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Why Does Cat Urine Smell So Terrible?

catpee2Any cat owner can attest to the fact that cat urine is one of the strongest foul odors that exist in our reality. Feline urine has an undeniable pungency to it that seems relatively unmatched by other pets’ pee, and this is especially apparent when many different pets live in the same household. Being an owner of dogs and cats, it is very easy for me to differentiate between canine urine and feline urine (which comes in handy when trying to blame the source of an accident or mark). Out of the myriad of types of pets that I’ve had in my life, I can honestly say that my cats’ pee have been the worst. After reaching out to other cat owners (especially owners that have cats and dogs) and researching a bit online, I have concluded that this is a fact and here’s why:

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Invention of the Week: The Enhanced Pet Bowl!

enhancedOne of the most rudimentary and necessary items for any pet, is a bowl to contain its food and water. It can be a basic metal bowl, a ceramic bowl painted with its name in bright colors, or a literal soup or cereal bowl from your pantry – but your pet has to eat out of it safely and effectively. Many of us have not really given a proper thought about our pets’ bowls, aside from what designs should be on it, or whether or not it should have a witty phrase scrawled on it. But, for some pets, the usual bowl that most of us use doesn’t cut it – whether for medical problems, or behavioral issues. Here is a new type of pet bowl that is really making a difference in some pets’ lives – the Enhanced Pet Bowl: [click to continue…]

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Pet of the Week: Rex the Bearded Dragon!

13599785_10154960364686521_449074098264493817_nEvery day on social media, people share videos and pictures of adorable pets all over the world – either of their own pets, or of random pets – and they garner tons of likes, shares, and comments while they spread like wildfire. Arguably the most “viral” posts on social media, anything involving cute animals is definitely welcomed by anyone looking for something to squeal about for a second or two. Well, VetDepot is going to start showcasing some of these animals that definitely deserve more traction in the world of internet fandom! Every week, I will be shining a spotlight on an amazing creature that one of our fans has shared with us, and their stories will spread across the globe. We’re going to kick this week off by introducing you to Rex the Bearded Dragon! [click to continue…]

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All You Need To Know About Dog Licking

doglicking6You don’t have to be a dog owner to know that dogs pretty much lick everything, whether it’s themselves, people’s faces and hands, random objects, or even their own poop! As a society we have just accepted this as fact, and it would actually be a little strange if a dog DIDN’T lick everything in sight. While it can be a concern sometimes if your pup seems to be doing TOO much licking, most of the time I think it’s safe to say that we dog owners wonder to ourselves: WHY are you LICKING THAT? Well, let’s debunk this mystery once and for all, shall we? First, let’s begin with why they lick people: [click to continue…]

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What Colors Can Our Pets Actually See?

dogvision2There appears to be a mass confusion among pet owners and animal lovers alike concerning the amount of color that our non-human companions see in their world around them. According to most television shows, movies, and people that I’ve talked to, dogs are colorblind; some cartoons even show their perspective as completely black and white. But then why does it seem like a dog prefers certain colored toys over others? I’ve even been told by some that cats can see more color than dogs can, and I’ve heard conflicting information from others saying that dogs can see a few colors but not as many as we can. As if that isn’t confusing enough, what about other animals, like hamsters, rats, fish, parakeets, horses, pigs, chickens, chameleons, etc.? Well, it’s time that we tackle this issue once and for all and answer the burning question, “What colors can our pets actually see?” [click to continue…]

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Can Our Pets’ Poop Power Our World? Perhaps!

parkspark0I have often found myself thinking, “If someone found a way to turn pet poop into a fuel source, we’d solve our energy crisis,” and so have many other pet parents as well. While this idea is mostly a joke, one particular animal lover approached it from a realistic standpoint, and began applying science to this concept. The result is the Park Spark, a truly innovative technological breakthrough of the 21st century that turns dog poop into usable fuel! Yes, folks, this is absolutely true and NOT a prank, I promise. [click to continue…]

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5 Easy Ways To Help Homeless Animals!

straydogsLet’s face it, the homeless pet population isn’t going to magically go down any time soon. All over the country, animals are abandoned, surrendered, and lost at rates that rescues, shelters, and humane societies can’t even keep up with. There is indeed a movement gaining momentum, of animal lovers all over the world who are taking on the responsibility of animal welfare – and in some cases, changing their whole lives to revolve around it! While many have the dream of devoting their whole life to opening an animal sanctuary or rescue facility, it is seldom a realistic option. Below, there are different ways for busy animal lovers to make a difference to pets in need without having to turn your whole life upside-down. Some may be options you have never thought about, and others may be obvious, but hopefully we help you think about it differently so you find new motivation to finally get to it: [click to continue…]

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joshNLNowadays it has become pretty commonplace to see inspirational animal videos posted on social media – especially ones that tell the heart-wrenching stories of disabled animals. These short videos usually start off telling a tragic tale of some kind, but always end on a happy note with the animal living a wonderful life full of love and new family. Stories like these exist because of the endless amounts of compassion and determination that animal lovers put forth to not only rescue these needy animals, but rehabilitate them into the loving companions that they have the potential to be. Here are a few special needs animals that are my personal favorites, and I share these to show the resilience and hope that animals embody: [click to continue…]

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Why Is Medical Care for Pets So Expensive?

vet6As if health care for ourselves wasn’t enough of a financial burden, it sometimes seems that the medical care we seek for our beloved furry, scaly, and feathery companions is a tad bit expensive. Obviously when you decide to take on the duty of being a pet owner, you know that you will have to probably pay for some vet bills here and there in the future. Responsible pet owners will do anything and everything for their pets, even if that means footing a vet bill that costs hundreds or thousands of dollars. There is usually little to no hesitation to follow through with the necessary veterinary care, especially if it is a dire or emergency situation. But, we do end up asking ourselves quite often why it seems that veterinary bills, prescription medications, and basic medical procedures for pets are so pricey! Well, here’s a few reasons thanks to Dr. Patty Khuly, VMD at VetStreet.com: [click to continue…]

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What To Do If Your Dog Gets Into a Fight

dogfightMost people think that their dog is a perfect little ray of sunshine spreading love and happiness wherever it goes; and for the most part, that’s accurate. However, sometimes you may see a dog in a shockingly negative light, whether it is your own dog or someone else’s. We have to remind ourselves that dogs are domesticated, but they are still animals that every-so-often resort to physical intimidation or fighting to settle differences. This type of confrontation usually occurs because of a dog’s interaction with another dog that turns sour – either due to the dogs being introduced incorrectly and prematurely, or without supervision. Dogs often fight because of protecting their food, toys, or owner – but sometimes it can seem like the fight just came out of nowhere. It’s helpful to know how to break up two dogs who are fighting with each other just in case it happens to your dog; without intervention, a short fight can prove very fatal, very quickly. Every second counts when trying to separate two dueling dogs, so here’s some tips, thanks to The Dodo: [click to continue…]

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