August 2011 Pet Health News

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Summer is almost over and that means that there is only a few more weeks left before fall comes knocking on our doors. Before summer ends, try taking your pet out for some sunlight; this could either be a walk through a park or a light jog. Remember to wear your sunscreen and keep your pet hydrated!
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Ever Look At Your Pet's Food Label?

pet food labels and their dangers

When you're buying your pet’s food from the pet store, you probably don't think much about it. You would automatically assume that if it is made for your pet, it is OK for them to eat. Have you ever read the food label of your pet's food and were left questioning some of the ingredients? If you did, here is what you are missing out on.

When the list of ingredients consists of "by-products" such as chicken by-products, your pet is eating what you cannot. By-products are parts of other animals that are not actually considered meat and are ripped off the animal after all the good meat has been taken off. For example, if your pet's food consists of chicken by-products, what the food label is really saying is your pet's food may consist of a chicken’s head, feet, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, liver, and anything else that is not proper for human consumption.

It is not just these by-products that are filling your pet’s bowl. It could also be road kill, zoo animals, or livestock. The animals that are put into your pet's food may have been disabled, dying, diseased, or already dead; and yes this can consist of other dogs and animals.

Whatever chemicals or disease that may have been in these rejected animals may have made their way to your pet’s food, which of course ends up in your pet’s stomach. Chemicals that may have been used to euthanize zoo animals, dogs, and cats can survive through the making of the food, eventually ending up in your pet’s food. In the end, the poisons that are used to put pets down are the same ones that are being fed to them through their food. Other fillers of pet food include cheap grains and poorly supervised vitamins and minerals. These vitamins for pets, minerals, grains, and vegetables that may be in your pet's food may have also been sprayed with herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides.

Normal ingredients now in pet food are preservatives and artificial additives. Everything your pet should not be consuming may be found in your pet’s food which can lead to pet health problems. It is literally a dog-eat-dog-world so look out for your pet!

The Benefits of Advantage for Rabbits

advantage for rabbits

Advantage, made by Bayer, is the only topical product that has been safely tested for use on rabbits. According to Dr. Brick, Advantage is a safe topical flea treatment for rabbits that has only a few rare topical reactions however, those reactions were nothing serious. Advantage is “… a lot less hassle than the other stuff,” says Dr. Brick. To administer Advantage to a rabbit, part the hair between the base of the skull and the neck until the skin is clearly visible. Place the pipette on the tip of the skin and squeeze firmly until the contents have emptied onto your pet rabbit’s skin.

Dosage is also very important. Depending on the size of your rabbit, small or dwarf rabbits should be treated with only half of the pre-filled tube and adult rabbits should be treated with the full dose. The House Rabbit society has recommended that rabbits should stay away from other pets that have also received Advantage as treatment for flea infestation because topical creams tend to take 12 hours to fully spread through a pet’s coat.

The top benefits of using Advantage to treat fleas on rabbits include:
  • Stop Flea bites within 3-5 minutes of use.
  • Advantage is the only proven flea medication for rabbits to stop on contact.
  • Advantage prevents further flea infestation.
  • Long lasting effects and easy to use.
Dosage and Administration for Rabbits:
  • Adult rabbits that are less than 4kg and are older than 10 weeks should take Advantage 40mg for Small Cats, Dogs, and Pet Rabbits.
  • Adult rabbits that are 4kg or greater should be taking Advantage 80mg for Large Cats and Pet Rabbits.

Treatment of fleas on pet rabbits will usually kill fleas within one day of treatment. One treatment of Advantage will prevent further flea infestation for up to a week when used on rabbits. If you have any concerns, or questions, visit your local veterinarian for more information.

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