Riding on my horse
My horse grabs hold of the rail or the trough with his teeth and does this funny sucking, gulping thing over and over. What could be the reason?
Cribbing or crib biting is an abnormal, compulsive behavior or stereotypical behaviour seen in some horses, and considered a stable vice. It involves the horse grabbing a solid object such as the stall door or fence rail with its incisors, then arching its neck, pulling against the object, and sucking in air.
My cat has put on a lot of weight and passes extremely smelly faeces. What should I do?
Flatulence is defined as excess gas in a cat’s stomach or intestines. Flatulence is more common in dogs than in cats, but cats can develop gas when food ferments in the digestive tract, when they swallow air after eating too fast or too much, or if there’s a disorder of the stomach, small intestine or colon.
The following are some common causes of flatulence in cats:
Diets high in wheat, corn, soybeans or fiber, Dairy products, Spoiled food, Overeating, Food allergies, Poor food absorption, Eating too fast, Hairballs, Intestinal parasites
Flatulence can be discovered with the smell as 99 per cent of intestinal gas is odorless. The following additional signs may alert you that your cat is having a digestive problem:
· Rumbling in the gastrointestinal tract, Excessive passing of gas, Abdominal pain, Bloating/distended abdomen, Vomiting, Diarrhea
· Treatment: You may want to write down what your cat eats within a 24-hour period in order to see which foods might be causing his gas. Gradually change diet to a low-fiber, easily digestible food. Offer smaller, more frequent meals.Feed cats in multi-cat households separately to avoid food competition.Keep your cat away from spoiled food, i.e. the garbage.Make sure your cat gets regular exercise.
I have two pets, a cat and a dog. While my dog is friendly with the cat he reacts if she starts roaming round the house and tries to stop her.
It sounds like the dog just wants to play using his prey drive (stalk, chase, etc). First, do not put your punish the dog when he does this because he will associate this with the cat and it will make matters worse. This situation calls for more exercise for the dog (including play that allows him to use his prey drive) and careful management of the dog and cat. Start implementing the nothing in life is free routine immediately. Continue rewarding the dog for ignoring the cat and interacting politely. You can interrupt the dog with an “AH AH” when he starts to focus on or play with the cat and redirect him to something that's even more fun (tug, fetch etc.). Until you can learn to trust him you will have to supervise them.
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 three 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.
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