All pets are vulnerable to falling sick. However, since this can happen at the most inconvenient times, you may be thinking that your pet can weather the illness overnight and then you can take them to the vet first thing in the morning. While this may be alright with minor ailments that will not jeopardise their health, it is critical to note that some symptoms will require immediate attention. And if you are a first-time pet owner, you may not know how to tell the difference.
You and your dog are very genetically distinct (despite the phenomenon of owners looking like their dogs), but despite this biological disparity your dog can suffer from some health problems that bear a close resemblance to those found in many humans. For example, bladder stones are a condition that can affect both dogs and their owners, and just like human bladder stones, canine bladder stones can be painful, debilitating and even deadly if left untreated.
If you own a dog, you probably enjoy giving it the occasional treat to reward it for good behaviour or because it is looking at you with its puppy dog eyes. While there is no harm in giving your dog the occasional treat, it is important to understand that certain foods can pose a serious risk to your pet's health and wellbeing. Below is a guide to three foods that you should never feed to your dog.
Nail disorders can affect the claw or surrounding area and can be painful for your dog, particularly when they walk. They can occur as a result of bacterial or fungal infections, and dogs with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of developing these types of nail infections. Trauma, trimming the nails too close to the nailbed and unexplained abnormal tissue growth can cause nail disorders. Additionally, high levels of growth hormones can overstimulate the nailbed.
Moving home can be stressful at the best of times, but moving with a pet can make matters even more of a hassle. Here's some advice to make relocating with your furry or feathered friend go more smoothly.
Check local bylaws for your new location
It's important to research thoroughly before you move to make sure that your pet will be welcome there. For example, some areas won't allow cats, because they predate on native wildlife species, such as rare ground-nesting birds.