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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sad pug 2 blogTwo of the biggest companies being blamed for the production of toxic jerky treats, Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Waggin’ Train LLC, have agreed to a multi-million dollar fund to compensate pet owners whose animals have been harmed.

The settlement agreement was reached as a result of a class action lawsuit seeking redress for the suffering of pets sickened by jerky treats produced in China. If approved, the agreement would also require the companies to take  “enhanced quality assurance measures” and to modify language on treat packaging. Learn more…

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Five Dog Myths Debunked

by VetDepot on June 11, 2014

Dog park blogWhen it comes to dogs, there is a lot of information out there. Some of it is true, and some of it is downright false. Below are five common misconceptions people have about dogs:

1. Old dogs can’t learn new tricks.

False! Mature dogs not only can learn new things, they often excel at training. Once out of the puppy stage, attention spans tend to get longer and housebreaking typically goes quicker. As long as a dog is physically and mentally able to do what is being asked, old dogs can certainly pick up new tricks.

2. Shelter dogs have too much baggage. 

So false! Dogs end up in shelters for a long list of reasons, most of which have nothing to do with the animal. Learn more…

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Five of the Trendiest Cat Names

by VetDepot on June 6, 2014

cute kitten big blogWhen it comes to cat names, some owners choose to go for the classics. Fluffy, baby, and kitty are all popular choices. But sometimes, pop culture comes into play. Below are five of the trendiest feline names:

1. Sheldon: Most likely popularized by the show The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon has become an increasingly popular name in the feline world over the past couple of years. This shouldn’t be a big surprise since many cats’ personalities are just as peculiar as Sheldon Cooper’s.

2. Penelope: Penelope has seen a big boost in kitten name popularity. Perhaps it’s because Kourtney Kardashian’s baby girl shares the name, or maybe, it’s just because the name is downright adorable. Learn more…

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