Undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges of pet ownership is not being able to communicate verbally with your furry, feathered, or scaly friend. While you may have an unbreakable, deep bond, there’s no getting away from the fact that there are times where it would be really helpful if they could talk. No time is this more obvious than when our pets are injured or unwell. While some injuries or health problems are clearly visible, others are much harder to identify. Factor in that animals are predisposed to masking signs of vulnerability, and it’s easy to see why some issues go undetected for days, weeks, or even longer – something which could see your pet suffering unnecessarily or that could make their condition worse. To help you recognize if your animal is experiencing a health problem or injury that requires medical attention, here are the top 10 warning signs that you should take your pet to the vet.
Just as we as humans change as we get older, so too do our pets. This also means that the care we need to provide for our pets as they get older could be significantly different, and as conscientious pet owners, it’s important that we know what we need to do to support them. With this is in mind, here are our top tips to help you adapt to the changing needs of your senior pet.
Many people gear up for Halloween every October. But did you know that this time of year is also known as National Animal Safety and Protection Month? Every year, veterinarians and other people who work around animals raise awareness about safe handling and caring for domestic and wild animals.
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends vaccinations for all pets. Even if they’re indoor pets, there could be circumstances that will likely expose them to pathogens. Pet boarding, pet daycare, and wildlife encounters are only a few of these scenarios.
Beneath their coats, our furry friends have skin just like we do, and like us, their skin is their largest organ. Not only does it keep their insides safe from harmful external microorganisms, but it also helps to regular their temperature and plays an important role in many other body systems.
Summer is here and you are undoubtedly excited about the hot weather and long days of sunshine. Your pet is too and is delighted by the prospect of fun outdoor activities with their human family. However, summer also creates a number of challenges, not least because not all animals are well equipped to handle the hot weather.
Unfortunately, Lyme disease is a common canine disease. The disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a spiral-shaped bacterium that is carried inside certain species of ticks. Also known as Lyme borreliosis, Lyme disease can be transmitted to both animals and humans through a tick bite.
Your pet depends on you to keep them safe from all sorts of harm and health issues. These include potentially deadly parasites that could result in organ damage. As a responsible pet parent, heartworm prevention should be among your priorities. So, before you head out for a game of fetch, find out what causes heartworm. Learn how you can protect your pet from this life-threatening disease.