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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!

Respect Your Cat Day

There’s a special kitty holiday coming up: March 28th is Respect Your Cat Day! Of course, our feline buddies should be treated with respect, kindness, and dignity every day. But do you show a cat respect? Well, if you were to ask Fluffy, she would probably demand a giant kitty funhouse, complete with catwalks, catnip gardens, plenty of beds, and fishponds. However, you don’t have to go to extremes. A Norwalk, CA vet offers tips on how to respect your cat below.

Don’t Force Attention

Kitties can be very cuddly, but snuggles always have to happen on their terms. Never force attention on Fluffy! Let your cat decide when cuddle time stops and starts. (Of course, your furball may ignore you when you are just lounging around and then demand attention when you are busy, but that’s beside the point.)

Keep The Litterbox Clean

Cats are very clean, and they prefer their litterboxes to be kept clean as well. Scoop Fluffy’s box out daily, and change the litter every week or so.

Veterinary Care

Although Fluffy would probably choose naptime over coming to see us, she’ll be much healthier—and therefore more comfortable—with proper veterinary care. Keep up with your furry friend’s appointments, and stay up to date with her parasite control. Also, make an appointment right away if you notice any signs of sickness.

Kitty Comforts

Cats are fairly independent, but they aren’t completely autonomous. Fluffy will get bored and anxious if she is stuck in a dark, quiet house with nothing to do! Keep your furball happy, purring, and comfortable by providing her with small comforts like toys, beds, cat furniture, and window views. This doesn’t have to cost much money. Many kitties are just as happy with a cardboard box or paper grocery bag as they would be with a pet tent or tunnel.

Avoid Punishment

Kitties are notoriously frisky, and they do have a knack for mischief. At some point, your furball will do something that irks you. She may scratch your sofa, knock something off that table she isn’t supposed to be on, or fall asleep on your laptop. Never punish your feline friend for these mishaps. She’s just following her instincts! Instead, focus on rewarding Fluffy for being good.

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

6 Ways To Tell If Your Cat Is Healthy

September is Happy, Healthy Cat Month! While Fluffy should be happy and healthy all year, this is a great time to pay her a little extra attention. Actually, it’s not always easy to tell if a cat isn’t feeling well. Our feline friends can be tough to read! In this article, a Downey, CA vet lists some signs that your kitty is in good health.

Clean Bill Of Health

First things first: the best way to find out for sure if your feline pal is healthy is to keep up with her veterinary appointments. Regular exams will help your vet keep a close eye on your cute pet’s health. This also makes it more likely that any developing issues will be caught—and therefore treated—early on, which can be extremely beneficial.

Appearance

Fluffy should have clear, bright eyes, and her fur should be soft, clean, and flea-free. Ideally, she should be neither overweight nor underweight. You also shouldn’t see any discharge from her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Purrsonality

Kitties are known for being frisky and playful. If Fluffy just can’t resist chasing that little red dot or batting at that wand toy, she’s probably feeling pretty good. Your furball may also have a bit of a ‘cattitude,’ and may meow at you to demand that you pet her or pick her up, or sometimes just to argue.

Good Appetite

Healthy animals have healthy appetites. While Fluffy can be pretty finicky, she will let you know if she simply doesn’t like what you offered her. Your furry pal’s water intake should also be fairly consistent. Follow your vet’s recommendations.

No Litterbox Woes

While changing the litterbox isn’t the best part of having a cat, it can be useful as well as necessary. Pay attention to your pet’s litterbox contents. It’s a good sign if you don’t see anything unusual. You can also try a litter that will change color if something is wrong. Ask your vet for more information.

Curiosity

Our feline buddies are very inquisitive little furballs, and love to investigate, well, everything and anything. If Fluffy is constantly checking out boxes or paper bags, and sniffing at items you’ve brought home, she’s likely doing well.

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

Your Pet and Microchips

May is Chip Your Pet Month! If you haven’t had your animal companion chipped yet, we recommend doing this ASAP. Microchipping your pet will only take a few minutes, and is extremely important! If your furry best friend ever goes missing and ends up in a shelter, that microchip could make a world of difference. These tiny devices contain information that can link people to their missing pets. This often results in lost pets being returned to worried humans. A Norwalk, CA vet discusses microchips—and why they are so crucial—in this article.

What Microchips Are

Although most people associate chips with dogs and cats, other pets can be microchipped as well. Microchips aren’t transmitters, and they don’t incorporate GPS technology. (You can get Fluffy or Fido a GPS equipped collar if you like, but this doesn’t negate the need for a microchip.) Currently, each chip contains only a unique ID number. These can be read with special scanners, which animal shelters use when admitting pets. This greatly increases the chances of lost pets coming home. In fact, one dog was recently returned to his humans after being missing for four years!

The Procedure

Microchipping can be worked into any veterinary appointment, though it is often done along with spay/neuter surgery. Your vet will use a hypodermic needle to inject the chip beneath your pet’s skin, generally between the shoulder blades. Complications are extremely rare, and there is no recovery time needed. Ask your vet for more information.

Record Keeping

Getting your pet chipped is really just the first part of the process. You’ll also need to fill out your records in the chip manufacturer’s database. This is very important! The chip won’t work if your contact information is missing or outdated. Remember to update this information if you move or change your phone number.

Checking The Chip

Microchips don’t need to be maintained. However, we do recommend having your vet check the chip during your pet’s appointments. This is just to make sure it hasn’t slipped or malfunctioned. You’ll also want to check your records periodically. One way to do this is by using the AAHA Pet Microchip Lookup Tool, which can be found here.

