Should You Be Worried about Your Cat’s Hairballs?

by VetDepot on December 18, 2014

pretty cat hairball blogHairballs are such a common feline problem that many owners have accepted dealing with them as a normal part of cat ownership. But the reality is, hairballs are not a normal occurrence for cats with healthy digestive tracts.

If your kitty is regularly coughing up hairballs, follow the three steps listed below to get to the bottom of the problem:

1. Make a vet appointment: The first step is to visit the veterinarian to rule out serious medical conditions. Learn more…

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The Bravest Hero Dogs of 2014

by VetDepot on December 17, 2014

kye police dog blogDogs amaze us every day with their love, intelligence, and loyalty. In 2014, a few brave canines stood out as heroes by protecting their families and serving their communities. Don’t miss their inspiring stories:

Brave Canine Officer Makes the Ultimate Sacrifice

An Oklahoma City police K9, named Kye, was fatally stabbed while helping his partner make a burglary arrest in August. The three-year-old German Shepherd was honored with a 21 gun salute and a flag-draped casket. Learn more…

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5 Holiday Treats that are Dangerous for Pets

by VetDepot on December 16, 2014

dog cookies begging blogTis’ the season for sweet treats! With all of the holiday parties and family get-togethers going on this time of year, make sure these treats, drinks, and ingredients stay far out of reach from curious pets:

1. Chocolate: It’s pretty common knowledge that chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but a lot of people don’t realize that’s it’s also a hazard for cats. Dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate are more toxic than milk chocolate varieties. Signs of toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, an increased body temperature, panting, a fast heartbeat, and seizures. Learn more…

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5 Tips for Cat-Proofing Your Christmas Tree

by VetDepot on December 11, 2014

cat feet under christmas tree blogDecorating for the holidays can be a fun and festive tradition, but any cat owner can tell you that a Christmas tree can mean trouble with a curious feline in the house. Below are five tips to help keep your kitty safe and that Christmas tree standing upright:

1. Wrap aluminum foil around the trunk: Cats don’t like the feeling of foil, so wrapping foil around the base will help discourage climbing. Learn more…

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Can Big Dogs Live in Small Apartments?

by VetDepot on December 10, 2014

mastiff face blogWhen people think of big dogs, they’re typically associated with a need for wide open space to run and play. While this may be true for some breeds, not all big dogs need a house in the country to be content.

The following large dog breeds are known for being quite calm and inactive during their adult years. This isn’t to say that these dogs don’t need adequate exercise and attention, they’re just perfectly happy to curl up on your loveseat after a short jaunt around the city streets. Learn more…

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Three Gross Dog Behaviors Explained

by VetDepot on December 4, 2014

dog rolling in grass 480Dogs may be cute and cuddly, but some of their behaviors aren’t quite so adorable. The following three behaviors may seem gross in our minds, but there are perfectly sound canine explanations behind them.

1. Butt sniffing: This may seem like an odd (and pretty gross) way to greet a fellow canine, but dogs are able to learn a lot through a sniff of the tush. Chemicals released by a dog’s anal glands communicate their sex, diet, health, and more.

2. Rolling in smelly stuff: Have you ever noticed that your dog has a knack for seeking out the most disgusting thing in your yard and rolling around in it? Learn more…

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cat bookshelf blogThere’s nothing better than coming home to a wagging tail or petting your cat after a long day. Pets do so much to brighten up our lives that dealing with a little pet hair is totally worth it. Below are five places where pet hair tends to hide, and tips for removing it.

1. Window screens: Screens are a big magnet for pet hair, especially if your dog waits by a screen door to go outside or your cat likes to perch on windowsills. The best way to clean screens is to remove them completely and wipe them down gently with a soapy sponge. Rinse them with a hose and let them air dry. A lint roller is helpful between cleanings. Learn more…

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2014′s Most Popular Puppy Names

by VetDepot on December 2, 2014

pug puppy plaid blogThe new year is a just a few weeks away, which means it’s time to celebrate the best of 2014. For some families, the year brought a cuddly new canine addition. Below are 2014’s most popular puppy name choices. Did your pup’s name make the list?

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5. Cooper
4. Buddy
3. Rocky Learn more…

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Five Tips for Great Holiday Pet Photos

by VetDepot on December 1, 2014

dog christmas photo blogThanksgiving is already over, which means it’s time to start thinking about those holiday cards! If you want to include your furry best friend in this year’s photo, be sure to check out these tips for snapping the best holiday pet photos:

1. Keep photo sessions quick and comfy: The attention span of a dog or a cat isn’t very long, so a lengthy photo shoot can become unpleasant very fast. Also, try to avoid costumes or unfamiliar settings to keep your pet from getting stressed out. Learn more…

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Protect Your Cat from Fire Hazards

by VetDepot on November 26, 2014

cat and candle blogTis’ the season for cold temperatures and holiday decorations, which means there are plenty of fire hazard risks for your curious cat. Below are three tips for protecting your cat from these winter dangers:

Purchase a fireplace screen: It’s not uncommon for cats to be entranced by the site of dancing flames. To protect your cat from burns, purchase a fireplace screen and try to supervise your cat while there’s a fire burning.

Opt for flameless candles: Whether it’s a menorah or a festive scented candle, open flames are all too common this time of year. Learn more…

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