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Swine Flu And Pets

Can Your Dog And Cat Catch Swine Flu?

Yes they can – but no it is not likely.

Ferrets are probably the highest risk pet, apart from pigs, most likely to catch the virus.

Read more interesting facts about swine flu, pets, and you here.
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Barbara And Jenna Bush Say “Cherish Your Pets.”

After 2 terms as the First Kids the Bush twins know the ropes better than anyone, and their advice to the new kids in the White House was to cherish your pets.

The White House may be a “magical place” but when the chips are down “you’ll need the quiet comfort that only animals can provide.”  Which is great advice as any pet lover will know.

Sasha and Malia Obama were also encouraged to make the most of every opportunity in their 4 years, as the time will fly by.  The open letter published in the Wall Street Journal also contained a few personal favourite tips including”

  • Halloween trick-or-treating down plane aisles.
  • Playing Sardines on the lawn of the White House.
  • Having swimming parties.
  • And my favourite – Slide down the banister of the solarium.

In addition to cherishing your pets, the Obama kids were encouraged to surround themselves with loyal friends.

All great advice handed down from the experienced vetrins of White House family life Barbara and Jenna Bush.

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Are Your Rights Being Outlawed?

A post at Namara Pets Blog raises some interesting questions.

Firstly: Is a chicken any less of a pet than a cat?

Think about it for a moment. Cats are arrogant animals that seldom receive instruction and follow their own whims.
Chickens on the other hand can be well trained and very responsive.

Who decides for you which pets you can and can not keep?

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly: Is there a conspiracy to make you dependant on others?

It seems that the idea of people being self sufficient is offensive these days.

  • Raising half a dozen chickens in an urban zoned area is illegal (even on 2.4 acres of land!) but battery hens are legal.
  • Wood burners are harmful to the atmosphere and discouraged, but authorities cannot supply the electricity to support the alternative.
  • Fast highly processed food is cheaper than healthy unprocessed food.

Pet owners may be on the fringes of this debate, but unless someone somewhere makes a stand Western Society will self destruct.

What do you think?

Should we be allowed a chicken as well as a cat at home?

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Old age catches up with everyone – even our cats and dogs and other pets.

Special care requirements are often necessary to ensure the health and well-being of these elderly animals. Old age is not to be regarded as a disease, but as a natural process.
Just because your pet is old, does not mean it is normal for it to look unwell.

Learn to recognize the signs of old age, these may include impaired vision and hearing. For example, extra care is needed so you don’t startle animals with a hearing impairment, especially when they are asleep.

Vision impaired animals may not want to be taken new places for fear of the unknown and bumping into objects. If you see signs of your animal developing vision problems have them checked out by your vet. It is possible they may be able to be successfully treated for cataracts.

Older cats and dogs especially, are prone to cardiac disease. You can spot signs such as coughing, irregular breathing, or a reluctance to exercise that might indicate cardiac problems.

Gum disease is a common complaint amongst the elderly. Look for the obvious signs of dental ill health, including bad breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth, and no interesting in eating food that needs chewing. Again, many dental problems are treatable.

Arthritis is more obvious in dogs, as cats tend to just withdraw and become less sociable. If your pet loses its spring, and doesn’t venture off the floor, or loses interest in exercise then book them a vet inspection. Medication can help relieve arthritic pain and make your pets twilight years a lot more comfortable.

Cats are less likely to develop cataracts, but there are problems that tend to be more cat specific. Kidney failure is one problem common amongst elderly cats. Drinking lots, loss of weight, depression, and vomiting are signs that may indicate a kidney problem in your cat. Kidney problems may also occur in younger cats as a result of infection or tumors.

You may not know what hyperthyroidism is, but you may recognize its symptoms in your elderly cat. These symptoms include long claws, becoming very thin while maintaining a healthy apatite, and becoming shaky and more vocal. Once again there are treatments available to help in this situation.

Elderly pets have different requirements, but this doesn’t mean they can’t have a good quality of life. Just remember they will require more sleep, a slower pace of life, and regular health checks. But they are the same loyal pets that have shared in your family life for many years.

[Source: Dr Elsa Flint Pet]

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