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Stinky Problems

From time to time your pet may experience problems with relieving themselves in places they shouldn’t. Sometimes it can be a medical problem, sometimes a behavioral problem.  So how do you know?

Our friends at Fetch Magazine shared some content with us and we are passing it along.

Litter issues for Cats

Medical causes could be…

Walk this way:  A cat with arthritis could be in too much pain to step over the wall of the litter box, while a cat with a neurologic condition may be too weak or wobbly to walk to it.

Eye See:  Illnesses like heart disease, kidney disease, hypertension or3infection can cause blindness, making it difficult for the cat to find the box.

Bladder Matters:  Urinary tract infections, urinary crystals, bladder inflammation or a blockage (which is a veterinary emergency!) can also lead to accidents in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Clean House:  Cats generally like to be clean, so if the litter box isn’t, they’ll find another location to relieve themselves – perhaps the laundry basket, tub or even your bed.

Lousy Litter:  Some cats may not use the box if they dislike the scent, texture or amount of litter being used.

Location, Location, Location:  Litter boxes placed next to a noisy washing machine, crammed under a bathroom vanity or found only on the third floor of the house likely don’t offer the peace, privacy and accessibility that cats need to do their business.

Afraid So:  In multi-cat households, an inadequate number of boxes or previous litter box squabbles with other housemates could make a feline friend fearful of using the box.

cat litter box

Cat’s are purrsnickety, so be sure to try some of these suggestions so you both are happy.

 

 

Potty Problems for the Pooch

Medical causes could be…

Hold It:  A wide range of conditions – including diabetes, Cushing’s disease and illnesses of the kidneys, liver or brain – can all cause dogs to make more urine than normal (polyuria), or make them incapable of holding urine.

Gotta Go:  Urinary tract infections cause a sense of urgency to run to the bathroom, while urinary incontinence causes bed wetting or dribbling urine while standing.

Senior Moment:  Aging or senile dogs may not be able to make it outside in time or may be unaware that they’re urinating in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Pup-Pee:  Puppies who are having urine accidents may need some additional house-training reinforcement, or they could be intentionally having “accidents” to seek attention. (Hey, it works!  Even if it is negative attention.)

Nature Calls:  Naturally submissive or excitable dogs can have frequent accidents, while separation anxiety or territoriality could also lead to unwanted puddles in the house and can happen to dogs of any age.

So if you’re experiencing any of these issues look for the signs and consult your veterinary professional for assistance.  Don’t lose hope.  Remember, there may be reasons for your pet’s behavior and finding the right answer will keep you both happy.

Consider Pet Insurance to help offset the cost of veterinary care when your pet is sick.
Obtain your no obligation quote today. http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure

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13

04 2017

New Year – Here’s to Your Health

Top Health Benefits of Pets

Not only are pets good companions, but they’re good for our health! Here are a few ways that dogs and cats help our minds and bodies.

 

  1. Stress Relievers

There’s nothing like a warm, cozy cuddle session to melt away stress after a long day. Calming cuddles with your pet can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety levels.

 

  1. Heart Helpers

Pets can have a positive effect on our hearts. Studies have reported better survival rates for heart attack patients with pets and improved heart rate variability, which is an indicator of heart health.

 

  1. Mental Boosters

Our furry friends can help combat depression. In studies, pet-assisted therapy helped reduce depression in chemotherapy patients. Pets also reduced stress for people caring for loved ones with dementia.

 

 

Return the favor by taking great care of your pet’s health for a long and happy life.  www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure
ASPCA Pet Insurance plan can help you manage the costs of your pet’s health care.  Click the link above for your no obligation quote.

Information provided by our friends at ASPCA Pet Insurance.

 

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27

01 2017

Holiday Feasting

puppyWith the holiday’s fast approaching, we want to remind you that sharing the holiday favorites with your pets is not the healthiest for your pet.  During the Thanksgiving weekend, vet cost spike 148% according to Fetch Magazine.  History has shown 78% increase in pancreatitis claims and a 27% jump in gastroenteritis claims.

