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Pantry Solutions For Your Skunk-Sprayed Pooch

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | Comments Off on Pantry Solutions For Your Skunk-Sprayed Pooch

Skunk spray is an oily substance made up of alcohol and sulfur. The odor can penetrate most any surface, including pet fur. If your curious pup has come in from outside smelling of skunk, you’ll want to address the issue right away. The longer it sits, the deeper the oil will penetrate. If not washed away quickly, the odor can last for days. If you don’t have a commercial pet shampoo available that’s designed for these odors, you can raid your pantry to deal with it. Here are some tips to help you keep the smell at bay until you can get to a groomer.    Rock Salt Mixture Combine a few tablespoons of rock salt with some liquid dish soap and a scoop of baking soda. Add enough hot water to make it a shampoo-like mixture. Apply the mixture to your dog’s dry fur and let it sit for about ten or fifteen minutes. Don’t rinse your dog’s fur before you do this, though, because it will not be able to penetrate the oil if you do. Hydrogen Peroxide Solution Hydrogen peroxide mixed with baking soda can help to neutralize the oils and calm the odor. Mix three to four cups of peroxide with a quarter to a third of a cup of baking soda. Add a couple of squirts of dish detergent or a gentle liquid soap. Apply it to your dog’s fur like you would a pet shampoo and let it work for about five minutes. You may have to repeat the process a few times to eliminate all of the smell, depending on how heavily your pup was sprayed. White Vinegar Rinse White vinegar mixed with water can create an odor-calming rinse. Mix the rinse with 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar, then rinse your dog with it. Wear rubber gloves as you work the rinse into your dog’s fur. This is important because it keeps the smell off your hands. Rinse the dog with some warm water, then reapply the vinegar rinse if needed. It may take two or three applications to eliminate the smell. As you can see, there are many options for dealing with that pungent skunk smell. If you want to have a professional address it for you, talk with your local groomer (such as one from Hickman Creek Kennel) about an emergency appointment to clean your pet’s fur of the skunk spray. Your groomer may have some professional tricks that can be as effective if not more...

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Dental Cleaning, General Anesthesia, And Your Older Dog

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | Comments Off on Dental Cleaning, General Anesthesia, And Your Older Dog

If you have an older dog, the idea of performing a dental exam or procedure under general anesthesia may worry you. After all, your own dentist doesn’t give you anesthesia when it’s time for a tooth cleaning. So why is it necessary for your dog? But there’s a reason why the American Animal Hospital Association recommends anesthesia for dental care. Having a better understanding of the reasons behind dental anesthesia and how your dog’s age affects it can help to put your mind at rest when it comes to having work done on your dog’s teeth. Why Is Anesthesia Used For Regular Dental Exams? In order to properly assess a dog’s teeth, it’s necessary to be able to poke and prod between them as well as above and below the gums. Cleaning requires even more invasive work. While your dentist can explain to you what is happening, a dog has no idea why this strange and potentially painful procedure is happening in their mouth. This leads to struggling and other movement, making a proper exam and cleaning impossible. Why Isn’t A Local Anesthetic Used? Even when a dental exam or cleaning is painless – as it would be with a local anesthetic – that alone is not enough. The best-behaved dog can’t sit still with its mouth open for the length of a dental exam. However, local anesthetic or calming medications are often used in conjunction with general anesthetic. These allow a veterinarian to lower the dosage of general anesthetic used, making the procedure safer. Is Anesthesia More Risky For Older Dogs? The short answer, unfortunately, is yes. But it’s a little more complicated than that – what makes anesthesia more risky is poor health, and older dogs are more likely to be in poor health. For healthy older dogs, anesthesia is well-tolerated, especially as newer and better anesthetics – anesthetics which are removed from the body more quickly – are being developed. This is why it’s important for your veterinarian to give your dog a thorough physical before a dental cleaning under anesthesia. If your dog has a weak heart or poor lung function, your vet may change the medication used or decide against performing the dental cleaning entirely. On the other hand, if your dog passes with flying colors, it can put your mind at rest when it comes to your dog’s future treatment. Can Any Sort Of Exam Or Work Be Done Without Anesthetic? If, due to medical issues, your veterinarian doesn’t want to anesthetize your dog, a visual inspection of your dog’s teeth can still be carried out. For well-behaved dogs, it may even be possible to use an ultrasound device to clean the surface of the teeth. At this point, however, much relies on whether your dog’s teeth have been taken care of and are in good shape because little further work can be done on them. How Can A Dog’s Need For Dental Anesthesia Be Minimized? Since anesthesia always carries with it some risk, it’s a good goal to minimize the amount of dental work your dog will need. If you neglect their teeth, they may have serious issues by the time they are old; on the other hand, if you take good care of their teeth, it can help them stay healthier...

