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Advantage Flea Control Review

Advantage Flea Control Review

What is Advantage?

Advantage is a once a month tropical flea treatment that is used on cats and kittens that are 8 weeks or older and also for dogs and puppies that are 7 weeks or older.

It is a product that kills 98% to 100% of fleas on your pet within 12 hours. In addition to killing fleas, it also prevents flea allergy dermatitis.

Advantage comes in two different sizes depending on how large your cat or dog is.

How Does it Work?

Advantage works by spreading the medication directly on your pet’s skin and it locks in the oils that are found in their skin.

With the direct contact of the medication, it kills fleas quickly and also breaks up the life cycle to prevent future flea development. In addition the great thing about Advantage is that it also works when you’re pet is wet for 28 days.

How do you Apply Advantage?

Applying Advantage to your cat and dog is made easy; just follow these instructions:

  1. Remove collar from your pet.
  2. Hold the tube upright and pull off the cap.
  3. Break the seal by using the opposite side of the cap.
  4. Part the hair on your pet between the shoulder blades and apply the entire dose directly to the skin.

Recommended by Pet Owners

Advantage is a product that is recommended by many pet owners and is considered the number 1 treatment in the United States.

It works quickly as it stops fleas from biting within 3 to 5 minutes; which decreases pain and discomfort for your pet.

 

Halloween Precautions for Pets

Halloween Dog

Halloween is a holiday that most people look forward to every year. It is a time for people to indulge in chocolate and candy, and dress up as anyone or anything that they want. It is also a time for fireworks, loud noise and staying up late. However, it is important to understand that Halloween can be dangerous and frightening for pets with many potential risks. Therefore, we put together a list of possible Halloween hazards that you should look out for this year.

1. No Candy or Chocolate
The one main component of Halloween is lots and lots of candies and chocolates. But for pets this has red flags written all over it. Chocolates are especially poisons in pets, as they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, coma and even death. The majority of candies are just as dangerous because they contain a substance called xylitol, which can make your pet ill. So this Halloween, make sure the candy bowl is away from your pet and instead, give your pet a treat that is meant for them.

2. Keep Clear of Popular Halloween Plants
Popular Halloween plants like pumpkin and decorative corn won’t kill your pet. But they are something that can cause them great discomfort and a mess that you don’t want to clean. This is because these plants are known to cause stomach upset if your pet ingests them. In addition, they can become a choking hazard if large pieces are swallowed.

 
3. Electrical Cords & Wires
Electrical cords and wires are a hazard for pets in general; however, during a holiday like Halloween there seems to be a lot more just because of the directions and lighting people tend to use to decorate the house. If chewed on, wires can cause burns and cuts that can sometimes be life-threatening, so make sure they are hidden and put somewhere that is hard to reach.

4. Pumpkin Decorations
A decorated pumpkin seems to be a staple decoration for Halloween. However, they can be dangerous towards pets when you choose to add a candle. Pets can accidently knock a pumpkin over causing an accident or can even pose of risk of them getting burned. So if you do decide to use a candle in a pumpkin make sure that it is high enough for a pet not to come into contact with it.

5. Halloween Costumes
Halloween costumes are the best part of Halloween because you can be whoever you want to be; however, your pet might not share the similar feelings as you. Some pets find Halloween costumes to be annoying and uncomfortable and if this is the case it is best not to dress up your pet. You also need to be careful with the choice of a Halloween costume. This is because some costumes can constrict movement, hearing, and the ability to breathe.

6. Keep Your Pets Indoors & confined
When trick-or-treaters are out there will constant knocking and ring of the doorbell all night and children in all kinds of costumes. As a result, your pet may become scared and stressed; therefore, it is a good idea to keep them in a quiet room in which they are comfortable. In addition, you do not want to leave your pets outdoors as many pets are poisoned and harmed unfortunately during this time of year.

7. Fireworks
Many people love to put on and enjoy a display of fireworks during Halloween. But fireworks are extremely dangerous towards pets because they can easily burn them internally and externally. In addition, fireworks have chemicals, which if ingested by your pet, can make them ill.

