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Great was to treat your dog this Christmas

5 ways to treat your dog this Christmas

While you’re frantically doing your Christmas shopping this year, spare a thought for the furry friend in your life. That little guy who never asks anything from you, never moans when you get home from work late or when you don’t have time to cuddle. Christmas is the perfect time for treating your canine companion and thanking him for what he does best – simply being there for you. Here are some great treat ideas for doing just that.

1. Agility starter kit

If you have a breed that’s energetic and loves to learn new things, why not get this agility training kit and set it up in your garden? All you need are a few treats to tempt your pooch into trying it out. It should serve as a welcome break from the monotony of Christmas day TV and boring relatives!

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2. Kong Toy

Kongs have become hugely popular with dogs all over the world. They’re a fantastic way to provide mental stimulation and are great for encouraging dogs to chew something other than your shoes or cushions! Simply fill one of these with food and your dog will have hours of fun chewing away, as a little bit of food is dispensed each time to reward him for his efforts. These toys are washable, safe and very pet friendly. They’re available from most online pet shops. This one is £9.89: http://amzn.to/1Bf170a

3. Sofa bed

Do you have a puppy or a small breed of dog that sheds a lot? This sofa bed is set to be your pup’s favourite Christmas present! Simply pop it on the couch and invite your little dog to join you for a spot of couch potato action. He’ll be delighted he is finally allowed to sit next to you! Best of all, your furniture will stay clean and fluff free. Yours for just £21.99: http://amzn.to/1AjP9RS

4. Doggy massage

A free way to treat your pooch with some real TLC. Why not teach yourself some canine massage techniques? Watch a video on You Tube, or get yourself a book and learn all about your pooch’s pressure points. If you’re really keen you could always take a course. Your dog will thank you for it.

5. Dog flap

Probably the most exciting present a dog could find under the tree. This is a cat flap that’s big enough for your dog – the perfect way to make sure your pooch isn’t bored when you’re busy, allowing him to wander out into the garden whenever nature calls, or even just to bask in the sun. Make sure your garden is completely secure before installing this! From 24.99: http://amzn.to/cm8YIf

Reasons not to get a pet for Christmas

4 big reasons NOT to get a pet for Christmas

It can be very tempting to get an adorable puppy or kitten for that special someone in your life, but if you’ve decided to give the gift of a pet this Christmas, you should think again. There are lots of reasons why this is simply a bad idea. Here are some of them.

1. Christmas is a noisy, chaotic time

Bringing a new pet home at this time of year is not only going to be tough on you with all the extra responsibilities it involves, it’s going to be immensely difficult for your pet! Just think of all the extra activity, noise and strange people who will be filling your home over the holiday period. Imagine a new puppy or kitten (or even a new adult pet!) trying to get used to a new environment with all this going on. Bringing them into this stressful atmosphere is not a nice thing to do, and will only make them nervous and unhappy. Puppies and kittens need to have very positive experiences while they are at an impressionable age, or they can grow up to associate certain experiences as triggers for fear or aggression. So, to give your furry friend the best start in life, wait until after Christmas before bringing them home. It’s the kindest thing to do.

2. Presents are surprises

It’s a very bad idea to surprise someone you love with a pet. Pets are a huge responsibility and the decision to become a pet owner should never be taken lightly, or forced on someone who is unprepared. Some cats and dogs can live for 15 years or more – this is a big commitment to take on and the recipient of your gift might feel obliged to agree at first, but may later end up surrendering their cat or dog to a rescue shelter because it turns out to be too much work. So, unless you have fully talked through the decision to get a pet well in advance, then an animal should never be given as an impromptu gift.

3. Toilet training will be tough

When a new puppy or kitten enters your home, they will probably need to be toilet trained. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, so much so that you’ll need to be able to be there with your pet for the whole day. Puppy owners in particular often find themselves doing hourly toilet breaks, and even waking up during the night to let their little friends out to pee. Christmas is a very busy time – between cooking, looking after guests, keeping children occupied and going to parties and relatives houses, are you really going to have time to toilet train a new pet? And if you don’t, are you willing to deal with the bad habits that might form in the meantime?

4. Christmas pets are not ethical

A breeder or a rescue shelter who agrees to give an animal away at Christmas time will probably not have the animal’s best interests at heart. If you do find a breeder who is willing to part with a pup or kitten at Christmas time, they are probably not going to be an ethical one and will usually be more concerned about making themselves some extra cash. Going to an unethical breeder such as this means that your puppy or kitten can turn out to have behavioural or health problems as a result of careless breeding. By buying from these people you’ll only be supporting the practice of breeding for profit, which is the reason so many beautiful and lovable animals end up abandoned and on the streets.

