A to Z About Pet Care

Having a dog or cat by your side can be very rewarding. It not only makes life fun, but can take away the stress of a bad day by just playing with your pet.

Animal Shelter– If you’re looking for a pet, try your local animal shelter first. They have numerous cats and dogs that are looking for a good home.

Bugs– Outside pets have a greater chance of attracting fleas and ticks than inside pets. Fleas and ticks can be bothersome to your dog or cat, but fortunately, there is a treatment.

Canine– Canines are mammals that belong to the dog family. They include dogs and wolves.

Diet– The diet always affects the health of the animal. There are several brands on the market, but be careful when choosing your brand. Some brands imply that the animal must eat three times as much to get the proper nutrients needed. Ask your veterinarian which brand is best for your pet.

Ears– Ears must be kept clean to avoid infection. Some breeds, especially cocker spaniels, have more ear problems than other breeds.

Feline– Felines are also mammals. They are a group of animals that belong to the cat family. Other felines include lions, tigers and cougars.

Grooming– The amount of grooming depends on the breed. Be sure to research this before you bring home a new animal. Grooming can be very expensive.

Heartworm– Heartworm is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Luckily, giving your pet a chewable treat or pill once a month is a great preventative.

 

Illness– When your pet isn’t feeling good, be sure to take it to your vet. Something simple can turn into something serious if not taken care of immediately.

Jugular Vein– Sometimes, a veterinarian may need to draw blood from your pet to check for diseases. Normally, it is less stress on the animal if the blood is drawn from the leg. If this doesn’t work, then blood is taken from the jugular vein in the neck.

Kennel– Most dogs don’t like getting their bed wet. This is why kennel training your dog is one of the best ways to house-break it.

Love– Animals need lots of love and attention to be happy and healthy!

Medicine– When your pet gets sick, there are several medications your pet can take. Sometimes they can take the same medicines as people do. Always ask your veterinarian first before administering any medicine to your pet.

Nail Trim– Keeping your pets nails trimmed makes it easier for them to walk. It also reduces the chance of injury to you and your pet.

Obedience School– Obedience school should be considered especially if you have a hyper-active dog. Once the dog has graduated, you should be able to control your pet easier.

Peanut Butter– When giving your dog medicine that doesn’t taste very good, you can hide it in peanut butter to make it taste better.

Quality- Spending quality time with your pet is crucial. It not only improves your relationship with your pet, but also keeps it from becoming bored.

RabiesRabies can be a fatal disease. However, in some states it’s a law that your pets must receive a rabies vaccination annually as a preventative.

Spay or Neuter– Spaying or neutering your pet not only prevents diseases, but also helps control the pet population.

Undergoing Surgery– Just like people, fasting your pet 8-12 hours prior to surgery is recommended.

Veterinarian– Veterinarians are animal doctors and are responsible for a wide variety of animals. A veterinarian usually goes to school for about 8 years to get his or her degree.

Weight– Feeding your pet too much can cause obesity. Too much weight on your pet can lead to numerous health problems.

X-rays – X-rays are very important in determining a debilitating disease or a malfunctioning organ.

Yelp- If your dog is in pain, it may whine or yelp to let you know that it hurts.

Zit- Cats can develop acne. Zits or pimples may be found on their chin.

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