Dog Health Advice: Fur Not Good Sunscreen

Written by Joel Walsh

You might thinkrepparttar most important bit of dog health advice would be to let your furry loved one spend all day enjoyingrepparttar 150029 outdoors. But you'd only be half-right.

You know we must protect our children and ourselves fromrepparttar 150030 sun. But do you know that leading canine health experts now say thatrepparttar 150031 most important dog health advice they can give is to protect your dog fromrepparttar 150032 sun, too?

Dog Health Advice: Identifying Dog Sunburn

Like we humans, dogs need sunlight to help balance their bodies’ levels of calcium with their metabolism.

Yet too much ultraviolet radiation can irritate our dogs’ skin as it does our own, causing sunburn.

Dog sunburn begins as redness and hair loss.

Where sunburn first appears:

• bridge ofrepparttar 150033 nose • tips ofrepparttar 150034 ears • belly

Dog Sunburn Dangers

• aggravates any existing skin problems • skin ulcers (sores) • infection • cancer

Sunburn and Dog Breed

• Pale and short-hair dogs are particularly prone to sunburn, usually onrepparttar 150035 nose, abdomen, groin, and inside ofrepparttar 150036 legs. Being close torepparttar 150037 ground, they not only are affected byrepparttar 150038 downward sunlight, but also by sun reflecting up from pavement or hot sand.

5 Common Causes of Your Cat Urinating Outside the Litter Box

Written by Nancy E. Wigal

Have you ever had this happen? You’re a happy cat owner, your kitty is usingrepparttar box just fine, but one day…you come home and find a giant urine spot inrepparttar 149984 living room…the bathroom…heaven forbid – on your bed!

What happened? What went wrong? It isn’t normal for a cat to use her litter box faithfully, then one day decide it’s no longer right for her. There’s always a reason why a cat stops usingrepparttar 149985 litter box.


If this happens to you, don’t panic! The earlier you realize kitty isn’t using her box,repparttar 149986 earlier you can stop this problem cold. By careful investigation, you can figure out what’s going on, and how to get kitty to use her litter box again.

Let’s examine 5 common causes that could affect kitty, andrepparttar 149987 solutions for each.

Medical condition:

Your kitty suddenly stops usingrepparttar 149988 litter box because she’s developed a medical condition. It is most likely crystals in her urine, which form inrepparttar 149989 bladder, and make urination extremely painful. Kitty associatesrepparttar 149990 urination pain with her litter box, so she continually tries to find a spot inrepparttar 149991 house that isn’t painful – to her!

The solution – get kitty torepparttar 149992 vet as quickly as possible. A course of medication can clearrepparttar 149993 crystal problem inrepparttar 149994 short term. A permanent solution is to change your cat’s diet to canned food. Be sure to consult with your vet on large-scale diet changes for your cat.

New house or residence:

You moved to another location. It’s fine by you…but kitty is stressed out byrepparttar 149995 move. A week or two after moving in and unpacking boxes, you start finding “accidents” inrepparttar 149996 new digs.

To solve this problem, you will need to confine your cat to one room, and retrain her to userepparttar 149997 litter box. She’s most likely stressed out byrepparttar 149998 new house or apartment. Set up a room with her food, water, litter box, and toys. Shrink her new world down to a manageable size, and start over with litter training. As she demonstrates her willingness to userepparttar 149999 litter box again, bring her out, under supervision, and watch her. After a week or so, your cat should be better acclimated torepparttar 150000 new residence, and use her litter box again.

Change to a different cat litter brand:

Cats can be fussy creatures. You change to a different brand of litter because it’s cheaper, it hidesrepparttar 150001 smell better, or it’s simply more available. Kitty tells you she hates her new litter byrepparttar 150002 most obvious method – she stops using it! Switch back torepparttar 150003 old brand you were using. Assuming kitty liked that,repparttar 150004 problem should be solved. If not, try Cat Attract brand litter. It has a unique blend of herbs and clay, and it really does solverepparttar 150005 problem for about 98% ofrepparttar 150006 feline population that has a litter box complex.

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