What to do if a pet escaped - 1
Animals tend to get lost ... Some go to feats in the name of love, others are let down by hunting excitement and curiosity, others are frightened (for example, there are a lot of losses on New Year's, when firecrackers rumble everywhere). How to be safe and what to do if a pet is missing? Firstly, we need to prevent escapes. I repeat once again - animals from which it is not planned to produce offspring should be castrated for their own good! In addition to having one less excuse to escape, they will not suffer from abstinence-related neurotic conditions.
You should walk with trendy bitches separately from other dogs! You can be as puffed up as you like that, they say, a normal dog should behave quietly and unquestioningly obey the owner even at the sight of an agreeable lady, but walking with a bitch in heat separately is an elementary rule of behavior for any dog owner. Not following this rule is like writing to your neighbors' borscht at night, as in that joke. Do not be surprised later if your bride is torn to pieces by loving fans (and this can happen not only figuratively, but also in the literal sense of the word).
On the question of loving males: if someone drips next to you, and your pet is too excited, we take him for a walk on a leash and give light sedatives. Often this happens in old age, and at the same time there are problems with the prostate. Then the way out is castration.
Leash and sedatives are also shown to shy animals during the New Year holidays and in some individual cases (for example, a "compaction" was arranged in the yard and piles were driven in).
Definitely a leash or a closed carrier - on the road. Being in transport, especially in public, with a large crowd of strangers is a great stress for animals, it can provoke an attempt to escape. In no case should you cross the road with your dog not on a leash! A hundred times everything can go smoothly, but for one hundred and first the dog, for one reason or another, will jerk under the wheels. Even if it does without an accident, the animal can run away quite far from being frightened.
Having a cat or a cat at home, it is advisable to install grids or gratings on the windows and balconies - even if the cat does not want to jump voluntarily, she can jump in excitement after the bird, or vice versa - startle from fright at some unusual loud sound on the street. Secondly, we will facilitate our potential searches. Each of the tips listed below has both a plus and a minus, so it's best to use all of them at once.
Pedigree dogs get tattoos or have chips implanted. In principle, this can be done by any animal, regardless of species and breed. Plus - enough information to find the owner, minus - not everyone who finds a loss will guess to look for a tattoo, and many have not heard about the chips. In addition, the chip can only be read with a special scanner, which is not available in every clinic.
Collar with tag or capsule for the address. A very convenient thing, but the tags sometimes get wet, and the capsules tend to unwind, so it's a good idea to glue them with tape. Plus - they are immediately visible, you can record as much information as possible. Minus - the tag and the capsule can break, get wet, and sometimes they are simply stolen. Some time ago, I had a cat named Gerund, whose mistress died. He completely settled down in the house, but from time to time he strove to run away for a walk, so a bright collar and a "golden" capsule with an address were bought for him. After the first march to the left, Gerundy returned ... without a collar, although at home he wore it completely calmly and never tried to take it off ...
Reflective or luminous collar, bell - for avid hunters to see or hear them in the dark. My dachshund Charlie, when he gets carried away with digging a hole or chasing a rat, does not pay attention to calls, to whistles, or to the sound of my retreating footsteps. Considering that it is small and black, it is very difficult to see it in the dark ... In this case, a luminous collar is a way out.
Thirdly, what to do if the pet is still missing?
First of all, don't panic!
Go out in search: first of all, look for cats under the windows, in the attic, in the front doors (under the stairs, between stairwells), basements of your own and nearest houses, dogs - in places of ordinary walks. Take your favorite treat in search, for the dog - a favorite squeaky toy. For a hike through the basements, stock up on a good flashlight and rubber boots - the pipes are leaking ... The first, second and even third time you may not find your pet. Don't give up hope. A cat from fright and surprise may, even being in good health, not respond to your calls until it calms down and is thoroughly hungry. A dog has more chances to get into someone's hospitable home - they go out to people more trustingly, do not hide in secluded places, and, as a rule, are larger, and, therefore, more noticeable than a cat.
