Bridging the Gap Between Veterinary Hospitals and Pet Owners

Many pet owners have found themselves in a situation where their dog or cat required veterinary hospital care. Later, when being discharged from the hospital, medications and nursing instructions are discussed and then the owner and their recovering pet are sent on their way. The owner gets home and realizes they don’t quite understand the nursing care needed or are not comfortable providing the nursing care their dog or cat needs. At this point the owner calls their veterinary hospital to clarify nursing instructions or asks friends or family to help them. If the owner is still not comfortable providing the care their pet needs then they may decide that it is too much for them and bring their pet back to board at the veterinary hospital for the duration of recovery.

Wouldn’t it be a huge relief if there were a service that provided in-home veterinary nursing care? In-home pet care isn’t a new idea, many pet owners have pet sitters or dog walkers, but in-home veterinary nursing care is a newer idea and such services are relatively rare, but they can be found.

There are many advantages of in-home pet care. Pets are often afraid in unfamiliar environments. The sounds and smells are unfamiliar and can be frightening, especially to cats. With in-home services pets can stay in the comfort of their own homes. This also means that pet’s, and owner’s, routines and schedules are not interrupted. Also, owners do not have to worry about having to transport their cat or dog for boarding or veterinary appointments. Many boarding facilities now offer cage free boarding and group play. This greatly increases the cat or dogs chances of acquiring an illness. This also greatly increases their chance of being injured by another cat or dog.

If veterinary professionals were being honest, especially those working in emergency hospitals, they would tell every pet owner they come across not to take their pets anywhere cage free or with open play. This is because they have seen first hand the horrors that have occurred at such places. These illnesses and injuries can result in death of a pet and severe heart ache for their owners. Lengthy legal battles between owners and boarding facilities have also occurred in these situations. I recommend finding an in-home pet care service the next time a pet owner is in need of a boarding facility or pet care. In-home care will result in a much more comfortable and happy pet and will be much less stress for the owners too.

Kristen Gaul, RVT, VTS(ECC) is the founder of My Pet’s Care, LLC and is an experienced Registered Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. Kristen is also currently enrolled in the Masters of Entrepreneurship Degree Program at Western Carolina University. Webmasters and other article publishers are hereby granted article reproduction permission as long as the article in its entirety, author’s information, and any links remain intact. Copyright 2016 by Kristen Gaul.

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How Long Do You Keep Ashes In A Pet Cremation Urn?

There is a lot of speculation in relation to the duration you must keep your pet ashes in a Pet Cremation Urn.

Over they years I have had many a question in relation to how long must you keep the ashes and are they safe in the receptacle supplied by the Pet Crematorium? Other queries have arisen over time of a similar variety. Will they perish? Will they rot? Will they disintegrate? So lets talk today about the actuality of the contents of your Pet Cremation Urn and hopefully you fill find solace and comfort in my response.

Once you have had your pet cremated you are given the cremains (this is the term used within the industry – broken down it means the cremated remains of your loved one) of your pet and this is usually sent home to you in some form of Pet Cremation Urn. These vary from each and every crematorium, some are suitable to display others are for outside use and some others you may be extremely disappointed in.

So what happens to the ashes whilst they are inside the Urn and are they safe? The contents of the Pet Cremation Urn should be the consistency of sand, obviously they are not sand or ash from a fire. The remains of your loved one have been processed to this consistency through the development of the industry. If you compare the ashes of your father that has been cremated and the ashes of your pet, they will be very similar. The consistency will depend on the crematorium and the equipment they have at their facility. The coarseness of the cremains does not mean they are not the remains of your loved one, it is simply a reflection of the equipment used in the final process of the cremation. Therefore they are perfectly safe as long as you don’t get them wet, for obvious reasons. So you will need to make sure that your Pet Cremation Urn is weatherproof or it will need to remain indoors to maintain the integrity of your loved one.

We can go back through history and find what archaeological studies have been completed and what was found of the remains. There have been cremated remains interred in urns found as far back as the Bronze Age, if we estimate the middle of the Bronze Age to be approximately 2000 BC. You can see from the date of the findings from the archaeological dig being completed that the cremains of your pet are indeed almost indestructible.

If you utilise a Pet Cremation Urn for the resting place of your loved one, they will be safe and their cremains will remain protected and respected in the receptacle of your choice.

Some of the frankness of this article may seem a little insensitive and a little factual at such a challenging time as losing your pet. The truth of the matter is there are so many people who would like know the whole procedure in-depth so they can sleep easy at night knowing the whole story about the final process in relation to their loved one. My deepest apologies if you have read this article and it has offended you.

If you are looking for a somewhere special to place your loved ones ashes, our pet cremation urns might be just what you are looking for. We pride ourselves in supplying quality and unique urns for your loved ones.

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Essential Tips for Maintaining the Health of Senior Pets

As pets enter the age of senescence, it is the responsibility of pet parents to make the routine adjustments to match changes in the body and their immune system which make them prone to health problems in older age.

Some note-worthy tips to ensure the health and happiness of senior pets are –

Supplements

Pet supplements such as probiotics, digestive enzymes and fish oil for dogs can be a great addition to your dog’s diet. They not only help to maintain dietary balance, but also promote healthy digestive and immune systems that increase the natural resistance of pets against diseases.

Fish oil for dogs contains Eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic (DHA) acids, two essential Omega-3 acids, produced in limited quantities in dogs.

Researches reveal that the deficiency of fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6 in dogs can lead to severe disorders such as atopic dermatitis, auto-immune disorders and steatosis as well as heart and kidney problems.

Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA act as anti-inflammatory agents, reducing the impact of inflammatory enzymes produced by body fats. Reduction of inflammation prevents heart, kidney and skin inflammation conditions, promoting a shiny and healthier coat, while helping with weight loss in overweight dogs.

In fact, a study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine revealed that overweight dogs fed on calorie-restricted diets lost a considerable amount of weight when fatty acids were supplemented.

Fish oil for dogs has also been found to influence growth and development of unborn puppies. Research suggests that mother dogs, fed on diets rich in marine-derived Omega-3 acids gave birth to puppies with significantly improved visual performance.

Regular Visits to Veterinarians

Regular visits to veterinary doctors can significantly improve the early diagnosis and treatment of issues which may impact the dog’s health.

Age-related diseases like cognitive dysfunction or dementia can have symptoms which are difficult to detect. A veterinary physician will undertake a thorough physical assessment of the dog to detect early signs of potentially serious illnesses. Moreover, regular checkups also provide pet owners the opportunity to consult physicians regarding behavioral issues affecting senior pets.

Providing the Best Diet

Feeding raw food or quality commercial food not only makes them feel better, but also reduces their susceptibility to illness and diseases. Adding human foods like carrots and oatmeal along with supplements like fish oil for dogs to meet the nutritional requirements of pets is a good option.

However, pet owners should be careful when introducing dietary changes to avoid stomach ailments and diarrhea.

Therefore, it is recommended to supplement new food with the dog’s current diet and gradually increase the quantity every week. Once the pet gets used to more variety, they can easily tolerate dietary changes.

Rebecca is a vet and owns 2 dogs, a cat and a cockatoo.

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What Pet Vaccinations Are Needed?

Just as people need to have frequent vaccinations, it is important that you do the same for your furry, four legged friends. However, unlike with human vaccinations, where the types of shots needed are fairly standard, for pets the types or frequency can vary from species to species as dogs, cats, horses, etc. each have different needs. Yet. it is to be noted that there are mutated versions of some disease that while they may be primarily a dog issue, may affect a feline – and vice versa.

Common Vaccinations for Dogs

As mentioned, the vaccine action needed depends on the pet species. For canines, the primary shots you need to be concerned about include: canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the dog’s exposure risk. These include vaccines against Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria.

Common Vaccinations for Cats

Your feline friends has other needs. Talk to your vet about scheduling these pet vaccinations: panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus type I (rhinotracheitis) and rabies are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the cat’s lifestyle; these include vaccines for feline leukemia virus, Bordetella, Chlamydophila felis and feline immunodeficiency virus.

It should be noted that while these are all the commonly suggested pet vaccinations, that not every pet will be on the same schedule. For instance, if a puppy’s mother was healthy and then nursed the puppies, then some of the shots can be delayed. For cats who are nursed by a healthy mother whose immune system is strong, it is typically not necessary to begin vaccinations until your kitten is as much as 8 weeks old. Once your kitten or puppy reaches adulthood, it generally not necessary to vaccinate your pet but once every 3 years.

However, do be sure to talk to you veterinarian as there are some diseases that may be more common in your region, and thus require you to have your pet inoculated for some diseases more frequently then mentioned here. Also, as with human immunizations, there are often side effects that will need to watch for. Be sure to ask your vet of any specific indicators that your pet has had a reaction.

Having your pet vaccinated is a way you can be proactive in keeping your pet healthy and protecting them fro any potential sickness they may be exposed to. If you are unsure about what type of shots are needed for your pet, then be sure to talk to your veterinarian. They will be happy to help determine what approach to take.

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Five Things You Should Know Before Getting a Pet

While owning a pet can be extremely rewarding, it is important to remember that pet ownership also comes with a huge responsibility. As a pet owner it is very important to thoroughly research the basics of pet care before acquiring any new pet so that you know you will be able to understand and meet different kinds of needs of the animal.

Some important factors for rearing pets are discussed below:

1. It’s a Long-term Commitment

When you decide to offer a pet home, remember it should be for the pet’s lifetime. Responsible pet ownership also means committing to take care the pet through their sickness and health. The average lifespan of dogs and cats is around 12 years, with some dogs and cats living until 15 or even 20 years. Everyone wants puppies and kittens because they are unbearably adorable, but you should also be prepared to take care of them as they grow up.

2. Spend Enough Time

Caring for a pet takes a considerable amount of time every day. Exercise, socialization, grooming, feeding, reward-based training, play time and providing company and attention are all critical aspects of pet ownership.

3. Expect the Unexpected

Breaking and throwing things. Chewing your favorite plants. Scratching the furniture. Most of us never expect to face these behaviours from our pets before bringing them home. Relax, they don’t do it out of anger or spiteful reasons and the good news is these behaviours can be managed. Bringing a pet into your home is like having a toddler. When young they can be a little destructive until they are taught not to be in the nicest possible way.

4. Fitting them into Your Lifestyle

Companion animals always depend on human company, so make sure your lifestyle can accommodate them. Taking regular trips away, a busy social life, long working hours or a home that does not allow having pets these are some of the factors that need to be considered beforehand.

5. Costs of Pet Ownership

The costs of pet ownership will vary depending on the type of animal you choose. Remember that pets are an addition to the family and costs like vaccination, desexing, food, deworming, health checks, vet bills are also involved with pet ownership. If an emergency or accident occurs, you will be responsible to pay for any emergency veterinary treatment if required.

Pets bring a great deal of unconditional love and friendship into our lives. So before getting one, make sure you are capable of treating them just like your family.

At last it can be said the pets are very adorable thing for all. Anyone can get pets and take care of them. But sometimes it become hard to take care of the pet because of proper knowledge.

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