Daily Archives: February 3, 2016

Is your dog jealous?

Yes, your dog might get jealous easily. Ask yourself these questions to determine if your pup is green with envy:

  1. Is she forcing her way into your lap, perhaps pushing the other dog, cat or kid out of the way?
  2. Is she snipping or growling at the person or animal who has your attention?
  3. Is she not leaving your side, sitting directly on your feet or leaning on your leg?

If you can answer yes to these, chances are your dog feels possessive, unloved or is telling you to pay more attention to her.

Show her some love! Get down to her level and cuddle her long and hard, telling her she’s a good dog. Give her your full attention, even if just for a few minutes, and she will probably be fine after that.

Ask your Gresham, OR vet for other signs of jealousy or read more here.

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Cat Kit

You swear you’re prepared for any emergency. You have extra water bottles and canned foods stored in the basement; a flashlight for every person in your house, complete with fresh batteries; and a weather radio. You’re ready for a severe thunderstorm, or zombie raid—whichever comes first.

However, is your cat prepared? Did you think to have extra litter handy? Or another bag of cat food? Do you have an empty water and food bowl, or litter pan? What about bags you can empty old litter into?

These are things that are important to have on hand, especially since they don’t expire. You most likely won’t be trapped for too long in your house with your cat, but it’s better to have back up resources available just in case.

Ask your Upper Arlington, OH vet for other ideas on how to be prepared for anything with your cat or checkhere!

Outdoor time for your cat

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Most cats spend time sitting in front of the window, staring at the world in front of them. Is she curious about what it’s like beyond the glass?

Although there are reasons to keep your feline inside, in some situations, it may be okay to venture out with her to the back concrete patio to bask in the sun for a few minutes.

Things to remember:

  • Never leave your cat out by herself if she’s a house cat.
  • Don’t let her sit directly in the sun for more than a few minutes.
  • Be sure to give her plenty of water when you go back inside.

Before you decide to let your cat outdoors, consider that she might get a taste for it and try to escape any time the door is open.

Talk to your Cameron Park, CA vet to see if it’s safe to let your cat outside. Read more ideas for your cat here.

Time to brush your dog

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It’s common knowledge that your dog’s coat needs to be brushed. Some breeds are in more need than others.

If you’re not great at remembering to brush her, look for the hair clumps lying on your floor as a good indicator that it’s time to search for your dog brush! Pick up the brush, take your pooch outside and start getting her dead hair out of her coat. This will help eliminate the chunks that show up on your carpet and make your dog more fun to cuddle with!

Your pup might have tough hair to comb through. If this is the case, dog groomers are recommended and are great at understanding what your type of dog needs. Check out your local pet store for prices and what information you’d need to provide, such as the latest rabies shots.

Your local McHenry, IL veterinary clinic might provide this grooming service as well. For more details on grooming, click here.

Let your kids name your dog

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Part of you wants to let your kids choose your next family dog; however, you don’t feel they are able to weigh all the pros and cons of the breed of dog that will fit your lifestyle, living conditions and finances.

If you want them to be a part of the process and have a say in the life event, which they will take very seriously, let them come up with some names.

Set some ground rules, such as the name can’t be inappropriate. Make the rules clear ahead of time.

Let all the kids put a name in the hat. You can decide how to choose from the names. The important part is that they feel like their ideas are taken into consideration and that they’ve had a hand in naming the new dog.

Ask your animal hospital lansing mi for other ways to find the perfect name .

How Poor Dental Health Can Affect Your Cat’s Overall Health

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It’s easy to overlook your cat’s oral health. After all, brushing a feline’s teeth isn’t easy. Unfortunately, you are not only putting your cat’s dental health in danger, you may also be compromising his overall health.

When your cat develops gum disease, he’s likely to experience sore, painful teeth. He may even end up losing his teeth altogether, which can greatly reduce his appetite. If your cat doesn’t get the nutrition he needs, he can become tired, grouchy, and ill.

The infections that set in around your cat’s teeth and gums can cause problems throughout his body. Harmful bacteria in the mouth can be carried to other areas of the body, where infection can affect your pet’s kidneys, liver, or heart.

If you’re looking for professional help keeping your cat’s teeth nice and clean, schedule an appointment with your vet Indianapolis, IN.

Cat Grass

Cats may be obligate carnivores, but that doesn’t stop them from wanting to munch on grass! If you notice your cat chomping on your indoor plants, consider getting him some cat grass to call his own.

You can usually find pre-grown cat grass at your local pet store. Not only do you not have to worry about growing the grass from seed, you can also rest assured that it is safe for your furry friend.

Unfortunately, the grass at the pet store is usually quite expensive, especially considering you can get a packet of seeds for just a few cents! You can also buy a cheap pot, fill it with potting soil, and plant your own grass instead.

For a fun, eye-catching display, consider creating an indoor container garden with all different varieties of cat-friendly grass!

For help choosing the right grass varieties, click here, or call your vet Pickerington, OH.

Important Signs That Your Pet Dog Loves You

Dogs are quite transparent when it comes to expressing their feelings towards people. Their body language reveals a lot about what they are feeling at a given moment in time.

Some important signs that show your canine buddy loves you

  • Your dog greets you at the door with lots of tail wagging and some barks. This behavior often reflects your dog’s happiness at your homecoming, however a boisterous greeting may indicate that your pet may be suffering from separation anxiety.
  • Your dog frequently displays “attachment behavior”. This is when your pet gives you a sustained gaze, like a mother gazing at her baby.
  • Snuggling up to you is another way of showing affection. The behavior is not fueled by motivation because your pet is happy to spend time with you.
  • He is very comfortable spending time with you in the same room, even when you are working and he is just playing around or sleeping.

Aside from socialization, bringing your pet to your Omaha NE veterinary hospital for regular wellness checks will help ensure that your pooch will grow up healthy and well-mannered.

Important Signs That Your Pet Dog Loves You

How to Wean a Persian Kitten

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Are you about to start the weaning process for your litter of Persian kittens? If so then you should give your vet a call for tips and advice. The process of weaning a kitten from her mother’s milk and presence can take anywhere between four and six weeks. Typically, most Persian kittens are completely weaned by the time they reach around eight to ten weeks of age. The process begins with removing the Persian kittens away from their mother for small periods of time. During separation times place the kittens in their own area with their own litter box, food and water. Make sure you don’t start the process too soon as they need their mother to teach them health and socialization skills, basic eating skills, how to use a litter box, and how to play with others. Talk to your veterinary clinic Lafayette, LA for more information.

Cats’ Paws Should Be Checked Regularly

Since a cat’s paws are always in contact with surfaces, there is always the possibility that dirt, debris, or foreign objects can get on their paws and cause injury. Being very curious creatures, cats won’t hesitate to walk on surfaces without any concern whether the surface is hot or extremely cold. Although the paws may feel tough and rough, the paw pads of cats are actually sensitive to extremely cold or hot surfaces. Applying moisturizer on your pet’s paws regularly will help keep them soft. Hair between a cat’s toes should be trimmed regularly. This is part of the grooming regimen of long-haired cats. Dirt and debris can easily accumulate in these parts. Cats need to get used to having their paws handled and examined closely every day so you will be able to spot any blisters, cuts, or splinters that should be brought to the attention of your West Omaha NE veterinarian. More details here.

Cats' Paws Should Be Checked Regularly