Friday, May 30, 2014

Trimming your cat's nails

Of course we all know that the best time to introduce a cat to the routine of nail clipping is when they are kittens so it becomes a natural part of their routine.

But what if you didn't do this when your cat was a kitten or an older cat has joined your home?

There are always the professionals (groomers and vets)…or with a few ‘pointers’ and a little patience, you can become a cat clipping pro!

First of all, find a location in your home where you and your cat can be comfortable, and a place with few distractions.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May is National Eye Examination Month

And this also applies to our pets!

Home eye exams for your pet are very important to check for cloudiness, tearing and inflammation that may obstruct their eyesight. To check your pet's eyes, gently roll down your pet's lower eyelid with your thumb and look at the lining. It should be pink, not red or white.

Want to keep a twinkle in your pet's eyes? Follow these steps!

What to Look For 
According to the ASPCA, here's some symptoms that may indicate you pet has an eye problem:
  • Crusty eye gunk
  • Cloudiness or change in eye color
  • Tearing
  • Red or white tear lining
  • Closed eyes
  • Unequal pupil size
  • Blinking more than normal
  • Tear stained fur around the eyes
Cleaning Your Pet's Eyes 
Gently wash your pet's eyes with a clean damp cloth or cotton ball and warm water. NEVER use alcohol or peroxide.

To flush the eyes, you can purchase "isotonic buffered saline" or eye drops over the counter made specifically for pet's eyes.

Wipe outward from the corner of the eye, being careful not to touch the eyeball so you don't scratch her cornea. If your pet constantly has a discharge, talk to your vet about solutions. If your pet is long-haired, you may need to remove the locks around his eyes. Use scissors with rounded tips to prevent the hair from poking and scratching his eyes. 

When To See A Vet
The breed of your pet may pre-dispose them to certain eye conditions such as glaucoma or retinal atrophy. Although your pet's eyes will be checked on their annual visits, you can do some preventative maintenance. There are eye disorders your pet can contract, including Ectropion, glaucoma, dry eye, cherry eye, conjunctivitis, and eyelash disorders. Cherry eye and tear staining are not an emergency. However, quick treatment can lessen the severity of any condition.

If your pet is pawing at, rubbing or shows signs of pain or irritation around the eyes, call your veterinarian as soon as possible.  You may even have to go to an pet Ophthalmologist.  Check with your Pets Are Inn office for a recommendation.

                                                          Source:  Bark Buster Dog Training & ASPCA

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Do's and Don'ts of Dog Park Etiquette

Dog Park Etiquette

After this long and unrelenting winter, it looks like it is finally time to head back out to the dog park! And some of us may need a 'gentle reminder' about dog park etiquette!

Dog Parks and some new 'off leash' options can be great fun for your pet, and beneficial in many ways. Exercise keeps dogs healthy and can help dogs expend excess energy in a positive way, instead of more destructive outlets like digging, barking and chewing. Dogs also benefit from the social contact that a dog park provides. Approximately 50% of households in America have pets, and so you and your pet are likely to run into other dogs frequently. Visits to the dog park can help your dog keep in practice on meeting and greeting other dogs appropriately.