8. Candy Wrappers
Candy wrappers are often lying around after Halloween and this is a hazard for pets. This is because the wrappers contain foil and/or cellophane which is life threatening if ingested. Sometimes the result is surgical removal, vomiting, and decreased appetite.

9. Glow Sticks
Glow sticks are common during Halloween as they are used as a light source when children trick-or-treating during the night. However, these items are something that pets love to chew on. If ingested they can cause pain and irritation in the mouth. It usually does not lead to death, but it is something that you would want to follow up with your veterinarian.

10. Make Sure Your Pet Has an ID
During Halloween, doors are open and closed frequently which means that your pet can easily leave the home without you knowing. Therefore, it is important to keep their name tags up to date with the correct phone number, name, and address.

24 Flowers That Can Harm Your Pet

24 Flowers That Can Harm Your Pet

When spring and summer roles around it makes it the perfect opportunity to work on your garden by adding color by planting some beautiful flowers and plants. In addition, many people love to bring summer flowers inside to home just to add some color and brighten up the mood of the house.

What many pet owners do not realize is that some flowers and plants are extremely dangerous and toxic to animals. They can cause serious health issues which can lead to a coma or even death. This is why it is important to educate yourself as a pet owner to avoid deathly accidents.

You can still have a beautiful bright garden but just a garden that is pet friendly.

Here is a list of 24 flowers and plants that you want to avoid at all costs!

Poisonous Flowers:

  1. Tulips: the part of the tulip that is extremely toxic is the bulbs; this is because it contains a concentrated toxic. They can cause intense vomiting, depression, diarrhea, hypersalivation, drooling and a lack of appetite.
  2. Hyacinth: contains toxins called lactones. They can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, increased respiratory rate and can cause your pet to experience difficulties breathing.
  3. Daffodils: the bulb of this plant is the most dangerous and toxic when consumed. The toxin that is present in this flower is called lycorine. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, depression, low blood pressure and even seizures.
  4. Lilies: depends on the type of lily to determine how serious the symptoms can be. They can cause ulcers in the mouth, vomiting, diarrhea and drooling.
  5. Crocus: with these particular flowers the signs of a toxic reaction are not immediate. However, your pet may experience vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, gastro-intestinal disorders, lack of appetite, tremors or seizures.
  6. Easter Cactus: is extremely dangerous if your pet digested one. They can cause vomiting, diarrhea and depression. The Easter Cactus is even more dangerous towards cats.
  7. Crown of Thorns: is another flower that you do not want around your pet. They can cause vomiting and diarrhea. This flower has a white and milky sap inside of it and if your pet comes into contact with it, the sap can cause intense pain.
  8. Azalea: this plant if ingested generally causes mild to server symptoms, depending how much your pet has eaten. Some of the symptoms include, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, depression, cardiovascular disorder, coma or death.
  9. Crocus: is a plant that is present during the spring and the autumn. However, it is important to note that the crocus plant is highly toxic during the autumn compared to the spring. Some of the symptoms include excessive drooling, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, gastero-intsinal disorders, and loss of appetite, tremors or seizures.
  10. Rhododendron: if in contact with your pet this flower can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, depression or death.
  11. American Bittersweet: contains a toxic poison called auonymin and sesquiterpene alkaloids that can make your pet to become ill. This plant can cause weakness, vomiting, and/or diarrhea in your pet.
  12. Foxglove: contains a toxin similar to digitalis or digoxin which is usually found in heart medication used in both humans and veterinary medicine. This plant can cause cardiac arrhythmias, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, cardiac failure and even death.
  13. Narcissus: contains a toxin called lycorine and other toxins too. This flower can cause vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, tremors and cardiac arrhythmias. The most toxic part of the flower is the bulbs.
  14. Morning Glory: contains lysergic acid, lysergamide, elymoclavine and chanoclavine which are extremely toxic for your pets. This flower can cause diarrhea, tremors, disorientation, ataxia and anorexia. However, the most toxic part of this flower is the seeds which can cause hallucinations.
  15. Aloe: is a plant that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors and change in urine color.
  16. Amaryllis: the most toxic part of the flower includes the leaves, stems and the bulbs which contain a toxin called phenanthridine. The symptoms that can occur include vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, drooling and tremors.
  17. Asparagus Fern: has a toxin called sapogenins which makes this plant so dangerous for plants. This flower can cause gastric upset, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
  18. Gypsophila Elegans: also known as baby’s breath contains a toxin called saponins. This flower can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  19. Bird of Paradise: is a toxic plant for pets and contains a toxin called hydrocyanic acid. This plant can cause oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing and incoordination. It is important to note that the most toxic part of the plant is the seeds.
  20. Buttercup: contains a toxin called protoanemonin which is why you want to make sure your pets stay clear of this flower. They can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, drooling and/or a wobbly gait.
  21. Chrysanthemums: all parts of this plant are generally toxic towards pets. If your pet ingested this plant, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and drooling.
  22. Cut Leaf Philodendron: is a toxic plant that can cause oral irritation, burning, drooling, vomiting and difficulties swallowing.
  23. Dieffenbachia: contains insoluble calcium oxalates and proteolytic enzymes which make this plant toxic towards your pet. The symptoms may include oral irritation, drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.
  24. Milfoil: has toxins which include glycoalkaloids, monoterpenes and sesquiterpene lactones that causes your pet to become ill if eaten. Some of the symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, depression and hyersalivation.

