• August 17, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    Dogs carry over 60 percent of their weight on their front legs, with their hind legs acting as accelerators. Their front legs are attached to the rest of his body by muscles with no collarbone, which provides for more flexibility. All this powerful equipment is susceptible to injury or damage by misuse, particularly in breeds whose bone structure has been changed through selective breeding.

    Front leg lameness can be caused by one of the following disorders: fractured bones, dislocated joints, torn ligaments and tendons, bruised muscles, osteochondrosis (OCD), elbow dysplasia, and bone infection. Signs that the dog is suffering from fractured bones include a slight swelling for simple fractures or larger damage to the surrounding tissue for more complex fractures. Dislocated joints are found in the shoulders, hips, and knee joints and are commonly injured or damaged during traffic accidents.

    Torn ligaments and tendons cause substantial lameness, either with or without the swelling, but are less painful than fractures. Bruised muscles are very tender to the touch while a deeper bruise is not always obvious just by looking at the skin. With osteochondrosis (OCD), tiny pieces of cartilage break off the ball of the humerus located in the shoulder joints and float around in the joint fluid which causes pain. Pain and lameness in the elbow are caused by injuries or an ununited anconeal process commonly referred to as elbow dysplasia, a disorder in which the elbow bone does not meet the ulna properly, leaving a loose piece of bone that usually cause arthritis. Lastly, bone infections usually happen after a penetrating injury such as a dog bite.

    What To Do

    When a fracture is simple and the bones remain straight, the dog will need a cast or a splinter. On the other hand, complex fractures require internal fixation with plates, pins, or screws. Dislocated joints can be manipulated back into position or it may need surgery. Torn ligaments and tendons usually need surgical repair. Bruised ligaments, tendons, and muscles respond well to professional bandaging, pain reliever, and plenty of rest. OCD is diagnosed according to the history of the dog, his breed, X-rays and examination. Medication alone is often necessary for this type of disorder. However, with severe pain and lameness, the floating pieces of cartilage are surgically removed from the joint. Elbow injuries and damages are treated with medications or by surgical correction using screws. Lastly, bone infections are treated using antibiotics that concentrate in bone tissue.

  • August 9, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    Guarding your cats from Fleas and Ticks is as important part of responsible pet care. Fleas and Ticks are very common parasites that attack cats and cause a lot of discomfort to cat as well as to you.

    What are Fleas?

    Fleas are wingless insects with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and suck blood. They are external parasites that live on the blood of mammals. Cat flea also known as Ctenocephalidesfelis is commonly found on cats. Even if signs of infestation of fleas on your cat are minimal it is advisable to control them because, Fleas cause a lot of discomfort and also cause weakness, anemia and even death. Some cats develop some allergies to flea bites; they start scratching excessively and get prone to skin infections.

    What are Ticks?

    Ticks are small parasites living on the blood of the mammals. Ticks on cats can cause various disorders such as loss of appetite, Vomiting or dry retching, excessive salivation, difficulty swallowing, difficulty in breathing and coughing, in worse cases the cat may produce limb weakness, starting to hind legs, appearing wobbly and uncoordinated, labored breathing or even coma. Thus it is of outmost importance that infestation of parasites like fleas and ticks should be controlled to provide your pet with optimal health.

    Recommended treatments to Control Flea and Tick on Cats:

    Frontline Plus: Frontline Plus for cats is a monthly topical preventive for cats. It kills 10 percent of adult fleas on the cat within 18 hours and 100 percent of all ticks within 48 hours. It provides convenient and effective flea and tick control for cats, puppies and kittens. Frontline plus for cats contains Fipronil which is a slow poison that attacks the central nervous system of fleas and ticks. Frontline Spoton: Frontline Spot on for cats eliminatesfleas and has insecticidal ability against new infestations with adult fleas that persists for 4 weeks.Prevents multiplication of fleas by inhibiting the development of eggs, larvae and pupae, thatoriginates from eggs laid by the adult fleas’after 6 weeks applying Frontline Spot on. It destroys all types of ticks. The product has a persistent eradicating efficacy for up to 2 weeks against ticks.It also eliminates biting lice.

