Travel Animal Doctor: Prevent Pet Hit By Car Accidents

Travel Animal Doctor: Prevent Pet Hit By Car Accidents

Prevent pet hit by car incidents with these practical tips from Travel Animal Doctor. There were over six million acknowledged pet hit by car accidents in the United States last year. “Hit by car” scenarios are depressingly common in the veterinary field, and emotionally draining to pet owners and veterinarians. It is important to understand how one can prevent pet hit by car emergencies from occurring. I am a firm believer in prevention being the key to a healthy life for your pets. I am writing a series of articles on what a pet owner can do to help their pet in a “hit by car” emergency. See “My Pet was in a Hit By Car Accident!” for the beginning of this three part series. In this article I wanted to focus on providing advice to prevent pet hit by car emergencies. The following are six practical suggestions for pet owners to aid in the prevention of their pets being hit by cars. Jelly Dude / Foter / CC BY 1. Get your pet spayed or neutered. This is the easiest way to prevent pet hit by car emergencies. Male and female cats tend to roam more when they are intact. Roaming will increase the possibility of these animals being hit by a car or getting sick by feral cats. Dogs are similar with intact males and females escaping in order to find a mate. By removing the hormonal drive to roam you will be decreasing the likelihood of your animals being hit by a car. There are also many health benefits for spaying and neutering your animals including decreasing...
Travel Animal Doctor: Your Pet’s Teeth

Travel Animal Doctor: Your Pet’s Teeth

The mouth serves as the gateway to the rest of your pet’s body, and your pet’s teeth are necessary tools used in that gateway. -Travel Animal Doctor Function The teeth serve as important facilitators to your pet’s digestive system. The teeth are used on a daily basis in your pet’s life. To manage your pet’s health, it is just as important to take control of your pet’s dental hygiene as it is to take care of your own. Brush There are so many flavors of dog toothpaste out there that it is easy to find a flavor your dog enjoys. Routine Forming a routine will help you to remember to brush your pet‘s teeth. You can start with using your finger and once your animal is used to you manipulating his mouth you can use a toothbrush specifically made to brush your animal’s teeth. After brushing you can give your pet a small treat to make it a positive experience. The younger your animal is when you start brushing his teeth, the better. Make sure to remember to get the back teeth as these are the ones that most often have the most plaque. When plaque build up is not appropriately dealt with gum disease can ensue. Disease Halitosis may become an early indication that there is plaque build up in your dogs mouth. Prevention As always, prevention is key to fighting off disease.   If the teeth are not taken care of for the first nine years of your animal’s life, a disease process has likely already began. A dental cleaning by a veterinary dentist can help remove...
Travel Animal Doctor: Your Pet’s Skin

Travel Animal Doctor: Your Pet’s Skin

Your pet’s skin is considered the largest organ of his body. – Travel Animal Doctor The integrity of the skin is extremely important to maintain if you want your pet to stay healthy.  Pay attention to how your pet‘s skin looks and bring her to a veterinarian if the skin or fur pattern seems to have a drastic change. Also know that with the help of your veterinarian, you can play a crucial part in preventing diseases in your pet so that it saves you from having to take repeated trips to your veterinarian. Just like you, your pet can get sunburnt. Sun If you have a pet that is white or light in color limit the amount of time that your pet is stuck in the sun. If your animal is an outside only animal make sure that shade (and water) is available to your pet throughout the day. Allergies Your pet can also be allergic to his or her food. Fur loss in certain areas of the body can point towards a possible food allergy. Finally your pet may have an endocrine disease. One of the first clues to a veterinarian that there may be a problem going on inside the pet can be seen from the outside. Parasites Furthermore, your pet is exposed to many parasites that can make his skin itchy or dry.   When he is outside drinking from a pond with his bare paws exposed to the earth, this is the prime time for a parasite to attach. Even when a dog is lying in the shade, he is not safe from parasites. There are...
Travel Animal Doctor: Keeping Your Pet’s Body Healthy

Travel Animal Doctor: Keeping Your Pet’s Body Healthy

Your pet’s body is it’s sanctuary. – Travel Animal Doctor Your Pet’s Body The dog’s nose is used for sniffing and breathing. Her eyes are used to guide her owner across the street.  Your dog’s heart is used to pump blood and oxygen through your pet’s body.  Her legs are used to run and jump. Her tail wags to let you know that she is happy and eager to please you.  Her mouth is used for eating treats when she is good and most importantly to eat her meals and to drink her water. What she consumes gives her the energy and hydration she needs to keep her body functioning properly. This energy is important to keep her heart beating, her legs running, her mouth chewing, her nose sniffing, her tail wagging and her eyes open. This is why what your pet eats is vital to her healthy and happy lifestyle. Food If you have a child he can tell you when he is hungry or thirsty.  The uniqueness of a pet is that you are relying on body language and barking to tell you what she needs.  This is why it is essential to know the proper portions of food necessary for your pet’s lifestyle. Let’s say you left unlimited grilled cheese sandwiches that do not go bad on the kitchen table throughout the day for your child. Not every child would know the appropriate amount to eat in a day and could potentially become overweight. Furthermore if you are watching television at night and want to do something else but are too tired to work on the computer, do you...
Travel Animal Doctor: Preventive Pet Healthcare

Travel Animal Doctor: Preventive Pet Healthcare

With preventive pet healthcare your pet can be at his optimal health. – Travel Animal Doctor Preventive pet healthcare focuses on preventing disease before it happens! The best part about preventive pet healthcare is that pet owners can take part in it. By preventing disease before it occurs, it makes for a much happier and healthier pet, and you avoid the large costs associated with diagnosing and treating a disease condition. Imagine Imagine having to go through knee surgery because you are overweight. What if at your yearly dental appointment your only problem was getting those pearly whites whiter rather than having to get fillings, a root canal or a tooth pulled? You were warned about that high blood pressure and now you suffer from heart disease. It sure would have been nice to prevent these conditions altogether. Prevent Disease   Preventing disease through preventive pet healthcare is often much easier and less painful, than managing a disease process that is already there. With the proper guidance, you can avoid ever having to deal with certain costly disease conditions in your pet. The first step is to be aware that you play a vital part in keeping your pet healthy. The rest of the preventive pet healthcare comes easy! How to Help <strong>1) Devise a Preventive Pet Healthcare Plan</strong> Many diseases can be prevented if you simply know and avoid the cause. By thinking ahead to the future, knowing what older pets are prone to, and acting to prevent these diseases you are actively engaging in a preventive pet healthcare plan. <strong>2) Portion Control</strong> Using proper portion control when feeding...
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