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Keeping Your Cat Out of the Tree

Are you putting a tree up this year? Those gorgeous centerpieces always make homes look super cozy and welcoming. Unfortunately, our feline pals have a hard time resisting them. You really can’t blame Fluffy: to her, the tree is a huge cat tower hung with fun toys. A Norwalk, CA vet offers some advice on keeping your cat out of the tree in this article.

Location

Choosing the right spot for the tree will definitely go a long way. Don’t put it too close to something that Fluffy can use as a kitty launchpad, like a desk or sofa.

Decorating

Cats loves to bat at dangling objects. Only put a few decorations on the bottom of the tree. Put the majority of them on the top branches.

Distract The Furball

Bribery is often quite effective on kitties. Give your pet some of her gifts early. If Fluffy is busy ‘stalking’ her new catnip mouse, she may leave the tree alone.

Tire Kitty Out

We don’t have to tell you what happens when cats get even a little bit tired: naptime! Take time to play with your feline friend every day. Even a few minutes of pouncing and jumping will give your pet a great kitty workout. After that, Fluffy may decide that napping under the tree is more appealing than trying to climb it.

Fake It

Consider getting an artificial tree. These are much harder for kitties to climb (and therefore, topple) than real ones are. Plus, you get to reuse them!

Line It Up

Sometimes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Secure the treetop to the wall or ceiling with twine or fishing wire.

Block Access

Another thing you can try is restricting your furball’s access to the tree. A puppy pen may work for this. It won’t look as nice, but it may do the job.

Training

You probably can’t train Fluffy to do tricks, aside from ‘Nap’ or ‘Look Cute!’ However, you may be able to teach her to leave the tree alone. When your pet approaches the tree, do something that will annoy her, but not scare her. You can clap your hands, sound an alarm, or stomp your foot. Taste deterrents may also help.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Ashton Animal Hospital, your Norwalk, CA pet hospital. Please contact us anytime!

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!

Hairball Awareness Day

April 26th is Hairball Awareness Day! We know, hairballs aren’t really something to celebrate. Hug Your Cat Day and Cuddly Kitten Day are much more fun to talk about. However, hairballs are a fairly common issue in our feline pals. Therefore, it is important for people owned by cats to know why hairballs form, and when they are more than a nuisance. A Norwalk, CA vet discusses hairballs below.

Hairball Basics

Our feline friends are very clean, which is one reason they make such great pets. Fluffy will carefully groom herself, keeping that pretty fur soft and shiny. You also don’t have to bathe your cat, though you can if you want to, assuming your vet doesn’t object. On the downside, we have hairballs. Hairballs form when cats swallow too much of their own fur while cleaning themselves. Kitties can’t digest their own fur. We probably don’t have to tell you what happens next. Suffice it to say, it’s not the best part of having a cat.

Preventing Hairballs

There are some things you can do to reduce the amount of hairballs your furry buddy gets. Brushing your kitty every day will help. This will remove dead fur and dander from her coat before she swallows it. (Less dead fur on your cat means less dead fur in your cat.) Keeping your kitty inside can also help. Indoor cats aren’t as exposed to the seasonal changes that trigger shedding cycles as outdoor felines. You may also need to put your pet on a hairball preventative. Another thing that is important is keeping up with Fluffy’s parasite control. Last but not least, a good diet is also crucial. Proper nutrition will help keep your cat’s coat shiny and healthy, and will reduce the amount of hair she sheds.

Complications

Hairballs are often ‘purr for the course’ with our feline companions. However, they aren’t always harmless. If Fluffy can’t throw up her hairball, it could become lodged in her intestines. This can cause painful and potentially life-threatening blockages. Excessive vomiting, reduced appetite, dry heaving, and/or a sudden increase in hairballs are all red flags. Call your vet right away if you notice any of these warning signs, or anything else out of the ordinary.

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

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. This is one cause that we are always happy to support! While we love seeing any animal go to a good home, shelter dogs really need help. Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet discusses adopting shelter dogs.

Benefits

There are many reasons to consider adopting a shelter dog. First and foremost, you’ll be giving that one special pooch a new lease on life. That’s a truly beautiful and rewarding act of kindness, and a great way to find your four-legged friend. You’ll also be promoting good animal welfare, as this is a more responsible choice than going through a breeder or pet store. Plus, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of adorable furry faces. No matter what kind of dog you want, you’ll likely find the perfect match in a shelter!