Interview everyone you meet: passers-by, mothers walking with children, peasants playing dominoes - each of them could have noticed something! Pay special attention to grandmothers! Once Charlie dug a hole in the reeds in the dark and did not deign to leave for half an hour, after which I decided that he ran to the house or returned to the place where the walk began. While I was running, looking for him around the neighborhood, he went to the bus stop (and eventually would have reached the front door, where we would have met), charmed the passengers of the bus, and the "unfortunate dog" was taken home. He went to bed that night much earlier than I did. The prodigal son was found only thanks to the grandmothers - they, unlike the pitiful couple, carefully read all the ads. The couple was caught by a harsh granny who accusingly asked: "Where did you get your dog from ?!"
If you come across local homeless people, it is advisable to talk to them as calmly and friendly as possible, even if they are drunk and impolite.
Dog lovers are a little easier than cat lovers: they have their own party and their own walking places, so neither the appearance of a new dog in the party, nor the new owner of a familiar dog will go unnoticed. With your business cards, go around your usual places of walking, and those where you do not walk, but dog companies also gather. Print many, many ads. They will be ripped off, even if you hang them in specially designated places (and since there are few such places, there are also unauthorized ones), simply because some people get in the way ... Moreover, when I was looking for Hermes, I even sent an anonymous SMS over the Internet: "We hope that your cat will never be found!" I hope my wishes for hemorrhoids the size of a fist overtook the anonymous hack. So what to write and where to post.
1. First big: the cat (dog) disappeared.
2. Further: when and where the animal disappeared, species, sex, breed, age, color, special signs.
3. It is advisable to give a photograph - even a small one, even a black and white one. It's just that some letters do not catch the eye, you never know what another piece of paper, but the look will stop on a cute dog or cat's face.
4. Promise a reward. There are people who will return your pet and just like that, but we need to involve the maximum number of people in the search! For example, for a schoolchild, even 500 rubles is a very good salary. A boy is much more likely to see your dog digging in the trash heap or your cat hiding in the basement on a walk than a well-mannered neighbor in the front door. However, when they start calling you, do not forget the principle of the Mechnikov fitter "money in the evening, chairs in the morning", altering it exactly the opposite: that is, first the animal is returned to you, and then you pay a reward. Otherwise, taking advantage of your mental discord, you may simply be bred for money. There are many good people, but bad people have not yet died out ...
5. Give the maximum number of phones: home, work, cell, neighbors 'or friends' phones (by agreement with them, of course), so that you can be reached at any time.
Ekaterina Rozhenko, veterinarian,
drawings by Vera Glotova
Let's start with the flora that is more dangerous in terms of location. It is much more difficult to protect our smaller brothers from her, because she is in a house or apartment and most often - within walking distance. Let's list the main plants that contain toxic substances.
The second name, familiar to most people, is aloe vera. The most common succulent on our windowsills, known for its healing properties, turns out to be also harmful to cats and dogs. If a curious pet tastes a piece of this plant, then the saponins and latex contained in it will provoke diarrhea and, as a result, dehydration.
The list of popular, but unsafe plants is continued by the flower of the Fat family. In the wild, it is found in Madagascar, in all other cases - on indoor windowsills. And, nevertheless, the Kalanchoe contains a number of components that cause irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, and its juice can disrupt the heart rhythm. But you can't explain this to a pet, and therefore the only way out is to place the plant so that it is inaccessible.
Alpine violet, which we know as cyclamen, is dangerous to dogs and cats. This is especially true of the tuber of the plant, which animals can perceive as a toy and are often dug up. And having damaged it, they themselves can suffer.
Another threat to playful animals is hippeastrum. As in the case of cyclamen, the underground part of this plant can attract pets who, for some reason, like to dig it up. Meanwhile, the bulb of this plant, like other parts of it, is slightly or moderately toxic to cats and dogs due to the presence of licorin in it, an alkaloid that, when consumed in large quantities, causes abdominal pain, nausea, twitching and cramps in the limbs.
Hippeastrum, a bulbous plant that produces an arrow with bright flowers, was once called exclusively amaryllis, but was then singled out by botanists as a separate genus. However, it still belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family.
