For Pet Parents

Why You Should Get a Pet from a Shelter

Would you like to have a cuddly little cat to curl up to you? Or maybe you’d like a sweet little puppy to play with! Animals are remarkable creatures with a lot of love to give. If you like to return love to a deserving animal, please consider adopting from your local humane society.

How do pets end up in shelters?

It’s rarely ever that a pet is relinquished to shelter because something was “wrong” with it. Remember: There are no bad pets, only bad owners. Occasionally, an owner might ask that a pet be re-homed due to moving, allergies or budget constraints. No matter what reason the animal has for being in a shelter, it’s never their fault. They still have a lot of love to give.

Shelter animals are healthy

This is for sure; they’re healthier than they’d be on the street! The first thing a shelter does with an animal in their care is screen for health problems and tries to treat them. The animals at these shelters receive regular veterinary care plus volunteers to make sure they’re free of parasites. Often, the fees for vaccinations and spaying or neutering will be included in the adoption fee.

If you would like a puppy or a kitten

Understandable. Part of the joy of being a pet owner is watching them grow from a tiny puppy or kitten and training them yourself. If this is what you want, then shelters are not in any way hunting for puppies and kittens. If breeding is unchecked, one cat and her offspring could produce 420,000 kittens in seven years! A dog and her offspring with breeding unchecked could have 67,000 puppies in six years! However, do keep in mind the older animals need homes too. If you’d prefer a dog who’s already been trained and is ready to slow down and grow old with you, maybe the older dog is best.

If you would rather have a bunny rabbit….

Then hop right down to your local animal shelter some weeks after Easter. Many people get live rabbits as Easter favors, only to find they’re not up to the full task of caring for such a fragile animal. If you know you’ve got what it takes to care…really care…for a rabbit, you might find some bunny at your local animal shelter. Unfortunately, some people who take in exotic animals like ferrets or guinea pigs and find they’re not up to the task think it will be fine to abandon such an animal. If the animal is lucky, they’ll be found by an animal shelter and given to a competent guardian.

 

Protect Your Pets: Recommended Cat and Dog Vaccination Schedule

Food, water, and a little bit of love. These are the things we strive to give our pets.

But what about taking them to the vet and ensuring they are healthy? Unknown to many people, there are timelines of what shots pets need, based on their age.

Read on to discover more about the recommended vaccination schedules for cats and dogs. You’ll learn what’s best for your pets and how to help them stay healthy no matter what their age.

Knowing the Cat Vaccination Schedule

Cat vaccinations are broken down into different timelines within a cat’s life. This includes:

  • Baby kittens who are under one year old
  • Cats that are young adults, ages 1-5
  • Older cats ages 5-10

With cats, there are some vaccinations they can skip, depending on their lifestyle.

Indoor cats don’t need feline leukemia if they are kept indoors religiously. Although these treatments don’t cause harm to a cat when they are young, there’s no need to subject the animal to them if they don’t go outdoors.

We recommend all cats be given heartworm prevention year round, whether they are indoor or outdoor cats, as this is a mosquito transmitted disease. As well, there is no vaccine available for heartworm prevention.

Use your own judgment when deciding what is best for your pets. Regardless of their lifestyle, all cats need vaccinations to protect against rabies.

Understanding the Dog Vaccination Schedule

Dog vaccinations get a little tricky. Like the cat, they are broken down along the following timeline:

  • Puppy, for the first year of life
  • Young dog, age 1-5
  • Older dog, ages 5-10

Dogs go outside more often than cats since they need walks to relieve themselves. For pet owners that take their mutts to the dog park, there are certain procedures they need to follow to ensure protection.

Rabies is always required for dogs. Owners that don’t get the vaccination and license their dog find themselves at risk for fines.

Studies show that once a dog reaches the older adult phase, they don’t need certain vaccines, such as parvo or bordetella. Always talk to your vet, and look to your dog’s age, health, and lifestyle for cues.

The Needs of Older Pets

Older pets have special needs.