Preparations

Before you bring your pooch home, you’ll need to pick up some doggy supplies. Your shopping list should include food, treats, toys, bedding, a crate, dishes, grooming supplies, waste baggies, a leash, and a harness or collar. If you don’t know what size or breed you’re getting, then hold off until you’ve chosen Fido, as you’ll need that information to pick the right products. You’ll also want to do some petproofing. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants; plastic bags; wires and cords; household, garden, and automotive chemicals; and anything small or sharp. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.

Tail Wags And Happy Dances

The day you bring Fido home will be life-changing for both of you. Just keep in mind that your new pet may need time to adjust. He may also need some more training. Don’t be surprised if your canine pal sleeps a lot, especially at first. Being in a shelter is very scary and stressful for dogs, so your pup may need time to just relax and recoup. A trip to the vet’s is definitely in order. Otherwise, just focus on getting to know your furry buddy, and offering him top-notch care. With love, patience, and great TLC, you’ll have that cute tail going in no time!

Please call us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We’re here to help!

Summer Care For Fido

Summer is just around the corner! This can be a fun time of year for our canine companions. However, the heat can be dangerous for Fido, so you’ll need to take some precautions to keep your furry buddy cool and comfortable. Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet offers tips on caring for your dog in summer.

Coat

Brushing your dog regularly will help keep him cooler? All that dead fur and dust can make Fido’s hot and itchy, and will actually decrease the insulating properties of your pet’s fur. Some pooches may also be more comfortable with a summer trim. Just check with your vet first: this isn’t the right approach for dogs with double coats, as that thick fur actually keeps them cool.

Snacks

A cold treat will definitely get your dog’s tail wagging. Buy Fido some doggy ice cream, which is sold in many pet stores. You can also make your own. Look online for recipes.

Water

Make sure that your dog always has plenty of fresh water. If you have a yard for him to play in, keep water bowls outside as well. You may want to get Fido a pet fountain. Also, whenever you take your canine buddy on a hike or to a park, bring plenty of water along. You can get portable dishes that fold up for easy transport, or a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser.

Paws

Dogs’ paws are very sensitive, just like human feet. Fido can get painful blisters and abrasions by walking or running on hot surfaces. Keep your pet on soft ground as much as you can. This goes double after your dog has been swimming, as water will make his skin extra delicate. You can also use paw balm or wax to protect his feet.

Schedule

Try not to walk or play with Fido in the middle of the day. That’s when it’s hottest! Schedule walks and playtime for mornings and evenings instead. Also, take care not to overexert your pooch.

Safety

Always put your dog’s safety first. Never leave Fido in the car. Temperatures can reach deadly levels in just a few minutes. Your furry friend will be much more comfortable staying home, in rooms cooled by fans or air conditioners.

Is your canine pal due for an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Call us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, today!

Dog Training Tips

February is National Dog Training Education Month! Making sure Fido knows—and obeys—simple commands is very important. This is of course crucial for petiquette, but it’s also important for safety reasons. After all, you don’t want your pet charging off if you drop his leash, or refusing to come when you call him! A Norwalk, CA vet offers some tips in this article.

Basic Commands

There are five simple commands that every dog should know. These are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. The Leave It command is also useful. You don’t have to teach Fido anything beyond these basics if you don’t want to, but it’s worth noting that many dogs actually enjoy learning. It helps them build confidence, and can keep them occupied.

Class Furriculum

Fido doesn’t have a very long attention span, except perhaps when he’s watching you cook or eat something delicious. Long classes will soon bore your dog, which can be quite counter-productive. Work with your canine pal for about 15-20 minutes at a time.

Rewards

Treats are an excellent training aid, and a great way to keep Fido interested in learning. Choose small snacks, like pieces of kibble or cut-up hot dogs. If you give your pooch a burger every time he obeys, your adorable pupil will soon get really full, and will be more interested in napping than in learning.

Keep It Light

Don’t work with your pup when you’re feeling grumpy or stressed. Dogs are extremely intuitive, and it won’t take Fido long to pick up your mood. This may make him uneasy, and can even cause him to become wary of training.

