Insect Stings In Dogs

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Wasp or bee stings can cause allergy reactions in dogs of any age, sex, or breed. In most cases, the dog is usually stung several times before the body mounts an adverse reaction. The reaction can range from very mild to extremely serious and life-threatening.

Mild reaction – the dog may not like to eat and appear lethargic. Fever may also be present. The symptoms usually disappear without any treatment or any form of intervention.

Moderate reaction –A moderate reaction to an insect sting includes hives or wheals, and the dog’s eyes, lips, and neck may appear swollen and reddish. There may also be intense itching. There is a possibility that the reaction can progress to anaphylaxis which is a severe allergic reaction, which can be fatal. Wheals (urticaria) are the most common symptoms of allergy reaction in dogs.

Severe reaction – Hypersensitive dogs have higher risks of developing anaphylaxis when stung by a bee or wasp. The extremely severe reaction can occur within minutes after the dog is stung by the bee and symptoms may progress rapidly. The dog may experience respiratory problems and may collapse. Without prompt veterinary attention, dogs can die from anaphylactic shock.

Allergy reactions can be life-threatening. Don’t hesitate to call your Folsom, CA vet if you think your pet has been stung by an insect. Click here.

Does Eating Cat Litter Make Dogs Sick?

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In multi-pet households, dogs can get into the litter box and eat cat litter. More often than not, they love staying close by as a kitty uses the litter box and quickly close in once the cat gets out of the box.

In most cases, nutritional deficiency is not to blame for this behavior. Dogs eat cat litter simply because it appeals to them, because it tastes and smells good. The taste of cat litter may be due to the cat’s high protein intake. This might appear pretty disgusting to many pet owners.

Coprophagia (eating poop) is a common behavior among dogs. In fact, it can be considered normal in certain circumstances. Mother dogs instinctively eat their pup’s feces to keep the place clean and odor-free. Puppies can also go through a phase where they are very curious about their environment and use their mouth to investigate things, and this may include eating non-food items such as feces. But there are dogs that just like the smell and taste of fecal material and cat litter and will continue to snack on it.

You can also talk to your Newmarket, ON vet about your pet’s peculiar behavior. Learn more here.

Inappropriate Scratching and Your Cat

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Your cat scratches to remove old, worn layers of her nails to reveal new, sharp ones. She also scratches to mark her territory using scent from glands in her feet. Thus you may never completely eliminate your cat’s scratching but you can work to prevent damage to your personal belongings such as your sofa, drapes or carpeting. Provide your cat with scratching posts and position them near your targeted belongings. Encourage your cat to use these posts. Whenever she goes to scratch your things, move her to the nearest scratching post without fuss. Reward and praise her if she goes to the post on her own. Cover your targeted items with aluminum foil or double-sided tape when not in use. These materials feel weird and will deter your cat from scratching there. Never yell at your cat or punish her while she is learning. For more information, contact your Niagara, ON veterinarian.
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