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How To Get Your Pet Certified As An Emotional Support Animal

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Get Your Pet Certified As An Emotional Support Animal

A lot of people struggle from emotional disorders, such as depression and anxiety, and it can be hard to find relief for these types of issues. If you have any type of disorder like this and find that your pet helps you calm down and feel better, you may want to see if you can get this pet registered as an emotional support animal (ESA). If you can, you will have the legal right to bring the pet with you almost anywhere you go. Here are several things to know about this. What Is An ESA? An ESA is an animal that is recognized and approved to be a pet that provides calming value and help to a person. The animal must typically be a dog or cat, but it could possibly be other animals too. The purpose of getting a pet registered as an ESA is that you will have the ability and right to bring the pet with you to places where you normally cannot have pets. In a sense, this is similar to dogs people use when they are blind or handicapped. When you get your pet approved for this, you should be able to bring it on airplanes and in hotel rooms that normally do not allow pets. When you bring your pet on an airplane, this certification will allow you to hold the pet on your lap or place it near you. It will not have to be in a cage. You may also be able to bring it along in taxis and to other places you go, and this can even include restaurants. What Is The Purpose? The purpose of this type of certification is to help a person that suffers from an emotional disorder. People with emotional issues may use a variety of different types of methods to help them calm down and feel comfortable, and using a pet is often referred to as pet therapy. If you have a pet that really helps you control your anxiety, and if you wish you could bring the pet everywhere you go, this might be right for you. How Can You Get This? If you feel like having your pet approved as an ESA, you will need to complete a few steps to do this, and there is a chance you will not be able to get the pet approved. One of the main steps that are needed and required is getting a diagnosis of your condition from a doctor. The diagnosis must state that you suffer from some type of disorder. This could include panic attacks or post-traumatic stress disorder, or it could be something different than this, but you must get a diagnosis to get this done. The other important thing you may need to do is complete an ESA evaluation through a place like Next Generation Psychology. This must typically be completed with a certified therapist or mental health professional, and this is needed in order to qualify. This type of evaluation is used to determine if you have an emotional condition and if your pet helps you through your condition. If the therapist agrees that your pet brings you relief and is beneficial for your moods and state, the therapist is likely to agree to this. Once this is done, you...

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5 Fun Ways to Involve Your Dog in the Holiday Spirit

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Fun Ways to Involve Your Dog in the Holiday Spirit

The holidays are a fun time, and there is so much to do. However, if you have a dog, they may not get to have as much fun as you. In fact, they may get neglected as you enjoy your own holiday parties and meals. Check out these five fun ways, you can involve your dog in holiday cheer. Get Some Holiday Clothes & Accessories It’s always fun to dress your cute doggy up in clothes and accessories, and if you love the holiday season, it’s time to start dressing up your furry friend with holiday clothes and accessories. You could do something basic, such as buy antlers for dogs, or choosing green and red or blue and white clothing. Of course, the fun doesn’t end there, you may find a Santa or elf costume that will make your pet look adorable. Holiday accessories could include reindeer antlers, Santa/elf hat, a jingly collar, etc. Cook Holiday Cookies or Meal for Your Pup One great way to celebrate the holidays is with delicious homemade cookies and meals. However, the food you’re dining on isn’t always the best option for your pet. Foods like candy, grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, salt, and raisins can be dangerous for your pet. You may think a little bite of chicken won’t hurt, but did you season it with onion powder? A fun way to get your pet involved is to craft homemade cookies and meals for your dog. There are many dog-safe cookie recipes available, and you can still make your dog a homemade meal instead of the regular kibble. Just make sure you leave out anything hazardous.   Let Your Pup Be in the Holiday Family Photo With your dog all dressed up for the holiday season, why not let your pup be in the annual holiday family photo. Your pet is part of your family, so don’t leave them out. Some pet stores even offer photos of your pet meeting Santa, which could be a cute little pic for all your dog-loving friends. If you send out an annual newsletter or update on your family, don’t forget to include a little blurb about your dog, such as any new tricks, friends or trouble your pet has gotten into. Have a Puppy Holiday Party Another holiday pastime is having a holiday party. However, your regular party may not be fun for your dog, especially if you invite people who don’t love dogs. Consider throwing another party for your dog. You can invite friends/family and their dogs. While you enjoy mingling and snacking, the dogs can play games, learn new tricks, get treats and find gifts. It’s also a great way to get your dog some much-needed interaction with other dogs in a safe and fun way. Don’t Neglect the Walks If you live in an area that gets cold during the winter, you may not be thrilled about going for walks, but your dog still needs the routine exercise of walks. Plus, dogs have an instinct to walk, and your daily walk helps meet this instinct. It is also believed that dogs who get regular walks are better behaved, cause less destruction and suffer less from separation anxiety. Instead of thinking of it as a walk, think about it as a chance to...

