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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Why do cats and dogs eat grass?
In the wild, dogs and cats eat vegetations to supplement their diet, in order to soothe upset stomachs (e.g. in worm infestation), aid in digestion and to promote vomiting when needed. This is actually harmless but when these happen draw the attention of your VET doctor to it.
 
Why does my dog’s breath reek?
Bad breath is usually a sign of dental problem. A routine pet dental cleaning and treatment with your veterinarian will normally prevent this. Your vet will among other things advise you to use a good pet toothbrush and toothpaste and to also feed your pet dry kibble. Dry kibbles helps clean pets’ teeth naturally.
 
How do pets contact fleas?
Pets get fleas from outdoors or from other pets. Flea remain dormant for long periods of time in various conditions so they can hop onto your pet from him lying on the ground, from any furniture that was  laid on by another flea infested pet or directly from one flea ridden pet onto your pet.
 
You can check your pet for fleas by parting their hair for any red irritated skin from flea bites or bald patches caused by the pet scratching and biting. You can also use a flea comb for this purpose. Use the flea comb to comb your pet’s coat and see if you trapped any flea with it.
 
Is a dry nose a sign of pet sickness?
Occasionally, a sick pet will have a dry warm nose. A healthy cat or dog should have a cold, wet nose.
Whenever you feel your pet is sick see your veterinarian irrespective of whether the nose is dry, warm or wet.
 
Is there something wrong with my dog shedding hairs?
Dogs shed hairs at times but when the shedding becomes excessive, it may be a sign of trouble.
 
My cat sheds a lot of hairs.
Shedding of hairs by cats is a sign of good health because sick cats do not shed. You can reduce the shedding by regular grooming with the right combs and brush.
 
IS it okay to give dogs ruminant (goat, cow etc) milk?
A lot of questions have being raised on whether it is okay to give dogs ruminant (goat, cow etc) milk? Few dog owners know that most dogs tend to be lactose (sugar) intolerant. This means that they lack an enzyme called beta lactamase, which allows the digestive system to break down the kind of sugar contained in milk.
Dogs that lack this enzyme end up with a lot of undigested sugar in their intestinal tract, which creates a wonderful breeding environment for bacteria. When a lot of bacteria grows in the intestinal tract it can irritate the stomach and intestine and cause vomiting and diarrhea. These are the same problems that occur in lactose-intolerant people.
That being said, while many dogs are lactose intolerant, some are not. Some dogs love the taste of milk and other dairy products and won't have any stomach or intestinal problems when they get some as a treat.
The bottom line is, it may be okay to give your dog a small amount of milk if it doesn't cause her any vomiting, diarrhea, or other discomfort. Check with your veterinarian first to be sure it won't cause your pet any health problems or interfere with his diet.
 
 
Is it wise to feed my dogs chocolate?
 
Chocolates contain a substance called Theobromine which is poisonous to dogs. There is more Theo bromine content in stronger tasting and darker chocolates. One ounce of milk chocolate contains approximately 60mg of theobromine. A dog will need to consume between 100 – 150g of theobromine for every pound your dog weighs. So unless your dog has eaten quite a lot of chocolate you don't have to worry much.
 
But if you could not really determine the quantity consumed, you are better off making a call to your vet.
Signs to look out for are discomfort, vomiting, and diarrhea.
 
Any first aid measure should be geared towards reducing further intake, and also reducing the quantity being absorbed through the stomach. Activated charcoal can be quite handy and could easily be purchased over the counter from any drug store or Vitamin shops. Activated charcoal will mop up the indigested chocolates thereby preventing further absorption.
 
Electrolyte drinks are also helpful as it will help replenish the fluid lost through diarrhea and vomiting.
Continue with the first aid until the symptoms abates.
 
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