Making End of Life Decisions for Pets

As pet owners, we’ve all been faced with, or will eventually face, the agony of making end-of-life decisions for our pets. Sometimes it’s because of an illness, other times it may be due to the natural aging process, but whatever it is, it never makes the decision any easier to make.

Hot Spots: Acute Moist Dermatitis

A hot spot is a warm, painful, swollen patch of skin 1 to 4 inches (2.5 to 10 cm) across that exudes pus and gives off a foul odor. Hair in the area is lost rapidly. The infection progresses when the dog licks and chews the site. These circular patches appear suddenly and enlarge quickly, often within a matter of hours.

How Much Water Should My Dog Drink?

A dog’s body consists of around 70% water and requires sufficient water to maintain a proper level of body fluids. Dogs lose a great deal of water daily through urination, respiration, and evaporation, a relatively small amount of losses can result in serious health problems, so it is very important that an adequate water supply be available at all times.

How to Calculate Your Dog’s Age

It’s common knowledge that dogs age faster than people. But the conventional wisdom that one dog year equals seven human years is an oversimplified view of how old your dog is in human years. Although a dog’s age averages out this way, there is quite a bit of variation. For example, dogs mature more quickly than children in the first couple of years. So the first year of a dog’s life is equal to about 15 human years, rather than seven.

Dehydration in Dogs

Dehydration occurs when fluid levels drop to less than normal. This is due to either reduced water intake or increased fluid loss. Fluid loss can be due to overheating in hot weather or a bout of vomiting or diarrhea, especially in puppies.

How Much Water Should My Cat Drink?

Water is essential for helping the kidneys flush out toxics from the blood. Water also helps keep other organ tissues hydrated and healthy. Dehydration in cats is dangerous, and if not treated, can lead to death.

How Much Water Should My Guinea Pig Drink?

To be on the safe side, you should always leave a bowl of fresh water for your guinea pig throughout the day. It really depends on the individual pig but a basic observation of whether your guinea pig drinks alot, a little or none will be very useful. That way you will be able to notice if there is a change in habits.

Dental Care for Dogs

Caring for your dog includes caring for his or her teeth. Dogs may resist having their teeth brushed, but it will be something they will grow to enjoy and eventually thank you for.

How Much Water Should My Rabbit Drink?

The importance of adequate water intake cannot be overstated. A rabbit who does not drink sufficient water will gradually begin to suffer desiccation of the intestinal contents. Skin tenting, a common method used by veterinarians to gauge the state of hydration in many animals, is not a good gauge of hydration in rabbits.

How Much Water Should My Hamster Drink?

Water is an important part of a hamster’s diet and should be available at all times. You may use a gravity-flow bottle, placed at an acceptable height, where the hamster is comfortable reaching to. Water should be changed daily to ensure that algae do not form in your hamster’s water bottle.

Top 10 Poisonous Foods for Cats

1. Medications for people: Pets have a much greater sensitivity to many of the common over-the-counter and prescription medications that may be in your home.

Smoking Kills Our Pets

The detrimental effects smoking has on humans are well known, and recent studies have shown that second-hand smoke affects our pets just as badly, or worse.

Healthy Dental Hygiene for Dogs

Did you know that dogs are more than twice as likely to develop dental diseases? This is because their mouth is slightly alkaline and also because they don’t get their teeth brushed as often as we humans do. When bacteria multiplies, the problems multiply as well. This can lead to very painful situations such as tooth loss and gum diseases, in severe cases bacteria may spread throughout the dog’s body, potentially resulting in heart and liver diseases.