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10 Foods Toxic for Dogs

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It is very natural to want your pup also to enjoy yummy human foods. After all, it is hard to say no to those cute puppy faces. However, it is not good to spoil your pup. The key rule of good parenting for pups and children is the same, knowing to say NO when necessary. It is not about certification of being a good parent; some human foods are very toxic to canines. They pose grave health concerns for your dog possibly even leading up to death.

Chocolate

The most toxic human food for dogs is chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine and it is very harmful for dogs. It is found in all types of chocolates. It can make your pup extremely thirsty along with vomiting and diarrhea. The most severe cases will entail abnormal heartbeat, seizures, or death. The chocolates are enjoyable for you, NOT AT ALL for your pup.

Bacon

It might not seem harmful at first, but bacon and high fat foods are extremely unhealthy for your dog. It can cause pancreatitis and upset stomach due to high salt content present in it. In the extreme situations, it will make the dogs consume a lot of water resulting in bloating that can be fatal. If you’re a interested in ruin your health, kindly don’t indulge your pet in it as well.

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Cat Desexing (neutering)

Desexing your cat is a routine procedure performed to keep your feline friend as healthy as possible and keep them from developing some very nasty diseases.

In general, there are three options when deciding when to desex your cat:

  • Early or pediatric desexing/spay is performed between six and eight weeks of age.
  • Standard desexing/spay is performed at five to six months.
  • After the first heat, between eight and twelve months.

I recommend the desexing of cats from around 5-6 months of age to keep your cat healthy. The procedure is very different for male cats (castration) and female cats (spey).

Castration:

Castrations are one of the quickest procedures that your veterinary surgeon will perform. Quite simply, it’s the removal of testicles, that removes the reproductive capability of male cats. The procedure is performed under a general anesthetic so your cat won’t remember or feel a thing. No sutures or staples are required for this surgery and the surgical wounds are minute!

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4 Amazing Benefits of CBD for Dogs

Having a dog is always a wonderful experience. They make great family members and we would do anything to make them healthy and happy. But dogs, like all other pets, can be prone to genetic and other illnesses. So, what if we tell you there is one thing you can give your dog that will keep your dog in complete balance.

That one magical substance is called cannabidiol, or better known as CBD. In fact, it’s a marijuana product but without any psychoactive effects. The thing with CBD is that it’s produced from industrial legal hemp, which is also what makes it perfectly safe and for use.

CBD has a lot of benefits for humans, and as it turns out, for dogs as well. Here are all the health benefits of CBD for dogs. Check out this informative infographic.

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Easy Year Round Pet Care Tips

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Caring for modern pets sounds like a no-brainer but learning how to properly care for your pooch or kitty is vital to their overall heath. It doesn’t matter how many or what type of pets you own, but the quality of care you usher to them. There is an appropriate way to care for the type of furry cuddly you own and hence a bit of research necessary.

Lack of proper veterinarian aid, or the presence of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, bugs or even heat fatigue, all can have a severe impact on your pet’s quality of life.

Protection from Bugs

Creepy-crawlies including gnats, ticks, mosquitoes and fleas cause major distress to your furry bundles of joy. They can also be quite irritating. Insects such as fleas and ticks act as carriers of diseases which are likely to spread to your pet. Mosquitoes are the worst for pooches. These bugs can infect pets with heart worms that could be lethal if not treated appropriately.

Implementing pest control at home is necessary to keep insects at bay; however, make sure to use products or services that do not harm your pets. Use non-toxic pet care products always, especially those recommended by the FDA.

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How to Find the Best Veterinarians

If you’re particularly fond of animals, and having pets, you should be familiar and well aware of their essential needs. Just like you, your pet requires medical care and attention when needed. In order to get the optimal treatment for your pet, you should go to the best Veterinarian available. However, with hundreds of vets out there, it may be difficult to settle on one. Mentioned below are a few things that’ll help you find the best veterinarian for your pet.

 

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1. Ask People for Recommendations

This is in fact one of the best ways to come across a great veterinarian. Talk to people who own pets and share the same love for animals as you do, and ask them for recommendations. You could also ask people at animal shelters that you trust to point you in the right direction. Recommendations are always great as they come forward through experiences and rarely turn out to be disappointing.

2. The Clinic/Hospital Should be Accredited

You should always conduct a thorough research on the veterinarian’s history including his education and experience. Make sure the clinic or hospital has American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) approval. Although some prominent clinics aren’t accredited, such membership does ensure high standards of medical care. You can look up AAHA-accredited hospitals with the American Animal Hospital Association Hospital Locator.