Tag: Dog Treatment

Changing Weather – Pet Grooming and Basic Care Tips

Changing Weather – Pet Grooming and Basic Care Tips

When the weather starts to change, pet grooming and basic pet care can be a challenge. Pets need more attention during these months with increased shedding and matting. Grooming is an important part of pet care for most pets, but especially those who are prone to hair loss or coat conditions like dry skin. Supplies for your pets are essential as the weather changes. Below are pet grooming and basic pet care tips to help you through these months with your pet(s).

faceless vet in gown and protective gloves holding Pekingese dog in hands, pet in veterinary clinic.

Table of Contents

  1. Supplies For Grooming Pets
  2. Tips For Grooming Pets
  3. Regularly Brush Your Dog
  4. Check Your Dogs Ears
  5. Check Your Dog’s Teeth
  6. Bathe Your Dog
  7. Trim Your Dogs Nails Safely

1. Supplies For Grooming Pets

Dog Brushes and Combs – Dog brushes and combs are essential pet grooming supplies. Dog breeds with long hair may need more than one brush for basic pet care maintenance. Look at the coat of your pet to determine if they will require a wire or bristle brush, or both.

Dog Shampoo And Conditioner – A good dog shampoo is also an important pet grooming supply. There are pet shampoos for sensitive skin, dry coats, and specific pet shampoo types.

Flea And Tick Prevention Products – Fleas and ticks can be a pest during the changing of seasons as well as pet grooming supplies your pet(s) will need to fight against these parasites that carry diseases like Lyme disease.

Nail Trimmers – Nail trimmers are pet grooming supplies that will need to be purchased for pet care maintenance of your pet’s nails.

Dog Beds – Dog beds are also considered pet grooming supplies because they aid in the comfort of your pet during pet care. It is important to find a bed or crate with quality material, the right pet bed size, and pet-proofing to ensure your pet(s) stay safe from hazards.

Ear Care Products Dog’s ears must be cleaned out every now and then. This is because dirt can accumulate in his canal, which will cause infections or other issues with hearing if not taken care of properly. That being said, you should always use products made for dogs by professionals since they have experience dealing with all sorts of different breeds!

Hair Clippers – During pet grooming, pet owners should also consider investing in a quality hair clipper for their pet. This is especially important if your pet has long coats because it will help you during pet care to cut down on the amount of time spent cutting and grooming them by yourself!

2. Tips For Grooming Pets

Grooming is curial for dogs as it keeps their coats in good condition. The pet grooming supplies are useful for pet owners to keep the pet healthy and clean, especially during changing weather conditions!

Make sure your pet is comfortable with you touching his or her eyes and ears before trying to clean them out. Pets don’t like this as much as humans do, so it’s important that they don’t see pet care as a punishment!

If your pet is afraid of being groomed, you can try using treats to motivate them. Pets respond well when they are rewarded for positive behaviour with rewards such as food or pet toys! This method has been shown to have the most success during pet grooming sessions.

Don’t forget that pets, like humans, can get sunburned. Make sure they have a shady area during the summer months where they can rest outside in safety – In addition to brushing their fur daily or more often during pet grooming sessions. Below are the most important tips for keeping your dog fit and healthy:

3. Regularly Brush Your Dog

It’s important to brush your dog’s coat every week. This will keep it shiny and glossy, giving off an exciting odour that all humans love! For longhaired breeds like golden retrievers or collies they should be brushed at least once per day if not more often depending on their length of hair; while shorthaired dogs may only need a good brushing every other day for best results because shorter coats require less upkeep than longer kinds such as greyhounds which can grow quite fast.

 

4. Check Your Dogs Ears

You should also be checking your pet’s ears every week to make sure they do not require cleaning. This is especially important during pet grooming sessions when you’re brushing them because it gives you the opportunity to search for any foreign debris in their ear canal that may cause irritation or discomfort; which can lead to infection if left alone!

6. Check Your Dog’s Teeth

Cleaning your pet’s teeth is also important to do during pet grooming sessions because it can exhibit signs of discomfort if left alone, which should be taken care of immediately so that they don’t develop into more serious issues such as tooth decay or gum disease. During pet care make sure you check the gums around the teeth and mouth to see if they exhibit signs of irritation or pet health problems. If you notice anything suspicious, it’s best that you take him in for a checkup with your veterinarian immediately!

 

7. Bathe Your Dog

Dogs should be bathed every month during pet grooming sessions so that their coats can stay healthy and clean by removing any dirt particles or pet hair that may be stuck to them. Avoid bathing your dog too often because it can strip their coat of its natural oils which will cause the pet’s skin and fur to dry out, making them extremely uncomfortable!

