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There may come a time when your pet needs immediate care outside the normal operating hours of your regular veterinarian.
You know your pet and his normal habits and behavior better than anyone, but you may be unsure if your pet needs emergency care. Following are some signs you can look for that will help you determine if you are dealing with an urgent situation.
Changes in behavior are often a sure sign that there is something going on that needs to be treated immediately.
Dogs and cats are notorious troublemakers. Getting into the garbage, knocking things off of shelves, snatching the last bite of your sandwich if you leave it for just a second. These behaviors can be frustrating but they are generally harmless.
Some irritating pet behaviors are not so innocent. What if, instead of ingesting the last bit of your sandwich, your pet eats something more dangerous?
Urinary obstruction in cats can be a serious situation that demands immediate attention. If your cat has a complete blockage this can become a life or death situation.
Urinary or urethral obstruction is not uncommon especially in male cats. The urethra of a male cat is a long thin tube as opposed to the shorter, wider tube of a female cat. This leaves it prone to blockages.
Blockages are usually crystals that have built up in the urine, bladder stones or mucus plugs that are lodged and blocking the flow of urine through the urethra.
If your cat has a blockage it needs to be removed immediately.
Mish Mish sat by the door, patiently staring back into the kitchen at me.
“Meow,” she finally insisted.
“You want to go into the backyard?” I asked. “But it’s still raining.”
Our fluffy orange tabby sat up, dog-like, on her little haunches, her raised front paws seemed to beg. Where she had learned this endearing gesture I will never know.
There was a kindness in his eyes that drew me in from the moment I first saw him. We had an instant connection; but he was not meant to be mine. A friend knew I had helped other animals get homes in the past and she asked me to help her find one for this beautiful cat.
The cat was jet black; he had soft, sleek, fur and was very affectionate. He would wind himself around your legs constantly, purring and would jump into your lap when you sat down. I found myself attached to him quickly; but knew the task ahead, was to find him a home.
John, Peppy and I had recently moved to a small town in Alberta from B.C. One evening while on an exploration of the area by car I saw something out my window.
I yelled, "John! There is a kitten on the side of the road! Turn around!"
John turned us around but we didn't see the kitten at first.
John then saw her on THE OTHER SIDE. Much to our surprise and delight, the wee thing had crossed the 110 kilometer, very busy highway and SURVIVED.
You've been planning your vacation all year, but your cat may not be as excited as you are to have you away from home. Although many people believe cats prefer to be on their own, kitties get lonely and can become anxious when their surroundings change. As a responsible pet owner, you will want to make sure your kitty is safely and comfortably cared for while you're on vacation.
Watch my 30 hour Kennel "Lock In" August 20th and 21st!
On August 20th and 21st 2010 I will be locked up in a Dog Kennel for 30 hours hoping to raise at least $5000.00 dollars in sponsorship for Nanaimo and Districts Scotiabank Paws for a Cause. To sponsor my attempt to raise money for the animals in our district please donate today. Feel free to visit, laugh at me and of course pledge your support!
Watch for lots of media coverage on August 19th,20th,21st!
My name is Mandy and I recently became a dog owner a little over a year ago.
I was only just looking when I stumbled across an ad that said Wheaten/Schnauzer cross for free.
He was 18 mths and you never, ever get a dog that young for free. So I called.
The breeder who had a farm needed to get rid of him because he was disruptive to her other dogs. He put one in the hospital while they were fighting over females.
She told me he came from a long line of fearful, nervous dogs and she tried to sell him 4 times and he kept getting brought back.
Then this woman told me that if she couldn't get rid of him she was going to have him destroyed.
Hi, everyone. My name is Diana Beuchert and I'm happy to have found like minded people to chat with! I am the proud servant to six cats, one dog and ten horses. I am a professional Animal Communicator and a horse trainer. I also board horses and teach riding lessons out of my 14 acre farm. I own and operate an Equestrian Theatre and we give performances for the public several times a year (when the economy is good). For the past year, we've been doing birthday parties for little kids, which is wildly popular due to the extreme gentleness and beauty of my Andalusian horses.
I look forward to talking with lots of you!