Hot spots are a form of irritated or inflamed skin known as a pyotraumatic dermatitis. The skin looks raw, moist & oozing. Hair loss is common, sometimes a large patch could be missing, which can grow if left untreated. It is very itchy and painful often inciting a dog to extreme amounts of licking and scratching the skin making it worse. They can appear anywhere on the body.
Many of you are probably more than a little familiar with this stamp. It’s probably been seen on many long crawls towards the end of the closing credits. But how many of you are familiar with its organisation the American Humane Association (AHA), its history and its current reputation?
Is your dog acting anxiously and shivering? Did you know your dog can get panic attacks, and you might not be aware of that? The only time any of your dogs looked to have a panic attack was when you yelled at them. Some dogs are lucky and very rarely get smacked by their owners. People try to make animals more like humans every day. No wonder the poor animals have attacks like this. They are dressed like humans, taken in classy restaurants with their owners, who demand they be fed at the table, all that stuff. This can be very confusing for a dog.
Sometimes the thought of owning a pet fills your mind, but you don’t want a fluffy kitten, dog or rabbit. Insects do not do anything for you and you haven’t got the time to care for something larger, like a horse. So what do you choose?
Exotic fish are brilliantly colored, fantastic creatures that brighten up the home and bring joy to the household constantly. Exotic fish are usually freshwater marine animals that have been extracted from their natural habitat to accommodate to an artificial environment. It is for this reason that pet owners need to be extra careful when it comes to taking care of these fish.
Aviculture is a popular hobby for many Australians. While canaries, pheasants, lorikeets, society finches, lovebirds, cockatiels, and parakeets are common and beautiful pet birds to keep, exotic birds are also gaining immense following. You can own, breed and trade exotic birds within legal bounds.
As mentioned before, there is no need to breed your female dog at any stage of her life. To make sure you get the best advice, it is recommended that you talk to your veterinary clinic about whether to breed or not, and get advice on which way you should go. People who pay big money for a pedigreed dog may hope to make some of the money back by selling a litter of pups from the dog, but this can be fraught with dangers too. If your dog spends a lot of time alone while you are at work, even if there is a suitable mate around, if a very aggressive dog fancies your dog and jumps the fence, there is every likelihood you will end up with your dog badly injured in a fight and your dog could end up with unwanted pups.
The most sensible answer to this question is ‘no.’ Yes, letting your female dog have a litter may sound kind and allow her to develop fully, but the reality is that you will potentially attract a whole host of stray dogs who would be very interested in impregnating your prized pet. Females can come in season at the most inappropriate times which can be a huge hassle for you. And let’s not forget, you will then have the challenge of finding new homes for the puppies. Or getting each individual pup micro-chipped, and vet checked as it is mandatory in New South Wales according to the Companion Act 1998. Check with your veterinary clinic as to what their views are. If you are interested in allowing your pet to have puppies, ensure that you are well aware of the associated costs, legalities and headaches that can come along with breeding.