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Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Did you know that September is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? This is one cause that is truly near and dear to our hearts. If you are ready to bring a new pet into your family, please consider going to a shelter to find your furry friend. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some great reasons to get Fido from a shelter.

Save A Life

Our canine friends often wind up in shelters through no fault of their own. Some shelter dogs are lost pets whose owners cannot be located. Others have been abandoned by their owners, or surrendered due to unfortunate circumstances. Unfortunately, Fido may not have much time to find himself a new forever home. Giving a sweet pup a second chance at happiness is a wonderful thing to do!

Find The Right Pup

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and they all have their own unique personalities. Whether you want a small cuddly companion pooch, an athletic pup to hike and jog with, or a jovial family pet, you’ll likely find exactly what you are looking for at a shelter. You’ll also be able to hang out with Fido before making a final decision. This is very important! Doggy adoptions are long-term commitments, and definitely not something to take lightly.

Save Money

Adopting from a shelter is often significantly cheaper than getting your canine buddy from a dealer or pet store. You may also save on veterinary care costs, since many shelters provide basic services, such as spaying/neutering.

Promote Good Animal Welfare

Adopting from a shelter is a great way to give that one lucky canine a new lease on life. You’ll also be helping other dogs in need. The money you put towards Fido’s adoption fees will help the shelter feed and care for their other furry wards. Plus, you’re freeing up space for another homeless pup.

Make A Forever Friend

Dogs are very smart, and know when someone has helped them. It’s no surprise that many people report that the pups they have adopted from shelters are extremely loyal and affectionate. Fido will reward you with unconditional love and friendship, endless tail wags and happy dances, and lots of cuddles and face licks. What more could you ask for?

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to providing great veterinary care.

Respect Your Cat Day

Did you know that there’s a very important kitty holiday coming up? March 28th is Respect Your Cat Day! While cats aren’t difficult to care for, it’s easy for us to overlook some of their needs, and unintentionally disrespect them. Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet offers tips on how to respect your feline overlord.

Toys

Make sure that Fluffy has suitable entertainment options. Kitties can get bored, restless, and unhappy with nothing to do! Offer your cute pet lots of toys to push beneath the couch, and take time to play with her daily.

Litterbox

Make sure to keep Fluffy’s litterbox clean. We recommend scooping it out daily, and replacing the litter about once a week. No one likes a dirty bathroom!

Veterinary Care

We know, coming to see us is definitely not one of your pet’s favorite pastimes. Fluffy would probably rather be napping. However, your furball will look and feel much better with proper care. Keep up with your feline pal’s regular appointments. At home, watch for signs of sickness. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Grooming

Cats take their beauty routines very seriously, but that doesn’t mean your kitty can’t use a helping hand now and then. Senior cats and longhaired kitties in particular need some help with grooming. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Stimulation

While toys are very beneficial for our feline friends, they shouldn’t be your furball’s only source of entertainment. Make sure your pet has a good window view, so she can watch birds and squirrels. You may also want to leave a TV or radio on for Fluffy if you are leaving her alone. The sound of voices and music will provide mental stimulation, and keep her from being lonely.

Kitty Comforts

Your four-legged pal will really appreciate having a few things that were specifically made to suit her needs. Offer your cute pet some kitty furniture that encourages her to jump and climb. Cat towers are great for this!

Purrs

Cats may pretend to be independent, but at the end of the day, they are quite cuddly and affectionate, and are happiest when they feel loved. Spend time with your kitty every day, and pay attention to her.

Please reach out to us for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. As your Fort Collins, CO animal hospital, we are here to help!

Caring for Multiple Cats

Do you have more than one kitty? Are you considering adding a second—or even third—furball to your household? While many kitties are best buds with their feline roommates, unfortunately, not all of our furry friends get along that well. Some cats just don’t like to share their people! However, there are some things you can to do to help your cute pets get along. Here, a local Fort Collins, CO vet offers tips on caring for multiple cats.

Introductions

First impressions are very, very important to our feline pals. It could take months to undo the damage caused by a bad first meeting! When introducing your cats, take your time, and let them get used to one another’s scents before you allow them to interact freely. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

Keep your furry buddies on the same schedule for exams and vaccinations. You also want to administer parasite control products at the same time. Otherwise, fleas may jump off one kitty and onto the other!

Litterboxes

Cats like to have privacy when they are doing their business, and they don’t care for sharing bathrooms. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want one box per kitty, plus at least one extra.

Toys

Make sure your feline buddies have plenty of toys to play with, and take time to play with them every day. Playing with both of your cats at the same time can help them form positive associations about each other, and will also help them burn off excess energy. Cats all have their own purrsonal opinions about toys, so get a variety of different ones.

Furniture

When choosing furniture, get pieces that will fit all of your feline friends at once. Otherwise, your cats may fight over whose turn it is to use the cat tower or kitty tent! You also want to make sure there are enough beds to go around.

Jealousy

Kitties can be very, very jealous of one another. Make sure to pay all of your furballs equal attention. This can be difficult if the newcomer is a kitten, because, as we all know, baby cats are almost impossibly cute, and they’re also always demanding attention. Don’t let your resident cat feel left out!

