The Most Dangerous Time Of The Year

Ah, Christmas. Decorations, feasts, family and friends gathering around, and lots of presents. Sometimes it seems like there can’t be anything bad about the holiday season. Amidst all the busyness and joy and festivities, keep in mind your pets might need a little special attention during December.
Any Christmas-celebrating cat-owner knows cats like Christmas just as much as we do. When you bring a tree into the house, just for them, they can only assume they’re on the nice list. Unfortunately, not too many people appreciate their cats climbing up the tree, knocking down ornaments, tearing up lights and causing a mess, so the poor kitties are yelled at and they don’t understand why they can’t climb the inside tree. While not having a Christmas tree just isn’t an option for the non-Scrooges, there are other things you can do to make the experience a little less stressful for everyone. Keep the tree water covered so animals don’t drink it, don’t place long or sparkly ornaments right at the bottom where the cat will be encouraged to play with them (we used to put bell ornaments at the bottom so we’d hear when the cats were near the tree), and … Read the rest

Heart Disease in Dogs, Cats and Horses – In Fact All Animals and Birds

If you are an animal or bird owner, you will probably agree that your pet holds a special place in your heart. But you must remember that keeping your pets heart healthy is one of your responsibilities.
“When it comes to heart related problems, regular visits to your veterinarian could mean the difference between life and premature death. Animal owners may not realize that their pets are susceptible to many forms of heart disease. In most cases, heart disease can be successfully managed with early detection and treatment.
What is Heart Disease in Animals?
Heart problems in animals, as in people, can be either present at birth or acquired, often developing during middle age. Acquired heart disease is more common, affecting many older pets.
Are there different types of heart disease in pets?
Yes, there are two common types of heart disease in our pets:
•In one type, your pet’s heart valves lose their ability to close properly, causing abnormal blood flow.
•In the other type, the muscular walls of a pet’s heart become thinned and weakened.
Both types develop gradually over time and result in the same serious condition called heart failure.
Heart Failure.
A major threat to our … Read the rest

Obesity Is Killing Pets – Here’s How to Stop It

The weight of humans is publicised across the media but the weight of your pets seems to be almost disregarded. If you, as a person are concerned and conscious about your weight then you should put the effort in for your pets as well. There has been a recent up rise of pet obesity across the UK and USA and it is extremely damaging to their health and could potentially end in fatality.
In the past year, researchers have found that the rate of pets being overweight has remained the same yet the rate of obese pets has rapidly increased. It has been said that 53 per cent of adult dogs and 55 per cent of cats are now classed as being overweight and almost half of that percentage are obese.
These horrifying statistics show that pet owners are not caring for their pets properly and they over-feed them and have a lack of exercise. It is almost as important that pets are healthy as it is humans and they need caring for correctly in order to survive and be happy. A lot of owners admit to over-feeding their pets with food and treats but many of them do not … Read the rest