What Do you Do if your Pet Ingests a Toxic Plant?

If your pet happens to ingest a toxic plant it is suggested by many professionals to induce vomiting in order to get the toxins out of their body. Then it is important to contact the veterinarian and/or poison control center right away.

  • Pet Poison Helpline: 1.800.213.6680
  • ASPCA Poison Helpline: 1.888.426.4435

Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

Why Do Cats Have Whiskers

Cat’s whiskers may appear as these long cute strong pieces of hair that come out of their face. But have you ever wondered if whiskers serve a larger purpose to cats or if they are just there as an accessory?

Well, it may surprise you that whiskers serve a much larger purpose than just something that makes your cat look adorable.

How Do Whiskers Work?

Many people assume that cat’s whiskers are just like human hair; that it serves no purpose and are just there for looks. However, this assumption is incorrect, as whiskers has a unique and special purpose.

The whiskers are attached to tissue that have many sensory nerve endings and is then connected to the function to the sense of touch. Cats can detect objects through their whiskers without even seeing the object. In addition, they can sense movement and can measure the space before going through something.

Whiskers are just as important or even more important compared to the function of the nose. Additionally, it is really common for cats to have around 12 whiskers above their lip.

Never Trim or Cut Whiskers

Cutting, trimming or even grooming whiskers is something that you NEVER want to do. This is something that should not even be done if you consider the whiskers to be too long or if you just do not like the look of them.

Without whiskers, cats can become disoriented, frightened and even become ill. Additionally, when whiskers are clipped or trimmed it can cause pain and disturb their sensitivity. They are just as important as sound, touch and smell is to us. Cutting whiskers have the same effect if someone took our sight away.

Whiskers alert cats of a painful situation, as touch and sight do the same thing for us humans. However, it is important to know that whiskers shed and grow back naturally so it is important to leave them alone.

Touching your cat’s whiskers will not cause them pain but pulling, cutting and trimming will.

A Form of Navigation

Whiskers also serve the function as a type of navigation system for cats. This is because whiskers have sensory organs that are attached at the ends. Therefore, this makes cats whiskers extremely sensitive towards the smallest changes or shift in their environment.

They measure the distance and the space around them, even without them looking. This allows them to determine if they can fit through a small opening. Whiskers also help cats with navigating through the dark, which is why you see cats active and alert during the night.

Mood Indicator

As a pet owner, you can tell a lot about your cat’s mood and behavior by just looking and observing their whiskers. For instance, if your cat’s whiskers are hanging loosely this indicates that your cat is relaxed and is calm.

If their whiskers are flattened against their face this is a clear indication that you cat may be frightened or is getting ready for a fight. By having the whiskers to become flattened it allows them not to become damaged. However, when their whiskers are facing forward this means that your cat is alert, you will often see this if your cat is looking for something to hunt.