Do you have questions or concerns about cat care? We can help! Call us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, anytime!

Fido’s Tail Wags

Dogs have many wonderful qualities. They’re smart, fun, playful, loyal, and loving, just to name a few. They’re also super cute! One of Fido’s most charming attributes is that furry tail of his. Below, a Fort Collins, CO vet talks about dog tails.

Tail Language

As you probably know, dogs often use their tails to communicate. When our canine companions are happy, they let us know by wagging their tails. With some dogs, you may only need to look at your pet for him to start thumping his tail. When Man’s Best Friend is feeling particularly joyful, he may wag his tail so hard his hips move. This super cute way of saying ‘Hi! I missed you!’ is definitely one of Fido’s most adorable habits!

Warning

Wagging tails aren’t always a sign of joy. Dogs also wag their tails when they are uncertain, wary, and/or nervous, though this is a much slower movement. This often happens when Fido meets a new person or dog he isn’t sure of yet. In some cases, it can be a warning sign. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Tail

Does your pooch sometimes smack his tail on things so hard that you wince? Unfortunately, our furry pals sometimes wag their tails so forcefully that they actually hurt themselves. This type of injury is known as Happy Tail, and is most common in big dogs with thin tails, like Labradors. Fido can actually hit his tail so hard that he starts bleeding, in which case you’ll also have blood spatters to deal with. Happy tail injuries can have some serious consequences, such as bleeding ulcers and/or infections, so if your canine friend hurts his tail, contact your vet immediately. Love hurts!

Preventing Tail Injuries

Tail injuries can be extremely painful for Fido! It’s very easy for our canine buddies to get their tails caught in doors. Man’s Best Friend is also prone to getting his tail stepped on or caught beneath reclining chairs. Keep a close eye on your pet. When it comes to treating injuries in our furry friends, an ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure!

Is your pup due for an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? We are here to help! Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs! We love keeping our furry patients’ tails wagging!

Celebrating Black Cats

Autumn is officially here, and stores and restaurants are offering lots of seasonal items and pumpkin-flavored treats. Have you happened to notice a lot of products with black cat motifs? There’s a good chance that you have. While we love kitties of all different colors, black cats are often unfairly stigmatized by old myths and superstitions, which often come to the forefront around trick-or-treating time. Read on as a local Fort Collins, CO vet discusses some of the myths surrounding black cats.

The Plight Of Black Cats

Black cats often have a harder time getting adopted than other kitties. This is very unfair to Fluffy. These adorable kitties have wonderful temperaments, and make great pets!

Appreciating Black Cats

Black cats are so wonderful that they actually have a few special days dedicated to them. August 17th is Black Cat Appreciation Day, while October 27th is Black Cat Day in the UK. November 17th is also associated with black cats. We’re not in any hurry to see one official date chosen: these kitties deserve love and attention all year round!

Mythology

Superstitions about black cats being associated with witches are nothing more than old wives’ tales, but unfortunately, these misconceptions are still quite common. For instance, black cats often appear on seasonal Halloween decorations, and often appear as familiars in movies. Fortunately, this isn’t a worldwide issue: in many places, such as Japan, Ireland, and England, black cats are actually considered good luck. Actually, in Scotland, if a black cat shows up at your door, you may be about to win the lottery!

Breeds

Our adorable feline friends come in a variety of colors and patterns. While 22 of the AKC’s officially recognized cat breeds can be black, only one is always all black. That would be the Bombay, a sweet, friendly furball that looks quite a bit like a miniature panther.

Keeping Kitty Safe

Do you have a black cat? We strongly recommend keeping Fluffy indoors, especially around Halloween. Not only do those old superstitions sometimes endanger cats, the increased amounts of traffic and pedestrians can also put your pet at risk.

Do you have questions or concerns about your kitty’s health, diet, or care? Is Fluffy due for an exam, vaccines, or parasite control? Contact us, your local Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, anytime! We are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

Planting a Pet-Friendly Garden

Warmer weather is on the way! With winter in the rear-view mirror, many of us are heading outside to tend to our lawns and gardens, and soak up some sunshine. Our furry friends will also be happy to run and play outside again after spending so much time indoors. Pets and gardens are both wonderful things, but they don’t always mix well. Therefore, you may need to take some precautions to keep both your furbaby and your garden safe. Below, a Fort Collins, CO vet offers advice on planting pet-friendly gardens.

Keeping Fido Out Of Beds

There are a few things you can do to keep your canine buddy from trampling your flower and vegetable beds. One option is to section off your garden by creating a barrier around it. You can use chicken wire, a low fence, or a stone, brick, or log wall. Or, distract Fido by giving him his own sandbox to play and bury toys in. Your four-legged pirate may have so much fun in his doggy play zone that he ignores the garden.

Keeping Your Kitty Out Of The Garden

The best way to keep Fluffy out of your garden is to keep her inside. While your kitty may love rolling around in your yard, she’ll be both safer and healthier living indoors, where she isn’t exposed to cars, predators, and other hazards. That said, if your furball does have outdoor access, try spritzing your plants with cayenne pepper to keep her out of your plant beds.

