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Why Do Pets Sleep So Much

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Dogs | Comments Off on Why Do Pets Sleep So Much

Why Do Pets Sleep So Much

    Many dog owners wonder why (and frankly, how) their dogs can sleep so much. They sleep in the day on the couch, in their beds, outside, in the car, and then, they seem to sleep the whole night through.     So what’s the deal?     Well, first, it’s important to note that most dogs do sleep more than we do. This is normal. The reason why, however, is different for every dog. Usually, it’s something that either relates to their breed and activity level, their size, or their age. Let’s break these reasons...

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Indoor Activities to Keep Your Pet Busy in Winter

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Cats, Dogs, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Indoor Activities to Keep Your Pet Busy in Winter

Indoor Activities to Keep Your Pet Busy in Winter

  In Oklahoma, the nippy weather and shorter days of winter means much more staying inside — which for pets, can be a challenge. To keep your pets busy, active, and occupied this winter, give these fun indoor activities a try:   1. Snuggle up together.   You’re planning on snuggling up on the couch anyway, right? Why not invite your dog or cat? Grab a blanket and spend some cozy time together.   2. Plant some cat-friendly plants.   Cats enjoy chewing on and rubbing against plants like catnip and rosemary (both...

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Oklahoma is Definitely Pet Friendly

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Cats, Dogs | Comments Off on Oklahoma is Definitely Pet Friendly

Oklahoma is Definitely Pet Friendly

  Wondering if having a pet in the state of Oklahoma is an A-OK idea? Turns out, it’s a great idea. In fact, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Oklahoma is the fourth most pet-friendly state in the entire country. Unfortunately, not all states are so lucky. The many congested areas of New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, for example, make these three states some of the least pet-friendly locations. Naturally, Oklahoma’s beautifully sprawling landscapes bode well in this regard. But it’s more than that that makes the...

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How Long is Too Long for a Dog Out in the Cold

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Dogs | Comments Off on How Long is Too Long for a Dog Out in the Cold

How Long is Too Long for a Dog Out in the Cold

  Most of our canine friends love to be outdoors. And of course, it’s good for them! The fresh air, exercise, and mental stimulation all play positive roles in your pet’s health. Still, when winter hits and the temps begin to drop in Oklahoma, it’s also important to remember that dogs, like us, can be negatively affected by the cold.   So How Long is Too Long for Your Dog to be Outside?   Well, it depends on several factors — particularly, the temperature and wind and your dog’s breed, size, and overall health....

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What Happens to My Pet if Something Happens to Me

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Cats, Dogs | Comments Off on What Happens to My Pet if Something Happens to Me

What Happens to My Pet if Something Happens to Me

  It’s never anything that someone wants to think about, but it leads to an oft-avoided question: what happens to my pet if something happens to me? Making sure your pets are well cared for if you become incapacitated requires making arrangements now:   1. Select a Short-List of Caregivers   Write a list of trusted family and friends whom you would trust to take good care of your pets if you can’t. Choose folks who have a good relationship with your pets already. Ask two or three of them if they would be willing to...

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Celebrate National Mutt Day With 5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Mutt

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Dogs | Comments Off on Celebrate National Mutt Day With 5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Mutt

Celebrate National Mutt Day With 5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Mutt

  If you are looking for a new canine friend, please consider celebrating National Mutt Day on December 2 by visiting your local shelter or humane society to adopt a mutt for these 5 great reasons:   1. You’re Saving a Life   So many people want purebreds that mixed-breed dogs often go unappreciated and are euthanized in shelters—the vast majority of dogs euthanized at shelters are mutts, which is tragic, because:   2. Mutts are often Healthier   At Sunset Veterinary Clinic, we notice mixed-breeds usually have...

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5 Warning Signs Your Pet is in Pain

Posted by on Nov 25, 2017 in Cats, Dogs | Comments Off on 5 Warning Signs Your Pet is in Pain

5 Warning Signs Your Pet is in Pain

  Although our beloved pets can’t speak the same verbal languages we humans speak, they can still communicate their feelings in a variety of ways: behavior, physical movement, energy levels and that indefinable heart-to-heart connection we have with our pets. It’s especially important to recognize signs that your pet is in pain so that you can get veterinary care quickly. If your pet exhibits any of these pain symptoms, contact Sunset Veterinary Clinic right away at (405) 844-2888.   1. Behavioral and Energy Level...

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October 29 is National Cat Day

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Cats | Comments Off on October 29 is National Cat Day

October 29 is National Cat Day

  National Cat Day started 12 years ago by a lovely human animal welfare advocate, Colleen Paige, to remind everyone that 4 million cats cycle through shelters annually—half of whom meet a sad end. National Cat Day founders want everyone to realize cats are divine creatures with sharp wit and stunning intelligence who improve the home of every family lucky enough to host one. If you need a cat in your life (who doesn’t?) visit your local shelter to celebrate! And pass the catnip while you get to know of some amazing kitties in honor...

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5+ DIY Pet Halloween Costume Ideas

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Cats, Dogs, Fun Stuff | Comments Off on 5+ DIY Pet Halloween Costume Ideas

5+ DIY Pet Halloween Costume Ideas

  At Sunset Veterinary Clinic, we are crazy about pet Halloween costumes! If you want to DIY one for your pet, here are some ideas you can try with a little felt, pipe cleaner, tulle, hot glue and imagination! Just keep the glue gun away from your pets!   1. Food Costumes for Pets   You can do the classic “hot dog” or even use felt to make a taco, bacon, popcorn or pizza costume! Don’t forget doughnuts, Twinkies or cupcakes! Hot diggity dog!   2. Pets Play Other Animals   Help your cat channel his inner lion, or...

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Dog Safety in the Fall: 7 Essential Tips

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Dogs, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Dog Safety in the Fall: 7 Essential Tips

Dog Safety in the Fall: 7 Essential Tips

  As the weather cools, it’s time for Sunset Veterinary Clinic’s 7 essential dog and puppy safety tips for fall:   1. Watch Your Dog’s Diet   Keep your dog on his or her regular diet—don’t give in to begging for Halloween treats (unless they’re specifically dog-safe) or holiday leftovers. These are often riddled with chocolate, onions, chicken bones and other ingredients harmful to dogs. Keep the sweets and other human goodies out of reach!   2. Avoid Yard Mushrooms   If dark spots in your yard host...

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