By Dr. Gurpartap Dabhia
Preventative health care is an ideal way to safeguard your pets from diseases. Regular veterinary visits play a vital role in maintaining the pristine health condition of your furry friends. Thanks to the dynamic technology and vet hospitals that come together to immunize your pets against numerous fatal diseases. They provide you with the relevant vaccinations and preventative health care tips to ensure pet's happy and healthy lifestyle.
Pet Health Care Tips:
Annual vet visits: This is the perfect way to thwart health issues in your pets. Pets grow at a faster rate than humans and their health condition changes substantially over the time. So, it is vital to maintain a regular wellness exam with your veterinarian to detect disease before symptoms occur.
Vaccination: Vaccination protects your pet from diseases like rabies, kennel cough, distemper and also preserve against canine flu and Lyme disease. So talk to the veterinarian about the vaccines. They will suggest you the best suited vaccines for your pets according to their age, health and exposure.
Routine grooming is crucial: Regular nail trimming, ear cleaning and coat brushing help you to keep pets healthy. Ask your veterinarian about how to safely clean your pet. Keep your pet's nails short and teeth clean by daily brushing to avoid infections. Routine grooming is also the another great way to build a strong bond with your pet.
Protect from parasites: Fleas, heartworms, and intestinal parasites can have major health consequences for pets. These parasites can lead to itchy skin, infection, hair loss etc. that are uncomfortable for your pet. But, you can easily prevent these infections and diseases by regular use of veterinary approved products.
Proper training is vital: Most pets do not receive an adequate training because of the busy lifestyle of their owners. But, it is essential to invest considerable amount of time to train your pets for their better health and long life. Proper training leads to a lifetime benefit for you and your pet.
Good nutrition and regular exercise: Give your pets a high quality diet that meets their specific needs, breed, age and activity level. Make sure not to skip your pet's exercise because regular exercise helps to keep them fit and active. So, ask your veterinarian to create a healthy diet and exercise plan for your pet.
Dental care is mandatory: It is important to take care of your pet's teeth because the infection starts from the mouth and it can spread to the other parts of the body as well. Plaque and tartar not only lead to bad breath but your pet can also loose teeth that eventually fall out. It is essential to keep your pet's teeth clean to avoid periodontal problems.
Follow the simple tips to provide your pets a healthy and happy life.
Source: Dr. Gurpartap Dabhia of Bristol Veterinary Hospital.
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Mange in Cats – Help is on the Way
By Ron King
Mange is a highly contagious condition of the skin caused by mites and parasites in animals. Cats affected by mange most often stay outdoors. If left untreated, the cat may become very ill and lose its fur. The symptoms of mange include itching, discomfort, and scratching. Here are options cat owners should use to treat their cat affected by mange.
Mange in cats is fairly uncommon, yet it is possible for a cat to contract mange. If your cat is losing fur, you should always to take your cat to the vet. Other diseases and problems other than mange can cause hair loss. A vet can look at a sample of the cat's skin or fur under a microscope to confirm whether or not your cat has mange.
There are a few different various types of mange that are thought to affect cats. Ear mites are not usually considered mange, but the parasites that cause in ear mites can also cause mange. Ear mites should always be treated with injections or prescription ear drops. When a feline has ear mites, the inside of their ears will look dirty. Black oily-looking dirt will cover the inside of the cat's ears. These are not the actual mites, but are the dropping left behind from the mites.
Another form of mange is called Demodex Mange. This type of mange is not contagious. Cat and dogs do not pass this type of mange to each other. Generally cats and dogs have small amounts of these mites inhabiting on their skin. This type type of mange does not often bother the cat unless it becomes inflamed. It might show up as small patches of hair loss. In more serious cases, it can cause in a bacterial infection on the skin. The skin can become inflamed, red and itchy. Demodex Mange usually starts causing problems in cats that are immuno-suppressed or that are aging. This type of mange can also adversely affect cats with poor health. Hormones and stress might also cause this type of mange to cause problems. It can be seen in pregnant and nursing cats or male cats that are not neutered.
There are treatment options for this kind of mange. When you take your cat to the animal doctor for possible mange, you vet will perform a thorough health exam. This will rule out autoimmune diseases and other varieties of parasites such as worms. An oral medication called Ivermectin can be used. Although this drug is not approved by the Federal Drug Administration to use for mange, many vets find this treatment very effective. Another treatment option is dipping your cat in a prescribed pesticide. This is highly effective, but it can cause problems like vomiting and seizures in cats. Additionally, the treatment is poisonous, therefore it should not be applied with pregnant cats or by people who are pregnant. This dip is routinely done weekly for up to six weeks.
