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Ask the Vet: Why Do Dogs Have Short Life Spans?

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Ask The Vet, Dogs | Comments Off on Ask the Vet: Why Do Dogs Have Short Life Spans?

Ask the Vet: Why Do Dogs Have Short Life Spans?

  All animals have different lifespans. Yet it seems especially cruel that dogs, a species so close to humans in so many ways, have such short ones. Dogs live anywhere from 8 to 15 years, depending on their breed and a number of other factors, such as their: Genetics Overall size Living environment Daily diet Frequency of exercise Weight, in proportion to their frame and average breed size Dental health   Other factors can influence a dog’s lifespan as well. Do the owners provide parasite and disease prevention? Was the dog...

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Pet Super Powers That People Don’t Have

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Cats, Dogs, Fun Stuff | Comments Off on Pet Super Powers That People Don’t Have

Pet Super Powers That People Don’t Have

  Did you know that your dog’s sense of smell is up to 100,000 times better than yours? A researcher at Barnard College explains further: Let’s say you can tell if a mug of coffee has a teaspoon of sugar in it. Well, a dog could tell if two million gallons of water had a teaspoon of sugar in it! Of course, an awesome sense of smell is just one of the many super powers your pet possesses! Let’s look at a few more amazing things your pet can do.   5 Super Powers Your Pet Has That You Don’t   1. The ability to detect...

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Ask the Vet: How do I Stop my Cats from Scratching the Furniture?

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Ask The Vet, Cats, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Ask the Vet: How do I Stop my Cats from Scratching the Furniture?

Ask the Vet: How do I Stop my Cats from Scratching the Furniture?

  Like it or not, cats love to scratch. They do it for two main reasons: Functional & Physiological – To keep their nails sharp and smooth, to mark territory with visible scratches, and possibly to reduce stress Communicative – A way of telling you or other animals something (“Hey, I don’t like that!”) Unfortunately, in the home, cats aren’t very discerning about where they scratch. This means their scratching habits can result in marred furniture and ripped up cushions, curtains, and other fabric. To avoid this, our...

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Three Common Injuries in Dogs

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Dogs | 0 comments

Three Common Injuries in Dogs

  Your dog loves to play! And they probably love to eat, explore, and chew on things as well … While all of these qualities are generally healthy and safe for your dog, we also know that they can sometimes lead to injuries. Here are the 3 common injuries in dogs to be on the lookout for:   1. Injuries in the Mouth   Many dogs who like to chew on bones, sticks, and branches may end up with mouth injuries. Bits of these objects can be swallowed, get caught in the roof of the mouth or in the throat, get caught between teeth, or...

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The Importance of Pet IDs and Microchips

Posted by on Apr 12, 2019 in Cats, Dogs | 0 comments

The Importance of Pet IDs and Microchips

  April 17th marks the start of National Pet ID Week — 7 days devoted to reminding pet owners of the importance of ID-ing their animals. Experts estimate that between 40 and 60 percent of shelter animals are actually family pets — but when a pet is found without ID, there’s often no way for them to return home.   What You Can Do as a Pet Owner   At Sunset Veterinary Clinic, we recommend ID-ing each of your pets in two ways: With a collar ID and a microchip. Collar IDs: All pets should have their own collar ID tag. The tag...

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Things Only Cat Owners Understand

Posted by on Apr 5, 2019 in Cats, Fun Stuff, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Things Only Cat Owners Understand

Things Only Cat Owners Understand

  Sure, you post the cute pictures of your cat to Instagram and Facebook — the ones of them cuddling and napping innocently beside you. But if you’re a real cat owner, you know the truth … it’s not all sweet nuzzles and purrs. Here are 4 so-true things only cat owners will understand.   1. They love to leave destruction in their wake.   Is your remote control on the end table? Got a glass of orange juice on the counter? Did you put your phone on the cabinet? Not anymore! Every cat has a unique period of the day (er,...

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Ask the Vet: Why Do Older Dogs Get Arthritis?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019 in Ask The Vet, Dogs | 0 comments

Ask the Vet: Why Do Older Dogs Get Arthritis?

  Older dogs often slowdown in their later years because of arthritis — inflammation of the joints. As a dog owner, it helps to know what causes arthritis in older dogs, what the most common symptoms are, and how you can help ease the pain.   What is arthritis?   Inflammation of the joints or arthritis is common in older dogs, just as it is in humans as we age. It can cause joint stiffness, pain and discomfort, and limited mobility. The discomfort of arthritis is most often caused by long-term wear and tear on your dog’s...

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Risks of Treating Your Pet at Home

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

Risks of Treating Your Pet at Home

  We’ve all been there — You find that your beloved pet has a rash, lump, or other such worrying symptom, but instead of calling the vet right away, you go directly to Google. While the Internet is certainly an excellent resource for animal care advice, it’s not the place to go for diagnosing your pet’s ailments. Furthermore, whether you use the Internet or not, treating your pet on your own — without guidance from a professional veterinarian — may very well put your pet in greater danger than if you did nothing. Here are...

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Pet Spotlight: Pip the Beach Cat

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Cats, Fun Stuff | 0 comments

Pet Spotlight: Pip the Beach Cat

  Meet Pip the Beach Cat! This week on Pet Spotlight, we’re getting to know a very special 10-month old cat from Ocean City, Maryland named Pip. Pip was found alone in a thunderstorm in Maryland, and by chance, after being passed from friend to family member to friend (and denied at the local Humane Society because there was no room), Pip ended up in the home of Emily Meadows and Jacek Bulak.   Pip Becomes Part of the Family   Meant to only stay a short while, Pip’s touching antics soon made their way into the hearts of...

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How Do You Cope After Losing a Pet

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Cats, Dogs | Comments Off on How Do You Cope After Losing a Pet

How Do You Cope After Losing a Pet

  Losing a pet can be an extremely difficult event in your life. Your pet was your companion, your friend, and part of your family. Still, it’s an unfortunate reality that pets do not live as long as humans. Getting through the period of grief following the loss of a pet will be a challenge, but these coping ideas may help ease your pain.   1. Don’t be afraid to express your grief.   Sometimes, the worst thing we can do in times of grief is suppress that grief and try only to move on. You’ll never fully get over the loss...

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