Be Consistent

Inconsistency is one of the biggest mistakes people make when training their pups. Don’t tell Fido to ‘Sit’ one day and then the next day say ‘Fido, sit down now.’ Dogs don’t understand the nuances of language, so this will sound like two totally different commands to your pet. Needless to say, this can get quite confusing!

Patience

All dogs are different, and each of them will learn at their own pace. One pup may learn several commands in quick succession, while another may take much longer. Be patient, and don’t give up. Your efforts will be well worth it in the end!

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

4 Things You Learn When You Adopt a Shelter Dog

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! Are you ready to bring a new pooch into your life? If so, there’s a good chance you’ll find the perfect pup in a shelter, just waiting for you to take him home. Here, a Norwalk, CA vet discusses adopting shelter dogs.

Shelter Dogs Need Help

There are far too many dogs in shelters, hoping that someone will love them enough to give them a second chance. Dogs often end up in shelters simply through misfortune. Many shelter dogs are former pets that were lost, abandoned, or surrendered. Sadly, many of these sweet pups are running out of time. If you aren’t ready to adopt, you can still help by donating, volunteering, or even just spreading awareness.

Adopting From A Shelter Feels Great

Giving one lucky pooch a new lease on life is a wonderful act of kindness. You’ll not only be helping Fido, you’ll also be promoting good animal welfare. The space your canine buddy leaves vacant will soon be occupied by another cute dog that needs a home. Plus, Fido’s adoption fees will help the shelter take care of other homeless pets. That’s truly something you can feel wonderful about!

Love Can Be Unexpected

It’s always wonderful to see people falling for less adoptable animals. Pooches that are deaf, blind, or otherwise specially-abled sometimes make the best pets! Senior dogs are also very sweet and lovable. It isn’t uncommon for people to go to a shelter thinking they want a specific type of dog, only to walk out with something completely different. All of our canine companions are special, and there’s just no way to predict when Fido will tug at someone’s heartstrings. Keep an open mind as you look at all those furry faces.

Dogs Are Awesome

Many people report that the dogs they’ve adopted from shelters are extremely loyal and affectionate. This isn’t surprising: Fido is definitely intelligent enough to know when someone has helped him. Our canine pals have an amazing ability to offer unconditional love and companionship. You’ll be repaid for your kindness with tail wags, happy dances, and, most importantly, lifelong friendship. These are some of life’s most precious gifts, as far as we are concerned!

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

4 Things You Learn When You Adopt a Kitten

Will a baby feline be joining your household soon? Congratulations! You’re definitely in for some cute moments over the next few months. Little Fluffy has a lot to learn, and watching her figure out the rules of being a cat is bound to be both hilarious and adorable. However, your tiny ball of fur may also have some lessons in store for you. Here, a local Norwalk, CA vet lists some things you learn when you adopt a kitten.

Those Little Claws Are Sharp

Little Fluffy will be very interested in figuring out how all those claws and teeth work, and may very well try to practice on you. Ouch! Nip bad petiquette in the bud by blowing in your kitten’s face when she does this. You can also tell her ‘No’ in a firm tone of voice. Then, walk away and ignore her for a while.

Kittens Can Fit Into Really Small Spaces

Cats grow quite fast, but while your little furball is in her toddler stage, she’ll be able to get into some really small spots. This, coupled with little Fluffy’s natural sense of adventure and desire to investigate every nook and cranny in her new domain, can make an ordinary household very dangerous for her. Close off small spaces, such as the openings behind and beneath furniture and cabinets. We also recommend looking under blankets and checking recliners and sofas before sitting down. Keep large appliances closed when not in use.

Everything Is A Toy

Kittens are super frisky, and will play with, well, pretty much anything. Make your home safe for your frolicsome pet by removing or securing potentially dangerous items, such as toxic plants, small or sharp objects, chemicals, medication, wires and cords, and plastic bags and wrappers. Ask your vet for more information.

Baby Cats Are Impossibly Cute

You wouldn’t think that these tiny balls of fur can take up such huge spaces in our lives, but kittens have a special way of melting our hearts. Your pet will have you wrapped around those tiny little paws in no time with her adorable face, hilarious antics, and happy purrs. Pay lots of attention to little Fluffy! Make sure she feels loved, safe, and maybe just a little bit spoiled.

Please feel free to contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!