If you're planning on going out of town at some point during the upcoming holiday season or perhaps traveling on business, you may be wondering what your best option is for the care of your canine companion in your absence. You may be tempted to hire someone to come to your home to care for your pet or to ask a caring friend or neighbor to look after it rather than taking it to a professional boarding kennel, but this approach can have unintended consequences -- some of them tragic.
Parrots are intelligent and engaging pets that need hours of attention every day. When an emergency leaves your schedule changed for a few weeks and you can't keep such a close eye on your high demand pet, you may come home one evening to find your parrot is missing most or all of its feathers. Play the role of a pet detective to discover why your bird is yanking out its feathers so you can solve the problem and restore their health.
Cats are active, stoic animals that often continue acting normally despite developing a serious illness or injury. When dealing with eye problems, these characteristics can delay treatment and increase the risk of vision loss. Regularly giving your cat a once over will help you spot issues before they cause irreversible damage. Any signs of redness, swelling or discharge require a trip to the vet for a diagnosis and treatment. Vets work quickly to identify and treat the problem to keep further complications to a minimum.