What Your Dog’s Breed Says About You

by VetDepot on July 31, 2014

dog and owner blogDogs come in all shapes and sizes with an array of personality traits and temperaments. In some cases, people choose pets that mirror their own personalities. Check out this (just for fun) list and learn what your dog’s breed might say about you!

Bulldog: Bulldog owners tend to be stubborn and sure of themselves. If you own a bulldog, you probably tell it like it is!

Cocker Spaniel: There’s a high probability that you’re respectful and sweet if you own one of these charming little dogs. Learn more…

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dog hot car blogYou’ve probably heard by now that leaving a dog (or any animal) in a car on warm day can quickly turn tragic. The temperature inside a parked car can soar above 100 degrees in just minutes on an 80 degree day. So, what do you do if you see a dog trapped inside a hot car?

1.) Take down important information: Quickly jot down the make of the car and the license plate number.

2.) Check with nearby businesses: Notify the managers of nearby stores and restaurants to make an announcement to find the car’s owner. Learn more…

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photogenic cat editAs a loving and devoted pet parent, you’d probably like to think that you understand everything your pet is feeling. In reality, however, this isn’t always the case. Below are three things owners don’t always pick up on when it comes to their pets:

1.) Pain: Although pets are capable of limping and crying, symptoms of pain in dogs and cats are often much more subtle. Reluctance to play, less enthusiasm for walks, and struggling to jump up on furniture are all signs that your canine or feline companion might be experiencing pain. Learn more…

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dog grass yard blogYour yard is a great place for the whole family to spend time. If your family includes a canine or feline companion, it’s important to keep your outdoor space safe and free of potentially dangerous plants. Below are four plants that pet owners should avoid and some suggestions for safe alternatives:

sago palm edited1.) Sago Palm: The Sago palm is a popular landscaping choice in temperate climates. The problem is, every part of this palm (especially the seeds) is poisonous. The bamboo palm is a safer choice if you have a dog or a cat. Learn more…

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Five Safety Tips for Boating with Dogs

by VetDepot on July 22, 2014

dog on a boat blogIf you or someone you know has a boat, you may be planning an outing sometime this summer. If you want to include your canine companion in the fun, be sure to follow these boating safety tips!

1.) Get Fido acquainted: Before setting sail, make sure your dog has a chance to get used to the boat. Introducing your dog to the boat ahead of time will make your first voyage less stressful because the surroundings won’t be so unfamiliar.

2.) Invest in a life jacket: Life jackets are important even for the strongest of swimmers. Learn more…

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Helping Kids and Cats Interact Safely

by VetDepot on July 17, 2014

kid and cat blogIf your house is home to both a young child and a feline companion, fostering a safe and comfortable relationship between the two is important. Below are four tips for helping your child and your cat get along beautifully:

1.) Supervise! This is part of being both a responsible parent and a responsible pet parent. Supervision is always necessary with young children and animals. One pull of the tail can quickly turn into a dangerous situation.

2.) Watch for body language: While you’re supervising, be sure to pay attention to what your cat is trying to say. Learn more…

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The Explanation Behind Canine “Kisses”

by VetDepot on July 16, 2014

golden kisses blogLike it or not, there’s a good chance your dog isn’t shy about licking your face. Some people find this adorable, while others find these “kisses” a little gross. Either way, you’ve probably wondered why dogs display this behavior.

Below are four reasons why dogs choose to use their slobbery tongues:

1.) As a sensory tool: Just like touch or smell, taste is another way to explore something. Dogs may lick someone they don’t know all that well to learn more about them. Learn more…

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Three Tips for Managing a Multi-Pet Household

by VetDepot on July 16, 2014

three dogs on a couch blogHaving just one pet can seem like a handful at times, so adding more to the mix can get downright crazy. If you’re the proud pet parent of multiple pets, below are three tips for keeping your sanity and bank account in check:

1.) Spend wisely: The cost of owning multiple animals can quickly add up. It may be tempting to opt for lower quality food or skip those annual vet checkups to save some money, but these decisions will likely cost you more in the long run. A nutritious diet, plenty of activity, and preventative care will help deter costly medical conditions in the future. Learn more…

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Secondhand Smoke Poses Danger for Pets

by VetDepot on July 11, 2014

Dog and cat smoke blogThe harmful effects of secondhand smoke aren’t limited to people. Dogs and cats that are regularly exposed to tobacco smoke are at risk for nasal and lung cancer, respiratory issues, and allergies. Cats are also at risk for malignant lymphoma.

Although there’s no information regarding the exact number of tobacco related pet deaths, research done at Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, and others schools has concluded that pets are, in fact, at risk for the above mentioned second-hand smoke related conditions. Learn more…

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Avoid These Three Common Dog Care Mistakes

by VetDepot on July 10, 2014

dog carAs a loving pet parent, keeping your dog healthy and safe is probably a priority. In certain situations, however, owners may not even realize that they’re making a pet care mistake. Below are three common mistakes that can jeopardize your dog’s health or safety:

Allowing your dog to ride unsecured in the car: Allowing your dog the simple pleasure of riding shotgun with his head hanging happily out of the window may seem like no big deal, but this is a very dangerous practice. In an accident, unrestrained dogs are not only more likely to be injured, but they also present a significant danger to the people riding in the car. Learn more…

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