Ensure your pet is suitably trained and well socialized before bringing into work. Set aside time during the day for toilet breaks, however it’s recommended to also provide training pads to avoid accidents. Use positive reinforcement when your pet shows good behaviour, including whenever they do the toilet in the correct place. This will help reduce the likelihood of your pet playing up or toileting in the wrong area.
Allow your pet some free time when you arrive in the morning. This will give them time to get to know their surroundings and say hello to other co-workers. Bring along your pet’s favourite blanket, bed and toys to help them feel comfortable in the new environment. Keep these items by your desk to encourage your pet to stay by your side and avoid causing disruption to other workers.
Consider if your workplace is a safe environment before bringing your pet in. Is there any hazardous machinery, substances or open flames? If so maybe your workplace is not suitable for bringing in your pet. Also be aware of security and if your pet could escape easily, and if so is there a busy road outside. Above all, your pet’s safety is what matters most.
If you or other staff members are regularly bringing your pets to work, ensure the office is equip with relevant cleaning products, such as paper towels and disinfectant. If your pet does toilet in the office, it’s always best to display no reaction. Clean the area thoroughly to remove any scent, as this will reduce the likelihood of the pet doing it in that spot again.
Before bringing your pet to work, it’s important to ensure their vaccinations are up to date and that they are free from any diseases or illnesses that could spread to other animals. Also consider the risk of any hidden parasites that may be residing at your workplace and administer protection accordingly. This will allow for a happy and healthy environment for all.
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We think all cat owners can agree when we say our kitty friends can sometimes get themselves into some strange situations. Well look in fear no more as VetShopMax's Dr Mark reveals his Top 8 Hacks that will make every cat owners life easier.
1. If your cat would prefer to do their business in private, remove a cabinet door panel and add a curtain with a tension rod to hide a litter box inside.
2. To give indoor cats a little feel for the outdoors lifestyle, make a tiny bed of grass for your cat to sit on.
3. Cats enjoy high places so they can keep watch and look down on their surroundings. Create a cat stairway to heaven using Ikea Lack shelves.
4. Create a D.I.Y kitty exercise tower by cutting out squares in a bookshelf for your cat to climb through.
5. If you suspect your cat has fleas, in addition to administering an appropriate flea control, light a candle and it should trap any stray fleas.
6. If your cat eats too quickly and then throws up, place their food in a shallow plate. This will stop your cat from shovelling large amounts of food into their mouth, and encourage them to take smaller bites.
7. If you don't want your fur friend making home on your new couch, temporarily place double-sided tape on the areas your cat jumps. Cat's will not like the sticking feeling on their paw's, and as a result stay off the areas where the tape is placed.
8. It seems to be a 'cat' thing whenever we go to do some work in the office, our cats take the opportunity to come join us and place themselves in all the wrong places. On the keyboard, in front of the monitor, over your arm, the list goes on. Place a cardboard box of some sort (upside down board game boxes work great) on your desk. We guarantee your cat will make this new, of so comfy place home and allow you to finally get some work done in peace.
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If puppies are not exposed to a variety of food flavors and textures in their diets, their adult food preference can be limited. However, puppies that are exposed to a variety of food flavors and textures early on seek out variety in food as adults.
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One of the most common, dangerous and yet easily prevented diseases that our beloved pets can catch is heartworm disease. Learn about heartworm disease, the symptoms and preventative treatments here; to keep your pets healthy and active all year round.
What Is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworms are parasitic worms that live in the heart and nearby blood vessels, causing decreased blood flow to the heart and other major organs. In severe cases heartworms can grow up to 12in long and .8in thick in populations of over 200. Overtime, and if not treated, heartworm disease can cause:
Damage to the lining of the artery leading from the heart to the lungs (pulmonary artery)
Clogging of the pulmonary artery
Heart valve malfunction
Heart enlargement and failure; causing death
How Do Dogs Get Heartworm?
The spread of heartworm begins when an infected dog is bitten by a mosquito, which then results in that mosquito being infected. When that infected mosquito bites another dog, the mosquito spreads the infection. In the newly infected dog, it will take between six and seven months for the infective larvae to mature to adult heartworms. The adult heartworms mate and the females release their offspring into the host’s bloodstream, completing the lifecycle.
Heartworm disease is not contagious, meaning that a dog can’t catch the disease from being near an infected dog. Heartworm disease is only spread through the bite of a mosquito, which makes it difficult to monitor without an effective preventative treatment plan.
Symptoms of Heartworm Disease
Often very subtle and tricky to detect, the initial symptoms of heartworm disease can be very mild. Early in the disease progression, there may not be any symptoms at all, which is part of what makes heartworm such a difficult disease to diagnose. As heartworm disease progresses from stage one through to stage four, treatment methods become increasingly more severe and invasive.
Stage One: No symptoms or mild symptoms such as an occasional cough.
Stage Two: Mild to moderate symptoms such as an occasional cough and tiredness after moderate activity.
Stage Three: General loss of body condition, a persistent cough, and tiredness after mild activity. Trouble breathing and signs of heart failure are common. For class 2 and 3 heartworm disease, heart and lung changes are usually seen on chest x-rays.
Stage Four: Also called ‘caval syndrome’. The severity of the worm burden will physically block blood flowing back to the heart, due to the large mass of worms. Caval syndrome is life-threatening and quick surgical removal of the heartworms is the only treatment option. The surgery is highly risky, and even with surgery, most pets with caval syndrome die.
The good news is that this detrimental disease can be easily prevented and there are a variety of treatment options available. However, it is very important to understand that preventive treatments will not kill adult heartworms. If a heartworm-positive dog is not tested before starting a preventive, the dog will remain infected with adult heartworms until it gets ill enough to show symptoms. Also, giving heartworm preventive to a dog that has an adult heartworm infection may be harmful or deadly. Annual testing of all dogs on heartworm prevention is recommended. Talk to your veterinarian about the best time for your dog’s annual heartworm test.
Once your pet is cleared of heartworm disease, there are a range of options to provide your pet with year round protection from this deadly disease. These include:
Alternatively, Revolution or Advocate external pipettes can be applied to the skin once a month. An added bonus in using these preventatives is they also treat fleas and various other intestinal worms.
More frequent preventative treatments like Dimmitrol tablets can be administered daily
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