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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Feline Nutrition in a Nutshell

Having a cat in your home is a bit like hosting a miniature lion. The domestic feline has a lot in common with its wild ancestors, but its lifestyle tends to be a little more on the tame side. 

When it comes to feeding our kitty companions, there is a lot to consider. Cats have some special nutritional needs that we need to know about to be successful caretakers. Luckily for you, The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital knows all about feline nutrition and is happy to help you understand.

Kitty Considerations

Cats are not the same as dogs and it really starts to show when you compare their diets. As obligate carnivores, cats have certain nutritional needs that can only be met by eating meat. Some basic differences include:

  • They need vitamin A in their diets and are unable to convert beta carotene like their dog friends.
  • The feline species requires very high levels of thiamine in their diet.
  • Cats need several amino acids such as taurine that are found only in meat in their diet. 
  • Cats need far more protein than do dogs.
  • Prolonged decreases in calorie intake can result in serious health consequences for cats. 

Balancing a cat’s diet can be tricky. It can be tempting to hop on the bandwagon of different diet trends, but they aren’t always a good choice.

A commercially prepared diet is best to ensure that your cat is receiving all the nutrients they need in the right amounts and ratios. If you really want to make your own diet, working with a board certified veterinary nutritionist is the way to go. 

A Word About Obesity and Feline Nutrition

If your little lion is on the overweight side, you’re not alone. Most cats in the United States (about 60%) are at least somewhat overweight

Being overweight increases your pet’s risk of many health conditions including osteoarthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular issues, urinary problems, and even cancer. Talking with your veterinarian about the appropriate number of calories is a great place to start when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight.  

Keeping your kitty svelte isn’t always easy, but it is important. Be sure to:

  • Know your cat’s allowed daily calorie intake (please ask us for help determining this, but most cats need between 180 and 250 calories per day)
  • Remember that treats have calories as well and count them in your daily totals
  • Choose low calorie treats like a small about of tuna in water
  • Measure your cat’s food so that you know how many calories you are feeding
  • Consider substituting in some canned food, which tends to be less calorie dense due to its water content, for the kibble
  • Encourage activity at meal time with indoor hunting feeders or interactive food bowls
  • Avoid the urge to allow your cat free access to food, instead refresh the bowl frequently or encourage the use of a more interactive feeder
  • Offer playtime instead of food when your cat begs

If you decide that a diet is in order for your cat, it is important to remember that slow and steady weight loss is key for kitties. A crash diet can result in a serious condition called hepatic lipidosis.

As you probably already know, cats aren’t always fans of change. A sudden alteration in diet or routine is not likely to be met with enthusiasm. Rather, make changes gradually, offering a small amount of a new food or a new routine each day.

Feline nutrition may not always be intuitive, but it is an important part of keeping your cat healthy and happy. You are what you eat, and that goes for cats as well as us. 

Messy Pants: Is It Time for Dog Diapers? 

If you have kids, you are well aware of the trials and tribulations of the diaper phase of their development. But diapers serve an important purpose during this time, as you well know. 

You may be surprised to know that dogs can sometimes need diapers and for a variety of health and behavioral conditions, too. While the thought of a doggie diaper may be upsetting, through the use of these garments, many pets will experience a better quality of life (and so will you).

The team at Pets Place Animal Hospital is here to shed light on the hows and whys of dog diapers, and whether or not your pet can benefit from them.

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The Facts About Feline Kidney Disease 

Cats may be pretty good about keeping their problems hidden, but despite their best efforts it isn’t always possible. And sometimes, it can actually make things worse!

One example of this commonly encountered at The Pets Place Animal Hospital is renal dysfunction. Many cats suffer from decreased kidney function but are able to keep things under wraps until it has progressed to the point that they can no longer compensate.

Feline kidney disease is one example of why being a vigilant pet owner is so very important. 

The Kidney’s Role

Most people have some idea about what our kidneys do. While they are primarily responsible for producing urine, they really are vital in so many more body functions. A normal kidney:

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