They get tired quickly, have weaker immune systems, and don’t spend as much time outside. A whole list of vaccinations isn’t a necessity for pets once they reach the mark of ten years or older.

Dogs or cats that have cancer, or other diseases that contribute to a weaker immune system don’t need the same vaccinations a healthy puppy would.

Since these dogs aren’t running outdoors as much, and have developed immune systems, vaccinations do they bodies more harm than good. When in doubt, talk with your vet and ask them questions about your dog’s health.

The answers may surprise you, and help you feel comfortable with your decision.

Let Us Help

Taking care of your pets is a lifelong process that goes on until the last day. You don’t have to figure it out alone.

We are happy to help you and your pet at whatever stage of life they are at.

If you have questions about the dog vaccination schedule or aren’t sure how old your pet is, give us a call. We are here to help, whatever your needs are.

How to Choose the Best Pet Food Brands for Your Pet

We all know how the value of a healthy diet. But maintaining a healthy diet is easier said than done.

That’s especially true when it comes to our pets. There’s no shortage of competition when it comes to the pet food market. In fact, global pet food sales exceeded $75 billion in 2016.

Our pets rely on us to give them quality food. When it comes to your dog or cat, you only want the best.

With so many pet food brands to choose from how do you know which is best? Here are some tips on finding the best options for your pet.

Quality Meat & Protein

One of the most important things to look for in an animal’s food is quality protein from real meat.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials recommends dogs have between 18 and 22 percent protein in their diet. Cats need a similar amount of protein to maintain a healthy diet.

Unfortunately, many pet food brands have become adept at deceiving customers. They indicate that their food contains “meat” without specifying the protein source.

Look for brands that include specific protein labels. Pet food should be high in protein and include multiple types of meat like turkey, lamb, chicken or beef.

Avoid Chemical Preservatives

It’s never too late to change your pet’s diet.

One positive change you can make is to avoid chemical preservatives. Some pet food brands use additives and preservatives that can harm your animal.

Common preservatives you should avoid include Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), and Propylene Glycol (PG). Consuming these preservatives can cause long-term health damage and even lead to cancer.

Another preservative to avoid is Ethoxyquin. It’s an approved food additive used in animal feed that’s also used in pesticides. Long-term consumption can damage your pet’s liver.

Find brands that use natural preservatives and look out for these chemical preservatives.

What are the best pet food brands?

Pet owners are always on the lookout for the best pet food brand. There are a number of high-quality brands. However, it’s hard to call one brand superior.

There are many factors to consider when purchasing pet food. You need to find a food brand that matches your pet’s age, health, and dietary restrictions.

First evaluate whether you have a growing, mature, or senior animal. You should then decide whether your animal needs dry food, wet food, or freeze-dried food. Keep in mind whether your animal needs special food, such as grain-free dog food.

Once you weigh these factors, you should look for brands that come highly recommended by experts. Your local veterinarian should have a few recommendations of good brands for your pet.

You can also look at FDA’s pet food guidelines. Make sure that your preferred brand is in line with their standards.

You want a brand that is safe, reliable and a good fit for your pet. Weigh all of these factors to find the best brand for your animal.

Taking Care of Your Pet

Are you looking for more advice for your pet? We can help. We’re the little vet with a big heart.

Check out our list of services to see how we can help you today.

How to Teach Your Dog to Use a Ball Launcher

Dogs simply adore playing the “fetch” game, and it’s safe to assume that your pet wants you to comply 24-7, every day of the week. They let us “slide” from time to time, but the fact remains that their hunger for games and entertainment is insatiable – this is the reason why weary pet owners look for alternatives.

The best one we could come up with is the “Ball Launcher” – a special, yet quite simple and straightforward device that does precisely what its name implies.

It literally launches balls at different angles and speeds. Some models are capable of shooting multiple balls simultaneously, which is a perfect solution for pet owners who have more than one dog.

Where should you start?