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3 Situations That Call For Pet Boarding

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Situations That Call For Pet Boarding

When it’s time for you to take a journey, it’s time to think about the best care options for your pet. For brief trips, it might be perfectly all right to entrust your furry family member to a reliable next-door neighbor or good friend. If you can book a room at a pet-friendly accommodation, you might even take a chance on packing your pet into the car with you. But there are times when you really need to schedule a stay for your pet at your local boarding facility. Here are three scenarios in which you’ll be glad you had the help of these pet care experts. 1. Your Pet Is Old or Sick Healthy indoor pets can often get by with surprisingly little human supervision apart from food, water, litter box changes and a little playtime. But when a pet has special veterinary needs, the rules change drastically. For instance, if your pet requires regular, carefully-timed doses of medication, then even a slight miscalculation or delay by your well-meaning but untrained neighbor could prove tragic. Senior pets may also have a heightened risk for sudden, catastrophic medical events that call for immediate veterinary attention. If your pet has special needs, he’s much better off with the round-the-clock care and attention available at a pet boarding facility, especially if that facility is associated with a veterinary clinic. The staff at a well-equipped facility will administer any medicines or procedures your pet may need with a high level of skill, training and diligence. If a crisis occurs, the trained professionals are right there to administer life-saving aid. Some facilities even offer non-urgent care options such as pet grooming services.  2. Separation Anxiety Is an Issue Many pets (notably cats) seem largely indifferent to human attention, especially if they have other animals to play with during the day while the humans are gone. But some experience high levels of separation anxiety, especially if they’re not used by being by themselves most of the time. This condition may cause your pet to engage in: Constant howling, barking, and other loud expressions of distress Inappropriate elimination inside the house Destruction of flooring, carpets, or household items through chewing and clawing Running around in circles, or pacing up and down obsessively By the time your friend of neighbor stops by to refill the food bowl, your pet may be so wound up that he bolts, escaping through the front door. At this point he’s vulnerable to traffic accidents, fights with other animals, and sorts of other dangers. When your pet stays in a boarding facility, he is surrounded by other furry residents while also receiving regular care and affection from the boarding staff. Just being around other living creatures can help pets recognize that they’re not all alone in the world, and the reassurance of a friendly human can help them relax. Additionally, since pet boarding facilities take pains to maintain proper security, your pet won’t have a chance to run away. After a couple of repeat visits, he may even regard the boarding center as his second home. 3. You Plan to Fly Air travel with pets is highly discouraged, mainly because of the health risks your animal faces in the cargo hold. The extreme temperatures and lack of fresh air can sicken...

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Is Your Snake Sick? How You Can Spot Common Symptoms And Help Your Pet Heal

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Snake Sick? How You Can Spot Common Symptoms And Help Your Pet Heal

Are you worried about your snake’s health? Snakes and mammals behave very differently and have different signs of distress. While you might know what an unhealthy dog looks like, detecting symptoms of illness in snakes is more difficult. If your snake has started acting funny, it’s important to find out right away whether or not your pet is sick. Use these tips to spot common snake health problems and get your pet healthy again. Roaming With An Open Mouth A healthy snake will rarely open its mouth, usually only doing it to eat. If your snake is sitting for prolonged periods or wandering its terrarium with its mouth open, it may be in respiratory distress. It could also be suffering from heat exhaustion. If the snake is fairly energetic and moving around the cage, temporarily remove any heat-producing cage elements. Give the snake fresh water and monitor its behavior. If it seems very thirsty and goes back to normal when the cage is cool, your pet may be getting too hot during the day. Check heated cage elements to make sure they aren’t malfunctioning, and lower your overall terrarium temperature by a couple of degrees. Continue monitoring your snake for signs of heat stress, and adjust its environment as needed. On the other hand, a snake that seems lethargic and sits with its mouth open and head uplifted is likely having trouble breathing. It may wheeze faintly and have mucus around its nose and mouth. These symptoms could be caused by any number of issues, like a respiratory infection, inhaled terrarium sand, throat agitation, or more. The solution for virtually every respiratory distress problem is a checkup with your exotic animal vet. You may need to give the snake antibiotic medicine or put it in an special environment while it heals. Regurgitating And Vomiting Food Sometimes, you might come back to check on your snake after a feeding and find it has spit its food back out into the cage. Other times, you may observe the snake get halfway through a meal and suddenly abandon it. This is regurgitation, and typically happens when your pet is stressed or scared. You can reduce the risk of regurgitation by feeding your pet in a calm environment and allowing it to have alone time after eating. Avoid handling your snake during or after meals if regurgitation becomes a problem. Vomiting is far more rare, and usually indicates a health problem. The difference between vomiting and regurgitation is that the snake has already begun to digest its meal before vomiting. Snakes may vomit if their food is improperly handled or if they have a digestive illness. Turning up the heat in your pet’s terrarium after meals may help ease digestion slightly, but you should also contact your vet if you think your snake is vomiting its food. Partial Skin Shedding Healthy snakes will shed their skin in a single piece, with the whole layer coming off over the course of a day at most. This process is made easier with the help of a warm water bath or humidity box, which softens the dead skin enough to come off. Occasionally, a snake may have old skin stuck to its face. If this happens, leave the pet alone for a few days to see...

