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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!

Holiday Gifts for Dogs

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Or are you just getting started? Your canine buddy definitely deserves a special present or two! Read on as a local Norwalk, CA vet lists some holiday gifts for dogs.

Toys

If your pooch could write Santa Claws his own wish list, we suspect that toys would be at the top of it. Actually, making sure Fido has plenty of appropriate toys is very important! You can opt for classic dog toys, like rope pulls or tennis balls. Or, try something more modern, like a mechanical ball launcher.

Beds

Fido is always adorable, but he manages to be extra cute when he’s snoozing in a comfy doggy bed. This would make a great gift for your four-legged friend! Senior dogs and large breeds may prefer orthopedic beds, while smaller dogs might like beds with raised sides.

Dinnerware

Did you know that raised dishes are more comfortable for dogs to eat from than bowls on the floor? Give your furry buddy’s dinnerware a ‘pupgrade’ and get him elevated bowls. Fido may also enjoy a pet fountain.

Spa Treatment

Many dogs find a good massage very soothing and relaxing. Book your canine pal a session with a pet masseuse! This is a great option for senior dogs.

Homemade Treats

Man’s Best Friend will definitely be thrilled with a package of his favorite store-bought treats. However, if you like cooking, you can also make Fido some snacks. This is a wonderful gift for Fido’s four-legged buddies, too! Just stick to recipes that use only dog-safe ingredients.

Training

Could Fido stand to work on his petiquette? Enroll him in doggy obedience classes. Of course, your furry pal won’t be particularly impressed by seeing his enrollment information on paper. Treats and toys will get that tail going!

Pupscription Boxes

Want to give your dog a gift that keeps on giving? Sign Fido up for a subscription box. You also get to watch your furry best friend’s adorable reaction whenever he realizes that he’s got mail.

Grooming Supplies

Fido may not love baths, but he’ll look—and smell—much better with proper grooming. Puppy shampoos, brushes, nail clippers, paw balm, doggy dental products, and pet wipes can all make great stocking stuffers!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Ashton Animal Hospital, your Norwalk, CA veterinary clinic. Please feel free to contact us anytime!

7 Ways To Pamper Your Pup On Spoil Your Dog Day

Did you know that August 10th is Spoil Your Dog Day? Of course, we think our canine friends deserve to be spoiled every day. Man’s Best Friend is not only super cute, he’s also very smart, protective, loving, and loyal. This is a great time to show Fido some extra TLC, and get his cute tail going! Here, a Downey, CA vet lists some great ways to get that furry tail going.

Toys

Toys are a great way to brighten up Fido’s day! Pick up a new plaything for your furry best bud, and then spend some time playing with him.

Treats

As you’ve probably noticed, our canine pals are very, very fond of food. Fido would be more than happy with one of his regular snacks. However, this is a special occasion so offer your cute pet something extra yummy, like cooked meat, fish, or chicken, or even a steak!

Doghouse

If you have a fenced-in yard, consider adding a doghouse for your pooch. Although Fido will be both happier and healthier living indoors, he really enjoys having a little pad of his own to hang out in when he’s outside.

Bed

Fido really appreciates some of life’s smaller comforts, such as a good doggy bed. Get your four-legged friend a comfy bed to curl up and look adorable in.

Puppy Play Date

You’re the apple of your dog’s eye, and the center of his world. However, Fido still enjoys spending time with his canine buddies. In fact, socializing with other pups is really good for your pooch! Host a puppy play date, or take your furry pal to a local park.

Yard Pupgrade

A doghouse is great, but there are other ways to make your yard more fun for your pooch. Add a sandbox or kiddie pool for Fido. Tether toys are another great option. You can also add a pet fountain.

Love

The best way to spoil your dog is really just to make him feel loved. Spend some quality time with your canine companion. There’s really no better way to wind down a long day than by hanging out with your faithful pet!

Does your furry friend need an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Please contact for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. As your Downey, CA vet clinic, we are here to help!

Keeping Fido Fit

Is your dog a furry, four-legged bundle of zoom? Or do you have an adorable couch potato on your hands? Dogs are quite playful and active when they’re young, but they slow down as they age. No matter how old your pooch is, however, he’ll need proper activity to stay healthy. Read on as a local Norwalk, CA vet offers some helpful tips on keeping your canine pal in shape.

Keep Your Dog Active

Doggy workout regimens are not one size fits all. Your furry friend’s age, breed, weight, and health will all play roles in determining the type and amount of exercise he needs. Some dogs—like brachycephalic breeds—should not be encouraged to run or swim, while others need at least an hour of activity each day. That said, most pups need at least a daily walk. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Offer A Balanced Diet

Good nutrition will play a huge role in your dog’s weight and health. Offer your canine friend a high-quality food, one that is suitable for his breed and age. Portion size is important, so keep a close eye on how much you are giving Fido. Even offering your cute pet a few calories extra each day can cause him to gain a pound a year! Of course, we can’t really talk about doggy diets without mentioning treats. Treats are a great way to brighten your pup’s day and/or reward him for being good, but don’t go overboard. Fido has a way of convincing us that he’s really hungry and really needs that doggy treat or piece of bacon. Don’t let your fuzzy friend manipulate you!

Playtime

Walks are great, but they aren’t the only way to keep your furry buddy fit. Take time to play with Fido every day. Toss a ball or Frisbee for him, or just indulge him in a fun game like Tag. This will help keep him fit physically, and will also help prevent doggy boredom. If your pooch has more energy than you do, see if he’s interested in chasing after that little red dot from a laser pointer. That way, your canine friend will do all the running around, while you stay fairly still. You can also get your pooch an automated ball launcher.

Please reach out to us, your local Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!