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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cat brushing blogKeeping up with grooming will not only help your pet look her best, it may actually be beneficial to her health. Below are three grooming habits that do more than keep your pet looking best in show:

1.) Brushing: Brushing not only removes dirt and dead hair from your pet’s coat, it also gives you an opportunity to notice any subtle changes in your pet’s skin. You’ll be more likely to notice signs of fleas, dry skin, or unusual lumps or bumps if you’re regularly brushing your pet’s coat. Be sure to discuss any unusual findings or concerns with your pet’s veterinarian. Learn more…

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Fall Fruits and Veggies that are Safe for Pets

by VetDepot on October 1, 2014

puppy pumpkin blogFrom pumpkin patch visits to apple picking, so many autumn activities involve the season’s produce. As we savor the tastes of fall, don’t hesitate to share the experience with your pets! Below are a few fall fruits and veggies that are safe for your four-legged companion:

1.) Apples: As long as you remove the core and the seeds, a few slices of apple makes a crunchy, appetizing snack for dogs. This a great low-calorie treat replacement if you’re watching your dog’s weight. Learn more…

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Why Do Cats Purr?

by VetDepot on September 25, 2014

comfy kitten blogAny cat owner can tell you that petting a purring cat is a therapeutic experience. There’s something about it that instills a sense of comfort, and some studies suggest that it can even lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. But, why do cats purr?

A cat’s purr originates in the voice box. The air passing across what are referred to as “false vocal cords” is what triggers the vibrational sound. This most often occurs when a cat is happy, but contentment isn’t the only reason for feline purring. Cats may also make this same noise when injured, giving birth, or when they want something (like dinner). Learn more…

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Top Four Misconceptions about Shelter Dogs

by VetDepot on September 24, 2014

happy pit bull rescue blogIf you’re the proud pet parent of an adopted dog, you already know how special your bond is with your rescued best friend. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions out there about rescue dogs that discourage some people from opting for adoption. Below are four rescue dog myths that are just not true:

1.) There is something wrong with them.

False! The truth of the matter is, most dogs end up in shelters through no fault of their own. Oftentimes, their family fell on hard times or didn’t plan appropriately for bringing a new puppy home. Learn more…

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