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Why Cats Sneeze

There are many reasons why a cat sneezes!

1. Viral infection: Mostly seen in unvaccinated cats. Sneezing, running nose, white to greenish discharge from nose, watery or yellowish discharge from eye is seen in Herpes Virus Infection. Calicivirus Infection also causes sneezing and discharge from eye and nose.

2. Bacterial and fungal infection: Chlamydia, Bordetella, and Mycoplasma infection cause sneezing.

3. Allergies or chemicals: Allergies to dust, pollen, molds, and chemicals like cigarette smoke, candle smoke, perfume, cat litter dust, or cleaning chemicals may irritate the nasal tract leading to sneezing.

4. Nasal tumor: Any tumor on nasal tract leads to sneezing.

5. Foreign body: Foreign body stuck in nasal tract leads to sneezing
Signs along with sneezing which may cause an alarming situation are eye discharge, nasal discharge, ulcers in eye or mouth, salivation, fever, coughing, difficulty in breathing, etc.

If your cat is sneezing continuously, take a soft cloth and wipe the discharge. Provide warm food and enough fresh drinking water for your kitty always.

If the condition is becoming worse take your pet to the vet. Your veterinarian may perform a physical examination, blood test, radiograph to find out the cause of sneezing. He may prescribe antibiotics, antiviral drugs, and supportive therapy if bacterial or viral infection is found. In allergy or irritant cases keeping away from allergen and providing warm air using a vaporizer is advisable. Fluid therapy is indicated if your cat becomes anorexic.


5 Tips to Raise Happy Healthy Puppy

Little girl holds a puppy on her arms

Puppy care is tons of fun as well as tons of responsibility. Here at Activ4Pets we have compiled a list of basic puppy care tips to ensure you become an AWESOME PET

#1 Health Checks

When you have a new pup, you would want to see a Vet. Depending on how old your pup is they may be due for some shots immediately. If they are not due for shots at the time then you might want to get a health check up. A Vet is most likely to give your pet some vaccinations for common illnesses. You can also use Activ4pets eConsult to do a video consultation with a vet, also a yearly membership has whole lot of benefits and can save you some dollars.

#2 Puppies Eat Whatever

You will want to ensure there’s nothing harmful in reach as a Puppy will want to put just about anything in its mouth. Usually puppies love rummaging through the trash cans. May be you would want to lock the trash cans when you aren’t around. Sometimes the things they eat can result in expensive vet trip so you got to be careful.
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This Valentine’s Day Let Your Pets Feel Loved

If you’re lucky enough to share your life with a pet, you already have the best valentine around! Make the Valentine Day special this year by spending it with your four-legged love. Your pet is your biggest friend and No 1 Fan. At Activ4pets we have come up with a list on how you and your furry friend can have a blast this valentine’s day.

# 1 – Go on a Hike – What better way to unwind with your pet than to get lost in the wilderness, your dog would follow you anywhere right? Plan a hiking trail or take your furry friend to the local beach to romp in the sand. Most pets just love being outdoors. Make their day!

# 2 – Give a Massage – Who doesn’t love a massage? We all need to relax sometimes. Dogs benefit from massages just like us humans. Massage lowers blood pressure and reduces stress for both the giver and receiver and takes only minutes a day. Besides, learning how to give your dog a massage is very simple. Readers should note that massage is not a substitute for veterinary care.

# 3 – Gift Box Anyone? – When it comes to gift box there’s no limit to how creative one can get. Skip the box of chocolates though, its strict no-go. How about a box of goodies that will have toys that your dog will fall in love with and how about topping it all with meaty chew bones.
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Caring for your Senior Dog

A senior dogs care requirements are very different from those of younger ones although it’s obvious the bigger question is how do you know when your dog should be considered a senior. Well it all depends on the individual breed generally big dogs age faster as compared to smaller breed dogs. Also genetics, nutrition, environment also play a role in how fast your dog ages.

Here are some tips on what you can do to help a senior dog.

Vet Check Ups – Get regular veterinary checkups for your dog. These visits increase in importance as your dog grows older, as many diseases are hidden and not apparent. At the end of the day prevention is cheaper than treatment.

High Quality Diet – As your dog grows older, he/she needs high quality and easily digestible nutrients. Talk to your veterinarian about a diet more suitable for aged dogs. Alternatively, there are plenty of commercial diets available for senior dogs. Your veterinarian can decide what your dog needs.

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Follow-Up Virtual Vet Visits Help Save Pet Parents Time

Between work, school, kids and of course, those dreaded errands, taking time to go see the vet can seem like a luxury for many of us pet parents. It’s not that we don’t want to go, just that finding time can be tricky.
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