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K9 Advantix Only Needs To Be Used Once A Month

There are many problems that can occur from pets being left unprotected from the parasites that populate the earth. Simple mosquito bites can end up being deadly to a dog. Fleas can cause all kinds of problems to the animal and can even infest a house creating a lot of problems to the family as well. Then there are ticks that carry an array of bug born illnesses, including Lyme disease. While many of these illnesses and diseases caused by these parasites can be a challenge to get rid of, many of them are simple to prevent. One of the best and easiest methods of preventing these problems is to use K9 Advantix.

K9 Advantix is a simple product to use. And anything that is simple to use will be commonly used. The reason this particular product is gaining popularity is because it so easy to use and so effective against so many different parasites. This is a topical medication that is dispensed from a single use tube and squeezed onto the back of the pet’s neck, in between the shoulder blades. The natural oils in the pet’s skin then help to disperse the medication and allay a host of problems. Best of all, this product, K9 Advantix only needs to be used once a month.

When K9 Advantix is used, it prevents mosquitoes from biting the pet. Without the worry of mosquito bites, there is less worry of the pet being infected with heartworm from the bite. Heartworm, when left untreated and undiagnosed, can be deadly to the pet. In addition, the K9 Advantix kills fleas and ticks. When these parasites are no longer a concern the pet owner has far less worries.

While there are plenty of products on the market that will kill fleas, few kill fleas, ticks, and prevent mosquito bites. That makes K9 Advantix much sought after. And because it is so much easier to use than practically any other product of its kind on the market, it will continue to gain popularity among pet woners.

For more information or to purchase K9 Advantix, visit http://www.nomorefleas…

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Llama and Alpaca Normal Vital Signs and Physical Examination Parameters

– Heart rate: 60-90 BPM, found by listening (ausculting) with stethoscope at fleece-free area under elbow. Heart rates can be increased due to exercise/exertion/excitement, stress, fever, or pain. Arrhythmias are common in SAC’s-generally no big deal.
-Temperature: Varies from 99.5 to 102F. Neonates are unable to thermoregulate and have a wider temperature range. Ambient temperatures can greatly influence body temps. SAC’s are prone to heat stress and care must be taken to ensure cooling systems (shade, misters, and fans) are utilized.
– Resting respiratory rate: Varies from 10-30 BPM, can be difficult to hear with stethoscope due to fleece. Watch for rise and fall of chest/flank area or place hand in front of nostrils to feel warm breath.
Respiratory rates can be increased due to exercise/exertion/excitement, stress, fever, illness (ex. pneumonia), obstruction, or pain
– Mucus membranes and capillary refill time: Check non-pigmented areas of the gums, should be light pink, moist and when pressed with the fingertip color should return in 1-2 seconds. Vulva may also be examined if pigment covers entire oral cavity.
– Temperament/attitude: Each animal will be different so your observations are vital! Be aware of “normal” behaviors for individuals as well as the herd. Watch for isolation, failure to compete at feeding, excessively quiet animals, sudden aggression…anything unusual
– Body condition: Ideally animals should be weighed throughout the year. Fleece can hide even a severely emaciated condition, so a thorough palpation of the body (esp. bony parts) should be performed as able.
– Gait: Is the animal moving all limbs normally in the walk, pace, trot and gallop? Failure to weight bear on a particular limb likely indicates pain or injury.
-Conformation: When evaluating for health pay close attention to head and neck carriage. A weak, sick or depressed SAC will hold the head lower (extended) or arch it back over the thorax.
– Eyes, ears and mouth: Eyes should be wide open and clear. The globe should be smooth. Squinting and tearing are signs of a problem. Ears should be in a normal position and move according to stimulation. A drooping ear (esp. with a head tilt) or foul odor indicates a potential problem. The mouth should be symmetrical and functional. Observe animals during feeding to ensure normal chewing and swallowing behaviors.
– NOTE: Everyone (!) should own a thermometer dedicated to animal use. Additionally know where it is, and be comfortable using it. An inexpensive stethoscope may also be handy. Always have basic wound care supplies on site (betadine or novalsan scrub, triple antibiotic ointment, vet-wrap, non-stick pads, saline eye irrigation, clean washrags or towels…) if you have multiple animals discuss common medications you may want with your veterinarian.…

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Pet Rabbit Insurance

Finding pet rabbit insurance is something that is of the utmost importance for not only your rabbit, but also for yourself. It’s no secret that trips to any veterinarian can quickly become expensive and the last thing any pet owner wants to do is become blindsided by their pet’s sudden illness. Having a solid rabbit insurance policy to back you up in case of an emergency is one of the best ways to solidify your bond between you and your rabbit.

