Which Nuts are Dangerous for Dogs?

by VetDepot on January 7, 2015

dog macadamia nut cookie blogIt’s no secret that some dogs enjoy the occasional scoop of peanut butter. As long as there is no allergy, peanuts are generally safe for canine tummies. But what about other types of nuts? Below are five nuts that can be hazardous to your pup’s health:

1. Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nuts are the most dangerous offender on the list. Consuming even small amounts can trigger weakness, vomiting, tremors, and lameness in dogs. Learn more…

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9 Dog Breeds that Get Along with Cats

by VetDepot on January 5, 2015

cocker spaniel blogIf you already have a cat in the household and are thinking about a canine addition, you’re probably wondering which dog breed might be best. While the relationship between a dog and cat is highly dependent on the individual animals, some dog breeds are known to be friendlier toward feline companions than others. Learn more…

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stressed dog blogIt’s so important for dog owners to be able to spot signs of stress in their canine companions. A dog experiencing anxiety is more likely to disobey commands and react aggressively to situations out of fear. Below are a few (sometimes subtle) body language signals to keep an eye out for:

Ears: A dog’s ears often become erect when feeling stressed or anxious. For canines with floppy ears, it’s a little tougher to notice this change in body language. Learn more…

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Keep Pets Safe on New Year’s Eve

by VetDepot on December 29, 2014

dog-happy-new-year blogNew Year’s Eve is a time for fireworks, friends, and fun. However, it’s important to remember that what may seem like a joyful celebration to us can be downright frightening for pets. Below are three tips for keeping pets safe as you count down to 2015:

1. Keep your pet indoors: Many animals have a phobia of fireworks and other loud noises, which can cause them to jump fences or dig out of yards to try to “escape” the booming lights in the sky. Learn more…

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Resolve to Get Your Cat Exercising in the New Year

by VetDepot on December 24, 2014

kitten fefather blogCats may be known for their midday snoozing and love for lounging, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need exercise. Even the most relaxed of kitties needs an opportunity to stretch her legs and burn some calories.

Why is exercise important?

Cats that don’t get enough activity are at an increased risk for becoming overweight or obese, which is a serious problem for felines in the United States. An estimated 25-40% of cats weigh in at the overweight to obese range. Learn more…

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2014’s Most Popular Kitten Names

by VetDepot on December 23, 2014

big eyed kitten blogWith 2015 just a few days away, there’s no better time to share the most popular (and most adorable) kitten names of the past year. Check out the list to see if your kitty’s name made the top five!

Female

5. Elsa
4. Kitty
3. Lucy Learn more…

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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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