First of all, you’ll need to properly understand the machine before you could share the “knowledge” with your dog. All Ball Launchers are designed to be simple, and operate in a similar, easy-to-use fashion. Note that these contraptions are intended for outside use, so as to avoid the risk of property damage or even harm.

After you’ve grasped the basic mechanisms of your launcher, give it a go and observe the reactions of your dog. Needless to say, most dogs will blindly rush to catch the ball without paying too much regard to who’s thrown (or launched) it.

The test run should prove successful enough to get your dog’s attention, and that’s precisely where the fun starts.

Things you should know before you begin your dog’s training

First of all, every ball launching machine makes a certain dose of noise. In fact, this “noise” serves as a “call to action”, urging your dog to take initiative and educating it that it should be independent in this sphere.

Secondly, we’re all aware of the “puppy eyes”, and we encourage you to remain strong, even if your dog literally begs you to do all the work. Actually, the prime reason why you got the launcher is to rid yourself of the hassle of playing with your dog all day long.

Last, but not least, rest assured that every type, race, or breed of a dog is capable of understanding how this machine works. It might take a while, but it’s achievable.

Two best ways to teach your ball how to use a Ball Launcher

Essentially, dogs are pretty smart animals, although their ability to understand certain things depends mostly on their race or breed. If you’re uncertain in any way regarding your dog’s capabilities, we’ll use an average dog as an example.

Most professional “dog whisperers” advise that dogs learn best when taught by the “reward & punishment” methods, but it’s more appropriate to use treats when your dog reacts positively and the “cold shoulder” when it responds negatively. Let’s review the two most popular methods by which your dog will undoubtedly learn how to operate a ball launcher:

Encouragement

The idea of the “encouragement” method is to assure your dog that “he’s a good boy (or girl)” every time the progress is made. You should use treats as positive reinforcement, and any sort of clicker to urge your dog to make a move.

First of all, play some fetch with your dog as a “warm-up”, all the while standing right next to it while it’s turned off. Load the launcher with a ball and wait for your dog to react. After a while (if not instantly), your dog should come straight to the launcher, and if it does, give him a treat.

Secondly, turn the ball launcher, but don’t operate it – instead, wait for the warning signal. Once it’s been rung, encourage your dog to come to you while retaining a positive attitude (smile, yell “yes”, or “good boy”).

Thirdly, load the ball and call your dog. Slowly and cleverly lead him (or her) to the launching button. Repeat the entire process several times, and your dog should be able to operate the machine alone.

Association

If the “encouragement” didn’t yield sufficient results, you should try associating key points in ball launcher’s operation so that your dog could understand the machine, rather than blindly stick to what you dubbed as “right”. This method is better for dogs which have a somewhat questionable grasp on authority.

Again, start by playing fetch while the launcher is off, but stand right next to it. At some point, use the ball to load the launcher instead of fetching it back, but don’t launch it. Pull it out, and throw it to your dog.

Link certain fetching commands you usually give out while fetching to the different steps of the machine’s operation – for instance, once you’ve loaded the machine, give a command with which you begin the fetch game, or give commands like “go fetch” at the exact same moment the machine launches the ball.

It’s imperative that you call your dog right to the machine after trying out this method. Hover above the “launch” button (or lever) for a few minutes with appropriate commands in the background. Repeat the process.

Conclusion

Teaching your dog to fetch back a ball is fairly easy. Essentially, teaching it to play with a ball launcher on its own is quite simple as well, but you’ll have to be really patient in certain cases. Just remember that not all dogs learn at the same rate, but they all do.

Try out the methods we’ve provided, and, in case your dog is stubborn enough to refuse to learn, switch “treats” with a “cold shoulder”. Ignoring your dog will make him (or her) feel as if something bad has been done, and, in the end – the game will have ended if the wrongs haven’t been made right. Either way, stay patient and persistent, and your dog will come around.

7 Pet Safety Tips: Avoid an Emergency This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly, not the season to be panicked.

