The Importance of Weight Checks for Dogs and Cats

by VetDepot on September 5, 2014

kittens scale blogChances are, you probably don’t think much of your pet’s weight check at the vet’s office. Your pet is just placed on a scale and the vet jots down a number, right? The truth is, the weight check is an important part of a veterinary visit and an animal’s weight can be a helpful indicator of overall health.

Most vets will weigh pets on the scale in addition to visually assessing the body condition. Body condition scoring typically ranges from 1 to 9, 1 being extremely thin and 9 being obese. A body condition score of 5 represents an optimal weight. Learn more…

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Four Household Dangers that Can Harm Your Pet!

by VetDepot on September 4, 2014

puppy washing machine blogThere are several everyday items lurking around homes that can be hazardous to pets if ingested. Some of these items are so common that it might be easy to forget to keep them out of reach from curious dogs and cats. Below are four common household dangers to be aware of:

1.) Pennies: Pennies contain zine, which can cause anemia, kidney, failure, and even heart failure. Ingestion of just one penny can be fatal in some cases. Learn more…

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dog ready for walk blogLabor Day weekend may be behind us, but the weather is still hotter than ever in many parts of the country. Since we typically wear shoes outside, it’s sometimes easy to forget that when temperatures rise, the pavement is often too hot for canine paws.

An easy test to determine the safety of pavement on a warm day is to place your palm on the ground and slowly count to three (one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi). Learn more…

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The Benefits of Adopting an Adult Dog

by VetDepot on August 21, 2014

pretty pit bull adopt blogUnfortunately, some people have the idea that adult dogs in shelters are damaged goods. They must have ended up there because they were bad dogs, right? Wrong. Most dogs find themselves in shelters through no fault of their own, and there are a lot of benefits to giving one of these deserving dogs a second chance:

1.) What you see is what you get: If you adopt a mature dog, there’s no chance of that tiny puppy reaching a surprising 80 pounds. An adult dog’s size and temperament is pretty well established.

2.) There’s no puppy drama: Everyone knows that puppies are a serious time commitment and some accidents and chewed up shoes are a likely occurrence. Learn more…

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Five “People Foods” That Are Safe for Cats

by VetDepot on August 21, 2014

cat eating broccoli blogCats are known for being finicky eaters. When their everyday food just doesn’t seem to be cutting it and you want to give your cat a bite of something special, the “people foods” listed below are safe options. Just know that all of these foods should only be given in moderation.

1.) Broccoli: Although cats are carnivores and they depend mainly on protein for sustained health and wellness, the occasional veggie won’t hurt. A small portion of steamed broccoli might hit the spot for a cat that’s been attempting to munch on plants around the house. Learn more…

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Five Fascinating Facts about Cats

by VetDepot on August 20, 2014

cat facts blog 3Any cat owner can tell you that felines are certainly a unique species. From their behavior, to their attitude, to their habits, there’s no other pet quite like a cat. Below are five interesting feline facts you may not have heard yet:

1.) A cat’s brain is 90% similar to a human’s brain (far more similar than to a dog’s brain).

2.) Cats spend approximately 70% of their lives sleeping. Learn more…

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Helping Your Dog Avoid the Back to School Blues

by VetDepot on August 19, 2014

back to school puppy blogIt’s that time of year again! Kids are soaking up the last days of summer and preparing to go back to school. Families are often so busy adjusting to the back-to-school routine that they don’t realize it’s affecting their canine companion. Dogs that have had plenty of companionship all day long during the summer months may experience anxiety or depression once classes resume. Here are some tips for helping Fido ease into the back to school routine:

1.) Go for a morning walk: Dogs are less likely to be anxious during the day if they’ve gotten some morning activity. Learn more…

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Toy Safety for Dogs

by VetDepot on August 19, 2014

golden tennis ball blogOne thing is for sure, dogs love to play. Whether it’s chasing a ball, playing tug of war, or making that squeaky toy squeak, dogs always know how to have fun. However, it’s extremely important for owners to think about safety when picking out dog toys. Toys should always be appropriate for your dog’s size, chewing abilities, and activity level. Below is some dog toy safety information to keep in mind:

Tug toys: Some canines love nothing more than a good game of tug of war. If your dog has any neck or back problems, however, it’s important to use caution while playing with this type of toy. Learn more…

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Four Causes of Bad Breath in Dogs

by VetDepot on August 15, 2014

dog breath blogBad breath in dogs, or chronic halitosis, isn’t a pleasant situation (especially if your dog is a kisser). Halitosis can be caused by a variety of health conditions, the most common of which is dental disease. Below are four conditions that may be causing your pup’s breath to be less than fresh:

1.) Teething: When puppies are teething, it’s natural for bacteria to collect at the gum line, which can cause bad breath. This stage typically only lasts a couple of months. Learn more…

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Hedgehogs Gain Popularity as Pets

by VetDepot on August 14, 2014

hedgehog blogHedgehogs, sometimes referred to as hedgies, are becoming increasingly popular as pets in the United States. They’re small, cute, and don’t require daily walks – what more could you ask for? Just as with any pet, however, there are certain considerations to make before bringing one of these prickly little creatures into your home.

First of all, they’re not legal in every state and municipality. California, Georgia, Maine, Hawaii, and New York City have all made owning a hedgehog illegal and the animal will be confiscated if found. Learn more…

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