cat black blogAnyone with a black cat knows they are far from bad luck. Just like any other feline, black cats provide their families with companionship and a lot of love. Unfortunately, some people believe the bad luck myth and think seeing a black cat is a bad omen of things to come. This silly superstition is especially evident around Halloween.

Sadly, this widely perpetuated myth puts black cats at an increased risk for abuse this time of year. Learn more…

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Do Dogs Feel Jealousy?

by VetDepot on October 29, 2014

jealous dogs blogIf you own multiple dogs and have ever noticed some “sibling” rivalry, you might not be wrong. Recent findings from the University of California, San Diego study suggest dogs are capable of displaying jealous behaviors.

The study, lead by scholars Christine R. Harris and Caroling Prouvost, examined the reactions of thirty-six different dogs while their owners praised, spoke lovingly, and petted animatronic dogs. The fake dogs barked, whined, and wagged their tails to mimic canine behavior. The real dogs displayed several behaviors indicative of jealousy, including barking, snapping at the robotic canines, and trying to push themselves between their owner and the fake dog. Learn more…

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Three Ways Pets Can Negatively Affect Your Health

by VetDepot on October 28, 2014

puppy barking blogTo start off, it’s important to note that pets can and do positively affect the health of their owners in a lot of ways. Having a pet can encourage physical activity, lower blood pressure, combat loneliness, and promote an overall sense of happiness. However, there are a few circumstances in which having a pet can have negative health implications. Below are three ways pets can be hard on your health and, most importantly, how to combat them:

Your dog’s barking is causing stress: The sound of a dog barking incessantly is sure to raise anyone’s stress level. Learn more…

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Super Simple Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

by VetDepot on October 22, 2014

pumpkin dog treats blogSince chocolate and other Halloween goodies are strictly off-limits for dogs, you might want to whip up a batch of these canine-friendly treats! There’s only three ingredients and a whole lot of flavor in these festive treats.

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour

Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Learn more…

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Pet Halloween Costume Safety

by VetDepot on October 20, 2014

dog costumes blogThere’s nothing more adorable than dressing your four-legged monster up in a costume for Halloween. As cute as pet Halloween costumes are, it’s important to keep safety in mind.

Please read and share these four pet Halloween costume safety tips!

1.) Think visibility: If you’re planning on taking your dog along while trick-or-treating, be sure the costume is reflective. If not, consider adding some reflective tape to the costume so that your dog will easily be seen by drivers. Learn more…

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Five Dog Breeds with a Love for the Great Outdoors

by VetDepot on October 17, 2014

lab puppy hike editedAutumn is a beautiful time to head outside for a walk or a hike. If you find yourself enjoying the sights and sounds of the outdoors all year long, you might need a canine companion that shares your adventurous spirit. Below are five dog breeds that are typically very content hiking, running, walking, swimming, or camping right by your side.

1.) Vizsla: This incredibly active breed needs to spend a lot of time exercising. Avid hikers and runners might be a good match for one of these beautiful canines. Learn more…

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Six of the Most Adorable Fall-Themed Pet Names

by VetDepot on October 14, 2014

fall bulldog blogWith a new season sometimes comes new beginnings. For some families, this might mean a four-legged addition to the household. If you’re having trouble coming up with the perfect name for your new best friend, you might want to consider one of these too-cute names that remind us of all things autumn!

1.) Boo
2.) Spooky
3.) Spice Learn more…

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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

by VetDepot on October 14, 2014

rescue dog and owner blogThere are so many deserving animals in need of loving homes all year long, but this is the month to celebrate all the wonderful things adopted dogs bring to their new families. Below are three reasons adopting a shelter dog is the best!

1.) Love at first sight: By the time you’re ready to visit a shelter, you’ve likely already done your homework. You’ve budgeted for your new addition, you’ve researched which breeds/mixes might be best for you, and you’ve discussed responsibilities with the other members of your household. Learn more…

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How to Stop a Cat Fight

by VetDepot on October 8, 2014

kitten fight blogMuch of the time, cats are able to live peacefully with each other. They can share food and water dishes, they may nap close to one another, and they approach each other with their tails held in the air. The feline world isn’t always peaceful, however, and altercations do sometimes occur.

If you witness a conflict, do not reach your hands in the middle of the fight (injury is highly likely). Instead, try to distract your cats by throwing a toy nearby. If this isn’t enough, splash a small amount of water on the cats or toss a blanket over the aggressor. Learn more…

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Four Subtle Signs that Your Pet is Sick

by VetDepot on October 6, 2014

sweet cat sleeping blogDogs and cats aren’t always great at letting their owners know when they’re not feeling so hot. Their will to play, eat, and enjoy life doesn’t always wane until a disease has significantly progressed. Since it’s typically easier and more effective to treat health issues early on, it’s important for pet parents to keep an eye out for the following subtle symptoms that could mean an illness is brewing:

1.) Weight changes: While gaining a pound or two may not seem like a lot, it definitely is for your 7 pound Chihuahua. Keep an eye on your pet’s weight and discuss any changes (gain or loss) with a veterinarian. A thyroid condition, Cushing’s Disease, or another health issue could be to blame. Learn more…

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