Breathing problems, drooling, diarrhea… when do you know if it’s a cat emergency? If you notice the following signs, it’s time to visit the vet stat.
Abnormal urination: This is a very severe condition that can be fatal. It’s caused by a urethral obstruction and happens most often in male cats. Cats with this condition suffer pain and can experience kidney failure, bladder rupture and/or cardiac arrest. The first signs include urinating outside the litter box, straining for small quantities of urine and grooming genitals excessively. Cats with irregular urinary habits should see a vet immediately.
Difficulty breathing or choking: Fluid in the lungs or the chest cavity can cause breathing problems. If it goes untreated, cats might even go into respiratory or cardiac arrest.
Unconsciousness: Poisoning or airway obstruction are a few reasons why your cat could lose consciousness. If you get no response when you call or touch your cat, check her breathing and take her to the vet immediately.
Excessive drooling: While it may be normal for a dog to drool heavily, cats don’t drool this much unless there’s an issue. Mouth burns from electrical cords, contact with poisons and nausea from other illnesses can cause this.
If you’re a new dog or puppy owner, you might think crate training is unkind or unnecessary, but there are many positive benefits for both you and your dog.
With the right training, your dog will view his crate as a shelter or safe haven, similar to a den used by his wild ancestor. It will also serve as your safety net for training and housebreaking. Read on for reasons why and how you should crate train.
Why Crate Training Works
When your pup is trained to love his crate, he will:
Learn bladder and bowel control
Feel safe and secure while you’re away
Have a safe haven to go to during stressful situations
Limit his destructive tendencies to toys, not furniture
Travel with less stress
You’ll also get peace of mind knowing your dog is comfortable and safe while you’re away.
Dog parks, beach outings, barbecues and long walks… summer time is for enjoying the outdoors with our pets. It’s also a time to be alert to summer hazards. Keep your pet’s play time fun and safe with these tips:
Lawn and garden products
Do you have a green thumb? Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides might help your garden grow, but they can be toxic to your pet. Use pet-safe products or keep your dog out of the treated area until it’s safe.
Unlike humans, dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies. They pant to cool down, but can still overheat and have heat stroke if they’re out too long on hot days. Dogs with flat faces, like pugs, boxers and bulldogs are especially vulnerable, because they can’t pant very well. Make sure your dog isn’t overdoing it outdoors, has shade and water, and is never left alone in a car, even with the windows down.