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Tips for Your Dog
Monthly heartworm preventative treats intestinal and other parasites (depending on that product). So remember to treat monthly. One of the most common tapeworms of dogs uses the flea as the intermediate host, so treating fleas will lower the risk of infection from that tapeworm.
It’s a good idea to trim the coat low during the warmer months of the year.
When raising a puppy, be sure to get it used to being handled especially for cleaning ears and trimming nails regularly, this way it will be easy to do the procedure if you have to apply ear drops or trim its nails.
Regularly check your dog’s ears. Any change in odor usually indicates something is wrong. Most mild ear infections in dogs can be resolved with daily cleaning, use a good quality (Vet recommended) ear cleaning solution for about a week. Seek veterinary attention for those that do not resolve.
For certain breeds that have long haired, furry faces, trimming the hair on the face and around the eyes will help prevent recurrent, mild eye infections.
For both cats and dogs, feeding a dry food is better, but this alone will not prevent the development of tartar. Dental Chews and water treatments can assist in keeping your pet’s oral health in good standing, and retard the development of disease.
Tips for Your Cat
Cat Care Facts
Monthly heartworm preventative also treats intestinal and other parasites (depending on that product). So remember to treat monthly.
When raising a kitten, be sure to get it used to being handled especially for trimming claws regularly, this way it will be easy to do procedure when you have to trim its claws.
For certain breeds that have long haired furry faces, trimming the hair on the face and around the eyes will help prevent recurrent mild eye infections.
For both cats and dogs, feeding a dry kibble is better, but this alone will not prevent the development of tartar.
Tips for Your Bird and Parrot
Bird Care Facts
Make certain to feed your parrot/bird a bird seed/formula mixture that is suited for your specific type of bird or parrot.
If useing a water bowl, and not a feeder, clean your bird’s water at least once a day. Seeds and feathers easily accumulate in the water.
For birds that remain in a cage, make certain to have a cage width that is AT LEAST three to four times the bird’s wing span. Birds need to be able to move around a bit.
Get perches for your bird that are slightly wider than the bird’s grip; this will usually help trim your bird/parrot’s talons/nails.
Keep the bottom of the cage clean and dry, in order to prevent the accumulation of bacterial soil that can lead to illness.
Make certain your bird/parrot can not stick its head through the bars on its cage. Also, a metal cage is best for most birds, particularly if they like to chew.
Make certain to place your bird/parrot cage in an area that is draft free and well lit.