Five Things Owners Do that Dogs Hate

by VetDepot on November 25, 2014

puppy striped sweater blogFido may be your best friend, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t do anything to get on his nerves. Below are five things owners do that dogs don’t typically love.

1.) Leave them home all alone: By nature, dogs are social animals that need a leader to feel secure. Long periods of separation can lead to anxiety.

2.) Insist on bath time: For most dogs, baths aren’t a pleasant experience. They don’t understand that they’re getting clean, just that water is spraying at them and they’re being covered in the unfamiliar smell of shampoo. Learn more…

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Which Thanksgiving Foods are Safe for Dogs and Cats?

by VetDepot on November 24, 2014

golden blogThanksgiving is a wonderful time for coming together with family and friends to share a big meal and some memories. It’s only natural to want to share some of that holiday cheer and food with your four-legged family members, but use caution. While there are some Thanksgiving foods that are safe for pets (depending on the exact ingredients), others are downright dangerous.

Sometimes Safe:

Turkey: A small amount of white meat is typically safe for dogs and cats. Just be sure to remove skin, excess fat, and bones.

Cranberries: A few cranberries or a small helping of cranberry sauce is okay, but steer clear if it’s loaded with sugar. Learn more…

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The Dogs of the Mayflower

by VetDepot on November 20, 2014

english springer spaniel mayflower blogPilgrims weren’t the only passengers traveling to the new world on the Mayflower. Records indicate that there were two canines onboard for the historic voyage across the Atlantic.

John Goodman, a 25-year-old passenger on the Mayflower, brought along his English Springer Spaniel and his Mastiff. The names of these two dogs were not recorded, but their contributions to establishing the settlement were. The canines provided protection and accompanied the pilgrims while hunting. This isn’t surprising considering Mastiffs (pictured left) are known for their powerful loyalty and Springer Spaniels (pictured right) have a talent for hunting. Learn more…

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holding cat blogIt’s not uncommon for cats to not like being held or carried. While some felines don’t mind it, others get uncomfortable or downright frightened. A scared cat can mean the claws come out, which isn’t a fun experience for either party. If you’d like to get your cat more accustomed to being held, try the following tips:

1. Ease into it: Get your cat comfortable with being handled by gently grasping both sides of her body. Try lifting your cat off the ground for just a few seconds at a time to start.

2. Learn what works for your cat: Some cats prefer being lifted from underneath, while others prefer to be held with their paws resting on your shoulders and their chest against your torso. Learn more…

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Five Ways Dogs Say “I Love You”

by VetDepot on November 17, 2014

dog and owner sil blogDogs are known for being loving and loyal companions. You probably already know how much your dog loves you, but just in case you need some more proof, look for these five signs of canine affection:

1. Looking after you when you’re not feeling well: Have you ever noticed that your dog seems to know when you’re feeling a little under the weather? Dogs may snuggle up against you, lick your face, or just stay extra close to you during these times. Canines are pack animals and their natural instinct is to care for each other. If your pup is caring for you, you must be an important part of the pack. Learn more…

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Travel Safety for Pets

by VetDepot on November 14, 2014

dog suitcase blogWith Thanksgiving around the corner, many people are making out-of-town plans for the holidays. Although some pets do better with a pet sitter or at a boarding facility, others are included in their family’s travel plans. If you choose to bring your four-legged companion along on your holiday adventures, be sure to read these travel safety tips for pets:

Traveling by Car

  • Plan ahead: Make sure your pet is equipped with a collar and updated ID tag before hitting the open road. Bring any necessary pet supplies including a leash, your pet’s regular food and treats, water, and a water dish.

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The Most Popular Dog Breeds in Eight Big U.S. Cities

by VetDepot on November 13, 2014

chihuahua puppies blogHave you ever wondered which dog breed is most popular in your city? Below are the most popular (purebred) pooches in eight major metropolitan areas across the country.

Phoenix, Arizona: Chihuahua (pictured right)

Denver, Colorado: Labrador Retriever

Seattle, Washington: Shih Tzu

Dallas, Texas: German Shepherd Learn more…

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Three Tough Questions to Ask Your Vet

by VetDepot on November 12, 2014

dog at the vet blogIt’s never easy for the owner when a pet is diagnosed with a serious disease or health condition. It can be an emotional time and tough to make decisions about treatment. If you find yourself in this situation, remember that your pet’s veterinarian has the best interest of you and your pet in mind. Vets want the best possible care and quality of life for their patients. However, sometimes financial limitations and other considerations come into play when making treatment decisions. If you find yourself overwhelmed by your pet’s diagnosis, don’t hesitate to ask the following questions:

What are the next steps?

A diagnosis is just the beginning. Does your pet need more tests? Medication? Surgery? Learn more…

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Easy Tuna Treat Recipe for Cats

by VetDepot on November 11, 2014

homemade cat treats blogDoes your cat deserve a special homemade treat? This simple recipe uses only a few ingredients and is a big hit with the felines!

  • 6 ounce can of tuna (including water)
  • 3 teaspoons cooked egg whites
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and cooking up the egg whites. Transfer the egg whites to a bowl and combine them with the can of tuna. Learn more…

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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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