In our latitudes, it can often be found growing in large floor pots. The plant is distinguished by large fleshy leaves and thick stems. Despite the external beauty and grace, both are toxic, because they contain toxic substances. If your pet feasts on a monster, then it runs the risk of getting numbness and irritation of the mouth and throat, painful swelling, loss of the ability to make sounds and disorder of the act of swallowing. Therefore, if you transplanted the monster into a floor pot, put it in a place where your pets cannot reach.
Ficuses of various types contain milky juice, which, if it gets on the skin, can cause redness and itching, and if it gets on the mucous membranes, it can cause severe irritation. Therefore, you should not let your pet near this plant if he likes to taste the plants.
The fact that this plant contains poisonous substances is a well-known fact. Its juice is especially scary - so if your dog or cat decides to chew the leaves or the stem of this plant, they risk getting a burn to the throat and skin.
The plant belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family, just like croton is a completely different plant, with which codiaum is often confused. Another name for the latter is "Joseph's cloak". All parts of this plant can be toxic to some extent to cats and dogs. The reason is in the poisonous milky juice, which can cause poisoning, vomiting and a strong allergic reaction.
Even when transplanting Dieffenbachia and Codiaum, flower growers recommend wearing rubber gloves, and then washing your hands with soap and water.
Another name for this plant is the umbrella tree. Sometimes it is mistakenly referred to as safe, but this is far from the case. The plant contains "sharp" insoluble calcium oxalate crystals that damage the cells and tissues of the animals that swallow them. Depending on the amount of these crystals absorbed by the pet, damage to the digestive tract can be fatal for it.
From its homeland - the Japanese islands of Kyushu and Ryukyu - it has spread far beyond its usual habitat due to its frost resistance. Including the cycad is also grown as a houseplant. However, all of its parts, especially the seeds, can harm your pets, as its consumption can provoke poisoning and even seizures. Even so, it still remains attractive to cats and dogs.
Differs in beautiful flowering and bright fruits that remain hanging on the branches even in winter. There is a version that for this reason, False Nightshade is sometimes called a winter or Christmas tree. Despite all the beauty, the fruits of this plant are of exclusively decorative origin and in no case should they be eaten because of their toxic properties. The leaves of the plant are also dangerous: they contain juice that can irritate the skin.
All types of dracaena also cannot boast of harmlessness, including bordered dracaena, the most common in our premises. It is especially attractive to cats, as its appearance reminds them of grass, which they love to feast on for health. Unfortunately, with dracaena everything is different: the substances contained in its juice classify it as a low-toxic plant that can provoke a disorder of the digestive system.
Epipremnum golden, potos, or scindapsus
This popular indoor vine is unpretentious to care for and grows quickly, so even a beginner who does not know how to properly take care of flowers can grow it. Potos is considered a moderately poisonous plant. Its parts contain substances that can cause swelling of the tongue, difficulty in swallowing and breathing, convulsions. This plant rarely attracts dogs, but cats may become interested and chew on the dense leathery leaves.
Poinsettia, or the most beautiful euphorbia
This evergreen shrub is often grown as a container crop. Poinsettia blooms in December-February and is especially beautiful around Christmas. Therefore, it is often called the Christmas star. The parts of the plant themselves are not poisonous, but the white juice of the most beautiful milkweed can irritate the skin, and if it enters the stomach, it can cause vomiting and pain.
Despite its popularity with flower growers, azalea is poisonous. And this applies to all parts of this plant - leaves, stems and even flowers. The harmful substances that make up this plant affect the muscles and the central nervous system. This applies not only to animals, but also to humans - so place the azalea as far away as possible not only from the cat or dog, but also from children.
What to do so that the cat does not jump on the tree?
Try the moment she is just about to jump to splash water, for example, from a water pistol or from any other means at hand, just so that she does not see you. Cats do not like water procedures very much. You may have to do it several times to get the reflex fixed in the cat.
