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The Risk Of Neglecting Your Pets Oral Care!

Whilst most pet owners are concerned about the oral hygiene of their pet, many others should understand that this is a matter that could possibly carry severe repercussions if left unattended. The problem does not end with just the mouth. It goes on to unleash various other medical complications that may in some cases, prove to be fatal.

Pet owners at times may notice their cat has a bad smell. They may ignore it. However, the bad smell coming from the pet’s mouth may be a sign of oral disease. The fact is that a cat’s oral hygiene is essential for maintaining the overall health of the pet.

Poor oral hygiene does not only cause tooth decay or gum disease. Apart from aggravating these conditions, poor oral hygiene goes on to cause serious health issues such as heart, kidney and lung diseases. A cat’s teeth are most vulnerable to plaque build-up. The plaque could go on to cause separation of the gums from the teeth. This would in return cause the formation of packets of bacteria which result in infections. The problem does not end here as it goes on to afflict the internal organs of the body. Failure of internal organs such heart and kidneys could possibly result in death.

These are the reasons why any pet dental problem needs to be avoided. The best way to do so is by introducing hygiene practices early. Though it is difficult to train a cat to accept routine brushing, it becomes easier once you start doing it regularly. There are some brushing techniques that need to be learnt.

Another important aspect of preventing a pet dental problem is inspecting the cat teeth for any signs of oral diseases. In particular, the presence of inflamed gums or cysts under the tongue needs to be checked. Regular checkups and follow-up appointments are a good way to prevent the pet dental problem. Cat teeth unlike humans do not suffer from tooth enamel decay. Generally it is an infection or inflammation or receding of gums that afflicts them. This is exactly what causes discomfort and drooling in the pets. Dental disease as pointed out earlier, can cause heart and kidney diseases in older cats. This is because of the bacteria that live in the infected tissue that could go on to enter the blood stream and hence affect the internal organs.

Hence, as it can be seen, cat teeth are vulnerable to tartar and plaque. These can give rise to a host of other medical problems such as gum disease, tooth decay and infections. The next possible cause is the failure of internal organs such as the heart and kidneys because the bacterium that has accumulated in the gums finds a way to enter the blood stream and lodge itself in the internal organs. This calls for the need to attend to the cat teeth to avoid any oral health problems. This needs to be addressed occasionally so that an overall good oral hygiene can be maintained. This is because cat teeth require special care.

The Truth About UV Animal Urine Detector Flashlights

When trying to find a solution to find pet urine spots in your home, it can be overwhelming. There are A LOT of products and brands to select from. However, sadly not all are made equal.

First of all there are the fluorescent tube lamps, which can provide results, however they usually require you to be so close to the stain in order to see it fluoresce that finding the stain is hard to begin with.

Luckily the new breed of LED UV flashlights makes finding urine stains much easier with a more powerful and more concentrated beam of UV light. However, good LEDs are not cheap to produce especially at the lower wavelengths which are required to make the proteins in urine spots fluoresce efficiently.

You will see that a lot of UV LED Flashlights being offered under the $20 price tag which are marketed as urine detectors, however on closer inspection you’ll often discover that they do not discuss the UV wavelength (a value in nanometers or “nm”) since it’s at the wrong end of the spectrum closer to actual visible light (about 390-400nm). This wavelength range can make some spots fluoresce, however it’s not proficient at it and often overwhelms the already limited stain fluorescence with bright purple visible light. Not useful at all when searching for urine spots around your house – so be sure to watch out for the true wavelength output.

The manufacturers of these UV Flashlights sometimes make use of gimmicks such as a large amount of LEDS (in some cases as much as 51 LEDs!) as marketing techniques to make the flashlight sound powerful and as though it will output a really strong UV beam. Well, with that many LEDs shining away it will definitely be bright, however unfortunately this is not going to help if it is with the cheaper 390-400nm LEDs; the larger quantity simply compounds the difficulty these wavelength LEDs have in the first place because a larger quantity of visible light is output if more LEDs are added.

So exactly what’s the solution?

Utilizing LEDs that output a lower UV wavelength of 365-370nm is the trick. The drawback here is they are FAR more costly to manufacturer and so you will be hard pushed to discover a good UV Flashlight containing these lower wavelength LEDs under $30 not to mention $20!

There are professional level UV flashlights used in forensic science and various other professional areas, however these range in the $200+ price bracket – well above the budget plan for the average animal owner who just wants to find some animal spots in their house.

The best way is to look for a solid UV flashlight with 365-370nm which contains the right amount of LEDs – just enough to do the job well yet not too many that the cost ends up being to expensive. UV flashlights such as this are bizarrely hard to find, and is why the “PeeDar” was made; to fill this gap with a trustworthy well considered solution which doesn’t break the bank.

A flashlight like this will have to be used in the dark – no lights on and after sundown, however it will work really effectively and will rescue you from wasting an awful lot of money and stress from either purchasing a super costly professional UV flashlight or from trying one cheap UV flashlight after another hoping to obtain decent results each time.

