How to inform yourself if marijuana is harmful for your pet cat

Step 1: Go to Google (I’m using Chrome so I use my address bar), and type, “Is marijuana harmful for cats?”

Step 2: Look at all those sites! Click one to find the answer to your question, preferably one that looks legitimate. 

Step 3: Congratulations! You have found the answer to your question that yes, marijuana is very harmful for your kitty. Now please, do them a favor and stop smoking around them, tumblr user shroom-goddess.

Not bad breeding related, but, bad ownership!

While we see obese humans as unhealthy, it’s a common mindset to see obese pets as adorable and hilarious. No one thinks twice on seeing an obese, waddling dog’s health, but they’ll gush about how cute he waddles or how he snorts when he’s laying down. It’s just a joke right? The dog’s a marshmallow, he sleeps sitting up and he can’t walk but for a couple minutes. He’s adorable!

It’s not cute, it’s not funny.

It’s animal cruelty. Plain and simple. 

Waddling is painful and taxing on the joints and spine. The animal’s legs are spread out further than what they should be, carrying much more than they ought to be, and usually end up walking on flat, splayed feet to compensate. For a digigrade animal, this is incredibly painful. The ~endearing~ sleep snorts are a struggle to breathe properly.

But there’s more to obese dogs than the structure outside. The very inside is falling apart. 

Obese pets are prone to hip dysplasia, and while it’s serious on healthy weight dogs, it’s even worse in obese dogs! Arthritis is also worse, which makes each heavy step agony as the animal ages.

Decreased liver function, heat intolerance, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Obese dogs are prone to many ailments and damages from their excessive fat. Their life spans are also much shorter than a healthy weighted dog’s. Health issues that would effect a dog in their final years will show up much earlier in an obese dog.

In overweight animals, the lungs can not function properly. The additional fat in the chest restricts the expansion of the lungs. The extra fat in the abdomen pushes against the diaphragm, which separates the abdominal cavity from the chest. This also results in less space in the chest for the lungs to expand on inspiration. To make matters worse, the increased quantity of tissue puts an increased demand on the lungs to supply oxygen. These changes are especially serious in dogs who may already have a respiratory disease.

It is evident from the above discussion that the health, ability to play, even to breathe, are diminished in overweight dogs. Overweight dogs may become more irritable due to being hot, in pain, or simply uncomfortable. Overweight dogs die at a younger age than those maintained at an optimum weight.

 - sourced from Peteducation.com 

It’s important to be aware that while cruelty to animals is typically brutal from poison, beatings, exposure… it can come in the disguise of kindness more often than you think.

Feed portions, treat sparingly,  feed a good diet and exercise your dogs please. 

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Is it any wonder why we love dogs?

jesus-on-his-breath asked:

Your Petco/Petsmart ask just came up on my dash, and I wanted to share my story. I am dealing with this firsthand-I bought a leopard gecko from Petco last year, and I just spent $400 on an appt with a specialist, and found out that my gecko most likely has crypto. It has been nothing but health problems from the start. I love him to death, but if I had to do it over again, I would NOT buy from Petco. It's not worth the money, the heartache, and the suffering on the animal's part.

Oh no, I’m so sorry. Crypto is so horrible, heartbreaking, and scary. It’s so wrong that they sell these sick, genetically unhealthy animals and also that they take no responsibility for it on a fundamental level.

As an important side note, as a pet owner, there are so many contagious diseases at pet stores that I have a personal decontamination procedure for myself when I visit one, especially chain pet stores like PetCo/Smart. I change my clothes as soon as I get home from visiting one.

As a pet owner it’s important to be mindful of diseases like cryptosporidium in geckos, mycoplasma pulmonis (myco, a rodent respiratory disease universal in pet store rodent stock), bird diseases that are airborne or travel in feather proteins, or diseases from dogs visiting the store that have been “left behind” on the floor.

This is especially important for people who work in these stores and come in direct contact with the animals there and then come home to their own pets.

Be sure to sanitize thoroughly such as with an alcohol-based skin disinfectant, and then toss your clothes in the wash directly when you get home, and preferably wear different shoes at work than at home which don’t enter the house or which you can both scrub and disinfect. If you work there, it’s really best to take a shower before handling your own pets.  This really goes for anyone who works with, or comes in contact with, animals outside their home and also has pets, including at shelters and rescues, animal expos, pet stores, zoos, and so on. 