Sarcoptic mange is another form of mange that can be contracted by felines. This variety of mange is highly contagious and very problematic to persistent. Cat that are affected by this variety of mange are extremely itchy and the scratching can cause serious inflammation and sometimes bleeding of the skin. Mites will burrow into the skin and leave the eggs. When a cat has this, the excessive scratching can also cause scabbing and infections on the skin.
This variety of mange is often determined by examining the cat's skin or fur under a microscope. If it is indeed Sarcoptic mange, your animal doctor will want to wash the cat with a medicated shampoo and then treat the cat with a pesticide dip. Just as with Sarcoptic mange, this pesticide dip is very potent and extreme caution must to be used when treating your cat.
If you suspect your feline has mange, you should take your cat to the vet for an exam. In order to treat the infection, it is required to know which type of mange your cat has. Also, it is not unwise to use "home remedies" for mange that are often found. These remedies can be extremely dangerous to your cat. In many cases, hair loss is not mange. Hair loss can be caused by allergic reactions to foods, plants or even medications. Allergic reactions are treated much differently than mange so it is very important to look medical care for your animal.
Source: Ron King.
Health Essentials for a Happy Pet
With wagging tails and bright eyes, pets offer up a wealth of benefits to their owners. Keeping your four-legged friends active, energetic and at their best begins with providing essential nutrients, which can quickly result in changes you can see.
Introducing a nutritionally complete diet that provides essential nutrients can bring about a visible difference in your dog’s behavior in as little as a week, while overall changes may be more apparent after 28 days on the new food. Some signs to watch for include:
Balanced and complete
The foundation of a complete and balanced diet is providing the right proportions of nutrients from seven required groups including water, protein, fat, carbohydrate, minerals, vitamins and energy. You can help support your dog’s overall health by providing fresh, clean water and choosing a pet food that has an optimal balance of nutrients for their age. One brand of pet food formulas, Purina ONE SMARTBLEND, was carefully developed by nutritionists and food scientists to provide 100 percent complete and balanced nutrition for each life stage. These dry dog food formulas offer benefits like meat, poultry or fish as the first ingredient along with other high quality protein sources to help support strong muscles including a healthy heart. They also provide levels of vitamins E and A which help promote bright eyes, a window to your dog’s health. These formulas also provide essential omega-6 fatty acids including linoleic acid, along with other vitamins and minerals to help give your dog a shiny coat and healthy skin. Wholesome sources of carbohydrate and fat help provide the healthy energy to fuel your dog’s activities with you.
Promoting good nutrition everywhere
To demonstrate the visible difference great nutrition can make in the lives of pets, Purina ONE looked to a dog-friendly community to kick-off the Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge. To see what happened when dog owners from Asheville, North Carolina switched to the brand’s formula for 28 days and hear personal stories and experiences on video, visit https://purinaone.com/dogs/onedifference.
Sources: Family Features | Purina ONE
Attract More Birds in Your Garden by Feeding Them with Niger Seeds
By John Burstal
If you have a lovely garden and wish to have many birds chirping around in joy then the best way is to have a bird feeder installed in your garden and fill it with some Niger seeds regularly. They are cultivated in various parts of Asia, India and Africa. This is a black colored seed and is rich in oil content and is loaded with calories. It is a favorite of many birds, which explains why you will find finches, wild birds and many other small birds frequenting your garden.
Why should you feed the birds with Niger seeds?
Birds like red polls, finches, gold finches and siskins love them in black that you can find them devouring it in your garden almost every day.
As said earlier, they are best for birds in cold months as the presence of high protein in it helps in re-growth of their feathers during their mounting stage.
If you wish to feed your winged friends in a better way then make sure that you purchase a feeder designed especially for Niger seeds as it is a bit heavy and can withstand winds blowing with high speed.
Hence you can stay assured that the seeds will not spill on the ground.
Make sure that you purchase a Niger seed feeder for birds along with a tray fitted to it as it would help to avoid its wastage.
What must you remember while feeding Niger seeds to birds?
It is important for you to remember a few pointers before you proceed to purchase Niger seeds for birds as you must make sure that you learn every aspect about it before you give it to your little friends at the garden.
Purchase only in less amounts: When you go to purchase, make sure that you don't stock up too much as the presence of oil in the seeds would make it very dry if you store it for a long time. Birds will not eat such dried seeds as they are not attractive. Hence make sure that you purchase the Niger seeds that will last you only for few months.
Do not confuse it with thistle seeds: Though Niger seeds are also called as thistle, it is not the ones that you often find growing along the fences or on roads. These are imported seeds that are treated with heat in order to sterilize it and to prevent it from germination during cold months.
