Keep your pets healthy
Your pet is loved very much and is very special to you, no matter if
it belongs to the canine family, feline family, avian family or even the
reptile family. The loss of a pet can be very painful and sometimes
difficult to deal with, especially for children. So, it's very important
to ensure that your pet is well looked after and protected at all times
- just the way your parents take care of you.
you decide to bring an animal home as your pet, you become its foster
parent virtually. It is your responsibility to make sure that your pet
is provided with everything it needs to stay safe and healthy. Pets are
not 'toys' you can play with and forget about. Their needs have to be
looked into. Like humans, they too contract diseases and fall sick. But,
if you are observant of your pet's behaviour you may spot the early
warning signals of any impending illness. Perhaps, then you might be
able to take early precautions and even save your pet from parting from
One of the first things you must do when you get a pet is give it the
necessary vaccinations. Your feline and canine friends especially must
be protected from various airborne diseases they catch not only when
they are very small, but also as adults. Once you make sure it gets its
annual vaccines, you have less to worry about. But, vaccines alone
cannot protect the animal.
Do not wait too long to take your pets to the vet.
It could develop various illnesses either from complications within
its own body or from outside germs entering its body. So, keeping your
pet clean especially free of fleas and ticks too plays a vital role in
its healthcare programme you automatically have to put into gear, the
moment it becomes 'your' pet.
Today we give you some vital signs to look out for in your canine
pet, to be alert to its health condition courtesy of 'The pictorial
guide to dog care.'
In general a healthy dog is always active, alert, and attuned to the
sounds around it. Its coat gleams and its nose is always moist.
Its eyes and nose are free of any discharge, its gums are not pale
and it has a healthy appetite. Did you know that both an increase or
decrease in appetite could mean it's not feeling very healthy? You must
know your pet's routine behaviour well, if you are to notice these early
* Poor coat condition
* Excessive sneezing or coughing
* Frequent wheezing or a runny nose
* Repeated vomiting
* Pale gums and bad breath
* Limping or slight paralysis
* Trembling or shaking
* Troubled breathing
* Moaning or whimpering (don't always ignore your pet's whimpering
thinking it's doing so just to get attention)
* Unusual slobbering or salivation.
These signs of course are generally easy to spot if you are someone
who's always watchful of your pet's behaviour. However, it may prove a
little more difficult to observe any changes in its toilet habits (bowel
movements). But, it's important to be watchful in this area too.
Be alert to the following....
Cloudy or orange-coloured urine
* Inability to urinate or an uncontrollable urge to do so.
* Diarrhoea that lasts more than 24 hours
* Stools that are dark or contain blood and mucus.
And, what should you do if you observe anyone of the above mentioned
signs in your pet? Consult your veterinarian as soon as possible and get
Your vet will tell you whether or not it's something you need to
observe for a little longer before administering any medical treatment
or not. Do not wait too long because it just may prove to be 'too' late.
However, unless you know your pet well, you'll never know whether it's
behaviour is normal or abnormal.
That is why it's important to examine and handle your pet regularly
and be attuned to its usual behaviour. Checking on some of the easily
detectable signs like the wet/dry condition of its nose, colour of gums
and tongue, and discharges from eyes and nose on a regular basis would
go a long way to help keep your dog healthy.
If your pet is important to you, then be alert to its behaviour so
that you can always do your best for it. Your pet's good health depends