Choosing Cleaning Products When You Have Pets
It has been said that cleaning a house with pets is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos — both are fruitless endeavors. That said, it’s still important to do (the first one, that is) at least every now and again, especially because you have pets.
Pets live close to the floor and carpeting; they lick windows, flooring, frankly most any surface (repeatedly!), so making sure our cleaning products are free from harmful toxins is important.
Is your dog reserved? The reason could be one of these three things
“My dog is more quiet than usual?” “He’s more reserved.” “He just seems bored.” These are all fairly common questions, concerns, and statements from dog owners during veterinary visits.
But is it always boredom or “getting older” that causes a dog to be more reserved, quiet, or to slow down?
Like to garden? Hate snails and slugs? Have pets?
Most snail and slug poisons contain a compound called metaldehyde, which is also extremely poisonous to cats and dogs. Metaldehyde kills snails and slugs by causing them to dehydrate (it does this both by disturbing their ability to produce their protective mucus coating and by causing them to swell). In cats and dogs it has a much different effect, an effect which can be quite devastating and even fatal!
travel with pets,
Arthritis and Dogs: A Common and Treatable Problem
Our dogs are living longer these days, which is unequivocally great! With advancing years though it’s common to see a host of medical and cognitive problems develop in aging dogs. One of the big ones, and one which can often be the easiest (yes, that’s right, I said “easiest”) to deal with is when dogs start to have problems getting up and getting around. Fortunately, helping your aging, arthritic dog with such mobility issues doesn’t mean you have to remodel your house or move to a single-story rancher. Helping them and improving their quality of life also needn’t be backbreaking (or bank-breaking) for you, and it isn’t even all about medications! There's lots of simple, inexpensive, and effective things you can get and do to improve your aging, arthritic dog's mobility.
Arthritis in dogs,
Just like people, dogs can get skin cancers as the result of prolonged or repeated sun exposure
As with many questions though, the answer to "whether or not" to apply sunscreen on your dog may not be so straightforward. Whether or not your dog needs sunscreen can be influenced by many different factors.
- How much time your dog spends outside, and during what part of the day?
- Where do you live? (factors: altitude; hours of daylight; etc.)
- What color is your dog’s coat?
- How thick and full is their coat?
Summer Pet Safety Tips,
Cancer in Dogs,
Think sticks are good, free toys for dogs? Read this.
Do you throw sticks for your dog to fetch? Do you let your dog chew sticks? Lots of people do, and lots of dogs love to fetch and chew sticks, right? You see it all the time at the park, on the beach, and in yards. I personally get nervous though when I see dogs chewing and chasing sticks, and I know that many of my veterinarian colleagues and our technical support staff do, too. Do you know why? It’s because we see the results of dogs chewing and chasing sticks!
Here's just a sample of the types of injuries that sticks commonly cause:
- Splinters in a dog's tongue and/or gums
- Punctures of the roof of a dog's mouth, or even their throat
- Impalement in a dog's eye
- Penetration of a dog's chest, with resulting damage to their heart and/or lungs
Every year many dogs suffer significant pain and injuries from sticks, and that some dogs even die from their stick-related injuries. It’s true – and it happens far more frequently than you might expect. Want some proof? See the many stories at the end of this article.