What are the alternatives?

You don’t have to give a live animal as a pet for Christmas – there are lots of other brilliant gifts you can give! For example:

  • If your loved one is an animal lover, why not buy them a voucher for a wildlife experience in an animal shelter or wildlife park?

  • You could sponsor an abandoned pet, or make a donation to an animal charity in your loved one’s name

  • If your loved one has their heart set on getting a puppy or kitten, why not simply buy them a pet bed, toy or collar so that they can start to prepare and think about their decision in advance?

  • Ask your local animal rescue shelter if they need people to foster abandoned pets in the new year. By fostering a cat or dog, you can get an idea of what owning one entails before you make the commitment to become a permanent owner

Side Effects from Vaccines

Vaccinations are given to pets to protect them against harmful diseases. The vaccination triggers an immune response within the pet’s body to protect against a specific disease. It is not uncommon for a pet to experience mild side effects following a vaccination, these are often similar to those that a human may experience.

Common side effects of vaccination include:

  • Mild swelling and/or redness at the site of vaccination
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nasal discharge
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing

Less common side effects that require urgent veterinary attention include:

  • Severe coughing
  • Collapse or fainting
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Hives (small, red, raised, itchy bumps all over the body)
  • Swollen face or eyes
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea

It is important to tell your vet about any previous vaccine reactions, even if you class them as insignificant. If you have concerns prior to vaccination it is advisable to wait at the vets for 30-60 minutes after vaccination so any reaction can be treated quickly.

Chlorpromazine

Chlorpromazine is mainly prescribed by vets to prevent vomiting. However, your vet may also prescribe chlorpromazine to treat other conditions such as anxiety.

Dosage

If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. The most common side effects are drowsiness and low blood pressure. Other side effects may include tremors, shivering, rigidity, loss of righting reflexes, lethargy and diarrhea.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. Medications that may interact with chlorpromazine include organophosphates, physostigmine, other CNS depressant agents, quinidine, antidiarrheal mixtures, antacids, propranolol, epinephrine, metoclopramide, phenytoin, procaine and dipyrone.

Carprofen

Carprofen is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory agent prescribed to relieve pain and inflammation in dogs.

Dosage

If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. Side effects may include loss of appetite, dark stools, depression and changes in drinking and urination.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. The following drugs are known to interact with Carprofen: phenytoin, valproic acid, oral anticoagulants, other anti-inflammatory agents, salicylates, sulfonamides, sulfonylurea anti-diabetic agents, probenecid, methotrexate, furosemide, digoxin, and glucocorticoids.

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is prescribed to treat pain in cats and dogs, as with all painkillers, by suppressing the central nervous system.

Dosage

If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet displays excessive drowsiness.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. The following drugs are known to interact with Buprenorphine: and include other central nervous system depressant agents, pancuronium, monoamine oxidase inhibitors and local anesthetics.

Atenolol

Atenolol is primarily prescribed to treat heart disease in cats and dogs. Atenolol decreases the heart’s need for blood and oxygen which reduces the amount of work the heart must do. It also helps the heart beat more regularly.

Dosage

If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet becomes very tired, has trouble exercising, develops shortness of breath or a cough or if it’s attitude or behaviour changes.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. The following drugs are known to interact with Atenolol: metaproterenol, terbutaline, epinephrine, phenylpropanolamine, anesthetic agents, phenothiazines, furosemide, hydralazine, insulin, calcium channel blockers (verapamil, diltiazem), and prazosin.

Ampicillin

Ampicillin is an antibiotic effective against a number of infections caused by bacteria. It is prescribed to treat bacterial infections.

Dosage

If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them, possible side effects may include stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea. The following reactions are rare, but if the pet experiences an allergic reaction such as irregular breathing, rash, fever, puffiness and swelling around the face contact your veterinarian immediately.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication your are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. The following drugs are known to interact with Ampicillin – chloramphenicol, erythromycin, tetracycline and aminoglycosides.

Ketoprofen

Ketoprofen is prescribed by veterinarians to reduce pain in arthritis. This medicine is classed as an anti-inflammatory agent which is used to relieve pain and inflammation. Ketoprofen works by blocking the cyclo-oxygenase enzyme which generates the production of prostaglandins.

Dosage

If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them, possible side effects may include mild stomach upset such as vomiting. If you notice anything unusual contact your vet immediately.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed.

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