How to Avoid the Worst 5 Household Dangers While Pet Sitting

January 28, 2011

Cleveland pet owners always want to keep their furry companions safe. When pet sitting, it is important to keep your animals away from hazards around the house. By making sure potential dangers are out of reach, unwanted injuries can easily be prevented as well as avoiding the risk of accidental poisoning.

No matter what techniques you use while pet sitting in Cleveland, these tips will ensure that pets stay safe when roaming through your home.

1. Keep the washer/dryer doors closed when not in use. Many animals love to lounge in the warm, enclosed spaces of these appliances. Be sure to close the doors so your pet won’t be tempted to crawl inside.

2. Remove tags/collars when placing the pet in a wire crate. Oftentimes, pet tags and collars can get stuck in the wire bars. Be sure not to place the tag on top of the crate, since your pet may be inclined to grab it and use it as a chew toy.

3. Cover all power strips and open outlets. This will prevent pets from licking or playing with the exposed outlets.

4. Cover all floor vents. Make sure vents are tightly fastened to the floor, and wrap them up in several layers of net. This will ensure your pets don’t burn their paws when stepping on these surfaces.

5. Keep toilet lids closed. Small pets may decide to explore your bathroom and try to hop in the toilet or drink the water. By making sure the lid is shut at all times, you will save your little companion from drowning.

Follow these simple tips, so your home or the home where you are pet sitting will be a safer environment.

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Pot Belly Pig Care: How to Deal with Arthritis

January 7, 2011

If your pot belly pig has arthritis, make sure it has an cushy bed for added comfort.

Pot belly pigs are notorious for developing arthritis. There are many reasons why pot belly pigs are prone to arthritis, one of which is genetics but another common reason is because many are morbidly obese.

 

Many owners do not understand that although pot belly pigs do have a “pot-bellied” shape, there is a healthy body weight they must maintain in order to avoid health problems. When your pot belly pig is obese, joints may begin to degenerate prematurely, causing painful arthritis. However, once your pig has arthritis, what can you do to help it?

Consult your vet about putting your pot belly pig on a healthy diet and set goals for weight loss.

Check out your pot belly pig’s feet. If your pot belly pig’s hooves are not maintained, your pig may walk with legs angled abnormally causing problems. Make sure your piggie gets a good pedicure every once in a while to avoid this problem.

Add glycosaminoglycans to your pig’s diet. These help with good joint health. There’s an injectable form that has proven success. If the injectable is unavailable, there’s also a form of the drug that can be taken orally.

Make sure your aging pot belly pig has a nice comfortable bed with plenty of cushioning for their sore hips, elbows and to prevent further injury while laying down and getting up.

Everything You Need to Know About Pot Belly Pig Illnesses

December 29, 2010

This pot belly pig has a healthy appetite. Photo courtesy of MapleFarmSantuary.org.

Just like humans, pot belly pigs are susceptible to illness, especially in the winter time. Here are some tips about what to look for and what to do if you pot belly pig does fall ill sometime during the winter season.

• A sick pig looks and acts sick. Usually sick pigs will have hair that stands on end all over, like a porcupine if they are ill. Also if your pig is not eating as much as usual, he may be sick. Pigs are not picky eaters, so if you notice yours has become uninterested in food, there may be trouble.

• If your pig is standing with his back hunched and his hind legs under the body, he is sick. This is a common stance that is seen with blockage, stomach aches, hernias, constipation, urinary tract problems and more.

• The most common problem with pot belly pigs is respiratory problems. There are a few different forms of pneumonia that can affect your pig, all of which can become serious if left untreated. Many times pneumonia is accompanied by coughing, but not in all cases. Another symptom is not eating and a high temperature.

• If your pig does have pneumonia, an antibiotic can be given and your pig will most likely be eating again by the following day.

• Another common problem with pigs is constipation, especially if your pig is older. This can be a serious problem if you do not pay attention to symptoms early. If your pig is not eating as much or straining to do his business, you can mix a tablespoon of oil with his food to help. Canned pumpkin and apple sauce also help. If these things do not help, contact your vet.

• If your pig is running a temperature of 102 or higher, you must call a vet immediately.

In most cases, with the right tender love and care, your pot belly pig will recover from his illness and be back to his regular self quickly. However, remember that you are the best judge when it comes to figuring out if there is a serious problem with your pot belly pig. You are the person who interacts with him every day. If his behaviors change, do not ignore the signs. When found right away, treatments can be given to your pot belly pig to minimize suffering and make him feel as good as new.