Protect your pet by cutting the fat with buttery rich foods like turkey skin and graving.

Only share small servings of plain turkey, sweet potatoes or carrots.

Keep an eye on the trash.  All those good smelling table scraps attract curious pets trying to score a tasty tid bit.

If you’re looking for a special treat for your dog, here’s a recipe that it is good for them.

Fall Pumpkin Balls

This snack is not only delicious but is also filled with fiber, vitamin A, betacarotene, potassium, & iron.

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
• 4 tbsp molasses
• 4 tbsp water
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 2 cups whole wheat flour
• ¼ tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil & water together in a bowl
3. Add whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder & cinnamon
4. Stir until dough softens
5. Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough & roll into balls
6. Set balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet & flatten with a fork
7. Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened

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Always be prepared for the unexpected with vet bills.
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21

11 2016

What is Your Cat Saying to You?

 

MEOW…..

As described by Wikipedia, a meow is a sound used by cats to signal a request to their mother or to a human.  This request might be much like a child – I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, I’m bored, I want attention, I don’t feel well, I want to play…….Pay attention to me PLEASE!!!

PURRING…

Is a sound made by most feline species, this is a tonal buzzing that can characterize differently between cats. Domestic cants purr in a frequency of 25 to 150 vibrations per second.  Purring is often understood as a signal of happiness, however, cats sometimes purr when they are ill, tense, traumatized or in pain.

There is no unique anatomical feature that is responsible for the purring sound a feline makes.

GROWLING or HISSING…

Distinctive sounds when a feline is angry or feels cornered or threatened.  This serves as a warning to the offending party to “BACK OFF”.  If the warning is not headed, a more serious attack may follow.  Felines may engage in behavior such as batting with their paws, claws or they may lash out and pounce.  Cats sometimes make chirping or chattering noises when they are observing prey.

Cats are more likely to communicate through their body language.  For example, a cat laying on its back with stomach and chest exposed conveys trust and comfort; arching their backs is a sign of fear or aggression; flattened ears mean that a cat feels threatened and may attack; mouth open and no teeth exposed suggest he wants to play.

CAT TAILS…

A cat’s tail is used as a signal quite often.  A tail held high is much like us standing tall and straight, it conveys happiness and confidence and means of greeting especially to their humans.  A half raised tail shows less pleasure and when they are unhappy it is indicated with a tail held low.  A cat’s tail may wag or move rapidly to express a state of conflict.  When a tail is held high and twitches, he is excited and this is often mistaken for anger. However, cats will twitch the tips of their tails when hunting or when irritated while larger twitching indicates total displeasure.  A puffed up tail indicates that your cat has recently been surprised or scared and the hair on their back may stand straight up.  A cat will then turn its body sideways to a threat in order to increase the appearance of their size.  What about the tailless variety you ask? Well Tailless cats, such as the Manx, which possess only a small stub of a tail as the result of breeding genetics, move the stub around as if they possess a full tail.

NOSEY NOSEY…

A friendly greeting from a cat is touching noses.  Some cats will rub their face along their humans cheek, hands, ankles, etc as a friendly greeting or a sign of affection.  Sometimes people refer to this as “marking their territory”.  Through rubbing, cats leave a scent from the scent glands located in the cat’s cheeks.  More commonly, a cat will do a “head bonk” by bumping someone with the front part of its head to express affection.  If your cat is anything like mine, this is powerful affection and a cat can create quite a bit of force to show his love for you…. I have the black and blue marks to prove it.

LICKING…  

Most people associate licking as being a “dog thing”.  Yes they see cats clean themselves and sometimes other felines, but what they don’t realize is cats will lick their owners too.

Cats lick each other for grooming purposes. Cats that are very close to one another will groom each other.  Since cats see their human companions as just big cats, they will lick their humans as well as a means of grooming them in addition to showing care and affection.
Your cats tongue has numerous knobs called papillae on the surface which are located at the tongues center.  The papillae form backward-facing hooks containing large amounts of keratin – the same material found in human fingernails.  These hooks provide the abrasiveness a cat needs for self grooming.  The strength of these hooks also assist in helping a cat hold food and/or struggle with prey.