During pet grooming sessions you should also check for any lumps or bumps on their body as this could indicate a serious health problem.

8. Trim Your Dogs Nails Safely

You should also cut your pet’s nails during pet care to keep them short and healthy. It’s best that you do this every two weeks so they don’t grow too long and start curling under, which can be extremely uncomfortable for dogs! If you want to avoid cutting the pet’s actual quick inside their nail then try using pet trimmers with a guard on them which will help you avoid cutting pet nails too short.

Make sure to check both their front and back paws for any pet health issues, bruises, or cuts that could cause pain when they walk – this is especially important during pet grooming sessions! If you do notice anything suspicious then take your dog in immediately for further.


Training your cat is no easy feat, but it is absolutely attainable if you are patient, use lots of reinforcement, and remind yourself that cats are stubborn creatures and need you to be consistent! With these tips, you’re sure to have a happy trained kitty in no time!

What Every Puppy Owner Should Know About Parvo?

What Every Puppy Owner Should Know About Parvo?

Table of Contents

  1. What Is Parvo?
  2. Why Do Puppies Get Parvo?
  3. How Long Are Puppies With Parvo Contagious?
  4. Symptoms
  5. Treatment

1. What Is Parvo?

Parvo disease in puppies is caused by parvovirus. Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that’s transmitted through direct and indirect contact with an infected dog. Your puppy will be exposed to the virus every time it sniffs, licks, or consumes something contaminated by parvovirus. When a person who has recently had contact with an infected dog touches their puppy, or when a puppy encounters an object such as food and water that is contaminated by the virus; it’s possible for the indirect transmission to occur.

Parvo is classified as a disorder of the stomach and the small intestine, which is why it does so much damage here.

2. Why Do Puppies Get Parvo?

Puppies between six weeks and six months of age are most susceptible to parvovirus. Puppies are vaccinated against Parvo at 6, 8, and 12 weeks of age. Puppies are suspected of the disease until they have received all three vaccinations, which means that owners must take extra steps during this time to keep their puppies from getting the virus.

The severity of parvo cases varies. Weaning stress can lead to more severe cases in puppies, as their weakened immune system is less able to fight off illness.  

The top breeds of dogs that are at an increased risk of parvo are:

  • English Springer Spaniels
  • Rottweilers
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • German Shepherd Dogs
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • Labrador Retrievers

3. How Long Are Puppies With Parvo Contagious?

Puppies and adult dogs with parvovirus infection begin to shed the virus 4-5 days after infection. Unfortunately, this time frame does not always coincide with the first symptoms of Parvo, which means dogs may become infected before the owner realises that the puppy is sick.  Keep the recovering puppy away from other dogs for at least 10 days. Puppies infected with parvo continue to shed the virus even after clinical recovery, so be careful of passing it on.

 

4. Symptoms

A dog with a parvo is very sick. The sooner you find the first signs of the virus in a puppy, the sooner you can take your dog to the vet. Since parvo is common in puppies, you should see your veterinarian when your puppy is not feeling well. But you should also be aware of the specific symptoms if your puppy has parvo.

Some of the most common symptoms of parvo are:

  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss
  • Depression
  • Dehydration

 

5. Treatment

Your veterinarian diagnoses parvo based on clinical signs and blood tests. Your vet can also perform a test called an ELISA to look for viral antigens in your dog’s stool and determine whether additional diagnostic tests are needed.

There is no cure for parvo. Your veterinarian will provide supportive care for your puppy throughout the illness, treat symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration, and ensure your puppy is getting adequate nutrition along with the proper dog food

 

Top First-Aid Tips that could save your dog’s life

Top First-Aid Tips that could save your dog’s life

Podcast | Kiara – Top First-Aid Tips that could save your dog’s life


Dogs are curious creatures, and they are unaware of the danger. They always chew on what they shouldn’t eat, get into unsafe situations, or go to unsafe places to explore. Sometimes, out of curiosity, they get into trouble. Learn how to help your pet if it chokes, stops breathing, or is seriously injured. Following first aid tips can save your pet’s life and reduce pain and suffering in an emergency.

