A few handy pet tips can make life easier, happier, safer and healthier for you and your pet.
1. Fever in Pets: A dogs nose will not tell you if he has a fever; only a rectal thermometer can do that. Cats temps must be taken with a rectal thermometer too.
2. Ear Mite Detection: Use a cotton ball to gently rub inside your pets ear. Rub the cotton ball on black or any dark-colored paper. Shine your flashlight on the paper, and if you see white, wiggly things, you are seeing ear mites.
3. Deaf Pets: Your pet can no longer hear you, but you can increase his understanding if you use American Sign Language (ASL). An ASL instruction book from the library will have the signs that will allow you to communicate with your pet. Teach one sign at a time, and when that one is firm, move on to sign #2. Free ASL signs can also be found online.
4. Remove the Scent: Cats scratch areas to leave their scent. Cats are drawn to those places where their scent is strong. You can buy an odor neutralizer at your favorite pet store to remove the odor from already-scratched areas to keep your cat from going back to scratch there again and again.
5. Dogs and Cats Like TV: Go ahead and leave the TV on if you have to leave your fur babies alone for a while. Your pet will probably be glued to the TV screen if you get some DVDs that have pet, or wild animals, as actors. Our big dog Bo was mesmerized by bears on TV.
6. Snake Bite Symptoms: You just never know if your pet will be a victim of a snake bite. You will know your pet has been bitten if you notice that he is having a very hard time breathing. You will also notice swelling. Your pet may also look like he is not blinking at all, and he will be extremely lethargic. Get to the vet.
7. Odors from Pets: Odors coming from your pet can indicate illness. If you smell a sweet, fruit-like scent, diabetes may be the cause. Kidney disease will produce a odor that smells like urine. A problem with your pets liver produces a mouth odor that is beyond foul and is accompanied by eyes that appear yellow, a tummy that is swollen, and bouts of vomiting.