We hope this post assists you on your journey to successfully finding and eliminating those pet urine spots in your home!

Pet Shedding/Grooming & DeShedder Tool Tips

Regardless of our Pets breed there is no way for us to completely stop shedding. Our Pets need to shed and get rid of old, unneeded or damaged hair. Certain breeds will grow longer hair in the winter to keep them warm and then shed in the summer to keep them cool. Shedding can also result from skin disorders or even a poor diet. By practicing proper grooming techniques and the use of a DeShedding Tool we can help reduce and keep the shedding under control.

Regular brushing is essential especially around seasonal changes. Most breeds will benefit from daily brushing using a bristle brush. Regular brushing will make their coat softer, cleaner and less prone to shedding. It will also help root out parasites which can lead to skin irritation and even more shedding. For cats this will also help prevent more hair from being ingested during self grooming, resulting in hair balls, which can cause serious problems.

Regular brushing is a good time to observe your Pet’s skin and coat to watch for any changes. If you notice anything unusual talk to your professional groomer or veterinarian. Routine bathing is important and will help control shedding. Never use human shampoo which can dry out their skin and lead to infections, irritation and dandruff. Purchase a shampoo formulated for your Pet. Cats need less bathing but if their coat is smelly, oily or discolored its a good time for a bath. Brushing our Pet before a bath will help the process and its also a good idea to trim their nails before the bath to prevent more scratching.

For drying your pet after a bath, towel dry first. If using a blow dryer after a towel dry, make sure to only use the cool setting and not high heat.

Nutrition and diet are extremely important for a healthier skin and coat. Feeding your Pet with advanced nutritional food or vitamins will help keep their coats shiny and skin healthy.

While shaving your Pets hair off may seem like a quick fix for shedding, it is not recommended. Shaving will interrupt the natural shedding cycle and affect their ability to regulate body temperature.

DeShedding Tool Tips:

•Weekly DeShedding might be OK for short hair pets but for longer haired pets, a few times a week will be better. This will help prevent mats, tangles and dirt.

•Its best to brush your Pet with a regular brush before using the DeShedding tool to remove any mats or tangles.

•Make sure your pet is completely dry prior to using the DeShedding tool.

•If it is becoming too difficult for your pet, take a break and come back to it later.

•Using the right size DeShedding tool will make the process easier and more effective.

•It is fine to use the DeShedding tool on the ears and tail. Just use extra care around these areas. The tool is non-abrasive to the skin. The tool will not cut or damage their coats.

•Try not to drop the tool which can break the teeth. Wash the tool with warm water and a mild soap. Make sure the tool is dry before storing.

Animals Turn to Nature for Self-Medication

Scientists still aren’t sure if this theory, known as zoopharmacognosy, is correct, but believers in the practice are convinced that humans can learn a thing or two from these animals – specifically, in terms of finding new medications.

“Much of folk medicine, particularly in the undeveloped world, likely came from medicine men watching animals self-medicate,” lead author Joel Shurkin wrote in the journal PNAS.

Mother Nature’s Pharmacy

Many animal species, from birds, bees and lizards to elephants and chimpanzees, have turned to nature as their own personal kind of pharmacy. They self-medicate using the environment’s own ingredients to prevent disease, kill parasites, bacteria and viruses, or to simply aid in digestion.

For instance, seeing a dog munch on grass is nothing you haven’t seen before, and an owner’s first instinct may be to snatch away these greens to prevent their dog from getting sick. But according to Shurkin, that’s exactly the point. Supposedly domestic dogs, and even cats, seek out the plant in order to relieve a stomach ache and expel whatever it is that’s bothering them.

“Dogs do not have the means to digest grass, as they lack the enzymes needed to break down the fibers,” Vancouver-based vet Dr. Michael Goldberg explained in the magazine Modern Dog. “Thus, there is little nutritional value in it for them. One reason for eating grass may be due to a feeling of nausea.”

Elsewhere, chimpanzees have been observed swallowing leaves whole, using their rough sandpaper-like texture to remove parasites. More than 200 species of birds have also been seen rubbing themselves with ants to kill feather lice, a behavior known as anting. Ants that spray formic acid can kill off feather lice and protect the birds from infection.

Animals Turn to Nature for Self-Medication

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By Jenna Iacurci Dec 11, 2014 02:48 PM EST dog It seems that animals, such as dogs, elephants and chimps, are turning to Mother Nature for means of self-medication by seeking out drugs to treat their own ailments, new research suggests. (Photo : Flickr: smerikal)

It’s not uncommon for humans who just visited the doctor to want to seek out a second opinion, some of them turning to self-medication for the answer. But now new research shows that this may apply to animals like dogs, elephants and chimps as well, who seek out drugs on their own to relieve certain ailments.

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Scientists still aren’t sure if this theory, known as zoopharmacognosy, is correct, but believers in the practice are convinced that humans can learn a thing or two from these animals – specifically, in terms of finding new medications.

“Much of folk medicine, particularly in the undeveloped world, likely came from medicine men watching animals self-medicate,” lead author Joel Shurkin wrote in the journal PNAS.