    Frontline Spray: Frontline Spray for cats is an easy to use treatment to control fleas and ticks on Cats. It can be used on kittensand cats after 4 weeks of age. To control brown ticks on cats apply frontline spray every month. For controlling paralysis ticks use this spray every three weeks. To get rid of fleas use Frontline Spray on cats every 8 weeks. The effects of all the recommended products from Frontline are water proof and are effective for a long time.

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  • August 8, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    When people think of a cat, most think of a tabby cat. Indeed, the tabby cat is the best known type of cat. The reason behind this is that tabby cats are the most common of all domestic cats. Actually, the tabby pattern is believed to be the original pattern of the wild African cats, the ancestors to the domestic cat.

    Interestingly, tabby is not a cat breed. And it is not a color either. In fact, the tabby pattern occurs in different cat breeds and it comes in a variety of colors. Tabby refers to a distinct coat pattern.

    Tabby patterns

    The tabby pattern may include swirls, stripes, whorls, and spots. There are four recognized tabby patterns: the mackerel, the ticked, the classic, and the spotted.

    Mackerel tabbies are the most common. Many in fact believe that this is the original pattern dating back to the wild African cats. Many cat enthusiasts argue that this pattern is the true classic tabby pattern. The mackerel pattern will display vertical stripes at the sides of the body and rings around the legs and tail.

    Classic (also known as blotched) tabbies are one of the most common. This pattern will display swirls and clearly defined stripes all over the body. Usually, a thick band or stripe will run all the way from the neck to the tail.

    The spotted tabby pattern is surrounded with controversy. Many experts believe that it is in fact a different version of the mackerel pattern – not a totally unique pattern. The spotted tabby has stripes that are broken into oval spots aligned in a single file.

    Ticked tabbies are very interesting. At first glance they don’t seem to be tabby cats at all. These tabbies don’t come with the usual whorls, swirls and stripes. They would appear to be of a solid color. Upon a closer look, however, you will see that the fur of ticked tabbies has stripes and swirls.

    Tabbies also come in different color variations: you will find red tabbies, silver tabbies, and brown tabbies – to name a few. The tabby pattern also occurs in different cat breeds, including the Bengal, the Bombay and the Egyptian Mau.

    Claudia Escobar is the proud owner of two tabbies. For more information on and gift ideas for cat lovers visit her site at . If you want to publish this article feel free to do so, provided that you publish it in its entirety and include this resource box.

  • Eye Infections in Dogs

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    August 1, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    An eye infection is a relatively general description of a medical condition that may result in discomfort, discharge and abnormal appearance of a dog’s eyes and surrounding tissue.

    Conjunctivitis
    This is generally the most common type of eye infection seen regularly in dogs. Conjunctivitis is characterized by the inflammation of the portion of the eye called the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin, clear membrane that protects the eye as well as the inner eyelid. The cause of this condition is most commonly a viral infection, an allergic reaction, or a bacterial infection.

    The most common bacteria that cause conjunctivitis are streptococci and staphylococci. In Allergic conjunctivitis, the cause may be any number of airborne irritants that are causing an allergic reaction. Conjunctivitis that is caused by a virus is usually a result of a respiratory infection, flu, or other viral conditions. Regardless of the specific cause, this is the condition that manifests with all of the general symptoms of an eye infection, without any secondary symptoms.

    Blepharitis
    Blepharitis is a condition that usually manifests as an inflammation of the eyelids. The most common cause of this condition is a bacterial infection, which causes the subsequent inflammation of the eyelid. Other causes include demodectic mites, sensitivity to the sun, trauma, and other eye diseases. Though this condition may affect humans as well as dogs, it is occasionally seen in cats and other mammals.

    Ulcerative Keratitis
    In the condition of Ulcerative Keratitis, a dog’s eye is subject to inflammation of the cornea. This is usually characterized by specific erosions of the cornea, though may also manifest as ulcers. This condition can be caused by several factors, though is commonly caused by keratoconjunctivitis sicca.

