3 Sure Signs of Dental Trouble in Pets

by VetDepot on February 27, 2015

cat yawn dental disease blogDogs and cats are not capable of taking care of their teeth on their own. If a pet’s oral hygiene is neglected by the owner, there’s a good chance that some degree of dental disease will develop by age four. Periodontal disease is not only painful, it can also lead to infections elsewhere in the body including the lungs, liver, kidneys, and heart. Learn more…

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labrador most popular blogThe American Kennel Club just released its annual ranking of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. This year’s list revealed some big changes, including the beloved dachshund falling off the most popular list and the French Bulldog breaking into the top 10 for the first time in 100 years.

The following breeds made the AKC’s most popular list for 2014:

1. Labrador Retriever (pictured)
2. German Shepherd
3. Golden Retriever Learn more…

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3 Ways to Make Vet Visits Less Stressful

by VetDepot on February 25, 2015

Dog vet blogVisiting the vet can be stressful for both pet and owner. Between the car ride, unfamiliar space, and other animals, it’s not uncommon for an animal’s nerves to set in. Don’t miss these three tips for keeping the experience as stress-free as possible:

1. Relax: This may be easier said than done, but the more calm you can remain, the more calm your pet will be. Learn more…

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puppies playing park blogJust like people, dogs all have their own personality traits and temperaments. Not every dog can be the most social canine at the dog park, so if your sweet pooch is a little on the shy side, don’t despair. A dog’s breed, upbringing, and individual instincts all come into play when it comes to the level of social interaction he’s comfortable with.

Below are three categories dogs often fall into when it comes to sociability:

The Team Player

Some breeds, like the Beagle, Basset Hound, or Foxhound, are known for their ability to work as a team to catch prey. Learn more…

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Can Dog Shampoo Be Used on Cats?

by VetDepot on February 20, 2015

cat bath shampoo blogYou’ve decided it’s time to give your cat a bath but you’re out of kitty shampoo, so you reach for the dog shampoo instead. This may seem like a perfectly harmless swap, but pet owners should beware. Dog shampoo is not always safe for felines.

If the shampoo in question is a flea shampoo, steer clear. Certain insecticides that are safe for dogs, like permethrin, are toxic when used on cats. Learn more…

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5 Adorably Wrinkled Dog Breeds

by VetDepot on February 19, 2015

pug wrinkles blogAll dogs are cute in their own way, but some people have a soft spot for a little wrinkled canine face. The following five dog breeds are known for their distinctive wrinkles:

Pug (pictured above)

These too-cute little dogs are easily recognizable by their scrunched-up foreheads and playful personalities. Pugs have a habit of charming everyone around them. Learn more…

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The Deadly Danger of Feline Heartworm Disease

by VetDepot on February 13, 2015

heartworm cat blogWhen it comes to heartworm disease, many pet owners think about protecting their dogs, but fail to protect their feline companions. This can have dangerous consequences because feline heartworm disease is sometimes fatal and the symptoms aren’t always obvious.

Unlike heartworm disease in dogs, feline heartworm disease primarily affects the lungs. Heartworm larvae can cause inflammation and lesions in the lungs, causing what veterinarians refer to as Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD). Heartworm damage in the lungs is often serious and sometimes irreversible. Learn more…

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3 Wonderfully Unusual Dog Breeds

by VetDepot on February 13, 2015

bedlington terrier blogOne of the many wonderful things about dogs is that they come in all different shapes, sizes, and temperaments. While canine traits differ across the board, some breeds have more unique characteristics than others. Below are three unusual dog breeds that are sure to catch your eye:

Bedlington Terrier (pictured above)

This terrier may look a little like a lamb, but she’s more of a lion at heart. Learn more…

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5 Lessons You Can Learn from Your Pet

by VetDepot on February 11, 2015

happy dog soccer ball blogIf you pay enough attention, you might notice that your pet is a fantastic teacher when it comes to life lessons. From relationships to your outlook on life, taking cues from your four-legged companion might change your life for the better. Learn more…

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3 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Heart Health

by VetDepot on February 6, 2015

heart glasses blogWith tons of love and devoted companionship, there’s no doubt that pets enrich the lives of their owners. But did you know that having a dog or cat in your home might actually benefit your heart health? It’s possible for pets to improve cardiovascular health in the following three ways:

1. Less stress: Petting your dog or cat at the end of a long day can be a serious stress soother. Less stress in your life can lead to lower blood pressure, which is one of many factors that contributes to heart disease. Learn more…

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