Obesity in Pets

Obesity in pets is a growing problem, and the repercussions are serious leading to increased veterinary costs and decreased quality of life. In our 2 part blog we will look at causes, consequences and how to prevent obesity.

Let’s look at some startling stats

One in three veterinary patients is considered overweight.

Obesity is the most common preventable disease in dogs in North America.

58% of cats and 53% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight
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One of the oldest and best known cat breeds, this beautiful light-colored cat has striking colour points in seal, lilac, chocolate and blue. Originating from Thailand, the Siamese comes in two types: show and traditional. The show Siamese has a tubular body on long legs, a wedge-shaped head with large, triangular ears, and a long tail. The traditional Siamese has a rounded head and chunky body.
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First Aid for Dog in Emergency

Always be prepared. Keep a first aid box handy at home for emergencies. The box should contain an antiseptic, some bandages, some blunt ended scissors, absorbent gauze, a muzzle, and an Elizabethan collar. Talk to your veterinarian about any drugs or ointments you should include in the box, depending on your dog’s health condition.

Do not panic. Yes, it’s a tough situation, and could have drastic consequences. This is all the more reason to keep calm and assess the situation with a clear head.

Ensure the safety of yourself and others. Remember that although your dog loves you, he/she is frightened and in pain, and might bite you.

Call your veterinarian as soon as possible and tell him/her as clearly as possible about your dog’s symptoms, duration, and any ideas you might have about the cause.

Remember that at this stage you are the only source of information that your veterinarian has, so be as clear and precise as you possibly can.
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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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