    The common name for keratoconjunctivitis sicca is “Dry Eye”, and is characterized by a deficiency of tears, usually caused by abnormalities in the tear ducts. Other causes of this condition include herpesvirus, trauma(where eye is punctured), other disease affecting the eyes/tear ducts, and facial nerve paralysis.

    Juvenile Cellulitis (Puppy Strangles)
    This is a condition that usually manifests as blisters around the eyes, in addition to blisters around the lips, mouth, nose and ears. These blisters will cause irritation to the eyes, resulting in many of the common symptoms of an eye infection. The blisters will eventually become ulcerated, and a dog will have other secondary symptoms, such as enlarged lymph glands and anorexia. This condition is caused by a bacterial infection.

  • Easy To Understand Tips And Advice About Cats

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    July 27, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    When you care for a cat properly, it will bring you much joy. A little self-education can transform you into the kind of responsible cat owner that keeps their feline friends happy and affectionate over the course of a long and healthy life. This article is like a Rosetta Stone of cat care information.

    Cats are constantly grooming themselves, and this is why they rarely need a bath. If your cat gets into something particularly stinky, a bath will not hurt them. If your cat does not like water you might want to wear gloves so that you do not get scratched. You might also want to enlist the help of a friend or family member.

    Cats like sneaking into small spaces. If you keep a collar on your pet, getting stuck in one of these spaces can be very dangerous. Breakaway collars are made to come off if tugged on vigorously. Purchasing one could be the difference between whether your cat lives or dies when he gets stuck.

    Don’t be pushy when you are getting to know your new cat. Cats prefer to be in control and take things at their own pace. Make sure your new cat is comfortable and safe. Let your cat take its time exploring its new environment. When your cat feels at home, it will be more likely to try to make friends with you.

    Make your own enclosed litter box from a large tote box with a lid. Use a coffee can lid as a pattern to cut a door in one side of the tote. Place the coffee can lid fairly high up on the side of the tote. Trace around it with a permanent marker. Cut out the circle with tin snips or a box cutter. Add litter. Put on the lid.

    Do not assume that because a medication is okay for you to take, that it is safe for your cat as well. Many medications made for humans are lethal to cats, such as acetaminophen containing drugs and aspirin. Always check with your veterinarian before you give your cat anything.

    Give your cats easier access to a window in order to keep your curtains from getting scratched. Putting vertical blinds up will allow the easiest access for your cat, but if you need to keep your curtains, use a lightweight rod that will fall if your cat attempts to climb the curtains. It will keep both your curtains and your cat safe.

    Cats are great pets, but they need proper care. Good cat owners will review this piece often and take its advice to heart. With the proper care, your cat can enjoy a great life.

  • Low Maintenance Dogs

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    July 27, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    Most of us want to have a pet dog to come home to after a long days work. But because of our hectic schedules and busy lifestyles, we have second thoughts of getting one since we cant really take care of our pet properly. However, there is still hope. There are certain dog breeds that are fun and very low maintenance. These dogs can practically live anywhere as long as they are given the right amount of attention, love and care.

    Bolognese

    Small and playful, this breed is a great apartment dog. The Bolognese originated in Italy where they became very popular companions amongst nobles and royal courts. Bolognese dogs do not really have a lot of health issues and they only need occasional walks. They are very smart and easy to train. However, they can be a little reserved when it comes to strangers, but they get along very well with other animals and kids.

    Japanese Chin

    Japanese Chins actually originated in China and were bred in Japan. They are small dogs, weighing at around 8 to 12 pounds. These dogs are not very active and prefer to lounge around. Their coats need regular combing and brushing so that it does not mat, but they do not shed a lot. Health wise, these dogs are prone to a few illnesses. They tend to get sick with heart problems, cataracts, back problems, and luxating patellas.

    Greyhound

    Known to spend more time on the tracks than anywhere else, Grayhounds are actually low maintenance dogs that are perfect for condominiums and apartments. They have very short coats so grooming is not a problem. Usually, Greyhounds are gentle, quiet, and loving dogs that are very smart and easy to train. However, these dogs are known to have very sensitive skin and may have problems coping with extreme temperatures.

