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Tips For Playing With Your Cat

Is your feline buddy still frisky and playful? This is always super cute to watch. As it turns out, one of the best things you can do for Fluffy is to play with her regularly. A Georgetown, IN vet offers some advice on playing with kitties in this article.

Do It Regularly!

First and foremost, take time to play with your furry bff every day. This will benefit Fluffy both mentally and physically. It will also make her feel loved. You may be surprised at how quickly your furry friend comes to expect (or demand) this!

Make It Fun

Playtime is more fun for kitties when it’s challenging for them. Use toys that you can control, such as wand toys or laser pointers. Fluffy will be more engaged if she can’t anticipate what her ‘foe’ is going to do next.

Keep A Routine

If possible, play with your feline pal at roughly the same time every day. Kitties really thrive on set schedules! This is easy to work into your nightly wind-down time: just keep a remote-controlled toy or laser pointer near your sofa or armchair.

Discourage Rough Play

Kitties are very lovable, but they can be a bit, well, violent. Don’t let your furry buddy use you as a cat toy! It may be cute if Fluffy pounces on your toes, but it’s also very bad petiquette.

Don’t Play Favorites

Do you have more than one kitty? Pay equal attention to both of them, and make sure they both get enough playtime. Otherwise, one of your feline friends is bound to get jealous of the other.

Choose Safe Toys

Cats are very playful, which is super cute. Unfortunately, Fluffy doesn’t know what is and is not safe for her to play with. Don’t use anything that could be dangerous. Sharp and/or sharp items are a definite no, as is anything with dangling ropes or cords. If you use wand toys, pick them up when you’re done: you don’t want your furball getting tangled up.

Offer Catnip

Does your furry friend like catnip? Don’t forget to refill her toys regularly! You don’t have to worry about your kitty overdosing. Catnip wears off after about 15 minutes. After that, Fluffy’s brain will need to ‘reset’ before catnip will affect her again.

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Fido’s Golden Years

Is your canine companion aged seven or older? If so, you may have a furry retiree on your hands. This is actually a very special time of your pet’s life. Fido also somehow gets even cuter as he grows older, and he’ll be more interested in napping at your feet than chasing squirrels. You will need to make some adjustments to your pup’s care regimen as he gets older, though. A Georgetown, IN vet offers some insight on this below.

Exercise

Fido won’t be as energetic as he was as a puppy, but he’ll still need to stay active. For most aging dogs, a daily walk or two is sufficient. Enjoy these quiet moments with your furry best friend! Just take care not to overexert him.

Comfort

Comfort is definitely king when it comes to caring for older pets. Make sure Fido has a good, high-quality doggy bed!

Obesity

It’s very easy for senior pets to pack on extra pounds. Fido may look cute if he’s a bit chubby, but he’ll be both healthier and more comfortable staying at or near his ideal weight. Pay attention to portion sizes, and take it easy on the treats.

Veterinary Care

Fido may benefit from more frequent appointments, just so his health can be properly monitored. Just like people, older dogs are susceptible to various medical issues. Arthritis, for example, is very common in senior pups. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.

Grooming/Temperature

Dogs in their golden years get cold more quickly in winter, and can overheat easily in summer. Keep up with your furry buddy’s grooming needs! Dead fur and dander interfere with his coat’s natural insulating properties. Claw trims and dental care are also crucial.

Mobility

You may notice your canine buddy having trouble climbing stairs, or getting in and out of the car. Pet ramps or stairs can help with this. A sling harness can also help, particularly with smaller breeds.

Love

Last but not least, make sure that Fido feels loved and secure. It may seem like only weeks or months have passed since your faithful pet was a bouncing, energetic puppy, but that’s not unusual. The time we have with our canine pals is truly precious, and often passes much too fast. Savor those tail wags and snoot boops!

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8 Pawesome Ways To Celebrate National Pet Day With Fido

National Pet Day is coming up on April 11th. It’s probably safe to say that our canine companions would be more than happy to help celebrate! Fido is America’s most popular pet, and he’s also been our buddy the longest. In fact, he may have been sitting at our sides, protecting us and begging for treats, for as long as 32,000 years! A local Georgetown, IN vet offers some suggestions on how to celebrate in this article.

Treats

This one probably isn’t exactly a shock. We all know that Fido loves snacks! (We’re pretty fond of them ourselves!) Just stick to safe, suitable foods, and don’t go overboard.

Training

Did you know that many dogs really enjoy learning new things? If Fido is still working on basic training, take time for that. Otherwise, show him a new trick, like Shake or Roll Over.

Adventures!

It’s warming up now, so it should be nice enough to take your canine buddy to a park or trail. This will be fun for you both!

Toys

Toys are actually very important to your pup’s health and well-being. They provide him with stimulation, enrichment, and entertainment, and (hopefully) keep him out of trouble. Pick up something new for your four-legged friend!

