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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 | 0 comments

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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