Five “People Foods” That Are Safe for Cats

by VetDepot on August 21, 2014

cat eating broccoli blogCats are known for being finicky eaters. When their everyday food just doesn’t seem to be cutting it and you want to give your cat a bite of something special, the “people foods” listed below are safe options. Just know that all of these foods should only be given in moderation.

1.) Broccoli: Although cats are carnivores and they depend mainly on protein for sustained health and wellness, the occasional veggie won’t hurt. A small portion of steamed broccoli might hit the spot for a cat that’s been attempting to munch on plants around the house. Learn more…

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Five Fascinating Facts about Cats

by VetDepot on August 20, 2014

cat facts blog 3Any cat owner can tell you that felines are certainly a unique species. From their behavior, to their attitude, to their habits, there’s no other pet quite like a cat. Below are five interesting feline facts you may not have heard yet:

1.) A cat’s brain is 90% similar to a human’s brain (far more similar than to a dog’s brain).

2.) Cats spend approximately 70% of their lives sleeping. Learn more…

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Helping Your Dog Avoid the Back to School Blues

by VetDepot on August 19, 2014

back to school puppy blogIt’s that time of year again! Kids are soaking up the last days of summer and preparing to go back to school. Families are often so busy adjusting to the back-to-school routine that they don’t realize it’s affecting their canine companion. Dogs that have had plenty of companionship all day long during the summer months may experience anxiety or depression once classes resume. Here are some tips for helping Fido ease into the back to school routine:

1.) Go for a morning walk: Dogs are less likely to be anxious during the day if they’ve gotten some morning activity. Learn more…

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Toy Safety for Dogs

by VetDepot on August 19, 2014

golden tennis ball blogOne thing is for sure, dogs love to play. Whether it’s chasing a ball, playing tug of war, or making that squeaky toy squeak, dogs always know how to have fun. However, it’s extremely important for owners to think about safety when picking out dog toys. Toys should always be appropriate for your dog’s size, chewing abilities, and activity level. Below is some dog toy safety information to keep in mind:

Tug toys: Some canines love nothing more than a good game of tug of war. If your dog has any neck or back problems, however, it’s important to use caution while playing with this type of toy. Learn more…

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Four Causes of Bad Breath in Dogs

by VetDepot on August 15, 2014

dog breath blogBad breath in dogs, or chronic halitosis, isn’t a pleasant situation (especially if your dog is a kisser). Halitosis can be caused by a variety of health conditions, the most common of which is dental disease. Below are four conditions that may be causing your pup’s breath to be less than fresh:

1.) Teething: When puppies are teething, it’s natural for bacteria to collect at the gum line, which can cause bad breath. This stage typically only lasts a couple of months. Learn more…

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Hedgehogs Gain Popularity as Pets

by VetDepot on August 14, 2014

hedgehog blogHedgehogs, sometimes referred to as hedgies, are becoming increasingly popular as pets in the United States. They’re small, cute, and don’t require daily walks – what more could you ask for? Just as with any pet, however, there are certain considerations to make before bringing one of these prickly little creatures into your home.

First of all, they’re not legal in every state and municipality. California, Georgia, Maine, Hawaii, and New York City have all made owning a hedgehog illegal and the animal will be confiscated if found. Learn more…

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Pet Photography Tips for Beginners

by VetDepot on August 13, 2014

kitten camera blogYou already know your pet is as adorable as they come, so it’s natural to want to capture that cute face on camera. However, taking pictures of a squirming puppy or a cat that refuses to look at the camera isn’t always an easy task. Below are four tips for capturing the perfect pet photos:

1.) Practice patience: Enticing your pet to sit still long enough to snap the perfect shot can be difficult to say the least. Know that getting a great photo may take a few tries and getting frustrated with your pet won’t make for happy memories associated with the picture. Learn more…

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cat alarm clock blogAnyone who owns a cat knows that they can be the most relentless of alarm clocks. While some people are early risers and don’t mind the morning meowing, other may not appreciate the crack of dawn wake-up call. If you identify with the latter, don’t miss these strategies for uninterrupted sleep:

1.) Play before bedtime: To encourage your cat to sleep for a longer period of time, tire her out first. Try a food puzzle or another interactive toy right before bedtime. Learn more…

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panting pug blogThe summer months can be dangerous for dogs. Care should be taken to make sure dogs always have access to water, have a cool place to rest, and aren’t doing too much activity during the hottest part of the day. Below are three factors that increase a dog’s chances of experiencing heat-related stress.

1.) Underlying respiratory issues: Laryngeal paralysis, which is most common in medium to large sized breeds like pit bulls and Labradors, can lead to inadequate ventilation and is very dangerous in combination with hot weather. Learn more…

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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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