January 2011 Pet Health News

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Here at Critter Cures®, we promote responsible pet health treatment to help keep your critters well and happy . This issue of our Pet Health News features some helpful hints on pet care and safety.

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Does Your Pet Have Allergies?


Many of us have a cat allergies or dog allergies. But did you know that your pet may also have allergies? The causes and symptoms of pet allergies are actually very similar to human ones.

Your pet's allergies can be a result of skin contact with an allergen. They can also be due to allergens that are breathed in or eaten by your pet. Some common skin allergies in pets include plants, carpet, cleaning products, and dust. Likely, these allergies will manifest in rashes and sores on your pet's body. Allergens that are commonly inhaled by your pet include pollen, dust, mold, or even their own litter. In cats, the symptoms of these allergies are often coughing, sneezing or a runny nose. For dogs, these allergies usually manifest themselves in the form of scratching or chewing at the skin. Food allergies are the most common form of pet allergy. If your pet is itchy, has a rash, and is suffering with diarrhea and vomiting, you may want to re-examine what you are feeding your pet.

There are several online pet medications available to provide allergy relief for your pet. These include antihistamine medications such as chlorpheniramine or hydroxyzine. If you notice your pet scratching or coughing a lot, it may be that they have a case of pet allergies. Voice your concerns to your veterinarian; it will be the best thing you can do for you and your pet!

Helping Your Dog Lose Weight

If you look around, people are beginning to worry about their weight more and more. What about our pets? Obesity in pets can lead to some very negative effects, just as it can in humans. For those of us who own dogs, it may be wise to start monitoring their health, as well as our own.

A dog that is overweight is simply a dog that is taking in too many calories. If you don't see your dog as a dog who over-eats, maybe it's time to have a veterinarian check them out. Dogs that are overweight could have a number of different problems such as thyroid, heart, or metabolic problems. Lack of exercise is another big concern. If your dog isn't getting enough physical activity, try to do something active with them; it could be good for you too!

How to help your dog

Make sure your veterinarian checks your dog's thyroid. Hyperthyroidism is a common reason for a dog to gain weight, and this will probably cause your attempts to help your dog's weight to fail.

The best way to help your pet lose weight is to start by recording its weight. Take about one third of its daily food away. This includes snacks, and any scraps you may give out during the day. After a few weeks, check your dog's weight again, if it has lost any weight, you are on the right track! If you still fail to see results, do the same thing again. With persistence your pet will begin to lose weight in no time!

A Shiny New Look for Pets

Making sure that pet's have a shiny coat is not the easiest thing to do however, pets without a shiny coat could mean they are not healthy. A pet's coat is a good indicator of their health. Some factors that contribute to a healthy coat are:

• Feeding food that contains omega 3 - Although having too much of omega 3 is not good for humans, for pets it is very helpful. Omega 3 enhances the coat and skin, supports brain function and joints, and assists in fighting allergies in pets. Omega 3 is also an essential fatty acid which reduces the possibility of an itchy or scaly skin, increases a pet's immune system, and increases the healing of wounds.

• Carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals should be present in a pet's meal to ensure healthy skin.

• A dull coat found in older pets could be due to reduced levels of thyroid function. Pets with dull coats should be taken to a veterinarian for a blood panel to the thyroid function.

• Be watchful of a pet's digestive system - loose stool, vomiting, and tummy rumbling could be a symptom of a pet not digesting food properly.

• Going to a veterinarian once a year to check if pets have parasites or fleas. Issues like dog parasites or cat fleas can have a big impact on a pet's coat quality. Grooming a pet regularly will help remove the skin cells and hair from the skin. Regular pet grooming will help in early detection of parasites.

• Some shampoos that are made for humans will not work for pets due to the PH levels being too high. This will cause allergic reactions for pets. Try to get the special shampoo made exactly for pets because it has a lower pH scale which won't irritate a pet's eyes.

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Disclaimer: CritterCures is an educational resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure diseases, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet are taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.