Although the cats tongue assists with cleaning itself and untangling hair, it is important for us to groom them regularly by brushing, cleaning and removing loose and dead hair.  Otherwise your feline friend ingests hair, hairballs form and cause vomiting which can impact their gastrointestinal tract.  So to avoid stepping on that wet hairball in the morning with your bare feet on the way to the bathroom, groom your cat regularly.  This will help both of you to be happy.

KNEADING MOTION…

Just like your mom making bread dough and working the dough with her hands, a cat will do the same type of kneading motion.  Cats will use this action and purr at the same time to show contentment and affection for their companions.  This is also a method of comforting itself.  This is an instinctive motion that begins when they are young to stimulate the mother cat’s release of milk during nursing.

There are scent glands on the underside of a cats paws which release a small amount of scent onto the person or object they paw which is then marked as being “theirs” the same way as urinating may mark their territory for other animals to observe and respect.

Now if I could just train my cat to massage my shoulders after work every day….life would be good.

Hopefully the information provided here will provide you with a little bit of insight into your cat’s behavior.  Shower them with love and affection, care for them and you will have a long time companion.

Interested in Pet Insurance – visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for a no obligation quote and take care of your furry friend today.

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20

08 2015

Recall Alert

I wanted to take a moment to update all of you on a recall alert that came through this morning on Eukanuba.
Please visit http://www.eukanuba.com/en-US/SpecialAnnouncement.pdf
website for all the details to protect your pet.

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15

08 2013

Pet Safety for the Fourth of July

 I wanted to take a moment to remind all of our friends with pets out there that the Fourth of July celebrations are enjoyable for us, however, our pets are, often times, afraid of the loud noise, flashes of light and excessive amounts of company running in and out of our homes.

Our friends at Home Again Pet Rescuers have reminded us that more pets are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year.

Please keep your pets safe.  Keep them at home and if possible, keep them in a room away from where people are running in and out of the house.

Remember, you made a commitment when you welcomed them into your family to love and keep that fur-friend safe.

Micro-chipping is a great way to be sure that your best fur friend will be returned to you if lost.  Think about micro-chipping your pet today.

 

 

 

 

While on the topic of protecting your pet, why not check out the pet insurance options available with different levels of coverage offering affordability for just about every budget.
http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com

Thank you for protecting your pets.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July – God Bless America and thank you to all who have served and continue to serve in our military.

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03

07 2013

Saying Goodbye to a Friend and Companion

If anyone has lost a pet, you know how hard it is to say goodbye to your companion, your friend and to some – family.  For me, one of the most difficult things to do is having to make the choice to have a pet put down.  It’s hard enough losing an animal but to have to make the decision for them is heart wrenching.

Animals can’t tell you when they are sick or when they hurt.  You need to deduce their illness based on behavior.  Some animals, like cats, will go great lengths to show that they are not ill.  This is a survival instinct.  Change in appetite, change in sleep patterns, in exercise, urination or defecation, lack of play…these are all signs that something isn’t right with your pet.   When this happens, seek veterinary assistance immediately.  The sooner an animal is treated, the better they will feel and you will too.

Today I find myself in one of those very difficult situations where I have done all I can for one of my animals.  For several months we have tried various things to help him yet his weight is down another pound and he is now half the cat he used to be.  After discussing matters with the vet, weighing what the illness possibilities are verses his age and the amount of testing he would have to go through, as a family we decided to not allow him to suffer through all that.  We allowed him to go peacefully and with dignity.