Photos

There’s no bad time to take a picture of your furry bff. Take some time to snap some really cute pictures of Fido. (Tip: choose a background that contrasts with his fur.)

Shopping Spree

Many pet stores allow well-behaved dogs inside. If there’s a dog-friendly one nearby, take Fido in with you, and let him pick out a new toy for himself. This can be super cute!

Beauty Session

This probably isn’t going to be Fido’s favorite activity, but he does appreciate feeling fresh and clean. Give your furry buddy a bath, or take him to the salon. Afterwards, you get to enjoy snuggles with a clean, fresh-smelling pooch!

Quiet Time

At the end of the day, all that our canine pals really want is to spend time with their humans. You’re the apple of Fido’s eye, and the center of his world. Pay some extra attention to your pup, and get that tail going!

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Fourth of July Hazards for Pets

The Fourth Of July is coming up quickly! As you may know, this is a particularly dangerous holiday for our four-legged friends. You’ll want to take some precautions to make sure your beloved pet stays safe and healthy through America’s birthday. Read on as a Georgetown, IN vet lists some July Fourth safety tips for pets.

Heat

Pets can overheat very quickly at this time of year. Fido and Fluffy are wearing fur coats, and they can’t sweat to cool off. Make sure your furry bff always has fresh water and access to cool, shaded areas. Limit your pet’s outdoor time during the hottest parts of the day.

Parasites

Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos will happily join in your celebration. These uninvited guests can carry dangerous diseases, and can also transmit other parasites! Keep up with your pet’s parasite prevention products. We also recommend mowing your lawn regularly.

Fireworks

Many dogs get very frightened by the noise and commotion of fireworks. If your canine buddy is scared of loud noises, bring him indoors well before dark on the Fourth, and set him up in a cozy spot. Turn a TV or radio on to mask the noise. If Fido is extremely nervous when there’s a lot of commotion, ask your vet about using pet-calming products, such as treats and sprays.

Grills

Many of our four-legged friends are very opportunistic eaters, and will snap up anything offered to them. Big dinners and grill-outs are always very dangerous for them, just because there are so many popular foods that are unsafe for them. Some of the dangerous foods include garlie, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; caffeine; avocado; pitted fruits; alcohol; meat on the bone; and anything that contains xylitol.

Trash

Use trashcans that close securely. Pets sometimes try to score some leftovers by poking around the garbage. Things like skewers, bones, can lids, trimmings, and can lids are just a few of the dangers that could be lurking in the trash.

Pools/Water

Pools are another concern. While some dogs are great swimmers, even water-loving pups can panic and get into trouble if they fall into the pool and don’t know how to get out again. If you’re taking Fido to a pool or beach, keep a close eye on him.  

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Playing With A Senior Dog

Playing is one of the best things you can do for your canine buddy. It’s also very beneficial for senior dogs! As Fido grows older, running and jumping will help keep him strong physically. Playing also provides mental stimulation, which is great for his mind. However, there are some things to keep in mind when playing with an older dog. A local Georgetown, IN vet discusses playing with senior dogs below.

Try Different Toys

As Fido ages, he may develop issues with his vision and/or hearing. Try using toys that light up or make noise.

Short Sessions

Your furry friend won’t have as much energy or stamina as he used to. Fido may be tired out after just a few rounds of Fetch. Instead of spending long chunks of time playing with your canine pal, break doggy playtime into several short sessions. Even a few minutes of jumping and running will help!

Don’t Crowd Fido

Younger dogs often like to run and play with their buddies, which is super cute to watch. Older dogs, however, are much more fragile, and just can’t withstand roughhousing from younger pups. Play with Fido by himself or with another dog his age.

Watch The Weather

Older dogs are very sensitive to weather extremes. Don’t encourage Fido to run and play when it’s really hot out. Also, make sure your pooch always has water available.

Don’t Overdo It

Dogs love to try to please their humans. If Fido seems tired, don’t try to make him play. Just let your old buddy rest!

Check With Your Vet

As your furry buddy ages, his needs will change. Ask your vet for specific recommendations about the amount and type of play Fido needs. It’s worth noting that many dogs develop arthritis or hip dysplasia in their golden years. Don’t encourage your faithful pet to jump or to stand on his back legs. That will put a lot of stress on his hips, which can exacerbate these painful bone/joint conditions.

Offer Rewards

Keeping that cute tail going will be one of your biggest jobs as your furry pal ages. Make playtime extra fun for Fido by incorporating treats, praise, and belly rubs. Just don’t go overboard with the treats: you don’t want your pooch becoming obese!

Do you have questions about caring for your senior dog? Call us, your Georgetown, IN vet clinic, anytime!