The holiday celebrations can be a very dangerous time for your furry family members. From decorations to harmful foods, hazards are everywhere.

The last thing you want to worry about is your dog or cat getting sick. You want to enjoy spending time with your family, not rushing your dog or cat for emergency pet care.

Read about these seven pet safety tips to keep your fur babies safe this holiday season.

1. Stick to Pet Food

Pet owners sometimes feel guilty that they’re eating delicious food while their pets look at them with those cute eyes and beg for a treat. You might think, “What’s the harm in giving them just a little?”

For starters, bits of bone in the chicken or turkey leg can get stuck in their throats. Or it may splinter, causing cuts and abrasions inside their digestive tracts.

Other foods are outright toxic. Hopefully, you already know not to give dark chocolate and grapes to dogs. Spices such as sage can cause upset stomachs, while nutmeg can cause seizures to pets.

2. The Folly of Decking the Halls with Holly

Like many foods, some plants used as decorations to create the holiday ambiance are unsafe for pets.

Catwoman famously said that mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it (but a kiss is even deadlier). This applies to regular cats as well.

Holly and the sap of poinsettia can cause vomiting when ingested. Other plants that are toxic when consumed are amaryllis, balsam, and cedar.

3. Hold Onto Your Drinks

Celebrations and drinking go hand in hand. Still, you might want to keep your drinks in your hand.

Alcohol can be very harmful to pets and they might be tempted to take a sip out of an unattended glass. Keep temptation at bay by keeping glasses out of reach.

4. Stranger Danger

Your furry friend will be around lots of unfamiliar faces, from visiting relatives to delivery people. This can cause them to feel anxiety and stress, increasing the likelihood to bite.

It’s probably safer for everyone (especially kids) if you put your pet inside their crates. It’s also easy for your pet to escape with all the people coming and going.

5. Caution: Decoration in Progress

If you could make your pet wear a hardhat, now is the time. Hazardous things for your pet are everywhere during this festive period.

The Christmas tree can topple over and crush your pet if not secured properly. If your pet eats ornaments such as tinsel and glass balls, surgery is the worst consequence. Chewing on electrical cords is another potential threat.

6. Health Is the Best Gift

We love giving and receiving gifts, but you have to be careful if you have pets. The materials used to wrap gifts such as wrapping paper, ribbons, and strings can cause intestinal blockage.

Batteries in toys can cause acid burns. Small batteries can also be easily swallowed and removal may require surgery.

7. Mittens and Kittens

Animals can be very sensitive to temperature changes.

Prepare your pets for the cold weather with winter coats or gear, especially if they’re getting on in age.

Emergency Pet Care Is Available

Sometimes, things happen no matter how careful you are.

For emergency pet care services, you can call or visit us anytime.

The Coolest Cat Presents of the Season

We love our cats. There are 95.6 million cats owned as pets in the US. They are like our family members and so we buy our cat presents.

It’s the time for fun and for sharing the love. Families get together, friends try to keep in touch and a time for sharing holiday cheer.

Have some fun and share your love for your cuddly cat this holiday season with these 10 cool cat presents.

1. Feather Cat Toy

Watching your cat stalk, chase and jump is fun and these natural behaviors are fun for your cat too. The Etrech Retractable Wand Toy with 8 feathers look like lots of fun. You are helping your cat get exercise too.

2. High Tech Toy

You would like to play with your cat but haven’t the energy after eating too much holiday food? Try the Tacobear Cat Toys LED Light Exercise Cat Training Tool.

It’s USB charged so there are no batteries to replace. Your cat will love chasing the light around the room while you chill out.

3. Travel Tote

Many people travel to see family and friends during the holidays but this can be a difficult time for your cat. If you take your cat with you a really good pet carrier will mean a stress-free journey for your cat and convenience for you.

Mr. Peanut’s range of airline approved soft sided pet carriers are worth a look. With comforting, fleece bedding both you and your cat will soon be purring contentedly.

