Monthly Archives: June 2014

Symptoms of Heartworm Disease in Dogs

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Dog Heartworm SymptomsIs your dog coughing continuously? Or being lazy to move around or reluctant to go on a walk with you? This is not a minor thing to ignore, but a serious matter to consider. These are the signs that predict that your furry friend is suffering from Heartworm infection.

Among the various dog worms that your pet may suffer from, heartworm is the deadliest with the direct attack on the heart, lungs and the surrounding blood vessels. Usually, a dog is infected with heartworm through mosquito bite. A mosquito acts as a carrier that transfers dangerous organism called Dirofilaria immitis from an infected animal to a healthy host. Continue reading

Human Foods That Affects Dog’s Health Adversely

Human Foods to Avoid Feeding Your DogWithout an iota of doubt, we can say that dogs are the most adorable pets of all times. Their puppy eyes, wagging tails, drooling mouth and endless hugs give us an emotional upsurge. In return, we shower them with cuddles and treats. As we share our lives with our pet, we often like to share our food with them. At times, we give them our favorite food without knowing that these super delicious treats may prove hazardous for them.

Some of the human foods that affect dog’s health adversely are

Coffee, Tea, chocolates and caffeine products: Starting with your morning cup of tea or coffee, you are tempted to share food and drinks with your pooch. Well, please stop right there as caffeine present in tea, coffee and chocolates are poisonous for the pets. There is no antidote to the toxicity created by large quantities of caffeine. Due to overdose of caffeine, your pet may suffer from breathing problems, tremors, muscle spasms, palpitations and restlessness. So, keep tea, coffee, chocolates and other caffeine products far away from your pet.

Eggs and onions: If you want to keep your dog disease free then avoid giving him raw eggs and onions. Most of the time these things are a part of our breakfast and habitually we feed table scraps to that cutie standing near us with his wagging tail. Raw eggs cause skin and coat problems to the dog as it reduces the absorption of vitamin B. Onion in any form (raw or cooked) is dangerous for the pet. It causes anemia, liver damage, diarrhea, vomiting and breathing problems.

Grapes and raisins: Few of these are enough to make your furry pal sick. Frequent vomiting is the starting symptom. These foods damage the dog’s kidneys. The pet gets debilitated and depressed due to constant throwing up. Prevention is the best alternative. Just keep these products away from your pet and avoid any kind of short-term and long-term damage.

Fish, raw meat, bones: Uncooked fish and meat contains the bacteria E. Coli which, is a common cause of food poisoning in dogs. Fish disease caused by a parasite present in the fish can prove fatal within just two weeks of fish intake. Raw bones may result in choking and damage the pet’s throat. If you want to give meat and fish, make sure you cook it well enough to kill the parasites that are hazardous for the pet.

Peaches, plums, avocados: The seeds and pits of peaches and plums are the source of cyanide, one of the most poisonous substances for humans as well as dogs. Every part of avocado is venomous for the pet. Vomiting and diarrhea are the common symptoms suggesting the harmfulness of these foods. These very beneficial foods will not benefit your pet at all. So, say no to the urge of sharing those highly nutritious human foods with your pet.

Sugar and salt: Excess sugar makes your pet obese. If not controlled, then it results in diabetes leaving the pet susceptible to many other health problems. Excess salt is highly dangerous for dogs. It causes sodium ion poisoning. Excessive thirst plus urination is the result of extra salt in the pet’s food. Fever, diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, depression, seizures are some of the indications hinting that salt is actual culprit.

Therefore, monitoring the pet’s food is the first step towards his complete health and wellbeing. Ask a veterinarian about the food items that are suitable for your pet and stop giving them the harmful ones. This will keep many dog health problems at bay. It will increase your pet’s lifetime along with giving him a fit body. So, next time when you want to share your food with your pet, just watch out for the content and avoid all the unhealthy stuff.