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Don’t Paw-Nic: What To Do When You Nick Your Dog’s Claws

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | Comments Off on Don’t Paw-Nic: What To Do When You Nick Your Dog’s Claws

No matter how careful you are, there will come a time when you accidentally nick your dog’s claws during a trim. And when that happens, it’s often a complete bloodbath. It’s amazing how much one little claw can breathe!  Remain Calm  Your dog probably won’t panic if you don’t. Though it’s certainly painful to get a claw cut too short, most dogs will shake it off and take it in stride. The more nervous you are, the more nervous they will be. Move slowly and try to act as though nothing is wrong. Getting your pet too worked up at this stage will have two effects: your dog will start bleeding faster (because its blood is pumping), and your dog may be afraid of nail trims in the future. Quench the Bleeding The fastest way to deal with a bleeding claw is actually to grab a bag of flour and immerse your pet’s entire paw in it. The flour will help the clot form and won’t harm your pet, and the flour will contain the blood from spreading. If you don’t have a bag of flour at hand, you should instead wrap up the paw and keep steady pressure on the injury until it stops bleeding. A clot-inducing pencil, such as those used for shaving, can also be used — simply apply to the edge of the claw.  Wrap It All Up Once your pup’s claw has stopped bleeding, you should wrap it up thoroughly (but not restrictively) in a bandage. Many topical ointments can be used as an antibiotic, but only if you call a local vet and ask if it can be used on dogs first. Dogs tend to pull and chew, so an elastic, adhesive bandage wrap is usually better than a stick-on bandage. It’s a good idea to get this affixed before you head to the vet or send your dog off to relax, as your dog’s feet are in constant contact with the ground; infections can happen quite easily.  If your dog’s paw keeps bleeding — or if you cut quite deeply — you might need to go to a veterinarian. Moderate blood loss can be very dangerous for a dog. A vet will be able to cauterize the injury quickly and will also prescribe you medications to deal with the potential for infection. In fact, you may want to go to your local animal hospital for these medications even after the bleeding has stopped, especially if you have a particularly active pup. (for more information, you can contact Coble Animal...

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3 Excellent Reasons Why You Should Get Your Dog Groomed Regularly

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | 0 comments

It is very important that you take your dog into the groomers to get groomed regularly, especially if he has longer hair. The groomers will take great care to make sure that your dog is bathed, his nails are trimmed, his coat is cut, and he is otherwise clean and well cared for. This article will discuss 3 excellent reasons why you should get your dog groomed regularly.  1. To Kill Bacteria, Yeast, and Mites In Your Dog’s Ears Because your dog’s ears are an open entrance into their body, it is very easy for them to get dirty and infected. If your dog’s ears remain unclean for a long period of time, bacteria can get into their ear and cause a painful infection. Yeast infections in your dog’s ears can occur due to an object getting trapped inside, a ruptured eardrum, a tumor in the ear, and various other reasons, and they create scabs on your dog’s ear. Your dog can get mites from other animals, which will cause severe itching in their ears, which then causes pain. In all of these scenarios, having your dog groomed will help you to either fix the problem, or find out that there is a problem. To clean your dog’s ears, the groomer will carefully use warmed alcohol on a Q-tip or cotton ball to carefully clean out the ear.  2. To Keep Their Private Areas Clean  Not only is your dog more susceptible to infections when their private areas aren’t groomed and cleaned regularly, but other problems can result from this as well. Problems such as bladder infections can occur if they are not clean in this area, causing them unnecessary pain and discomfort. Also, if your dog has hair that is matted with fecal matter around their anus, they will have an incredibly hard time going to the bathroom. This can then make them extremely ill, and can lead to further health complications. Simply taking your dog into the groomer to have their private areas cleaned and trimmed can help you to avoid all of these problems.  3. To Avoid Matted Hair and Knots Matted hair and knots on your dog’s body can cause them a lot of pain, and they will like try to bite at them and scratch them often. Knots around the ears and on the feet can especially irritate your dog. These knots and matted areas of hair often times need to be completely shaven off to entirely get rid of them, which the groomers can easily do with a dog...

