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Springtime Safety Tips for Pets

Has the wind almost blown you over yet? Snowing one day, then sunny and 70 degree’s the next day, yup it is Spring in New Mexico. I don’t know about you but I love seeing the little green buds popping up on the Elm trees and all the Cherry Trees blossoming. I am also getting my house and yard ready for the new season, but as I am doing this I have to make sure to stand guard against things that might unintentionally be a hazard for my pets.

Flowers and Plants

With Easter right around the corner, Easter Lilies are one of the most popular seasonal flower, but these are highly toxic to your cats and dogs. Make sure that you keep them out of reach of your pets, or just ask people to give you something else.

As you start getting your garden ready for new growth, it might be a good time to do an inventory of your plants and replace any that might be toxic to your pet. If you are unsure what is safe for your garden, take a look at this list of poisonous plants.

 

Screen Doors

That wind that knocks over your fence is also sometimes just a nice breeze. On beautiful warm Spring days, it is tempting to open up all the windows and doors. If you do, make sure that you keep the screens shut. Your pets are just as excited as you are to get outside and it is easy for them to accidentally get our of your yard. If you do let them out, make sure your yard is safe and can contain them. Also, make sure they get their microchip, so if they do get separated from you, it is easy to return them home.

Dogs in Cars

With the gorgeous weather you might be more tempted to bring your dog with you on short trips. Always keep them buckled up in the car. You can get special dog seat belts or harnesses to keep them safe in the car when driving. A lot of injuries happen to dogs due to not being buckled in and the car making sudden tops or turns. Also, do not let them hang their head out the window. Though it is really fun for them, their ears can get injured very easily from the wind or from bugs flying through the air.

Cleaners

Many of us go into a spring cleaning frenzy! Time to dust all the cobwebs, and clean the windows. But not all cleaners are safe for your pets, even ones that say “pet safe” can make your dog ill if ingested. It is best to use more natural cleaners, but also keep your pets out of the areas your are cleaning. If your pet gets ill from a cleaner, call poison control immediately, 888-426-44535. Do not induce vomiting as that can make things worse.

 

Enjoy this amazing weather!

Does Purring Really Mean Your Cat is Happy to See You?

Pink Eye in Cats

Pink Eye in CatsPurr purr purr, that is the sound of love and happiness in your cat. But did you know that happiness is not the only reason cats purr. They also purr when they are hungry, stressed out, or in pain. Just like in human beings, our reactions can also be a byproduct of conditioning. Think of your friend who giggles when they are nervous. Have you ever pet a unfamiliar cat, who was purring and then swiped at you? A purr is open to interpretation.

 

Mother cats purr to lead their kittens. Because kittens are blind and deaf when they are born, the purr is a noise that can also be felt. Purring is also a way that kittens can show their mama that they are ok. Some also believe that the purring is a way to help mom and kitten bond.

Some experts believe that the vibration that comes from purring is also self soothing because it likely releases some feel good endorphins. These endorphins promote healing as well as calm the nerves.

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What it comes down to is that not all purrs mean the same thing. If you want to know what your cat is telling you when he is purring, pay attention to his environment, other body language, and what is going on . But this is also good to keep in mind if you are petting a strangers cat or looking to adopt a cat, just because they are purring does not mean they are happy.

Does My Dog Have A Healthy Weight?

Dog obesity

Dog obesityMost people don’t know if their dog is a healthy weight or if they are overweight. Many times we, as pet owners, think that our dog is healthy when in fact they are fairly obese. I am guilty of it myself. I love fat dogs. I love their fat little bellies and how their who body wiggles when they walk. The reality is that it is not healthy for them. Being overweight can cause a variety of health problems from heart issues to joint issues, as well as shorten their lifespan. It is important for your dog to be in a healthy weight.

Of course, healthy weight changes depending on your dog’s age and breed. Not all dogs are built the same. What is fat for one dog might be a perfect weight for another. If you are wondering how to know if your dog is at a good weight, you should ask your Albuquerque veterinarian during your annual checkup. You can also uses this great tool to see if your dog is in the proper weight range.

If your dog is overweight, there is a lot you can do to get them back into a healthier range. You can change their diet. Many people over feed their dog or need to adjust the kind of food based on your dogs age and activity level. Food that was good for you dog when they were a few years old is not the same as when they get older. Did you know most dogs should be on dog food meant for older dogs by the age of 6 or 7? Dog food for puppies, or young dogs, are much higher in fat. You should speak to your vet about the best diet for your dog. Also, increasing their physical activity. Just like with humans, when you exercise and eat well, you are more likely to lose weight. Plus exercised is good for your dog for their overall physical and mental health, not just for their weight.

As the Spring weather rolls in, this is the perfect time to get a checkup and get your dog on a new diet and exercise regiment.

 

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