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January 31, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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What Are The Best Gifts You Can Give To Your Four-Legged Friend?

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Your four-legged friend’s birthday is nearby, and you are confused as to what to gift him? Or maybe it’s the holiday seasons and you just want him to get into the holiday mood as much as you. Well, there are literally hundreds of gifts you can choose from and it can become a confusing experience. So, below is a list of the best possible gifts that you can consider.

  1. A new leash
    Leashes come in various shapes, sizes, materials and colors. If your dog or cat is excited about a particular one, then it might be a good idea to gift him one. There are new leashes that are really soft on the neck and you can consider buying one of those.
  2. A new bed
    Ah, sleep! Who doesn’t like that but when your bed’s not comfy, life can feel meaningless. For his birthday get an extra-large bed which can also double as a blanket or both! Your dog will absolutely love you for that.
  3. A new toy
    A toy is one of the more obvious choices so make sure you get one that is completely unique. Not that your dog is going to judge you for your choice, it’s just that it is a special time and your friend deserves the best.
  4. New treats
    The pet market is flooded with different types of treats and you too can discover a new one for your dog. You can choose one, depending on what your dog likes. Maybe, he can develop a taste for it.
  5. Grooming
    Either take him to a pet grooming center or do it yourself at home. It’s your pet’s best day and you wouldn’t want him to look all shabby and worn out. A bath is fine, but he must look his best. Enough to attract the attention and a little envy from all the other pooches in the neighborhood.
  6. New food/water bowl
    A new food/water bowl is also an excellent choice for a gift and it’s sure to make your dog asking for more food. Also, don’t be surprised if he turns into a toy. It is a new object after all!
  7. A new blanket
    If it’s cold, then you might consider gifting him a new sweater or a warm blanket to keep him away from the cold. There are hundreds of options to choose from and if you’re up to it, then you can also consider knitting one.

The choices are endless and there are too many options to choose from. Just make sure that whatever you buy is something that your four-legged friend would absolutely adore.

January 30, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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All You Need To Know About Cyst In The Gums In Dogs

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In general terms, cysts are benign growths that can happen anywhere on the body. In some cases, cysts can transform into malignancy and pets must be immediately taken to a vet before it becomes life-threatening. Cysts in the gums of dogs are also known as dentigerous cysts. These cysts grow as lesions which can affect the bone, tissue and teeth if left untreated. In time, they become painful and almost unbearable for the dog. Dentigerous cysts are the most common type of cysts in dogs and often happen in premolars first.

Causes

The leading cause of these types of cysts is breed. Genetics plays a huge role in determining which type of breed will be prone to dentigerous cysts and which ones won’t. Other than genetics, crowded teeth, un-erupted teeth and trauma to the mouth may lead to cyst formation on their gums.

Diagnosis

A vet will look closely for the physical characteristics that define a cyst. Next, he/she will do a clinical test and/or imaging to understand what’s happening in the mouth and perhaps what’s causing it. Other tests may be required to declare the growth as a cyst and not a tumor or an oral infection.

Treatment

Treatment options depend on the cyst formation and the condition of the dog. One or more of the following options may be used to remove the cyst.

Surgery – It is the primary method for removing cysts in dogs. This also allows the surgeon to remove the lining entirely and clean the area affected so as not to leave behind any debris. To be on the safe side, a surgeon may send a tissue sample to the lab for examination. This is to ensure that there won’t be any additional growths with the cyst.

Root canal – A root canal is performed only when the affected tooth is dead. Extraction may lead to weakening of the jaw.

Grafting – It is a good option when the cyst damages the bone. The vet will use a graft replacement for the damaged bone. This is usually not a treatment method to remove the cyst but is often done in tandem with surgery. It helps strengthen the jaw.

Recovery

Recovery is an important preventive measure as it ensures that the formation of another cyst is kept at bay. In most cases, pet owners are advised to provide softer foods to their pets. In addition, they are also advised to provide plenty of water as it helps in the recovery process. Medications may be provided to alleviate pain. Scheduled visits to the vet is strongly recommended as a new cyst formation, if any, can be diagnosed and treated at the earliest.

January 29, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Is Exercise Safe For Pets Suffering From Cancer?

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It is tough to see our loved ones get infected with the terrible disease called cancer. And that loved one could be from any species. Cancer is a disease that slowly eats up the body from the inside. And while medications and various treatment options exist, it is very important to consider the well-being of the loved one. What else is life if one has not lived!

Pet owners often ask whether their pets can exercise when they have cancer. Pets often love to run around and play but an onset of disease can seriously hamper this lifestyle. But their lack of enthusiasm towards fun and enjoyment is a clear indication that something is wrong.

A simple answer to this would be the type and stage of cancer they are suffering from. If it is bone or muscle related, then perhaps too much strain may not be a good idea. If it is a small benign tumor with no signs of metastasis, then little bit of exercise may not be a bad idea. In fact, it can bring about a positivity to the environment.

Again, cancers that affect the heart, blood flow, blood supply, oxygen supply, breathing and lungs may be sensitive to heavy work. In such cases, exercises must be kept to the bare minimum. Too much running around can have adverse effects.