5 Easy Ways to Keep Kitty Cool

Summer is just around the corner! As the weather warms up, you may find your kitty spending more time sprawled out on the floor as opposed to curling up in warm blankets. Summer can be hard on our feline friends. After all, Fluffy is wearing a fur coat! Overheating can be very dangerous for cats. Unlike dogs, they don’t have any easy ways to cool themselves off if they get too hot. In this article, a Georgetown, IN vet offers tips on keeping your cat cool this summer.

Give Kitty Access To The Whole House

Cats are very, very good at making themselves comfortable. If you let Fluffy roam freely throughout the house, she will naturally gravitate towards the coolest areas. Don’t be surprised if you find your feline pal sprawled out on the bathroom floor. The tiles often stay cool, even on hot days. Just be careful not to accidentally lock your furball into an attic or shed!

Brushing

Brushing your furry pal regularly will remove dead fur and dander from her coat. This will help keep Fluffy looking and feeling good. It will also increase the insulating qualities of her fur, which will help keep her cool.

Hammock Beds

Did you know that hammocks are cooler than regular beds? This is because they allow air to pass beneath them. It’s quite easy to make your kitty a comfy pet hammock. Get an end table or coffee table with four legs, and a piece of material. Cut the fabric so that it’s just a little smaller than the tabletop. Then, attach the corners to the legs with twine or Velcro, and just tell Fluffy not to use it. She’ll hop right in!

Water

Proper hydration is very important! Make sure your cat always has plenty of fresh water. You can drop an ice cube into the bowl on hot days. Fluffy may also appreciate a kitty fountain.

Climate Control

We recommend that cats live indoors, as they are both healthier and safer staying inside. Keep your feline buddy cool and comfy in rooms that have air conditioning and/or fans. Even if you do let your kitty go outside, keep her indoors during the hottest part of the day.

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Clipping Your Dog’s Claws

Do your dog’s paws make a clicking noise when he walks? If so, Fido may need a peticure. While, as we all know, cats rather enjoy taking care of their nails, dogs need some help in this area. (Actually, Fluffy may be a bit too enthusiastic about her manicures, but that’s another topic.) Here, a Floyds Knob, IN vet discusses clipping your dog’s claws.

Dangers of Overgrown Claws

Keeping your dog’s nails clipped is very important! If Fido’s nails get too long, they’ll become quite uncomfortable for him, just as overgrown toenails are for people. Your pet may change his stride to lessen the discomfort, which will put additional stress on his bones and joints. Overgrown claws also make it more difficult for your pup to get good traction, especially on slippery surfaces.

Pawdicure Procedure

As you may know, if you cut Fido’s nails too close, you could cut the quick, which is where your pup’s nerves and blood vessels end. This can cause some bleeding, and is a bit painful. That said, while you do need to proceed with caution, giving your pup a pawdicure may be easier than you think. One good option is to get some clippers with sensors. These will indicate exactly where to cut. Regular clippers also work. If you’re using these, start by making thin cuts and checking the clippings. When you see a pale oval appear, stop cutting.

Precautions

We always advise our clients to err on the side of caution when it comes to pet care. Keep a styptic pen or styptic powder on hand when cutting Fido’s claws. If you do cut too close, this will stop any bleeding. You can also just call us to set up a quick nail trim!

Tips

Does Fido run and hide when he realizes it’s time for a pawdicure? Work on desensitizing your canine buddy, and getting him used to having his paws handled. Teach Fido that when he offers you his paw, he gets a yummy treat. Once your pooch has this figured out, start holding his paw for a moment. Handle his toes, and run the clippers over them. Then, give him a treat and let go. Your pup may soon decide he likes getting his nails done!

Do you need to schedule a nail trim for your dog? Contact us, your Floyds Knob, IN pet clinic, today!

Holiday Foods Your Pet Should Never Eat

If your family is like most, food is a big part of your holiday celebrations. Keep in mind that plenty of common holiday morsels aren’t safe for our four-legged friends! Below, your Floyds Knob, IN veterinarian tells you about a variety of foods to watch out for this time of year.

Sweet Treats

As you probably know, chocolate is a very dangerous pet poison—never allow your pet to ingest chocolate of any type or any food that contains chocolate. Candies, gum, and many baked pastry items aren’t safe either, as they’re often sweetened with a sugar substitute called xylitol. Xylitol can poison pets in very small amounts, so tightly restrict your pet’s access to any and all sweet treats.

Onions, Garlic, Scallions

It’s a safe bet that at least one dish on your holiday table will contain onions or garlic. Did you know that onions, garlic, scallions, shallots, chives, and leeks are all dangerous for pets? They’re all included in the allium food family, and they can cause toxic reactions in both dogs and cats. This goes for all varieties of these foods (cooked, raw, powdered, etc.). Keep your furry friend away!

