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Choosing Your Pet’s Treats

Did you know that there’s a special doggy holiday coming up? February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day! While our canine buddies are definitely very enthusiastic about treats, cats and smaller pets also love snacks. Choosing healthy treats for your animal companion is very important! Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses picking suitable snacks for your furry pal.

Choosing Store-Bought Foods

You can find prepackaged treats in grocery markets and pet food stores. However, choosing the right product can be tricky. Get into the habit of reading labels, and choose the ones with ingredients you can actually identify. You may also want to keep an eye on recalls. You can get updated information at several sites, including the FDA website.

Safe Foods

The list of what your pet can and can’t eat will vary, depending on what sort of animal you have. Dogs and cats can both enjoy plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat; sodium-free broth; deli meat; and/or canned fish or chicken in water. Certain fruits and veggies are also safe for dogs and cats, though Fido is probably more likely to eat them than Fluffy. As for smaller pets, many pocket pets can enjoy safe produce, such as carrots. Bunnies have a bit of a sweet tooth, and often like berries, such as strawberries. Hamsters may prefer some cheese or a dog biscuit, while gerbils may like pears or apples. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Unsafe Foods

As it turns out, different types of pets have more unsafe foods in common than they do safe ones. Never give your four-legged buddy anything that contains chocolate; caffeine; grapes; xylitol; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; or pitted fruits. Nuts are also on the no-no list for many of our furry pals, as are dairy products; raw meat, dough, or yeast; meat on the bone; and anything high in sugar or fat. Tomato and potato leaves are also unsafe for many pets. Ask your vet for advice.

Tips

Always research new foods before giving them to your pet, to make sure they are safe. Introduce new foods slowly. Watch your furry buddy closely afterwards, and keep an eye out for digestive issues. Ask your vet for more information.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

Happy New Year! As we leave 2016 behind and move on into 2017, many people are making resolutions for new personal goals and priorities. Your pet is a big part of your life, so why not make a few resolutions concerning your animal companion? Read on as a local Fort Collins, CO vet suggests some resolutions for pet owners.

Provide Proper Veterinary Care

Taking your little (or big) animal pal to the vet regularly is very important for your pet’s health and well-being. Regular exams can reveal developing health conditions early on. Wellness care, such as vaccinations, dental exams, and parasite control products, are also crucial. Most pets, including Fluffy and Fido, should also be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Offer Good Food

The pet food industry, like many others, is now filled with clever marketing ploys that make each brand seem like the best. However, at the end of the day, all pet foods are not created equal. Many contain fillers and other things that really aren’t great for our animal buddies. Ask your vet for nutritional advice, including portion control, suitable treats, and suggested supplements.

Comforts of Home

Just like people, pets are most content when they are comfortable. Keep your pet’s well-being in mind. If you have a dog or cat, make sure your furry buddy has a cozy bed and is properly groomed. If your pet lives in a cage, make sure that their home is roomy, fun, comfy, and clean.

Toys/Entertainment

Pets often get bored and restless with nothing to do. Offer your animal companion lots of fun toys to play with. It’s also important to play with your four-legged buddy regularly. This keeps your furry friend moving and active, and also offers them beneficial mental stimulation. Ask your vet for recommendations on safe, suitable toys.

Love

TLC is the special ingredient in any good pet care regimen. We know, belly rubs and cuddles may not be quite as crucial to your pet physically as good food and veterinary care, but they will keep your furry pal feeling happy, loved, and safe. Tail wags and purrs are a wonderful way to be thanked for your efforts!

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Tips for Getting Through Shedding Season

Autumn is finally here! Fall is a peak shedding time for our furry pals. As the trees shed their leaves, our four-legged buddies are also exchanging their summer wardrobes for their winter clothes. You know what that means: pet fur everywhere! Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet offers some advice on getting through shedding season.

Vacuum

Vacuuming regularly during peak shedding times is one of the best things you can do to keep your home fur-free. You don’t have to vacuum the entire house every day, though. Just do the main traffic areas and your pet’s favorite spots daily, and follow up with more thorough cleanings every week.

Furniture

To get pet fur off your furniture or upholstery, try using a squeegee. A damp cloth or rubber dish glove will work as well. It’s also a good idea to get a slipcover for your couch or sofa. Choose a washable one, something that is easy to get on and off. Even if you only use it during shedding season, a good slipcover can really help keep the fur off your things.

Brushing

Brushing your furry buddy regularly will help get the dead hair out of your pet’s coat. It will also trap that fur in a brush before it gets stuck to everything. If you have a dog, take Fido outdoors for his grooming sessions. That way, the extra fur will blow away, instead of ending up all over your clothes and furniture.

Proper Diet

Make sure your four-legged pal is getting proper nutrition. A good diet will help keep your pet’s fur healthy and shiny, and can even reduce the amount of fur they shed. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Clothing

When your furry friend is shedding, you may find yourself ‘wearing’ quite a bit of their fur. Choose clothes that don’t trap hair. Silk, denim, and polyester blends are good options. Stay away from textured fabrics for now: these tend to attract a lot of fur and dust. It’s also a good idea to keep a few lint rollers on hand. If you need to quickly get fur off a piece of clothing, toss it in the dryer with a damp washcloth for a few minutes.

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