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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.

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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

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!!
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14

10 2016

Holidays

holiday-petsAs the Holidays approach, remember to keep your animals safe. Young dogs and cats are fascinated by the bright lights and shining ornaments on trees.

Remember Poinsettias and Holly are toxic to animals.

Also remember to keep burning candles where animals can’t knock them over. Never leave a candle unattended.

Oh, and remind your pets to be nice to Santa when he visits, something special may just be left for them too.

Happy Holidays!!

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04

12 2015

COLD WEATHER TIPS

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Our friends at the ASPCA and Petfinder.com have provided us with some cold weather tips for your pets.

Please follow these guidelines to protect your companion animal when the temperature drops.
Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, cats can freeze, become lost or stolen, or be injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to fatal infectious diseases, including rabies.
During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes choose to sleep under the hoods of cars, where it is warmer. Then, when the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed in the fan belt. To prevent this, bang loudly on the hood of your car and wait a few seconds before starting the engine, to give a cat a chance to escape.
Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs frequently lose their scent in snow and ice and easily become lost. They may panic in a snowstorm and run away. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season
Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when she comes in out of the rain, snow or ice. Check her sensitive paw pads, which may bleed from snow or ice encrusted in them. Also, salt, antifreeze or other chemicals could hurt your dog if she ingests them while licking her paws.
If you own a short-haired breed, consider getting a warm coat or sweater for your dog. Look for one with a high collar or turtleneck that covers your dog from the base of her tail on top and to the belly underneath. While this may seem like a luxury, it is a necessity for many dogs.
Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. Your companion animal could freeze to death.
If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only long enough to relieve himself.
Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If necessary, paper train your puppy inside if he appears to be sensitive to the weather.
If your dog spends a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities, increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep his fur thick and healthy.
Antifreeze, even in very tiny doses, is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Because of its sweet taste, animals are attracted to it. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle. To prevent accidental poisonings, more and more people are using animal-friendly products that contain propylene glycol rather than the traditional products containing ethylene glycol. Call your veterinarian or The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA/NAPCC) if you suspect your animal has been poisoned.
Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. Leave the coat in a longer style, which provides more warmth. Remember that such a style will require more frequent brushing due to dry winter air and static electricity. When you bathe your dog, make sure she is completely dry before you take her out for a walk.
Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep far away from all drafts and off the floor, such as in a dog or cat bed or basket with a warm blanket or pillow in it.
Courtesy of
ASPCA
424 East 92nd St.
New York, NY 10128-6804
(212) 876-7700

 

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12

12 2013

Animal Fighting Bill

On January 23, 2013 the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act was reintroduced.  This bill is geared toward strengthening our federal laws against animal fighting.  ASPCA supports the bill and I hope you will too.

It is already a federal crime to actively participate in animal fighting, it is the spectators who make this a profitable enterprise.  The bill would make it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight and would impose additional penalties for bringing a child to observe the fight.

In previous congressional sessions the Senate passed the bill but when it hit the House, over half supported the bill but never passed it.  By reintroducing this bill, it gives us an opportunity to build on the momentum from the last Congress and help to finaly close the federal loophole for animal fighting spectators.

If you believe this to be as important as I do, won’t you please contact your House representative and request support for the bill?  You can visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center right now to quickly email your U.S.Rep in Washington and urge for cosponsorship of the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.

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With the increase in costs to treat your pet for illness, Pet Insurance is a great option to help combat the costs of medical treatment.  Click on the link above for your free estimate.  All policies provide a percentage going to benefit the ASPCA.

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01 2013


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