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Are Bald Spots on A Dog A Cause For Concern?

Thursday, August 18, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dog baldYou’re bushing your dog and notice that he has some bald spots. Hair loss constantly happens in a dogs life. When should you be concerned that your dog is losing too much hair? If you see areas of bare skin exposed, there is something definitely wrong. If this is the case, check your dog for other bald spots. Do this by wearing a rubber glove and gently check all other areas while talking gently to your dog.

Is the hair loss confined to only one area or is it generalized? If it’s all over, sometimes this is due to an under active thyroid gland. Patchy areas of hair loss could be due to an infection or parasite infestation. If it’s a single area, it could be due to an injury. I once had a friend who’s dog injured himself by breaking through his gate in the backyard. The owner didn’t realize in until she notice a patch of hair missing on his thigh.  Keep monitoring the spot to make sure that there’s no bleeding or brusing.
Does your dog have a rash? A rash or other irritation could directly affect the hair folicles and cause hair loss.
Always wear disposable gloves when checking your dog. It could be Ringworm which is highly contagious even to humans.
Do not administer any pet medication yourself. Take your dog to the vet for proper diagnosis and treatment. He may need antibiotics. Remember, your pets count!

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Facts on Ferrets

Thursday, August 18, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

ferretsYesterday, I had to go into the pet store to buy some items for my cats. I noticed two cute ferrets cuddled up together in a cage. They are cute but there are things that you should know before adopting a ferret.

Ferrets are not cheap. You have to pay for the ferret but also for the equipment to keep him safe and sound.

  1. You have purchase basic equipment such as bedding,cages, litter boxes, bowls and toys etc..
  2. Ferrets need high quality ferret food which costs more that the cheaper food. If you have more than one ferret, the more you’ll spend  on feeding them a high quality diet.
  3. Your ferret will need to be spayed or neutered. You should do this early on. Spaying and neutering will reduce odor.
  4. Ferrets need to be cared for by a vet. In addition to routine check-ups, your ferret ought to be given annual rabies and distemper vaccinations, along with heartworm medication (it should be remembered that certain vaccinations might be required by law). As your ferret gets older, it may develop health problems and will require more visits to the vet as well as pet medication
  5. Ferrets live between six and eight years.

Before adopting a ferret, do your research to determine whether or not you want to make this commitment.

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