    Bullmastiff

    Most people have second thoughts about getting a Bullmastiff. These large dogs look scary because of their size, but theyre actually pretty docile. These dogs were once bred to take down pray or intruders, hold them down and wait for their owners to come. Despite the Bullmastiffs size, its actually a low energy dog, making it perfect for apartment dwellers. However, it will need some space to lounge around since they are better off living inside with their owners then outside alone. Because of their size, these dogs are also prone to degenerative myelopathy. Degenerative myelopathy causes them to lose control of their nerves and can lead to full body paralysis.

  • House Training Dogs Effectively

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    July 27, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    When you are house training dogs, the first thing that definitely needs disciplining and controlling would be… your temper! Short-tempered owners and trainers are in danger of not achieving the training goals for the dog. You need to keep in mind that prior to the training, midway to it and when it ends, the pet has a reasonable need to take his time learning. If you think you are the determined and patient type, then you certainly can give training a shot.

    House training dogs presents a big challenge for you and your dog: getting your dog to pee and poo where you want him to. Without housetraining, your house will turn out very smelly, and your furniture and furnishings might be seriously ruined.

    A second tip to get good results in house training your dog is to praise the pet whenever he does something right. Make allowances and understand that the odd accident will strike now and then. Do your best and never shout at the dog. Giving punishment of any sort, especially physical or mental, need to be prevented. The key here is to reach out and aim for understanding in a firm yet amiable way with your dog. If you are consistent, time will come that your dog will see what you mean and will relieve himself at the right place, at the stretch of time that you would expect he would. Positive reinforcements and repetitions of the process will help your dog comprehend the correct way and spot to get rid of his waste.

    Now here are some more details and tips that support what we have discussed so far about house training dogs. A physical way of reprimanding your dog when he eliminates in the wrong area can backfire, since the dog is likely to associate punishment with the act of eliminating itself. Then this can further lead to the dog developing the fear of being seen eliminating, and as a result may either be hesitant to go, or will go off to hide his waste somewhere else in the house.

    Examples of moments when the puppies will generally need to do to pee and-or potty are after eating, or upon waking up. Responsible owners will look for the place (a temporary one inside the house, or the more permanent one outside) for the puppy to go. An example of a relief spot is perhaps near his sleeping quarters in the laundry with a good supply of newspapers.

  • Getting Leashes And Harness For Dogs And Cats Is Easy Now

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    July 22, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    Getting Leashes and Harness for dogs and cats is easy now.

    It is a great idea to let your cat or dog be on the leashes and harness and enjoy an outer environment and is also a great opportunity for the animal to explore things on their own. The very idea of leaving them out with the lashes and harness set the mood exciting for the dog and cat to have a ball. The idea of leaving them on their own with dog lashes or dog collars or harness sets the pace up for them to get their problems solved like physical and mental complications of varied nature.

    Let s see some of the easy steps for dogs and cats to have leashes and harness

    1) Arrange for materials first- You would need harness and a leash. Take the measurement of your cat or dog s chest bring it to the notice of a local pet store and for harness it will just say harness for cats and depending upon the size of your animals, adjust it and see how many inches to be stretched. Make sure to get it correct on your dogs and cats. Try to help them with treats for encouragement.

    2) Dont stress the animal on first day- It would be advisable to not let the animals get stressed on first day. Give loads of attention to the animal and pamper them so that they get adjusted to the harness and leashes.

    3) Time to train- Give your cats and dogs some liberty to roam in the house dont give too much directions as it may scare the animal to get used to the dog or cat leashes and harness. If the cat or dog does not come out on your directions, call them with the help of a treat so that they get classically conditioned. Try to move the cat or dog and give some small treat. Repeat the process for 8-10 times

    4) Its all in the mind- When the cats or dogs does not go out with leashes and harness on avoid giving him/her any attention for a while, when you put the dog leashes, then give him very much attention so that he gets an idea that he is being pampered with dog collars on, so play the mind game well to make your pets get used to harness and leashes.

