulfur dips.
    These are another guaranteed remedy for treating feline ringworm. Apply lime sulfur dips to the infected area at least once a week. Lime sulfur dips aren’t exclusively for felines. They can also be used for other infected pets in your household.
  5. Patience is a virtue.
    There are no remedies that promise immediate results. You will start seeing results within 3 weeks of the treatment so it’s important to stay patient.
  6. Clean Household Surfaces
    Indoor cats can acquire ringworm from infected surfaces in the house. Throw away infected items and clean all surfaces with hot water and a bleach solution.
  7. Keep infected pets quarantined.
    When your infected pets are roaming around the house, they have a higher chance of infecting you, your children, and other surfaces in the house.
  8. Clean your house thoroughly.
    Make sure you vacuum your entire house regularly during and after the ringworm treatment. Wash you feline’s bedding, toys, collars, bowls, and other items.

To make sure that your cat is completely cured, it is advisable to continue treatment until you start seeing a change in her lesions and general behavior.

November 9, 2017
by Lynn Merton

7 Cat Breeds That Visit The Vet More Frequently

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Cat breeds are a pretty rare topic of discussion. Unlike dog breeds, there isn’t a lot of considerations when it comes to different types of cats. Cat breeds also have fewer health concerns than dog breeds. There are still some factors to be considered when you’re caring for specific cat breeds as some cats may need a little more attention and veterinary care than others. Some feline breeds are more prone to health conditions than others and knowing which is which can help you in adopting and better taking care of your cat.

  1. Persian
    Just like how dog breeds have different categories, so do cat breeds. The Persian falls under the category ‘brachycephalic’. This category is for cat breeds that have a widened but shortened skull, making it look flat-faced. Because of its congested skull structure, this breed is more at risk of acquiring breathing problems and upper respiratory infections. There have even been some known cases where hair grew into the cat’s nose and eyes. This breed also more genetically prone to renal, cardiac, and kidney diseases, as well as skin, neurological, and reproductive disorders.
  2. Siamese
    A recent Swedish study shows that the Siamese breed has a shorter lifespan when compared to other breeds. Siamese cats usually suffer from mammary tumors, are more prone to cancer, and have a higher chance of acquiring gastrointestinal diseases. Siamese cats can sometimes also face eye disorders that lead to blindness.
  3. Abyssinian
    These cats have the highest rate of blindness when compared to other breeds. They suffer from a hereditary condition which causes the degeneration of their retinas. With the evolution of technology, these conditions have become easier to diagnose and the Abyssinian cats have become a much healthier breed.
  4. Himalayan
    The Himalayan breed was initially created by heavily breeding Persian cats and can, as such, suffer from many of the same genetic conditions. They are also more prone to polycystic kidney disease, which is a fatal disease affecting the kidney.
  5. Sphynx
    These hairless kittens are more prone to upper respiratory infections when compared to other breeds. The fact that they have no fur also puts them at risk for sunburns, skin cancer, skin infections, and hypothermia. These cats are also more at risk of developing a fatal heart disease called mitral valve dysplasia.
  6. Exotic Shorthair
    This breed was created in the same way that the Himalayans were created – by heavily breeding Persians. They also suffer from the same genetic ailments and are also prone to developing PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease).
  7. Scottish Fold
    These cats are more susceptible to cardiomyopathy as well as PKD. The breeding of these cats is also a hassle. Their ear folds have to be taken into account for healthy breeding to take place. When they’re bred wrong, they are put at risk of developing arthritis and other problems.

With the right care, proper treatment, and constant visits to the vet, all these cat breeds can serve as amazing pets.

November 8, 2017
by Lynn Merton

5 Dog Breeds That Prefer To Stay Away From The Water

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Most people expect their furry companions to be good swimmers. That might not always be the case. It is natural to want your dog to accompany you to the beach and maybe cool off with a swim in the lake. But not all dogs are great swimmers. In fact, some breeds prefer to stay as far away from the water as possible. Although these dogs are adorable, dog parents should take special care to leave them at home or someplace safe when going somewhere with water.

Breeds that don’t do very well in water are typically ones that have smaller frames with stubby legs. The way some dogs are built puts them in danger of sinking to the bottom as soon as they enter the water. Here are 7 dog breeds that are not great swimmers while they’re still adorable.

  1. Pugs
    These adorable little dogs are famous for their squished in faces and quirky snorts. Dogs that look like this are more commonly known as brachycephalic dogs. These dogs would need to tilt their head upwards in order to stay afloat and doing that would lead to the rest of their body to point downwards, which makes them achieve a vertical position while they’re in the water, causing them to sink.
  2. Dachshunds
    Although Dachshunds can be taught to swim, they aren’t the best contenders in the water. Their stubby legs make it very hard for them to paddle properly. These adorable pets prefer other fun activities inland. They’re especially good at burrowing, hunting, and fetching.
  3. Basset Hounds
    Basset hounds currently hold the record for having the world’s longest ears. Basset hounds have a dense bone structure and short legs. They can still hunt and track inland as long as there’s no water in the way. Although they can swim, they aren’t really good at it. They carry two-thirds of their entire body weight in the front of their body and that makes it difficult for them to stay afloat.
  4. Bulldogs
    These are dogs that also fall into the brachycephalic category. Known to be sturdy and dense, they do much better when they’re not in the water. They have short legs that make paddling a big hurdle. It also makes supporting their weight very difficult.
  5. Maltese
    These are indoor dogs that are satisfied sitting on your lap and looking cute. This breed is capable of swimming and even paddling but there are certain health conditions that may arise from too much time in the water. The Maltese breed is more at risk for acquiring arthritis, rheumatism, and chills. Taking this breed on a swim with you can worsen his predisposed conditions.

