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Springtime Advice

Springtime is here, people and pets are apt to spend more time outdoors among blooming flowers ,warmer temperatures and longer days . During spring, Easter is celebrated with lilies, chocolates and plastic colored  grass which are all hazardous to our fur babies.  Lilies are fatal to cats if ingested.  Chocolates are toxic to both cats and dogs. The plastic grass used in Easter baskets if ingested can obstruct the digestive tract which can cause  severe vomiting and dehydration.  Popular springtime plants like Rhododendrons and Azaleas are highly toxic to pets and can have fatal consequences.  It doesn’t matter what the season is  so please don’t leave antifreeze around because it is toxic to animals.

With the warmer temperatures,  more people tend to travel with their fur babies in tow so please make sure When traveling with your furry companions, make sure they are secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness  specifically designed for them. It is also a good time, to make sure their vaccines are up to date, heartworm is prevented  and flea and tick prevention is still being done.

During spring, our feathered friends tend to be more active and become prey for hunting cats. Tips for keeping birds alive include fastening a bell to the cat’s collar, making  sure to avoid main feeding times like sunset, sunrise or after bad weather because that is when the birds seem to be most active . Feed your cat before letting it out though it is highly recommended to keep your cat indoors.

Just like us humans, they can get allergies from dust, plants and pollens. Allergic reactions to said allergens can include  itching, minor sniffling and sneezing and it is best to get the animal to a vet ASAP.. Cats and dogs can also suffer from allergic reactions to insect bites and stings which can cause them to go into anaphylactic shock.

Enjoy the nice weather and keep yourself and your fur babies Happy loved and safe.  Loving what As th we do at Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters.

 

 

Dental Health

An important  part of your pets overall health and well being is their oral health.  Just like us, they can develop periodontal/gum disease which can cause all kinds of serious damage affecting not just their teeth and gums but the heart , liver and kidneys.  Just like we humans take preventive  steps with our oral health the same should be done with our furry friends. One surprising fact is that roughly 8 out of 10 dogs over the age of three have a dental problem.

One big sign your pet may have a dental issue is bad breath. Other signs of dental issues for cats are brown deposits on teeth that can’t be easily scraped away, bleeding in the mouth and inflamed red gum.  For dogs some other signs include discolored teeth, red or swollen gums, difficulty chewing or eating , weight loss, tearing or swelling below one eye,  nasal discharge and blood in the saliva.

It is best to clean their  teeth on a regular basis and like us have regular dental check ups and cleanings. For dogs and some cats if they are willing to let you, brushing everyday or at least three times a week will help prevent any dental issues.  When cleaning their teeth do not use human toothpaste.  Based on the personality of your pet, you would have to do a trial and error process to find  out what works best. and  one needs to have patience, go slow and be gentle. Dogs in general are more likely  to let you brush their teeth with cats it just depends on their personality. There are angled  toothbrushes that are made specifically for cats and dogs finger brushes too..  Feeding your pet dental kibble, put ting an oral hygiene solution in their  water , greenies and chew toys are some other ways to help prevent gum disease in your pet.  When  picking out chew toys it is best to avoid  rawhide products including chews and biscuits, dried natural bones and hard nylon products because they are  too hard on the teeth and can damage gums and break teeth.             

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A Healthy Pet is a Happy Pet!

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Hazards, Pet Safety Tips

Spring Flowers can be dangerous to pets?

Spring has finally arrived, but some of those beautiful flowers in bloom could pose serious health risks if ingested by curious pets. Log-in to the Members’ area and visit the Pet Health Resources section of the template gallery to download a list of spring health hazards. This Pet Safety Tip download can also be customized with your company information to share as a client leave behind.

Know your plants

daffodils can be poisonous to dogsThere are many popular plants that are toxic to dogs. Plants like aloe, ivy, azalea/rhododendron, begonia, daffodils, lilies of the valley, tomatoes and gladiolas can all be harmful if ingested. The ASPCA has a list of plants that are toxic for dogs. And read our article on Toxic foods for dogs: fruits, vegetables and nuts to know what vegetables and fruits to keep your dog away from.

While it’s not practical to remove every plant in your yard, you should remove the most dangerous ones, especially if you have a puppy. You also will need to train puppies to stay away from certain plants through positive re-enforcement training and by deterring them by sprinkling plants with cayenne pepper or using a commercial non-toxic repellent.

Source:

www.petsit.com

www.dogheirs.com