I know it sounds paranoid, but many people working in the animal industry or animal rescue have had bad experiences, and it’s always better to spend that extra ten or fifteen minutes on good hygiene practices rather than risk your pets!

anonymous asked:

How often should different pets have vet checkups? I'm mostly curious about cats and hedgehogs because that's what I have, but I also wanna know about dogs, birds, reptiles, and other small animals and exotics in case I ever have any of them for pets too.

Hello there my curious Anon! 

On the topic of vet checkups:

General rule is to make sure they get checkups when they are young till adulthood to where you should get them checked every half year or year. Of course, they need checkups when their shots need to be renewed and especially if they are sick. Paying attention to signs of sickness are important, animals will often hide that they aren’t feeling good.

On cats, when they are kittens they need to be brought to the vet around once a month to get their necessary vaccination and to make sure they have a clean bill of health. 

The kittens will need those monthly vaccinations until at least 4 months of age, in which the next time they should be brought in is at 6 months so they can get spayed or neuter and then again at 1 year old. After that checkups should be either every 6 months or year. 

Source: x )

For dogs, it is just like with cats. When they are puppies, you need to give them monthly check ups to get them all up to date on their shots and also to keep an eye on their health. Then comes the spaying or neutering. After that, either every 6 months or year. 

(Source: x )

For the other critters, I’ll let someone else here aid you for the answers you seek!

- Mistah J
Signed by: Mille Fleur

Most poultry don’t have to see a vet unless they’re sick. If you keep an eye out for respiratory issues, injuries, and prolapse in hens, as well as having your chicks vaccinated and being careful about who and what your poultry are exposed to, you can avoid ever having to go to the vet, but you should always keep at least one vet who will treat poultry on file in case something comes up that you can’t handle safely without the help of a professional.

(Source: x, x)

Horses should see a vet at least once a year, (some people say every 6 months) and as many more times throughout the year as the vet deems necessary, taking into account the age, necessary vaccines, any injuries, if she’s with foal, and other factors along those lines. It really does depend on the horse.

Mares in foal should get regular check ups, foals should see a vet more often in their first year, but after annually is alright.

Horses should also see a farrier every 6-8 weeks,  and have there teeth floated or filed when needed. If you are showing your horse a “coggins” test is needed, and its a good idea to have your horse vaccinated, and you should be up to date on worming, which can be done at home by you or your barn owner. Every horse should get a rabies vaccine. 

(Source: x

Your heard/flock should see a vet annually for vaccinations and several more times a year to check pregnant animals or injury/sickness.

Its important to find a vet to treat your animal in a timely fashion. Large live stock animals do require a mobile vet in case of a broken leg or a downed animal, but smaller animals like goats and pigs can sometimes be transported. Some vets will refuse to treat small livestock like chickens, so its important to find a vet that will give your smaller animals the time of day and important to find a vet that will treat large animals, because many do not these days.

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Rabbits are alright with a yearly check up, and when they are sick, injured or having babies. Finding a good vet that is good with small animals is very important. Rabbits are fragile and if your planning on spaying/neutering your pet you need someone who knows what they’re doing. Here is a list from rabbit.org on vets in your state/(some) international county of vets that treat rabbits. Here on page 11 is a list of things to watch for in bunnies and also includes a list of vets on another page.

(Source: x , )

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So, doing some research on the hedge hogs, J and King Kookie found some websites on hedgehog care, and reading the webpages, it looks like the hedges should see the vet frequently when they are first brought home and then annually after. Its a good idea to have a vet that is used to working with hedge hogs. Common problems include mites and parasites. Read more on the sources below!

(Source: x , x )

-Mille Fleur
Signed by: Gram

As for reptiles, it’s always necessary to quarantine your newly acquired animals. Use different tools and place them in a different room in the house away from your regular reptile room, preferably on the other side of the house. Before introducing your reptile to your established collection, you should take them to the vet along with fecal samples at least once (more than once if you suspect an illness!). After you and the vet determine that your reptile is safe to be housed with everyone else, it’s ideal to take them to the vet at least every six months for regular checkups (minimum once a year).

