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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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Heat Advisory for your Pets

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This Maryland summer heat is no joke! Between the longer days, increasing humidity, and rise in temperature, we need to take caution when going outside. And this goes double for our pets. They are also affected by sunburns, heat stroke, and foot burns. Heat stroke is especially dangerous for dogs and cats, and it starts with heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rapid panting, and reddened face and ears. If you see your pet showing these signs, take them to a shaded area or inside immediately. Give them some cool water and put them near a…

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Pesky Spring & Summer Pests

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A common nuisance of summer, mosquitoes have the potential to spread disease as well as causing itching. West Nile Virus, common in humans, is the most well-known mosquito-borne disease, and it rarely affects dogs. One disease that is seen in canines and transmitted by mosquitoes is heartworm. Heartworm is a severe, potentially fatal, disease that is caused by parasitic roundworms. Those worms infect the heart and the arteries of the lungs of multiple mammal species, including dogs. Though heartworms can infect more than 30 species of mammals, including cats, foxes, and ferrets, canines are considered their ultimate hosts. When a…

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