When introducing a new pet into the home always have a health check by a vet ASAP. Puppies should start their DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza) vaccine series between the age of 6-8 weeks and return to the vet every month to have them boostered until all four are completed. A Rabies vaccine is given over the age of 12 weeks and is the only vaccine required by state law. A fecal should ALWAYS be checked by a vet even if the pet has been de-wormed in the past, as many over the counter de-wormers are not effective. Many intestinal parasites are zoonotic and can be transferred to humans and other pets. Just because you don’t see worms in the stool does not mean they aren’t there. Please contact us if you have further questions or need pricing information.
It doesn’t matter whether the pet is pure or mixed; the fact is there just aren’t enough homes. Animal shelters receive purebred animals everyday. Many clients start to breed because they believe it is an easy way to make fast cash–WRONG. These are what we call “backyard breeders” and they are usually people that just want to make some “easy” money by breeding their purebred dog to another purebred. These breeders rarely consider the lineage, possible hereditary conditions, or even properly care for the female while she’s carrying the puppies. In addition, the backyard breeder is often unaware of the breed standards and has no direct knowledge of health issues or financial concerns that they should be cautious to avoid. Reputable breeders on the other hand aim to enhance the breed. They can usually provide information on the lineage of the dog, will have health and vet checks available and will provide registration papers and all other necessary documents. These breeders study the various lines, have the dogs vet checked before breeding, as well as maintain records on the various lines of breeding stock.
Reputable breeders rarely advertise, as they often have a waiting list for puppies, since they only breed when it is appropriate for the health of the mother dog. They watch for temperaments and breed only those dogs that show the appropriate temperament for the breed.
Altering your pet is one of the steps to becoming a responsible pet owner. It is estimated that over ten million pets will be humanely euthanized in shelters across the country due to lack of available homes. Having your pet spayed/neutered ensures that you won’t be adding to this problem. Remember there is no such thing as an “accidental breeding” when your pet is intact. There are also health benefits to altering your pet. Studies show that early neutering eliminates a pet’s chances of breast cancer and prevents uterine infections, testicular cancer and uterine cancer.
Your pet may be altered anytime over twelve weeks of age. A spay/neuter surgery costs less for younger pets and, in addition, it would take less time for recovery. At Petzone Veterinary Clinic, we recommend spaying/neutering a pet from 5 months onwards.
This is not an uncommon problem. It probably means that your dog has full or infected anal glands. These glands help dogs to mark their territory through scent. They usually empty themselves every time a dog defecates. They can become clogged, however, and unable to empty, and sometimes infection can develop. When this happens, your dog feels a constant, itchy pressure. It can be very uncomfortable.
While scooting can often be caused by problems with the anal glands, dogs with worms will occasionally rub their rear ends on the floor in order to relieve themselves of the itch due to worms in the area.
To get your dog relief, make an appointment with our veterinary clinic.Medical Reasons
Before doing anything else, take kitty to the vet to make sure there is no medical problem. Be aware that if a cat is straining at the litter box and is unable to urinate, this is an emergency situation that requires an immediate trip to the vet.
Sometimes if a cat hurts when using the litter box, he will associate the litter box with the pain and will avoid it, even after the medical problem has been resolved.
If your cat is male, unneutered, and spraying, this is not a litter box avoidance problem – your cat is marking his territory. He will back up to a wall, raise his tail, and then spray urine on the surface. In the vast majority of cases, neutering the cat will stop the problem.Sanitary Reasons
Some cats will use the litter box even if it hasn’t been cleaned for a week; others will find another place to “go” if the litter box isn’t scooped out daily. Some cats will “hold it” and cause themselves physical problems, while others will simply climb into a large potted plant or go on a rug.Litter Box Reasons
Be aware when adding a new cat to your household that he may have learned to use a particular kind of litter: some cats may have learned to like the “gravel” feel of clay litter, others may have learned to use the “sand” type clumpable; while still others may have used shredded newspapers.
Some cats don’t like covered litter boxes; others prefer them. Your cat may have an aversion to the scent or the amount of dust generated by scratching. You may have cleaned the litter box with a strong-smelling cleaner that is irritating his nose.Location Reasons
Usually, a cat is most comfortable if the litter box is out of traffic patterns. If there is a lot of noise or people walking around, he may not be able to relax.
In addition, a cat needs to know that he can “escape” – if the litter box is in a location where he can’t see other family members approaching (particularly if those members are likely to swat him as he is in or leaving the litter box), he will probably avoid it.Emotional Reasons
This is much harder to diagnose and resolve. Some cats adapt to change without problems, while others have a very difficult time and show it by eliminating inappropriately. If your cat is now eliminating somewhere inappropriate, ask yourself some questions:
- Have you added a new member of the family (human, feline, canine, etc.), or has one left? Cats have a "pecking order" and the addition of a new cat can mean conflicts if both are struggling to be "top cat."
- Is there a great deal of stress in your life, and you're showing it?
- Was kitty scared while in the litter box, or possibly even just while in that room - a loud noise in the house or outside, or did something happen to him while he was using the litter box?
- Have you recently remodeled a room, with workmen and other strangers coming and going through his "territory"?
- Did you recently move to a new home or apartment?
- Did you recently move the litter box to a different location?
- Is kitty recovering from an illness?
- Is there a new cat in the neighborhood that your cat can see or smell?
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