Keeping health records for
ourselves and our loved ones is important and something that we all should do.
As a pet owner, do not inadvertently overlook keeping track and documenting
your four legged family member’s health information.
Do not wait until an emergency
happens to get your pet’s veterinary information organized and at your
fingertips. Getting organized and compiling vet records is easy. Get a binder
for each pet and label it with their name. Put the binder somewhere that is
convenient to access and easy to spot. Start collecting past health information
from your vet. Going forward request copies of vaccinations, tests, medicines,
Your pet’s health binder should include the following basic information for
- A Name, birth date, and gender.
- A Breed and general description including color
and approximate weight.
- A A recent photograph.
- A Microchip or tattoo information.
- A Name of your vet, veterinary clinic, and phone
- A Name and number of your local emergency vet
- A Names and numbers of specialty clinics you
- A Vaccination history and an up-to-date rabies
- A Results from physical exams.
- A Medications and their dosages.
- A Major illnesses and surgeries, plus dates.
- A Any test results, biopsies, etc.
- A Any allergies, hypersensitivities, or adverse
reactions, especially to anesthesia.
- A Diet regime.
- A Your pet’s insurance policy, if applicable.
In the case of an emergency your
stress level will be lowered and valuable time and money will be saved when you
have your pet’s vet records at your fingertips. Your pet’s health binder can
assist you in keeping track of scheduling appointments and keeps important
information in one place in case you move, change vets, travel or board your
pet and need proof of vaccinations.
The future is in online vet
records. Ask your vet if they offer this option but do not be disappointed if
they do not. This is not yet common but be aware that the technology is out
there. For example, the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical
Teaching Hospital has created its own web-based electronic medical record
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You can find different types of
pet accessories and finding them is not a great deal. Some people love to buy
them just to make their pet look fashionable while some want for functional
reasons. So we will learn more about the pet accessories and their use.
The first basic need of a pet is
the bowl in which food and water will be served. They are easily available in
the market. Together with the bowl one needs to have leashes to take the pet
for a walk. Another very important thing is the clothing which can be either of
a soft cloth or also made up of hair. It helps to cool them and also make them
look better. As pets often shed a lot of hair so to prevent them from this it
is needed that their body should be covered.
Like some pets especially the cats
love different kinds of grasses so you can buy a small garden which has
different types of grasses. It will be healthy as well as free from dirt.
While your mate is going for a
journey it needs a pet guard. As dogs cannot be kept tied up for a longer time
so you need to have it. These are used to easily transport them. You can also
go for hammocks which are suitable for resting. Dogs and cats mostly prefer
then for resting. If you are driving a car then pet cargo is the best. By using
this, the pet will remain within the confined area and will not disturb during
You can also buy some food
products which will be beneficial for the pets. The products can be mixed with
the food so as to provide them with vitamins and proteins because food is also
important for the pet.
The accessories are available in
the market so one can go and buy them. Or else you can also search on the
websites for different types of accessories and also their availability. You
can also search for the stores where these products will be available so that
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Cats make ideal pets for many since they are very playful,
affectionate and beautiful besides being very intelligent little animals. They
can be very good companions just like dogs and it is even true that spending
time playing or socializing with your cat can reduce or lower pressure of the
These are animals that happen to also be very tidy and you
will normally spot them in their grooming sessions by licking and scrubbing the
different parts of the body with the help of their tongues. Even though they
are tidy, you as the owner also need to help them with their grooming to ensure
that they are as tidy and healthy as they ought to be especially because they
live in close contact with members of your family including small children.
You will need to help your cat in combing and brushing its
fur or coat to keep it healthy and shiny. Once you make the brushing and
combing a regular habit, you will realize that you greatly reduce hairballs and
the coat remains to be gentle, soft and healthy. You will however need to do
the brushing and the combing in a gentle and slow way if at all the cat is to
cooperate and enjoy the sessions.
Besides taking care of the coat, the nails also require a
degree of care. You can regularly trim the toes. It is natural for cats to want
to scratch but by keeping the toes well clipped, you will find that major
damages on the household items that you value are kept at bay. You should
however ensure that you do not end up declawing your cat since it will be a
great injustice. Declawing is basically maiming your cat and should be avoided
at all times.
The ears and eyes of your cat need to be taken care of as
well. They are very sensitive parts of the body and you will therefore need to
handle them gently and softly if at all you are to achieve your overall
mission. You can for instance get rid of … Read the rest Read more
People often believe
that if their pet has lots of love, water, food and proper medical care then
they are set for life. Two items we often forget about are:
Giving them adequate
physical exercise, and,
Plenty of mental
challenges to stimulate their brains.
These two factors can
increase their quality of life by leaps and bounds. ASPCA Animal Trainer,
Kristen Collins, touts that “Pets need jobs.” Both dogs and cats have
a need to be engaged and stay busy. Keep in mind that animals were created to take
care of themselves by foraging or hunting for food and shelter. Although our
pets have been domesticated, their energy levels and natural instincts still
exist. More often than not our pets are bored and spend the day laying around
waiting for us to return home from work. This is why animals get into mischief
while we are away. They need simulation to deal with the overwhelming restless
feeling. Much like children, dogs and cats that are left to their own devices
must find new ways to entertain themselves. When you find your cat or dog
gnawing or scratching on furniture or shoes, eating houseplants, tipping over
the garbage can or spending excessive amounts of time barking or meowing, then
it is time to take action (or, consider taking action before these behaviors
occur). Several different workouts are recommended:
Get moving — Healthy
dogs need a minimum of one hour of aerobic exercise per day. Kristen recommends
breaking this into 2 separate 30 minute sessions. Great ways to burn off that
energy are jogging, playing at the dog park and swimming.
Games — Combine
exercise with a lesson by involving your pet in structured games. These can be
games such as tug-of war or fetch. These types of games teach your dog about
impulse control and creates a closer relationship between the two of you. Great
items for the game of fetch include items such as an Air KONG squeaker tennis
ball, a plain tennis ball, flexible Frisbee for dogs, Flying Squirrel fetch
toy, or maybe just a … Read the rest Read more
So you just got a pet
and you’re preparing for your first vet visit! For many pets, a trip to the vet
can be an extremely traumatic experience causing lots of anxiety; unfortunately
the reason for this is often unknown other than simple fear of the
unknown. As a caring pet owner, you
can’t just avoid the vet as that would put your pet’s health in jeopardy! But there are some helpful steps you can take
to ease your pet’s stress and make the appointment go as smoothly as possible.
Avoid peak hours
Peak hours can vary
depending on the day and clinic, however; most veterinary clinics are the
busiest early in the morning and in the late afternoon-evening and on
weekends. You may be tempted to schedule
your pet’s appointments during these times because they’re convenient. But this can increase an animal’s stress
level due to the crowdedness and other animals that will be around. If possible, arrange your appointments for
a less popular time. You can even ask an
employee at the clinic to figure out a day when there aren’t very many appointments
Dogs and cats love
their treats and they are more likely to be obedient towards you if you have a
reward. You can guide your pet’s
interest away from whatever chaos is going on around them by offering them
treats. You don’t have to bring treats
every time, but consider it for the first vet visit, make it a special trip for
Familiarize your pet
If you go to a local
clinic that is within walking or quick driving distance, it is possible for you
to drop by the office casually to get your pet acquainted with the area. You should first explain your situation to
the staff, though, so they know what you are doing when you come in. By doing this, the next check-up your pet has
will go much more smoothly.
Pets can often sense
their owner’s emotions. If you are
feeling anxious, fearful or sad, it is … Read the rest Read more