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September is National Guide Dog Month

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Dogs | Comments Off on September is National Guide Dog Month

September is National Guide Dog Month

  The veterinarians and staff at Sunset Veterinary Clinic give a special salute to America’s guide dogs, schools, trainers and everybody who supports the work of bringing these brave, intelligent canine companions together with humans who need them.   History   In 2008, Dick Van Patten, the actor who played dad on “Eight is Enough”, spent a day blindfolded with guide dogs in training at the Guide Dogs of the Desert training school in California. He was so impressed with these gentle, intelligent dogs—yet dismayed to...

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5 Common Household Pet Dangers to Avoid

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Cats, Dogs | Comments Off on 5 Common Household Pet Dangers to Avoid

5 Common Household Pet Dangers to Avoid

  Every year, our Sunset Veterinary Clinic team treats numerous pets who managed to get into something toxic. If you have fur babies, make sure to keep these 5 things far out of reach:   1. Chocolate   For humans, the darker the healthier—for pets, the exact opposite is true! Bakers chocolate, cocoa mulch and any chocolate at all can cause diarrhea, vomiting, heart palpitations, seizures and death in pets. Many pets are attracted to the smell of chocolate, so keep it out of reach and sniffing distance.   2. Sugar Free...

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5 Summer Activities Your Dog Will Love, Vol 2

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Dogs, Fun Stuff, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on 5 Summer Activities Your Dog Will Love, Vol 2

5 Summer Activities Your Dog Will Love, Vol 2

  Is your dog bored with the agility course you set up in the backyard? Frisbee stuck in the tree? Don’t worry—here are 5 more summer activities you and your dog can enjoy together!   1. Create a Doggie Splash Park in the Backyard   Keep your dog cool when the weather is scorching! You can secure a tarp down on the lawn, fill a kiddie pool (not too deep), get one of those old-fashioned lawn sprinklers that waves back and forth and make some puppy popsicles they can lick when they are all tuckered out from frolicking in the...

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Pet Vet Tips: How to Choose the Best Cat for You

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Cats, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Pet Vet Tips: How to Choose the Best Cat for You

Pet Vet Tips: How to Choose the Best Cat for You

  Adopting a cat is lifetime commitment, so consider the following questions as you meet various cats so that you can find your best match. If you have concerns, always ask your Sunset Veterinary Clinic pet vet!   Mixed-Breed of Purebred Cat?   Some pure-breed cats run a higher risk of health problems you need to be aware of, and may be more expensive to adopt. Some purebreds have strong personalities or physical traits that may or may not fit well into your lifestyle (long hair vs. short hair), so do your homework before...

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Canine Influenza in Oklahoma, 5 Things Your Veterinarian Wants You to Know

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Dogs | Comments Off on Canine Influenza in Oklahoma, 5 Things Your Veterinarian Wants You to Know

Canine Influenza in Oklahoma, 5 Things Your Veterinarian Wants You to Know

  We’ve gotten many calls in the past few weeks about news reports of the canine influenza virus (CI) outbreak spreading around the U.S. So far, there have been no confirmed cases of canine influenza in Edmond, or in Oklahoma in general. Your Sunset Veterinary Clinic veterinarian team would like to assuage pet owners’ fears and also let them know that we’re prepared with a policy in place to handle current and future vaccination needs:   1. Canine Influenza in the United States   According to official canine influenza...

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5 Summer Activities Your Dog Will Love, Vol 1

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Dogs, Fun Stuff, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on 5 Summer Activities Your Dog Will Love, Vol 1

5 Summer Activities Your Dog Will Love, Vol 1

  If your dog seems bored this summer, here are 5 summer activities to try together. Just remember, when the weather gets hot, to keep your dog well hydrated and opt for cooler, shady spots to play in. Your Sunset Veterinary Clinic pet vet has lots of other ideas, so just ask (or just wait for Vol 2!).   1. Dog Agility Course   You can find some of these in Oklahoma City at different dog parks or you could build one in your own backyard with PVC pipe and ramps. You can have lots of fun training your dog to go through the course...

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Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Oklahoma City

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Dogs, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Oklahoma City

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Oklahoma City

  Yes, there actually quite a few! In fact, there are more dog-friendly restaurants in Oklahoma City than we first thought. All of us on the Sunset Veterinary Clinic team are keeping our eyes open for local establishments that treat pets like one of the family, and we’ll update this list as we find more. If you find some, pitch into this list too! These are the restaurants we specifically know have dog-friendly policies or dining areas (with links to their specific dog policies): Fat Dog Kitchen and Bar—Fat Dog was actually featured...

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Top 5 Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S.

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Cats, Dogs, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Top 5 Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S.

Top 5 Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S.

  As more and more people travel with their pets, airports the world over are creating pet-friendly spaces to make what can be a stressful journey a bit easier. If you’re traveling with your fur kids this summer, call Sunset Veterinary Clinic to schedule a checkup you’re completely prepared for traveling with your pet—and we hope you get to experience the following 5 airports going the extra mile for pets: Will Rogers World Airport, Oklahoma City—Lucky for you and your pet, our own WRWA is very pet friendly. There’s a...

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5 Ways to Protect Your Dog This Summer

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Dogs, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Protect Your Dog This Summer

5 Ways to Protect Your Dog This Summer

  Dogs love summer fun as much as their humans! They will keep going and going even beyond their safe limits to stay by our side. Remember, they need extra care to be safe when the temperature rises. Follow these 5 summer dog safety tips from your Edmond veterinarian and have a super summer:   1. Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car   Never leave any living creature in a parked car on a sunny day. Even after 30 minutes at just 70 degrees, the temperature inside the car can go to 104 degrees! With a fur coat on, this is a recipe...

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Five Things You Need to Know Before You and Your Pet Hit the Road

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Cats, Dogs, Pet Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Five Things You Need to Know Before You and Your Pet Hit the Road

Five Things You Need to Know Before You and Your Pet Hit the Road

  More and more pet owners today are traveling with their furry friends. Many hotels now cater to travelers who decide to bring their pets with them during their journey. Various AirBnB rentals also allow pets in their residences. However, for your pet traveling can be difficult and cause a certain amount of stress. Also, are your pet vaccinations up to date? If you decide to travel with pets in tow, here are some important tips to keep in mind.   Important Tips for Traveling with Pets   Use a pet crate or carrier approved by...

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