Pet Parenting Tips Week 3

Pet Parenting Tips Week 3

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Every week we post blogs that include tips, tricks and information to help you navigate pet ownership, as well as statistics, guidance and helpful resources for all things Pets!

Every week we provide our best tips to give you all the information you need to know when having a pet, including pet care, medical how-to's, common questions, training tips and much more.

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1. Water Intoxication In Dogs

2. Grooming

3. Obesity In Pets

4. Costs Associated With Owning A Pet

Here Is A Recap Of Our Weekly Pet Parenting Posts:

1. Water Intoxication In Dogs

Ohh those water-loving pups! Don't we all wish we could be like them sometimes? Watching them play and swim in the water just living their best life. Having days like this are why we need to be diligent and alert when we take our pups swimming.

Water intoxication is a somewhat rare but potentially fatal syndrome resulting from ingesting too much water.

Water intoxication signs

▪ loss of coordination

▪ lethargy

▪ bloating

▪ vomiting

▪ glazed eyes + dilated pupils

▪ light gum colour

▪ excessive salivation


Advanced symptoms:

▪ difficulty breathing

▪ seizures

▪ collapsing

▪ falling into a coma

If you notice any of these signs, you need to seek Veterinary care immediately to save your pups life. With aggressive treatment to improve sodium levels and decrease brain swelling, there is a small chance your pup will survive. Unfortunately, most do not. Take breaks, monitor their water intake and ensure your pup is resting frequently with their play-time in the water.


2. All Things Grooming

Grooming! This is such an important part of pet ownership. Pet hygeine helps prevent anxiety, pain, discomfort, and other medical issues and keeps your pet happy, healthy and feeling their best.

Stuff you will need:

▪ Enzymatic toothpaste (made for pets)

▪ Pet brush and comb

▪ Ear wash

▪ Nail clippers

▪ Pet Shampoo/Conditioner

With this list of pet grooming items, you can maintain your pets daily wellbeing and lower your vet bills and costs associated with deteriorating health due to neglecting regular maintenance.

Consistently grooming your pet will also allow them to become accustomed to the routine. This will make it easier for you, easier on your pet and easier for your veterinarian when more in-depth grooming is needed to be done.

Get your pet used to the tools and process before you begin. Allow them to feel safe and calm when your routine begins and reward them for completion after you're finished.

Be wary of using sharp tools on your pet. You may want to leave this part to the professionals to avoid accidental injuries.

If you find you are struggling with grooming your pet, bring them in to a professional. They have the tools, resources and training to groom your pet safely and comfortably and ease your pets into their process.


3. Obesity In Pets

We love the chonky bois. The big gals. The hefty fur babies. After all, there is so much more of them to love! But did you know that obesity in pets can come with dangers as well? More than 50% of all domesticated pets are obese. Their severity varies.

Obesity is mostly caused by lack of exercise and over-eating. Shocker! However other factors can come in to play as well, including medications, hereditary diseases and health conditions. When possible, we should do what we can to limit the excess weight our pets have and ensure a healthy, active lifestyle and a healthy diet.

Obesity can lead to numerous health issues, pain, inflammation and discomfort in your pet. In addition to all that, it can cause tiredness, organ malfunctions/failure and even death in severe cases.

Obesity can cause health risks that were not present prior, such as:

▪ Kidney disease

▪ Liver failure

▪ Heart disease

▪ Diabetes

▪ Arthritis

▪ Respiritory distress

▪ High blood pressure


To prevent these serious health issues try these strategies:

▪ Ensure your pet is eating a healthy diet packed with nutrients. Minimize any by-product meal and artificial ingredients.

▪ Do not feed your pet more than they need.

▪ Do not give your pet excessive amounts of treats

▪ Provide regular exercise regiments for your pet

▪ Give them interactive toys that encourage their movement and mental stimulation


Contact your veterinarian for further methods of weight management including a prescribed weight management diet, weight medications and other therapies.


4. Costs Associated With Owning A Pet

The cost of housing a little freeloader can be outrageous at times. Its no secret. But we are here for you - giving you the information you need to stay informed and make good decisions that will help you navigate the costs of pet parenthood! Afterall, their worth exceeds any dollar amount.

Generally, the first year of owning a pet is the most expensive. You're not only paying for your pet, you're also aquiring supplies, learning what foods work and what doesn't, training and puppy school, vet visits for shots, etc.

Here is a breakdown of costs:

Annual Cost of a Dog:

Food $1,100

Annual check up $120

Annual heartworm/lyme test $75

Heartworm/flea/tick prevention $230

Exams with vaccines $130

Fecal exams $45

Dental care $560

Collar $35

Toys $60

Pet insurance $950

Annual license $25

= $3,330

Spay or neuter $600

Microchipping $65

Bed/Crate $190

Obedience classes $460

1st Year Total Cost = $4,645


Annual Cost of a Cat:

Food $45

Annual checkup $120

Flea prevention $125

Exams with vaccines $130

Fecal exams $45

Dental care $550

Collar $10

Toys $25

Litter $250

Pet insurance $450

Annual license $15

= $2,170

Spay or neuter $400

Microchipping $65

Scratching post $20

Cat carrier $80

Litter box $40

1st Year Total Cost = $2,775

This is approximately $41,625 over a 15-year lifespan of a cat and $46,450 over a 10-year lifespan of a dog - given there are no extravagent health expenses or injuries. It is safe to add about $5000 for any given emergency vet vist.

Knowledge is power. The more informed you are the better prepared you are, and the healthier and happier your pet will be.

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