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April 2017

World Veterinary Day: How to Build a Happy Relationship With Your Pet’s Vet

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Along with the many joys of pet ownership also come many important responsibilities, including providing shelter, food, love, and health care for your pet. And while neither we nor our pets truly relish the idea of having to visit the veterinarian for shots and other medical care, the fact is that veterinary services–both preventative and emergency–are an absolutely necessary part of ensuring a pet’s good health. World Veterinary Day, celebrated this year on April 29th, is a chance to reflect upon just how veterinarians contribute to our animal companion’s health and welfare, and learn how to build a strong, happy relationship with them for our pet’s great benefit. Building a Relationship With Your Pet’s Vet Selecting your pet’s veterinarian should never be as simple as locating the closest and most convenient veterinary office. As this is the individual you will entrust with your pet’s lifelong health care, you absolutely have…

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5 Facts About Hairballs and What’s Normal in a Cat

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Sometimes our pets can experience things that are completely normal and natural, and yet that alarm us as pet owners because we simply don’t understand them. On the flip side, there may be things that our pets experience that we assume are completely normal and natural because we have heard it is so when actually they are not entirely normal or natural. And so it is with cats and hairballs. Understanding Hairballs April 28th is National Hairball Awareness Day, a day that is expressly devoted to helping cat owners better understand this rather odd and unpleasant activity. Not only can learning more about hairballs help owners to better understand the normal and natural aspects of hairballs, it can help owners to better understand what isn’t normal or natural and therefore needs to be checked by a veterinarian. Following are five facts about hairballs: Some cats tend to have more hairballs…

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National Pet Day: How Pets Became Part of the Family

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National Pet Day was first established in 2006 and is celebrated on April 11th each year with the purpose of both celebrating how pets enrich the lives of their owners and also raising general public awareness about just how many animals are sitting in shelters and rescue organizations across the country, waiting to find their forever homes. For many pet owners, it is impossible to imagine their family without their pet as part of it, and yet many individuals have yet to experience this amazing bond. Pets As Family Bringing a pet into your life means taking on a lot of extra responsibility, which can be a big adjustment for individuals who have never before owned a pet. However, the fact is that pets who are really well loved and cared for tend to repay their owners many times over, making the responsibilities of owning a pet very well worth…

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How Seasonal Changes Can Affect Your Pet’s Appetite

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Have you ever noticed that you tend to want and eat more food when it’s colder outside, and feel less interested in food when it’s hot outside? These appetite changes based on changing weather conditions are perfectly normal, and they can occur in our pets as well–you may have even noticed that your cat is far less interested in eating, or eating much when the weather is warmer. But why is this? Seasonal Changes and Appetites Many different studies on animals have determined that their appetites and food intake definitely change with the seasons, but there has actually been very little research specifically on how seasonal changes affect the appetites and food intake of dogs and cats. Not too long ago, a group of English and French researchers concluded a six-year study that investigated the eating habits of thirty-eight cats that were fed free choice. The study participants included twenty-two…

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