November 7, 2017
by Lynn Merton

4 Ways To Train And Care For Your Siberian Husky Puppy

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If you’re thinking of bringing a Siberian Husky puppy home, then you must have heard that about their easy grooming and friendly temperament. But what you might not have been warned about is the fact that these lovable balls of fur are quite difficult to train and famously stubborn. That’s why it’s important to know the right methods and techniques to use in caring for and training him so you can bring him up properly.

There are a few things that you should expect from these pups and every decision you make concerning the training and care of your puppy can have a large impact on his personality as he grows older. Here are 4 ways in which you can properly train and care for your Siberian Husky.

  1. Care For His Health
  • Feed your husky pup three times a day until he reaches 13 months and then bring it down to twice. For an adult husky, two meals a day is more than sufficient. A pup, however, needs more than that to grow into a strong dog. Keep a schedule to his feeding times so he can get accustomed to the routine.
  • Brush instead of bathe. Huskies are usually really low maintenance. They can usually groom themselves so there’s no need to bathe them for a very long time. You can get away with bathing them just once a year. Just remember to keep a weekly brush schedule as a husky’s thick coat can tangle easily. Also, inspect his ears and brush his teeth.
  • Keep his nails neatly trimmed and get his eyes checked. Siberian Huskies generally have a tendency to develop eye problems like cataracts, corneal dystrophy, and retinal atrophy.
  1. Create A Safe Environment For Him
  • Puppy-proof your home to prevent him from escaping. A young husky is really mischievous and would require constant surveillance. Make sure you have a tall enough fence with a concrete mesh at the base to prevent him from digging through.
  • Exercise him regularly. Huskies require a lot of exercise to stay fit and in shape. Give him at least an hour of exercise on a daily basis. With the lack of proper exercise, Huskies will become really depressed and unhappy.
  • Let him make friends by introducing him to other animals in the area. Huskies are friendly dogs who love playing. They require social comfort to settle into a neighborhood.
  1. Train Your Puppy
  • Set boundaries to show them that you are in charge.
  • Train him to use the potty. You might need professional help for this part. Make sure you watch him and reward him when he accomplishes a task.
  • Try training him by making use of a crate. (You can also use this as part of your potty training.)
  • Leash train him, especially when going for a walk. Huskies have a tendency to make a break for it. Prevent this from happening by giving him proper leash training.
  1. Prepare For The Future
  • Do research on Siberian Huskies and know all there is to know about their physical, emotional, and social characteristics.
  • Make sure you also learn about their different personalities and behaviors.
  • Prepare yourself for a lot of howling. While huskies don’t bark often, they make up for that by howling really loudly.

November 6, 2017
by Lynn Merton

How To Know Your Dog’s Body Condition Score?

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Just as how we have body mass index (BMI) to assess whether we are underweight, ideal weight, or overweight, canines have body condition score (BCS). It is common knowledge that factors which determine our overall health are body weight, body fat, and muscle mass. Although it is important to keep weighing your canine on a regular basis, it is also vital to know its body condition score.

To know your canine’s body condition score, you just need to inspect your dog both visually and with your hands. The body condition score starts from one and ends at nine, which stand of very underweight and very overweight respectively. The ideal score for any canine is four or five, which is what you should be aiming for at all times.

How To Conduct The Body Condition Score? 

To know the body condition score of your canine, follow these steps:

Overhead Check 

First, you need to stand next to your canine in such a way that you can look down on it to assess its overall profile.

Profile Check 

Next, you need to look at your canine from different angles so that you can get a proper assessment of different profiles.

Rib Check 

Last but not the least, use your hands to feel its ribcage as you run them along the sides of your canine. Note down how the ribcage feels as you perform this procedure on your canine.

Ideal Body Condition Score 

When you run your hands along the sides of your canine, you should be able to feel the ribcage beneath a small layer of fat. When you are looking at your canine from the overhead view, the shape of its body should look like an hourglass.  You should be able to view its waist without any problems. When you look at your canine from different profiles, there should be an inward tuck in its abdomen, which is towards its pelvis.

Underweight Body Condition Score 

If you can easily feel the ribcage, then your canine may not have any muscle mass near that area. Also, if the pelvic bones and lumbar vertebrae are visible from all profiles, then your canine is underweight. Also, if the layer of fat is minimal and you can still see all the bones of your canine, then it is underweight.

Overweight Body Condition Score 

If you are finding it challenging to get a feel of your canine’s rib cage or if you have to apply pressure, there are chances it is overweight. To confirm, take a look at its overhead profile to get a better idea. If your canine’s waist is barely visible or absent, and there is a lack of abdominal tuck, then your canine is overweight.

Use these simple steps to assess the body condition score of your canine at home. If you are finding it challenging, contact your vet for more information. If you have any questions regarding this topic, feel free to leave a comment below!