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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Five of the Most Confident Dog Breeds

by VetDepot on September 23, 2014

german shepherd puppy confident blogNo two dogs have the same temperament. Some are sweet and shy, while others are outgoing and have no doubts that they’re top dog. If you’re looking for a particularly confident canine companion, below are five breeds that might make a good match:

1.) Rottweiler: Rotties are not only known for their intelligence and work ethic, they’re also extremely confident. Given proper training and a loving family, these self-assured dogs can thrive as loyal companions.

2.) Jack Russell Terrier: These dogs are ultra-smart and excel at agility and other activities. Learn more…

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Three Strange Cat Behaviors Explained

by VetDepot on September 19, 2014

cat in a cereal box blogThere’s no doubt that cats make wonderful companions. They’re the perfect balance of independent, loving, and downright adorable. But with all of these great traits sometimes comes a few peculiar behaviors. Below are a few seemingly odd feline behaviors explained:

1.) Chewing on plastic or other strange things: If you notice your feline companion chewing on plastic bags, blankets, or other non-edible items, she might be suffering from a condition called pica (craving to eat substances that are not food). Learn more…

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Four Pet Safety Tips for Fall

by VetDepot on September 18, 2014

fall puppy in leaves blogIt’s finally time to say goodbye to the dog days of summer and hello to a new season. But, as the leaves change colors and the weather starts to get cooler, be aware that there are dangers for pets this time of year. Don’t miss these four fall safety tips:

1.) Watch out for snakes: Fall is the time of year when snakes are prepping for hibernation and they’re a little more ill-tempered during this period. Keep your dog on the trail during fall hikes and educate yourself about venomous snakes in your area.

2.) Protect pets from mushrooms: Autumn is the season for mushrooms! Although most varieties are harmless, some can be deadly. Learn more…

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VetDepot Teams Up with the Search Dog Foundation

by VetDepot on September 18, 2014

search dog blogThis past weekend, VetDepot was lucky to team up with the Search Dog Foundation. A portion of the weekend’s sales were donated to this wonderful organization, which takes abused or abandoned dogs and turns them into highly skilled search and rescue partners for first responders.

The SDF is a unique non-profit organization that was founded in 1995. It has deployed search teams to assist with numerous disasters across the country including the September 11 World Trade Center attack, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Learn more…

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Ten Fun Facts about Dogs

by VetDepot on September 12, 2014

hipster dog blogDogs are not only loyal and lovable companions, they’re also fascinating creatures. Don’t miss these ten interesting canine facts!

1.) A dog’s sense of smell is at least 10,000 times more sensitive than that of a human.

2.) Dogs can only sweat through the pads of their feet.

3.) Every dog breed except the Chow has a pink tongue. Chows have a distinctive black tongue. Learn more…

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The Four Rules of Puppy Training

by VetDepot on September 10, 2014

puppy training blogPuppies are cute, cuddly, and need a whole lot of training. There’s a lot of information about puppy training out there and plenty of different methods to choose from. However you decide to go about it, always keep these four rules of puppy training in mind:

1.) Bond with your puppy: Puppies want badly to be a part of the family and crave leadership. The more time you spend with your new canine companion and closer you become, the more likely it is that your puppy will respond positively to training. Learn more…

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A Guide to Vet Visit Etiquette

by VetDepot on September 9, 2014

dog waiting room blogFrom yearly wellness exams, to unforeseen illnesses or injuries, visits to the veterinarian’s office are inevitable for pet owners. For the safety and comfort of pets, their owners, and the staff, it’s important to practice good vet’s office etiquette. Below are a few tips to ensure your manners are up to par:

1.) Be on time: This one can get a little difficult when you’re trying to encourage your cat into a carrier and get out the door, but if you’re late, your veterinarian will likely be late to appointments for the rest of the day. Be courteous to the vet, the staff, and the other patrons by allowing yourself plenty of time to get to your pet’s appointment. Learn more…

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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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