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What To Know About Routine Vet Care For Your Dog

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Know About Routine Vet Care For Your Dog

When your dog gets sick or injured, a vet trip is the obvious next step. However, just like humans, dogs require routine examinations to stay healthy and live a longer life. If you have a dog, whether it’s a puppy, adult or senior, routine vet trips are a must, so check out these six facts you need to know. Veterinarians Spot Illnesses Early Even if your dog seems perfectly healthy to you, it doesn’t mean illness isn’t on the horizon. A visit with your vet helps prevent illness before it happens, stop it before it gets severe and save you money on serious pet care. During an exam, the vet listens to your dog’s heart and lungs, checks in the ears, eyes and mouth, palpitates joins, muscles, abdomen and lymph nodes and tests for parasites or common illnesses. The vet also asks you if you’ve noticed vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, loss of appetite and any other unusual signs. All this is to prevent and stop illness fast.   Dental Care Is a Must Dogs are not immune to tooth decay and other serious dental problems, especially if you feed your dog human food. In fact, dental disease is the most common disease in pets, and between 70 and 85 percent of pets over 2 years old have some form. During a routine exam, your vet looks at your pet’s mouth, but cleanings are also required to remove plaque and examine teeth more closely. In calm dogs who only need cleanings, awake cleanings are performed without anesthesia, and they are less expensive. Cleanings with anesthesia are required for closer inspections, x-rays and extractions. Vaccinations Prevent Death and The Spread of Disease Getting your dog vaccinated isn’t just for show or so you can renew your dog’s license. Vaccinations protect your dog against serious life-threatening diseases. As a puppy, your dog should receive the core vaccines, which include canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies. The parvovirus, in particular, is extremely contagious, fast acting and lethal. Some vaccinations must continue to be given throughout the dog’s life, such as rabies, bordatella and DHPP. Many of these diseases are highly contagious to other pets, and even humans. Older Dogs Need More Routine Examinations If you your dog is under ten years old and healthy, one annual visit a year is enough to keep your pup vaccinated and healthy. Senior dogs, however, should see the vet at least every six months. Older dogs are more prone to serious problems, including arthritis, cancer, prostate disease, dental disease, diabetes, kidney disease and prostate disease. At this stage in your dog’s life, additional routine tests are performed, such as blood pressure, complete blood count, urinalysis and thyroid function test. Keep in mind that bigger dogs become seniors sooner than smaller dogs. Alternative Medicine Is an Option Acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic care are available for dogs. As with humans, these treatments can go a long way in helping many conditions without the negative side effects of surgery or medications. Some veterinarians have specific training to perform some or all of these alternative treatments, and some alternative providers cater to humans and dogs. Just make sure you find someone who has experience and training specifically in alternative medicine for dogs, and speak with your vet before staring alternative...

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Look At These Indicators Of Horse Health

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Look At These Indicators Of Horse Health

Unlike many species of livestock that will mask symptoms of injury or disease, horses will usually display symptoms of health problems fairly quickly. Certain changes should be investigated because they can indicate serious problems that need to be taken care of. Signs of pain in the hooves and changes in the digestive system can be signs of laminitis or colic, two of the most serious horse health problems. There are other equine health problems that are not necessarily fatal, but that do require immediate veterinary attention. The way a horse moves can reveal horse health problems. If a horse suddenly starts to nod its head when trotting or jogging, this can be a sign of lameness or problems within the hoof. Horses will lift their heads when putting weight on the sore foot. Head nodding is normal at the lope or canter; however, horses may refuse to pick up these gaits when they are in severe pain. The problem may be as simple as a pebble lodged in a hoof, but if the hoof seems warmer than normal to the touch or if any part of the foot is swollen, it requires veterinary attention. These can be signs that laminitis is developing. Changes in the horse’s digestive system can also be indicators of very serious problems. If a horse suddenly stops producing manure, won’t eat and won’t drink water, it can be a sign of colic. Colic can be fatal and sometimes requires surgery in order for a horse to survive. When a horse acts anxious, bites at its sides and stops eating, it can indicate a blockage in the digestive tract. Mild cases of colic can sometimes resolves themselves, but this is a serious horse health issue that calls for consultation with a vet. A horse that refuses to leave its stall or seems unable to move may also be displaying signs of tying-up disease, a horse health problem also known as Rhabdomyolysis. This is a muscle disorder that tends to occur in horses that eat high-nutrient grain and are under heavy work such as racehorses and working draft horses. It can sometimes happen in horses that are beginning training or that have exerted themselves after a long break. It is usually not fatal, but can give the horse great pain and distress. If a horse suddenly seems to be resistant to being ridden, or is unwilling to be led out of its stall, it could indicate tying up disease or a similar muscle disorder known as PSSM (Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy). Horses do not typically have “off days” where they prefer to stay in their stalls, so if they seem frozen in place or hesitant to move, there is probably something wrong. These too disorders are a result of the inability to process sugars and carbohydrates, which causes the muscles to become so stiff that the horse can’t move. There are several medications that a veterinarian can administer that will both relieve pain and loosen the muscles. These many horses with muscle disorders can benefit from equine supplements that contain selenium, vitamin E and calcium, all of which help the horse metabolize carbohydrates. The way a horse eats can also reveal health problems. When horses start dropping grain or hesitating to eat grain altogether, it can indicate problems...

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