Not necessarily. Dog's noses change in temperature quite often due to its surrounding and situations. Of course, the nose will be warm to the touch if your pet just came in from the sun and maybe cold after drinking its cool water. It is best to watch other symptoms of illness like vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, lethargy and change in diet rather than a warm nose. If you are unsure ALWAYS contact your vet for assistance.
Obesity is a huge problem for many pets. It can be difficult because humans love their pets so much that they give in to the pleading eyes and feed them anything they want. However, this is extremely harmful for the animal. To help your obese cat, it may be necessary to switch to a lower calorie diet, per the advice of your veterinarian. Follow portion control exactly as specified on the package of the food.
Along with diet change, you will need to increase your cat’s daily exercise. Cats are notorious for excess weight gain because they do lead very sedentary lives. Choose a daily playtime with your cat, most often in the evenings before bedtime. There are many interactive toys available for your cat to enjoy during an evening of activity. If you are one of the lucky ones that can take your cat for walks, this is a great option for much needed exercise while enjoying the great outdoors. Any fitness plan is successful by incorporating less calories and more activity – including that of your cat.
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When in the wild, cats tend to eat quite frequently without any obesity concerns. The reason is due to the time and physical activity necessary of foraging for their food. In domestic situations, your cat does not have to work for its grub, making kitty sometimes lazy and on the verge of obesity. Not only do you want to provide a nutritional balanced meal, your cat needs to have ample exercise to stay fit. Some options could be to literally have him/her work for its food. One of the many options could be to provide puzzle toys, balls or other interactive games with food placed inside them. Your cat will play with that toy for hours as it tries to get each morsel.
You could make some homemade games as such, by placing holes in a small box or two-liter bottle to entice kitty to reach for the food. Other games could be a hiding game where you place food bits in strategic places throughout the home. Be creative in your efforts. Cats love to hunt and will find the food, keeping him active in the process. These types of things will help your cat with weight loss and avoid obesity. If after trying various things to help your cat with weight loss and to avoid more obesity in your cat consult your vet about putting your cat on a special diet.
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Rabies is a deadly disease that is very contagious to all warm-blooded animals and humans. It is most often transmitted through a bite wound. The virus then affects the nerves, the brain and spinal cord, resulting in a fatality within 10 days of reaching the brain.
There is protection from the Rabies virus through vaccination of your pets. The vaccine is available for young pets about the age of 6 months and is given yearly – although specific vaccines can be administered once every three years, if you choose that option. At any rate, the Rabies vaccination is most often required by law depending on where you live – to protect your pet as well as those in close contact with it.
Rabbits enjoy the company of other rabbits because they are social animals. In the wild, they tend to live in multiples and, even when kept domestically, they like to be around others that are just like them. Keeping two or more rabbits together means that they will not be lonely when you are not around to play with them. If you can, it is good for you to have at least a pair of rabbits.
If your cat wants to go in and out with easier access, you can install a fitted cat flap that can swing both ways, making it easier for the cat. However, you will need to get your cat used to this new “doorway.” With your cat on the inside of the flap, try enticing your cat through it with a treat. Call your cat in a loving, calm tone of voice and when he/she comes through, give them treat. Repeat this again on the other side of the flap with praise and treat as he/she goes through.
If the training has not worked, you may need to enlist an assistant to help you through the process. Choose someone that your cat trusts. You are on one side of the flap with your cat while the helper is on the other side, both holding treats. With the flap slightly open so it can see your assistant, have the helper call the cat with treat in hand until it comes through the flap – give a treat and praise. Nudge your cat through if necessary. Have the cat turned around so your helper can hold the cat while you call him or her with treat in hand. Keep practicing this process until your cat is comfortable going through the flap on its own. Remember, a ton of praise when he/she goes through the flap successfully. Your cat will soon learn and appreciate going through the flap on its own without fear.
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There are several varieties of hamsters although the most common is the Syrian, golden or Teddy Bear hamster. Despite their golden color, the Syrian hamsters can come in a variety of color combinations. These particular hamsters should be kept separate from others as they do tend to fight if you choose to get a pair.
Another variety is less common but much more sociable and is known as the Russian or Chinese dwarf hamsters. These little dwarf hamsters are very similar and are usually brown in color with a black striping on the back. Many say they resemble tailless field mice. These hamsters can actually be found in other color combinations, are pretty friendly and do well in pairs, considering they are both the same sex.
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The best medications to treat your pet dog or cat are provided through your veterinarian. Many over-the-counter flea and tick treatments are not as effective. Some of the best options are;
• Program to prevent fleas by preventing flea eggs – it is available in pill and liquid form for cats and tablet form for dogs. Program is most often used in conjunction with Capstar to kill adult fleas – usually within 30 minutes.
• Advantage is a popular choice to kill and prevent fleas in dogs and the liquid formula is applied topically monthly.
• Frontline kills and prevents fleas and ticks – and the liquid is also applied topically each month.
• Revolution – another topical liquid is used to kill fleas while also controlling deer ticks as well as ear mites.
• Sentinel comes in a once-a-month tablet form to prevent fleas and heartworm disease as well as kill hookworms, roundworms and whipworms.
The products above are not listed as waterproof although that should not apply to pill-form medications. K9Advantix does make topical liquid monthly medications that are indeed waterproof. They are applied once a month. K9Advantix prevents and kills fleas, ticks and the mosquitoes that cause heartworm disease.
Medications for cats differ than those for dogs and must clearly state they are for feline use. Some products used on a dog can be toxic for cats. Aside from the Program and Capstar mentioned above, other products that are safe for your cat include:
• Advantage for the prevention and control of fleas, a liquid formula applied topically once a month.
• Frontline Top Spot, a topical liquid used monthly to prevent and kill fleas and ticks. Frontline Plus works in much the same way but is also waterproof.
• Revolution prevents heartworm disease while controlling roundworms, ear mites and hookworm as well as killing fleas.
Please consult your vet to make sure you find a medication suitable for your pet.
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What do Chinchillas eat? It is best to stick with specific Chinchilla food found at the better, larger pet supply stores. The foods should contain whole kernel corn, oats, wheat, barley and sunflower seeds without excess fruits. Supplements of hay that are fresh must be free of dust and smell sweet. The best choice of hay includes alfalfa and pure dried grass. Read labels before purchasing and providing your Chinchilla its wholesome diet to guarantee it is fresh and contains the appropriate ingredients as listed above. Also be sure to provide an ample supply of bottled or filtered water. Do not feed your Chin too many treats or it can be life threatening.
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Most cats love catnip although they do not all react the same from this strong-scented mint herb. It is estimated that 30 to 70 per cent of cats are affected by catnip, and it drives a cat wild. They sniff, chew and bit the catnip while shaking their heads, rolling around on it and sometimes salivating from the mouth. The cat is responding to the ingredient Nepetalactone, the mint herb that functions through the feline’s five senses.
Catnip can have a calming effect on many cats, it is relatively safe for your pet and non-additive. However, too much of a good thing is not advisable and can cause your pet to be ill. If this happens, reduce how much you give your cat. An occasional treat is fine but not necessarily on a daily basis. Your veterinarian can advise you better on how often is acceptable.
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