Pets

There are numerous reasons some of them unexplainable why your pet may be limping. At vet clinics, we see most pets coming with limping or lameness issues. Just a total disaster of leg movement is not just limping. It may be a slight favoring of a paw or a limb, stiffness when getting up or after running around or avoiding total weight of the body on the leg. Limping can happen to any animal whether dog or a cat.

With many reasons lying down for limping, it is crucial to find the right cause. Some of the most common causes may be injuries, accidents, birth deformities or malformation of joints that can result into the change in their walking or running.

If you find your pet is limping, it is crucial to evaluate the reason behind limping and figure out the solution or take your pet to a vet for complete assessment. This will help in reasoning out and finding out the right treatment or help in diagnosing where it is required for your pet.

Some common injuries are:

  • Sprains
  • Wounds
  • Abscesses
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Arthritis
  • Cruciate disease or ruptures
  • Fractures
  • Ligament strains or ruptures
  • Growth deformities
  • Nerve pain or spinal injuries

Things To Do If Your Pet Is Limping

When your pet is limping figure out what is wrong with her. Find if you notice the difference – a prickle, wound, swelling, inflammation or hair matt. In case of prickles or matts, try to remove it if your pet allows. This will instantly relieve your pet from pain and she can walk again normally. If there is nothing that you can find and still your pet is limping, it is better to have a vet visit. Your vet is the best judge to find out what is wrong with your pet and what is the best treatment to follow to help your pet with limping problem. Getting answers from you for few of his/her questions, your vet may further advice for testing such as an x-ray. In some cases, animal experts use anesthesia to find the cause behind the lameness.

Pain Relief Medications or Treatments for Limping

This depends on the pet’s condition. It can be as simple as removing the prickle or hair matt from the affected area or as complicated as undergoing a surgery to correct or remove the pain source. Sometimes, a course medication or an injection helps in resolving the condition. Whereas in some conditions, they need to be admitted into a hospital for more intensive pain management.

Limping is a curable condition, if you once find out the right reason behind it. There may be hidden reasons behind limping which when unveiled can show the way through the treatment helping pet to get normal again.

Having two spaniels and one bulldog, and taking care of them, I am always eager about sharing lots of information about pet care and their health issues. Throwing some light on pet limping issues, I have shared an article here.

 

Pets

A clean pet is a happy and healthy pet. Well brushed hair, no hair in the eyes, clean and fresh fur, clean teeth, clipped nails and pest-free skin make a pet’s life comfortable and their behavior better.

On the contrary, adverse effects occur when your pet is not groomed properly making things worse. Serious conditions may arise when you neglect the grooming habits in your pet. When your pet’s grooming needs are not attained on the regular basis, it can result into pricey vet’s bills and rickety behavior of your pet.

Let us check on the result of some of these neglected grooming needs.

Long Hair

Long hair causes a lot of discomfort and skin issues in dogs and cats. Hair hanging over the pet’s eyes blur the vision alternating his behavior as well as sometimes resulting in to eye problems. When long hair not properly cleaned and brushed regularly, furry pals suffer from matting and can be an extra burden on them to walk with.

Matting

Lack of washing and brushing normally result into matting. This is quite painful and pave way to numerous skin conditions. Moreover, severe matting restricts blood flow pulling tightly on a pet’s skin and even your small pat causes lot of pain. In extreme cases, matting can be so severe that it ultimately restricts the movement of the body resulting into deformity in pets.

Double Coating

Irregular brushing or neglecting brushing pet’s hair leads to extra coating. This exposes pet to suffer from the heat stress.

Overgrown Nails

Long nails may be a fashion in females but when it comes your four legged companions it is totally opposite. Overgrown nails cause lots of discomfort and at times are quite painful. With the long nails growing in the paw pads, it causes infection. Along with this, long nails can cause your pet’s toes to bend and create a walking deformity.

Grass Seeds

If you are not up to the date with your pet grooming, it is not easy to detect grass seeds on your furry pal. Undetected grass seeds can cause abscesses and other severe skin problems. Many cases exist that prove that a pet loses an eye from a neglected grass seed.

Fleas, Tick and Mites

When not grooming timely, pets become the host to some of the most common parasites – fleas, ticks and mites. These blood sucking parasites can be fatal to your pet and they usually thrive on untreated and dirty bodies.

Dental Problems

Lack of dental care opens up different oral issues including bad breath, teeth loss, tartar formation, reduced appetite, and if not treated can even lead to organ damage to your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys.

