Your dog's inner ears curve and twist around, an inviting spot for parasites, bacteria and yeast to set up housekeeping. Infections can and do result. Part of the pet grooming routine should include regular ear checks and cleaning.
For regular hygiene, vet-recommended Douxo Micellar Solution is a non-irritating ear cleaning formula, particularly effective in removing greasy material from the ear duct. It's antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It uber-easy to apply, has a pleasant green tea fragrance and dries fast.
Spring is a wonderful time of year, marred only by the arrival of ticks, fleas and other nasties. One weapon a homeowner can use against these nasties is yard spray, since both humans and pets pick them up outside and often carry them in the house.
If you are a DIY type, this Adams Plus Yard Spray can save you a bundle of money. It's for use around residential home areas only on your lawns, trees, shrubs, and flowers. The spray treats up to 5,000 square feet, killing and repelling fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, ants crickets, and more. Keep your pets, yourself and your yard bug-free this summer!
Many of us suffer from allergy itches and rashes, this time of year and sometimes all year round. Our pets are no exception. The PetAlive Allergy Itch Ease and Skin & Coat Tonic ComboPack contains multiple remedies that work well together to provide therapeutic and cosmetic relief for your pets.
This ComboPack contains a homeopathic and an herbal to relieve skin itch and allergies while supporting healthy skin and coats. The Allergy Itch Ease temporarily relieves skin allergies and itch while the Skin & Coat Tonic promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats.
Many of us will be celebrating Easter this Sunday. For some reason, our American holidays tend to revolve around chocolate, and Easter is no exception. As an animal lover, you know that chocolate, especially the dark, is toxic to dogs.
Easter is also associated with lilies. According to Why Veterinarians Hate Easter: How Lilies Kill Cats | petMD, all parts of the lovely lily plant are poisonous to cats, including the petals, the leaves, the stem, and the pollen. Even the water from the vase can cause kidney failure in your cat when ingested.
And that's not all. You know that fake Easter grass the Easter bunny uses to pack the Easter baskets? That stringy grass can wreak havoc around a pet's tongue or intestines, getting caught up and resulting in severe damage to the intestinal tract.
Provide your bird with a healthy lifestyle. Assorted Fruit Mineral Blocks provide a convenient and easy way to provide essential minerals and vitamins found in a bird's natural surroundings for your caged parakeets, canaries, finches and cockatiels. A variety of flavors and shapes promote a trim and sharp beak and can be left in your bird's cage at all times.
Some types of everyday household glues, such as Gorilla Glue, can be hazardous to the health of our pets and expensive to treat if the container is accidentally punctured by a pet and ingested.
According to Pet Proofing Your House: Part 2 | petMD, swallowed glue expands quickly in the stomach and requires surgical removal. Just one ounce of glue may expand to the size of a basketball. Keep any glue out of reach from your pets and babies.
Check your home for any dried chicken jerky products, intended for dogs, that are imported from China. They may also be sold as tenders, strips or treats and are on alert from the FDA as causing kidney and liver problems.
Our local vet here has one dog in the hospital now being treated after eating Waggin Train (WT) Chicken Kabobs. Signs of toxicity include vomiting, lethargy, and anorexia.
Purina ONE® beyOnd™ is an adult dog food that claims to "offer positively good, healthy pet food with no corn or wheat." Dogs are natural carnivores. They will eat almost anything (omnivores), but they want to eat meat and thrive on the high protein. Trouble is, meat is expensive, and apparently most consumers won't pay a lot to feed their dog meat.
Many expensive commercial dry dog foods are grain-based, and often corn-based--in other words, high in carbs, not protein. Despite their health claims for dogs, the ingredients in the Purina ONE® beyOnd™ Chicken & Oat still include a lot of grains and vegetables, sounding more appropriate for the human diet than for dogs, but of course, we humans are the ones buying.
So if you want a pet but are all about costs, fish are the best bet. But possibly not the most rewarding. And even though those vet visits are not cheap, preventive medicine is the way to go. Check-ups can catch problems early when they are likely less expensive and good care can ward off many illnesses.
Jeff Blyskal, senior editor of Consumer Reports magazine, says pet owners should think twice before buying health insurance for their pets. "They scare you with the worst-case scenario, and the worst-case scenario is very unlikely," he says.
He says it's better to "self-insure" by socking away money on your own for any medical costs and unexpected emergencies.
And no matter how much pet food companies market fancy ingredients and additives, Blyskal also recommends no-frills pet foods, which still have to meet industry standards. "Those extra things have not been proven to have any benefit," he says.
Also, avoid overfeeding pets or slipping them table scraps. "They'll get diseases like humans," such as diabetes and heart disease, he says.
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