Would you like to ensure your pet is getting enough of important vitamins and minerals? Rx essentials is a supplemental product that is comprised of important nutrients for cats and dogs. This supplement is made to complement their overall diet, whether it be homemade one or a commercially available one.
Here’s a quick look at the Siberian Husky
Dog breed group: Working dogs
Average life Span: 12-15 years
The Siberian Husky is believed to have originated among the Chukchi, a tribe of Siberian nomads. The breed’s history is relatively unknown but DNA tests confirm that they are among the oldest of dog breeds. The breed continues to thrive in North America. Although they changed slightly from their Siberian foundation, the Chukchi Sled Dog, they still maintain many of the wonderful qualities of that breed.
Temperament: Outgoing, Alert, Gentle, Friendly, Intelligent.
Huskies are free spirited and playful. They are very sociable and love adventure. They are great dogs for those who spend a lot of time outdoors and are looking for a canine companion.
Is this dog for you? These are some considerations if considering a husky.
- They require a lot of exercise: Huskies must be given ample opportunity to release their energy. This breed is hardwired to work and is very athletic. Huskies not given enough exercise will get bored, leading to excessive howling and chewing. These dogs are known to chew through drywall and couches if they are not exercised enough.
- Bouncy and active: Huskies (especially very young ones) are known to jump a lot. This could be a concern if you have very young or very old people living in the house, or if you have a lot of valuables.
- Strong chase drive: Huskies have a very high chase drive. Jumping fences or digging out from under them is an easy feat for a determined husky. Proper training, socializing and handling is needed to ensure your husky doesn’t chase other pets in your household.
- Stubborn: Huskies can be dominant and independent. Training techniques must be strong and consistent in order to teach your husky and be the one in control.
- Howling: Huskies tend to howl more than bark. Keep this in mind if you live in close quarters with your neighbors.
- Grooming: They require regular brushing and they do shed.
- Hip dysplasia can be a concern for huskies.
- Eye problems are also a concern for huskies. Cataracts, corneal dystrophy and progressive retinal atrophy are all concerns for huskies.
Tick Season Is Upon Us
Ticks are becoming more prevalent here in Alberta, even more so in Edmonton. We have already had a couple ticks brought into the clinic earlier this year (before the snow was completely melted!) that were found on our patients.
If your pet has been diagnosed with some kind of urinary tract health concern, such as a urinary tract infection, bladder stones or cystitis, it is very important that your pet is drinking enough water. Here are some tips on how to increase water intake for your pet.
Feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) is the term used to describe a group of symptoms of feline urinary tract issues without any obvious underlying cause. A definitive cause for FIC cannot usually be found, meaning these cats have bladder inflammation, but we don’t know why.
Cats with bladder stones tend to have the classical symptoms of feline idiopathic cystitis: straining to urinate, bloody urine, frequent urination, urinating in unusual places, and excessive genital licking. In cats that are showing these signs, approximately 25% of them will have bladder stones. Therefore to rule out stones or to confirm their presence abdominal x-rays should be done. Most stones are radiopaque, meaning they show up on the x-ray as obvious white circles or shapes in the bladder.
Dogs with bladder stones usually show signs of incontinence; urinating frequently, straining while urinating and passing only small quantities each time. They may also have blood in their urine. This irritation in their bladder may cause them to lick their genital area more than normal or lick at their lower abdomen. The bleeding typically results from the stones rubbing and scraping the bladder wall. The chance of developing chronic bladder infections is also markedly increased with the presence of untreated bladder stones. Another complication with bladder stones is that the stone may continue to grow in size until there is no room for urine to collect in the bladder.
Did you know that if you are making a homemade diet for your pet without a veterinarian recommended recipe you may be leaving out essential vitamins and minerals necessary for the proper health and nutrition of your pet?
If you are interested in making homemade meals for your dog or cat, Hilary’s Blend is a great product and resource! There are a variety of recipes available, including hypoallergenic, low fat, vegetarian, urinary and renal (just to name a few!) to chose from to meet the specific needs of your pet. The Hillary’s Blend supplements must be used with these recipes to provide a nutritionally complete and balanced diet.
The word pyometra is derived from Latin “pyo” meaning pus and “metra” meaning uterus. Therefore, a pyometra is an abscessed, pus-filled infected uterus.
Diabetes is one of the most frequently occurring endocrine gland disease of dogs middle age or older. But don’t worry, well controlled diabetic dogs can easily live just as long non-diabetics!
The main symptoms you might see in your undiagnosed diabetic dog is obvious weight loss and increased thirst. This is due to the increased level of inaccessible glucose in the blood stream.