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Health Tips

Health Tips

PET HEALTH

  Q. What is the normal temperature for your dog and cat? 
  Q. Pet Dental Care.
  Q. Why should I know my dog’s breeds? The reasons for dog DNA test.

PET WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

  Causes of Pet Obesity
  How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

GENERAL PET CARE

  Winter Pet Care
  Cold Weather Protections for Dogs
  Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
  Dog Winter Protections
  Ear Infection in Pets
  Treatment for Pet Ear Infection
  Senior Dog Care
  Dog DNA Test
  Dog CPR

PET ALLERGY

  Food Allergy in Pets

PET DENTAL CARE

  Pet Dental Care

PET GO GREEN

  Go Green With Your Pets

PET TREATS

  Choose a Tasty, Healthy Treat Tips

HEALTH
Q: What is the normal temperature for your dog or cat?
Canine:
Temperature:
99.0 °F–102.5 °F (37.2 °C–39.2 °C)
Respiratory Rate:
10-30 breaths per minute
(Panting and sniffing do not constitute abnormality in and of themselves)
Heart Rate
Adult, Medium to Large Breed(more than 30lbs): 70-160 beats per minute
 
Toy Breeds: (Adults and Puppies): 70-180 beats per minute
 
Puppy: 80-220 beats per minute

Feline:  
Temperature: 100.5-102.5 °F
Respiratory Rate: 26-30 breaths per minute
Heart Rate 160-240 beats per minute

 

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Q: Pet Dental Care

Today our pets are living longer now than in the past because of the safer environment and better preventive medicine (e.g., vaccinations and heartworm preventives) to prevent many diseases. However, there are more animals whose most severe medical problems are dental problems.

We were concerned over our dogs' (NiuNiu, Jackie, Buddy, Fuwa, Seven, Tyson ...) dental health ever since we started feeding them organic home-made meals. Every day we give them dental chew treats after meal, and brush their teeth at night. When we discovered plaque on their teeth, we took them to get a "Gentle Dental Cleaning", which is a service to clean our pets' teeth without using any anesthesia. A kind, loving approach is used to keep your pets calm throughout the cleaning. We choose Gentle Dental Cleaning not only because it’s less expensive, but also because it is veterinary recommended and low-stress method for our pets. It is also a safer alternative for senior pets and pets with medical conditions.

How can I tell if my pet has a dental problem?

Bad breath is often a first indicator of dental disease. Gently lift the lips and check for tartar, inflamed gums, or missing/broken teeth. Cats may exhibit increased drooling. Both cats and dogs can exhibit reluctance to eat or play with toys, "chattering" of the teeth when trying to eat, lethargy, bleeding gums, eroded teeth, and failing to groom (cats). Dental disease progresses in stages -- if caught early, you can prevent further damage and save as many teeth as possible.

How is the rest of the body affected by bad teeth?

Infected gums and teeth aren't just a problem in the mouth -- the heart, kidneys, intestinal tract, and joints may also be infected. The tartar and any infected areas of the mouth contain a multitude of bacteria than can 'seed' to other parts of the body. With regular dental care, you can prevent some of these more serious side effects.

Where should I start?

With a new puppy or kitten, talk to your Veterinarian at the vaccination appointments on how to initiate a good dental care program at home. Most Veterinarians are happy to provide brushing lessons, and many carry brushes and toothpaste specifically for dogs and cats. (NOTE: do not use human toothpaste on your pet!)
If your pet is an adult over 3 years of age, it would be wise to schedule a dental check up with your Veterinarian. If a dental cleaning is necessary, it is advisable to do pre-anesthesia blood work to make sure your pet does not have any underlying problems.

To prevent oral disease, which is the number one health problem diagnosed in pets, it is essential to provide our pets with good dental care, both professionally and at home. With good dental care, your pet can enjoy a long and healthy life.[back to top]

Q: Why should I know my dog’s breed? The reasons for dog DNA test.

Almost 40 million people own a mixed-breed dog in the world. Some are actually purebred without documentation, some are purposely mix bred by breeders and are mostly from animal shelters. Mixed-breed dogs have such surprise talents and quirks, not to mention their unique shape and color, which helps you to spot them quickly in a dog park lineup.

A dog’s ancestry can influence him in surprising ways. Obvious and not-so-obvious physical traits plus behaviors like digging, herding and barking all come from the various breeds in a dog’s family tree. Once an owner understands a dog’s natural tendencies, it makes it possible to create tailored training, exercise and a nutrition program to fit his one-of-a-kind needs. From knowing your dog’s favorite treats to understanding the meaning of each howl and bark, the relationship you have with your dog is strong and special. You can get to know your dog even better.

Owners of mixed-breed dogs can learn their pets’ breed history through dog DNA testing, tracing back their family trees to reveal answers explaining certain behaviors, personality traits and even health conditions. Finally, you can satisfy your curiosity and get the answer to that common question: “What kind of dog do you have?”

With your dog’s ancestry revealed, you can build an even stronger bond with your dog. Custom training, nutrition and health plans catered to your dog’s natural tendencies and behaviors will ensure a well-balanced and fulfilling lifestyle for both pet and owner.  [back to top]

 

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