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How To Check Your Dogs Vitals

Monday, April 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

vetvitalThere are particular vital signs to look for if you suspect that your dog is sick. Make sure that you write these things down so that you can show them to your vet.

Temperature –  A normal temperature for a dog is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t check his temperature right after exercise or right after he wakes up. Results will not be accurate.

Gums – Gums should be pink in color and moist and slick to the touch. There’s a problem if they are pale, sticky or dry.

Heart Rate –Young puppies and small toy dogs will have a fast heart rate, averaging around 180 beats per minute. Medium and large dogs will have a heart rate – between 60-160 beats per minute. The larger the dog, the slower the normal heart rate.

Pulse – Take the pulse in the extremities. A dog’s pulse should be slightly slower that his heart rate. 60 beats per minute for a large dog and 120 bears per minute for a small dog.

Respiration – Small dogs will have a faster respiration rate around 30 breaths per minute and larger dogs will have a slower rate of respiration around 10 breaths per minute.

Dehyration –  If the dog bowl remains full, your dog may not be drinking enough .Check a dog for dehydration by pinching the skin at the dog’s scruff. Pull the skin upwards into a “tent” and then release. In a dehydrated dog, the skin will take several seconds to return to normal. The longer it takes the dog’s skin to return to normal, the more dehydrated the dog is. Dry gums are also a sign of dehydration.

If your dog stops eating is dog food and is not drinking,and  is spending an abnormal amount of time sleeping in his dog bed, these can be  signs that your dog is not well and must be seen by a vet as soon as possible.

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Benefits of Brushing Your Cat

Monday, April 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

catbrushYou have a short haired cat and you think that you really don’t have to brush her regularly. She eats quality cat food and cat treats, she has plenty of cat toys to play with so why brush her? The truth is that brushing her regularly will cut down on shedding and the amount of hair getting ingested through her self-grooming.

  • Brushing triggers your cat’s natural oils which will help maintain skin and fur,
  • Regular brushing will eliminate tangles that can turn into mats.
  • Brushing enables you to check for parasites such as fleas and ticks.
  • Time spent brushing can help deepen the bond between you and your cat. It certainly does for my cat Molly. She loves to be brushed and actually looks content and happy!
  • Frequent brushing gets your cat used to being handled.
  • You can check for skin abnormalities or ear problems while brushing.
  • The more hair you brush, the less hair your cat will swallow. This can really limit the amount of hairballs that your cat spits up.

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