Pet Care Facts – Did you know…?

Check our great pet care facts and tips below:

petcare ears fur crazy pet salonThe inside of your pet’s ears should be odorless and pink in color. The Fur Crazy staff carefully inspects every pet’s ears and will alert you to any apparent irritation or odor. We advise our customers to inspect their pet’s ears weekly at home.

Keeping the ears clean and healthy is a very important part of your pet’s overall well-being. In addition, many breeds grow excess fur in the ear canal. This is a perfect environment for bacteria growth that can cause infection and can be harmful to your pet. The professional removal of this fur should be performed about once per month. At Fur Crazy, we use special ear powder to help make this process more comfortable for your pet. We then use a mild ear solution to clean your pet’s ears.

Note: As a precaution, we gently place sterile cotton in your pet’s ears during the bath to minimize the amount of water seepage into the ear canal.

petcare nails fur crazy pet salonWhether or not your pet receives regular grooming services, it is imperative that they have their nails checked and, if needed, trimmed once a month. Taking your pet for long, daily walks on rough surfaces, such as concrete, also helps to keep their nails at a manageable, harmless length.

The trimming of your pet’s nails is extremely important and should never be overlooked or neglected. Unattended nails can cause the toes to “splay”, or spread, which can be very painful for your pet. In addition, some pets have “dew claws”, (the nails located higher up on the leg) which must be trimmed regularly or they will curl around and pierce the skin.

Most pets find the trimming of their nails to be a very unpleasant experience. At Fur Crazy, we take a very gentle approach to minimize their anxiety. In addition, we always keep a fresh supply of sharp nail clippers to minimize the pressure on the nail, making the process go more quickly and more importantly, pain free!

petcare fleas fur crazy pet salonIf your dog or cat is constantly scratching, he or she may have fleas. If your pet only has a couple, it may be very difficult to spot them. A pet with many fleas will have black and white specks on the skin. These specks are actually flea “dirt”. When exposed, by parting the hair, a flea may scurry away very quickly. Fleas not only make some pets very uncomfortable, they feed on their blood. This can result in a lethargic pet. Many pets are allergic to fleas and will chew themselves raw to the point where there is hair loss and blood, otherwise known as “hot spots”.

Ticks are usually stationary while they feed on your pet’s blood. They feed until engorged and then drop off to lay eggs. It is best to try to eliminate a tick problem as soon as a tick is spotted because they lay an enormous amount of eggs and will infest an area quite quickly. If your pet has ticks, the Fur Crazy staff will remove them to prevent the problem from getting worse.

In order to ensure your pet’s general health has not been compromised, we recommend a veterinary examination for pets that are infested with fleas or ticks. For a safer alternative to traditional flea and tick prevention, see the article below!