Grapes, Raisins, Currants

Grapes, raisins, and currants have proven to be toxic to many of our canine and feline friends. Although it’s not clear what agent in these foods causes poisoning, and some pets seem to be able to ingest them without incident, it’s not worth taking the chance. Keep an eye on any holiday fruit trays that may contain these foods to make sure your pet doesn’t chow down.

Rich, Buttery, Fatty Foods

Too much rich or buttery food will undoubtedly cause an upset stomach, and it may lead to vomiting or diarrhea in many pets. An overload of fat at all once can even cause a very serious case of pancreatitis in some instances! Make sure that all dinner guests know not to slip your pet any table scraps without your consent.

Alcohol

Pets respond to alcohol just like humans do. The difference is, alcohol can poison a small pet in a very short time! If your holiday festivities will include alcoholic beverages, it’s important to keep a close eye on all drinks to make sure Fido or Fluffy doesn’t imbibe.

Would you like more advice on keeping your pet safe during the holidays? We’re here to help! Call your Floyds Knob, IN vet today.

Your Aging Cat

Is your cat age six or older? If so, Fluffy is approaching her golden years. Kitties become seniors around age seven, though it varies a bit from cat to cat. While your furball’s basic needs won’t change as she ages, she will need a little extra TLC as she grows older. Below, a Georgetown, IN veterinarian discusses senior cat care.

Diet

Proper nutrition will play a huge role in your furball’s overall health. Give your furry friend the best pet food you can afford, but don’t overfeed her. If Fluffy becomes obese, those extra pounds will put additional strain on her body, and can seriously endanger her health.

Mobility

As she ages, Fluffy may have trouble hopping up to her favorite napping spots. Use pet ramps or chairs to help your kitty get on and off furniture.

Veterinary Care

Regular veterinary care is very important! Having your feline pal examined regularly will increase the chances of any issues being caught early, which can be very beneficial. At home, watch for any changes in Fluffy’s appearance, habits, purrsonality, or behavior. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.

Senior Accommodations

Fluffy may have difficulty with a litterbox that has high walls, so you may want to upgrade her facilities. Keep extra litterboxes on every floor of your home, so your furry buddy doesn’t have to use the stairs as often. It also isn’t a bad idea to keep a nightlight on to help your furball get around after dark.

Mental Stimulation

Just like people, cats sometimes experience a decline in their cognitive functions as they age. Your senior kitty may forget how to get to the kitchen, or get ‘stuck’ in a corner. It isn’t unusual for cats to meow their distress when these things happen. Just do what you can to comfort Fluffy, and make sure she feels loved, safe, and secure.

Play

As Fluffy ages, she’ll somehow manage to spend even more of her time napping than she does now. Playing with her every day will keep her active, which is very beneficial for her physically. Playing is also great for your cat’s mental health. Plus, it will be fun for you too! Senior kitties are adorable!

Do you have any concerns about caring for your senior cat? We can help! Call us, your Georgetown, IN animal hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

Fun Indoor Exercise Tips for Dog Owners

Sometimes, it’s not ideal to take your dog outdoors to exercise. Perhaps it’s too cold, or too dark; maybe you simply prefer to stay in the comfort of your home. Below, your Floyds Knob, IN veterinarian offers a few fun suggestions for getting your dog moving in the house.

Stair Runs

Does your home have a staircase? You have a built-in exercise machine! Try standing at the top of the stairs with a pet treat or one of your dog’s favorite toys, then call your canine companion to you. When he bounds up the stairs to fetch the morsel or toy, let him chow down or play with the toy for a moment before reversing the process. Repeat, and you’re giving your dog a great workout.

Hallway Fun

You can also use your home’s hallway as a running track to get your dog quality exercise. First, remove any breakable or valuable items from the hall. Then, try tossing a ball or dog toy down the hall to have your canine friend chase after it. This is a simple way to have your dog work up a sweat and utilize essential muscles, keeping him limber and fit. For your dog, it’s also a ton of fun!

Hide-and-Seek

Hide a couple of treats or toys in various places around your home, without letting your dog see you do it. Then, lead him on a fun hide-and-seek game to find the hidden treasures! Your dog will enjoy darting all around to find the morsels, and he’ll be getting some good physical activity while he does it. Plus, this keeps your dog’s mind engaged and active—mental involvement is equally important as physical exercise!

Laser Lights

We typically think of our feline friends as being the ones to enjoy a laser light, but many dogs go wild for these items as well. Try shining a laser light on the walls or floor of your home and see if your dog tries in vain to catch it. Maneuver the light so that your dog gets a good workout running about to chase it down.

Classic Dog Games

Of course, the classic games of fetch and tug-of-war can work indoors, assuming you have the space. Clear a basement room of any breakable items, and have at it!

Your Floyds Knob, IN vet can give you more suggestions for exercising your dog indoors. Call the office today.