How to Prepare your Cat for a New Baby

by VetDepot on July 3, 2014

cat and baby blogIf you’re a cat owner and you’re expecting a new bundle of joy, chances are that you’re wondering how your feline companion is going to adjust to the change. Cats are creatures of habit, so consistency and planning are necessary for a smooth transition. Below are a few tips for preparing your cat:

  • Decide whether or not the baby’s room will be off-limits. Make sure everyone in the family is on the same page about the decision.
  • Expose your cat to baby stuff. Remove a few toys and supplies from their packaging so that your cat gets used to new items in the house. Start using baby lotion on your own skin to expose your feline companion to the smell.

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Three Dog Breeds that are Gentle Giants

by VetDepot on July 2, 2014

sweet great dane blogIt’s not uncommon for big dogs to have even bigger hearts. Provided with a loving home and training, many large breeds make fantastic family companions. Below are three giant breeds that make especially loving pets:

1.) Great Dane (pictured): These large dogs can weigh as much as 150 pounds, which can be intimidating to some, until they realize it’s 150 pounds of pure love. They’re known for getting along great with children and having an affectionate disposition. Learn more…

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little puppy food bowl blogAs a loving pet parent, you’ve probably done your best to choose a healthy dog food for your canine companion. But sometimes, even with the best intentions, a particular food just doesn’t work for a dog’s individual needs. Below are four signals that it might be time to change your dog’s food:

1.) Weight gain: If you’ve noticed that your dog has a gained a few pounds, it may be time to make an appointment with a veterinarian. A vet will be able to rule out possible medical causes for weight gain and recommend a weight management food or a plan to reduce calories that will fit your furry best friend’s needs. Learn more…

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Five People Foods That are Safe for Dogs

by VetDepot on June 26, 2014

puppy carrot blogOwners are often bombarded with information about people foods that are dangerous for dogs. It’s certainly important to avoid these harmful foods (chocolate, grapes, etc.), but not all people foods are off-limits. In fact, some people foods are actually nutritious for dogs!

Below are five foods that are safe for canine tummies:

1. Carrots: Carrots are full of fiber and make a great low-cal treat! Be sure to choose baby carrots or chop regular carrots up into manageable pieces. Learn more…

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Three Great Cat Breeds for Kids

by VetDepot on June 25, 2014

cats for kids blogHaving a pet can benefit children in so many ways, from teaching them responsibility to enhancing social skills. If your family is considering a feline addition, below are a few breeds that tend to settle in quite well in households with children:

1. Ragamuffin (pictured): These lap cats are known for showering their human companions with love. Ragamuffins are very tolerant of children and will often follow them from room to room. Learn more…

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How to Convert a Cat’s Age into People Years

by VetDepot on June 24, 2014

cat age blogThe topic of “dog years” has been a much debated one. The old rule is that one dog year equals seven people years, but with dog breeds varying so much in size and lifespan, this simple equation just isn’t always applicable. Cats, however, are a little more uniform in size, making it easier to come up with a formula that works.

The first year of a cat’s life typically takes him or her into adolescence. The second year brings a cat into adulthood. From this point forward, you can start equating one human year with four cat years. Learn more…

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dog anxiety fireworks blogFor many, the Fourth of July means a long weekend, barbeques, and fun with family and friends. Of course, the 4th wouldn’t be complete without fireworks lighting up the sky. While these festivities may be a great experience for human members of the family, pets don’t always react positively to the chaos of big get-togethers and the sound of booming fireworks.

It’s important to keep dangerous party foods out of reach during July 4th celebrations. Be sure pets don’t have access to alcohol, the onions on the burgers, or chocolatey desserts. It may be best to provide your pet with a quiet place indoors to rest during the celebration. Learn more…

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Are Pets at Risk for Melanoma?

by VetDepot on June 19, 2014

black dog on grass blogPets don’t make visits to the tanning salon or lay out to get some color, so are they at risk for melanoma too?

Dogs and cats are, in fact, susceptible to the disease. However, melanoma typically presents itself in different ways in animals than it does in people. Pet owners often visit the vet because they notice a dark spot on their pet’s skin. While changes like these should certainly be checked out by a veterinarian, skin melanoma is not as common in dogs and cats as other types of the disease. Learn more…

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Three of the Most Athletic Dog Breeds

by VetDepot on June 18, 2014

autralian shepherd agil editedOne of the many wonderful things about dogs is that they’re all so different. No matter what your lifestyle or activity level, you can find a loyal canine companion that fits right in with your family. If you’re looking for an active dog with athletic tendencies, the following breeds might be good choices to consider:

1.) Labrador Retriever: Labs are one of the most popular breeds in the United States, in addition to being one of the most athletic. This breed excels at a variety of activities including hunting, search and rescue, and agility. Learn more…

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Three Common Cat Care Mistakes

by VetDepot on June 13, 2014

cat up close blogWe all want what’s best for our pets. Unfortunately, owners sometimes do things with good intentions that actually end up causing harm. Below are three common cat care mistakes:

1.) Letting your cat roam outdoors: Some people believe that cats are meant to have their freedom. While this subject certainly up for debate, it’s important for cat owners to know that the lives of outside cats are typically significantly shorter than the lives of indoor cats. Cars, coyote attacks, dog attacks, and poisonings are all serious threats in the outside world. Instead, consider mimicking an outdoor space indoors with cats trees and toys.

2.) Overfeeding your cat: You may think you’re making your cat happy by giving out a few extra treats, but feline obesity is a serious problem that can lead to a variety of health issues including arthritis and diabetes. Learn more…

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