Archive for the ‘Owning a Pet’ Category

Do I Need to Quarantine My New Pet?

Welcoming a new pet into your home is a momentous occasion, but it’s one that can come with a great deal of worry. How will the new pet react to your home? How will any existing pets you own handle it? What about the human occupants of your home? For many new pet owners, bringing home a new animal makes them feel as if they need to quarantine their cat or dog for a time before fully integrating it into the home. Here’s when you should (and shouldn’t) quarantine a new pet: If Your New Pet’s Been Sick Sometimes, pets…

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Don’t Want to Declaw? 4 Alternatives for Your Cat

Cats are natural predators, and with that status comes built-in weapons: Their claws. And while domesticated cats don’t exactly need their claws (After all, there’s no need to chase down that bowl of dry food that appears every morning), they still have them. For many pet owners, these claws are seen as threats not to mice and birds, but to furniture and their own flesh. The practice of declawing has fallen out of favor in recent decades, and is even discouraged by the American Veterinary Medical Association, but many pet owners still contemplate the practice.  Old Farm Veterinary Hospital does…

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Teaching Your Puppy Not to Nip: 6 Tips to Stop the Biting

Your new puppy may be cute and cuddly, but their teeth can pack a serious punch when they decide to nip you. Nipping is a completely normal, natural behavior for puppies who are teething and learning to use their teeth, but it’s a behavior that must be stopped to protect you and your family as your dog grows.  Putting a stop to biting behaviors as soon as you notice them is key to teaching your puppy not to nip. Here are 6 things you can do to help them stop biting: Teach Bite Inhibition As puppies grow, they tend to…

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What to Expect When Your Pet Receives Anesthesia

Every day, pets undergo procedures that require anesthesia. Whether routine or emergency, there are always risks when “going under,” just like with humans. Because pets are less apt to stay still for their procedures, their chances of needing anesthesia are far higher than humans’. As a pet owner, it is important to understand the risks and expectations so that you can make the best decision for your pet. Here is what you can expect when your pet needs anesthesia: Before Anesthesia For a healthy pet, the risks of anesthesia are greatly reduced compared to those who are older or have…

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Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

You may have heard that dogs eat grass when they have an upset stomach. If you have a dog that likes to graze when you are out for a walk, you may even be concerned. While digestive issues could be the cause, there are many other reasons that your dog may nibble on wild greens.  Here are some reasons your dog may be eating grass, and what you can do to stop or minimize the behavior: Boredom Is your dog eating grass when left alone? He could be bored, especially if you have a young puppy.  Try not to react,…

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4 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe in Hot Weather

When the summer sun comes out, your personal care routine is bound to change. You drink more water, find ways to keep cool, and wear lighter fabrics. But you aren’t the only one whose routine needs an upgrade.  Even on days that don’t seem that hot to you, your pet could be at risk for heat stroke! Be sure to give your pet a little extra TLC to ensure their safety during the hot summer months. Here are 4 tips for keeping your pet safe during the warmer season: Hydrate Just like humans need more water during the summer, so…

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My Cat Is Coughing & Sneezing. What Could Be Wrong?

If your cat suddenly starts sneezing and coughing more than normal, you may start to wonder if something is wrong. After all, cats are notoriously good at hiding illness until it has become severe. At what point should you start to worry? Much like humans, the occasional cough or sneeze is completely harmless. It’s likely something small like dust up the nose, fur in the throat, or some other foreign matter. If, however, the symptoms are more frequent and last a while, there may be cause for concern. So, how do you know when it is time to call the…

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Is It Safe to Give My Pet Table Scraps?

We never recommend feeding human food or table scraps to your pets. Their store-bought diet has been specifically formulated for pets’ nutritional needs, which may be quite different from humans’ needs. In addition to promoting annoying habits, the feeding of more than tiny amounts of table scraps and other foods can seriously compromise their nutritional health.  But… Who can resist those big puppy eyes begging for a bit of your meal? You love to spoil your pet, but you want to make sure you won’t hurt them. If you are thinking about feeding your dog table scraps, it is important…

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How Do I Litter-Train My Kitten?

Whether your adult cat has just had kittens or you have adopted or rescued a new furry friend, you are likely eager to litter-train. No one likes to find animal waste throughout their home! Fortunately, kittens are fairly easy to litter train. They instinctively want to cover their waste, they just need a  space to do so. Here are some tips for successful litter-training: Choosing the Right Litter Box & Placement Litter boxes should start shallow for small kittens and without a cover so it is easy to access. You can find a shallow plastic bin to use; or, if…

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5 Signs Your Kids Are Ready for a Pet

They’ve begged. They’ve pleaded. They’ve promised to do all the chores for the rest of forever if you’ll just let them get a pet. While your kids may say they’re ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a pet, the reality of that responsibility every single day may be more than some kids are ready to handle. From feeding to walking to cleaning up after them, the tasks that pile up aren’t as pleasant as the thought of just owning a pet. How can you tell if your kids are really ready for pet ownership? Here are 5…

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7 Signs Your Dog or Cat May Be in Pain

As much as you’d like them to, your dog or cat cannot talk. This makes determining when your pet is ill or injured difficult, as you have to watch for behavior or other warning signs. Keeping an eye out for signs of pain is especially important as pets age, as they become more likely to suffer from ailments such as arthritis or dental issues. Even though your dog or cat can’t speak up to tell you they’re hurting, here are 7 signs your pet may be in pain: Aggressive or Antisocial Behavior If your normally even-keeled pup suddenly begins growling…

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