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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.
Obtain your no obligation quote at www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure

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21

11 2016

Take Me Out to the Ball……No, Wait….Take Me Out For a Walk

loki-walkYour four-legged tail waggin’ friends need at least 30 minutes of walking every day! Why?
Because regular walks can help combat pet obesity and go paw in hand with good nutrition. Obesity can lead to other conditions plaguing your pet with illnesses like arthritis and diabetes.

Daily walks also add to healthy bonding with your pet. Spend quality time with your furry family strengthens your bond and gets both of you moving and that is a good thing. Dog parents sweat more than people without pets and this lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer too! So if you’re looking for encouragement to get up off the couch, get a dog and both of you get movin’ and put one paw in front of the other for a healthy lifestyle.

They say a tired dog is a good dog! Having 6 dogs at home, I assure you, this is a very true statement! Walking quiets the mind, quenches curiosity and helps to get all the energy out of their system. Energy that may be destructive. So a good dog walkin’ is constructive and pawsitive!!
tosh-sleepy

 

 

 

 

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14

10 2016

Hyperactivity – Is There an Answer

tosh-smDogs are just about the most loyal animal you can find. Were you aware they too can exhibit hyperactivity just like people?

Know your breed!! Some breeds are more hyper than others. Sadly, when humans can’t handle the dog because of their hyper nature, the animal ends up at a shelter. Let’s not watch this happen. Learn the characteristics of the dog you wish to adopt. Understand how your schedule is going to affect the dog.
When our schedules are jam-packed, the dogs boundless displays of energy can make any dog owner feel like they are going to lose their mind.

Here are some helpful tips.

1) Make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise. A tired dog is a good dog, and there is nothing better for soothing a wild beast than a great workout. A workout makes humans feel better, and it does the same for our four-legged friends too. Playing fetch, going for a jog, swim or even just a long walk can exhaust your dog in a short amount of time.

dog-toy2) Still Puzzled? Mental stimulation is essential so break our the puzzles. Not jigsaw puzzles, but food puzzles and treat-releasing toys as well as inside-the-house games like “find the toy”. Making your dog think for what he/she wants is great for them…the treat release is an added reward letting them know they did well.

3) Obedience Training. This isn’t about teaching your dog how to do tricks. It’s about your dog bonding and spending time with you. It’s also about learning basic manners and commands that will make every other activity you take on a little easier and more rewarding.

If you still have difficulties with your pet, consult your veterinarian. They may have more solutions that can help or may recommend a special trainer who can help you both along your journey.

Would you like to know more about Pet Insurance? For your no obligation quote visit www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure

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04

10 2016

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

Arthritis

Humans aren’t the only ones who can be affected by Arthritis.  Your pets are susceptible to this disease as well.  If you notice your dog is slow to move, whines because of discomfort, walks stiffly, he/she may be suffering from arthritic pain.

Be sure to take him/her to the vet so that a proper diagnosis can be made.  You as a pet parent can do a few things to help your arthritic dog.

First, Bring your dog in for regular checkups which will allow your veterinarian monitor your dog’s arthritis and set a treatment plan of action into effect.

Second, reducing your pet’s weight (if overweight) can help decrease the load on his or her joints.  Feed your dog the right amount of high-quality food and this will help with weight control.

Third, carefully monitored exercise on soft surfaces can help.  Your vet may have a few suggestions.

Fourth, arthritis is aggravated by the cold and damp, be sure to keep your dog warm and dry.  A padded dog bed will help alleviate discomfort from sleeping on hard surfaces.  Warm compresses can also assist in soothing affected joints.

Fifth, massage therapy can help to increase your dog’s flexibility, circulation and sense of well-being.  Your vet may have the name of a professional animal massage therapist.

Sixth, pain medication may be necessary, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Disease-modifying osteoarthritis drugs can also be an important part of managing osteoarthritis.  Don’t ever give your dog a drug without your veterinarian’s recommendation.  Drugs that are safe for humans may not be for dogs.

Seventh, Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements can be used to help manage arthritis in dogs and other animals.  Be sure to consult your veterinarian before implementing any treatment.

Eighth, Acupuncture isn’t just for humans. It’s painless and has shown some success in animals suffering from arthritis pain.

