Archive for September, 2010

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2:42 24 September 2010

Nail Trimming is a Challenge

Worrying about how and where to cut your pet’s nails makes many people nervous, and in turn your pet will be nervous too.  Animals can tell when you are uneasy, and it will make Fifi more inclined to be jittery and more likely to struggle.

Until you feel confident in cutting your pet’s nails, just cut the very tip.   Your practice will make you better and by cutting them weekly, you will be able to keep those nails at a reasonable length.  As you become more comfortable and more skillful, your pet will be more cooperative.  As you get better at nail trimming, you can then safely estimate how much you can cut off without “quicking” your pet and decrease your sessions to twice a month.

Pet Memorial Stones are a nice way to pay tribute to your lost companion animal and bring back a lifetime of memories.

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2:31 24 September 2010

Stop the Bleeding Nail

 

Clipping your pet’s nails can be quite a challenging feat, and until you  are experienced at it, accidents may happen.  Even the best groomers occasionally draw blood, so don’t feel bad when you do.  Nails can bleed heavily so it is always wise to have something on hand before you begin, to help stop it.  Some people have used a pinch of flour or even a bar of soap, but the very best thing you can use is a product called “Kwik Stop”  You can usually find it at local pet stores, and it is especially designed to stop the bleeding at the quick.  It comes in a small container but will last a long time.  It does sting when first applied, so beware if your fido jumps, but it stops the bleeding almost immediately.

It is normal for your pet to be a bit offended if you “quick” him.  Don’t rush to baby him, but do offer apologies and then treats.  Since some pets will be reluctant to let you trim another nail near the wounded one, leave that paw and come back to it after you have trimmed the others.

A Pet Memorial Stone is a simple but beautiful way to pay tribute to your lost loved one.  Make sure it is a good quality one before you buy it.  It should be at least 2 inches thick so it doesn’t break easily.   And, the black granite ones like pictured above, should have very little grain and no white.  It will be the best lasering surface for your photo, tribute, and dates.

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11:17 21 September 2010

Dew Claws

Dew claws are located about 1-3 inches about your dog’s front feet and sometime on the back ones as well.  Dog’s may have a 5th toe nail, also known as Dew Claws.  Many breeders have the dew claws surgically removed  puppies are small.  Other may not.  It is not uncommon for dogs to have dew claws on some feet and not on others.

Since dew claws are never exposed to friction by touching the ground due to their high location, they are often longer and frequently overgrown.  In fact, you may have seen neglected dew claws that have grown into a full circle or are painfully ingrown requiring Veterinarian care. 

If your dog’s dew claws were not removed as a puppy, you need to give them diligent attention and care.  Don’t let neglect cause pain or discomfort to you beloved canine companion.

Pet Headstones are a beautiful way to say “good-bye” to your companion animal and pay a personal tribute to your life together.

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11:06 21 September 2010

Where is the “Quick”?

There is a blood vessel in a dog and cat’s nails.  It is commonly referred to as the “quick”.  The quick is usually visable to the eye, unless your pet has dark colored nails.  Because it is possible to cut the quick and make your pet bleed, many pet owners are hesitant to cut their pet’s nails themselves. 

If your pet’s quick is very close to the tips, then daily filing for approximately 3 weeks will help the quick recede enough for comfortable, bloodless, nail clippings.  If you continue to file your pet’s nails several times a week, then you will be able to clip the nails a little shorter each time until they are the proper length.  Thereafter, the nails should be clipped and filed on a regular basis to keep them at a healthy length.  Indoor pets usually need more frequent trimmings than outdoor pets.  The friction of their nails on hard surfaces outside helps to limit nail growth and encourages the quick to recede naturally.  Frequent nail inspection will help you keep your pet healthy and pain free.

When it is time to find a Pet Headstone for a departed loved one, make sure you get a high quality one that will last for generations.  There are a lot of 1-inch ones on the market that are susceptible to breakage, especially if placed over a grave in the backyard.  2 inch or thicker pet headstones are a better choice.

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10:48 21 September 2010

Dog Nail Clipping

Clipping your dog’s nail is usually an unpleasant job and sends chills up your spine just think about it.  Dog’s don’t seem to like or appreciate our efforts to keep them healthy and comfortable by regularly clipping their toe nails.  But nail clipping is essential and needs to be done at least every 3-4 weeks.  Waiting too long and letting your dog’s nail get over grown can result in ingrown nails.  Also, elongated nails can affect the comfort and health of your pet.  Just to walk can be a painful experience for them.

Many professional groomers will do this for you as part of the basic grooming fee.  But what if you don’t take your dog to a groomer?  Then you need to have someone show you how to do it yourself.  Learning how to hold and handle your pet, and how to properly use the correct tools, makes nail clipping so much more bearable for us and our furry friends.  Remember that is is better to cut a small amount regularly than a large amount at once.   Contact a professional groomer, a dog breeder, a dog trainer, or your Veterinarian and get the proper instructions before you take on this job yourself.  You dog will thank you for it!!

When shopping for Dog Headstones, make sure you find one that fits the personality of your pet, and one that allow you to paya proper tribute to your lost canine friend.

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11:42 16 September 2010

Pet Dental Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings are recommended to help keep plaque from building up on your pet’s teeth and turning into Gingivitis.  Pet teeth cleaning procedures are usually simple, effective and generally don’t take more than a few hours from the time you drop off your pet until you can pick him/her back up again.

