Category Archives: Dog Health

Dog health issues helping you understand and treat

Pet First Aid App

pet first aid appEvery dog or cat owner encounter at least once an emergency or fear that something is wrong with the pet. Of-course, if it’s possible, you’ll head to the vet.  But sometime we are not sure what to do. We go online and start searching for answers.

Now, the Red Cross has a new pet first aid app for you.

You can customize the app for all your pets (cats and dogs),

You’ll be guided step by step in emergencies,

You’ll get advices on administering medication, Help with saying goodbye, disaster time and behavioral help.

Learn first aid with videos, step by step, and much more.

I do not have any recommendations, as I have not used this app yet.

You can check it on the Red Cross site and download to your phone from the app store and Google play for $0.99

More information can be found here @ http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/pet-first-aid-app

Why it’s Vital to treat your Dog for Fleas

treating your dog for fleasEvery dog owner will encounter fleas at some point or another. Flea treatment for dogs is an essential part of ensuring your pet’s health for a number of reasons.

Transmit Diseases

Fleas can transmit a number of diseases to pets, some of which can seriously affect their health. For example, animals may become anemic as a result of the fleas sucking their blood. It is also possible for them to become infested with tapeworms, since fleas are a host for these parasites. Fleas also increase the risk of people developing murine typhus, which is characterized by a rash on the trunk, headache, fever, aches and an upset stomach. Both humans and animals may develop plague if bitten by these pests, which can cause a variety of infections to develop.

They’re Uncomfortable

Various flea treatments for dogs can also prevent them from being bitten, which can cause itchiness, excessive scratching and rashes. In extreme cases, a flea infestation can also make a pet lethargic, or result in them having difficulty sleeping. Fleas can also bite members of your family, in which case they can also experience these symptoms. Even when fleas are not biting, they give people and animals an eerie sensation whenever they are crawling on them, making it difficult to concentrate.

They Reproduce Easily

If a dog flea treatment is not given promptly, an infestation can easily get out of hand. Females can lay as many as 20 eggs at one time, or up to 500 eggs in a lifetime. It only takes about 12 days for an egg to hatch, and these new hatchlings can begin laying eggs of their own in as little as one to two weeks. As a result, just a couple of fleas can easily turn into thousands in a matter of days if the appropriate steps are not taken to eliminate them.

Safe Flea Treatments

Although fleas pose a danger to humans and animals, some of the commercial flea treatments pose an even greater danger to your furry friend. That’s because many products contain harmful insecticides that irritate mucous membranes when they come into contact with them. Repeated use and long-term exposure to these chemicals can result in breathing difficulty, skin rashes or even organ damage. As a result, you should consider using natural flea remedies and shampoos whenever possible to treat your pet.

Natural Ingredients for Fleas

When shopping for a natural flea treatment for dogs, look for products that have a vinegar base, as it naturally repels them. Some people will swear by shampoos made with liquid Castile soap and essential oils such as tea tree, lemongrass or peppermint. You may want to follow with a natural conditioner that contains oatmeal, as this can help soothe the itchiness and prevent your pet’s skin from drying out too much.

Fleas can be dangerous for your dog, which is why you must remain vigilant and address infestations as soon as they occur. The best way to rid your dog of fleas safely is with the use of natural and organic products for dogs.

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Dogs and Cats Toxic Foods

toxic food for petsYou are seated at the table for dinner, and your furry baby looks at you with  eyes of someone who eat nothing for the last month. It is bad habit giving your pet food while you eat.  If you’ll keep doing it, you can forget having a nice relaxed dinner in the future. The other thing you need to know, is that some human foods may be dangerous and toxic for pets.

Dog Food Bowls

These foods can cause Cardiovascular issues, Kidney/Organ Failure, Neurological, Gastrointestinal and more. The list was collected from the ASPCA and the Humane-Society.

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Apple seeds
  • Apricot pits
  • Avocados
  • Cherry pits
  • Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
  • Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
  • Grapes
  • Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
  • Hops (used in home beer brewing)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy foods
  • Mushroom plants
  • Mustard seeds
  • Onions and onion powder
  • Peach pits
  • Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Salt - small amount is ok
  • Tea (because it contains caffeine)
  • Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • Walnuts
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
  • Yeast dough
  • Garlic – some say it is toxic, some say that small amount do good. The ASPCA regarding dogs “What we do know is that gastrointestinal problems and red blood cell damage can occur as a result of feeding garlic to pets. An occasional
    small amount, such as that in most commercial pet foods and treats, may not cause a problem, but because of the risk, we generally recommend that you avoid feeding your pets products that contain more concentrated amounts of garlic.” For cats – Cats are especially sensitive to garlic. Do not feed them any garlic.
  • Cats rarely poisoned by food as they much more choosy than dogs.

 

In addition to food, Aspirin is toxic for pets. If you need pain relief you should always  talk to your vet. If you are not sure about a specific food, you should also consult your vet.

If you discover your pet may have been poisoned, it is important not to waste time. Keep handy the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center number ( 888-426-4435 -  you’ll have to pay fees) , or contact your vet or animal hospital.

Remember – the best cure is preventing. Store food and pesticide out of reach in closed packages.