4. Travel Bowl

On the subject of travel, you will need to take care that your cat doesn’t go thirsty or hungry on the journey. A collapsible Silicone Pet Bowl from IDEGG is convenient and comes in funky colors too.

When collapsed each bowl folds away to 0.5 inches thick and pops up to hold 12 fluid ounces of water or 1.5 cups of cat food. The color matched carabiners can be clipped to your backpack or pet travel tote.

5. Cat Condo

Cats love a place to scratch and stretch. Having a purpose-built cat condo means your cat doesn’t have to damage your furniture while expressing this natural behavior.

The CozyCatFurniture Cat Condo Corner Kitty Furniture with sisal rope and carpet covering comes in a range of colors. This way your cat’s decor can match yours.

6. Mouse Based Fun

Playing cat and mouse is fun all year round but cat presents with catnip makes them special. The Jolly Moggy Mice Catnip Toy is made of hessian and is filled with enticing catnip.

7. Tempting Cat Treats

We like to have something special to eat and perhaps a tempting treat or two. Give your cat a treat with Temptations Classic Treats. They come in lots of flavors.

8. Personalised Pet Present

The Ultimate Pawprint Keepsake Kit allows you to make a pawprint as a personalized festive memory. Add your cats name to the white clay ornament. The ribbons make this full kit a pretty pet present.

10. Holiday Hat and Scarf

The Bascolor Cat Christmas Costume is the warmest of presents combining seasonal cheer with comfort. The Santa hat is so cute.

Cat Presents

Having fun over the festive season is about including everyone and that goes for your pets too. Don’t leave your cat out.

A present for your cat is a present for you too. Seeing them having fun and enjoying presents is special for both of you.

For more ideas about toys for your cat click here.

How to Plan a Safe Trip With Your Dog

Are you hoping to take your dog on a cross-country adventure?

Having “man’s best friend” by your side can make any trip better. But traveling can get pretty hairy if you don’t prepare ahead of time.

By taking the right precautions and following the tips outlined in this guide, you can plan a safe trip with your dog that will be “paws-itively” awesome.

How to Plan a Safe Trip with Your Dog

Planning a safe trip with your pup isn’t easy. There’s a lot of things you have to do in advance to make sure your traveling goes smoothly. Here are some key things to do before em-barking!

Contact Your Vet

You should always bring your dog to the vet before going on any long-term trip. It’s important to make sure that all of his or her vaccinations are up to date and that you pick up any prescriptions that they may need. The last thing you want to do is spend your vacation taking care of your sick dog.

Tip: Ask your vet if your dog will need any additional vaccinations depending on where you’re traveling, as there may be different diseases or threats in that area.

Plan the Proper Route

If you want to plan a safe trip with your dog, you need to make sure to map out a dog-friendly route. What’s a dog-friendly route? One that accommodates regular breaks and provides you and your dog with an opportunity to get out of the car and get fresh air.

Tip: Plan to take a 15-30 minute break every 4 hours so that your dog won’t get anxious or restless in the car. You should also try to make some of those stops pet-friendly locations like dog parks.

Buy the Right Travel Crate for Your Dog

Even if your dog is a “good boy”, you’ll need the right crate to plan your safe trip. A crate is a great way to keep your dog safe and is a must-have if you plan on visiting other people or leaving him or her alone. Here are some features your dog crate needs to have safe travels:

  • It should be big enough so your dog can stand, turn around, and lie down
  • It should be durable with handle and grips
  • It should have a leak-proof bottom with an absorbent material
  • It should have ventilation on either side
  • A label with your name, address, and phone number
  • A plush mat, a water bottle, and your dog’s favorite toys.

If you’re unsure of what size to get, go with a bigger size so that you know your dog can fit inside the crate comfortably.

Prepare Proper Identification for Your Dog

While you may not want to even think about planning for your dog getting loose, it’s a possible reality you need to prepare for. If your dog ever gets loose or runs away, you can increase the chances of finding him or her by following these identification tips:

  • Buy a sturdy leash and a collar that has their name, your name, your address, and proof of a rabies shot
  • Consider getting a micro-chip for your dog
  • Bring a recent picture of your dog with you

By preparing these things, you’ll have a much easier chance of finding your dog!