Tips to Keep Your Pets Tick-Free This Summer

How to Protect Your Pet from Ticks Pets are an inevitable part of your family and protecting them from external parasites especially ticks is an essential part of pet parenting. Ticks are those nasty ugly creatures that create great havoc in life of your dogs and cats. As you’re happy planning to have fun-filled summertime, these troublesome parasites are well-prepared to feast on the blood of your pet(s).

Gusty Facts about Ticks

Every year ticks spread harmful diseases by infecting thousands of dogs and cats. Poor pets suffer from diseases like anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and others. These tiny creatures hatch from eggs and develop through three active stages – larva, nymph and adult – where they survive by blood feeding. They can endure the harsh winter season and become active during summer. Ticks carry disease-causing microbes and can easily infect poor four-legged companions. These annoying insects can host more than one disease-causing agent; therefore, furry animals can be infected with more than one pathogen at the same time. Tick bites were more of an irritation but presently, a bite is much likely to make your pet sick.

How to Prevent Ticks This Summer from Infecting your Pets

Cleanliness is next to Pet Healthiness

Keep your house clean and well vacuumed including your beds and linen. Ensure to keep your pet bedding clean as well as the things your pet uses. After vacuuming your entire home, make sure to seal and throw out vacuum cleaner bags after filling them as tick eggs and larvae can survive within them.

Clean the Surroundings

Unlike your neighborhood, ticks love to dwell in unkempt lawns and gardens. Well-maintained and well groomed (free of too long grass, unwanted shrubs and weeds) yards and surroundings gives no way for ticks to survive. To protect your pets, treat your property with anti-flea and tick products but be careful while using them.

Secure from Wild Zones

Don’t allow your furry friend to lounge around nearby woods, meadows, forests and other areas full of ticks. In case, your pooch has being from there, check for the possibility of any of these nasty parasites.

An Appointment with a Vet

There is a wide array of flea and tick killing products available in market ranging from powders, shampoos, collars, sprays, foams, foggers, topical solutions, dips, granules, pills to tablets. Some are formulated to repel ticks while some to kill eggs and others to destroy egg-laying adults. With the evolving biotechnology, new advanced flea and tick treatments are coming into the market, which can break tick life cycle and completely eradicate these blood-sucking creatures. Apart from chemical treatments, other options such as natural and homeopathic flea and tick control exist, and some people mainly rely on them. Nevertheless, the University of Nebraska disparages this in a study. In spite of all your precautions and care, if your four-legged pal has being heavily infested then visit your veterinarian and ask for the right treatment among the various products available.

How to Deal with Flea Infestation This Summer

How to Deal with Flea InfestationSummer is in full swing with warmer weather, trees blooming, longer days and bright colored flowers, and wait… fleas everywhere. With summer comes the most common problem of fleas, which the pet owners dread most. The end of spring and start of summer creates the most favorable condition for fleas to emerge out of pupae and get ready to feast on poor animals with dogs and cats to be the center target.

Fleas are not just an annoyance but also dreadful when it comes to pets. Unlike, some harmless parasites that can be on your pets or around the home, fleas cause irritation and attack both pets and people. These nasty small creatures can lead to hair loss in animals due to constant scratching and biting, and in the worst cases, they cause anemia. In some people and pets, Flea saliva causes rashes, and fleabites result into a small, hard, red itchy spot, swollen with a single puncture point at the center.    Continue reading

Dogs Summer Essentials for the Year 2014

Dogs Summer EssentialsWith longer days and shorter nights, summer is all in blaze and it’s time for us to enjoy. Especially camping with our pets is a blast. Feeling the warm environment, breathing in fresh air, venturing in the woods are all the wonderful things we like to do with our furry companions after a long dark winter.

However, summer also equals to hot temperatures.

Apart from enjoying summer fun time with your dog, it is important for you to safeguard your pet health when the temperature rises high. There are some important summer essentials to consider for your dog, in order to spend a great summer.  Continue reading