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By contactus@northwoodah.com
August 14, 2018
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It is a hot summer day, and you are downing water like there is no tomorrow. Your cat strolls into the room and you wonder – is Fluffy drinking enough water?

Cats, unlike dogs, do not drink water very often. They would naturally get most of their water from their diet. If a cat does not get enough water, it can lead to serious health issues like kidney problems or stones. In order to prevent those, here are some ways to make sure your cat drinks enough.

Signs Your Cat Is Dehydrated

Pet MD suggest that you do the pinch test to tell how dehydrated your cat is. To perform this test, simply pinch the skin on your cat’s shoulder. The skin should spring back when you release. If the skin stays in the “tent” position, your cat is severally dehydrated and needs to see a vet immediately.

Kittens, mothers that are nursing, and older cats are at higher risk of dehydration.

Other signs are dry or tacky gums, listlessness, loss of appetite and elevated heart rate.

 

Causes Of Dehydration

Diet may be one of the reasons. Dry kibble only contains 10% moisture. However, many things can cause dehydration like vomiting, diarrhea, overheating or trauma.

Some health issues can cause cats to become dehydrated like diabetes. If you are concerned, please contact your vet. Each cat is different, so devising a plan with your vet is the best option if your cat is dehydrated.

 

Ways To Prevent Dehydration

Feed wet food (which is 80% moisture), raw diet, or you can add water to your cat’s kibbles.

“If you feed your cat dry food, she should drink approximately one cup of water for every ten pounds of body weight in a 24-hour period. In warm weather, she’ll need even more. Cats on canned food diets only need to consume one-third to one-half that amount of water,” states Catster.

Has your cat ever tried to drink from the running faucet? She may be trying to tell you something…

 

 

Provide fresh, clean water at all times. However, some cats need to be enticed to drink. Many cats will drink from flowing water in a water fountain. Other cats have sensitive whiskers and want a shallow bowl. There are many products on the market catering to the specific needs of cats.

Once you figure out your cat’s unique preference, you can cater to their needs. Just another reason to pamper your cat, like you needed one…

By contactus@northwoodah.com
August 08, 2018
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Although you always hope that it would never happen to you, there is still the possibility that you or someone else in your family could be confronted by an aggressive dog at some point. This could happen as you taking a walk, playing at a park, or enjoying your own backyard. While some dog breeds are known to be more aggressive than others, some dogs are aggressive because they are scared or because they feel threatened. Here are five simple things you should do to stay safe in these situations.

Stay Calm

First, you must be sure to stay calm. This can be difficult because you are most likely feeling very scared and nervous. However, dogs are smart creatures that can sense your mood. Never turn your back and run from a dog because nearly any type of dog can run faster than you.

Avoid Eye Contact

Staring directly into a dog’s eyes will be seen as a challenge by the animal. While you should keep an eye on the situation and should not turn your back to the dog, you should look towards the ground or at your feet. This will show the dog that you are not threatening it.

Speak Quietly

Never scream or yell at an aggressive dog as this will only rile it up more. If you do speak to the dog, such as to tell it to go home, talk calmly, quietly, and authoritatively. If you know the name of the dog, saying its name can help it understand that you are not a threat. If you happen to be injured by an aggressive dog, be sure to contact a personal injury attorney who can help fight for your rights.

Move Carefully

If you start walking away from the dog, be sure to move slowly. Try to walk past the dog to its side rather than walking straight at it. Another option is to back slowly away from the dog. Once you are a reasonable distance away from it, you can finally turn and continue walking away. This will help it know that you are not in its territory.

By contactus@northwoodah.com
August 02, 2018
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Approximately 56% of dogs in the United States are either overweight or obese. Just like in humans, being overweight can cause a variety of health problems in our pets, including heart disease, diabetes, and even an increased risk of cancer.

Besides feeding a healthy diet, including a high fiber dog food if necessary to help your pooch keep the pounds off, exercise is a critical factor to keep your dog in good health.

Of course, exercising your dog in the summer heat comes with the added risk of heat stroke, a potentially fatal condition that can happen when our canine companions can’t keep their cool.

10 Tips for Exercising Your Dog in the Summer

1. Cold, Fresh Water

Make sure your dog always has access to cold fresh water, but particularly during the warm summer months.

2. Shade

If your dog enjoys time in the yard, make sure she has plenty of shade to escape the sun’s rays in her play area. Enclosed areas like dog houses can sometimes get even hotter than the rest of the yard if they are not adequately protected from those sun’s rays.

3. Frozen Puzzle

If your dog spends time outside during the day, try dropping a favorite toy and some of her kibbles in a bowl full of water and then freezing it. Dump the whole block of ice in the grass and watch your pup get some exercise while enjoying a chilly puzzle.

4. Dawn and Dusk

Consider bumping your walk and play schedules to the coolest part of the day. You will find that not only is your dog more willing to be active, but you will get more enjoyment out of the outdoors during these times as well.

5. Toasty Toes

If you live in an area where walking on hot pavement is your only option for potty breaks, consider getting some booties for your dog to protect her sensitive paws from the hot pavement. If it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for hers.

