Walk into the home of a cat who runs amok and you'll often see the aftermath of catastrophic claws. Shredded furniture, tattered drapes and torn carpet are testaments to a feline who has not been given proper guidance on where he can scratch and what is off limits. Sadly, this lack of training can result in perfectly good and normal cats being relinquished to shelters or even euthanized.
Walking outdoors with their pet parents is an activity many cats will come to enjoy if they've been properly harness trained and enjoy adventures outside of the house. Consider the following tips to make the most of these outings.
Roundworms are the most common type of parasitic worms in dogs and cats, and nearly every pet will experience them at some point during their lifetime. Adult roundworms typically live in your pet's intestine and may be visible when passed in their feces or vomit, as they grow to be a few inches long. Since they are typically white or light brown, long, narrow and round, they have a similar appearance to spaghetti.
Tetanus, sometimes called lockjaw, is caused by bacterial toxins that typically enter the body through wounds, especially dirty wounds. Horses are particularly susceptible to tetanus because of their environment which often contains soil and manure, as well as their tendency toward injuries. Even something as minor as a light scrape of the skin when rolling about in the pasture or rubbing against a fence can introduce bacteria into your horse's system. When tetanus takes hold of an unvaccinated body, it attacks the nervous system, ultimately making its way to the spinal cord. The horse is likely to experience muscular stiffness and spasm, have trouble eating, and be very affected by stimulation such as loud sounds or bright light, which trigger additional spasms. Tetanus is often fatal. There are drug treatments that can be administered depending on the stage of the horse's condition, but even in horses who are treated, just 50% or fewer survive, and those who do often have a long recovery time.
Fortunately, the awful effects of tetanus aren't too common since most horse parents have come to realize the importance of regular preventive vaccinations. By keeping your steed on a regular wellness and vaccination plan, the chances of her acquiring tetanus are minimal.
With a few clicks of the mouse, you can find a virtually endless offering of pet medications available online and through mail order companies promising significant cost savings. But while the opportunity to save a few dollars may be appealing, is it worth the possibility of putting your furry friend in danger?