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Cats

Laser Pointers: A Good Idea for Your Cat But Not For Your Dog

Most cats love laser pointers. You can press the button and let the red laser land in a pinpoint on the floor, or the wall...just out of reach of your cat, and watch him pounce. It’s entertaining to watch and it’s entertaining for your cat. They’re not so good, however, for your dog. But first, let’s look at how they benefit your kitty. 

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Training Your Cat to Scratch Appropriately

Contrary to popular belief, most cats can be trained, just ask our hospital cat Franklin! Owners can reinforce desired behavior in food-motivated pets by giving the treat as the cat completes the wanted behavior. The goal is to elicit the wanted behavior first so that you can reinforce it.

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Is Your Senior Cat in Pain?

While our cats are generally living longer, a feline is still considered a senior at age 11 (about 60 in human years) and geriatric at 15 (76 years for a human). So although your kitty may be young at heart, it is important to remember that senior and geriatric cats are more at risk for arthritis, especially in the hips and spine.

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National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is October 9!

According to a 2012 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 55 percent of U.S. dogs and cats are now overweight.

Many people think fat cats and pudgy pups are cute, but consider this:

Overweight pets don’t feel good. Overweight pets often appear tired or lazy, lack energy and playfulness, are reluctant to jump or run, have difficulty grooming, lag behind on walks and pant heavily. In addition, the extra weight puts stress on their joints, hearts, lungs, liver, kidneys are more.

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September is Senior Pet Health Month!

As most people know, pets age much faster than humans. A one year old dog or cat is about as "old" as a 15 year old person. And larger dogs age more rapidly than smaller breeds. As a result, large breed dogs are considered to be seniors when they are 7 to 8 years old, and small dogs and cats at 8 to 10 years old. Our senior pets need special attention to keep them healthy.

Because dogs and cats age so rapidly, health problems tend to progress faster in pets as well.

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Disaster Planning Includes Pets, Too!

September is National Preparedness Month. Are you and your pets ready in case of an emergency?

To us, animals are important members of every household. As you prepare your family for the unexpected, don’t forget to include them—simple steps like creating a plan, assembling an emergency kit and staying informed can greatly help your furry friends if disaster strikes.

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