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Kitty Obesity

Did you know that obesity is one of the most common health issues our animal companions face? We definitely see our fair share of chubby felines. Read on as a local Downey, CA vet discusses—you guessed it—fat cats. 

The Numbers

Obesity is—literally—a big problem among our furry patients. In fact, over half of pet cats are overweight or obese. While kitties still look adorable if they’re, well, a bit chubby, those extra pounds can be very bad for your pet’s health. Fluffy will be much healthier if she is at (or at least near) her ideal weight. 

Feeding Fluffy

Just like with people, Fluffy’s weight is in large part determined by what she eats. Serving sizes are very important here. Even overfeeding your little buddy by as little as ten calories a day can cause her to gain a pound a year. That’s a lot for a kitty! Ask your vet for advice on portion control. 

Meowpulation

It’s worth mentioning that cats are very good at convincing us to give them treats. It’s hard to resist that plaintive meow! Just remind yourself that you really aren’t doing your cute pet any favors by overfeeding her. Treat your furry pal with cuddles, toys, or catnip, rather than snacks. 

Kitty Workouts

Keeping your feline buddy active will also help her stay trim. Of course, you can’t exactly tell Fluffy to start doing stair runs. Play sessions are going to be your best bet here. Give your furball lots of toys, and take time to play with her daily. It will also help to set out lots of furniture for her to climb and explore.

Medical Issues

It’s worth noting that sometimes cats gain weight because of medical issues. If your furry friend seems to be rapidly gaining weight, and you aren’t quite sure why, have your vet examine her to rule out potential health problems.

Furball Diets

Do you have a furry little butterball on your hands? Be sure to check with your vet before making any changes to your kitty’s diet. Sudden changes in caloric intake are very bad for our feline pals. This can actually cause a lot of problems with your pet’s metabolism, and could end up making her very sick! 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Downey, CA pet clinic, we’re here to help! 

Walk Your Dog Week

Did you know that the first week of October is Walk Your Dog Week? That crisp autumn air and beautiful foliage can make for prime dog-walking weather. This is a perfect time of year to grab a coffee and take a long stroll with your furry best friend! A Norwalk, CA veterinarian offers a few ‘pawesome’ tips on walking your canine buddy below. 

Training

Those daily walks will be much more pleasant for both you and Fido if your pet is properly trained. Make sure your canine friend obeys basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, and Heel. If your dog has a habit of lunging after squirrels, cats, and/or other pooches, work on breaking this habit. Every time your pup tries to pull you, immediately turn around and go the other way. The back and forth will get tiresome … but that’s why it works. Sooner or later, your four-legged pal will figure out that pulling on you doesn’t work.

Exercise

Those regular walks actually serve several purposes for our canine companion. They are of course important for sanitation. However, they also provide your four-legged buddy with his daily doggy workout. Keeping fit is just as important for dogs as it is for people! (The fresh air and exercise will be good for you, too.) Walking also gives you quiet quality time with your pet, and can help reinforce that special bond of friendship between you. Last but not least, it offers Fido beneficial mental stimulation. Taking in new sights, sounds, and smells is a great way to provide your furry pal with entertainment and stimulation, and keep him from getting bored. 

Leashes

Make sure your pet’s gear is in good shape and fits him comfortably. Some dogs, such as small dogs and brachycephalic breeds, should wear harnesses, rather than collars. Retractable leashes have become very popular, and with good reason. They give your four-legged buddy a bit more freedom, while still keeping him under control. However, these can be dangerous in certain situations. We don’t recommend using them near potential hazards, such as busy roads or cliffs. They also aren’t great options for situations where Fido may encounter other dogs. You don’t want your pup getting tangled up with another pooch! 

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, if there is ever anything we can assist you with.  We’re dedicated to offering great care!

Responsible Dog Ownership Day

There’s a pretty important doggy holiday coming up. September 19th is Responsible Dog Ownership Day. Our canine pals are loyal, loving, smart, brave, and cuddly, not to mention cute and fun. However, it’s easy to forget that they have some specific needs. Taking great care of Fido entails much more than filling his food bowl and rubbing his belly. A local Norwalk, CA vet lists some great things to put on your to-do list below.

Veterinary Appointment

Many of our canine patients don’t see us as often as they should. Fido will need to come in a few times as a puppy, as he’ll need to be fixed, microchipped, and started out with his initial exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. Full-grown pups should come in at least once a year. You’ll also want to bring him in if you notice any signs of illness. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.

Toys

Fido is always adorable when he spots a new toy. Those playthings aren’t just fun for your pet, however: they’re also crucial to his health and well-being. Playing gives Fido a great workout, and allows him to burn off those zoomies. They also keep him entertained, and offer him a healthy outlet for any doggy angst he’s feeling. Keep your furry friend’s toybox full!

