Common Pet Problems and How to Fix Them. - Porsha Carr Blog

Common Pet Problems and How to Fix Them.

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While we all love our pets more than anything else in the world, perhaps except for our kids, it’s no doubt that they can exhibit some strange behaviours. From tearing your home apart to keeping the neighbours up and chasing their own tale - why do they act so strange and what do we do if it gets out of control? 

It’s not good for your home, your family or your pet, in general, so try to find a way to calm these behaviours down and eliminate all of that acting out.

Your pet may not be able to keep a deep conversation with you, but they’re surely able to communicate with us in their own way. When you know the signs, it’s also going to be a lot easier to correct unwanted behaviour and get to the bottom of what’s causing them to bark through all hours of the day or knock down your decorations at home.
That way, you won’t just make sure that your neighbourhood is peaceful, but you’re also doing a great job at attending to your pet’s needs. Strange behaviour and excessive barking are, in fact, often signs that something is not quite right - and your pet definitely deserves to be listened to.
Does my pet have separation anxiety?
Just like children, many pets also experience anxiety when you’re not around. As their owner and main human, it can be a difficult problem to cope with; you need to go to work, after all, and not all offices are pet-friendly either, unfortunately.
If you’re getting constant noise-complaints from your neighbours, and keep coming home to a house that is either tore to bits or covered in urine, you may be dealing with an anxious pet. Luckily, there are many ways to help them cope, though, and you can start by reading up on crate training as well as conditioning. Try to act normally and don’t shower them with love before you leave, although it’s tempting. Your pet will start to recognise this and it tends to trigger their anxiety.
Have a look at this article, to begin with, and start the training right away. Remember that it’s normal for puppies to be a bit anxious when you’re not around, though, and the same goes for a dog that is a brand new member of your household. Be kind and patient with them and they will definitely come around eventually.
Sometimes, however, your pet may have previous traumas or other problems which will be difficult to handle on your own. Hire a professional dog trainer to help you out with this; that way, you’ll be able to deal with the problem a bit faster and your pet can get the kind of help it needs to calm its anxious nerves.
Does my pet have worms?
Worms are very normal for pets and particularly if they spend a lot of time outside as they should. It’s fairly easy to recognise the signs of this as well; your pet may be vomiting, have diarrhoea or show signs of generally low energy. Have a look at the worm treatments at your vet’s office or your nearest pet shop, first of all, and make sure that you treat your pet as soon as possible to take away their discomfort.

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While worm is fairly common, it can become dangerous if left untreated. It may affect your pet’s organs, for example, and lead to a loss of consciousness and even death. 
Most internal worms are really easy to treat and you don’t want to lose your pet to something that you can take care of in a few days. It may develop into heartworm disease, for example, which you may have heard of - it is expensive but also, and most importantly, really difficult for your dog, so make sure that you treat your dog for those worms.
Another point to keep in mind, by the way, is that you need to remember that your dog may have other health problems as well, down the road. Some of them you’ll only be able to fix by taking them to the vet - but others, fortunately, you’ll be able to prevent and handle on your own. 
You will be able to eliminate all of that bad breath in dogs quite easily by treating them to a dental stick or two a couple of times a week. There are toothbrushes for dogs as well, by the way, but it’s going to be tricky to teach an old dog new tricks, so to speak. If you manage to start the brushing while they’re still young, however, they’ll get used to it and you can keep it up when they’re all grown up as well. 
Is my pet bored?
Last but not least, pets may show some really strange behaviour when they’re bored. Without enough exercise during the day, you may notice that your dog or cat has these strange moments of absurd craziness; running around the house, leaping from one corner to the next, and generally just behaving oddly. 
Usually, this is a really simple thing to fix and not really harmful at all - in fact, those moments of craziness is very helpful to your pet as they get rid of all that excess energy.
It may be better for them, as well as your home, to run around like this outside rather than knocking over every piece of decoration you have at home. Make sure that your cat has enough space to unleash their energy in if they stay inside - and remember to always give your dog a few long walks every day.
When you have the responsibility for a pet, it is vital that you give them the kind of life they deserve. Dogs need to go for long walks every day and it doesn’t matter if you have a large backyard; they still want to roam, sniff, and explore new surroundings.
Some dogs tend to dig a lot as well, by the way, and this can also be a common sign of your pet being a bit bored. Most dogs dig up your yard for a number of reasons; they may have excess energy which can easily be fixed by giving them a few long walks or jogs during the day. They may be struggling with anxiety or fear, however, which prompts them to dig up your entire garden.
It can be quite frustrating for owners to have their garden destroyed by a pet, but by simply determining the cause of the digging, you can easily fix it. Spend some more time with your dog, give it proper exercise, and dedicate an area to digging if you can’t fix the issued. Some dogs just dig, you know, and we should let dogs be dogs, after all. 
With enough exercise, training, and love, you can actually take care of most of these issues fairly quickly. Remember those trips to the vet as well, though, to make sure that your pet is healthy otherwise and not behind on any of his or her shots. 
They have some excellent pet insurances these days, though, which can take all of your worries away and ensure that your little fur friend has access to great healthcare no matter what. 
Some of them are fairly comprehensive and will cover everything from shots, check-ups, and surgery if your pet should need it while others are more affordable. Check out the options online, for example, and read up on the very best ones and to get the insurance that is right for your budget and pet. 
Now you should have everything you need in order to give your dog a perfectly happy and healthy life so that he can continue to be a good boy for many years to come.

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