Tips for your pet
It’s time to get a pet
Before buying a pet, we should first ask ourselves some questions....
Do we want a dog or a cat?
Cats require less attention and less space than dogs, but certainly not less love. You have some breeds that are quieter and others that are more active.
Different cat coat types require more or less care: a long-haired cat such as the Himalayan or the Persian needs a more frequent brushing to avoid tangles and hairballs.
As for dogs, we must seek a breed that best adapts to our lifestyle: spare time, space, children in the house, readiness to tackle your pet’s hair needs, pet size, etc.
Just to mention a few examples, sheepdogs tend to be rough and hard-working, and yet, tender and loving to their masters. One of them is the Border Collie, a sheepdog who may work tirelessly, but this attribute may lead them not to adapt themselves to small places such as apartments. Other examples are the Belgian Shepherd, the German Shepherd, etc. The Miniature Schnauzers are good watchdogs, ideal for the home; they like to be with their people, make good companions and are suitable for apartment life.
The Terriers tend to have a restless temperament, are affectionate with their owners, though sometimes not quite obedient.
Detection dogs or sniffer dogs, such as the Basset Hound, Beagle, Dalmatian, etc., have the best sense of smell, often have plenty of energy and bark and howl a lot.
Companion dogs, by nature, include the Maltese, Chihuahua, Poodle, Bichon Frise, French Bull Dog, etc.
Veterinarians will know pretty well how to advice on the ideal breed for you. Additionally, cat and dog shelters and protection associations existing in Argentina have pets available for adoption to provide all the love a family needs.
Once you have chosen your favorite pet, we recommend you to visit a veterinarian who will tell you all the information you need before bringing the new family member to your home, such as, proper food, vaccination and deworming schedule. At the vet, you will find dishes and water bowls, collars and leads, ID tags, food, poop pads, cat litter boxes, coats, mattresses and baskets, toys, carriers and everything that the veterinarian may recommend you for your pet.
Should I deworm my puppy?
Virtually all puppies are said to be born infected with parasites, since the females pass on the larvae to their puppies toward the end of pregnancy.
The parasites can cause irritation of the intestinal mucous membrane, intestinal blockage and rupture, poor growth, and allergic reactions that can lead to death.
That’s why deworming is so important. The first deworming is recommended at 15 days of age. If a multiple birth, all puppies and their mother must be dewormed, and treatment repeated at 30 and 45 days.
What are vaccines and what are they for?
The vaccines are an essential part of your pet’s healthcare, as they afford protection against diseases that may put their lives at risk. Once administered primarily subcutaneously or in the form of a nasal spray, puppies begin to produce antibodies which protect them from the relevant disease.
The first vaccination may be administered at the age of 6 weeks in the case of dogs, and 8 weeks in the case of kittens. Immunization must be reinforced every 3 or 4 weeks, and then on an annual basis.
There are many vaccines available in the market; your vet will tell you how to combine them and will prepare a vaccination plan that best suits your pet. Your pet should be dewormed before vaccination.
Ask your trusted veterinarian for advice; he will tell you the best way to take care of your pet.
What are fleas and ticks?
Every pet owner has had to battle with the unpleasant fleas and ticks at some time or other. But, what are they actually?
Fleas are tiny wingless insects that live by hematophagy off the blood of pets. Their legs are long, well adapted for jumping. Flea infestation is a common cause of anemia and other diseases such as internal parasitosis that causes itching and scratching, with the consequent injuries that may lead to secondary skin infections. The human being may also suffer from itching and allergy.
Ticks are also external parasites living by hematophagy. Ticks are vectors of a number of diseases such as babesiosis, hepatozoonosis, ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease (the latter two frequently affect people in the United States).
Fleas and ticks are common external parasites of dogs or cats; however, ticks are less frequent in cats because they use their rough tongue to wash themselves several times every day to keep their fur shiny and dust-free. It is important to note that not only pets should be treated for these parasites, but the environment where they live as well.
Pipettes are the most widely-known and effective treatment for external use only. First, remove your pet's hair and then empty the pipette directly on the dry skin at the base of the neck and between shoulders. These medications will help us keep our pets and environments free from ectoparasites.
Aerosols for indoor use and disinfectant liquids to spray over yards and gardens are available in the market.
Even though these ectoparasites are more frequent during the summer season, it is recommended that treatment is followed all around the year.
Your vet is in the best position to give you the best advice and prescribe the best treatment for a healthy and happy pet.