This was such a difficult decision since I had rescued him from my neighborhood where he was starving just about 9 years ago.  He was about the same weight when he died as he was when I found him.  Previous owners had declawed all four of his paws and he had no means of defending himself or of catching any prey for his supper.  For three months I religiously brought fresh food and water out to him.  He would never let me get close to him.  Then one October day when the temperatures dropped so low, this poor cat couldn’t take being cold one more day.  As I went outside to bring him food and water, he crawled into my lap without coaxing.  I picked him up and he wrapped his paws around my neck and waist and held on tightly much the same as a two year old child would.  I took him in, gave him a blanket to snuggle in, took him to the vet to be checked out because I had other cats, and we found that he was very ill from eating something in the wild.  He had an intestinal infection of sorts and one of the worse cases of ear mites the vet had ever seen; so bad in fact that they were completely swollen shut.

 

Within a few months he began improving, eating better, allowing us to touch him once in a while and he took a liking to my other male cat.  They were good friends and played well together.

I was able to give him 9 additional years to his life that he would not have had if he remained out doors.  Still, it is painful to say goodbye but in my mind, I see him watching birds and chasing butterflies somewhere in a field we have yet to experience.

Goodbye dear friend, Lunar.  

 

Interested in Pet Insurance – visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for a no obligation quote and find out all the advantages of having a plan for your furry companion.

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22

02 2012

Cats……What Does That Mean?

MEOW…..

As described by Wikipedia, a meow is a sound used by cats to signal a request to their mother or to a human.  This request might be much like a child – I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, I’m bored, I want attention, I don’t feel well, I want to play…….Pay attention to me PLEASE!!!

PURRING…

Is a sound made by most feline species, this is a tonal buzzing that can characterize differently between cats. Domestic cants purr in a frequency of 25 to 150 vibrations per second.  Purring is often understood as a signal of happiness, however, cats sometimes purr when they are ill, tense, traumatized or in pain.

There is no unique anatomical feature that is responsible for the purring sound a feline makes.

GROWLING or HISSING…

Distinctive sounds when a feline is angry or feels cornered or threatened.  This serves as a warning to the offending party to “BACK OFF”.  If the warning is not headed, a more serious attack may follow.  Felines may engage in behavior such as batting with their paws, claws or they may lash out and pounce.  Cats sometimes make chirping or chattering noises when they are observing prey.

Cats are more likely to communicate through their body language.  For example, a cat laying on its back with stomach and chest exposed conveys trust and comfort; arching their backs is a sign of fear or aggression; flattened ears mean that a cat feels threatened and may attack; mouth open and no teeth exposed suggest he wants to play.

CAT TAILS…

A cat’s tail is used as a signal quite often.  A tail held high is much like us standing tall and straight, it conveys happiness and confidence and means of greeting especially to their humans.  A half raised tail shows less pleasure and when they are unhappy it is indicated with a tail held low.  A cat’s tail may wag or move rapidly to express a state of conflict.  When a tail is held high and twitches, he is excited and this is often mistaken for anger. However, cats will twitch the tips of their tails when hunting or when irritated while larger twitching indicates total displeasure.  A puffed up tail indicates that your cat has recently been surprised or scared and the hair on their back may stand straight up.  A cat will then turn its body sideways to a threat in order to increase the appearance of their size.  What about the tailless variety you ask? Well Tailless cats, such as the Manx, which possess only a small stub of a tail as the result of breeding genetics, move the stub around as if they possess a full tail.

NOSEY NOSEY…

A friendly greeting from a cat is touching noses.  Some cats will rub their face along their humans cheek, hands, ankles, etc as a friendly greeting or a sign of affection.  Sometimes people refer to this as “marking their territory”.  Through rubbing, cats leave a scent from the scent glands located in the cat’s cheeks.  More commonly, a cat will do a “head bonk” by bumping someone with the front part of its head to express affection.  If your cat is anything like mine, this is powerful affection and a cat can create quite a bit of force to show his love for you…. I have the black and blue marks to prove it.

LICKING…  

Most people associate licking as being a “dog thing”.  Yes they see cats clean themselves and sometimes other felines, but what they don’t realize is cats will lick their owners too.

