Many pet owners love their dogs enough to want to spend as much time as possible with them, so it’s no surprise when they choose to bring their furry friends along on errands or to events. Many public places are dog-friendly and welcome your pet in, but more often than not, grocery stores and other businesses where food is prepared and/or served don’t allow animals inside. Because of this, many owners wonder: can I leave my dog in the car during the winter months?
Your Pet and Thanksgiving Food
It's time to indulge at the Thanksgiving table and eat until we all have to let out a few notches in our belts. During the festive meals of the holidays, it can be tempting to get Fido or Fluffy in on the fun and give your dog or cat a plate full of leftovers. Pause before loading up their food bowl with turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, though. What looks harmless to you could spell gastrointestinal distress—or worse—for your pet. Here’s what you need to know before giving your pet any Thanksgiving leftovers.
There are few things that will make a dog happier than a bone. Dog owners know that they'll get Fido's tail wagging fast if they offer the leftover bones from dinner, and who doesn't like to see a goofy doggy grin on their pup's face?
If you're a dog owner, you put up with your fair share of crap. Literally. There's a lot of poop-scooping, bagging, examining, and cleaning up that comes with having a furry family member, and responsible pet owners know that it's not all sunshine and daisies. It's your duty (pun definitely intended) to pay attention to what's coming out of your dog's business end, and although you don't have to get too dirty, a little information can go a long way toward making knowing if your canine is having tummy troubles or not.
Some of the things your dog does probably make you wonder, "What the poop?" Perhaps no behaviors are more perplexing than the classic butt scoot that your pup does on occasion.
Ahhh, autumn. It's time to breathe in the scent of crisp fall air and enjoy the crunch of leaves under our feet, and then head inside for a cat nap. Speaking of cats, have you considered how your feline friend is affected by the change in the weather?
Before bringing home a new pet, you probably looked around your house before you brought your furry friend home and pet-proofed. Maybe you read about the best ways to keep puppies and kitties out of your human food, what to keep out of reach, and how to keep Fido or fluffy from chewing up your beautiful leather shoes. By all accounts, your dog and cat should be safe, happy, and comfortable in your home. But did you consider the toxicity level of your houseplants in the process?
As a loving pet owner, you've probably become aware of the various things in your environment that could be harmful to your furry friend. You may keep a watchful eye to keep him or her inside to stay safe, keep dangerous products away, and feed only the best kind of food. But even with all of these precautions, you could have pet killers lurking in your backyard where Mr. FuzzyPaws plays. Did you know that many varieties of lilies are poisonous to dogs and cats? Read on to learn the warning signs, how to spot a poisonous lily, and how to keep your cat safe.
Last March, Intermountain Pet Hospital decided to require canine flu vaccinations for all dogs staying at our Lodge and Day Camp. Over the past few months, some clients and fellow veterinary professionals have asked why we did this. We’d like to address those inquires and concerns here.