Backyard Hazards for Your Pet
1. Fertilizers: Fertilizers can be toxic to your dog and cat. Before using any fertilizers, read all warnings. Even organic fertilizers can be harmful when ingested. Just because they are natural does not mean that it is safe. For example, blood meal contains nitrogen and iron which can cause intense vomiting and diarrhea. Bone meal is another organic fertilizer that can make your pet very ill. The ground bone meal is not toxic in itself, but once ingested it can form a hard ball in the stomach which can cause an obstruction.
Tapeworms in Dogs and Cats
Did you know? Dogs and cats get Dipylidium Caninum, the common tapeworm, from ingesting a flea! Tapeworms are long intestinal worms that live in the small intestines of a dog or cat by latching on the intestinal walls with its suckers from the head (Scolex). These tapeworms will pass proglottids containing egg packets in the feces. These proglottids are rice grain-sized and can be wiggly when first released. They eventually dry and look like a dehydrated grains of rice. You may find either the recently released or dried segments on your pet’s hind end, on a pet’s bed or blanket, or on the stool.
Basics About Feral Cats
1. Before you start feeding feral cats or giving them shelter, seek advice from a veterinary professional or reputable animal rescue organization.
Animal lovers have big hearts and want to help homeless cats. Before you start feeding them, you need to take a moment and think about the consequences. When you feed or shelter feral cats, they will come closer to your home and stay. Oftentimes, because feral cats tend to form “colonies,” one cat can attract many more cats. Feral cats can carry diseases, which may cause harm to your cat and your family.
Essential Puppy Shots for Your New Best Friend
You just got a new puppy! Congratulations! Along with his getting your puppy a bed, new bowl, and puppy food, be sure to set an appointment at Vetsavers Pet Hospital. Your new puppy will need a health check-up and essential vaccinations to ensure he/she lives a happy healthy life. Puppies that receive the recommended vaccinations live a healthier and happier life. Many parents pet parents have questions about what vaccines their new puppies need. We’ll answer those questions today.
Avoid Sharing Holiday Food With Your Pets
Whenever we think about the holidays that will soon be upon us, we can imagine the grand meals we’ll be having with family and friends to celebrate. But we must avoid sharing holiday food with our four-legged family members! Foods that are too fatty can be dangerous to pets in that they can cause a myriad of diseases ranging from mild gastroenteritis (stomach upset) to potentially life-threatening pancreatitis. Even foods that we would consider ‘low fat’ for ourselves have more fat than a pet’s GI tract can tolerate.