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Two New And Unique Laws That Are Saving The Lives Of Dogs Each And Every Day

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | 0 comments

For centuries, dogs have served alongside mankind dutifully. Only recently, however, have people truly started treating their dogs like members of the family. As a result, legislation is catching up with pet owners’ desire to keep dogs everywhere safer, regardless of whether or not these dogs have responsible owners. Here are two laws that significantly cut down on needless injury and death to man’s best friend. Antifreeze If you drive a car, you probably have antifreeze stocked in your garage or cleaning cabinet. Antifreeze keeps your vehicle’s temperature under control, cooling it during the summer months and preventing it from freezing during the winter. It is a greenish-yellowish liquid that contains a fatal ingredient called ethylene glycol. Ethylene glycol tastes sweet, and even the smallest amount can cause severe sickness and death in both animals and humans. Over 90,000 animals die each and every year because they could not resist the sweet taste of antifreeze. Recently, antifreeze manufacturers have turned to propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol. Propylene glycol is still fatal, but your dog must consume more antifreeze for the fatal effects to set in. This switch has not removed the risks associated with antifreeze, however. When a beloved pet consumes antifreeze, the toxins spread rapidly throughout the body. Initially, your pet may experience nausea and vomiting, seizures, and even a coma. Then, the toxins attack your pet’s organs, causing kidney, liver, cardiovascular, and respiratory failures. Death by antifreeze is not a pleasant experience. Pet Perk: State legislatures have responded to the resounding impact that the sweet-tasting toxins in antifreeze have had on household pets. At the end of 2012, 17 states passed new laws requiring antifreeze manufacturers to add a bittering agent to counteract the tempting sweetness. This change is predicted to save tens of thousands of both pets and people. Even if your state does not mandate this change, look for antifreeze products that include a bittering agent. Truck Beds No vision screams exhilaration quite like the image of a dog in a pickup truck bed. Ears flapping, tongue slapping–dogs truly seem to smile when riding in a truck bed at 60 miles an hour. Unfortunately, about 100,000 dogs die every year because they fall out of a truck bed. The number of dogs injured because of this kind of misfortune is likely even higher. Even if your dog is adjusted to this activity and relaxes during transport, a large bump is all that is needed to catapult your pet to a tragic death. Even if your dog is normally adjusted to the truck bed, an irresistible dog in heat or loud semi-truck could cause your dog to react instinctively and jump out. Pet Perk: A few states, like California, Minnesota, and Massachusetts, have realized the significant danger that pets face when allowed to ride in the bed of a truck. These state have enacted “tether laws” that require pet owners to secure their animals if riding in a truck bed. These laws do not protect dogs from flying debris or injury if the truck should flip, but it does give pet lovers a chance to step in and report owners. The best way to travel with a pet is with a secure dog seat belt, but until legislation catches up, the least you can do is...

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Three Questions To Ask Prior To Your Pet’s Surgery

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | 0 comments

For many people, pets are part of the family.  When our pets require medical procedures, it can be very worrisome.  There are a number of reasons why a pet might undergo surgery.  Regardless of the reason or procedure, prior to entrusting a veterinary surgeon with your furry friend it is important to be informed about what will occur.  Following are some questions you will want to ask prior to your pet receiving care. What experience does the veterinarian and his or her staff have with the procedure? Even if you are familiar with the vet that will be performing the surgery, ask questions specific to the procedure he or she will be performing on your pet.  Find out how many times they have performed the procedure and what their success rate has been.  Ask what kind of complications they personally have seen arise from the surgery.  It is also a good idea to find out the education level and experience level of the veterinary technicians that will be assisting.  In order to cut corners, some places will use inexperienced, unqualified assistants in place of qualified individuals.  What kind of screening and testing will be done prior to the surgery? In order to prepare for surgery and to make sure your pet is getting the care it needs, a veterinarian should do some type of screening ahead of time.  While your pet may seem perfectly healthy, there could be underlying conditions that might affect the success of the surgery.  Pre-screening also helps the vet determine appropriate anesthesia and medication for your pet during before, during and after the procedure. Ask your vet if they will do any type of screening.  Find out what they are looking for and what the screening consists of.  It is likely that at the very least there will be some blood tests and a physical examination.  Find out when and if you will also get the results of this screening. What type of anesthesia and medication will be used before, during and after surgery? Anesthesia is used to keep your pet comfortable during surgery, but the amount and kind will depend on the pet and its individual characteristics and needs.  Aside from finding out what type will be used, find out how it will be monitored during the surgery to make sure your pet is comfortable and doesn’t have a negative reaction.  Also inquire if your vet like one from Northwest Animal Hospital will be using pain medication before, during and after the surgery.  Not all veterinarians administer pain medication.  If your vet opts to not give a prescription pain medication, ask them what is safe for you to purchase and give to your...