Cats lick each other for grooming purposes. Cats that are very close to one another will groom each other.  Since cats see their human companions as just big cats, they will lick their humans as well as a means of grooming them in addition to showing care and affection.
Your cats tongue has numerous knobs called papillae on the surface which are located at the tongues center.  The papillae form backward-facing hooks containing large amounts of keratin – the same material found in human fingernails.  These hooks provide the abrasiveness a cat needs for self grooming.  The strength of these hooks also assist in helping a cat hold food and/or struggle with prey.

Although the cats tongue assists with cleaning itself and untangling hair, it is important for us to groom them regularly by brushing, cleaning and removing loose and dead hair.  Otherwise your feline friend ingests hair, hairballs form and cause vomiting which can impact their gastrointestinal tract.  So to avoid stepping on that wet hairball in the morning with your bare feet on the way to the bathroom, groom your cat regularly.  This will help both of you to be happy.

KNEADING MOTION…

Just like your mom making bread dough and working the dough with her hands, a cat will do the same type of kneading motion.  Cats will use this action and purr at the same time to show contentment and affection for their companions.  This is also a method of comforting itself.  This is an instinctive motion that begins when they are young to stimulate the mother cat’s release of milk during nursing.

There are scent glands on the underside of a cats paws which release a small amount of scent onto the person or object they paw which is then marked as being “theirs” the same way as urinating may mark their territory for other animals to observe and respect.

Now if I could just train my cat to massage my shoulders after work every day….life would be good.

Hopefully the information provided here will provide you with a little bit of insight into your cat’s behavior.  Shower them with love and affection, care for them and you will have a long time companion. 

 

 
Interested in Pet Insurance – visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for a no obligation quote and find out all the advantages of having a plan for your furry companion.

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12 2011

Somali

With its bushy tail and arched back, this cat is one of the world’s most popular new breeds.  Like its shorthaired Abyssinian forebear, the Somali has a ticked coat: Each hair on its body has three to twelve bands of color.  The bands are darker than the ground color and produce a vibrant shimmer when the cat is in full coat.  The facial markings are striking, resembling theatrical eyeliner.  Somalis are natural hunters and thrive in the outdoors.

The head has a moderate wedge, with smooth lines and slight nose break in profile.  Ears are wide-set, large, cupped and tufted.  The faces of Somalis have dark-rimmed eyes surrounded by “spectacles” of lighter hair, and show clear tabby markings on their cheeks and forehead.  The body is medium sized, lithe and muscular.  Legs are long with paws that are rounded and tufted.  The tail is long with a full brush of hair.  The coat is soft, fine, and of medium length.

Breed History

The genetic roots of this breed go back to founder stock in Britain.  Longhaired kittens appeared occasionally in Abyssinian litters, and in the 1940s, breeder Janet Robertson exported Abyssinians to North America and Australia.

Decedents of these Abyssinians sometimes produce fuzzy, dark kittens: In the 1960s, a Canadian breeder, Ken McGill produced the official first Somali.  Using McGill’s stock, the breed was fully developed in North America by the late 1970s.  Somalis appeared in Europe in the 1980s, and by 1991 had worldwide recognition.

Overview

Date of origin: 1963

Place of Origin: Canada and the United States

Ancestry: Abyssinian

Other Name: Longhaired Abyssinian

Weight Range: 8-12 lbs (3.5-5.5 kg)

Temperament: Quiet but extroverted; Active  and Sociable.

Grooming: Moderate

 

 

 

 

