With the warm weather upon us remember that there are hazards out there that you need to be aware of to keep your pets happy and safe this summer.
If creating a cat friendly environment in your house by providing climbing space and hide-a ways, or making your cat’s daily routine more interactive and active by using puzzle toys for feeding meals and having daily play sessions with your cat is not helping them deal with their stress or anxiousness there are other options available to you. Many of these options can be used in conjunction with each other for increased benefits. Some are supplemental items or over the counter supplements, others are available by prescription only.More
Stress in cats can be caused by changes in the household (new baby, new pets, renovations), stray cats outside coming to the windows, traveling (just even seeing the carrier), trips to the veterinary clinic (or even smelling the vet clinic on another pet), or they may just be an anxious and scared cat all the time.More
Traveling with your cat
Most cats are not happy travelers. They don’t like going in the car, they may get motion sickness and getting them into carriers can also be a hassle. If you do need to travel with your cat, whether it is a short trip or a long trip, it is very important for your and your cat’s safety that they are transported in a proper carrier.More
Food allergies are the over-response of your pet’s immune system to a protein in the diet. While most people recognize that meats are a source of proteins, there are also proteins present in grains and vegetables. Any one of these proteins has the potential to cause a food allergy.
Separation anxiety can be overcome, some dogs turn around fairly quickly with some basic training or routine changes. With others it may take longer and require a lot more patience and hard work. If training, increasing exercise and mental stimulation is not improving your dog’s behaviour, or if you are unable to even start training and rehabilitating because you dog is too anxious, you may have to look into other options available to you and your dog.
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One of the most common phrases used by owners to describe a dog that appears stressed when the owner leaves is separation anxiety. We can define canine separation anxiety as a behaviour problem in dogs that shows itself through symptoms like excessive salivation, barking, whining, destroying items in the home, scratching at walls, doors and floors, and attempting to escape from the crate or room when left alone.
There are two types of parasites that can affect your pet. Internal and external. External parasites are those that live on your pet, including fleas, ear mites, demodex, lice and ticks.More
There are two types of parasites that can affect your pet. Internal and external. Some of the most common internal parasites are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and in warmer climates, heartworm.More
With Easter around the corner please keep in mind two potential toxins that can harm you cat or dog. Most lilies are extremely toxic to cats and ingesting a small amount can cause kidney failure. Chocolate is another hazard that usually is more of a concern for dogs as they tend to get into treats that are left unattended, however cats may also suffer from chocolate toxicity if they ingest chocolate.More