Table of Contents

  1. Learning first aid
  2. Know your dog
  3. Know how to check for a pulse
  4. Know how to help your choking dog
  5. Know how to administer CPR
  6. Know how to muzzle your pet
  7. Be prepared for an emergency
  8. Conclusion

 

 

1. Learning first aid

Pet First-Aid courses are offered both practically and online. They cover all key aspects of dog first aid, such as caring for an unconscious dog, common injuries, and illnesses such as bleeding, choking,  poisoning, and more. These pet first aid courses are arranged in small groups, with a practical approach on specially designed dog mannequins and many training aids.

 

2. Know your dog

Behavioural changes, such as changes in appetite, bowel movements, and even odour, may indicate that something is seriously wrong with your pet. Explore the key indicators to look out for to act quickly.

 

3. Know how to check for a pulse

The dog’s pulse is most easily determined in the upper third of the thigh. Place your hands on the dog’s hips and gently squeeze your fingers just below their leg. At this point, you should feel a pulse in arteries. Your thumb has a strong heart rate, so do not use it to measure the dog’s heart rate, or you will be measuring your heart rate! Measure heart rate for 15 seconds and multiply by 4 to calculate the beats per minute.

4. Know how to help your choking dog

When something blocks the airway, choking occurs. When the airway is partially blocked, the dog may start pacing back and forth and pawing at its mouth. Dogs can choke on anything from balls, socks, plastic bags, toys, or anything else they can get their hands on. If it goes the wrong way, it can make them unable to breathe. You must know these things so that you know how to act quickly to clear the congestion.

 

5. Know how to administer CPR

If your dog stops breathing, call your veterinarian immediately. You may need to perform CPR to improve your dog’s chances of survival.

6. Know how to muzzle your pet

Even the kindest dog can bite if they are afraid or in pain,  so you should know how to get a temporary muzzle for him as this will help in keeping you safe and help the dog. You should never muzzle overheated animals that have trouble breathing.

7. Be prepared for an emergency

Save the veterinarian’s name, address, and phone number on cell phones, landlines, and in your address book or a safe place. Call your veterinarian first. You must inform him that an emergency has occurred along the way and follow the instructions given. Get your pen and paper ready. Write down important instructions from your veterinarian. Always have a pet first aid kit with you in case your pet needs your help.

 

8. Conclusion

Learn the pet’s first aid if you are a pet parent and call your vet in case of an emergency condition.

Common Dog Allergies: Causes and Preventions

Common Dog Allergies: Causes and Preventions

Table of Contents

  1. Flea Allergy Dermatitis
  2. Causes
  3. Symptoms
  4. Treatment
  5. Environmental Allergies

1.Flea Allergy Dermatitis

Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) is the main cause of dog allergic reactions. When your dog has an allergic reaction, your dog’s immune system overreacts or becomes oversensitive to normally harmless substances (called antigens).

2. Causes

FAD is a common cause of itching in dogs. Adult fleas must bite the dog and eat blood to reproduce. Fleas usually don’t stay on dogs, except for a few minutes or hours of feeding themselves. That’s why you don’t see live fleas on your dog unless there is a serious flea infection. When fleas eat, they inject a small amount of saliva into the skin. Antigens or proteins in saliva can trigger severe acute reactions in sensitive dogs.

3. Symptoms

When a flea bites your dog or cat to draw blood, saliva is injected into your pet’s skin. Flea saliva is irritating to most animals, including humans, but the compounds it contains can cause allergic reactions in some dogs. This is different from a flea allergy. If your pet has FAD, the itching can be intense and long-lasting. Your pet may itch for up to 2 weeks after being bitten, and the itching can be intense and can even damage your pet’s skin. 

Other signs of FAD include:

  • A rash on the dog’s skin.
  • Wet, inflamed, or bleeding parts of the dog’s body. 
  • In dogs, it is usually located near the hind legs, stomach, or tail.
  • In cats, the neck and face are more common. 
  • Hair loss, especially at the flea’s bite site. 
  • Small red or pink bumps that look like acne. 
  • Constant itching, clawing, biting, or grooming.

 

4. Treatment

Don’t think that your dog or cat is not allergic to fleas because you can’t see them. Owning an animal usually demands continuous care. See your pet’s vet. They can remove fleas from the body, but allergic reactions to bites can last for several weeks. There are also a large number of effective products for allergic flea dermatitis to choose from. 

The Dermatitis Intra-dermal allergy test for dogs is similar to that for humans. A small number of common allergens are injected under the skin, and the veterinarian will look for allergic reactions to one or more of these allergens. Once the allergen is identified, the next step may be desensitization treatment, in which dogs are given small regular injections of drugs to desensitize the immune system. Treatment can last from six months to a year, and studies have shown that it is effective for dogs ranging from 60% to 70%.  You can also use over-the-counter sprays or creams to help relieve the itching symptoms.