 
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27

10 2011

Arthritis

Ease the Aches
When your dog gets out of bed in the morning, does he hobble like a wounded war hero? Is your once-graceful cat shuffling around like Walter Brennan? Arthritis can be a real pain in the neck – not to mention the hip, elbow and back.
While there are many kinds of arthritis, the one most likely to strike your pet is osteoarthritis. Also called degenerative joint disease, it usually comes about after years of wear and tear on hard-working joints.
Large pets are especially vulnerable to osteoarthritis, but even the smallest cat can feel its piercing pangs. “It hurts, and without your help, it’s not going to feel better,” says Mark M. Smith, D.V.M., associate professor of surgery in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, and co-author of Atlas of Approaches for General Surgery of the Dog and Cat.
Once your pet starts getting arthritis, he’s going to need a vet’s care. Your vet may advise giving anti-inflammatory drugs, like buffered aspirin or cortisone. Even acupuncture can be a big help. In addition, there are many things you can do at home to help him get around more comfortably.
Lighten his load. Heavy pets are considerably more likely to suffer joint pain than their slimmer counterparts. “Slimming him down is one of the best things you can do for him,” says James D. Lincoln, D.V.M., associate professor and chief of small animal surgery at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman. “It reduces the stress on the joints and can provide enormous relief.
Helping him shed a few pounds may be as simple as cutting treats and table scraps from his diet. You also may want to switch him to a food that is less fat and more fiber than the one he’s been getting. That way he can eat the same amount but consume fewer calories.
Put his best paw forward. Regular exercise is vital to controlling the progression of arthritis, which is why vets often recommend taking pets for a 20 minute walk several times a day.
Many cats adore going for walks, although they often insist on setting the course! Because felines wriggle out of collars so easily, it’s usually best to fit them with a harness.
If your cat isn’t leash-trained, having a lively play session – with a ball, a pull toy or some other “active” toy- is a good substitute.
“Good muscle tone and muscle mass will help alleviate undue force on the arthritic joint,” Dr. Smith says.
If 20 minutes seems too long, try taking shorter walks up and down small hills. Walking on the beach is also fine, as long as your pet doesn’t run or dig too much. “Experiment and see what he likes,” says Dr. Smith. “If he’s more lame than usual the next day, you know you’ve done too much. Just use common sense and don’t overdo it.” It’s also a good idea to check with your vet before beginning any new exercise plan.
Try some home improvements. If your pet sleeps outdoors, make sure his usual abode is well-protected. “Cover it with a plastic sheet or insulation so the cold wind doesn’t stiffen his joints,” says David E. Harling, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Greensboro, North Carolina, who specializes in orthopedics and ophthalmology.
Let him sleep in. “When it’s cold and damp outside, your arthritic pet is going to hurt,” says Ralph Womer, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Auburn, Alabama. “Your pet’s joints will thank you if you bring him inside for the night.
Make a cozy bed. “If your pet is sleeping on a hard surface, he’ll probably get some relieve fi you switch to something soft,” says Dr. Harling. During the cold months, he’ll appreciate curling up on a soft layer of synthetic fleece. You can even invest in a heated pet bed, available in some pet stores and animal supply companies.
Lay on something warm. A little moist heat, applied directly over painful joints, can be a real comfort to arthritic pets, says Sue Stephens, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
One trick is to use a hot water bottle (filled with warm, not hot, water). Or soak a towel in warm water, wring it out and drape it over the affected area. When the towel cools, replace it with a fresh one.
Apply the heat twice a day, morning and evening, for about 15 minutes each time. “It makes them feel so much better, especially in the morning when they tend to be stiffer,” says Dr. Stephens.
Be the Wizard of Ahs. Have you ever felt achy, and then some kind soul gave you a soothing massage? “Imagine being able to do that for your pet,” says Robert A. Montgomery, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in New Philadelphia, Ohio.
Gently kneed the sore area with small, circular motions, Dr. Montgomery says. Gradually extend the massage until you’ve gone a few inches beyond the painful joint, then gradually work your way back. “Once the animal looks more relaxed than when you started, you’ve done something right,” says Dr. Montgomery.
Raise the dinner table. If your pet has a stiff neck, try putting his food and water bowls up off the floor so he doesn’t have to lower his head as much at mealtimes, suggests Dr. Harling. You can put the bowls on a block of wood or in a firm box. Or you can buy a pet-bowl stand at pet stores.
For more ideas read The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats for these and more ideas.

Interested in Pet Insurance – visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for a no obligation quote and find out all the advantages of having a plan for your furry companion.

 

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08 2011


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