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Why does my dog scratch and lick compulsively?

Does it drive you crazy when you notice your dog licking his paws and his body incessantly? If you feel uncomfortable, we can assure you, it is much worse for Fido. Compulsive scratching, licking, and chewing behaviours are pretty common in dogs and have a variety of causes. This behaviour can become detrimental to your dog’s health so be sure to take him to a vet if hot spots develop.   Dogs scratch, lick, and chew for many reason, ranging from allergies to boredom, to parasite infestation.   1. Allergies When you notice Fido’s scratching getting out of hand, it could be the result of allergies to food or environmental triggers. Dogs may develop a skin irritation called contact dermatitis when they encounter substances like…

How to minimise shedding in pets

Pet owners have come to terms with never leaving the house without at least one stray strand of fur on their clothes. While we cannot actually stop a dog or cat from shedding, we can help reduce the amount of loose hair, and also manage it so that it doesn’t become a problem in our homes.   1. Brush your pet often. Regular brushing is the best thing you can do to keep your home as fur-free as possible. Daily brushing helps to keep your pet’s coat healthy, softer, cleaner and less likely to shed.   2. Feed the right food. The condition of your pet’s coat is often the result of the type of food he or she eats. If you invest in premium…

Keep fido safe in the heat!

By Charmaine Ng   It’s always sunny in Singapore, and while we have the luxury to escape into an air-conditioned room and cool off on ice creams, some of our dogs may not be as lucky. Here are some ways to help them beat the heat! Keep them indoors, or under shelter. Pets cool off differently from us humans; dogs primarily sweat through their paws. Always provide bowls of fresh, cool, water for your dogs to rehydrate themselves over the course of the day. Limit exercise on really hot days. Adjust the intensity and duration of exercise according to the temperature. On days when the mercury is soaring, plan your outdoor activities in the early morning or evening hours when its cooler. Pet parents with…

Ways to improve pup/kitten’s immune system

Puppies and kittens, with their immature immune systems, might be exceptionally vulnerable to illness, as they are constantly exposed to good and bad bacteria, viruses and fungi. To help boost and bolster your pet’s immune system in his or her formative years, we offer these two supplements among many others.   All Pet Purrfection Pediatric Health Tabs for Puppies and Kittens Gastrointestinal (G.I.) health is crucial to the full and complete development of animals. Bacterial and viral colonization can damage the cells of the intestines and decrease the assimilation of nutrients in feed. Decreased assimilation leads to lower daily weight gain, a condition from which your pet may never fully recover. Health Tabs for Puppies and Kittens allow for optimal development into adulthood by enhancing…

Why does my dog vomit?

Dogs may vomit for a variety of reasons – such as ingesting something that disagrees with his or her tummy, or perhaps gobbling his or her food too quickly. But owners should also be aware that vomiting may also indicate something far more serious – Fido may have swallowed a toxic substance, or be suffering from a condition that requires immediate veterinary attention. Vomiting can be associated with gastrointestinal and systemic disorders that should be evaluated and monitored by your dog’s vet.   What could cause my dog to vomit?   Diet-related causes such as changes in food, food intolerance, ingestion of rubbish, eating too much or too fast Ingestion of foreign objects Ingestion of toxic substances Bacterial infection of the gastrointestinal tract Intestinal parasites…

5 common mistakes pet owners make

5 common mistakes pet owners make Even pet owners with the best intentions can make serious mistakes when it comes to their dog’s wellbeing. These are the top 5 mistakes that veterinarians have encountered, and how you can avoid them. Not Going for Annual Check-ups Most owner seem to think that giving their dogs their yearly vaccinations is enough to keep them healthy, but a vaccination is hardly the same as a full physical exam. A typical exam will include blood work, a fecal examination for intestinal parasites, and examination of your dog’s gums, heart, lungs, teeth, eyes, and ears.   Annual check-ups help your vet detect problems early; instead of coping with lengthy treatment or dealing with expensive treatment of an advanced or chronic…

5 tips to help your dog live longer

We all want our dogs to live a long and healthy life, but are we doing enough to help them achieve this? Here are 5 tips you can adhere to help your dog attain longevity. Put him on a diet  An overweight or obese dog is much more likely to develop health problems, so keeping your dog trim and fit is one of the best ways to increase his or her lifespan. Your vet can assess your dog’s body condition and let you know how many calories he or she needs. Together with your vet, you can figure out a feeding plan that should include high quality pet food such as The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Raw food and the type of treats your pooch needs….

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