Sassy's Pet Sit friends and "family". Welcome to this edition
of "The Corner" for your reading and learning pleasure! As
always, Aunt Sassy highly recommends you seek medical attention for
your pet if you feel there may be something wrong with them! And, always
check with your personal pet care specialist before trying or doing
anything suggested in "The Corner".
"I know we love our pets to an extreme; oh, yeah, that goes without
saying. We want them to live a long healthy life. But, many "Rovers"
(and "Tiki's") are taken away from us too soon.
Taking care of your pet's life is a lot like taking care of your own.
Have you ever thought about what the risk factors would be for dogs?
Dr. J. sent me this information on how to protect/prolong your dog's
life and of course, many can be applied to your kitty..here is what
he has to say, all quoted!
"1. No ID tag: Dogs without ID tags may be lost and never reunited
with their owners.
2. No Microchip: Lost dogs with microchips get a little extra care
should they ever run away and get hurt. They will be stabilized and
treated by veterinarians and given extra time for their owners to find
3. Dogs Allowed to Roam : I believe dogs with fenced in yards live
longer. Dogs allowed to roam and not on a leash are much more likely
to die form being hit by a car, poisoned, or shot and suffer other injuries.
4. Secondhand Smoke: Risk of lung problems and cancer is higher in
dogs routinely exposed to second hand smoke.
5. No Training : Dogs without training are much more likely to get
in to trouble. By not knowing when to "come", "leave
it" and "stay" can be life changing. I've seen a dog
come when called rather than chase another dog into the street...knowing
that trick saved his life. I've also seen dogs that "leave it"
when they picked up a toxin - again, it saved their life.
6. Access to Trash: Dogs that are allowed access to trash can get into
things that can cause life-threatening conditions. Think of everything
that you throw into the garbage. What would happen if your dog ate it?
7. Feeding Elevated : There are risk factors that suggest that elevated
feeding can enhance the risk for a life-threatening disease called "Bloat".
8. Feeding Table Scraps: Dogs fed table scraps and human foods generally
don't have balanced diets and have a higher incidence of nutritional
problems and diseases such as pancreatitis.
9. No Vaccines: Dogs not given vaccines are at risk for multiple preventable
diseases such as parvovirus, leptosprirosis, kennel cough, distemper
10. No heartworm prevention : Heartworm disease is a very common disease
which can be prevented by giving routine monthly medication. It is often
lethal if left untreated.
11. Not Being Spayed or Neutered: Dogs that are not spayed are at higher
risk for breast cancer as well as a potentially fatal uterine infection
called pyometra. Unaltered males are more likely to fight and escape
the house to roam - allowing them the opportunity to get hit by a car
12. No Check-ups: Dogs without routine check-ups can have problems
that can be preventable. Early diagnosis can cure many diseases.
13. No Emergency Plan : Owner that don't have any plan or resources
to pay for health problems is a common cause of early death. I've seen
very treatable problems lead to euthanasia because of lack of financial
resources to treat those problems. Problems as simple as a broken leg
or infection ended very sadly."
LOVE AND HUGS TO YOU AND YOUR BABIES,