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Three Serious Health Problems You Can Prevent By Grooming Your Cat

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Many people, cat owners included, think that cats are like self-cleaning ovens: they do such a good job of grooming themselves that they don’t need any help from humans. While it’s true that cats do a great job of keeping themselves tidy, they can also use your help. Believe it or not, three serious health threats can be prevented simply by grooming your cat regularly. Ingrown Nails Generally, cats take care of their own claws by sharpening them on trees and other rough objects, including your furniture. However, if your cat doesn’t sharpen their claws enough, they may not effectively shed dead layers of their claws. If these layers remain, the claw will continue to grow, eventually curving inwards and potentially puncturing your cat’s pads. This is painful, awkward, and can cause serious infections that may require hospitalization at a vet clinic to treat. Encouraging your cat to use scratching posts and trimming their claws regularly can prevent this problem. Ear Problems Cats’ ears, like humans’, are sometimes susceptible to infections and bacterial growth. Unfortunately, when a cat’s ears become irritated due to an infection, a build-up of dirt and wax, or even from ear mites, chances are your cat will react by scratching and kicking at their ears. This behavior can become obsessive, resulting in them hurting themselves by scratching too much. In addition to scratching, your cat may begin to obsessively shake their head in an attempt to calm the itch, which can actually cause ruptured ear drums if done enough. While ear mites need to be treated by a vet, bacterial infections and wax or dirt buildups can be prevented simply by cleaning the inside of your cat’s ears as part of the grooming process. Intestinal Blockages The most dangerous thing a cat can experience that’s preventable simply through regular grooming is an intestinal blockage. Cats often consume their own fur during their personal grooming, but they can’t digest this hair. If they consume enough of it, they may throw up to get it out of their system. However, if they consume even more of it and can’t vomit it back up, that hair can clump together in the intestines, creating a blockage. Intestinal blockages are extremely painful and, if left untreated, can kill your cat. While the intestines are blocked, your cat may be unable to eat, drink, or defecate, which can result in weight loss, anorexia, diarrhea and toxins building up in the blood. Grooming a cat isn’t just about making her look perfect: it’s also a way to help her stay healthy and well. Simply having your cat groomed regularly can save time, pain, and money by preventing the need for expensive medical procedures. For more information, contact Rush Animal Care Clinic PC or a similar...

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Four New Owner Mistakes That Can Send Your Puppy To The Hospital

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

If you’ve never had a puppy until now, you’re probably realizing there is far more to dog ownership than you ever imagined. And with a puppy, there can be even more challenges. Here are four mistakes many new owners make that could actually land your pooch in the dog hospital, so be sure you’re not putting your new family member at risk. Not Being Attentive to What They’re Chewing Having a puppy is like having a toddler—you have to watch them every minute, because they’re constantly putting things in their mouths. One of the most common items chewed is dog bedding. Any kind of fabric can create a disaster in your dog’s tummy. It can ball up and create blockages that have to be removed surgically, and long strings can catch on one part of the intestine and pull it inward on itself (like a telescope, called intussusception) or cut off circulation. If your dog has a tendency to chew on fabric, you need to remove it from the environment completely. Separate your dog at night from dangerous things by putting it in a crate, and if it chews the crate pad, remove it or replace it with one made of chew-proof (e.g., bullet-proof) fabric. Always offer appropriate chew toys to redirect your dog. The yard is the other place where puppies can get into big trouble. In addition to eating poisonous plants, they can chew on sticks that can break off and lacerate the throat, esophagus, stomach, or intestines. Do a thorough check of your yard before you bring your pup to its new home, and never leave a new dog unattended in the yard. Watch for these signs that your puppy is having a gastrointestinal problem vomiting (with or without blood) refusal to eat diarrhea (with or without blood) straining to defecate lethargy pale or white gums (indicates internal bleeding) Running with Your Puppy If you like to run, you may be eager to have your puppy join you on your daily workouts. But taking a puppy jogging with you at too young an age can put it at risk for joint injury, like tendon and ligament tears, and degenerative joint disease (arthritis) later in life. Ask your vet when your pup will be old enough to run with you, as different breeds mature at different speeds (from six months to four years!). Be sure you start gradually and work up to longer workouts at any age. Tempting Bloat Bloat is a condition where the stomach can swell and twist inside the body, cutting off all circulation, which can be fatal. When caught in time, it still necessitates a trip to the emergency vet and sometimes surgery. Certain large-chested breeds are more prone to bloat than other dogs. There are three common (and avoidable) causes of bloat in dogs: dog accidentally ingesting large quantities of food dog drinking too much water after eating dog playing too hard immediately after eating Feeding People Food Everyone wants to reward a puppy with a treat now and then, and food is actually a great motivator in dog training. But there are certain foods that should always be avoided, as they can be toxic: chocolate grapes and raisins macadamia nuts onions garlic avocados Ask your vet about recommendations for healthy treats,...