Review Best Practices for Driving with a Dog

Not all dogs love traveling in the car. And even those that do may not love every minute of it. Here are some things to consider and practice before you leave to make sure you have a safe trip.

  • Get your dog used to being in the car by taking him on short trips often
  • Train your dog to not lean outside of the car window or keep them rolled up
  • Pay attention the sounds and behaviors your dog exhibits when they’re restless or have to use the bathroom
  • Never leave your dog unattended in the car, especially in the heat
  • Never let your dog travel in the back of a truck

By following these best practices you’ll be sure to have a safe trip with your dog.

Book Pet-Friendly Accommodations

One of the most important parts of planning a safe trip for you and your dog is picking safe, pet-friendly housing. Not all hotels accept pets, and plenty of campsites have an anti-pet policy as well.

Before you leave, you should contact hotels in advance to find out their pet policies, and if they have breed restrictions, rules, and possible fees. This is important as lodging availability may impact or dictate your final route.

Arrange Dog Care for Your Final Destination

A safe trip is about more than traveling, it’s also about your final destination! If you’re attending an event like a wedding or graduation that will keep you from your dog for a while, you need to find a daycare or boarding service for him or her.

Leaving your dog alone in an unfamiliar environment can increase anxiety for him or her. You want to make sure your dog is left in the hands of qualified professionals, so plan for this kind of care before leaving.

Tip: If you’re unsure of where to keep your dog, ask friends and family at your final destination for any local recommendations.

Pack the Ultimate Doggie Bag

If you’re going on a road trip with your dog, you’ll want to make sure you pack a dog bag with everything they may need for the trip. Here are some must-have items you need to have for your furry friend:

  • Food
  • Food bowl
  • Leash
  • Toys
  • Any medication/prescriptions
  • Protective clothing
  • Dog-safe insect repellent
  • Flea comb and tick remover
  • Poop bags

Make sure you don’t forget the most important thing of all: dog treats!

Final Thoughts on Planning a Safe Trip With Your Dog

The key to a truly unforgettable trip with your dog is planning ahead to make sure everything goes smoothly! By following these tips, you’ll be able to plan a truly purr-fect trip that you and your dog will be sure to love!

Have you traveled with a dog? Are there any tips or tricks we missed? Let us know in the comments!

How to Kennel Train a Puppy at Night

When you bring a puppy into your family, one of the first things you need to do is begin housetraining. You want your puppy to be comfortable at home and avoid accidents. Learn how to kennel train a puppy at night.

Kennel or crate training your puppy will ensure that it doesn’t damage part of your home while you’re out. Puppies are curious and can cause a mess if they’re left on their own.

Kennel training is just one part of the training process.

For more puppy training tips, read on then check out this post.

Why You Should Kennel Train a Puppy

You may also see this referred to as crate training. This form of training will get your puppy comfortable with the crate in your home.

Puppies and young dogs can get in a lot of trouble. They might make a mess on the floor or chew on things you need. Kennel training will prevent them causing more damage.

You want your puppy to feel comfortable in the crate. Think of the crate as the dog’s den. Your puppy will want to go into it to relax and sleep because it’s a safe, comfortable space.

Kennel training can also help if you plan on traveling with your dog. This form of training is even recommended by veterinarians.

How to Kennel Train a Puppy at Night

First, ensure that you don’t use the crate as a punishment for your puppy. If you use it as punishment, your puppy will become afraid of it and refuse to go in.

You should also get a crate that will grow with your puppy. Rather than replacing the kennel over time, get one that will fit your dog’s full-grown size. Use dividers to make the space smaller and more comfortable for your puppy.

As this will be your dog’s main sleeping space, get a comfortable dog bed to place inside. You can even give it a toy or two so your puppy isn’t bored inside the crate.

