Three Autumn Dangers for Pets

by VetDepot on November 10, 2014

brown puppy fall blogThe leaves are changing colors and cooler weather is setting in. While autumn is a beautiful time of year, it can also be a dangerous season for pets. Watch out for these three fall dangers that can harm four-legged family members:

1.) Toxic fall blooming plants: The Chrysanthemum, commonly referred to as the mum, blooms seasonally in the fall. Ingestion of the flower, leaves, or stem can trigger toxicity in both dogs and cats. Symptoms of ingestion include stumbling, drooling, skin inflammation, diarrhea, and vomiting. Meadow Saffron and Clematis are two other fall blooming plants to be weary of. Learn more…

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Keep Toxic Cold and Flu Medicine Away From Pets

by VetDepot on November 4, 2014

dog blurred medication blogCold and flu season is almost here! With all the sniffles and sneezing starting to go around, there’s probably some cold medicine lying somewhere around your house. While these medications may be helpful in keeping your family’s symptoms at bay, it’s important to keep them out of reach from four-legged members of the household. Many common cold and flu  medicines contain ingredients that are toxic to pets. Below are a few of those dangerous ingredients:

Acetaminophen: This common fever reducer is harmful to both dogs and cats, but is especially dangerous for felines. Learn more…

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Dog Park Etiquette

by VetDepot on November 4, 2014

Dog park  manners blogMaking sure your dog gets plenty of exercise and social interaction is a big part of responsible pet ownership. For some canines, a trip to the dog park is a fun way to release some energy and make new friends. Following these four dog park etiquette rules will help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:

1.) Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are current: Before you ever walk out the door to the park, be sure your dog isn’t due for any vaccinations. Some parks even require proof of rabies vaccination to enter. Learn more…

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Do Dogs Like Hugs?

by VetDepot on October 31, 2014

do dogs like hugs blogDogs are loyal and loving members of the family, so it’s natural to want to show them affection. Giving your dog a big hug might seem like a therapeutic way to end a stressful day or a nice way to show your pup you care, but pet parents should be cautious. Dogs do not view hugs the same way that humans do, which can have dangerous consequences.

It is true that some dogs (especially therapy dogs) will tolerate or even like being hugged, but many dogs do not enjoy the gesture. Canines heavily rely on body language for communication, and placing one or both arms over your dog is a sign of dominance. Learn more…

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cat black blogAnyone with a black cat knows they are far from bad luck. Just like any other feline, black cats provide their families with companionship and a lot of love. Unfortunately, some people believe the bad luck myth and think seeing a black cat is a bad omen of things to come. This silly superstition is especially evident around Halloween.

Sadly, this widely perpetuated myth puts black cats at an increased risk for abuse this time of year. Learn more…

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Do Dogs Feel Jealousy?

by VetDepot on October 29, 2014

jealous dogs blogIf you own multiple dogs and have ever noticed some “sibling” rivalry, you might not be wrong. Recent findings from the University of California, San Diego study suggest dogs are capable of displaying jealous behaviors.

The study, lead by scholars Christine R. Harris and Caroling Prouvost, examined the reactions of thirty-six different dogs while their owners praised, spoke lovingly, and petted animatronic dogs. The fake dogs barked, whined, and wagged their tails to mimic canine behavior. The real dogs displayed several behaviors indicative of jealousy, including barking, snapping at the robotic canines, and trying to push themselves between their owner and the fake dog. Learn more…

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Three Ways Pets Can Negatively Affect Your Health

by VetDepot on October 28, 2014

puppy barking blogTo start off, it’s important to note that pets can and do positively affect the health of their owners in a lot of ways. Having a pet can encourage physical activity, lower blood pressure, combat loneliness, and promote an overall sense of happiness. However, there are a few circumstances in which having a pet can have negative health implications. Below are three ways pets can be hard on your health and, most importantly, how to combat them:

Your dog’s barking is causing stress: The sound of a dog barking incessantly is sure to raise anyone’s stress level. Learn more…

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Super Simple Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

by VetDepot on October 22, 2014

pumpkin dog treats blogSince chocolate and other Halloween goodies are strictly off-limits for dogs, you might want to whip up a batch of these canine-friendly treats! There’s only three ingredients and a whole lot of flavor in these festive treats.

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour

Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Learn more…

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Pet Halloween Costume Safety

by VetDepot on October 20, 2014

dog costumes blogThere’s nothing more adorable than dressing your four-legged monster up in a costume for Halloween. As cute as pet Halloween costumes are, it’s important to keep safety in mind.

Please read and share these four pet Halloween costume safety tips!

1.) Think visibility: If you’re planning on taking your dog along while trick-or-treating, be sure the costume is reflective. If not, consider adding some reflective tape to the costume so that your dog will easily be seen by drivers. Learn more…

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Five Dog Breeds with a Love for the Great Outdoors

by VetDepot on October 17, 2014

lab puppy hike editedAutumn is a beautiful time to head outside for a walk or a hike. If you find yourself enjoying the sights and sounds of the outdoors all year long, you might need a canine companion that shares your adventurous spirit. Below are five dog breeds that are typically very content hiking, running, walking, swimming, or camping right by your side.

1.) Vizsla: This incredibly active breed needs to spend a lot of time exercising. Avid hikers and runners might be a good match for one of these beautiful canines. Learn more…

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