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Chocolates And Your Pets

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Your dogs, cats, rabbits, or any other household pet should not be allowed to eat chocolates. This is an important thought that pet owners should know about. The danger lies basically on the components of chocolates.

The substance called theobromine is considered toxic to animals. Thus, they should be avoided. If ingested by your pets, the effects can range from simple gastrointestinal problems to a more serious complication, death.

Some might argue that while chocolate is nontoxic to humans, they should be nontoxic to animals as well. This is not true as humans can better digest chocolates, specifically its component theobromine. Thus, chocolates cannot be considered dangerous to human beings as they are dangerous to your beloved pets.

Some chocolate products might contain more or fewer amounts of theobromine. But most of the time, milk chocolate contains the least. But, this does not mean that it is safe for you to feed your pet with milk chocolate. Your best option is to avoid giving it altogether.

The issue of how much you can give and how much is still considered ‘safe’ for your pet can be dependent on several factors. The most important one is the amount of theobromine that is present in the product. The size of your pet and how it will be able to digest the product is also a consideration. Again, just to be safe, it is better to make it a point to avoid giving chocolates to your pet.

However, if you pet has accidentally ingested them, there are a few signs that you need to observe. These signs are necessary so that you will know what your next actions will be.

Restlessness can be noted. This sign can be subtle and careful observation is needed to be able to make a decision early. There may be vomiting or passage of loose stools. Some pets may exhibit seizures or muscle twitching. A more serious sign can be lethargy or in rare cases, coma. These signs most commonly appear within half a day after chocolates are eaten.

What you can do as an owner is to observe your pet at the beginning. When you have not seen any alarming symptoms, there may be no need to take any action. Just continue observing your pet for changes in its behavior, appetite, or even sleep and play patterns.

For those who have observed that their pet seemed too irritable or restless or their pets have exhibited one or some of the symptoms listed earlier, there might be a need to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Your vet would know what necessary interventions need to be done in order to manage the specific gravity of your pet’s condition.

Finding The Best Pet Care Provider

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

For a regular young adult, working 8 to 10 hours a day is very common, and having pets; you have no other choice but to leave behind your furry friend alone at home. Some pets that are left alone for such long hours is just fine, but for some other pets, especially those sensitive pets, being left alone for hours and hours can cause health problems and depression that can soon result in a more serious condition.

Based on some studies conducted by researchers, having a pet cannot only provide companionship benefits but also health benefits for their owners. Their studies show that having pets around the house and interacting with them actually lowers your chance of having heart attacks as well as lowers your blood pressure levels, and these results have astonished everyone. Nowadays, medical teams and experts are beginning to incorporate this type of therapy into their programs to get far better results.

So it’s just sensible that you repay their companionship, love, and affection by simply choosing and checking them in the ideal pet care provider the moment you need to leave them behind because of work or personal issues. Below are some simple tips you can consider when picking the ideal facility for your furry friend.

See if all their pet care providers are well-trained and are certified to take care of different types of animals. Knowing that they have a vet on call will also be a great advantage for both, you and your dog, in case there’s an emergency call that requires the expertise of a professional vet.

Check their programs and other offers. See if these programs are suited to your pet and examine if they are open to changes in case your furry friend requires special attention or exercises.

Take into account also the flexibility of the establishment. If in case your pet requires special needs that include scheduled check-ups while you’re away, being able to cater to this kind of need is a big plus for you and your pet.

Don’t forget to thoroughly asses the cleanliness and condition of the establishment. Check if there’s enough space and room for your pets to do their workout routines and see if there’s enough space for them to properly rest.