 

5.Environmental Allergies

Environmental allergies are more common in dogs than cats and usually occur between 1 and 3 years of age. A reaction occurs when the dog’s immune system is particularly sensitive to a substance (including common substances). Dogs that are allergic to environmental allergies are usually genetically susceptible to these chronic diseases. In addition, some breeds are more susceptible to environmental dog allergies than others: Hounds, Dalmatians, Terriers, Boxers, Beagles, Shepherds, Bulldogs, and Irish Setters.

 

What is Seasonal Canine Illness?

What is Seasonal Canine Illness?

Seasonal Canine Illness 

Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) is a recently reported disease, the cause of which is currently unclear. The dog is affected soon after walking in the woods and can be fatal, although it is usually not treated early. The most commonly observed is from August to November. Hence the name SCI can be seen in best dog breeds of all genders and ages, but does not seem to affect other animals, such as cats. Dogs will get sick after about 24-72 hours of walking in the woods.

Table of Contents

  1. What are the Symptoms of Seasonal Canine Illness?
  2. How is Seasonal Canine Illness Treated?
  3. What is the Cause of Seasonal Canine Illness?
  4. Where Seasonal Canine Illness was reported?

1. What are the Symptoms of Seasonal Canine Illness?

The symptoms mainly affect the gastrointestinal tract. These may include symptoms such as:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Eating less
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle Tremors

At the time of the examination, some dogs had a higher temperature than normal. 

2. How is Seasonal Canine Illness Treated?

Treatment focuses on symptoms and usually includes intravenous fluids, antibiotics, and anti-sickness medication. In most cases, it will recover within a week after treatment. The number of dogs may deteriorate and collapse, although this rarely happens. In 2010, 20% of suspected SCI injuries reported to the Animal Health Trust were fatal; however, less than 2% of cases reported in 2012 were fatal, indicating that veterinarians are increasingly able to successfully identify and treat SCI.

3. What is the Cause of Seasonal Canine Illness?

It is not clear what causes seasonal canine illness in dogs. The Animal Health Trust is conducting research, but there is currently no test to diagnose SCI. Current research has eliminated man-made poisons, contaminated water sources, and fungi, and natural flora as the reason. Ectoparasites (such as mites) are considered triggers, especially the harvest mites because they also occur seasonally. Many dogs pick up mites while walking and never get sick; however, fipronil aerosol for preventive treatment of mites is a simple and safe solution. If you want to treat your dog, please consult your veterinarian.

 

4. Where Seasonal Canine Illness was reported?

Seasonal dog diseases are recorded nationwide and can appear after any forest walk. Historically, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire (Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park), Norfolk, Suffolk, and New York Forests reported a higher number of cases. If you pass through these areas, you can see the dashboard in the SCI forest warning; we recommend that you pay close attention to the dogs after going to these places. Animals with suspicious symptoms should receive veterinary care as soon as possible. Seasonal canine illness is still a rare disease, and there are many other easily treatable causes of vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.  If you are worried about your dog for any reason, please contact your nearest veterinarian to let them know if they are at risk of SCI.

5 Best Flea & Tick Treatment For Dogs

5 Best Flea & Tick Treatment For Dogs

Podcast | Kiara – Best 5 flea & Tick Treatment for dogs

 

Fleas are the most common external parasite of dogs and cats. Ticks are also external parasites and are second only to mosquitoes as vectors of human disease. Fleas and ticks can infect pets year-round. Fleas and ticks can transmit serious diseases to humans. Dogs and cats that pay time outdoors are at equal risk of reading fleas. However, as a result of dogs paying a bigger quantity of your time outdoors, they’re at the next risk than cats for ticks. Fleas and ticks can even enter homes from visiting pets and on people’s garments.

So these are the 5 Best Flea & Tick Treatment for dogs:

Table of Contents

  1. How will my dog and residential become infested?
  2. How to determine ticks and fleas on dogs
  3. Different types of insect and tick treatment
  4. Natural flea and tick prevention for dogs
  5. Schedule a insect and tick appointment for your dog

1. How will my dog and residential become infested?

Your dog is each the house and food supply for fleas and ticks. Once an insect gets on your dog, it’ll stay there till it’s killed by an insect product or dies naturally. rather like the adult insect, the adult tick can stay on your dog and eventually turn out eggs whereas feeding on your dog. Ticks but bear varied life stages. Ticks can leave the host and “molt” from one stage to the future. Ticks transmit the foremost unwellness to dogs and humans within the nymph and adult stages. If your dog isn’t on a preventative or adulticide (product to kill fleas and ticks), it’s attainable for the dog and probably your home to develop a heavy infestation inside a couple of short weeks.

