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January 2017

Adding To Your Pet Family: Why Gender Matters

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Making the decision to add to your pet family is definitely a big one. You may have already considered many aspects of this decision, including your current pet’s disposition and therefore the necessary disposition of the new pet, the increased responsibility and cost, and much more. While this is all important, you also need to consider the gender of your new pet–not as a simple matter of personal preference, but as a matter of what will work with your current pet. Why Gender Matters When Expanding Your Pet Family While there have certainly been plenty of exceptions, many pet experts agree that the best rule of thumb when adding to your pet family is to adopt an animal of the opposite sex to your current pet. The primary reason for this is that you current pet undoubtedly feels like the dominant pet in your household, and threats to this can…

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Alternative Options to Declawing Your Cat

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Recently, the issue of declawing cats has garnered attention and created a debate on whether or not the procedure is safe for pets or even necessary. Here at Somerset AMC, declawing cats is a routine service that we offer to pet owners who choose that option. While any surgical procedure can involve a certain level of pain, we have developed a compassionate and effective pain management plan that is implemented preoperatively.  Because of our surgical techniques and pain management protocols, our furry patients are able to heal more quickly. If you are still unsure of whether declawing your cat is the right decision for you, we’ve compiled a list of possible alternatives. Alternatives to Declawing For a variety of reasons, some individuals choose not to declaw their cats. If you are a cat owner who is searching for a solution to deal with their cat’s indoor scratching behavior, here are some…

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Identifying Lumps on Your Pet: When to See a Vet

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The last thing any pet owner wants to discover on their beloved pet is a lump that they are quite certain wasn’t there before.  Regardless of how rational and calm we may try to be, it can be very difficult to keep that horrible “C” word from wandering through your mind.  So how do we know when it’s safe not to worry, and when we need to take our pet to the vet? Identifying Lumps Following are some of the basic causes behind lumps forming on a pet’s body: A lipoma. These are soft, round, non-painful masses of fatty tissue normally found just under the skin.  They usually do not invade surrounding tissue or metastasize to other areas of the body, but rather simply grow to a certain size and hang around.  However, some lipomas are malignant and can spread throughout the body, while others can grow so large that…

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Why You Should Be Exercising Your Cat

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Unless they have been trained well, usually from kittenhood, cats cannot simply be hitched to the end of a leash and taken on a walk like dogs can.  But while cats do have high metabolisms that allow them to spend an enormous amount of time lying around, they do need some regular physical activity in order to stay fit and well. Exercising Your Cat Regular, physical activity allows your cat to establish and maintain a healthy body weight, which can have enormous benefits on their overall health, especially as they age.  Regular physical activity also allows them to maintain toned, strong muscles and an alert and active mind.  Depending upon how one chooses to exercise their cat, they can also find these activities to be valuable bonding opportunities that don’t take too much time but can make both of you happier. It would be best for your cat to engage…

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How Pets are Making Your Children Better People

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When it comes to raising children, parents have quite a job cut out for them.  They may find that every choice they make in regards to their children, including how they interact with them, how they discipline them, where they go to school and much more, can effectively impact who their children grow up to be.  Obviously, parents try hard to raise their children “right” so that they can become healthy, confident, self-sufficient and independent adults.  Apparently, part of the “magic formula” for raising children to be better people includes ensuring they have pets in their lives. How Pets Help Children According to Mary Renck Jalongo, PhD, education professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, educators are well aware of the fact that therapy animals can help developmentally challenged kids learn.  Now they are discovering that animals can provide children with much-needed, calming, non-judgmental support throughout any time in their life. …

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