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Senior Cats Special Needs

Senior Cats Special Needs. 

Just as human seniors may have special needs, so do senior cats.

Asenior cat special needs cat can be considered senior at ages 7-9 years and geriatric beyond that.

As your cat ages, the process can be accompanied by physical and behavioral changes. These changes may not be outwardly obvious. Their immune system can be weaker than that of a younger cat. Dehydration which is common in older cats can further diminish blood circulation and immunity. [Read more…]

The Dangers of Foxtails and Your Pet

The Dangers of Foxtails and Your Pet

Foxtails -A foxtail is a spikelet or spikelet cluster of a grass, that serves to disperse its foxtails (grass awns) seeds as a unit. Thus the foxtail is a type of diaspore or “plant dispersal unit”. Some grasses that produce a foxtail are themselves called “foxtail“, also “spear grass”. – wikipedia

foxtails grass awnThese “foxtail like” weed clusters have barbs that when disturbed, fall and work their way into the ground making it hard for the cluster to come loose from the dirt. The outside part of the cluster also harbors bacteria composed of enzymes that break down cellular matter.  [Read more…]

Whisker Fatigue, Is Your Cat Suffering?

I feel as though I am pretty knowledgeable regarding cats. I’ve owned cats all my life whisker fatigue and your catand up until recently had never heard of Whisker Fatigue. I’ve always known that a cat’s whiskers are sensitive and help them determine if they can fit through or in something (whiskers are usually about as long as a cat is wide). But in researching the topic of Whisker Fatigue I learned some new things as well.

Most people know that a cat’s whiskers are thicker, longer hairs but did you know [Read more…]

5 Spring Pet Safety Tips

5 Springtime Pet Safety Tips

Spring is just around the corner and with it a host of hazardous things for your pet to get into! Here are some tips on keeping pets safe this spring.

Plants are springing forth and unless you know exactly what’s what, keep your dog poisonous plants for petsfrom eating, chewing and even digging around plants, mushrooms etc. Things like daffodil bulbs, crocus, Lily of the Valley, Hyacinth, Iris and more are all spring blooming and as such pose a threat to your pet. For an in depth poisonous plant list click here.

Snakes Alive! It’s hatchling season and you may have noticed that baby snakes are out and about. Snakes are obviously dangerous for your snakes and  petsdog or cat but baby snakes are even more dangerous because they haven’t yet learned to regulate the amount of venom they inject when lashing out to defend themselves against an unsuspecting dog or cat. So typically they inject all they have. Yikes! This can be deadly for your pet. If you suspect a snake bite get your pet to your veterinarian immediately and take a photo of the snake if possible as this will help your vet determine an anti-venom. [Read more…]

Pet Insurance, Life Saver or Scam?

Pet Insurance, Life Saver or Scam?

What is Pet Insurance? Pet insurance is health pet insurance lawrenceville, gainsurance for pets. There are plans that cover everything from routine vet visits to catastrophic illnesses. There are plans that only cover major medical events and accidents as well. There are varying levels of deductibles and most if not all are reimbursement plans. The good news is you can use any vet you like.

If you own a mischievous puppy, an active dog or a dog that seems to get pet insuranceinto everything pet insurance can save a life not to mention your wallet!

Here is a true story of my own dog and how pet insurance has helped my family tremendously…

Our dog Cole was 3 months old when we adopted her from a local shelter. As part of their program she came with a 30 day insurance plan [Read more…]

5 Important Tips to Avoid Mosquito Dangers Now

 

AVOID NEW MOSQUITO DANGERS NOW TO STAY SAFER LONG TERM

By Jeannie Moreira, Mosquito Squad of Duluth-Lawrenceville

Although right now it seems to be far from the Duluth, Lawrenceville, Johns Creek, Suwanee, and other metro Atlanta areas of Georgia, we all need to be aware of what The Rhode Island Department of Health told the public late last year regarding mosquitos and Chikungunya.

They confirmed two cases of Chikungunya (pronounced Chicken-Guy-Yuh), a viral infection,Chikungunya involving travelers who returned from the Dominican Republic last month, the first cases of the disease being found in the northeast.

According to officials, the virus is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. It is typically found in Caribbean countries, as well as Africa, Asia and islands in the Indian and western Pacific oceans, but there have been about 41 cases reported in the U.S. this year.

Previous cases of Chikungunya were reported in Florida (272 imported cases were reported from January 1 to October 14, 2014), North Carolina and Tennessee. The spread of the disease prompted travel advisories for those Americans traveling to the Caribbean.

The two Rhode Island residents infected with Chikungunya returned from the Dominican Republic twelve days apart. Multiple other possible cases remain under investigation.

mosquito chikungunya rashThere is no vaccine for the disease, and the treatment involves eliminating the symptoms, which include fever, joint pain, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling and/or a rash.

Officials have also urged Rhode Island residents to eliminate potential mosquito breeding grounds, as mosquitoes can allow for person-to-person transmission of the disease

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One of the most effective ways to eliminate mosquitoes for good is with ongoing seasonal protection from a trusted mosquito control company, like Mosquito Squad.

As the continued innovator in both mosquito and tick control, Mosquito Squad shares these best ways to keep mosquitoes at bay, known as the 5 T’s™:

Tip – tip any vessel that holds unintended standing water outside your home – pet water bowls, planter trays and children’s toys.

Toss – toss any items in your yard that could collect water that can be discarded: old toys, unused birdbaths, and tires. An item as small as a flipped over soda pop cap can become a breeding ground for thousands of mosquito larvae.

Turn Over – turn over any potentially water-holding items or containers so that liquid can’t collect in them, until the time they may once again be needed. Again, think bowls, planters, and birdbaths.

Tarps Eliminated – tarps create ideal mosquito breeding grounds. If at all possible, eliminate all outside tarps.  Not only do they hold small pools of water which are ideal for egg-laying, but the shade they create is a preferred spot for adults to harbor during the heat of the day, waiting to come out and bite when they detect warm bodies nearby.

Treat Accordingly – this is where the experts at Mosquito Squad come in. Our trained applicators will take care of Tip, Toss, Turn Over, and eliminate Tarps for you, and we also use the safest, most effective Treatments available to protect your family and pets from biting insects and the diseases they carry.

Take back your yard and protect your family (the two legged and four legged) from biting, disease carrying mosquitos today!

Call 770-271-1833 today and FIGHT THE BITE with these trial offers…

First Spray $49 for 1/2 Acre or Less (SAVES YOU $40!) / First Spray $69 for 1/2 to 1 Acre (SAVES YOU $40!)

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mosquito squadJeannie Moreira, Mosquito Squad of Duluth-Lawrenceville can be reached at 770-271-1833 Duluth-Lawrenceville@Mosquitosquad.com www.moquitosquad.com 

Pet Sitters Tips…Cats Do The Darnedest Things

Pet Sitters Tips: Who rules the roost at your house, the cat or the dog?

Professional Pet Sitters think there is a good chance it’s the cat. They are almost always the “Alpha” over the dog. Watch this funny video. It is a purrfect example!

http://on.aol.com/video/cats-stealing-dog-beds-517969967

cat takes over dog bed at pet sitter in suwaneeAnd here is our cat MoMo. He has taken over the bed of one of our favorite dog boarders Guinness.

MoMo is head of quality control. Looks like this is a premium dog bed!

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