Cat Dandruff Symptoms, And Causes

What is Cat Dandruff?

Cat dandruff is most commonly known as cat dander and is seen as white flakes in the fur of your cat. These flakes or dander can cause allergies in humans. This dandruff can occur in a majority of cats especially with certain species.

The age and weight of your cat can cause him/her to have dandruff. If your cat is older they might not have the range of motion to reach certain parts of their body while grooming. The same is true with an overweight cat who may not be able to reach the spot by their tail. While there is not much you can do to fix the age of your cat besides trying a new diet to help with joint movement, there is something you can do about your cat’s weight. Less fatty food can be fed to your cat or he/she can be fed less frequently. These things may decrease your cat’s weight, allow them a greater range of motion and therefore when grooming is occurring your cat can reach their entire body lessening their dandruff.

Dry skin in cats can be caused by a few things. If it is winter it is likely that your cat has seasonal dry skin, caused by the dry air, just as you may have. This can be solved by getting a dehumidifier or trying to keep your cat away from your heating vents as this can cause dry skin. If your cat does not drink a lot of water then it is possible that he/she has dry skin from lack of water. This can be fixed by giving your cat wet food from which their body will absorb the liquid. A diet with food rich in omega -3, a.k.a. fish oil can also be used to combat cat dandruff. And always remember that a good brushing can always help to sweep the oils throughout the fur of your pet. Pet dander is something that can be quite annoying while trying to clean or keep a tidy house. There are, however, remedies and for your cat’s sake, and yours it is vital that you try to stop dandruff.

Cat Dandruff Symptoms

Itching, flaking, and white or grayish colored scales are signs of cat dandruff. Cat dandruff is caused by many things. It could be a lack of fatty acids in their diet, poor grooming, too many baths, or even just dry skin. Some possible treatments include feeding your cat a diet rich in fatty acid. Most experts recommend that one should buy a name brand food product and not a cheaper store brand.

One you might try is Iam’s, it is formulated especially for tricky dandruff issues. Another solution may be to feed your pet an omega fatty acid supplement with his or her regular food. Another simple cure is to avoid bathing your cat too frequently. It is recommended that your pet is bathed only when truly necessary, especially during periods when dry skin can be evident. Grooming and brushing your kitty cat will help to remove some of the scales and relieve some of the itching associated with them. Increasing the humidity levels within your home will likely help to relieve some of the problems. You should always check your pet for parasites which may be contributing to the dandruff problems, if parasites are causing dandruff you will need to treat each animal in the home.

Dog Health, Nutrition & Grooming

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These days, the choices in dog food are almost endless. There are wet foods, dry foods, semi-moist foods, complete foods, complementary foods, organic foods, natural foods, gourmet foods, premium foods…

Each manufacturer claims to sell the best food for your dog, yet the prices of the different brands vary dramatically. Some position themselves as low budgets costing a few cents a meal. Others as high-end luxury meals costing $2 or more.

Most owners are willing to spend big on their pets and the makers of dog food know it. The pet food market is massive. A recent study by the APPA estimated that American’s would spend $21 billion on pet food in 2013.

Naturally, every dog owner wants their pet to live a long and healthy life. But is buying an expensive brand, really giving your dog a healthier diet, or is it money wasted?

You probably do not know this, but the FDA labeling guidelines on dog food that all makers must comply with, do not actually state that any pet food labeled as premium or gourmet has to be any different from a standard brand. So, when deciding what food to feed your dog, whose advice can we trust?

A veterinarian will tell you to ignore the advertising. They recommend you read the back of the packet or tin instead. In particular, look for the amount of protein the dog food contains. If the protein content is between 18 & 20 percent, then that is ideal. Any less is not a well-balanced diet, anymore, and you are wasting money.

