CAT AND DOG TIPS
I recently heard a piece of the local news about a father, whose two young children were pestering him to let them have their first pet kitten. He posted a picture of the kids on the social networking website Facebook, and told them that if they got 100 likes they could have their cat. Luckily for the youngsters, the posting went viral and a heart-warming number of people voted for them to get their pet.
Christmas is a time of celebration and excess in many households. Owners often wish to share the experience with their pets and whilst this can be a wonderful and joyous experience, it can lead to unwelcome injuries and illnesses in some animals. Therefore owners need to be aware of some of the holiday hazards which may cause problems for their pets.
Deciding where to purchase your kitten from and which kitten to actually choose should be considered carefully. Referrals from friends and family members about reputable breeders and pet stores can be of great assistance. The cattery/pet store should be clean and in the case of breeders the parents should be available to view. It is essential to question the people you are purchasing from about whether the kitten has been given an intestinal wormer and vaccination recently and to request documentation of this. These vaccinations are just the first in a series of vaccinations which will be required. Ask if the kitten has been microchipped for identification purposes before purchase in some states it is legislated that they must be microchipped prior to being offered for sale. The microchipping forms should be updated immediately to contain the new owner's contact details and a copy should be taken home with you.
Although there are many dog friendly accommodation options for travellers, often it is necessary to consider placing your dog into a boarding establishment for the duration of your holidays. Numerous places are listed as boarding kennels but care needs to be taken to ensure the one chosen is appropriate for your dog and suits your needs.
Cat owners will often find themselves needing to travel and the concern arises of where to send their beloved cat/s for this period of time. Whilst some owners may be able to find a trusted house sitter or pet sitter who is able to care for their cats, this is not an option for many.
That beautiful, thick, warm winter coat being worn by your beloved pet is getting ready to shed and make way for a much lighter and cooler coat suitable for the warmer months. This can mean shed hair everywhere for the unprepared pet owner.
Bringing a new puppy into your household is a wondrous and very exciting time in many households. Understanding your new puppy┐s needs and how to keep it healthy and encourage good behaviour will make the transition to pet ownership even more enjoyable.
Kittens can be a wonderful addition to a household, but they come with their own special needs which must be adequately met to ensure health and longevity. As a general outline, some considerations are listed below.
Your kitten should be taken to a veterinarian for a general health check as soon as possible after purchase. They will be able to attend to any illnesses and advise on long term veterinary requirements for your new pet.
Many owners have had to deal with the incredibly frustrating problem of controlling a dog reacting to loud noises. Whilst many dogs will be startled by a sudden unexpected noise, some will exhibit severe behavioural responses to such sounds. Common sources of noise phobias include thunder storms, gun fire, and fireworks although any noise could be a potential stimulus for some dogs.
To all our animal lovers, customers and clients, Trixan Pet would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a safe holiday season.
We have been publishing topics in the lead up to Christmas that provide advice to ensure a safe and comfortable holiday season for your pet and a healthy new year, such as...
Holidaying with dogs can be an exciting and fun filled adventure if planned with care. Many owners dislike the thought of going on holidays and leaving their furry canine friend behind. However, if not properly researched and planned with care, it can become a stressful event for owner and dog alike.
Three of the major considerations when planning to go on a holiday with your dog are where to stay, how to get there safely, and what dog supplies to take.