Dental Care

Did you know that over 80 percent of our canine companions have dental issues? Fido can’t tell you if his teeth hurt, and he can’t brush those choppers himself. Keep up with his dental care needs! Ask your vet for specific advice.

Adventures

Just like people, pets can get bored and restless. Even if you have a yard, it’s important to take Fido for at least a daily walk. Those strolls offer exercise, entertainment, and enrichment. Walking a pretty trail with your furry best friend is a great way to enjoy a nice day!

Training

Training isn’t just about petiquette. It’s also important for safety reasons. That makes it a big part of being a responsible dog owner. Make sure Fido obeys basic commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.

Grooming

Fido may not love baths, but he will be much more comfortable with clean, soft fur. Nail trims and ear care are also important.

Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Norwalk, CA vet clinic, we’re here for you!

Caring for a Dog With Allergies

Did you know that allergies are quite common in dogs? Allergies can develop at any time in Fido’s life, and can make your canine buddy quite uncomfortable! Read on as a local Norwalk, CA vet offers some tips on caring for a dog with allergies.

Medicine

First and foremost, if you know or suspect that your furry buddy has allergies, take him to the vet for tests. Allergies can’t be cured, but there are treatments available that can help.

Air Filter

It’s definitely worth your while to get a good air purifier. Also, remember to change the filter out regularly. Many non-toxic plants, such as snake plants and spider plants, can also help improve air quality, as long as your dog doesn’t react to them. Check the ASPCA site here for suggestions.

Food Choices

If your furry pal has allergies, you’ll need to pay close attention to what you put in his bowl. Narrowing down food allergies may take time. Usually this involves putting Fido on a very bland diet until his symptoms stop, and then re-introducing things one by one to see what he reacts to.

Cleaning

Vacuuming can make a huge difference, as you’ll be getting all that dirt, dander, and fur out of your carpet. We recommend doing high-traffic and Fido’s favorite spots daily, and following up with more thorough cleanings every week. Dusting regularly will also help.

Products

Did you know that Fido can be allergic to ingredients in his shampoo? Opt for hypoallergic, non-scented brands when picking your canine friend’s shampoos.

Wipedowns

Get into the habit of wiping Fido’s paws and belly down when you bring him in from outdoors. This will help remove any pollen or dust he’s picked up.

Bedding

Fido can also react to specific materials. When you get your four-legged friend a new bed, choose one that’s easy to wash and/or has a removable cover.

Decorating

Remodeling your place because of Fido’s allergies may be going a bit far. However, it is something to keep in mind when you do make changes. Opt for flooring, rather than carpet, and choose furniture that’s easy to clean, such as leather.

Pollen Counts

Download an app that tracks pollen. When levels are high, limit your pup’s outdoor time.

Please contact us for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. As your Norwalk, CA, vet clinic, we’re here to help!

Keeping a Senior Cat Comfortable

Is your feline buddy aged seven or older? If so, you’ve got a furry little senior on your hands … even if Fluffy still thinks of herself as a kitten. Kitties generally age gracefully, so you’re not likely to see drastic changes right away. However, your pet will benefit from some extra TLC in her golden years. Read on as a Downey, CA vet offers tips on keeping a senior cat comfy and purring.

Veterinary Care

First and foremost, make sure that your kitty sees her doctor regularly. It’s important to stay on top of any changes that could indicate developing medical issues, so they can be treated early. This can go a long way towards keeping your furball healthy!

Beds

It probably isn’t much of a surprise to find comfy beds on this list. Kitties are always on the hunt for new napping spots! Make sure Fluffy has lots of cozy spots to choose from for all of those daily snoozes.

Senior-Friendly Purrniture

As your cat ages, she may have a hard time climbing a cat tower, or getting on to a catwalk. Get a few pieces that are easy for her to use.

Litterbox

Older felines often have trouble getting in and out of litterboxes with high sides. Get your furry buddy something that’s easier for her to manage, such as a litterbox designed just for senior kitties. If you have a large house or more than one floor, keep litterboxes on every level, so your pet doesn’t have to use the stairs as much.

Nightlight

Fluffy may develop issues with her vision as she ages, and might have a hard time seeing at night. Setting out a nightlight will help your furry friend find her way around after dark.

Pet Ramps

Kitties may have a hard time jumping to their favorite lookouts as they age. Get some pet ramps for Fluffy. You can also just put a footstool or ottoman out for her.