Pet rabbit insurance comes in many different forms and ranges from basic coverage to more comprehensive forms. The best thing to do if you are concerned about picking the right package is to spend your time doing research on all of the different rabbit insurance companies. By being selective and browsing as many different websites as possible, you will begin to piece together a larger picture about what this type of insurance is all about and what kind you can benefit from.

The objective when it comes to picking any type of pet rabbit insurance is to figure out a way of minimizing your costs while still retaining all of the benefits you will foresee yourself needing. Always remember that one day your rabbit’s life can depend on this policy, therefore it’s a wise decision to not be “cheap” in areas that you otherwise shouldn’t have to. Finding a legitimate company, even if they cost a little bit more, is going to ensure that you get your money at the end of the day.

Rabbit insurance can feel a bit overwhelming to shop for at first but over time you will begin to feel a lot more confident and comfortable. Seeking out the advice of others who have such policies or even going to your veterinarian for advice can be a smart choice to make. There’s nobody better to tell you which companies are the best then your very own veterinarian because chances are they have worked with such companies and clients in the past.

Figuring out the delicate balance of the exact coverage you need against the expenses can be difficult at first but following your gut and the experience of others will give you the orientation you’re looking for. Rabbit insurance can play a pivotal role in saving your pet rabbit’s life one day so it’s your responsibility to ensure your rabbit has the best coverage possible. Pet rabbit insurance is often times the only thing that keeps pets together with their owns in cases of extreme medical emergencies.…

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5 Tips For Finding The Right Name For Your Dog

Naming your dog can be difficult. Your dog’s name says as much about your pet as it does about you. There are thousands of names to choose from, but choosing the right one is important.

You could consider one of the following categories to name your pet:

1. Choosing a name according to gender:

This is probably the most obious way to name your dog. The most popular girl names for dogs are Molly, Lady, Princess, and Missy. The most popular boy dog names are Sam, Max, Duke, and Rocky. These are just a few names out of the thousands available.

2. Choose a name according to your dog’s personality:

Your dog’s personality is unique, no matter what breed. You could consider getting to know your dog before naming it.

3. Choosing a name according to your pet’s characteristics:

Every dog has unique characteristics, no matter what breed. Whether it be marks, coat, colour or size, I’m sure you could find a name suiteable for your dog!

4. Choose a name according to its breed:

Some names are better suited for different breeds. Small show dogs may be suited by impressive names, while strays may be suited with cute names.

5. Choose a name according to your interests:

You may want to give your dog a name that inspires your dog or interersts you.

REMEMBER: Dog names should be no longer then two syllables. They should also not sound similar to commands your dog will be learning. These things could confuse your furry friend.…

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Owner's Guide to Herpes in Felines

Feline herpes is also known as feline viral rhinotracheitis or FVR for short. The upper respiratory tract is affected by this illness. Caused by the feline herpes virus type 1 (FHV-1), it can affect a cat of any age or breed.

Transmission

Cats infected with this virus shed it in secretions from their mouth, nose, and eyes. These secretions will infect cats who come into contact with them. Cats that come into contact with contaminated food dishes and litter boxes are also at risk. Owners can also harbor the virus on their clothes and hands.

There are also felines who are particularly prone to this type of infection. Those who live in poorly cleaned or ventilated conditions are at risk. Kittens and cats around plenty of other cats are also susceptible. Cats are also at risk when they’re sick from some other diseaes and have a weakened immune system.

Symptoms

As you should already know by now, the upper respiratory tract is affected by this illness. Some of the most common signs include nasal discharge, sneezing, and nasal inflammation. Cats with this condition also routinely develop pink eye, or conjunctivitis. Complications during pregnancy is also a side effect of the herpes virus since it affects the reproductive tract too.

Diagnosis

This virus is pretty simple to diagnose in cats. Your cat’s nasal and eye secretions can be tested in a lab for the virus. The virus can be detected using various tests.

Treatment

Treatment of feline herpes virus mainly consists of supportive care since there is no cure. You will need to ensure that your cat eats and drinks. You will also need to clean any discharge from the eyes and nose. Cats that develop eye inflammation may be given eye drops.

It is also beneficial to minimize the amount of stress that your cat endures while he’s sick. If secondary infections occur, your cat may need to take antibiotics.