by Dr. Russell Swift, DVM, HMC

As a veterinarian in South Florida, I have see more than my share of flea problems. I am very often asked what can be done naturally to eliminate them. What I am about to tell you will probably come as a shock. HEALTHY PETS DO NOT HAVE PROBLEMS WITH FLEAS. Notice I said “do not have problems with ” not “do not have any”. Fleas have co-existed with their hosts for thousands of years. In nature, an animal such as a wolf can have some fleas without a problem. If an animal is not optimally healthy, it’s immune system is more likely to react improperly to the flea’s bite and produce symptoms of itching, eruptions, etc. The “flea allergy” is an abnormal response of the body to the flea. It has nothing to do with the flea, itself. Otherwise, every animal bitten by the same flea would have a similar reaction and that simply does not happen. I also find that healthy pets only attract a few fleas. What this all means is that if your pet has a lot of fleas or is oversensitive to them, there is a problem within the pet. The flea is just a symptom. Think about this. A pet has too many fleas or is “allergic”. This means that it is not as healthy as it should be. How do we treat this problem? Spray, bathe, dip, apply or give internally PESTICIDES. Does this make any sense? Administering poison to an animal to make it healthier? While this will often eliminate the symptom, it does nothing for the deeper health problem the pet has.
What are the alternatives? First of all, we need to recognize that a deeper problem exists. Once we have done that, we can begin to strengthen the pet’s system. We start by feeding a natural diet. I have had many clients tell me that after switching to a natural diet that their flea problems disappeared without any other intervention. If diet isn’t enough, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and other treatments can resolve the problem.
There are some non-toxic methods of reducing the number of fleas on the pet in order to provide some relief. This gives the pet some relief without poisoning the body further and allows us some time to get the pet’s health back on track. The flea comb is a very good way of removing fleas. It requires a little patience. Comb your pet after every walk, before entering your house. Some people find that diatomaceous earth is effective as a “flea powder”. Buck Mountain Botanicals makes a DE and herbal powder that is often effective. A new product that has data showing it lasts up to three weeks from a single application is Ectopamine. This product is made from essential oils and will kill both fleas and ticks. Cedarcide can be used on the pet, in the house and yard.
There are some non-toxic ways to treat the environment to reduce the flea population. In the yard, I prefer a biological control agent. There is a nematode (microscopic worm) that is applied to your lawn with a simple garden sprayer. The worms develop, feed on and kill immature fleas. This product is non-toxic to the environment and animal life. Other options for yard control are Cedarcide, mentioned above, and Mosquito Barrier.
For the indoor environment, I usually recommend a borax type product. There are a number of these available specifically for flea treatment and I find they are very effective and long lasting when properly applied. Use a product specifically designed for this purpose and follow directions or hire professionals. Cedarcide can also be used indoors.
Ticks are more of a challenge to eliminate. However, many of the products listed above are effective against ticks, as well. Mosquito Barrier, Cedarcide and Ectopamine all kill ticks.

While all this is more time consuming that simply giving your pet a pill or putting a few drops on the skin, it is safe and will actually improve the overall health of your pet. Generally, as the pet gets healthier, most of these procedures can be eliminated. All too many times we have heard how safe some new medication is only to have the truth come out years later. Please consider all of the above information before resorting to some pill, drop or pesticide program for your pet.

Bufo photo poison Fur crazy Pet alonThe Bufo Toad (Marine Toad) can grow to 7 inches or more and weigh more
than 3 lbs. They resemble Jabba the Hutt of Star Wars, with deeply pitted
swollen glands behind each eye, extending down the back. The glands contain
a milky white toxin that the toad secretes when threatened. The animal’s call
sounds like a tractor in the distance.
Dogs who find all this too tempting to pass up suffer the consequences if they touch the toads with their tongues. The first sign of a problem is the dog starts foaming at the mouth. At this point you need to be quick and flush out the dogs mouth with a hose if possible and flush out crosswise not down the throat. We don’t want to drown the dog but you really do need to flush it out. If the dog seems fine and has no problems you should be OK. If you see anything out of the ordinary – you need to call your vet and get your pet over there immediately.
If you are not sure – please call!
These toads can also be small and still cause the same problems. If it looks like a toad always assume it is a poisonous one – Don’t take chances!
Always supervise your pet when you let him out in the yard especially at dawn or dusk when the toads are more prevalent. Again it is always better to be safe than sorry – check your yard before letting your pet out and always watch them.

What causes heatstroke?

Heatstroke occurs when your pet’s body temperature gets too high. If you leave a pet in a parked car, even with open windows, temperatures in the car can climb to lethal temperatures within minutes, especially in South Florida! Do not leave or tie a pet outside without shade on a hot day and do not exercise the animal when it is too hot.

Know the signs

Dogs dissipate heat by panting but in some extreme weather conditions, that’s not enough to adequately lower their temperature. Any of the following signs may indicate that your pet is overheated: excessive panting and drooling, vomiting and/or diarrhea, an elevated heart rate, lethargy, odd behavior, seizures or very red gums. Remember: since dogs do not have sweat glands they are more vulnerable to heat stroke.

Be aware that some breeds are especially vulnerable to the effects of heat (short-nosed breeds such as Bulldogs or Boxers, for example). Also, the smaller the dog, the faster it can overheat. This is especially true for black dogs – they absorb more heat. White dogs are also prone to sunburn. Small dogs should never be left alone in cars or placed in hot cars before cooling off the car. Also you must be careful on hot pavement. We wear shoes so we don’t feel the heat, but these surfaces become very hot and since dogs are lower to the ground, they can overheat very quickly.