Conquering drool diaries
My dog seems to be drooling too much lately. What are the possible causes & treatment?
Drooling occurs if the animal is producing too much saliva or is unable to swallow. Excessive saliva production is often due to pain, nausea, seizures, after eating toxic or bitter substances. Problems to swallow saliva can be due to mouth trauma, bad teeth, infection, inflammation or pain within the mouth. Problems with esophagus, infection (Rabies, Tetanus), and facial nerve paralysis as well several other conditions could cause problems to swallow. Excessive drooling is always a worrying sign and you should seek veterinary attention without delay.
My cats have a cold. They saw a vet and he said to just let it run the course. Is there anything I can to comfort them more, to ease symptoms?
You could try a steam bath. Obviously don’t put the cat in the water or allow it to get burnt from the hot water. We put the cat securely in a cat basket and then next to the basket have a bowl of hot/just boiled water with a drop of olbas oil . Put a towel over the basket and bowl to allow the steam into the basket to help relieve the symptoms. Do this for 15_20 minutes 3 times a day.
How do snakes swallow large animals?
In snakes, both upper and lower jaws are movable. The lower jaw is made up of two bones that are joined by an elastic ligament which allows them to spread apart. The upper jaw is not rigidly attached to the skull and thus exhibits vertical as well as horizontal rotation.
What kind of diet should be fed to pet rabbits?
Fresh hay should make up the bulk of your rabbit’s diet and needs to be readily available at all times. Adult rabbits can eat timothy, grass, and oat hays, while younger rabbits should be fed alfalfa. Alfalfa should not be given to adult rabbits because of the higher protein and sugar content.
Hay is important for rabbits because it provides the essential fiber needed for good digestive health and it helps wear down a rabbit’s teeth (which continuously grow) for good dental health. When choosing hay, make sure it looks and smells fresh.
An assortment of vegetables should be a part of your rabbit’s daily diet. When choosing vegetables look for something fresh and free of pesticides.
Your rabbit may enjoy some of the following vegetables:
Broccoli leaves (stems or tops can make rabbits gassy),Carrot tops (carrots are high in calcium and should be given sparingly),Celery, Cilantro,Clover,Collard greens,Dandelion leaves,Dill,Kale (sparingly),Lettuce – romaine or dark leaf (no ice burg lettuce and no cabbage),Mint,Mustard greens,Parsley,Water cress
Pellets should be purchased so that they are fresh, as bunnies will turn their noses up at stale pellets.
Look for pellets that are high in fiber and low in protein.
Some fruits that rabbits enjoy include: Raspberries, Bananas, Pineapple, Apples.
My rabbit doesn’t like being held. He growls and bites every time I try to hold him. Is there anything I can do about it?
Your rabbit is a ground-dwelling animal that is a prey item for many predators. It is completely against the nature of the rabbit to be held far above the ground where it cannot control its own motions and activities.
When you *force* her to be held against her will, you reinforce her notion that you are a predator who is trying to restrain her. Holding her while she struggles and kicks is not only dangerous for you and the children, but for your rabbit too. As they might break their legs, necks and spines because people insist on carrying them around and handling them against their will.
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