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The Key To Finding The Right Dry Dog Food

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Figuring out the right kind of food for your dog can be a downright daunting experience. There are so many different brands catering to so many different breeds that you might need some help narrowing down your options. To help with that, here is a guide on what to look for when shopping for dry dog food at a pet supply store: Brand The first step in deciding what kind of dog food to get is to determine what brand you are interested in. You might need to experiment with several brands first, but you will eventually notice that each brand offers a different degree of quality in ingredients. Generic store brands will generally be the lowest in quality, while pricier name brands will probably have the highest quality. Looking for online reviews might help you figure out what brands are generally the best, but you are probably better off asking your vet for a recommendation. They will usually be able to provide you with some good brands that are healthy for your dog. Breed Many types of dog food are targeted at a specific size of dog, such as large, small, or giant breeds, as well as additional options for puppies. This can influence the size of the food, since smaller dogs will only be able to consume smaller pellets of food, while bigger dogs might have no trouble with large pellets. The exact composition of the dog food might also be affected, since puppies need a different variety of nutrients when compared to adult dogs.  A valid strategy can be to mix two separate types of food for your dogs, such as a large pellet giant breed option with a smaller pellet option. This can can add variety to your dog’s diet and help their digestion. For instance, a brand high in fiber could be mixed with a protein-rich blend to help meet your dogs nutritional needs. Meat One of the main distinctions between many types of dog food is exactly what kind of meat is present. Generally, the meat in dog food will be undesirable for human consumption. However, it is still animal grade, so it meets minimum standards for nutrition and healthiness. Lamb and chicken are quite popular and are generally paired with rice. You might also find duck and venison, depending on the brand. Bone meal is also common, but is generally not listed as a main ingredient due to its relative lack of...

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How to Convince Your Cat to Walk on a Leash

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

You may notice the dog walkers in the park and wondered if you could walk your cat with a leash. Teaching your cat to walk with you on a leash may seem as probable as teaching it to ride a bicycle, but with patience, it can be done. Since cats are an independent lot, it’s not so much a matter of teaching them as it is convincing them that doing it was their idea. Buying the Right Gear Once you’ve slept on the idea, if you didn’t wake up thinking you had a momentary lapse of insanity, then it’s time to outfit your cat for the walk. The first step is to visit a veterinary clinic such as Bearss Animal Clinic. Tell the vet you are going to teach your cat to walk on a leash and ask them to help fit kitty with a harness. Your cat needs a harness because it’s harder to escape from. If you think it will be cool to be seen walking kitty in the park, just imagine how entertaining it will be for the dog walkers to watch you chase your cat that has escaped from a collar and leash. A harness is a snug-fitting device that fits around the body, neck and legs. Your vet will help you select the right style of harness to fit your cat comfortably and it will be the first part of your plan that your cat will complain about. Cat Training Program Once home with the harness, leash and extra-large bag of treats, take a deep breath and start the training. Develop a mantra for yourself to get through the weeks you’ll spend with kitty such as: small step, praise, praise, praise, treat. With every step, lavish praise on kitty and end the step with a treat. When your cat has lost all interest in what you’re trying to make it do, stop for the day. When kitty is done, you’re done. Here are the initial steps to work through with your cat using your mantra: getting used to wearing the harness walking toward you while wearing the harness follow you through the house while wearing the harness wearing the harness with the leash attached walking through the house with you holding onto the leash being guided through the house by you holding the leash Getting this far may take several weeks. Then it’s time to attempt this in the great outdoors. Opening the World Up to Your Cat Start by opening up the back door and allowing kitty to venture out on its harness and leash. Using your mantra again, coax your cat outside and get used to short walks in your backyard. If your cat ever seems stressed or afraid, gently get them back into the house, give them praise and let them relax. Once the backyard walks have become routine, it’s time to tackle the park. Put the harness on your cat and put it in the carrier for the trip to the park. Once there, and before you get out of the car, attach the leash to the harness. Find a quiet place in the park to sit the carrier. Open the door and let your cat venture out. Remember, this is all supposed to be the cat’s idea. Once out,...

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