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Top Human Foods Your Pet Should Stay Away From

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Dogs | Comments Off on Top Human Foods Your Pet Should Stay Away From

Top Human Foods Your Pet Should Stay Away From

  While some “human treats” and leftovers are okay for your pets, there are many foods that you should never feed to your dog, cat, or other pets. Make sure you keep the following away from your pets at all costs:   Xylitol and Sugar   Used as a common substitute for sugar, xylitol is unsafe for pets because it causes an excess amount of insulin to be released from the pancreas. Xylitol may be found in some peanut butters, gums, candies, and baked goods. Similarly, do not give your dog foods containing sugar as these will...

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Ask the Vet: Why Do Dogs Dig Holes?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2019 in Ask The Vet, Dogs | Comments Off on Ask the Vet: Why Do Dogs Dig Holes?

Ask the Vet: Why Do Dogs Dig Holes?

  Digging is a natural behavior in dogs, but it’s not always a favorite behavior of their human parents. You surely know this if you’ve ever stumbled into one of your dog’s lawn craters or seen Fido tunneling his way under the fence. What most dog parents want to know is why dogs dig and whether it’s a symptom of a bigger problem. So, let’s “dig in” to answer these questions!   Why Do Dogs Dig?   Boredom or Stress   Most of the time, digging is the result of boredom. Stress can also lead to digging. Your dog...

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Pet Fire Safety 101

Posted by on Aug 29, 2019 in Cats, Dogs | Comments Off on Pet Fire Safety 101

Pet Fire Safety 101

  Much of protecting your pets from fire involves having a strong disaster plan in place. Know exactly what you and your family would do in the event of a fire in your home and make your pets a part of this plan. Below, we’ll discuss exactly how to go about this, and we’ll provide other useful tips for keeping your pets safe from fire in your home.   Have a Preparedness Plan   This starts with designating who should retrieve your pets, where you should meet outside the home, and what other essential pet accessories you...

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In the News: The Rising Dangers of Blue-Green Algae

Posted by on Aug 27, 2019 in Dogs, In The News | Comments Off on In the News: The Rising Dangers of Blue-Green Algae

In the News: The Rising Dangers of Blue-Green Algae

  Edmond’s local dog park was recently closed due to blue-green algae in its pond. As such, we wanted to touch upon this issue by explaining what blue-green algae is, why it occurs, why it’s dangerous, and what you should know about it as a pet parent.   What Is Blue-Green Algae?   As the earth warms due to climate change, there has been a rise in harmful algal blooms or HABs. These are toxic blooms of algae that occur naturally in lakes, streams, and other bodies of fresh water. Blue-green algae blooms arise from a type of...

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Ask the Vet: Why Do Pets Hide When They’re Sick?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2019 in Ask The Vet, Cats, Dogs | Comments Off on Ask the Vet: Why Do Pets Hide When They’re Sick?

Ask the Vet: Why Do Pets Hide When They’re Sick?

  It’s not uncommon for a pet to hide in a hard-to-find location when they’re ill. Contrary to popular belief, animals generally do not run off to a secluded location when they know they are about to die. Simply put, animals, like humans, like to be alone when they aren’t feeling well. Moreover, this action is a natural instinct. Animals, including domesticated dogs and cats, are hardwired to hide when they are feeling sick and/or weak because they understand that weak animals are easier targets for predators.   Is Your Pet...

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Is CBD Oil Good for Pets?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Cats, Dogs | 0 comments

Is CBD Oil Good for Pets?

  CBD oil has been all over the news and social media recently. It has been rumored to have several health benefits in both humans and pets, including as a treatment for anxiety and depression, cancer, seizure disorders and as an anti-inflammatory agent. Here at Sunset Vet Clinic, we have been fielding many questions from pet parents about its use in pets and we felt the need to relay our thoughts and present stance on its use.   What Does the Research Say?   At this time, no official research has been published that concludes...

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Preparing for Your Pet’s First Visit to the Vet

Posted by on Aug 9, 2019 in Cats, Dogs | 0 comments

Preparing for Your Pet’s First Visit to the Vet

  Your pet’s first visit to the vet may be their most important. That’s because this visit will set the tone for how they’ll feel about veterinarians in general throughout the course of their life. Of course, we want your pet to feel as comfortable as possible. That’s why we’ve compiled the following 5 preparation tips.   1. Gather important information.   You’ll want to gather as much important information about your pet as possible. This includes: A list of any previous medical reports, vaccinations, or...

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The History of the World… According to Cats

Posted by on Aug 2, 2019 in Cats, Fun Stuff | 0 comments

The History of the World… According to Cats

  You may consider a dog to be man’s best friend, but as it turns out, they have competition. Like dogs, cats have actually been working (and playing) alongside humans for millennia.   Let’s Go Back 10,000 Years   Cats were first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent, or present-day Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, more than 10 millennia ago. At this time, Southwest Asia and Northern Africa were home to a ferocious type of wildcat called Felis silvestris lybica (F.s. lybica). These cats were predators to the small...

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Tips to Prevent Overheating in Dogs

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019 in Dogs, Pet Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

Tips to Prevent Overheating in Dogs

  Summer is in full-swing, and that means dogs are at risk of dehydration, heatstroke, and even death as a result of high temperatures. To prevent these worst-case scenarios, take good care of your dog this summer and follow these tips.   #1 – Never leave your dog in an unattended vehicle.   Absolutely never leave your dog in a parked, unattended vehicle — even if “it’s not that hot” or you’ll be “just a minute.” Vehicles quickly heat to extremely high temperatures (yes, even if you crack the windows), and...

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A Helpful Guide to Senior Cat Care

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in Cats, Pet Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

A Helpful Guide to Senior Cat Care

  Cats generally reach senior age when they are around 10 years old. At this time, it may be suitable to change some of the ways you care for your feline friend. Let’s go over some top tips for optimal senior cat care.   Keep their mind active.   Regular play with your cat will keep their mind active and alert. If you haven’t invested in any new puzzles or toys for them lately, consider buying a few. Regular interactive activity is a must as your cat ages, especially when you’re away and they’re home alone. Not only...

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