Pet owners must keep an important fact in mind – exercise does not cure cancer. Or at least that’s what current veterinary research literature suggests. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that doing exercise cures any form of cancer. Exercise may build up immunity and may boost the overall well-being of the pet and if that directly affects any type of cancer, then it becomes a different issue.
In most cases, vets will suggest pet owners to reduce the physical activity of their pets when they are diagnosed with any type of disease. There may be multiple reasons for that. First, it may have serious consequences on the health. Second, the disease may spread. And third, pets may contract other diseases due to the one diagnosed. Cancer is a disease which is still under research and it has been established that cancers are not contagious and do not spread through the air or through contact. However, in cases like a transplant where the immunity is weakened due to certain drugs, cancers may occur.

Conclusion
How cancers occur is still under study and there is no singular reason for it. Pets affected with cancer can exercise provided it does not directly affect the cancer. In nay case, owners must consult trained vets before allowing their pets to exercise or perform physically tiring tasks.

January 26, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Should You Take Your Pet On Public Transportation? Here’s What You Should Know

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Your pet hates confined spaces

Overcrowded with lack of space to move around can be extremely discomforting to your pet. It can cause panic and disorientation and might even bother fellow passengers. But there are times when it is mandatory to travel with your pet, for example a visit to the vet or if your pet is an aid-dog. As such aid dogs are not seen as pets and as helpers, hence a different set of regulations apply to them. Different modes of transport have different rules for carriage of pets. Make sure you read up on the various guidelines before traveling. If you are traveling by train, then it’s a good idea to call in ahead to check if it is acceptable to carry your pet. They usually allow pets free of charge. Pet carriers and leash are usually recommended on train. Buses have a mandatory rule for carrying your pet in carriers as they are extremely crowded forms of transportation. Metros also allow pets on board for free. It is advised to not allow your pets on escalators as their fur might get dislodged in the steps. Pets are allowed on ferries. However, they are barred from entering certain locations like passenger deck. Unlike trains and metros, there is usually a fee involved in taking your pet on ferries.

Some tips to help things through

Always make sure that your pet has relieved itself before traveling. This will avoid any embarrassing situations or discomfort to fellow passengers. Carry extra poop-bags just in case things don’t go as planned. If the journey is a long one, remember to carry food and fresh water for your pet. They can get quite cranky and hard to control if they go hungry or thirsty. On hot days, travel when the temperature is low. Early mornings and evenings are ideal. Anti-anxiety supplements before travel can help with restless animals. Always keep your pet under supervision and be mindful of other passengers. Assistance animals like dogs are allowed at most places without carriers or leashes. In such cases the animals must have proper accreditation.

Take it as a general rule to make your pet as comfortable as possible given the circumstances. Provide it with a chew toy inside its carrier to keep it distracted. Make sure their leash fits them right. Certain animals are prone to motion sickness, special care must be taken in such cases. Repeatedly reinforce good and calm behavior with treats on public. This will build up their experience and will teach them to be calm. At the end of your journey give them peace quiet to de-stress. Commuting with your pet isn’t necessarily an easy task, but with little preparation it can be made easy and secure.

January 25, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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How To Introduce Your Pet Safely To Water?

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Initial preparations

Before you take your pet to a large water body make sure you and your pet are adequately trained for such an activity. Pets require time and effort to develop familiarity with water. One of the first things to ensure when training your pet in water is its response to voice commands. Your pet must be responsive to your commands as it often needs to be warned in deep or dangerous waters. It is a good idea to introduce your pets to water when they are young. Allow them to play in shallow warm baths and around sprinklers. This builds their comfort level over the course of time. Make water based activities fun for your pet. This provides positive reinforcement. Make sure to use floatation gear at the beginning for young pets. Constant supervision is recommended as fifteen minutes of swimming is equivalent to an hour’s worth of running around. This can easily tire the pets and might require the intervention of the owner.

Training your pet to like water

In the initial days of water training, you need to enter the water with your pet. Hold its body in water as it learns to paddle. Go into the waters with your pet repeatedly to build its confidence. This also makes them comfortable in deeper waters. The company of the owner also provides a soothing effect and stops your pet from panicking. Never force your pet to stay in water if it does not want to. Forming negative bonds with water might make them uncomfortable for life. Certain pets are more accustomed to water than others. Certain breeds of dogs for example are natural swimmers, whereas others are not. So you should adjust your expectations accordingly. The key thing to remember is that, this is a gradual process. Take things in steps and slowly. Move to deeper waters only after your pet is completely comfortable in relatively shallower depths. Starting in warm water is ideal for young pets.

Once your pet has picked up the basics, progressively make it more challenging. For example lead him out into the pool and make him swim to the shore. Making him play fetch on the water is also a good exercise. Make gradual progress towards deeper waters, making sure your pet doesn’t tire out in between. Once you are confident your pet is able to navigate on his own, you might want to move on to directional signals. With enough training and patience, your pet will soon be a reliable companion in the waters.