Moreover, it is important not to just make your judgment based just on your cat’s whiskers. And that it is also important to look at their entire body language before you make an assumption on their mood and/or behavior.

Used for Eye Protection

Whiskers are not just found above the upper lip, but they are also can be found above the eyes; kind of like eyelashes. They actually serve the same purpose as human eyelashes. This is because the whisker, in this case, protects cats from getting things into their eyes; for example, dust and dirt.

Furthermore, the whiskers cause the eye to blink when touched so that it protects cats from potential harm towards their eyes.

Aging

There is this myth that when cats get older and age, that their whiskers tend to grow at a faster pace; therefore, being longer.

But in reality they stay and grow at the same speed as if they were just a year old. The only thing that happens to the whiskers when cats get older is that they change in color.

Kind of the same way as humans age our hair becomes lighter and gray. So do not be surprised that as your cat ages that the whiskers turn from white to black; it is simply the cycle of life.

Balance and Whiskers

Many people believe that whiskers have to do with a cats balance. However, this may be true but this is not the only thing that helps cats maintain a balance. As their tail also helps cats maintain and have balance.

Dental Health Care For Cats

Dental Health Care For Your Cat

Dental health care for your cat is overlooked most of the time and is not given the time or the attention that it needs. In reality, it is just as important as your cat getting their tick and flea medications and vaccines.

This maybe because you assume that cats are not prone to dental health problem as humans are. However, cats are known to develop gum disease which can be linked to many health related problems. This is why it is important to keep on top of your cat’s dental care.

Unlike humans cats are not capable of keeping their teeth clean on their own which means they would need your assistance. If you take the time to make sure that your cat’s oral and dental health is in good condition it will benefit them in the long run by living a healthy and long life.

It will help reduce plaque and tartar, decrease the risk of an oral infection and help prevent bad breath. In addition, it will help decrease chances heart, liver and kidney disease that are sometimes caused by poor dental health care.

Here is some quick information to help you as a pet owner make sure that you cat is getting the dental care and attention that they need to stay healthy:

Steps That You Can Take To Ensure Clean Teeth & Gums

Keep a Routine: Creating or starting a teeth cleaning routine when your cat is just a kitten is a great idea. This is because it will allow your cat to get used to the idea which will make the process a lot easier.

Breathe Check: To check if your cat’s dental health is good do a quickly breathe check. If you smell a mild fishy smell that is normal. However, if you experience a smell that you cannot tolerate than it is a good hint that you cat is suffering from oral problems, gum disease and/or tooth decay.

Yearly Check-ups: Just like humans cats also need a yearly dental check-up to diagnose dental health concerns and/or issues that you cannot see as a pet owner.

Gum massage: To help your cat avoid tooth decay, inflammation and/or infection in the gums massage your cat’s gums as often as you can. If the gums are a pink color then you know that they are healthy.

A Clean Diet: To make sure that your cat’s dental and oral health is at its optimal level make sure you feed them a combination of wet and dry food. It also helps when you vary their meats in their daily diet.

Let Them Chew: To help ensure your cat to have strong teeth and bones that it is a good idea to let them chew on toys and bones. Keep in mind when letting your cat chew on bones that they are safe so it won’t become a hazard and/or health risk.

What to Look For?

It is a good idea to do daily checks of your cat’s mouth to look out for anything that may be a health concern. Some of the things that you should look for include:

  • Redness in color with gums
  • Swollen or inflamed gums
  • Ulcers on gums and/or tongue
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bleeding of gums

What Should You Have in Your Cat’s Toothbrush Kit?

  • Cotton swabs
  • Small toothbrush
  • Toothpaste for cats

How to Introduce Teeth Cleaning to Your Cat?

  1. Introduce the idea of teeth cleaning by massaging your cat’s teeth and gums with your fingers.
  2. Introduce the taste of toothpaste by putting a little in your cat’s mouth.
  3. Introduce the toothbrush slowly if your cat does not like it there is always the option of using gloves that are meant for cleaning your cat’s teeth.
  4. Now you are ready to apply toothpaste to the toothbrush to begin cleaning your cat’s teeth.