6. Make the Most of Indoors

Unless you have a very large dog and a tiny apartment, you can help your pet stay active inside by playing games such as fetch, find it, and tug. Or, have the members of your family stand in different rooms of the house, each with a handful of your pooch’s regular rations of kibble, taking turns calling her and rewarding her for a fun movement game that will also improve her recall skills.

7. Go for a Swim

If you live near natural areas with streams, a nice refreshing dip in the creek is a summer’s daydream for a dog. If not, even a small kiddie pool with cold water can help her stay cool while enjoying outdoor activities in the yard. Also, check in with your local public pool. Some of them offer special “Dog Swims” during the summer.

8. Know the Warning Signs

Make sure to familiarize yourself with the warning signs of heat stroke, as well as what to do in an emergency if you suspect your dog may be overheating.

9. At-Risk Dogs

If your dog is excessively overweight, a senior, a double coated breed, or a Brachycephalic breed (in other words, with a short muzzle like a pug, bulldog or boxer), try to avoid the heat altogether since even minimal exertion in hot and humid environments can be dangerous.

10. Never Leave Your Dog in the Car

Unfortunately, many beloved pets die every year because people do not realize just how quickly a car can turn into an oven on an even moderately warm day. Please, never, ever leave your dog in the car, even for a minute!

By contactus@northwoodah.com
July 24, 2018
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Keeping your pets safe is an ongoing job that requires an incredible amount of time and energy. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and pet owners should never have to face tough decisions regarding their dogs and cats. These four tips will help you keep your pets safe and happy over the years.

4 Great Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe

1. Schedule Regular Checkups

Many pet owners never even consider heading to the veterinarian unless an accident has taken place, but that is a big mistake. Most experts agree that dogs and cat owners should schedule at least one appointment with the veterinarian every year. Older pets and animals diagnosed with certain diseases might need a checkup as often as once every month. Some of the most common pet illnesses can only be treated if caught in their earliest stages.

2. Spay or Neuter

Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the best ways to improve its overall health and prevent unwanted ‘accidents.’ Studies continue to show that neutered animals are less aggressive and less confrontational. You also won’t have to worry about a surprise pregnancy that strains your finances and puts your animal’s health in jeopardy. Depending on what type of pet you have, spaying or neutering them might reduce their risk of certain types of cancer as well.

3. Skip the Table Scraps

Occasionally giving your dog or cat a treat from the table might seem harmless, but sudden changes to their diet can be dangerous. Your pet most likely can’t break down certain foods and ingredients to which humans have grown accustomed. If you want to give your dog or cat treats, then you should stick to products specially made for them.

4. Keep Your Property Pest-Free

In addition to being an unpleasant problem, a bug or rodent infestation can be a danger to your pets. Rats, mice, fleas, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other pests can carry infectious diseases. The best way to keep those animals out of your home and to keep your pets safe is to schedule preventative services with a pest control company. Many of these companies now offer nontoxic sprays that are safe to use around cats and dogs.

Even if you do everything in your power to protect your beloved pet, you should still prepare for the worst. 

By contactus@northwoodah.com
July 17, 2018
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People often think of dogs as activating allergic reactions in others. Pet dander can turn many individuals into itching and sneezing messes. Many people aren’t aware, however, that dogs can be allergy sufferers themselves. If your pooch is one of these, then these care options can be immensely helpful in providing care for a dog with allergies.

Do Away with Problematic Allergens

If you want to safeguard your pooch from the discomfort of allergens, you should try to eliminate any and all of them to the best of your ability. Dust is a big issue for many canines. If you have dust concerns, you should aim to wash your canine’s bedding weekly at least. Regular home vacuuming can also help. Don’t only focus on vacuuming your carpet. Zero in on drapes, rugs and any fabrics that hold on to dust.

 

Schedule an Appointment with the Veterinarian

Set up an appointment for a checkup with your pet’s veterinarian. The veterinarian will conduct an in-depth physical examination of your little pup. If the vet isn’t able to quickly determine the root cause, blood or skin assessments may be a good next step. Elimination diets may help you figure out what exactly is going on, too.

 

Ask about Medicine Options

Various medications can come in handy for dogs that have allergies. Speak to your veterinarian about them. Fatty acid supplements can often be suitable for dogs that have to deal with persistent itchiness. Antihistamines, allergy injections, and immune-modulating choices can all potentially work out well, too. Your goal should be to find medications that can minimize symptoms of discomfort such as incessant licking, chewing of the paws, skin redness, sneezing, snoring, vomiting, and ear itchiness.

Bathe Your Pet on a Weekly Basis

Routine bathing can be useful for dogs that have to live with the discomfort of allergies. Baths can help manage incessant itching in dogs and can eliminate pollen that collects on canine skin as well. Consult with the veterinarian regarding prescription shampoos that are optimal for dogs with allergies. Refrain from using just any canine shampoo that you find. There are quite a few shampoo options out there that can be excessively drying to delicate canine skin.

 

Allergies can make humans feel awful. They can make dogs feel just as bad. If you care for a dog with allergies and you want him to be his happy and energetic self again, these care options can work for you.





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