How to Convince Your Indoor Cat to Snub the Great Outdoors

A cat rolls on the ground and stares at the camera.

Many cats quickly adapt to indoor-only lifestyles. Others simply cannot help themselves from darting outside, meowing mournfully at a closed door, or shredding up window screens. This can lead an owner to feel sizable guilt about keeping an indoor cat. But the fact remains: indoor-only felines live healthier, safer, and longer lives than those allowed to roam their neighborhood.

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The Pets Place Animal Hospital’s Top Blogs of 2020

With 2020, thankfully, in the review mirror, it’s time to look back at what did work and how we can learn from those lessons in 2021. We are proud to say that The Pets Place Animal Hospital‘s blog has been a hit this past year, and for that we are grateful.

Without a doubt, our pets have helped us to survive a challenging year by brightening our hearts with laughter and love. We are honored that you have entrusted your trusty pets’ well-being with us this past year, and are pleased our blog could help to build that trust.

Keeping that in mind, we’d like to offer a glimpse into which blogs were our most-read posts this past year. We hope you find something you like and learn something new!

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Royal Treatment: 5 Ways to Pamper Your Pet

Isn’t it nice to get an unexpected treat or surprise, or something we choose to do as an act of self-care? Our pets also deserve a little surprise and added attention and adoration every now and then. If you have been wondering how to pamper your pet, you are in for a treat! We are devoting this blog to ways you can give your pet some extra TLC, just in time for the holidays. 

Here are the top 5 ways to pamper your pet from the team at The Pets Place Animal Hospital.

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The Fine Line Between Just Enough and Too Many Pets

If one pet is fun, why not another? Multiple pet households are not uncommon, and usually include more than one species. And if each animal’s needs are carefully and thoughtfully provided for, it can make a great deal of sense to a happy-go-lucky, on the go, adventurous household. However, when the balance is out of whack between the amount of pets and their ongoing health and safety requirements, an owner may very well have too many pets. 

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Protecting Your Family From Zoonotic Diseases

A great many things are unknowingly shared between pets and their people. Unfortunately, some of them can be quite detrimental to our health. 

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transferred from animals to humans, and vice versa. With more pets being adopted right now and with people staying at home more than ever before, it is essential to understand the risks and the many ways we can prevent sharing illnesses with our best buddies.

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The Many Ways to Support Senior Pet Wellness

The benefits of pet ownership impact our lives so much that we never want the time to end. Unfortunately, the universal truth is that pet owners are more likely to live longer than the pets they adopted, nurtured, trained, and cared for. 

Since our best friends cannot live forever, it makes sense to care for them as long as possible – and in the most meaningful ways. Senior pet wellness is a little different than caring for a younger pet, but it is no less gratifying. In fact, it may even be more so!

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The Time Is Now: How to Help Your Pet Cope In These Uncertain Times

The tacit agreement between pets and their people is to care for one another, deeply, for as many years as possible. 

While it can sometimes feel like an uneven relationship; while you handle all of the daily care, in addition to their long-term needs, it’s really your pet who does the heavy lifting – especially these days. 

With each stress-filled day, your pet has been there for you during these unprecedented times, offering peace, comfort, and unconditional love. With everything they do to help you cope, you may be wondering how can you help your pet cope with the changes of right now?

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The Best Pest Control Around Pets, and Some DIY Alternatives

Pet owners love animals, but that doesn’t always mean we want to live with spiders, ants, slugs, and rodents. Instead, we want to carefully manage populations of these pests on and around our property. Not only is it good for our house, lawn and garden, but pests have the potential to make our pets very sick.

But how can you ensure that whatever products you use are safe for your pets? Check out our guide to pest control around pets for the most effective tactics.

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This Summer, Don’t Overlook the Importance of Pet Hydration

There’s a big emphasis on your pet’s nutrition, but of all the nutrients necessary to their survival water is number one. 

Water helps pets maintain a healthy temperature, especially when they pant or sweat through their paws. Water is also essential for digestion, blood flow, waste removal, and sustaining healthy body tissue. In fact, water accounts for approximately 70% of a pet’s weight. With 70-90% of their body’s tissue consisting of water, adequate pet hydration is a big priority.

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Forever, For Always: Grieving the Loss of a Pet

There is nothing so heartbreaking as the loss of a loved one. This loss permeates our entire being and takes time for us to fully process all of the emotions it brings. The same is true when we lose a beloved pet – there is something missing that will never again be regained, only to be accepted. 

You may be grieving the loss of a pet and wonder how you can move through this painful time. Grief is both poignant and it changes us, but we do come out stronger and with greater understanding of our capacity to love and heal. The team at The Pets Place Animal Hospital is here for you, to give you some comforting tips on coping with the loss of a pet.

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