How to Help Your Cat Get More Exercise Has your cat turned into a fluffy couch potato? Energetic kittens can quickly become overweight cats if they don't get enough exercise. Luckily, your feline friend can become more active with a little help from you. Inactivity Increases the Risk of Health Issues Your cat needs regular exercise to keep his or her heart, lungs, muscles, and bones strong and healthy. Lack of exercise and subsequent weight gain can lead to a slew of health problems, including: Arthritis Strain on the Heart Diabetes Urinary Tract Infections Decreased Lifespan High Blood Pressure Skin ...Toss a ball, dangle a string, anything that gets your cats interest and gets them moving. Watch their diets, read the ingredients on the back of the label, if it starts with a starch, put it back
Recognizing Bloat in Your Dog
This is a real combination of symptoms that spells out EMERGENCY. These are the classic symptoms of a condition referred to as "bloat" — an extremely dangerous condition. If you notice these three combined symptoms in your dog, seek treatment immediately:
• Unproductive attempts to vomit
Bloat is a common problem in large breed, deep-chested dogs but can also occur in smaller dogs.
Basically what happens is this. The stomach twists causing the blood supply to the stomach to be compromised, which leads to tissue death. As tissues are damaged, toxins are released and a sequence of events occurs that, if left untreated, leads to death.
If you ever notice these symptoms in your dog, call your local veterinarian or emergency clinic as soon as possible.
This is a condition that is fairly common and often occurs in the evening or nighttime hours. It is also a very expensive condition to treat. I was at a local emergency clinic the other night and they had two dogs with bloat there at the same time. Buster, an 11-year-old mixed breed, was euthanized because his owners didn't have the money to treat him. The other dog was a 6-year-old German shepherd that was treated and saved with surgery. She was doing well when last I talked to the clinic.
It is not uncommon for this hospitalization, treatment, surgery, etc. to cost over $2,000 and even up to $5,000. That is a LOT of money.
If this type of unplanned expense would also be a lot for you — consider pet insurance. See if it is right for you.
We are an all volunteer, no-kill, 501C3 animal rescue/shelter servicing the Southcoast Region of Massachusetts. All dogs are in foster care, while cats are can be visited at our shelter at 111 Main St Acushnet, MA. We also keep most kittens and some special needs cats in foster care. We focus our efforts on pets that wouldn’t do well in traditional shelters. Our mission extends to the Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) of feral cats, training of dogs with behavioral challenges, and education to avoid rehoming of owned animals.
. What makes CARE unique is that the volunteers take in older animals, sick animals, animals with behavioral issues that would not make it in a traditional shelter, etc. CARE caters to the population of animals that others find not worthy of life. CARE sees the diamonds in the rough, the tail wags beneath the sad eyes, and rehabs the animals back to being happy, healthy, confident family pets who bring so much joy to their families.
Along with our sheltering and adoption programs CARE provide basic medical support to these same animals along with helping feral cats and low income folks who would not otherwise be able to keep their pets. In cases where people have found themselves temporarily homeless we have provided shelter for their pets until they have been reunited with their owners. Most of these pets would have ended up on the streets or euthanized. Imagine losing your furry family member as well as your home ?
On behalf of the homeless pets we have saved and continue to save, please accept our heartfelt gratitude and thanks.
We hope you will support our mission of not giving up on any animal no matter how hopeless their situation may be. We are their voice when no one else is there.
A Good Deed Bestowed Upon An Animal Expands The Size Of One's Heart And Increases the Depth Of the Human Soul
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When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal, I see a friend, I feel a soul.
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