Prevention

You should be aware that after a bout with this disease, most cats become latent carriers. Latent carriers show no sign of disease although they are still capable of spreading it via their bodily secretions. Cats can be protected from thsi virus through vaccination.…

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Do You Know The Answer ? Where Do Turtles Live

Though the question, “Where do turtles live?” may seem simple, the answer is quite broad. Turtles live just about everywhere. Depending upon their species, turtles can be found living in a number of habitats.

Where You will Find Sea Turtles – As the name implies, you will find sea turtles living in most of the oceans of the world. The only place you won’t find them is Antarctica. Most sea turtles enjoy the warm, balmy waters of the tropics, but the leatherback sea turtle will roam in colder waters in search of food. All of the sea turtles head for land when it is time to lay their eggs. They will dig a hole in the sand where they deposit their eggs and immediately after covering them up, head back out to sea.

Not much is known about sea turtle habits, but researchers are learning more everyday about these wild creatures that are in so much danger of extinction.

Aquatic Turtle Habitat – Aquatic and semi-aquatic turtles can be found in a wide variety of habitats. Some live in ponds, streams, marshes or swamps. They eat a variety of foods such as fish, plants, mollusks and insects. Some turtles, like the mud turtles, like to burrow in the mud at the bottom of the water source. They can be found in all manner of clean, clear water. They are happiest in a habitat that is chockfull of vegetation and small vertebrates for them to feast upon. You will often see an aquatic turtle at a local lake or pond basking contentedly in the sun on a comfortable rock.

If you intend to purchase an aquatic or semi-aquatic turtle as a pet, you need to do plenty of research so that you may recreate a habitat that will keep your turtle healthy and happy

Land Turtle Habitat – Land turtles can be found in a variety of habitats. Some prefer desert conditions, while others prefer cool mountainous regions. Others will live in pastures and woodlands while others prefer hot and humid habitats. Many land turtles can boast excellent climbing skills and almost all of them love to bask in the sun. Turtles that prefer solid ground to water habitats can be found wherever their food supply takes them.

Keeping a Turtle as a Pet – Many children’s first pet is a turtle. They are fairly inexpensive to keep and live a long life when cared for properly. Providing the right type of habitat for your turtle is one of the most important aspects of successful turtle care. Doing the proper research on the type of turtle you have will afford you much information about the correct diet and living conditions to optimize their captive life. If you are unsure about the right turtle for your household, keep in mind that some turtles live exclusively on land while others will prefer a habitat that allows them to swim freely. Not all turtles spend all of their time beneath the surface, but if they are aquatic or semi-aquatic you will have to ensure they have access to clean, clear water at all times.

Copyright (c) 2008 Steven Magill…

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Owner's Guide to Cat Tapeworms

There are many parasites that can give cats problems. Feline tapeworms are some of the most common. These white worms are capable of growing approximately eight inches long if they live long enough. Thanks to the suckers and hooks that Mother Nature equipped them with, they’re capable of attaching themselves to the walls of the small intestine of your cat.

Cats typically don’t experience many problems if they’re infested with just a few of them. However, tapeworms in cats can cause serious problems as their numbers increase. They will keep your feline from getting the proper nutrition from their food, eventually causing them to shed pounds. Their fur will also undergo changes, becoming rough and dull.

To understand how feline tapeworms infect cats, you first need to understand a bit about their life cycle. As you know, fleas can easily infect your cat. Sometimes, fleas will harbor cysticercoids, which are formed when flea larvae eat tapeworm eggs. If your cat bites at an area infested with infected fleas, he may end up swallowing one.

After eating an infected flea, the small intestine will break it down and leave the cysticercoids to develop into adult cat tapeworms. This is when they will attach themselves to the small intestine walls and sustain themselves with the nutrients that your cat is supposed to get from his food.

Feline tapeworms are segmented. As they grow, segments will break off and pass out of the body through the feces. Owners who inspect their cat’s feces will likely notice them. They look like small grains of rice that are moving around. Some of these segments may also appear around the anus.

Your vet can determine if your cat has tapeworms quite easily. He will simply have to take a look at a sample of your cat’s feces under a microscope. They aren’t always easy to see via the naked eye.

Fortunately, tapeworms in cats are usually easy to deal with. You will need to give your cat dewormer medication in order to get rid of them. One cycle of this medication may not be enough to get rid of the infestation entirely though.

Parasites such as fleas and lice play a vital role in the transmission of feline tapeworms. Therefore, owners need to do their best to control these parasites so that their cat doesn’t get infested with worms. Limiting the amount of time that your cat spends outside roaming around will help. Giving him dewormer medication on a regular basis will also be useful.…