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Unfortunately Pet Obesity is Steadily Increasing

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Cats, Dogs | Comments Off on Unfortunately Pet Obesity is Steadily Increasing

Unfortunately Pet Obesity is Steadily Increasing

  Obesity is a rising problem in the United States — there’s no doubt about it. But while most people are concerned with the rising weight of humans, there’s another obesity epidemic that deserves just as much attention: That of dogs. In a 2017 survey by The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, it was found that 56 percent of dogs in the U.S. are clinically overweight or obese. This was the association’s tenth such survey measuring overweight and obesity in American dogs, and it revealed the highest numbers yet.   Is...

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Dogs With Jobs

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Dogs | Comments Off on Dogs With Jobs

Dogs With Jobs

  Thousands and thousands of years ago, before humans herded cows, before we raised chickens, and even before we began to cultivate wheat or rice — we became unlikely friends with another species: Wild wolves. It’s unknown whether it was 10,000 or 30,000 years ago that humans domesticated wolves into “man’s best friend.” But one thing is clear: At that time — just as now — we needed dogs to help us. Dogs were bred and raised for specific jobs that assisted early humans and allowed both species to survive and thrive. Today,...

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Whiskers: What They Do and Why Cats Have Them

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Cats | Comments Off on Whiskers: What They Do and Why Cats Have Them

Whiskers: What They Do and Why Cats Have Them

  Ever wondered what your cat’s whiskers are for? As it turns out, they’re not just for cuteness. Those stiff hairs are hard at work 24/7 to enable your cat to take inventory of their world and explore their surroundings.   What’s in a Whisker?   Most of your cat’s whiskers are located on the upper lip in thick pads of skin. But look closely and you’ll find that smaller sets of whiskers can also be found on the chin, around the feet, and on the eyebrows. Every whisker on your cat’s body is a specialized type of...

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5 BIG Dog Breeds That Think They Are Lap Dogs

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in Dogs, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on 5 BIG Dog Breeds That Think They Are Lap Dogs

5 BIG Dog Breeds That Think They Are Lap Dogs

  Think tiny dogs are the only ones that like to snuggle? Think again! These 5 BIG dog breeds adore getting up close and personal with their human friends.     1. Great Danes Originally bred in Germany, Great Danes are notoriously huge and imposing. In reality, though, Great Danes are simultaneously known as the “gentle giants” of the canine world. They’re super social and get along swimmingly with children and adults alike. Just make sure to invest some time in proper training.         2. Bernese...

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Ask the Vet: Why Does My Pet Eat Grass?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in Cats, Dogs | 0 comments

Ask the Vet: Why Does My Pet Eat Grass?

  Many of you probably read Dr. Ruby’s excellent article on pets that eat poop, but this may have brought up another question in your mind-why does my dog or cat eat grass? Hopefully this article will answer this question and provide a little insight into this weird behavior.   1. It is Actually a Normal Behavior.   There are many proposed theories as to why pets eat grass including boredom, stress, illness, parasites, nutritional deficits, etc. There is currently no evidence to support these theories. Grass and plant eating...

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Why Do Puppies and Kittens Need So Many Vaccines?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 in Cats, Dogs | 0 comments

Why Do Puppies and Kittens Need So Many Vaccines?

  Getting a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time for everyone in the family. We love seeing new puppies and kittens here at Sunset and the joy they bring to our pet parents. New puppies and kittens can be a lot of work as well. They need to be fed, provided water, potty-trained, crate-trained, socialized, and on and on. They also need medical care. Just like human babies, puppies and kittens need more frequent check-ups. Hopefully this will help clear up why we recommend so many veterinary visits and vaccines for puppies and kittens...

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Grain Free Diets: Fad or Fact?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Cats, Dogs | 0 comments

Grain Free Diets: Fad or Fact?

  Everyone has read about or seen a TV commercial about feeding your dog or cat a grain free diet. So where did the belief of grain free diets come from? If your dog descended from the wolf and your cat from the tiger, it would make sense that their wild ancestors survived on a diet of predominately meat. But, considering the average life span of a wolf or even a feral dog or cat is 4-6 years, is there a benefit to feeding grain free to the animals we have domesticated over the past 10,000-14,000 years?   Start with the...

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National Greyhound Adoption Month

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Dogs | 0 comments

National Greyhound Adoption Month

  Did you know that April is Greyhound Adoption Month? Put on by The Greyhound Project, this endeavor aims to raise awareness about greyhounds — often retired racers — who desperately need homes. If you and your family have been considering adoption, greyhounds are a calm and good-natured breed to consider, and April could be the perfect month to invite one of them into your home.   Why Adopt Greyhounds?   Greyhounds are known as “the world’s fastest couch potatoes.” Why? They’re bred as professional racers and have...

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Why Is My Dog Eating Poop?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Dogs | 0 comments

Why Is My Dog Eating Poop?

  Dog owners frequently want to know why their dogs are consuming either their own or other pets’ feces. And it’s a good question! Indeed, it’s not uncommon for dogs to consume fecal matter (poop), and this odd behavior even has a name: Coprophagia. Practically speaking, coprophagia or the canine consumption of fecal matter isn’t a commonly-discussed habit, mostly because we as humans find it rather disgusting. But why does it happen? Let’s dive right in.   Why Is My Dog Consuming Feces?   One of the reasons female...

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In the News Recently: Puppy Dies During Airline Flight

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 in Cats, Dogs, News | 0 comments

In the News Recently: Puppy Dies During Airline Flight

  Recently in the news, a puppy died during a flight after the owner was required to store the puppy’s carrier, with the puppy in it, in the overhead storage compartment — an arrangement that a flight attendant had reportedly insisted upon. We are Sunset Vet want to make sure your pet is always healthy and safe, including when traveling. With that in mind, we wanted to give you some important tips if you need to fly with your pet:   Call the Airline   Check with the airline to determine the requirements they have in place...

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