If not prevented or treated, fleas and

 ticks will cause a range of potential health problems for dogs, including:

    1. Skin irritation and infection
    2. Rashes and red inflamed skin
    3. Scabs and scales
    4. Transmission of unwellness to you and your dog

Fleas and ticks can even lead to the transmission of unwellness to humans through hugging and sharing away with a bunch of dogs. So, it’s vital that you simply be attentive to the health dangers that fleas and ticks can cause. it’s necessary that you simply take measures to scale back the chance of Associate in the Nursing infestation. With the proper setup and product, insect and tick infestation is well preventable. Our veterinarians are here to assist you to develop an insect and tick hindrance program which will best fit your desires and lifestyle.

Sad doggo with tired eyes

 

2. How to determine ticks and fleas on dogs

Because dogs pay such a lot of time outdoors, ticks are a typical downside and a giant concern for homeowners. If left untreated, fleas and ticks will become a heavy nuisance and potentially ill health for your dog. Ticks kill the blood of the host and use small however sharp teeth to plant themselves firmly into a dog’s skin and tissue. As a result of they penetrate into the blood, ticks can even unfold blood-borne illnesses. The larvae and nymph stage of the tick are terribly tiny and might simply be incomprehensible. The adult tick is about 3mm and is visible to most. The larvae and nymphs are about 0.5 that size and tough to spot.

Ticks cause welts and bruises on dogs around the bite location. It’s additionally common to seek out the tick still connected. There are varied ways for treating ticks on dogs, including:

  • Spot-On Treatments 
  • Oral Medications

Fleas are terribly unquiet and annoying and can primarily cause your dog to scratch. If your dog is allergic to insect spit, the itch may be unsated. An excessive amount of scratching will result in skin infections, and fleas on dogs will probably result in the unfolding of varied diseases.

Fleas may be tough to notice, as a result of they’re solely concerning 1-2 mili meters long, however, there are many ways that to see for fleas on your dog, including:

  • Looking for red, irritated skin on your dog’s neck, hindquarters, or belly.
  • Comb your dog’s hair from back to front for a decent check-up on his or her skin. insect combs are obtainable at pet stores, however very any fine-tooth comb can do.
  • The fleas could seem red or brown in color.
  • Black specks of detritus are seemingly insect BM normally known as ‘flea dirt’.
  • If you see a speck that’s moving, it’s in all probability an insect.

women taking care of her dog on streets

 

3. Different types of insect and tick treatment

Many years ago, insect collars, sprays, powders, and shampoos were the mainstay of insect management. These products are additional toxic and less effective than the bulk of products we have a tendency to currently advocate. Today, the counseled insect and tick treatments for dogs include:

Oral Tablets: These are a good selection for each hindrance and treatment of fleas and ticks, whereas being safe for each dog and your family. Oral tablets that treat fleas and ticks will solely be obtained from your Doctor

Spot-On insect Treatments: There are completely different spot-on insect treatments with variable effectiveness and different spectrums of use. At your next veterinary appointment, we’ll assist you to opt for the foremost effective spot-on insect and tick treatment for your dog

Our veterinarians would be happy to debate specific insect and tick treatments that will be right for your dog at your next appointment.

dog getting checked by doctor - vet appointment

 

4.Natural flea and tick prevention for dogs

Don’t want to cover your dog with potentially toxic chemicals? There are many more natural flea and tick prevention products on the market.

Some experts say essential oils work just as well. Cedar wood, lavender, lemongrass, citronella, and geranium oils are a safe way to go, but be sure to dilute them in olive oil or sweet almond oil before applying them to your dog. 

If you’re looking for other natural options to prevent your dog from getting fleas and ticks, here are some of our recommendations. You can also learn more in our detailed article on homemade flea and tick prevention.

dog bathing covered with shampoo

 

5. Schedule a insect and tick appointment for your dog

If you think your dog is laid low with the results of fleas and ticks, we have a tendency to recommend a veterinary appointment forthwith. Our veterinarians and support team have in-depth expertise in treating fleas and ticks for dogs. Our veterinarians would be happy to debate specific insect and tick treatments that will be right for your dog at your next appointment.

Dog looking surprised at his vet

Copyright © 2021 All rights reserved