Giving your puppy treats when it goes into the crate will also reinforce that it isn’t punishment. This will give your dog a positive reason to go in on its own.

Setting your puppy in the kennel at night will get it used to sleeping in its own space. To make it more comfortable, you should leave the crate near your bed.

However, you should not leave a puppy younger than eight weeks in a crate for more than three hours. Anytime you use the crate, keep a consistent schedule.

Before leaving your puppy in the crate all night, let it relax and nap inside for shorter periods during the day. Begin with 10 minutes at a time and work your way up to longer times. This will help your puppy get used to the crate.

Don’t leave a puppy in a crate for too long though. Set your puppy in the kennel just before you go to sleep and let it out early in the morning. Leaving a dog in a crate too long can lead to accidents or cause the dog to not want to enter the crate again.

Keeping a Puppy Happy in a Crate

Once you know how to kennel train a puppy at night, other training activities will be easier.

While you get your puppy settled in its crate, you can check out our puppy care package to keep your dog healthy.

5 Reasons Why Dogs Make Good Pets

Ever heard the saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend”?

Dogs are beloved by people everywhere as their preferred furry companion.

Never had a dog and wondering what the fuss is about?

This article will break down 5 reasons why dogs make good pets and why you should go adopt a pup today.

1) Dogs Watch Your Back

One of the most practical perks of having a dog is that they’ll guard your home and your loved ones.Home invaders are far less likely to intrude on your home if they hear or see a dog present.

Dogs will bark anytime anyone tries to enter your home which will alert you to the danger and warn the intruder to back off.

You’ll sleep better at night knowing your furry friend has their ears perked up and listening for any signs of danger.

2) Dogs Will Keep You Active

Having a dog is good for your health as they absolutely must get exercise.

Take your dog on a daily walk or jog so that you can both get your heart rates up and de-stress.

Walking just 20 minutes a day with your pup can reduce your risk of heart disease by 8 percent.

3) Dogs Bring You Friends

Our society has become wary of talking to strangers in public. If you have a dog in your hand walking next to you, that fear totally goes away.

You’ll start to notice that everyone wants to talk to your dog and pet him as well as ask you questions about him.

People love dogs. There are plenty of meet up groups available online for people who have the same dog breed.

Take your pup to one of these meetup groups and both you and your pup will make new fur-ever friends.

4) A Dog Can Make You Feel Less Alone

One of the reasons why dogs make good pets is because they help with loneliness.

There are times in life where we aren’t surrounded by lots of friends and family members.

During these times, having a dog as a companion can be very comforting.

Dogs love being around their owners and love to please them. You’ll always have your dog to cuddle with, eat dinner with, or head to a dog-friendly bar.

You’ll discover quickly that your dog will become your most loyal friend.

5) Dogs Relieve Stress

Petting a dog is proven to be good for relieving anxiety.

Your dog doesn’t have to be a licensed therapy dog to bring you these benefits.

Petting your dog increases feelings of contentment and relaxation. Unlike most cats, dogs love the affection and attention of petting.

These are the Reasons Why Dogs Make Good Pets

We hope this article convinced you to add a new dog to your life.

The best way to get a new dog is through adopting one who’s in need of a good home.

Make sure your pup is up to date on his shots and that he’s well taken care of.

If you ever have a problem with your dog’s health and want to contact us, please do so here.

7 Questions To Ask Your Veterinarian About Your Fur Baby

When it comes to the health and well-being of your fur baby, no chances should be taken. Your pet is like a part of your family, and deserves medical care that is equivalent to any human being’s.

When you bring your dog, cat, hamster, or other type of fur baby to the veterinarian, there is a certain level of care that is to be expected. One way to ensure that your pet is receiving the health care that he or she deserves is by asking questions. But what questions should you be asking your veterinarian?

Here are 7 questions to ask your veterinarian about your fur baby.

1. “Is My Pet’s Weight Healthy?”

