Sometimes, your pets get into all sorts of mini-adventures. They often end up satisfying their curiosities by eating what’s in front of them. If it’s poisonous, you should bring your pets to the best veterinary hospital near you. Pet poisoning can be avoided if you know the items that are toxic to your pets.

Brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist is part of your oral hygiene routine, but what about your dog and cat? Do you take care of their teeth the same way you care for yours? You might think that dogs and cats don’t have the same hygiene requirements, but just like humans, they can get periodontal disease if their teeth are not cleaned. This disease can cause them to lose their teeth, have trouble eating, and more, so it’s time to make oral hygiene part of your pet care routine. Simply follow some tips, and your dog and cat will have a mouth full of clean and beautiful teeth. As a bonus, their breath will be much fresher, too.

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Many people naturally pick up the products that their pet needs when they do their regular groceries, but did you know that you have far more options for purchasing these items than you might think? When you choose to get your pet products at the grocers you almost certainly don’t receive any personal service, instead simply throwing your chosen brand directly into your basket and hoping for the best. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

The holidays are just around the corner now, and no doubt your head is filled with all of the many things that you need to think about to make the season special and a happy time for you and your family. However, it is just as important to think about the happiness of your pets and this time of year throws up a few new challenges for responsible and passionate pet parents. You may be fairly new to pet ownership, or maybe you haven’t considered the potential safety concerns of the holiday season for your furbaby before. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to keep your pet safe and happy this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here are our top tips.

As a conscientious and committed pet owner, you will have a number of responsibilities to fulfil. One of the most important is to ensure that you take your pet for regular wellness exams. Contrary to popular belief, visiting the vet isn’t only for when your pet is sick. Attending regular wellness exams can actually prevent your animal from becoming unwell in the first place.

We all take our own health very seriously and try to avoid a negative experience with any medical professional. While we can understand what makes a bad practitioner for ourselves, it can often be more difficult to identify a great Cooper City vet. Instead of simply asking Siri to find, “The best veterinarian near me,” there are a few key things that you can look for to make your pet’s next experience a great one.

Whether you have microchipped your pet yourself or you have adopted him, and he arrived already chipped from his previous owner or shelter, it is great that he has had this procedure. Pet microchipping is considered to be the most effective way of attaching your identification to your pet so that you can be contacted and reunited with your adored animal in the event that he becomes lost or stolen. Unlike the conventional collar and tag ID method, microchips cannot fall off, be removed or be tampered with in any way. Studies have shown that animals who are microchipped are significantly more likely to be successfully returned to their worried owner.

Training is an essential part of caring for any dog, irrespective of whether he is a puppy or an older furbaby. This is because every home has different rules and expectations, and for your dog to accept yours, you need to take the time to bond with him and teach him. When you have successfully trained your dog, your home environment will become a much calmer, happier place for everyone concerned – including your new canine pal. 

Poisoning is one of the leading causes of visits to emergency vets across the United States. The vast majority of pet poisoning cases are accidental and occur because your pet has access to toxic substances. Remember – animals are exceedingly resourceful, and even when you think that you may have put something out of reach, it may still pose a risk to your cunning furbaby!

One of the most common questions that arise around canine care is “how do I maintain my dog’s skin and coat?” As you likely suspect, there is more to skin care than grooming and exercise – as you may note by observing your dog’s current skin and coat condition. Sure, active pets can be more healthy, and they benefit from bathing and grooming, but the source of true skin and coat health is more of an inside job. Don’t worry though; it’s a walk in the park. With a couple of quick tips, you’ll be right on track.

During the teething process, puppies need to chew. This is a natural part of the growing process and nothing to be concerned about. Rather than using their paws, dogs prefer using their mouths to interact with the world, and this is especially true of puppies. Even so, puppies are not always aware of how hard they are biting, and you may be the surprised recipient of an alarmingly sharp nip that draws some blood. This is not preferred behavior and needs to be addressed. Let’s take a look at how to stop your puppy from biting you while they learn how to navigate the world.

Dental issues in dogs can be hard to detect if you don’t know what you’re looking for. After all, dogs are wired to eat pretty much anything, regardless of the discomfort it may cause. Add to this the fact that most pet parents don’t even know that dental disease is a big issue in dogs, and thus don’t know what to look for. If you’ve ever wondered to yourself if there are ‘signs that my dog needs professional teeth cleaning’ then at least you’re ahead of the game. Let’s have a closer look.