Niger seeds have shells: You will find black seed like shells on the ground, which would make you, think that the birds have threw the seeds on the ground. But in reality, the black shiny thing you see are its shells as the birds would eat the nuts inside it and would discard the hulls. Make a close examination to find out how its shells look.
Source: John Burstal of Well Fed Birds http://www.wellfedbirds.com
Does Your Dachshund Have Back Trouble?
By Celia Carson
The short answer to what to do if your Dachshund has back trouble is to stop reading this and take him to your veterinarian. In severe cases, you literally only have a matter of hours to react, waiting can mean the difference between full recovery and your dog never regaining his mobility.
Hopefully you have already been to the vet and are now trying to understand what is happening to your beloved Dachshund. I am not a medical expert but after my personal experience I accumulated a significant amount of information.
The Dachshund's elongated body predisposes them to back issues. Another genetic component is the discs outer layer being thinner than normal and sometimes calcifying making it brittle. Discs are the cushions between the vertebrae in the spinal column. The medical name for this health issue is Intervertebral Disc Disease. It is possible for the herniation to occur in the neck area, but more frequent in the middle of the back where the chest and abdomen meet (where most stress is absorbed when jumping).
The spinal cord in dogs extends to the hips; in people it stops in the middle of the back (we have nerves that extend beyond that but not the actual spinal cord). This is why disc problems in dogs are dramatically more severe than in humans. A disc weakened by age or trauma can bulge (herniate) or rupture. Bulged discs protrude and can place pressure on the spinal cord causing severe pain, weakness or even paralysis. The effect on the spinal cord depends on the severity of pressure. Ruptured discs release the contents (a jelly like substance) into the spinal canal. A ruptured disc is the most severe; the disc contents traumatize the spinal cord and create a great deal of swelling. When this happens quickly reducing the swelling is imperative. The longer the spinal cord is deprived of oxygen and spinal fluid the less nerve function there is to return.
The exact cause of a disc bulging or rupturing is frequently unknown. It is rarely associated with a severe trauma, many believe it occurs by dogs jumping off furniture. While preventing your dog from jumping off furniture is difficult, every effort should be made to train them to wait to be picked up or to use a ramp. There is a wide array of ramps or steps available to assist the dog going up and down to beds, couches and other furniture. Traversing long stairs should also be avoided as well as play that involves twisting and jumping. When you carry your Dachshund keep his spine horizontal and use two hands to pick him up with one hand supporting his waist or rear legs. Keeping your Dachshund's weight down will also mitigate back issues, extra weight is a constant strain.
Symptoms include yelping when touched, arching their back, unsteady walking or paralysis of the rear legs. Sometimes the nerves to the bladder and colon are affected making it difficult for dogs to urinate and defecate on their own. A wobbly walk is a precursor to paralysis, if you see this symptom it is time to get to a specialist for evaluation.
Treatment almost always includes using an anti-inflammatory medicine. You'll hear the term "conservative treatment", this means a less radical approach or non surgical. Conservative treatments can include rest and medication, injections (Adequan is a medication said to promote healing of disc cartilage) and even chiropractic or acupuncture treatments. While surgery is expensive it can be highly effective if done within the first twenty-four hours of paralysis. After twenty-four hours the success rate drops, but with therapy and rest there is still hope.
Confinement is a critical component of treatment regardless of the approach. A small crate placed where the dog can see you and is easy to clean can be effective. Confinement usually last two to six weeks depending on the severity of the injury, your vet can advise what is appropriate for your dog. Continuing this vital treatment is important since the dog can easily reinjure him-self. The medication they receive makes them feel so much better that they want to resume their normal activities before they are completely healed.
Paralysis in Dachshunds is not a death sentence. Surgery and conservative treatments will often bring your dog back to 100 percent. There has also been some success with therapy in paraplegic Dachshunds. Gentle manipulation of the paralyzed limbs and water walking (where the water supports his rear end) and towel walking (a towel slung under his abdomen for support) have been cited in success stories. Some paraplegic dogs are fitted for carts and back to racing through the house in no time. Dog diapers are available for bowel and bladder issues, I've even seen them in hot pink with lime green polka dots.
There is no universally correct treatment for all Dachshunds with back trouble. This is a choice that you and your vet need to make after evaluation of his symptoms, your dog's overall health and age, and the length of time since injury. Unfortunately, like in human medical issues, your finances will also play a role. If you feel it is time to see a specialist look for one specializing in neurology and surgery with experience with Dachshunds.
Source: Celia Carson is the webmaster of HeyShorty.com. Her website provides a journal and dog advice from the perspective of her miniature Dachshund. While quirky the site has valuable insight to Dachshund ownership, training and care.
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