Tips for Moving With Pets: Ideas for Pet Owners

Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy: What You Need To Know

Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy: What You Need To Know

Symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy (SLO) is an unusual condition that can affect a dog’s claws. The disease causes several painful symptoms that can cause crippling pain for your family pet, so it’s important to learn what to do if your dog experiences the condition. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of SLO, and find out what treatment options are available to your dog. Causes SLO is an inflammatory condition that occurs when your dog’s immune system turns against itself. Veterinary scientists don’t know what causes the condition, but certain breeds are at higher risk of SLO. German Shepherd dogs are at particularly high risk, and the owners of these dogs report the symptoms more commonly than a lot of other breeds. A dog’s claw consists of several layers. The outer layer is hard, dead material that your vet will trim away, or, in many cases, will simply wear away when you exercise your dog. The central layer (the quick) is where you will find the nerves and blood supply,  and the claw grows from the root, which is deep inside the animal’s toe. SLO initially affects the root. Unfortunately, you probably won’t notice this because the problem occurs for several months before the visible part of the affected claw grows out. Symptoms When the damaged nail grows out, your dog may experience several symptoms. The claw often separates, splits from the quick and lifts up from the dog’s foot. The nail may also change colour and take on a distorted form. Eventually, the dog will normally lose the claw completely. Dogs with the condition can experience a lot of pain. You may see visible oozing or bleeding around the base of the nail. You may also notice an unpleasant smell, particularly if an infection sets in. In turn, the animal is likely to limp and become lame. Absolute diagnosis of SLO is tricky because a vet will need to take a biopsy of the affected toe. To do this, he or she must actually amputate the toe, so most vets will simply recommend treatment based on a visual inspection of the animal’s foot. Treatment options Your vet will normally recommend a high dose of essential fatty acids, combined with strong antibiotics. The fatty acids help tackle the inflammation that the autoimmune reaction causes, helping to ease some of the painful symptoms your dog has to endure. Talk to your vet about the right fatty acids to use, as some products like flaxseed oil are less effective in dogs. Meanwhile, the antibiotics will tackle any nail bed infection and may help save the affected claws. Infection prevention is important because the problem can spread into the toe, which could eventually lead to amputation. You can also help avoid infections by bathing the dog’s paw in warm salt water after exercise. Your animal surgeon cannot cure SRO, and affected dogs may experience recurring symptoms. Nonetheless, with prompt, rigorous treatment, you and your vet can work together to prevent the painful symptoms that plague animals diagnosed with...

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Recuperative Treatments For Dogs Recovering From Parvo

Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Recuperative Treatments For Dogs Recovering From Parvo

For dog and owner alike, the ordeal of a dog suffering from a bout of parvovirus can be very distressing and draining, and you may be tempted to relax once your dog has fought off the active virus and is out of immediate danger. However, parvo is notorious for inflicting lingering effects that persist for weeks or even months after infection has passed, and your dog will still require some treatments to help them regain their strength. Your veterinarian will work closely with you when it comes to helping your dog recover fully, but here are some of the main precautions to protect your recovering dog: Medications Your dog will almost certainly have been put on a course of antibiotic and antiviral treatments to help its immune system fight off the infection. Never cease a course of antibiotics or antiviral medication before the full course of treatment has been administered, no matter how well your dog appears to have recovered. Dormant traces of parvovirus can linger for several days or weeks within the bloodstream of an infected dog, even after the active infection is stopped. In terms of supplementary treatments, you should not administer any medications yourself without first consulting your vet. Some herbal treatments are available and may be effective, although some contain potentially harmful compounds such as colloidal silver, and should be avoided. Vet clinic treatments Your recovering dog may also require medications and treatments that can only be administered by a vet, depending on whether they suffer any complications during recovery. This usually involves blood tests, since dogs recovering from parvo often have low levels of potassium and glucose in their bloodstream. You will also need to take your dog to the clinic if it is still taking fluids intravenously at home, and you should never neglect appointments to have your dog’s IV drip inspected and cleaned.. Regaining weight and strength Keeping your post-parvo dog well fed and hydrated is possibly the most important part of any recovery regimen, and this is especially true during the first few days after your dog has beaten the infection. It is common for diarrhoea to persist for several days after a bout of parvo, so making sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh, clean water is vital. Your dog will also have lost a considerable amount of weight, and will likely be ravenously hungry after being unable to digest food properly for so long. However, you should only feed your dog very small, regular meals for the first few days, to prevent your dog gorging itself and damaging its weakened intestinal tract. You may also have to put your dog on a temporary specialised diet, depends on what your vet advises – some dogs may require high calorie dog food mixes to help them regain strength quickly, while others may be prescribed high fibre mixes to mitigate the effects of...

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Signs Indicating You May Require Pest Control Services

Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs Indicating You May Require Pest Control Services

Operational costs of a home can run quite high. As such, it is not surprising to find that some homeowners may prefer do-it-yourself projects to calling in the professionals in order to save some money. Although this may work for minor renovations and remodelling, it may not if you are dealing with a pest infestation. Some pest infestations can be easily dealt with using store bought insecticides and traps, but if there are extensive colonies breeding on your premises, then you could be in over your head. In addition, some homeowners may not even know how to spot an infestation and only realise when it is too late. Here are some of the signs that you may require professional pest control services. Unaccountable damages to your property Property damage can easily be noticed if, for instance, you knock your furniture and it acquires some nicks and dents. However, how do you account for thin tunnels along your walls or gnawed off areas in your furniture or rugs? These are some of the apparent signs that there are pests in your abode. The most common culprit for gnawing is rodents. Moreover, if you find numerous items have been chewed through, ranging from furniture to electric wires, then it is pertinent to enlist professional pest control services so that they can find their nest and annihilate the entire colony before they over run your home. Lesions and skin irritations Typically, when you start scratching, you will assume that mosquitoes got you while you are sleeping. However, if the irritation lasts then you could be dealing with something more sinister. Bedbugs are becoming increasingly prevalent and this is not due to unsanitary conditions. Since these pests can travel in anything, they are typically found in locations that experience a lot of transitional traffic such as rental apartments. Their only source of food is blood and once they have a host, they will reproduce and increase their colony in a short time. The chances of dealing with a bedbug infestation on your own though are almost nil. This is because their flat bodies can hide anywhere around the home and they are not limited to your bedroom. If you suspect you have a bedbug infestation, it is best to have professional pest control services come and deal with it to decrease the chances of it recurring. Generally, the pest control unit will require you to vacate the home for a few days to ensure that all the rooms and the belongings in them are properly...

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