By Dr. Matheys, a veterinarian and blogger for cat insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.
When you put a collar on your cat, you probably don’t give it much thought. It’s likely you chose the collar based on how pretty it is or how well it coordinates with your cat’s coat color. But in truth, a proper cat collar can mean the difference between safety for your cat and a possibly life-threatening situation. Here is Jethro’s story.
Two-year-old Jethro disappeared from a backyard patio almost five months ago. His heartbroken family feared he had been stolen or was possibly even deceased. It was quite a surprise when a Good Samaritan, who happens to be a client of ours at The Cat Doctor, found Jethro a couple of weeks ago about a mile and a half from the family’s home. Jethro was wearing a collar with a tag that had his name and his owner’s phone number, so the owner was able to be contacted right away.
Jethro’s collar and tags provided the way for him to be reunited with his family, but the collar also caused injury to him. It was made from a solid piece of non-stretch material with no safety release. Somehow, Jethro got his front leg through it, and it was stuck around the leg, running diagonally from one side of his neck to under his armpit on his opposite side. The months of constant friction against his skin caused the collar to literally “saw” through his skin. He had a gaping wound in his skin going from his chest all the way under his armpit and up the other side. The underlying muscle tissue was exposed and raw. Amazingly, the horrible wound did not seem to bother Jethro in the least. Maybe he was just happy to have been found!
By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for dog insurance and cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
Anytime your dog or cat is exposed to the sun for a period of time, sunscreen should be used. Dogs and cats can get sunburned, and they can also get skin cancer.
-Dogs and cats with fair skin and short white coats are the most at risk.
-Protect your pets with a child friendly high SPF.
-Avoid zinc-oxide based sunscreens as they can be toxic if ingested (for instance the pet manages to lick the sunscreen off).
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By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
All dogs lick, but some dogs lick in excess. In these situations, there is often a medical or behavioral reason for the licking. Here are nine reasons dogs lick excessively.
Medical Reasons Dogs Lick
1. Allergies – A dog may lick their skin because it itches from allergies
2. Infections – Infections with bacteria, fungus or parasites are itchy and can make dogs lick excessively
3. Pain – Underlying pain from arthritis, for example can make a dog licks its joints
4. Gastrointestinal issues – Occasionally dogs that lick strange surfaces (but not usually itself) will have underlying GI issues
If a cause is thought to be medical, a consultation with your veterinarian is needed find a solution that helps your dog.
Behavioral Reasons Dogs Lick
By Chryssa Rich, Marketing Programs Associate for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
Before joining Pets Best Insurance, Patricia worked as a vet tech at an emergency clinic. Last Labor Day weekend, a Good Samaritan brought in a cute little dog who was badly injured – most likely the result of having been hit by a car.
When injured dogs and cats come in without owners, veterinary staff typically keep them as comfortable as possible while trying to locate the owners and determining how much treatment can be afforded. But when no microchip was found on this little guy, Patricia felt she had to step in. “His little face was just riddled with pain. Since no one was claiming him and I couldn’t stand to see him like that, I asked if I could take responsibility so he could have medical care,” she explained. She named him Moe, due to the Mohawk of fur that runs down his back.
Moe recovering in his new home.
1. Pets encourage physical activity
Dogs and cats of all ages give us reason to get off the couch and move. Whether you’re dangling ribbon for a cat, sprinting around the dog park with a puppy or taking a leisurely stroll with a senior dog, pets contribute to a more physically active lifestyle.
2. Pets can lower your blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels
Pet owners often find that after a long or stressful day, coming home to a purring cat or playful pup is all it takes to relax and live in the moment. Many studies suggest that the simple act or petting an animal or hearing a cat purr can lower your blood pressure and regulate and slow your heart rate. The benefits of these changes include reduced risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease.
3. Pets increase opportunities for socialization