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Adorable Things Your Cat Will Do This Year

Happy New Year! As we say goodbye to 2018 and usher in 2019, many of us are wondering what the next 12 months will bring. While we can’t really make predictions on what turns current events will take, we do have a pretty good idea about what some of our feline patients will be up to. Read on as a local vet lists some super cute things your cat will do this year.

Sleep Through Most Of It

This one’s a pretty sure bet! Cats can sleep up to 20 hours a day, though most of them average a ‘mere’ 14 or so.

Steal A Chair

Kitties are very opportunistic when it comes to claiming warm spots to curl up in. At some point, your feline buddy will hop into a chair you just got up from. Most likely, Fluffy will greet you with a smug, victorious look when you return.

Claim A Box

It’s pretty safe to say that if you put an empty box down on the floor, your furry friend will immediately hop into it. Fluffy even likes invisible boxes: if you put a square outline of tape on your floor, she may get inside that!

Lose A Toy

Toys are of course fun for Fluffy. They’re also great for her, both mentally and physically. However, there’s a good chance that some of your cute pet’s playthings will end up under the couch this year.

Help Around The House

Our feline friends are really very helpful. Fluffy may offer a helping paw as you are changing the sheets or folding laundry. Of course, your pet probably isn’t as helpful as she thinks, but that’s beside the point.

Make You Laugh

There are many reasons that cats make such great pets, but one of the most important is the fact that they’re absolutely hilarious. It’s hard not to giggle when Fluffy runs after that little red dot or meows at you as though she’s talking back.

Melt Your Heart

Cats are undeniably cute. Fluffy is extra adorable as a kitten, and she really just keeps getting more lovable as she grows up. Your furball’s charming meows, hilarious quirks, and soothing purrs will definitely put some smiles on your face in 2019.

As your local vet clinic, we look forward to serving you in 2019 and beyond. Please contact us anytime!

Winter Paw Care for Dogs

Dogs can do some pretty cute tricks with their paws. Fido can learn charming tricks like Shake, Cover Your Eyes, or Gimme Five, to name just a few. Those furry feet also help your cute pet run after his favorite toys, or jump to greet you at the door. Winter can be pretty rough on your dog’s feet, though, so you’ll want to take some steps to protect them when it’s cold out. Read on as a vet discusses winter paw care.

Nails

Be sure to keep your pup’s nails trimmed. Long nails can be quite painful for Fido! Your four-legged friend may adjust his stride a bit to ease the discomfort. This puts extra strain on his bones and joints. Overgrown nails will also make it harder for your furry friend to gain traction on slippery ice. If you’re nervous about giving your canine companion a pawdicure, get clippers with sensors. These will indicate exactly where to cut, which makes the job much easier for you. Of course, you can also just call us to set up a quick nail-trim appointment for your pooch!

Paw Pads

Just like human feet, doggy paw pads are quite delicate. It isn’t much fun going barefoot in the snow! If you live in or visit a cold climate, your pet can get painful blisters and abrasions from snow, salt, sand, and ice. Stock up on pet-safe de-icing products, which you can find in most pet stores. Booties are another option. However, not all dogs will tolerate wearing shoes. If your pooch doesn’t like wearing doggy boots, you can use balm to protect his paws. You may also want to wipe Fido’s furry feet down with a damp cloth when you bring him in, just to make sure he doesn’t have salt, sand, or chemicals on his paws.

Toe Fur

Does your canine companion have tufts of fur growing between his toes? These can be pretty cute! However, you may want to trim them back, as they can gather ice balls or get gunked up with gum or dirt. Just be sure to use blunt-end scissors.

Walking Safety

When walking Fido in the snow, keep a close eye on the terrain. Fresh snow is particularly hazardous, as it can hide dangerous objects, like broken glass.

Please contact us, your vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to offering great veterinary care!

