Archives: General Care

  • All About the Elizabethan Collar

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    When a pet is recovering from a surgical incision, wound, skin infection, or some other bodily harm, there is a natural tendency to scratch, bite, lick, or chew at the site. Of course, this kind of self-traumatization extends recovery time and can even cause a pet to heal improperly! That’s where the Elizabethan collar comes in—these cone-shaped plastic devices fasten around your pet’s neck to prevent any form of self-trauma during recovery. The Basics The … Read More »

  • Your Cat’s Body Language

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    If you own a cat, you know that they can sometimes be a bit aloof. One of the best ways to tell what your cat might be thinking or feeling is by studying their body language. While it’s not an exact science, there are a few traits common across most cats that are good indicators of your feline friend’s mood. Learn more below: The Tail Experts agree: your cat’s tail is one of the best … Read More »

  • Tips for Choosing Dog Toys

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    Does your canine buddy sometimes run up to you holding his favorite toy? Fido has a pretty adorable way of asking you to play with him! Playing is actually great for your pet. It keeps him active, offers him beneficial mental stimulation, and lets him spend time with his favorite human: you. However, doggy toys are not one-size-fits-all. A vet offers some tips on choosing your pup’s playthings below. Age One thing you’ll need to … Read More »

  • External Parasites That Harm Cats

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    If you own a cat, proper parasite control is important not only for your feline friend’s health, but for your family’s—some of these pests can be transmitted from cats to humans! External parasites live on your cat’s body and feed off of blood or tissue. Below, learn more about external pests and how to keep your cat safe from harm. Fleas Fleas are tiny brown-colored parasites that cause skin irritation, allergies, and even more serious … Read More »

  • Meet the AKC’s Newest Breed: The Azawakh

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    The ‘puparazzi’ are all buzzing about the latest dog news: the AKC has just welcomed another new breed into their ranks. The Azawakh (pronounced Oz-a-wok) was formally inducted on January 1, 2019. This brings the total number of AKC-recognized breeds to 193, including the 2018 inductees: the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vandeen. In this article, a local vet discusses the Azawakh. History The Azawakh is actually an ancient breed, having originated in … Read More »

  • Cinco De Meow

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    Did you know there’s a cute kitty holiday coming up? You may know of May 5th as Cinco de Mayo. The official holiday commemorates Mexico’s victory over Napoleon during the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. However, for our feline friends, it’s now also Cinco de Meow! Every year, we’re seeing more and more animal shelters and charities celebrate the day by offering adoption events. It’s always a good time to … Read More »

  • The Building Blocks of Your Pet’s Nutrition

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    Proper nutrition is a must for any healthy pet. Modern pet foods are specially formulated to give great nutrition to your companion, and there are plenty of options out there. In the end, though, your pet’s nutrition comes down to the basic building blocks—you’ll find that the nutrients that your pet needs are many of the same ones that you do! Let’s take a closer look at the building blocks of your pet’s nutrition. Protein … Read More »

  • Cats With Curls

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    Have you ever seen a curly-haired cat? While most of our feline pals have straight fur, there are some curly kitties out there. A local vet discusses cats with curls below. Selkirk Rex Did you happen to notice the buzz last year when a special kitty—an orange cat with curls—caught the internet’s heart? This furball’s story dates back to 1987, when a kitty named Miss DePesto, was born in a Montana shelter. Though her siblings … Read More »

  • Teaching Your Puppy His Name

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    If you’ve recently adopted a puppy or plan on getting one soon, one of the first orders of business will be teaching young Fido his name. It’s the foundation of your relationship and the starting point for all other training. Use the following tips to successfully teach your puppy his name: Choosing a Name First, set yourself up for success by choosing a great name for your pup. Try to pick a name with two … Read More »

  • 6 Ways to Keep Fido Warm This Winter

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    Are you enjoying winter? Or are you counting down the days until spring? Just like people, some dogs do better with the cold than others. If you have a snow dog, such as a husky, your canine buddy may be delighted to run and play in the snow. Pooches with thinner coats, however, may spend most of the winter curled up in their beds. Read on as a vet lists some ways to keep your … Read More »