You might not realize it, but the majority of pets in the United States are actually considered to be overweight. So, it stands to reason that your pet could very well pack a few too many pounds.

For this reason, it’s important to ask your veterinarian whether or not your pet possesses an adequate weight.

A pet that is overweight is prone to a number of medical problems, from high blood pressure, to skin issues, to joint pain, and much, much more. In fact, it could be said that obesity is a major link to any health issue that an animal suffers.

Make sure to have your vet weigh your pet so that he or she can determine whether or not it needs to change its overall lifestyle habits.

2. “Does My Pet Needs Its Teeth Cleaned?”

Unlike humans, pets do not brush their teeth every day. Because of this, they’re prone to a number of oral hygiene conditions, from gingivitis to cavities to much more.

In some cases, more serious conditions such as kidney failure and heart disease can be caused by poor oral health.

When you take your fur baby to your veterinary clinic in Sykesville, MD, make sure to inquire as to whether or not it needs a teeth cleaning. It’s not necessary for an animal to have its teeth cleaned every day, but every once in awhile there is a need to remove excess plaque and tartar.

Your vet should be able to clean your pet’s teeth, and should also be able to provide you with some information as to how good oral hygiene can be maintained.

3. “Are There Any Vaccines That My Pet Needs?”

In order for your pet to remain healthy and happy, you need to ensure that he or she is getting all necessary and relevant vaccines.

Your veterinarian will discuss with you what vaccines are needed for your pet and how often they are given. Some vaccines must be boostered annually, while some, like rabies vaccines can be given every 3 years.

4. “Is There Anything Peculiar About My Pet’s Behavior?”

Have you been noticing anything that you deem to be abnormal about your pet? Perhaps he or she is gagging often? Maybe he or she just isn’t moving around the way he or she once did?

In any case, you believe that there might be something wrong with your pet. If you’re in this situation, it’s absolutely vital that you bring the problem up to your veterinarian.

Your veterinarian can determine whether or not it is a normal behavior, and can then right any problems that might exist.

You don’t want to let strange behaviors like this linger. They could be the sign of a serious problem that needs to be tended to as soon as possible.

5. “Does My Pet Have Any Bumps to Worry About?”

Maybe you’ve noticed some bumps and lumps on your dog, cat, or hamster? While these could be completely harmless, there is also a chance that they’re symptoms of a more serious medical issue.

Because of this, you need to alert your veterinarian to their existence. He or she will be able to tell you whether or not they’re something that should be worried about.

Lumps could indicate anything from infections, to cysts, to cancer. If they’re not monitored and addressed as quickly as possible, they could worsen over time.

6. “Are Blood Tests Necessary for My Pet?”

The next question you need to ask your veterinarian whether or not a blood test is in order for your pet. While they’re extraordinarily helpful for the monitoring of an animal’s health, veterinarians will advise on the best times to carry them out.

Blood tests offer relevant information on everything from kidney function, to diabetes, to cancer, and more.

Performing these tests often will ensure that you catch your fur baby’s health issues before they become a serious problem.

7. “How Can I Keep My Pet from Getting Fleas?”

Dealing with fleas is one of the necessary evils of being a dog or cat. As a pet owner, you don’t always know where they come from, but they sure do come.

Fortunately, there are measures which can be taken to prevent your dog or cat from contracting fleas. There are plenty of oral and topical solutions available which can be used to combat the existence of fleas.

To figure out which type of preventative measure is best for your particular pet, it’s best to ask your veterinarian. Veterinarians are familiar with all types of situations. They’ll know exactly what your pet needs to remain comfortable and flea-free.

Seeking Out a Reputable Veterinary Clinic in Eldersburg?

If you’re looking for a professional, knowledgeable, and reliable veterinary clinic in Sykesville, Maryland, Sykesville Veterinary Clinic is exactly what you’re looking for.

Headed by Dr. Ellen Colwell, we offer all types of care for dogs, cats, and various pocket pets.

Have any questions? Contact us today!