Tips on Traveling By Air With Your Pet

Traveling with a pet can be tricky. It’s all the more complicated if you’re traveling by air! You may have even heard horror stories of pets getting put on the wrong plane, or being injured or worse during flights. If you decide to transport your companion via an airline, there are a few tips to follow to make sure things go as smoothly as possible. Learn more below:

Visit the Vet

Before you even book a flight, it’s important to make sure your pet is ready for flying. First things first—have your pet examined by your veterinarian to ensure they’re in full health, and have essential vaccinations and pest-control medicines updated if necessary. Secondly, get your pet properly identified if they aren’t already. A microchip is recommended, as it is the most secure form of identification.

Generally speaking, it’s not advised to put senior pets, pets with disabilities or injuries, or pets with compromised immune systems on flights. The stress of flying may simply be too much for these pets, and it’s just not worth the risk!

Check Airline Policies

It’s very important to check the policies of the airline you’re flying with to see what their regulations are in regard to pets. Plenty of airlines don’t allow pets at all, and even those that do may have strict guidelines and restrictions based on size, breed, and more. Some pets are allowed in the cabin with the human passengers (“carry-on” pets), while some must be transported alongside checked baggage under the cabin. Certain airlines have procedures in place—and even specialized teams in some cases—to safely transport pets, while others do not. Do your research before choosing an airline!

Choose Flights Wisely

Whenever possible, don’t choose flights scheduled for the peak of summer or the coldest months of winter. Extreme temperatures won’t treat your pet kindly while flying, especially if they must be transported in the baggage area of the aircraft. It’s also best to book a direct flight with no layovers, helping to minimize the chance of a lost pet.

Check Your Destination

Remember to check your destination—whether it’s a hotel, rented house or apartment, or a family member or friend’s home—to make sure it’s pet-friendly. You don’t want to arrive at your destination only to find out that your pet isn’t welcome!

For more tips on air travel with pets, contact your vet’s office.

Chattiest Cat Breeds

Does your kitty reply when you talk to her? Or does Fluffy only speak up when she wants dinner or attention? Some of our feline pals are quite the little chatterboxes! While every cat is unique, breed does play a large role in kitty personality traits, such as vocalizations and energy levels. Read on as a vet lists some of the most talkative cat breeds.

Siamese

Siamese cats are very outspoken, if you please. They will happily tell their humans about everything from the moth in the living room to the dust bunny under the couch to the squirrel in the yard. These lovable, friendly furballs have unique meows that sound very much like the cries of a human baby.

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is another talkative kitty. Fluffy, lovable, and playful, the Maine Coon often communicates with adorable chirps and squeaks. They also aren’t shy about expressing their opinions vocally. (Note: their close cousin, the Norwegian Forest Cat, is also very chatty.)

Burmese

Smart, friendly, and affectionate, the Burmese is a furry, four-legged bundle of purrs. These charming felines love to cuddle with their humans. They are also quite chatty, and often happily answer back when spoken to.

Oriental Cat

Frisky and athletic, the Oriental cat has large ears and a penchant for supervising his human buddies closely. These inquisitive felines get very attached to their people, and like to tell them about, well, pretty much everything.

Sphynx

These hairless kitties have won some very dedicated fans in recent years, and with good reason: they’re extremely loving and friendly. They’re also quite talkative!

Bengal

Bengals are best known for their beautifully patterned coats, but they have several other traits that make them unique. Unlike most kitties, they don’t mind water, and can often be found cheerfully playing with their water bowls. Bengals are definitely not shy about speaking their minds!

Peterbald

Another hairless breed, the Peterbald is known for being very vocal. These kitties are master cuddlers who love to play, but hate being left alone.

Turkish Van

Rounding out our list is the beautiful Turkish van, who can be distinguished by her white coat and fluffy brown and/or orange tail. Like the Bengal, they love water, and aren’t known for keeping their opinions to themselves.

Please contact us, your pet hospital, for your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re dedicated to offering great care!