Grooming

Your feline friend may get stiff and sore as she ages, and may have trouble reaching her entire body when grooming herself. Help her out by gently brushing her. This is also a great way to spend some quality time with your kitty, and get that motor started!

Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Norwalk, CA pet hospital, we’re here to help!

Helping Your Pet Celebrate International Lazy Day

August 10th is a big day for many of our furry patients, even if they can’t be bothered to celebrate. It’s International Lazy Day! Our animal companions are very good at helping us relax and unwind. They’re also great at reminding us that it’s important to just slow down sometimes. Here, a Norwalk, CA veterinarian lists some ways to celebrate this special day … by doing as little as possible!

Bed

If there’s one thing that’s required for a proper lazy day, it’s a comfy spot. Fluffy and Fido love snuggling up with us on our chairs and sofas! However, they do benefit from having some things they don’t have to share. Buy or make your pet a comfy new bed. (Tip: orthopedic beds are great for older pets and large dogs.)

Binge-Watching

One great thing about streaming services is that we can watch (or rewatch) our favorite shows at any time. Revisit an old favorite, or try out a popular new show that you haven’t seen yet. This is a great time to check out a cute animal movie. Of course, some of our furry friends also enjoy watching TV. You can even find entire channels made just for Fluffy and Fido. Give it a try!

Treats

No lazy day is truly complete without yummy snacks. Order delivery or cook something delicious for yourself. Get something special for your pet, too! Plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken without the skin, bones, or fat is fine for both dogs and cats. Fluffy may also enjoy some canned tuna in water. As for Fido, well, it is a special occasion, so go ahead and give your canine buddy a bit of bacon or sausage. Just don’t go overboard with these fatty treats!

Phone Games

Gaming is a pretty popular lazy day activity. Did you know that you can download games for Fluffy to play on your phone or tablet? Some kitties really enjoy ‘catching’ digital fish, spiders, or bubbles. Give it a try! Just put the phone or tablet on your floor, so your furball can’t knock it over. Of course, you probably don’t want to let your dog play on your phone. Get Fido an automated laser pointer instead.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime! We’re dedicated to offering great care!

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Dog

Have you decided to adopt a dog? This is definitely a great time to bring a pup into your home. Many people are staying home a lot this year. That makes this the perfect time for training and bonding with a new pet. Of course, picking the right pup isn’t always easy. There are a lot of adorable pups out there in need of a home. A Downey, CA vet offers a few tips on this below.

Size

Size is important for many reasons. Larger dogs are wonderful, but they cost more to feed, and need bigger toys and beds. This is definitely something to keep in mind if you are renting or planning on renting. Many landlords will only take smaller dogs. This can be a bit tricky to sort out if you’re getting a puppy. You can usually get an idea of how big Fido will get by his breed and the size of his paws, but you won’t know for sure until he’s grown.

Activity

Another thing you want to consider is how active your canine buddy is. If you love to go running, hiking, and camping, a small dog or couch potato may not be the best match for you. On the other hand, if you are more of an indoor type, you may do best with a calm, low-energy pooch, such as a Pug or Boxer.

Other Pets

Some dogs just don’t do well with other pets, especially cats. If you have other pets, make sure to choose a pup that will get along with his roommate. If you have a dog, introduce Fido and Spot before finalizing the adoption, and see how they do.

Breed Characteristics

Breed isn’t the only thing that will shape Fido’s personality. However, it definitely plays a role. Do some research before deciding.

Longevity

Needless to say, there’s no way to be sure how long Fido will live. However, small dogs tend to live longer than large pooches. If you don’t want a decades-long commitment, a senior dog may be a good fit for you.

Special Needs

Don’t overlook the dogs that aren’t as adoptable, such as senior pups or special needs dogs. These often make the most loving pets!

Please reach out to us, your Downey, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Fun Ways to Keep Fido Cool

The Dog Days of Summer are just about here. While many of our canine pals love summer, the heat can be hard on them. Overheating is a huge danger at this time of year! When temperatures rise, the most important thing for you to do is to simply make sure that your dog always has shade and water. However, there are some other things you can do to help Fido beat the heat. Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet lists some cute ways to help your four-legged friend stay cool.

Cooling Vest

Did you know that you can get cooling vests for your pooch? There are different types to consider. Some contain a cooling gel, and should be kept in the freezer. Others you just soak with water before putting them on your furry pal. Do some research before buying, and make sure to get the right size.

Bandana

Another thing you can do is wet a bandana, and hang it around Fido’s neck. Your pet will both stay cool and look adorable!

Summer Cut

Some dogs fare better with haircuts in summer. Of course, this isn’t an across-the-board recommendation, as some pups really should never be clipped. Ask your vet for advice.

