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Help your dog avoid heatstroke this summer

kiddie pools help keep dogs coolEvery year, veterinarians treat dogs who needlessly develop  heat stroke. And just like people, dogs that become severely overheated can become very ill and even die. It’s important to remember that your dog cannot remove himself from a dangerous situation. It’s up to you, as your dog’s guardian, to ensure he is not left in a place where he may become overheated.

Here are a few tips to help prevent your dog from ever having to experience a heatstroke:

  • Never leave your dog unattended in direct sunlight or in a closed vehicle, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
  • Ensure your dog always has access to cool water and shade in hot temperatures.
  • The pads of some dogs can be sensitive to hot pavement, so walk in the shade or grass whenever possible.
  • Limit strenuous activity during the middle of the day, when temperatures are the hottest. Exercise your dog during cooler parts of the day; in the morning and evening, not mid-day.
  • If you enjoy taking your dog to the dog-beach, make sure he does not drink the salt water. This may lead to vomiting, and dehydration. Bring lots of fresh water not just for yourself, but for your dog as well.

Invest in products and treats to help keep your best friend Fido cool:

  • Kiddie pools are a great way to keep your dog cool if they love water.
  • There are cooling packs that you can place in the freezer and place around the dogs neck to help keep cool.
  • Ice-cubes are a favorite treat for dogs.
  • Spraying the dog with cool water is helpful.

The following is a list of the major signs that may indicate heatstroke in your dog:

  • Breathing rapidly
  • Panting excessively
  • Difficulty standing
  • Restlessness
  • Bright red gums and tongue
  • Your dog lies down and is unable to get up, or doesn’t want to get up when typically he would want to get up
  • Uncontrollable defalcation or urination
  • Erratic breathing
  • Whining as if anxious

If you note any of the symptoms of heatstroke, it’s important to take action immediately. The longer you wait, the more your dog’s life is in danger. He may go into shock or even die. Get your dog out of the heat as soon as possible. If you have access to cool (not cold) water, pour it on him starting with the neck and the pads of the feet. It’s okay to give your dog very small amounts of water to drink, but do not let him gulp the water down. Contact your vet or emergency vet right away.

The onset of heatstroke can be very rapid. Planning for summer outings with your dog will ensure he never experiences any of the above symptoms. A little bit of caution means you and your dog will have a fun, safe and cool summer!

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how do i know if my cat has chewing lice?

Question by : how do i know if my cat has chewing lice?
i thought my cat had flees so we bought a flee collar but he was still scratching himself. So i checked him and he had little black things in his fur. I took one and squished it between my finger nails and blood came out…So my brother thinks he has chewing lice….WHAT DO I DO D:

Best answer:

Answer by Wafers
Flea collars don’t always work. Take him to the vet and see what it is.

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Help for Low-Income Pets

I think it would be useful to pull together a database of help sites for low-income pets in distress.
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I Have an Old Dog That Has Health Problems, Where is a Place That I Can Get Her Put to Sleep?

Cheap and will dispose of her after

Suggestion:

Humane society l0 to l5 dollars. They will dispose of it also. Or you can bury in the back yard. Sorry.

Source: I Have an Old Dog That Has Health Problems, Where is a Place That I Can Get Her Put to Sleep?

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Buying Raw Food for Dogs

Dogs on a raw food diet are naturally healthier, happier, and more energetic. They will face less health problems both in their present state and in the long run when compared to their kibble fed (or other dog diets) counterparts. However, buying raw food for dogs can be a challenge to some dog owners since [...]
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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

Check out these Fleas images:

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge
Fleas

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge
Fleas

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

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I always hate hearing about how badly pit bulls ar…

I always hate hearing about how badly pit bulls are treated in shelters and elsewhere – simply because they're "pit bulls". I have 2 myself and once my children are grown, I'm sure I'll have a few more. I've had all types of dog breeds during my life and my pit bulls have ALWAYS been the friendliest and most loyal – it's all in the way that they are brought up. I really wish more people would give them a chance to see what good dogs they really are. Thank you for the article, it was very informative.
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Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC)

 

Feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) is the most common lower urinary tract disorder diagnosed in cats. Symptoms can include painful urination, urination outside the litter box and blood in the urine. Stress is a significant factor in the incidence of FIC. Veterinary researchers have determined that cats with highly sensitized nervous and endocrine systems are more prone to FIC. Research indicates that felines suffering from FIC may experience high levels of stress without exhibiting any noticeable symptoms. Fortunately, there are specific alterations to your home and changes you can make in your cat’s daily routine that can help to prevent mental and physical stress.

The first thing to consider for possible modification is your cat’s diet. Cats suffering from FIC typically have highly concentrated urine and are fed mostly dry food. Your veterinarian may suggest transitioning to a canned food, or adding water to dry food, but this may not always be the best option. Some cats simply prefer dry foods and may experience increased stress if forced to transition to a canned food. Luckily, the solution is simple – just offer canned food next to his typical dry food, in hopes of a gradual transition.

If after watching this video you believe your cat has FIC, please visit your veterinarian to rule out any other causes of urinary tract problems, such as an infection or bladder stones.

If your cat has previously been diagnosed with FIC, now is the time to take steps to minimize the chances of the disease reoccurring. In the second of this two-part series, Dr. Sarah discusses how to view your home from your cat’s perspective and how to reduce your kitty’s stress by making their environment more kitty-friendly.

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Cool Sarcoptic Mange images

A few nice sarcoptic mange images I found:

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sarcoptic mange

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paranormal.about.com/od/chupacabra/Chupacabra.htm

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sarcoptic mange

Image by bob the builder of luv
animal.discovery.com/tv/lost-tapes/chupacabra/history/

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sarcoptic mange

Image by bob the builder of luv
www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/14/chupacabra-pictures-tex…

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