There are so many things that could potentially happen at any given moment. This is especially true of an active pet. It’s not uncommon for a pet to get into a situation that can cause them harm in some way. Then there are the overall systemic emergencies that involve the whole family such as a hurricane, earthquake, or other natural disasters. When you know the basics of how to prepare for a pet emergency you can help to ensure these events can be handled appropriately, quickly, and as safely as possible.

Winter has arrived and for many cat owners, colder temperatures, unpredictable bad weather and longer, darker nights have already started to have an impact on the care you provide your kitty. It is safe to say that the winter months are definitely not a favorite of our domestic pets, and in particular cats that like to spend a great deal of their time roaming their neighborhood.

Learn about some of the Common Pet Emergencies that might cause you to contact your Cooper City FL Veterinarian at 954-280-0500.

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Felines are well known for having fastidious grooming routines, and most cats become litter box trained fairly easily thanks to their dislike of being unclean. If your previously house-trained kitty suddenly starts peeing outside of her litter box, it can be incredibly frustrating and unpleasant for you and others living in your home. However, cats very rarely just ‘lose’ their ability or desire to urinate in their litterbox – there is almost always an underlying reason.

Congratulations on making the decision to adopt a pet! There are millions of animals living in shelters across the country just waiting for loving homes, and your adoption will give a pet the chance at a fantastic new life. A new pet is also a great addition to any home, providing fun, love and companionship. Although getting a new pet is an extremely rewarding experience, it is also a huge change for the animal that you are adopting. Depending on her prior circumstances, she may be coming from a shelter packed with dozens or hundreds of other animals. Alternatively, she may be coming from another home where she is familiar with the sights, sounds and people/animals that she comes into contact with.

All living things can get sick from time to time. Unfortunately, there are just as many viruses, infections and diseases that can affect our animals as there are humans, and many are equally as serious for our beloved felines. Many of these are contagious and can spread like wildfire amongst those cats that are unprotected.

When you choose to take on a new pet, you are probably expecting them to experience a parasite problem. Indeed, most cats and dogs will have at least one episode of fleas and one tick bite during their lifetime. However, while parasite infections may be a common part of pet ownership, they don’t have to be. Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and care, there are now more ways to protect your pet from fleas and ticks than ever before.

It’s easy to forget that our pets age faster than we do. On average, our pets biologically age five years for every human year. This is one of the reasons it can be so effective to include annual pet exams into your care routine. After all, you probably wouldn’t go five years without seeing your family doctor at least once for a physical. Why, then, would your pet? Let’s have a look at what to expect at an annual pet exam so you can understand why they are so effective at preventing illness and supporting long-term pet wellness.

When you choose to take on a new pet, you are probably expecting them to experience a parasite problem. Indeed, most cats and dogs will have at least one episode of fleas and one tick bite during their lifetime. However, while parasite infections may be a common part of pet ownership, they don’t have to be. Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and care, there are now more ways to protect your pet from fleas and ticks than ever before.

Many canine owners are surprised when they find out that tooth brushing is an essential part of their pet’s care. While you can take your pooch to our veterinary dentist for a high-grade clean, this type of clean should only be performed once or twice a year. This is because professional cleans are usually performed while your dog is under a general anesthetic. This means that she is completely unconscious, and so our veterinary dentist will have full access to her mouth and will not need to worry about her moving around or closing her jaws during the clean. However, the use of general anesthetic, which does increase the safety of the procedure, means that professional cleans can only be done occasionally.

Dogs and walks go together like strawberries and cream, and if you sign up to canine ownership, you most certainly need to be prepared to spend a great deal of time on your feet. Exercise is very important for these four-legged bundles of energy, and most owners find that they take their dogs on at least two short walks a day for them to ‘do their business’, as well as much longer hikes at weekends. Regardless of where and how far you are taking your canine companion, learning to walk nicely on a leash is an extremely important skill.

When it comes to parasite infestations, fleas are among the most notorious and dreaded of them all, particularly as once your pet has contracted them, they quickly and silently make themselves comfortable in your home and are happy to munch on any blood source that come nearby – animal or human. Once they are in your home, it will take more than just a quick vacuum to get rid of them for good.

Whether you are new to feline ownership or you have had cats for some time before, becoming a parent to a kitty is always a learning curve! Think you know everything there is to know about cats? Think again! Here are some mind-blowing facts about the nation’s favorite pet.