Do you need to get your pet microchipped? Call us today! As your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, we are happy to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

Fido’s Cutest Resolutions

Happy New Year! Are you setting new goals for yourself for 2019? If so, that’s great! After all, growing and changing are both a big part of life! Your canine pal may also have a few resolutions in mind for the new year. A Norwalk, CA vet lists some of the most adorable ones below.

Score All The Treats

If there’s one thing that can get your canine buddy’s tail going quickly, it’s the thought of a yummy treat! There’s nothing wrong with giving your pooch a special snack, as long as you don’t go overboard.

Sniff More Grass

Dogs are very smart, but they don’t process information the way we do. Fido actually learns a lot about the world through his sense of smell. In fact, sniffing the neighbor’s yard is sort of like reading a newspaper for your pooch. Indulge your furry pal’s sense of adventure this year. Take your pup to a doggy park or explore a new trail with him.

Be Affectionate

There are many things to love about dogs, but one of the best things about them is the fact that they are so affectionate. Fido may start wagging his tail if you just look at him, and may jump for joy at the mere prospect of a walk or play session. And, at the end of the day, your canine friend will be perfectly happy to just hang out with you and perhaps score some belly rubs or ear scritches. Pay lots of attention to Fido this year!

Be A Good Boy!

Dogs get very attached to their owners, and can be remarkably loyal. However, that friendship needs to be nurtured. Get into the habit of rewarding your cute pet when he’s being good. Toys, treats, belly rubs, and praise are all great options for this!

Get My Bed Back From The Cat

Fido and Fluffy have had a lot of ups and downs over the years. However, it isn’t always the dog that is the bully. Sometime it’s the cat bossing the pooch around! We’re pretty sure that some of our canine buddies are sleeping on the floor right now, while their feline roommates are nonchalantly sprawled out in their beds.

Happy New Year! As your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, we look forward to offering your pet great veterinary care in 2019 and beyond. Please feel free to call us anytime!

Doggy Obesity

Is your pup getting a bit round? Fido may be adorable if he’s a little pudgy, but if he becomes obese, he’ll be at risk for some very serious health problems. Those extra pounds can really take a toll on your pet’s health! Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet discusses doggy obesity.

Risk Factors

As one may expect, diet and exercise both play large roles in Fido’s weight. However, some dogs are more likely to become obese than others. Dogs that are over five are at increased risk of obesity, simply because they aren’t as active or playful as younger pooches. Pups that spend the majority of their time indoors are also more likely to get chubby. Our canine pals sometimes gain weight after being fixed. Certain health conditions, such as hypothyroidism, can also cause obesity.

Health Issues

As noted above, obesity can cause a variety of health issues in dogs, including heart disease, liver and kidney issues, skin problems, reproductive issues, and diabetes. That additional weight will also put extra strain on Fido’s bones and joints, which can exacerbate or contribute to painful medical issues like arthritis and hip dysplasia. Dogs that are overweight or obese also have higher risks of developing complications after surgery or anesthesia. They even have shorter lifespans!

Keeping Fido Fit

Making sure that Fido is getting the right type and amount of exercise is very important. Your pet’s exact activity needs will depend on his age, weight, breed, and health, so ask your vet for recommendations. For instance, small dogs may only need a walk around the block, while an active, medium-sized dog may need an hour of exercise daily. However, Fido’s workouts can be fun for both of you. Playing games like Fetch, or having your pooch chase a laser pointer, can help keep your furry buddy fit.

Diet

Man’s Best Friend is very, very enthusiastic about food. Fido is also an expert at convincing us that he’s starving, even if he just ate. We know, doggy theatrics can be pretty convincing. That’s one reason why it’s so important to follow your vet’s nutritional recommendations. If you know that your pet has eaten exactly what he should have, you’ll be less likely to fall for those sad puppy dog eyes.

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA pet hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here for you!

Caring for Your Dog’s Teeth

Have you had your dog’s teeth checked recently? If not, we recommend getting this done right away. Doggy dental care is very important! Just like people, dogs can develop problems with their teeth and gums. These issues are just as painful for Fido as they are for us! Here, a Norwalk, CA vet discusses caring for Fido’s teeth.

Doggy Dental Issues

Dogs can have many of the same issues as people can, such as abscesses, infections, and cracked, broken, or misaligned teeth. Gum disease is another common one. In fact, as many as 80 percent of adult dogs have some form of it! In its early stages, the disease is painless and asymptomatic. However, as the condition progresses, the infection can cause loose or missing teeth. It can also contribute to other health problems, such as heart disease.

Symptoms

Fido can’t tell you if his teeth hurt, so it’s up to you to watch for signs of trouble. Some common ones include bad breath; visible swelling or tartar buildup; ropy, bloody, or excessive drool; and blood on your pet’s toys or dishes. Reduced interest in play is another red flag. Your pup may also take longer eating, chew on one side of his mouth, start preferring softer foods, or lose interest in eating altogether. Dogs with dental trouble can also act uncharacteristically grumpy, and/or may not want their mouths touched.

Home Care

Dental care should be a regular part of Fido’s home care regimen. We strongly recommend brushing Fido’s teeth. You’ll need to take time to let your pooch get used to the idea, but treats and praise should sweeten the deal. Use products made for dogs, and try to do at least one section of your canine buddy’s mouth a day. You can also offer your furry pal oral rinses and/or dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews. Finally, make sure that your pup always has fresh water and lots of suitable chew toys.

Treatment Options

If you know or suspect that Fido has dental issues, have your vet examine him ASAP. Treatment for doggy dental woes is always offered on a case-by-case basis. Options can range from a simple deep cleaning to extractions and other procedures. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you know or suspect that your dog has dental issues? Contact us, your Norwalk, CA pet hospital, today. We’re happy to help!