Are You Bathing Your Dog Incorrectly?

by VetDepot on February 4, 2015

puppy bubble bath sink blogFor many dog owners, bath time can be a struggle. But, when done correctly, grooming your canine companion can actually be a healthy bonding experience. Below are five common mistakes to avoid when giving your dog a bath:

1. Getting frustrated: It may be easy to get frustrated when trying to wrangle an uncooperative dog into the bathtub, but do your best to keep it together. Yelling at your pet will only make an already stressful situation even more tense. Be gentle both physically and with the tone of your voice. Learn more…

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Laundry Detergent Pods Pose Danger to Pets

by VetDepot on February 3, 2015

kitten washing machine blogSingle-use laundry detergent pods have become a staple in many homes across the country. While these little packets may be convenient, they pose a major danger to dogs and cats if ingested.

It’s important to note that detergent in any form contains harmful chemicals and is dangerous for pets if swallowed, but pods tend to be more concentrated than bottled formulations. Learn more…

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3 Cat Breeds with Low-Maintenance Grooming Needs

by VetDepot on January 29, 2015

siamese cat pretty blogSome cat breeds, like the Himalayan or the Persian, require a great deal of commitment when it comes to keeping their coat healthy and shiny. If you’re thinking about a new feline companion, but want one that’s a little lighter on the grooming upkeep, you may want to consider one of the following breeds:

1. Siamese (pictured above): These short-haired kitties have a coat that is relatively easy to maintain. Learn more…

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5 Ways Adopting a Dog Can Better Your Life

by VetDepot on January 28, 2015

dog best friend lake blogWith so many dogs in need of homes in the United States, there’s no doubt that adoption will give you the satisfaction of knowing you saved a life. But choosing to adopt a canine companion has a positive impact in many other ways as well. Below are five ways adopting a dog can change your life for the better:

1. A more positive outlook on life: It’s hard not to cheer up after a rough day when you come home to a wagging tail and slobbery kisses. Learn more…

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Don’t Believe these 3 Winter Myths about Dogs

by VetDepot on January 27, 2015

beagle snow blogKeeping your canine companion safe is important all year-round, but there are special precautions that need to be taken during the winter months. Unfortunately, there are some cold weather misconceptions out there regarding canine care. Don’t be fooled by these three wintertime myths:

Myth #1: It’s not hot outside, so it’s okay to leave Fido in a parked car.

With the engine off, temperatures drop too low during the winter to leave your dog in the car. Leaving the engine on can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, putting your pup’s life in danger. Learn more…

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black lab sad eyes blogPuppies and elderly dogs are at the highest risk for disease, but that doesn’t mean that adult canines aren’t susceptible to health issues. Keep an eye out for these seven health conditions that commonly affect adult dogs:

Allergies: Allergies are most likely to pop up during a dog’s adult years and can result from fleas, food ingredients, or seasonal allergens. The most common symptom is itchy skin accompanied by scratching, biting, and licking. Learn more…

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How Protein Affects Your Pet’s Health

by VetDepot on January 21, 2015

cat eating food close blogWith all of the pet food choices and trends these days, navigating your pet’s nutritional needs can be a difficult task. One hot button word is protein, and for good reason. Protein is essential to your pet’s health in so many ways. Below are the need-to-know basics regarding protein intake and your pet’s health:

How does protein impact your pet’s health?

Your pet breaks down protein in the digestive system into amino acids, which are absorbed into the bloodstream. These amino acids are used to create new proteins that help your pet build muscle, repair tissue, create hormones, transport iron and oxygen in the blood, and support a healthy immune system. Learn more…

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5 of the Rarest Dog Breeds in the U.S.

by VetDepot on January 21, 2015

dandie dinmont terriers blogVisit any dog park and you’re sure to recognize plenty of Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, and Labradors. But what many people don’t realize is just how many different dog breeds there are out there. Below are five of the rarest dog breeds in the United States:

Dandie Dinmont Terrier (pictured above): You may not come across these confident little terriers very often, but when you do you’re sure to fall in love. Learn more…

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5 Cold Weather Safety Tips for Pets

by VetDepot on January 16, 2015

snowy golden puppy blogWhen temperatures drop, pet care needs change. Don’t miss these five winter pet safety tips:

1. Keep pets indoors: If it’s too cold outside for you, it’s too cold for your pet. Severe cold puts pets at risk for frostbite and hypothermia. If for some reason a dog must be left outside during the day, proper shelter should be provided that protects your dog from the elements. Pets are happiest and safest during the winter months when they’re indoors with their families. Learn more…

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Don’t Believe These 3 Myths about Big Dogs

by VetDepot on January 14, 2015

big dog hugging little dog blogIf you’re considering a new canine companion, you may be making your decision based on some misinformation. Below are three common misconceptions people have about big dogs:

1. Big Dogs are More Aggressive than Small Dogs

It’s natural to be more fearful of dogs with a commanding stature than littler canines, but this fear isn’t necessarily warranted. Learn more…

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