Your pet will be given a short-term anesthesia while your Vet does an extensive oral exam and cleaning.  Every safety precaution will be taken before and during the anesthesia to ensure your pet’s well being.  Dental Radiographs (X-Rays) may also be taken to completely evaluate your pet’s oral health.  X-rays can detect abnormalities that cannot be seen under regular oral exams alone.  And in some cases they can detect a tooth that may need to be extracted because it is loose or because of infection.

Next your Vet will scale and polish your pet’s teeth.  He will use instruments that are very similiar to ones your dentist uses when you get your teeth cleaned.  He will remove plaque and calcium build up from your pet’s teeth called calculus.  To smooth out any scratches your pet may have, he may use a special tooth enamel polishing paste.  Then the application of anti-plaque substance such as flouride and a barrier sealant is also advised.  Much like our children today who have their healthy teeth sealed to avoid future dental problems.  It can help to strengthen teeth and well as decrease future plaque build up.

Pet Cremation Jewelry is a beautiful, personal way to pay tribute to your lost loved one and keep him/her close to your heart.

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11:19 16 September 2010

Pets and Anesthesia

Whenever your pet may need anesthesia, very special considerations are taken to ensure the safety of your companion animal.  Your Veterinarian will thoroughly examine your pet first to make sure he/she is healthy enough to undergo anethesia – even if it’s just for a dental cleaning.  Depending on your pet’s general health and age, your Vet may also run other tests like blood, urnine, electrocardiograph, and x-rays.  He will check for any dangerous heart, kidney or any other health conditions that may exist. 

During the anesthesia, your Vet will monitor and record your pet’s vital signs – such as body temperature, heart rate, and respiration – as well as other factors to ensure the safety of your pet while under anesthesia.

Though there is some risk associated with any medical procedure, modern anethesia is safe, even for older pets.  If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to consult with your Vet and get y0ur questions answered.

Be sure to check with your local Pet Cemetery about their guidelines before shopping for Pet Cemetery Stones.  Each Pet Cemetery has different restrictions, rules and covenants about the size they will allow you to use.

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11:06 16 September 2010

Equine Dental Care

Years ago when you took your favorite horse to the Vet for his yearly check and vaccinations, you also had the Vet “float” his teeth.  This was kind of like having him take a farrier’s rasp, stick it in your horses mouth and then rasp the rough edges off his teeth.  It took about 10 minutes and did little good.

Today, however there are now Certified Equine Dentists in almost every town.  These trained Veterarians now use a power tool to carefully shape each tooth, taking off all the sharp edges and corners.  They can even take off teeth that are too long that are preventing your horse from chewing properly.  This is done after your horse has been placed in a metal chute and has been  mildly tranquilized to minimalize fear.  Donned with a helmet with light, your Vet can see into your horses mouth all the way back to where the teeth end – at the throat.  He can skillfully give your furry friend the best dental care and ensure that your horse is able to get the most of his daily nutrition through properly chewing  his food.  If your horse is not maintaining weight and is thinner than usual, you may want to take a trip to an Equine Dentist and get his teeth checked.  It takes about an hour and will be the best money you will ever spend on your horse.

Pet Memorial Stones are a wondeful way to pay tribute to your lost equine friend.  They last for generations and bring back endless fond memories.

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10:50 16 September 2010

Dental Care by a Vet

There are 2 critical components of your pet’s dental care: 1. the oral examinations and 2. the dental cleaning procedure.  Veterinarian dental care should begin at the puppy/kitten/foal stage of your pet’s life.  As a baby your Vet will check for baby teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings and proper oral development.  Then as your pet matures, you Vet will check for developmental anomalies and the the accumulation of tartar and plaque, periodontal disease and oral tumors. 

Your Vet can perform very basic oral examinations while your pet is awake, but a short-lasting anesthetic is required to complete thorough examinations and dental cleanings.   The AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) recommends that these exams and cleanings be scheduled annually beginning at one year of age for cats and small dogs, and at two years for large-breed dogs.  For horses, have your Vet do oral exams when you schedule your vaccinations and as early as your foal is weened.

Adding a Pet Memorial Stone to your backyard or garden can bring you generations of fond memories of your lost companion animal.

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12:24 14 September 2010

Pet Periodontal Disease

If you pet has bad breath, it shouldn’t be ignored.  It could be signs of an oral problem and the sooner you have it treated by your Vet,  and learn to care for it yourself, the sooner your pet will be comfortable again. 

Periodontal Disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth that takes hold in progressive stages.  It starts out a s bacterial film called plaque.  This bacteria attaches itself to the teeth and when it dies it can be calcified by the calcium in your pet’s saliva.  This forms a hard, rough substance called tartar or calculus which allow more plaque to build up. 

Initially plaque is soft and brushing your pet’s teeth or chewing on hard food can dislodge it.  But if is left to spread, plaque can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, causing them to become red and swollen and they bleed easily.  As plague builds up below the gum line, professional cleaning is needed to help manage it.  If it continues to build unchecked, it can cause an infection around the root of the tooth.  In the final stages of periodontal disease, the tissues around the tooth are destroyed, the bony socket holding the tooth in place erodes, and the tooth becomes loose.  This is very painful.  All of this can be avoided before it even starts with regular dental check-ups and cleaning.  You can also learn how you can give proper pet dental treatment at home.  Together you and your Vet can give your pet a reason to smile.

Personalized Pet Memorials are a personal way to say “good-bye” and pay tribute to the life of your best friend.