May 31, 2013

4 Best Ways to Get Rid of Cat Dandruff

Filed under: Cat Nutrition,Cat Skin,Cats,Dog Skin Problems — Tags: , — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 7:09 pm

how to get rid of cat dandruffJust as dandruff affects humans, it also affects cats. Cats develop dandruff for many reasons such as parasitic infections, sunburn, diabetes, dry climate, poor diet and lack of grooming habits.

It is a good idea to take your cat to the vet as soon as you notice dandruff on his coat, because the dandruff may be a sign of other more serious issues with your cat’s health. Nevertheless, there are some steps that you can take to either prevent or resolve your cat’s dandruff issue at home. Here are the 4 best ways to get rid of cat dandruff:

1. Buy a humidifier. Keeping the air moist in your home is one of the simplest ways to resolve a dandruff problem.

2. Change your cat’s diet. The food you are feeding to your feline friend could be the reason for the dandruff. Try changing to a wet food diet. It would also be wise to supplement the diet with Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which will aid the body in natural oil production, keeping the skin healthy. You should also monitor your cat’s water intake, because dandruff could be the result of dehydration.

3. Groom your cat. Grooming is especially important if your cat is overweight or a senior. Concentrate on areas of the body that your cat is unable to reach, like the tail. Brushing your cat’s fur helps to distribute the natural oils from his body over the skin. If you bathe your cat, use a gentle shampoo that will not irritate his skin or dry it out.

4. Use lotion. You can buy hypoallergenic lotion, just for cats. Lotion is especially useful when it includes colloidal oatmeal. Lotion can also be used if your cat experiences a sunburn.

 

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May 17, 2013

Health Benefits of Having a Pet

Filed under: Cats,Dog Skin Problems,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 4:57 pm

health benefits of having a petDoes owning a pet increase your own well being and happiness? I believe that owning a pet has great benefits to one’s health. Throughout my years of practice, I’ve noticed the overall happiness in both my patients and in their owners.

In regards to women, I have specifically encountered women who have expressed that their stress levels dropped after owning a pet. The result of decreased stress meant a drop in their blood sugar and blood pressure and a more positive emotional and mental state. Studies have shown that people’s overall moods and mentality have become more positive with having a pet. Additionally, due to the physical demands that some pets require, a pet can actually keep you in shape.ners.

You have probably heard of stories where people in retirement facilities, people with illnesses, or even people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, have benefited from having the company of our lovely four legged companions. Pets do not judge you. They see you as their friend who will care for them. They are loyal and they respect you. With such a huge boost to your overall value as a person, it is no wonder why so many people own pets.

For many years, I personally volunteered with the Saint John pet therapy program in a dementia unit, with my two dogs. It was one of the most meaningful activities I have done with my pets. My little multi-poo would put so many smiles on the faces of lost people; for an hour, these people would come alive.

Pet ownership can also benefit children. Consider how a child would benefit from a pet in their physical, mental, and emotional health. With pet ownership, your child’s immune system will be elevated, and they will be less susceptible to allergies and allergy symptoms. Moreover, a pet can teach a child about responsibility, love, and companionship.

Owning a pet has been a way of natural healing for people. Instead of medication, pets are able to reduce overall stress and stressors in one’s life. Take the time to consider owning a pet. The health benefits of owning a pet can help you achieve a holistic lifestyle both physically and emotionally.

Don’t believe me? Do a simple internet search on personal stories about how a pet has changed one’s life, overall well being, and holistic health.

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May 6, 2013

Why Dogs Eat Grass

Filed under: Dog Behavior,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 9:00 am

why-do-dogs-eat-grassHave you ever wondered why it seems like some dogs eat grass constantly? Like they just can’t get enough?

There could be various reasons as to why your pooch eats grass. It could simply be a habit which your beloved companion has developed – even boredom. Or, it may be related to the health of your dog’s digestive tract, such as a stomach irritation, or lack of fiber in their diet. If this is the case, you should consult your veterinarian. Keep in mind that grass is difficult for dogs to digest, and some dogs vomit after ingesting it. Perhaps this is where the common theory that a dog eats grass to help him vomit came about. A study regarding this issue, found on Medicine Net, tries to shed some light:

Question 1: Why do dogs eat grass? Is it because they are feeling ill?
Answer: Less than 10% of dogs were sick before eating grass.