Ninth, surgery may be an option in advanced cases of canine arthritis.  Be sure to discuss all the factors and risks of surgery with your vet.  Be an educated pet owner before making a decision involving surgery.

Tenth, a low-stress environment, lots of affection and love, and supportive care can aid in improving your dog’s quality of life.

Please remember, many pain relievers that may help dogs and people are poisonous to cats so please do not implement any treatment to a cat that you would a dog without first consulting your veterinarian professional.

 

Slip-free flooring, soft bedding, ramps instead of steps, a warm, dry environment and help with grooming can be beneficial to an arthritic dog.

We love our pets and we hate to watch their pain but with proper education and TLC, we can help them along their journey to a long healthy life.

 

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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26

09 2012

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

Unreliable Sources for Dogs

Animal shelters, rescue groups, and reputable breeders are unquestionably the best sources for obtaining healthy, well-socialized dogs.

People do get wonderful Family pets from other sources, but most other sources are extremely risky.  Some promote poor breeding practices, while others encourage the overpopulation that results in the killing of millions of animals yearly.

Pet Shops

While it is not impossible to get a healthy dog from a pet shop, in general it is a bad idea to support stores that sell animals (as opposed to stores that sell pet supplies- and sometimes offer cage space for animals from animal shelters or rescue groups).  Many of the dogs sold in pet shops are the products of puppy mills, wholesale operations that breed dogs in large numbers purely for economic gain, often with very little concern for the behavioral or physical health or happiness of either the parents or the offspring.

Commercial Breeders

Large-scale commercial farms or kennels that breed so frequently they always have animals for sale cannot possibly provide each dog with the daily one-on-one attention that he needs and deserves.  As a result, puppies that come from these sources often suffer from medical and behavioral deficiencies.  Some of these breeders supply pet stores; others sell directly to the public.

Backyard Breeders

Although there are many reputable breeders who run their businesses out of their homes, it is not a good idea to obtain dogs from “backyard breeders,” people who are not conscientious about their breeding programs and are more concerned with financial gain than with the health and well-being of their animals.  A few red flags are breeders who are not knowledgeable about their breed, who do not check you out as well as check them out, who are not active in their breed club or local canine organizations (such as the local humane society), who do not register their dogs, or who keep their dogs isolated in basements, garages or other unpleasant spaces.

Stray Dogs

Rescuing a stray dog is always a gamble.  Often strays have serious medical or behavioral problems that can require a lot of time and money to correct.  You should call your local animal control agency if you encounter a stray that seems vicious or injured.  If you find a stray and decide to keep him, take him to a veterinarian right away.  You must be prepared to nurse him back to health, if necessary, or seek professional help to modify problem behaviors.  If he is intact, have him neutered.  If you do not want to keep him, turn him into a shelter or animal control agency.  If you can’t keep him but want to take a more active role, file a report with animal control, run advertisements in local publications, put up “Found Dog” signs, and take the dog to a vet for a checkup.  If no one claims the dog, start trying to find him a new home.  It may take 6 to 12 months to find a home for an adult mixed breed.

Free to a Good Home

Finding a puppy through newspaper ads, signs and posters may be slightly less of a gamble than rescuing a stray off the street, but it is still an unreliable means of obtaining a family pet.  Often puppies advertised in this way are the result of an unplanned pregnancy (this is why it is so important for all dog owners to have their pets neutered).  Sometimes the father is not even know, which makes it difficult to assess what the puppies’ adult temperaments might be.  In other cases, the puppies are the result of a pregnancy initiated by people inexperienced and undereducated in responsible breeding practices.  These puppies can carry genes for serious defects.

It is also risky to adopt an adult dog from a family, as the dog may have behavior problems.  Most behavior problems can be remedied with careful, consistent training, but many such problems are best handled by a person experienced with dogs.

There are, of course, situations in which a family cannot keep a healthy, well-adjusted dog (for example, if someone in the home has become allergic to the animal), and will advertise his availability.  If you are interested in adopting a family dog, speak with the owner, find out the dog’s routine and habits, observe the dog in his home environment, and call the veterinarian who has been caring for the animal.  If you like the dog and feel sure that you can handle him, consider going forward with the adoption.

 

Information courtesy of ASPCA Complete Guide to Dogs book.

 

 

 

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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11 2011


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