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.
March is National Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month. Each year, there are an estimated 214,000 cases of pet poisoning in the United States – a figure that is much higher than many owners might expect. Unfortunately, there are many different substances that have the potential to be harmful to our animals and unless pet owners are aware of these and take active steps to prevent their pet from coming into contact with them, the number of instances of pet poisoning could increase.
Seeing as February is National Pet Dental Health month, there is no better time to be aware of what is happening with your pet’s teeth. You may not realize it, but your fur baby needs their teeth just as much as you need yours – to eat their food, but also to pick up and carry objects and even play games. After all, your canine companion can’t fetch a frisbee without healthy teeth to secure it and carry it back!
Unless you are planning on becoming a registered breeder of animals, you will certainly want to think about arranging to get your pet spayed/neutered when they reach the right age. Spaying/neutering are extremely common elective veterinary surgeries and countless procedures are performed in the United States alone each year. The purpose of spaying/neutering is to ensure that your pet either can’t impregnate another animal or becoming pregnant themselves. To do this, the reproductive organs of your pet are removed. In males, this is the testes, and in females, it is the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus that are surgically extracted. Both procedures are carried out under general anesthetic, and it will be necessary for your pet to take some time to recover following their surgery.
For a pet owner, nothing is as devastating as when you can’t find your pet. However, animals are lost or stolen every single day. When this happens, you may feel overwhelmed, confused, and like you have no options left. However, microchipping is the solution to all of this. Please keep your pet safe by making sure that they are microchipped, and the information is current.