3 Reasons to Consider Microchipping Your Pet

Your pet is part of your family; the last thing you want is for him to run away or get lost! Unfortunately, one in three pets will become lost at some point in their life. You want to be prepared in case your best friend can’t find their way home on their own. Microchipping your pet is a simple, easy step you can take to make sure he is easier to locate. They Can’t Get Lost The microchips that go into our pets are extremely small computer chips. They are implanted under the skin with a syringe, not causing your…

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5 Signs Your Pet May Be In Pain

No one wants to find out that their pet is injured or ill. But when they are, owners want to know as soon as possible. Because of natural instincts to protect themselves, many pets will not show obvious symptoms of injury or sickness. Luckily, if you know your animal and his habits, you should be able to spot one of these 5 warning signs your pet may be in pain and get him the treatment he needs. Aggressive or Sensitive to Touch If your dog or cat is a normally sweet animal (or at least not particularly aggressive) and all…

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4 Signs Your Kids Are Ready for a Pet

Adopting an animal is a major life decision, and one that impacts everyone in your household. While you, and maybe your partner, know that it’s time to bring a furry friend home, you have to consider that your kids also need to be ready to help care for a pet, too. So how do you know? While it varies from family to family, here are 4 common signs your kids are ready for a pet: Your Child is Comfortable Around Animals Bringing a pet home should not be your way of getting your children over their fear of animals. You…

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7 Common Signs of Diabetes in Cats

Sensing there’s something wrong with your cat can be a scary feeling. Your lovable animal has suddenly started acting strange, but you have no idea why. Feline diabetes may be the cause. While not a common disease in cats, feline diabetes can be found in even healthy-weight pets. Consult your veterinarian if you see any of the 7 common signs of diabetes in cats: Increased Thirst and Urination Due to glucose not being able to enter the cells, blood glucose levels (high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia) are raised. Kidneys filter out this extra glucose, which carries water with it, causing…

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Why Your Pet Needs Routine Dental Care

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Dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Just like humans, pets require regular dental checkups, preventative care, and routine teeth cleaning. With neglect, pets can suffer from plaque buildup, gum disease, cavities, and even loss of teeth. The veterinarians at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital believe preventing disease is just as important as keeping a healthy diet and exercise regime for your pets. How to Know When Your Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning Your pet’s mouth is home to a swarm of bacteria, and when left unchecked, they can multiply and grow into dangerous diseases. These impact…

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4 Tips for Teaching Puppies Not to Nip

Puppies are a fun addition to your family, and their cute nature and endless playful antics make them a sought-after companion. Puppies spend most of their time exploring their surroundings and chewing objects with their needle-sharp baby teeth, which unfortunately means they will end up biting your hands or feet from time to time. This may seem like a cute way of playing, but this kind of behavior won’t be so cute when they get older! Here are 4 helpful tips to help teach your puppy what is acceptable biting behavior: Let Him Know It Hurts Although it seems counter-intuitive,…

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5 Tips for Creating a Positive Boarding Experience for Your Pet

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If you plan to board your pet while on vacation, it is important that you prepare your pet for his or her time away in order to create a positive boarding experience. Boarding can be stressful on even the most relaxed pets, but following these 5 tips will help your pet – and you – have a better time apart: Book Early If you are going to board your pet, it is best to reserve your spot early, otherwise you may run the risk of the resort being full. Call or book your reservation at least 3 weeks in advance…

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Giving pets as gifts – Good idea or recipe for disaster?

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Every holiday season, we have families looking to add new furry friends to their homes. Being pet lovers ourselves, we can appreciate the thought of adopting a new dog, cat, rabbit, or any pet, but sometimes these good intentions miss the mark.  Giving a pet as a gift doesn’t always end happily for the animal. It is true that pets bring us the utmost joy and friendship, but what many forget is the daily responsibilities that come with pet ownership. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are toying with the idea of gifting a pet to…

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Taking Care of Your Pets During the Holiday Hustle and Bustle

November begins weeks of many wonderful fall and winter holidays. There will be lots of travel, incredibly delicious foods, family gatherings, and shopping. As much joy and pleasure these holidays bring to us, it can also bring a lot of stress and pressure to our pets. Here are 4 suggestions that pet owners need to consider during these next two months. Introducing New Friends Holidays are about getting together and sharing time with friends and family, pets included. Pets are usually comfortable with being introduced to new people, but if you are hosting a party, your pet can become overwhelmed…

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When and How to Trim Your Cat’s Claws

Claw Care for Your Cats Nail trimming is an important part of grooming and taking care of your pet. Cats, however, can get very stressed about having their claws trimmed. With their fast reflexes and agile nature, they can make this necessary task difficult and frustrating. But there is a way to have your cat be calm and serene whilst getting their quick manicure. Despite what you may have heard, cats benefit from having their nails trimmed. Cat’s nails grow in layers. When a cat sharpens their claws on a scratching post, they are removing the older layers and exposing…

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