On New Year's Eve, festive chores begin in every home. People decorate the Christmas tree, decorate the house. At this time, there comes a serious moment when cats begin to climb the tree, pluck toys and do other similar things. The owners do not know what to do, how to wean the fluffy illumination from playing like that.
First of all, you can not prevent the cat from entering the room where the tree is located! The animal will not calm down.It will try to break into the room, and the less you let it in there, the more your pet will destroy the tree and the room itself.
It is necessary to begin to wean the cat from such games from the time when you decorate the room for the holiday. If your pet reads about sniffing the tree, examining each toy is quite normal, but if your four-legged friend starts jumping on the tree or playing with twigs, then you need to make sure that it does not fall, for example, cover it with books or toys.
The cat will try to knock the tree down, but if it fails, the animal will stop touching it. But what to do if your pet begins to put away books, toys and again destroys the tree. Finding a way out of this situation is easy. In any pet store there is a "Anti-Toilet" tool. Sprinkle it around the tree and your cat will walk around the area. You can also fix it with wires.
A pet for the bravest
Few dare to make such an eight-legged friend. To be honest, I myself can imagine that this pet has escaped from the terrarium and is already getting close to my feet! Brrr ... it's getting creepy. But for many exotic lovers, "domestic" spiders cause a completely different reaction.
Most often, houses contain tarantula spiders. They are large, fluffy, with thick shaggy legs. Even among uninitiated people, such a spider can be associated with a funny plush toy. Although this opinion is erroneous - such a pet can cause a lot of trouble to its naive exotic owner. Not only do these spiders bite perceptibly and rather unpleasantly. Their fluffy "fur" in its properties is closer to the thorns of a cactus: if a spider is carelessly taken in hand, the "hairs" will stick into the skin and remain there. The sensations will be the same as if you hold a lump of glass wool in your hands.
Keeping a pet like any other has its pros and cons. The first concerns: the relative ease of maintenance: the spider does not require much space, it does not need to be fed several times a day, it does not smell, it doesn’t put on your slippers, it won’t wake you up at night with love serenades. A beautifully designed terrarium with a spider will become an interior decoration. And most importantly, you will spend many wonderful minutes watching your pet. It is very interesting to watch the spider hunting and eating, the molting process is no less interesting. And the process of weaving a web is simply mesmerizing.
Well, the downside is that the spider will not become your friend, you will not be able to stroke it, pick it up. A pet tarantula is an analogue of such animals as fish: beautiful and more!
If contact with your pet is important to you, then arthropods are not your choice. But if you are just interested in watching the life and habits of four-legged, eight-legged and other inhabitants of our planet, a spider is an excellent choice.
Why do cats eat houseplants?
The benefits of plants for the animal body are great. Cats love to chew the leaves, stems of flowers and herbs to cleanse and heal their bodies. Therefore, due to the rare access to wild plants, the pet is looking for a medicine on the windowsill.
To protect the cat and her favorite houseplants that are dangerous for her, plant several pots with useful herbs: mint, lemon balm, barley, catnip, thyme. Set up a home garden for your pet on one of its windowsills, removing all dangerous flowers from there.
How do dogs that are bitten by bees behave?
The reaction to an external irritant factor is individual for each dog. In most cases, immediately after the bite, the animal begins to whine. If a bee has bitten a pet in the face, then asymmetry immediately appears, which is very striking. To understand what a dog looks like when bitten by a bee, the photo below will help.
If the dog swallowed an insect, the bite could hit the tongue. In this case, the situation becomes extremely dangerous. A swollen tongue blocks access to oxygen. The pet at this moment behaves restlessly. He may pass out due to lack of oxygen. The further outcome depends on the speed of first aid.
What to do if a rabbit has lost its hind or front legs
Paralysis of the limbs in rabbits is a common problem. When the rabbit's hind legs have failed, it is necessary to find out the exact cause of such a pathological condition, because it depends on this how and with what to treat the pet.
Rabbit's hind or front legs have failed
There are several diseases that can provoke the manifestation of paralysis. A novice breeder should not waste a minute, because some diseases can lead to the death of the animal.