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Pet Care Tips

It is important with every animal to give them the attention and care that they need. As seasons change and our pets grow older, changes may need to be made. Below are a few tips to help get you started. For more information Please Contact Us today.

New Pet Care

Congratulations on your new pet! As a new pet owner, you might be wondering what steps or care you need for your new addition and what care your pet may need. Below are a simple tips that will guide you and help you establish good habits to keep you new addition healthy.

Pet-Proof Your Home

Before you bring your new pet home, ensure their safety by keeping household chemicals out of reach, small children’s toys or anything that may be a possible choking or chewing hazard, and that all doors and windows are closed or locked securely.

ID Your Pet

  • Ensure that your pet has a collar, proper ID tags and has a microchip, whether they live indoors or out. With proper identification for your pet, you may avoid heartbreak and recovery fees, and be able to bring your pet back home. Make sure ID tags are up to date with your main contact numbers.
  • Microchiping your pet is a great idea as well. Even if you pet wears a collar and tag, many pets at shelters have lost their external Ids. Microchips are permanent and allow animal recovery facilities to access your contact information with a quick scan and phone call.

Introducing Your Pet to Other Pets

Quarantine New Pets
For the first one to two weeks you’ll want to keep your new pet in a separate room, either with a see through door or a baby gate blocking excess to other rooms of your home. This allows your new pet and your other pets to visually adjust to each other without feeling too territorial. For the first few months consider separation from other pets when you’re not home, preventing against any territorial aggression.

Play Referee
Always supervise pets until you know they’ll get along. During initial introduction stages, consider using a basket muzzle for your dog.

Training and Socialization

  • Start your new pet on the right path by teaching them basic manner and a few commends.
  • Expose your pet to new experiences
  • Take your dog to obedience class
  • Be consistent in training
  • You can teach an old dog new tricks
  • Reward positive behavior

Senior Cat and Dog Care

As your pet grows older their bodies undergo several different changes- just like us- and it is important to care for their changing health. Follow the steps below to ensure that your pets continues with his or hers healthy lifestyle.

Annual Visits to the Vet
Although your pet may appear healthy, having routine preventative exams will help with early detection of any possible diseases or illnesses.

A Well Balance Diet
Many older pets need a well balance diet that is lower in calories, but still has the adequate protein, fat and fiber. Many pets are able to maintain their regular feed, however it is beneficial to the pet’s health to feed a senior diet once they reach the age of 7 years old.

Nutritional Supplements
Did you ever think your pet might need vitamins and supplements as they get older? Aging dogs and cats have special nutritional needs and some of those can be supplied in form of supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin. Supplements are recommended to prevent any deficiencies if you pet is not eating a complete balanced diet. Before starting any supplements be sure to consult with your veterinarian.

Seasonal Pet Care Tips

As seasons change it is important to ensure that your pet is cared for during these hot and cold temperature months!

Summer Months

  • Limit exercise or walks to early morning or evening hours.
  • Just like humans, pets can overheat as well, when out in the sun too long.
  • If your pet is kept outdoors, ensure that they have plenty of drinking water and that they have shade available to them.

Grooming

  • Pets get sunburn too! Grooming your pet will help remove excess undercoat and allow him/her to stay cool. But remember, the coat also serves as protection against the sun, and shaving too closely to the skin may allow for sunburn.

Fireworks

  • Be sure to keep all pets away from any fireworks
  • If your pet is known to runaway during these times, ensure your pet has proper identification, such as Collars with ID Tags, and Microchips.
  • If your pet suffers from anxiety during any fireworks or thunderstorms, be sure to talk to your veterinarian if you feel that your pet may need a medication to help calm him/her down.

Heartworm

  • Heartworm Disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition, caused by a parasitic worm. This parasite is transmitted by mosquitoes into an animals bloodstream, then slowly migrates into the animals lungs and heart over time. This disease is preventable by giving your pet an oral medication monthly or by administering a vaccine every six months. For more information please contact your veterinarian or visit the American Heartworm Society.

Signs of Heat Stress

If you suspect your pet may be showing signs of heat stress contact or visit your veterinarian immediately.

  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • Rapid pulse
  • Unsteadiness or Staggering
  • Vomiting
  • Tongue is a deep red or purple in color

Winter Months

Ensure that your pet is kept warm by supplying them with shelter and bed or blanket. Staying warm also requires extra calories, so adjust your pet’s food ration accordingly when temperatures drop. Make sure your pet’s has fresh, clean and unfrozen water available at all times. Keep all Antifreeze and Snow/Ice Salt out of pets and children’s reach.

Frostbite

  • Be sure to remove any ice or snow from your pet’s paws immediately.
  • Look for signs of skin turning reddish, white or grey and may be scaly.
  • If you suspect possible frostbite, contact or visit your veterinarian immediately.

Holiday Tips

Ensure all ribbons, yarns, tinsel, and other plastic/foil wrappings are kept away and out of reach of pets. Cover and tack down electrical cords. Many holiday treats can be toxic to pets, to avoid health issues keep your pet on their regular diet and caution visitors against giving your pet “special treats”.

Common Holiday Toxicities:

  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Poinsettias
  • Juniper
  • Cedar
  • Pine
  • Christmas tree preservation solutions
  • Chocolate

If you suspect your pet may have been poisoned, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Allergies

Just like humans, pets too can show symptoms of allergies. Although some allergies may be breed specific, any pet can develop allergies at any time during their life. Even though allergens are common in most environments and harmless to many pets, a pet will allergies may show an extreme reaction to them. If you suspect you pet has allergies, visit and consult with a veterinarian.

General Allergy Symptoms:

  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring-caused by inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking

Travelling With Your Pet

Taking your pet along on family vacations and road trips can be more fun for everyone. But, planning and preparartion in advance can make the difference between a pleasurable trip and a nightmareish one. Below are a few steps we recommend taking to ensure a more enjoyable trip for everyone.

  • Ensure your pet is a good candidate for traveling. Certain pets do not enjoy traveling and may become stressed, possibly leading to motion sickness or anxiety. If your pet is not a good travler consider having a friend or family member watch your pet while gone or board them at pet boarding facility.
  • Make sure pets are welcomed at your destination before taking your pet. Call and speak with the business owner or manager on whether it is a pet friendly facility and if there are any restrictions.
  • Ensure your pet has proper identification before traveling, such as a microchip. Pet collars and I.D tags can easily be removed or lost. Make sure your pet is protected against fleas, ticks and other parasites. Talk to your veterinarian about proper medication.
  • Make sure your have water and food bowls, food, bedding (cage or kennels), leashes or harnesses, pet first aid kit for your pet.
  • For concerns or questions on traveling with you pet please contact your veterinarian.
  • For additional information check out these websites below:

http://takeyourpet.com

http://humanesociety.org