Monthly Archives: May 2017

The DIY Cat Bed

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cat, cats, petsCat beds and towers are great for creating a space that is all about your kitty. They can be expensive, however. And, more of than not it seems as though your cat always prefers the box in which it came. So, what are you to do?

Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on cat beds and towers. Go the DIY route and make something yourself.

First assess what your cat wants.

Well, assess as best you can. Pay attention to where your cat likes to relax. Does he or she hang out in high places? Does he lounge on the cool, hard floor? Does she just love those cardboard boxes that seem too small? These things will help you decide what sort of DIY cat bed your kitty might like best.

Go in search of a plan.

There are simply too many DIY cat projects to count. That’s good for you, however, because that means that you have options. Just do some searching. If you know that you need to use something very soft, then you know to search for plush DIY cat beds. If your cat likes some height, then a raised bed is best, or perhaps even a cat tree made of beds.

Gather the materials.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on materials. DIY projects are made of easy-to-find-and-afford things for a reason. In most cases, you can find what you need cheaply at a nearby store. In other cases, you might even have what you need lying around your home, or a friend may be willing to give you some materials.

The possibilities for your cat’s new favorite sleeping spot are endless. Build something you love from the internet, or get creative and put together your own, unique version. Or, if you are a long-time DIY person, make your own project and put it up online for others.

When you go to this effort to build something for your cat, it’s an extra step that shows how much you care. We care for your pet, too, at Pet Vet Hospitals. Come to us for help with your cat’s health.

The DIY Doghouse

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Dog in doghouseSo, you want a doghouse, but the one you want is too expensive, or it’s ugly, or it doesn’t come with the features you want. Fortunately, the DIY lifestyle is gaining traction, and plenty of pet owners have discovered ways to make that perfect doghouse yourself with very little fuss.

The Parts and Labor

Whatever materials you want to use, they can be found. If you want to make a classic house out of wood, that is easily found at your local craft or home improvement store. You can’t cut the wood to the size that suits your needs? You can have that done there, too. Or, you may be able to find the pieces already in the right sizes. If you want something more tent-like, PVC pipe, some waterproof fabric, and some sewing is all you need. If you have the imagination, or some help from the world of DIY instructions, there’s nothing stopping you from making your doghouse.

The Projects

Take a look at this project, here. This plan is a simple one and you don’t have to do the woodcutting yourself, but it still offers your dog plenty of attractive protection. You can exchange some of the materials for something you like better, or something cheaper, if you want. And, of course, you can do it in various colors, too. And, most importantly, it won’t cost you a bundle.

Do you like the idea of a tent structure that you can break down and take with you? There’s a DIY project for that, too. All you need is the right pipe and waterproof fabric, like tarp. The pipes can be glued together, or, if you want something you can break down, you can add some non-slip grip at the ends to prevent it coming apart without some effort.

DIY projects are not for everyone, it’s true. However, many say they’re good for the mind and the hands. Find some help on the internet and build the doghouse of your pet’s dreams. For help with your pet’s health, come to Pet Vet Hospitals.

A Pet’s Never-Ending Ear Infection

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Do you have a pet that is prone to ear infections (like a basset hound or cocker spaniel)? Ear infections are some of the most common ailments that veterinarians see. Chronic ear infections (chronic otitis) are also common, and many a pet owner has spent years battling them for the sake of his or her friend. Sometimes, it just seems as though it is just your pet’s never-ending ear infection.

What can you do? The first thing is obvious: see your vet. Your vet understands ear infections and will find out what type of infection your pet is experiencing. Sometimes, you may be surprised, and the infection can be cleared up with a thorough round or two of treatment.

Other times, it’s not quite so simple. Many pet owners, particularly dog owners, have complained that rounds of antibiotics in combination with other treatments simply haven’t eliminated the problem. Some say their pet’s problem always returns in a matter of weeks, or even days.

So, what’s to be done?

Start by not giving up on your vet. Your vet understands your frustration. Together, you can discuss alternate treatments, or find out if there is a surgical option. If not, your vet will help you develop a long-term treatment plan. This methodical plan may include regular ear flushing to prevent buildup, drops that are safe to use in the long-term, and regular vet visits to make sure that the never-ending problem isn’t causing serious damage. Your vet can prescribe special flushes and medications that you cannot get over the counter; these will likely work far better than what you get at your local pet store.

It’s important to take this route because, though chronic infections can be managed, even when they start to seem “normal,” that doesn’t mean they won’t hurt your pet’s hearing and health in the long-term. Don’t try to tackle your pet’s never-ending ear infection on your own. Talk to a vet. Come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Pets and Lyme Disease: The Basics

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cat-71494_1280You have probably heard of it in humans, but may not realize it happens to pets, too. That is unfortunate, because Lyme Disease is one of the most common illnesses for pets—particularly dogs—and it’s transmitted by ticks. Why don’t you know more about it? Hopefully, it’s because you take the necessary precautions and see your vet frequently enough to avoid it. However, the fact is that it’s a real problem and it’s easy to miss because many pets don’t show symptoms.

This disease is caused by bacteria (borrelia burgdorferi) that deer ticks spread. Typically, the infection happens when a tick is allowed to feed for a few days; that’s when the bacteria is transferred. This leads to infections, the signs of which may not be obvious. Symptoms usually include:

Joint Inflammation

Lameness and Stiffness

Breathing Problems

Appetite Loss

Lethargy

Kidney Problems or Failure (Severe Cases)

Heart Disease (Rare)

If left untreated, things can turn deadly for your pet. First, it has to be diagnosed. To do this, your vet will have to thoroughly examine the animal. Search for ticks and signs that they’ve been feeding. If symptoms have appeared, the vet will have to go over your pet’s history, including when and where ticks might have been present. There will likely be blood tests, urinalyses, fecal tests, possibly X-rays, and more.

Because joint problems are the most common symptoms, your vet will need to make sure that it’s not arthritis, rather than Lyme Disease. Treatment includes antibiotics, or stronger treatments if your pet has a more severe case. Lyme Disease can be tough to cure, so it’s important to remain aware of the possibility, particularly if you have an outdoor dog.

Pets and Lyme Disease is a serious concern. Come to us at Pet Vet Hospitals and let us help you prevent this all-too-common problem.