Tips for Winter Healthcare

Tips for Winter Healthcare

Healthcare comes in many different forms. It does’t have to be the most advanced, scientifically backed, evidence based statistics attached to a product that you have to do computer searches to find in order to bring the most benefit to your loving companion. As we enter the winter weather season in many parts of our country,  some common sense safety tips can bring as much support for our pets’ health compared to any sophisticated supplement on the market. For instance, some of these salt-type chemicals used to melt snow that get spewed all over the roads and then onto sidewalks can cause nasty irritations to their paws; only making things worse when they lick those paws and ingest the stuff. Having a bowl of tepid water with a wash cloth at their entrance ways or a box of non-toxic wipes can prevent some major health hazards. And speaking about these ice melt products, when you go to purchase some for your own use around the home read labels and make certain you chose ones that clearly indicate they are “pet and environmentally friendly”.

dog in snow

What about winter coats for our pets. Yes, you’ll hear some say, “But animals in the wild never wore coats. Their fur was all the protection they needed.” What I say is domestication has definitely changed some of their natural tendencies, this one being one of them. I have personally witnessed  tremendous benefit and comfort from pet coats and sweatshirts and am a huge fan of them, especially in areas where winter weather hits strong. And besides, like us dressed up, they look “mahvelous”!

One more important wintertime tip. If your home is heated with units delivering dry heat like electric baseboards or forced hot air from oil furnaces, the dry condition can play havoc with their skin and coat, Humidification systems either central and/or per room are a must. I have witnessed so much wintertime itching and flaking just from this factor alone. And adding or increasing the dose of a fish oil supplement also helps tremendously, from inside out. Happy Holidays !

Allergy & Skin Flaking

Allergy & Skin Flaking

PET SKIN FLAKING

Ever notice your pet scratching? Does his or her skin and fur feel unusually dry and flakey? Like us, our furred friends can also suffer from dandruff and dry skin.
When this happens, you could reach for a good, natural, herbal pet shampoo.

Many times, a good bath can offer lots of relief; however, if this is a consistent behavior, try adding a high quality fish oil supplement as well, which will bring needed moisture to the skin, and essential fatty acids to his or her diet.

This could remedy the situation altogether.

Allergy Pod Cast

Milk? & Vaccinations for dogs

Are dogs and cats meant to drink milk?

The answer is no.
Cow milk has always been intended to feed and supply growth factors to calves.
It can cause congestion and allergy in our smaller companion animals, but if your pet already loves this milk drinking pastime, try switching to goat’s milk as it is more suited to their nutritional needs while tasting just as good.

Vaccinations

You’re Drunk Dog

You’re Drunk Dog

We are finally starting to come out of possibly the worst winter that I can remember in much of this continent.

As the weather warms and spring cleaning becomes a thing to do, many people clean the radiators of their cars to get rid of the winter antifreeze. Unfortunately, this can pose a very dangerous health threat to our pets, especially our canine companions as antifreeze has an attractive sweet taste that they like to drink.

The main ingredient of antifreeze, ethylene glycol is very toxic and can cause severe damage to their kidneys resulting in death. So please, make sure to let every one know who you suspect will clean their car radiators to properly contain and dispose of the old antifreeze and keep any containers of it stored away on high shelves

You’re drunk, dog.

Charlie, a Maltese terrier from Australia, was saved from certain death the first weekend in March by veterinarians who fed him copious amounts of vodka.

Staff from Animal Accident & Emergency in Melbourne wrote on the facility’s blog that Charlie came in with a case of Ethylene Glycol poisoning. They wrote that Ethylene Glycol, a product commonly found in radiator and brake fluids, tastes sweet but causes kidney failure when ingested.

“In Australia, the only antidote we have is alcohol,” the blog states. “Alcohol alters the chemical reaction and stops the kidney failure from occurring.”
The pup was then hooked up to a frat boy’s dream:
Charlie had a tube placed through his nose to his stomach. Over about 48 hours, he was given successive doses of alcohol. The easiest form of alcohol is vodka.

In fact for the whole weekend, Charlie had a huge party with us in the Pet ICU.

“He was definitely drunk,” his owner, Jacinta Rosewarne, told the Herald Sun. “He was stumbling around, I’d go to pat him and he’d push me away like a normal drunk person, he was vomiting a little, whining like a drunk.”

Charlie is now back to good health, and totally sober — for the time being.
Charlie isn’t the only party dog saved by booze.

In January, an American Staffordshire named Cleo received the same treatment after lapping up some anti-freeze

Bones, Treats and Congestion

Bones, Treats and Congestion

BONES

Recreational raw bones are excellent for your pets. Chewing provides psychological satisfaction as well as excellent dental health. Every 4 to 5 days, give dogs either raw knuckle bone or raw neck (beef,lamb,veal) bones.

Avoid morrow bones (the hard none form cows legs which have no ‘give’ to them. Cats, if not already getting them for regular meals can enjoy raw chicken necks and chicken wings.

Do NOT feed cooked bones. Unlike raw bones , which are relatively soft, cooked bones are brittle and can splinter into dangerous fragments.

PET TREATS

When buying treats, be sure to reach for those that are derived primarily from meat, poultry or fish sources.

Leave behind those snacks that are high in grain by-products, fillers and preservatives. And, try to divide larger treats into several smaller ones, to keep your dog or cat fit and trim.

CONGESTION IN DOGS

Does your dog seem congested, or appear to have a clogged nose?
This is especially common during winter when there’s a lot of dry heat in the home. If you feel your dog is uncomfortable, let him or her sit in a closed bathroom and run a hot shower.

The steam generated from the shower may help alleviate the congestion. You can also place a vaporizer near your dog’s bed, and add few drops of eucalyptus oil the vaporizer’s water.