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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Five Dog Breeds that Will Keep you in Shape!

by VetDepot on July 9, 2014

vizsla blogIf you’re one for maintaining that “beach bod” all year-long and you’re considering a new canine companion, you may want to opt for a breed that can keep up with your exercise routine. The following dog breeds are known for making fantastic workout partners!

1.) Greyhound: If you’re looking for a great running partner, this breed is usually up for the job. Greyhounds are also known for their sweet disposition, so they’re the perfect balance of active and personable.

2.) Belgian Malinois: These dogs are commonly used for police and military work, so you can count on a high-energy, intelligent companion. Learn more…

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How to Prepare your Cat for a New Baby

by VetDepot on July 3, 2014

cat and baby blogIf you’re a cat owner and you’re expecting a new bundle of joy, chances are that you’re wondering how your feline companion is going to adjust to the change. Cats are creatures of habit, so consistency and planning are necessary for a smooth transition. Below are a few tips for preparing your cat:

  • Decide whether or not the baby’s room will be off-limits. Make sure everyone in the family is on the same page about the decision.
  • Expose your cat to baby stuff. Remove a few toys and supplies from their packaging so that your cat gets used to new items in the house. Start using baby lotion on your own skin to expose your feline companion to the smell.

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Three Dog Breeds that are Gentle Giants

by VetDepot on July 2, 2014

sweet great dane blogIt’s not uncommon for big dogs to have even bigger hearts. Provided with a loving home and training, many large breeds make fantastic family companions. Below are three giant breeds that make especially loving pets:

1.) Great Dane (pictured): These large dogs can weigh as much as 150 pounds, which can be intimidating to some, until they realize it’s 150 pounds of pure love. They’re known for getting along great with children and having an affectionate disposition. Learn more…

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little puppy food bowl blogAs a loving pet parent, you’ve probably done your best to choose a healthy dog food for your canine companion. But sometimes, even with the best intentions, a particular food just doesn’t work for a dog’s individual needs. Below are four signals that it might be time to change your dog’s food:

1.) Weight gain: If you’ve noticed that your dog has a gained a few pounds, it may be time to make an appointment with a veterinarian. A vet will be able to rule out possible medical causes for weight gain and recommend a weight management food or a plan to reduce calories that will fit your furry best friend’s needs. Learn more…

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