Question 2: Do they actually do it to vomit?
Answer: Not necessarily. Studies have shown that less than 25% of dogs will vomit after grazing.

So we’re back to why do dogs eat grass? And once again, the more common possibilities are:

1. A habit Fido has developed
2. Irritation in their digestive tract
3. Imbalance in their digestive health

Furthermore, dogs have a natural instinct to balance their digestive system. Grass can be a natural source of probiotics, which actually aids with their digestive health.

There are however some precautions you should take, and things to be aware of if your dog enjoys grazing on grass:

• If you use chemicals on your lawn, your dog will ingest these chemicals.
• The risk of parasites such as roundworm, can be transferred to your dog through the ingestion of grass found in areas of high dog traffic, like dog parks.

Every dog is different. And the reason your dog grazes on grass may be different than your neighbor’s dog. Just remember to keep an eye on your dog, particularly if you suspect that his eating grass is associated with health issues. And of course, contact your vet if this is the case.

Dr. Loridawn Gordon

 

 

 

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May 1, 2013

5 Tips for Pet First Aid

Filed under: Dr. Loridawn's Lessons — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 9:00 am

Pet 1st aidPet first aid is essential whether you are out camping or just relaxing at home. Accidents involving your pets can happen anytime and anywhere. Here are a few first-aid tips you can use in case of an emergency.

Tip 1: Purchase a Pet first-aid kit for your dog or cat, or build your own.
What will you need to make your own? Items such as scissors, sterile eye wash (not contact lens solution), tick remover tool, and toenail trimmers, just to name a few.

Tip 2: Know your kit.
If you buy a kit, make sure you are familiar with what is included and where each item is located.

Tip 3: Get a first-aid book.
A first-aid book is a great resource. It will provide you with information and what actions you can take to come to your pet’s aid in case of emergency.

Tip 4: Consult your local veterinarian and take a pet-specific first-aid course.
A first-aid course will help to ensure that you are thoroughly knowledgeable on pet-specific first-aid practices and techniques.

Tip 5: Know what to do… and when to do it.
There are many conditions that can affect your dog or cat. Your beloved companion may come down with a fever, have a nosebleed, or experience diarrhea and vomiting. It is important that you know what to do and what not to do in each of these situations.

 

Below are some tips on a couple of the more common issues you may encounter with your pet, which may require first-aid:

Cuts:
When your pet has a cut, first use a clean cloth or gauze to apply direct pressure on the open wound. You can use Arnica, a herb that can be purchased at local health stores, to help stop the bleeding. If you are using Arnica, be sure to read the directions, as there are some side effects which can occur if applied incorrectly. To clean the wound, you can use a Calendula tincture. Calendula is a form of marigold that will reduce inflammation, control bleeding, and soothe irritated tissue. Calendula is a primary ingredient in the Vetisse First Aid Spray. If the bleeding continues after following the steps above, take your pet to your veterinarian or nearest animal hospital immediately.

Diarrhea and vomiting:
Diarrhea and vomiting can be a result of your pet simply eating the wrong thing, or of a more serious nature, such as possible poisoning. The first thing I recommend is to watch your pet closely. Has she vomited? – If yes? Try adjusting her diet for approximately 12-24 hours. This will help relax the gastrointestinal tract. Once rested, offer your pet foods that will be easy on her stomach, and easily digested. I like to use cooked chicken, canned pumpkin, as well as probiotics. If your pet continues to have diarrhea and/or vomit 6-8 hours after you have adjusted her diet, consult your veterinarian immediately.

We all dread the thought of an accident or illness occurring with our pets. And the last thing you want to do is panic because you have no idea what to do. Be prepared, and feel confident that you are doing the right thing for your pet!

Dr. Loridawn Gordon

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.