Pool

Many pooches love to cool off by splashing around. Get a kiddie pool for your furry buddy to play in. Or, let Fido play in the spray from a hose or sprinkler. This can also make for some super cute photos!

Cold Treats

A yummy treat is bound to get your pet’s cute tail going! Get Fido some doggy ice cream. You can find it in many stores. You can also make your own. For a base, you can use plain yogurt, natural peanut butter, ripe bananas, pureed pumpkin, sodium-free broth, bacon grease, organic baby food, and/or gravy. You can also add things like shredded meat, cheese, bacon bits, peas, carrots, or bits of kibble. Just stick with ingredients that are safe for dogs.

Comfy Bed

Try pointing a fan at or over your four-legged buddy’s bed. You can also freeze towels in large freezer bags, and put those on your pet’s bed at night. Or, add a cooling pack beneath a thin towel.

Please feel free to contact us if there’s ever anything we can do for you. As your Norwalk, CA animal clinic, we’re here to help!

Take Your Cat to Work Day

Did you know that there’s a super cute kitty holiday coming up? June 22nd is Take Your Cat To Work Day! Is bringing your cat in to your job really a good idea? Well, this would very much depend on where you work. Fluffy may be a welcome addition to a bookstore or yoga studio. A factory or restaurant? Not so much. A Downey, CA vet discusses some pros and cons below.

Benefits

Taking your cat to work is a pretty tempting prospect for many of us. Who wouldn’t like being able to enjoy kitty cuddles throughout the day? Fluffy may also charm some of your customers, and might be a great advocate to have with you if it’s time to ask for a raise. (It is hard to resist that furry face, after all.) Your pet may also help keep everyone calm and happy.

Downsides

On the other hand, there are also some fairly compelling reasons to leave Fluffy at home. First and foremost, most of our feline patients would be more than happy to skip the car ride. There’s also the issue of a litterbox. Where do you put Fluffy’s powder room? If those weren’t reasons enough, you may also have to worry about your frisky pet smacking things off people’s desks, attacking your co-worker’s shoelaces, eating office plants, and, of course, stealing chairs.

What If Fluffy Was In Charge?

Take Your Cat to Work Day just happens to fall right before Cat World Domination Day, which is June 24th. What if you could combine the two, and put Fluffy in charge? Well, we suspect that there would be a few drastic policy changes implemented immediately. You might be required to keep toys, treats, and catnip at your station. Fluffy may also demand several nap and cuddle breaks daily.

Alternative: Taking Your Work To Your Cat

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, many more people have been working from home. This could be a purrfect option for Fluffy! After all, your furball already has quite a few duties of her own to keep up with. These include things like looking cute, judging you, leaving fur on your belongings, soaking up excess sunlight, and pouncing on moths and dust bunnies. That’s a pretty hefty duty list!

Please reach out to us, your local Downey, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Cat

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! We’re always happy to help spread the word about shelter cats. There are just far too many cute, lovable furballs in shelters, hoping that someone will love them enough to adopt them. If you’re ready to bring a new kitty into your household, please consider getting Fluffy from a shelter. You’ll read about some great benefits of adopting a shelter cat in this article from a Norwalk, CA vet.

Save A Life

Sadly, shelters just can’t keep up with the amount of cute, lovable felines coming through their doors. Fluffy may only have a short time to find herself a loving home. Saving one cat’s life won’t change the world, but it will change that kitty’s world. This is a small act of kindness that may have a huge impact on your life!

Save Money

Another great reason to get your kitty from a shelter? It’s often much cheaper than adopting from a pet store or breeder! You may also be able to save on Fluffy’s veterinary care costs, as shelters pets are usually already fixed.

Find The Purrfect Pet

Shelters have cats of all breeds, ages, sizes, colors, and personality. Whether you’re looking for an adorable kitten, a calm adult feline, or a sweet senior furball, you’ve got a pretty good chance of finding Fluffy in a shelter. That said, it’s important to keep an open mind. That funny-looking cat that no one wanted may very well turn out to be the most loving pet you’ve ever had!

Promote Good Animal Welfare

Another reason to go through shelters is that it helps promote good animal welfare. The space Fluffy leaves open will quickly be filled by another adorable feline searching for her forever home. Plus, the fees you spend on your kitty’s adoption will help the shelter care for other homeless pets.

Cats Are Awesome

Many people think that cats are the perfect pets, and it isn’t hard to see why. Fluffy is cute, cuddly, clean, and (somewhat) quiet. She’s also quite easy to care for. Plus, our feline pals are highly entertaining. Finally, kitties just have a special way of making houses into homes, and filling our hearts with love.

Please reach out to us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!