Pet Talk by Norette Underwood http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/ en-us Could you please turn the TV down? (and other requests your dog is too polite to ask) http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/69132 Did you know that dogs hear four times better than humans? Dogs do not like loud noise. They put up with so much we do to accommodate themselves to our lives. There are so many ways we do not have a clue of how they perceive the world in which they live. Here, with our senses in mind, are some ways to make living with us a better world. 1. Turn down the volume. Sound is heard at different levels depending on where you are in a room. So if pup is on the floor and you in a chair it could be... Fri, 02 Jun 2017 14:01:16 -0500 Why I hate retractable leashes http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/68382 This week I want to talk about the hazards of retractable leashes. I have heard lots of horror stories from my clients and other veterinarians about retractable leashes. So, I have created a list of seven reasons why you should not use retractable leashes. A Retractable leash can put your dogs at risk. One of my clients wasn't paying close attention to her dogs and didn't notice them walking into an elevator. The door closed and the dogs went up. By the time the elevator reached the fifth... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:48:03 -0600 Flea season is here http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/66229 Yes, I agree, but every summer millions of dogs and cats suffer unnecessarily because pet parents fail to protect them. "Protect them from what?" you ask... I am talking about tiny little creatures that can inflict more misery, ounce for ounce, on dogs than any other creature. I am talking about fleas! Your dog's scratching is usually the first clue you've got a flea problem. But because fleas are so easy to miss early on, many pet parents assume that fleas aren't causing their pet's... Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:17:29 -0500 Heartworms, spread by Nature's vampires: mosquitoes http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/65868 Q: How do dogs get heartworms? A: Only by the bite of an infected mosquito. There's no other way dogs get heartworms. And there's no way to tell if a mosquito is infected. That's why prevention is so important. Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. And the bite of just one mosquito infected with the heartworm larvae will give your dog heartworm disease. Heartworm disease has not only spread throughout the United States, but it's also now found in areas where veterinarians... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:01:37 -0500 Do all dogs think and reason alike? http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/65701 How many times have you wondered what your dog really thought? But then again humans are the only beings that can understand communicative intentions, which allow us to convey meaning with gestures such as pointing. Dr. Brian Hare, director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, thought his dog could do this. He arranged a series of cups upside down with treats and would point to the cup to retrieve and the dog went to the correct cup. This started the formation of Dognition.com. It is an online... Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:25:24 -0500 Lily ingestion toxicity in cats http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/65571 With Easter almost here, people want to send Easter lilies as gifts. Below are some important facts about lily toxicity. 1. Spring signifies renewal. New green growth and blooming flowers mark a new beginning. Many people will celebrate during this time by adorning their households with flowers and plants. However, cat owners need to beware that some of the most common plants are highly toxic to their beloved feline companions. 2. Easter lilies and other species of the genus Lilium (Tiger... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:11:55 -0500 Beware: essential oils can be very harmful to your pets http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/65317 I found this wonderful article by Natural News on essential oils and your pet. As Aromatherapy is becoming more widely accepted in the mainstream, more people are using essential oils on their own at home. Unfortunately, as some people are finding out, this is not always having a positive affect on the animals in their lives. There have been many reports of animals harmed, even dying, from essential oils. Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia, has received a bad rap lately, most likely stemming from... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:21:09 -0600 February is responsible pet ownership month http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/65188 Pet ownership is a privilege. As an owner you should provide good food, a comfortable and protected area to sleep, and adequate exercise. Keeping your pet updated on needed vaccines, spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted offspring, and making sure your pet's coat is clean and mat free are an important part of pet care. Heartworm, internal parasite and flea prevention are essential in Northeast Arkansas. Being a good pet neighbor is also part of responsible pet ownership. Make sure that... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:10:42 -0600 Is dog teeth cleaning really necessary? http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/65119 February is Pet Dental Month! The importance of cleaning dogs' teeth is starting to become more and more apparent as veterinary medicine advances. At first it started with pet owners complaining about their dogs' bad breath and wanting solutions. As veterinarians investigated the problem further, a disturbing recognition came to light: at least 80 percent of dogs over two years of age (and close to the same number of cats) suffer from some level of pet dental disease. Pets with periodontal... Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:31:24 -0600 Periodontal disease http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/65039 Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats and is entirely preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner, and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. As a result, periodontal disease is usually under-treated, and may... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:01:34 -0600 Cat urine: the hidden killer! http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/64942 More cats are euthanized or made outdoor pets by owners for inappropriate urination than any other disease or condition affecting cats. Urinary issues in cats can have many causes. Medical reasons can range from a simple bladder infection, idiopathic cystitis, or a complicated hormonal condition. Behavior issues and stress within their environment can cause your feline friend to eliminate outside of their litter pans. This may be your cat's way of communicating that there is something wrong... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:17:07 -0600 The Dachshund aka Weiner Dog! http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/64802 Happy New Year! Every month I am going to highlight a dog breed. The dachshund or Wiener dog is the January dog of the month. I found a great article by Dr. Becky Sweeney from Petplace.com The dachshund is a short-legged long-bodied breed affectionately referred to as a "wiener dog." (The nickname gained notoriety after an American artist drew a dachshund in a hot dog bun in the early 20th century.) This breed is very popular and is typically within the top ten most loved breeds. Playful but... Fri, 08 Jan 2016 13:21:44 -0600 Why does my pet carry their food from their bowl? http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/64722 Do you have a pet who takes a mouthful of food, walks away, drops it on the floor, and then eats small bits of it away from the bowl, possibly even in a corner? This is a question asked by many owners. This is more common in dogs, but cats may also do it. I found this article by Langley Cornwell that addresses this issue. Pack Mentality Many animal experts agree that pack mentality is one reason why dogs will go to their dinner dish, remove tasty morsels of their food, and take it someplace... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:10:47 -0600 Why I hate retractable leashes http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/64544 This week, I want to talk about the hazards of retractable leashes. If you think that you are doing your dog a favor by walking them with a retractable leash, you are not helping your dog. I have heard lots of horror stories from my clients and other veterinarians about retractable leashes. So I have created a list of seven reasons why you should not use retractable leashes. A retractable leash can put your dogs at risk. One of my clients wasn't paying close attention to her dogs and didn't... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:23:43 -0600 What is responsible pet ownership? http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/64469 Pet ownership is a privilege. As an owner you should provide good food, a comfortable and protected area to sleep, and adequate exercise. Keeping your pet updated on needed vaccines, spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted offspring, and making sure your pet's coat is clean and mat-free are an important part of pet care. Heartworm, internal parasite, and flea prevention are essential in Northeast Arkansas. The above care includes the basic things that your pet should have. Being a good pet... Thu, 03 Dec 2015 15:11:33 -0600 Cold weather dangers for pets http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/64265 With the temperatures getting cooler, it is time to start thinking about cool weather and your pets. Here are some facts to think about this fall season. 1. Although some pets are conditioned to the cold weather, veterinary experts agree that you should bring outdoor pets indoors if the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Puppies, kittens, and short haired pets should come inside anytime the temperature goes below 40 degrees. 3. For pets with long hair, proper grooming is... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:11:37 -0600 Why Does My Pet's ear look like a Balloon? http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/64226 Ear or aural hematomas are fluid-filled pockets on the inside of the earflap. There are tiny blood vessels in the pinna or the floppy part of your pet's ears. When something causes these little vessels to rupture, they bleed under the skin and form a fluid-filled pocket. Ear hematomas are most commonly seen in floppy-eared dogs, but they can occur in any breed of dog--whether their ears are floppy or not--and even occur in cats. How Ear Hematomas Develop Most dogs develop ear hematomas... Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:45:58 -0600 No scaredy cats this Halloween: top ten safety tips for pet parents http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/64098 Attention animal lovers, it's almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying "trick or treat" all the way to Nov. 1. 1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms--especially dark or baking chocolate--can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause serious life... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:51:22 -0500 Brown recluse spider bites and your pet http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/64012 With the temperatures getting cooler, some unwanted guests invade our homes. The brown recluse spider loves to come into our homes this time of year. They are a source of fascination for our pets. They love to pursue them and play with them, but if your pet is bitten, a reaction could occur. One bite from a brown recluse spider will probably mean several weeks of pampering for your pet while they heal. Although the wound may appear nasty, your pet will usually recover fully. Though you may... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:26:12 -0500 Leaf piles, labs, and other dogs http://www.democrattribune.com/blogs/pettalk/entry/63953 Fall is here! Such a beautiful time of colorful falling leaves and leaf piles. Labradors, kids, and many other dogs love to play in piles of leaves. There are hidden dangers lurking in piles of leaves such as sticks, twigs, and debris. One of the most common injuries can be a wound to the cornea. This is the clear part of the eye that is in front of the colored part of the eye, the iris. Sticks and small twigs can cut and cause an abrasion and even poke a hole in this clear part of the eye.... Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:50:30 -0500