(Source: x, x)

- Harpy
Signed by: Lovebird

Companion birds - parrots, cockatiels, finches, and the like - should be seen at least once a year to have their weight checked and a physical exam performed. Fecal samples may be taken to check, but blood samples are rare. If your bird requires regular beak maintenance, nail trimming, or wing clipping, you may need to bring in your bird up to a monthly basis. Like reptiles, it’s also always necessary to quarantine any newly acquired animal from the rest of the flock.

(Source: x, x)

- Lovebird
Signed by: Osprey, Goffin

Pet owner resource for what you can and cannot give to your dog.

I know this has nothing to do with the theme of my blog but I feel like it’s really important. Ever wonder if that human treat you want to give your dog can hurt them? Well now you’ll know! You can also discover which medicines are safe and which diseases are transferable. This site is awesome for keeping your dog(s) safe and healthy!

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Grooming side of dogblr:
What comb would be best for my corgi?

I have a “flea comb” that seems to work ok but it doesn’t get too much of the fur since the teeth are far apart (like the top portion of the TopPaw comb on the right.)

I’ve given up my furminator upon learning how detrimental it is to guard hairs and I’m getting complaints about his shedding (from him) so I need to settle down on some serious grooming and desheeding tools.

Or maybe you can recommend a brand or style online?

Could somebody fucking explain to me why my cat pukes all the time and why his food is always half digested.

He doesn’t fucking chew his food when he eats because he grew up in a shitty house surrounded by cats and his litter of kittens. His breeder wasn’t exactly a great person. I can’t take him to the vet right now because my entire household is caught in an economic stranglehold so could someone tell me what the hell is wrong with my cat.

He’s been doing this his whole life. He’s almost 5 or 6 now.

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Do dogs use more calories in heat or cold? (Doing nothing but sitting around. Right now it’s hot hot hot out with a shit ton of humidity. We are both miserable. Watson is mostly indoors with ac but he wines until I let him out to sit on the grass or concrete while I’ve been helping my brother or uncle fix my car in the sun.)

He’s the proper weight but the vet wants me to get him down a pound to get weight off his bad knee. I’m having a lot of problems figuring out how to reduce his food so he looses one pound. I also don’t have a scale.

Right now he gets 2/3 cup of kibble in the morning and 2/3 cup of freeze dried honest kitchen raw food. I cut his raw to one and a half scoops with my 1/3 cup scoop (no idea how many cup fractions that is. I’m terrible at math and worse with fraction measurements.)

Will that be enough or should I cut it more. I feel bad cutting it bc he’s getting the right amount of food and then I hear his poor tummy gurgle an hour later :(

PSA

Stoners with pets !!
Please please please don’t get your pets high.
I know it’s funny and quite adorable but it is bad for them.
Marijuana doesn’t affect pups, cats, (rodents, and reptiles?) the way it affects us humans !!
They can get sick, have seizures, or (in a severe case) die.
So please keep your 4 legged babies away from your stash and smoke ❤️


Symptoms
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Anxiety, panting, and agitation commonly occur following exposure to marijuana.
In some pets, marijuana toxicity results in profound lethargy that can border on unconsciousness.
Pets suffering from marijuana intoxication often show impaired balance. They may stagger, stumble, and fall attempting to walk.
Drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea may occur.
After exposure to marijuana, pets may lose bowel and bladder control. This results in house soiling (cats, dogs).
Extreme responses to noises, movements, and other forms of sensory stimulation may occur in pets that are exposed to marijuana. These responses can manifest as trembling or jerking of the head or extremities. In severe cases, the responses may appear similar to seizures.

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Dixon is back home!

He had his PU redone and was castrated (because they needed to widen it and move it further up). He is very sore and is due to have stitches removed in 10 days. He has peed twice so far since coming home.

They say he blocks up now because his bladder produces a waxy substance. So he has to be on a prescription diet forever that prevents this from forming. He already hates the food and is begging for his usual stuff but we have to tell him no. 

I went to a farm store that sells the brand of food to compare prices to the vets’ and the old man who works there started to cry when I told him about Dixon’s story and the whole ordeal. It was sad seeing him get upset but he told me not to give up on this kitten and love it forever :) 

So so far, let’s hope this is the last block up. The vet said it’s likely euthanasia next time if this diet fails. 

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