A Guide to the Different Types of Cat Litter

by VetDepot on August 7, 2014

kitten litter box blogIf it seems like there are more options than ever out there when it comes to cat litter, you’re right. Litter comes in all scents, textures, and materials. Below are some quick facts about five of the major kitty litter varieties available on the market today:

1.) Clumping Clay: This is one of the most popular types of kitty litter. Most clumping clay litters are made from bentonite, which is a highly absorbent clay that forms little clumps when exposed to moisture. Learn more…

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Which Dog Breeds Shed the Least?

by VetDepot on August 6, 2014

cute chihuahua blogTo start off, it’s important to note that there is no such thing as a dog that does not shed. Just as humans do, all dogs shed at least a small amount of hair from time to time. However, it is true that some dog breeds tend to shed less than others. Below are six breeds that are known to be light shedders:

1.) Poodle
2.) Bichon Frise
3.) Chihuahua (pictured) Learn more…

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Three Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat

by VetDepot on August 1, 2014

cat and milkWhile certain people foods (like a small amount of cooked tuna or eggs) are typically safe for cats, others are off-limits. Keep your feline companion safe by making sure the following foods are always out of reach:

1.) Raw Fish: Sushi-grade raw fish may be safe for people, but it’s definitely dangerous for cats. When ingested, raw fish can cause gastrointestinal upset. When consumed on a regular basis, raw fish can trigger thiamine deficiency in cats, which can lead to neurological problems and convulsions. Learn more…

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What Your Dog’s Breed Says About You

by VetDepot on July 31, 2014

dog and owner blogDogs come in all shapes and sizes with an array of personality traits and temperaments. In some cases, people choose pets that mirror their own personalities. Check out this (just for fun) list and learn what your dog’s breed might say about you!

Bulldog: Bulldog owners tend to be stubborn and sure of themselves. If you own a bulldog, you probably tell it like it is!

Cocker Spaniel: There’s a high probability that you’re respectful and sweet if you own one of these charming little dogs. Learn more…

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dog hot car blogYou’ve probably heard by now that leaving a dog (or any animal) in a car on warm day can quickly turn tragic. The temperature inside a parked car can soar above 100 degrees in just minutes on an 80 degree day. So, what do you do if you see a dog trapped inside a hot car?

1.) Take down important information: Quickly jot down the make of the car and the license plate number.

2.) Check with nearby businesses: Notify the managers of nearby stores and restaurants to make an announcement to find the car’s owner. Learn more…

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photogenic cat editAs a loving and devoted pet parent, you’d probably like to think that you understand everything your pet is feeling. In reality, however, this isn’t always the case. Below are three things owners don’t always pick up on when it comes to their pets:

1.) Pain: Although pets are capable of limping and crying, symptoms of pain in dogs and cats are often much more subtle. Reluctance to play, less enthusiasm for walks, and struggling to jump up on furniture are all signs that your canine or feline companion might be experiencing pain. Learn more…

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dog grass yard blogYour yard is a great place for the whole family to spend time. If your family includes a canine or feline companion, it’s important to keep your outdoor space safe and free of potentially dangerous plants. Below are four plants that pet owners should avoid and some suggestions for safe alternatives:

sago palm edited1.) Sago Palm: The Sago palm is a popular landscaping choice in temperate climates. The problem is, every part of this palm (especially the seeds) is poisonous. The bamboo palm is a safer choice if you have a dog or a cat. Learn more…

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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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