Bunny Care for Beginners

Have you recently adopted a bunny? If so, you definitely have chosen an adorable pet! Bunnies have a special way of melting people’s hearts with their cute faces and playful antics. Rabbits do have some very specific care needs, however, so it’s important for you to do some research and find out what Floppy needs to stay happy and healthy. Read on as a Sale Creek, TN vet lists some bunny care tips for beginners.

Proper Diet

Good nutrition is an important cornerstone of any good pet care routine. Grass hay, such as Timothy hay, should make up the bulk of your bunny’s diet. Floppy can have pellets for her breakfast and dinner. You’ll want to supplement these things with safe, suitable produce and, of course, the occasional treat. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.

Playtime

Make sure to let Floppy out to play for at least a few hours a day. Spend some of this time playing with your pet and bonding with her!

Bunnyproofing

Do some basic bunnyproofing by removing or securing toxic plants; chemicals; medications; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; and small or sharp objects. You’ll want to cover furniture legs, wires and cords, and baseboards with protecting casings. Also, seal off openings behind and beneath furniture and cabinets. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Chew Toys

Bunnies need to chew to keep their teeth from overgrowing, so you’ll need to provide Floppy with lots of suitable playthings. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items can make great chew toys! Ask your vet for more information.

Comfy Cage

Floppy will spend a lot of time in her cage, so make sure it’s nice and comfy. Your bunny should have room to stand up, stretch out, hop around, and play, all without touching the sides or top of her cage. Choose a cage with a solid bottom, as wire floors can be dangerous. You’ll need to add a hidey-hole, dishes, a water bottle, and substrate. Avoid pine and cedar substrates, which are toxic to small animals.

Veterinary Care

Floppy will need regular veterinary care to stay happy and healthy. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. You’ll also want to do some research on potential signs of illness, so you know what to watch for.

Do you have questions about your bunny’s health or care? Contact us, your Sale Creek, TN vet clinic, today!

7 Ways to Solve Litterbox Smells

There are many things to love about our feline friends. Fluffy is cute, cuddly, charismatic, and highly entertaining. She’s also quite clean. Your pet will carefully groom herself every day, and will use her litterbox to discretely see to her needs. Although Fluffy’s purrsonal powder room will definitely make life easier for you, it doesn’t do much for your décor. Smell is another issue. We can help! Read on for some great suggestions from a Dayton, TN vet on defeating litterbox smells.

Cleaning

First things first: make sure to keep your cat’s litterbox nice and clean. We recommend scooping the litterbox out daily, and following up with more thorough cleanings every week.

Air Fresheners

Given that air fresheners are designed to combat bad smells, it probably isn’t a shock to find that they can be quite effective at defeating litterbox odors. There are a few caveats here, however. Look for products that actually break down scent molecules, rather than just masking them with perfumes. Consider putting a timed-release product near your feline pal’s litterbox.

Plants

Plants can not only make your home look nice, they can also help it smell better! Set out some pet-safe plants near Fluffy’s private bathroom. Check the ASPCA website for a list of suggestions.

Location

Choosing the right spot for your kitty’s litterbox can also help. Pick an area that is well-ventilated. If you put the litterbox in a spare bathroom, keep the fan running in that room.

Deodorizers

There are now quite a few products aimed at eliminating or—at least minimizing—litterbox smells. Powders, sprays, and liners can all be quite effective. You can also experiment with using different types of litter. Just be sure to keep your feline pal’s opinion in mind. Some kitties have very specific preferences for bathroom products!

Offer Good Food

While some litterbox odor is to be expected, if your cat’s waste smells extremely foul, she could have a medical problem. Fluffy’s diet will also affect the smell and texture of her waste, so be sure to offer her good, high-quality food. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Avoid Overcrowding

Do you have more than one cat? You’ll need one litterbox per kitty, plus at least one extra. Cats hate sharing bathrooms!

Is your kitty due for veterinary care? Contact us, your Dayton, TN pet hospital, today! We’re here to help!