All these health problems are mostly connected to lack of grooming regime in pets. They are quite detrimental to pet’s physical as well as mental health due to discomfort and pain. By inculcating grooming regime on the regular basis you can support your four-pawed companion to lead a physically fit and mentally strong life. Therefore, it is necessary that you start tending your pet’s grooming needs for their overall wellbeing.

 

Pets

Some of the common dog accessories are collars, leashes, plus toys for chewing and fetching – like balls. For many owners, dog clothes are not too important, but you seldom see a dog with no collar and leash, or a house where a dog lives without a basket, a couple of pillows or some kind of dog bed – even if they sleep beside their owner. Other common accessories include fur combs that resemble a small rake for pet dogs that have long fur.

Cat accessories include catnip, collars cat furniture and small toys, most of which are feathered types or those that move. Majority of owners here are not interested to get clothing for their pet cats, and people rarely buy clothes for them. There are many ‘DIY cat toys that are easy to make, and cats always keep themselves busy with many objects that are not meant for them. Fur combs are also common to cats, particularly those that live indoors, such as long-haired ones.

Those who have rodents for pets usually spend on food bowl, water bottles, special food, treats, carriers and shiny cages. They often buy wheels and houses. The toys they commonly play with are small balls with a bell, though not all rodents really like them. In addition, most of these accessories can easily be made by hand – that is why rodent owners do not buy them, but rather choose to make their own.

Rats like things that are cozy – such as hanging houses, hammocks and tubes. Degus prefer easy-moving type of toys. Dwarf and regular hamsters are generally not interested in different kinds of toys, but like playing in the wheel and multi-level structures they can climb on. So far, guinea pigs do not have as much toys; at least this is most common. Besides, most pet shops do not sell many guinea pig toys, just chew toys, seesaw toys and small toys they can take along. These are the same toys for bunnies. Ferrets like hammocks as well as hanging beds, and behave when leashed though I am not sure if this is always the case (I know they are not rodents, but these are very similar accessories).

Food and cages are the most common accessories for birds. Nevertheless, beak stones (huge white polishing stuff), hanging toys, swing toys (with smaller moving parts), nests or nesting materials are also available.

The common accessories for reptiles are heat lamps plus nice-looking things to put in their habitat. These are similar for aquatic creatures. except that they require thermometers and water heaters in place of a heat lamp.

 

Pets

Every pet owner wants to get the best things for his furry pal. But are there any best hacks that can take your pet ownership skills to the next level? With a wide array of pet products available in the market from apparels to grooming supplies, sanitation, feeding supplies, cleaning, pet techs and gadgets it sometimes becomes a difficult ask to select the best ones for your furry pal. With the advancement of technology, it has now become possible to make pet ownership easy.

Let us look at some of the products that will assist you in achieving this feat:

Automatic Feeders & Waterers

This product has been developed for the convenience of pet owners. Now you do not have to worry about feeding or watering your pet until and unless the stock is over in the storage area. There are a variety of DIY automatic feeders and waterers available in the market that can make your life easier. Normal bowls are now a thing of the past. Pet feeders and waterers that need you to only fill up the storage is a total fad. Now you do not have to put any reminders to feed your furry companion or water them. This will now be done by an automatic feeder. But to be safe, always keep a watch on the automatic waterers and feeders just in case a sneaky pal who might break into the storage bin. The automatic feeder aids your pet to eat at scheduled timings and prevent overeating. You can set the timer on a program timer present in the feeder or waterer. There are certain feeders that work by gravity.

Pet Monitor

Pet monitors are similar to baby monitors. With the aid of this instrument, it is possible to speak, interact, view and listen to the pets from anywhere. The monitor contains inbuilt speakers and microphones that aids in communication from both sides. This can all be controlled through a smart-phone. It can rotate 340 degrees with up and down video motions. This feature makes it easier for you to place it at heights as well. It is also possible for you to capture pictures and videos from the mobile device paired with the monitor. The great thing about this device is that it is now possible for multiple users to connect to the pet monitor. They come in different colours too.

Pet Flap Doors

Tired of opening the door repeatedly for your pooch? If yes; there is a solution for it. Thanks to pet flap doors it is now possible to stop moving even an itch. The great thing about these doors is that they can be installed to the existing doors. These doors are available in plastic, wood or any other material as preferred to you. They are generally made up of vinyl and certain flaps consist of a magnetic bar at the end that aids in secure closing of the pet door. These doors come in different sizes depending on how big is your pet. These doors make it easier for your pet to go to the balcony or garden area to conduct their business. The other great thing about this door is that you do not need to get back to the pet during your work timings to open the door for your pal.