Another sign of good, well-balanced dog food is that it meets the AAFCO standards. If the food complies, there will be a statement to that effect printed somewhere on the packet or tin. Obviously, if the vet has recommended your dog’s diet for health reasons, then you should not change it without asking. However, the rest of us could save a lot of money by resisting the expensive premium, and gourmet brands, and use simple, low cost, economy recipes instead.

Are Expensive Dog Foods Really Better For Your Dog?

When you go into a supermarket, the choice in pet foods can be bewildering. Go to a good pet store, and the choice of different foods is even bigger.

Once, everything was much simpler – dry vs wet. Now you get dry kibble, wet canned, fresh cooked, fresh raw, and more. In addition, these foods can be natural, holistic, organic, grain-free….
And, when you start to compare prices….

The Importance of Pet Grooming

Pet grooming takes a lot of time for hairy breeds, which is why many dog owners take their pets to professional service providers to cover for such tasks.

On such occasions, hair cutting and nail clipping are also performed. The ears and eyes also require great care because the cleaning part has to be safe and non-invasive for the animal. Incorrect pet grooming has very serious consequences on dog behavior: the animal could become nervous, agitated, it could mew, bark, scratch and bite. Such incidents occur not because you have a poorly trained pet, but because you’ve made some serious mistakes with pet grooming. If you cut the skin when nail clipping, the animal will associate such a procedure with pain, and it will refuse to stand still the next time you get to this part of pet grooming.

There are very many products that you can use to make pet grooming easy and pleasant. The health of the animal depends on the correct and regular performance of such tasks. Moreover, combing and hair cutting eliminates excessive fur particularly during the warm season when thick-haired animals suffer from the heat. Take your pet to a professional if you have a more exotic breed with a special hair type.

Mention must be made that there are special pet grooming services conducted at the customer’s residence. You can pay for such a visit from a skilled groomer if you don’t have the time to take the animal to the beauty parlor yourself. Whether you are in charge of pet grooming yourself or you choose a professional service, just don’t neglect it!

Pet First Aid – Dealing with a Broken Toenail

When the dog’s nails make clicking sounds when it walks on the floor, it means that the toenails already need trimming. Trimming the dog’s nails should be made a part of the grooming routine. A long toenail can hamper the normal stride of the dog. Long toenails run the risk of getting snagged and broken thereby causing the dog pain and discomfort. Nail clipping is a task that often takes a back seat as dogs commonly would not want to have their paws touched. Trimming the nails of a fidgety pet can result in bleeding as it would be very easy to cut the quick especially for dark-colored nails.

A cut quick would bleed heavily because of the numbers of capillaries on the nail bed. Pet owners may panic at the sight of the pet’s bleeding toes but this is not really a serious condition. A dab of styptic powder will easily resolve the bleeding. If a styptic powder is not available, cornstarch or flour applied on the nail will stop the bleeding.

Most dog owners would panic if the pet would come home one day trailing bloody footprints. Because dogs are very energetic animals, dog owners have to get used to dealing with injuries that the pet sustains from accidents. The Broken toenail is a common injury of dogs.

A broken toenail that is still attached would bleed and cause the dog pain every time pressure is placed on the affected paw. A piece of the torn nail that remains attached would bleed every time it gets caught on the carpet or on the dog’s long fur. In spite of the bleeding, a broken toenail is not a life-threatening condition. Bringing the pet to the vet’s may not even be necessary. Dog owners that bring the pet to the vets would find that the pet is no longer bleeding upon arrival at the vets.

First aid treatments though would still be needed to ease the discomfort of the pet and to prevent infection. The broken toenail has to be removed. For a broken toenail that is still attached, a nail clipper has to be used. One that is barely hanging can be easily pulled. After the nail is removed, the affected paw has to be thoroughly cleaned with warm water to remove any debris lodged between the toes. If the torn nail bleeds again, use gauze to apply pressure to nail to control bleeding. A vet’s attention would be necessary if the large portion of the nail was broken. A course of antibiotics will be necessary to ward off infection.