    Dog leashes are good for them to explore world

    The idea of dog collars, dog leashes and harness is quite easy to get them used to the world that outside them. With such equipment, the dogs and cats would get confidence to explore the world and enjoy a freedom with a new dimension to life.

    Take the plunge of Indian pet store to acquire dog collars, dog harness, dog leashes, cat leashes, cat harness etc with ease!

  • The Frontline For Cats Is Applied On The Cats’ Skin

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    July 20, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    Fleas are a form of parasite which lives in the fur of animals like dogs and cats which have a thick fur. The fleas live in the fur depending upon the cat for its food and livelihood. Frontline for cats kills and abolishes the fleas within a day or more in cats. As the frontline for cats is applied on the cats’ skin they are completely cured and the cat becomes free of fleas within a day. In some cases frontline for fleas takes 2 days to affect the cats. Once the frontline for cats is applied the fleas are no more there and the cat is free of fleas for more than 3 weeks or even up to a month. The frontline for fleas can be used on kittens as well which are not too old. But the minimum age of the kitten should be more then 8 weeks.

    Moreover the can be equally useful on cats which are pregnant. Another benefit of using the frontline for cats is that it is said to be water proof which makes it applicable on the cats which are outdoor or kept outside the home. These cats are more prone to the dangers of the fleas and the treatment needs to be applied for more than a day. The frontline for fleas should be used on cats after the washing and bathing of cats. The frontline for fleas should be applied to the skin of the cat directly for more than 24 hours. In this interval of 24 hours the pet should be kept away from water or should be kept dry so that the solution affects the cat. Frontline can be used on cats for treating fleas and some other allergies of the cat which are caused by the fleas.

    The main thing is that when frontline is applied on the skin; it will absorb the ingredients fully in its skin thus giving better results. That is why frontline is applied on the skin. After that it saves the cat from fleas. The absorbed part releases in the month gradually preventing the fleas. Thus the frontline is needed to be use for only once a month. And keep the cat dry for a day. After the application of the frontline the more fleas become visible and come at the top. Thus you should not be misled that the fleas are increased and the frontline is not useful.

  • Fun Toys For Dogs – Safe, Interactive And Cheap

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    July 20, 2017 /  Dogs and Cats, Uncategorized

    Top dogs deserve safe, fun toys but it is not easy to find toys for dogs that are indestructible and cheap at the same time.

    Unruly behaviour in dogs is often caused by boredom and being left home alone with no fun dogs toys to play with. Every dog needs exercise and mental stimulation. Owners cannot always be on hand to take their dog for a walk or play with them for whatever reason. A few well chosen dogs’ toys is the answer to keep your dog happy and content.

    There are many types of toys for dogs such as tug/pull toys, chew toys, soft toys and interactive toys in all price ranges but you should make certain that any toy you give your dog is safe. Many cheap dogs toys are those that contain little plastic squeakers in them which can really harm your dog and usually a dog will be intent on pulling the squeaker out and do so within ten minutes of having the toy! Vets see more dogs in distress through swallowing small toy parts than any other type of accident. So safety is a big issue when it comes to dog or puppy toys.

    Toys for dogs should be fun and engage your dog in play – interactive dog and puppy toys are a popular good choice as your dog can either play alone with these toys or you can join in too.

    I have an 8yr old westie who loves to play – his favourite dogs toys of all time are his talking babble balls (interactive dog toys) which provide him with hours of fun! We often play together by me chasing Dougs and kicking the talking babble ball across the kitchen floor with him darting around after this toy that keeps coming out with smart little sayings in a really cute voice such as are you ready to go? or youre looking great big doggy! The interactive balls are made of hard plastic and virtually indestructible so they really are good value toys for dogs. Dougie has had at least 6 of these talking babble balls since they came out about 4 yrs ago but now PetQuerks who manufacture the dogs toys have made the latest ones with replaceable batteries making the toy just right. The talking babble balls are very safe for your dog as the battery container is concealed within so that your dog cannot get anywhere near it. This interactive dog toy is safe, fun and indestructible, making ideal puppy toys too. Apparently the toys are also popular with children and cats love the small talking babble ball.