National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day

National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day

National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day​: August 22nd Author- Tori Munguia RVT Pet Emergency Education Instructor Dallas, TX Here are the top 5 reasons routine vet visits are a vital part for your cat to live a long, healthy life. Cats are masters at hiding illness. Cat’s natural behaviors make them excellent at hiding how they feel when they are sick or in pain. Over 50% of cats are overweight or obese. Just a few extra pounds can put cats at risk for diabetes; heart, respiratory, and kidney disease, and more. Preventive care is better than reactive care. Regular exams can help avoid medical emergencies. Kittens have 26 teeth, while adult cats have 30. Periodontal disease is considered the most prevalent disease in cats three years of age and older. Cats age more rapidly than humans. A cat reaches the approximate human age of 15 during its first year, and then 24 at age 2. Each year after, they age approximately four “cat years” for every calendar year. For more information go to: https://www.catvets.com/Cat2VetDay

How to Keep Pets Safe on 4th of July

How to Keep Pets Safe on 4th of July

Americans love Independence Day, and rightly so.  It is the celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the biggest party of the summer.  Along with this celebration comes a number of hazards for your four legged friends including the worst of all, fireworks. Also, pets can get into popular foods available at 4th of July parties and cookouts that can be toxic or cause a number of digestive problems. A 2013 study by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences found fireworks were the most common trigger for fearful behavior in dogs. Responses included: trembling shaking hiding seeking comfort destruction urination salivation Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.  Because of this, the American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pets safe this 4th of July. Keep your pets indoors at all times Do not put insect repellent on your pet that is not formulated for them Do not let them drink alcohol or consume marijuana as many people think these substances will help calm the animal.  Alcohol and recreational drugs are very toxic to pets

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