Choosing Pet-Safe Plants

Many of our favorite plants, such as daisies, lilies, daffodils, holly, and several ferns, are extremely toxic to our furry friends. Be sure to choose only plants that are safe for your beloved pet. You can find a complete list of toxic and non-toxic plants on the ASPCA website.

Cover

Did you know that cocoa mulch is toxic to pets? Mulch is also dangerous because it poses a choking risk to dogs. Additionally, it can harbor fleas, ticks, and even snakes. And, as if that weren’t enough, your pet could also get painful splinters in their paws by walking on it. Use something else instead. Pea gravel, flat stones, or tiles are good options for paths.

Do you have any concerns about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, anytime.

DIY Pocket Pet Toys

Do you have a tiny furball for a pet? Mice, hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, and Guinea pigs can all make great pets. In order to keep your little buddy happy and healthy, you’ll need to provide them with plenty of suitable toys. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to keep your furry pal happy, however. In this article, a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some DIY pocket pet toys.

Cardboard

There are lots of fun toys you can make out of cardboard. One easy option is to upcycle the tubes from paper towel or toilet paper rolls. Cut them into rings and then put them together to form little balls, or simply stuff them with fresh hay or herbs. Tissue boxes and shoeboxes can be repurposed into tunnels or hidey-holes for smaller pets, or filled with shredded paper for bigger furballs.

Paper

Shred unprinted copy paper, and put it in a pile or a little box for your pet to dig into. Hide some yummy treats under it to make it even more fun. Or, try folding the paper into fun shapes, like little trees. This can be a great project for kids!

Mazes

Little furballs love mazes! You can get kitty tunnels for larger pets, such as rabbits or Guinea pigs. For hamsters, gerbils, mice, or other small animals, use PVC pipe to construct fun tunnels and mazes.

Wood

Many wooden items, such as thread spools, wooden spoons, and children’s toy blocks, can make great toys for pocket pets. Just be sure to avoid anything that has been painted or varnished, as well as anything made of pine or cedar.

Foraging Toys

Put some safe herbs in a paper lunch bag, or hide some yummy veggies in a wadded-up piece of paper. Just be sure to choose foods that are safe for your specific pet. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Safety

Always put your furry friend’s safety first. Don’t give your pet anything with sharp edges that could cut them. Remember to remove staples! Small items should also be avoided, as they can pose serious choking hazards. Things with hanging threads are also on the no-no list. If you’re not sure if an item is safe, err on the side of caution and avoid it.

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, for all your pocket pet’s veterinary care needs.

Are You Living With a Stressed-Out Pooch?

Your retriever mix Duke is constantly on the lookout for fun. This infectiously happy four-year-old dog bounces through his neighborhood walks, eagerly greeting his human and canine buddies. He also relishes his dog park visits, energetically romping with his friends like he hasn’t seen them in years. However, your canine exercise machine has recently shown a drastic behavioral change. Although an emerging medical problem could be to blame, you wonder if stress is the culprit. Tomorrow, your Fort Collins vet will give Duke a physical exam and expert behavioral counseling.

Decreased Appetite

Duke has a legendary appetite, quickly inhaling his kibbles and often stealing the cat’s food. Recently, though, your hearty-eating pooch merely toys with his meals, pushing his bowl around the floor before consuming a few bites. You’re concerned about a nutritional deficiency, and you’d like the vet to determine if stress is behind this meal hiccup.

Sluggish Behavior

Your canine companion combines an energetic spunk with well-honed socialization skills. He loves any form of exercise, and he’s even happier if he can enjoy it with a buddy.

Lately, though, your outgoing pooch has ignored his friends. He doesn’t even want to go for potty walks. When you finally drag him outside, he quickly completes his business and trots toward home for another nap. You wonder if stress is behind this strange transformation.

Unusual Aggression

Duke thinks everyone is his best friend. You’ve never seen him react negatively to any person, dog, or cat. This week, however, you watched him snap at two of his best buddies; and he even growled at you. Ask the vet if stress has caused your super-friendly dog’s attitude to take an unfortunate turn.

More Physical Activity

If the vet confirms that Duke’s healthy, an extra dose of exercise might help to relieve his stress. Provide more of his favorite activities, and ask the vet if several vigorous sports might be appropriate.

Safe Canine Retreat

Although Duke’s a generally fearless guy, he might become spooked by noisy parties, fireworks, thunderstorms, or other loud sounds. Create a quiet refuge, such as a cozy closet or small room. Stock his retreat with his favorite blanket and toys. Stay with him until his anxiety subsides.

Your Fort Collins vet can provide more stress reduction guidance. If your dog has shown similar symptoms, contact us for expert advice.

Springtime Safety Tips for Pet Owners

The harsh winds and freezing temperatures of winter are finally waning, and warmer days and budding flowers are on the horizon as spring comes in. Remember to stay vigilant with your pet’s health, though—springtime offers its own host of potential hazards to our furry friends!

Pesticides and Fertilizers

You may spray chemicals on your garden or lawn to promote growth or keep the bugs off. It’s important to remember that these chemicals can be very toxic if our pets ingest them. Keep your pet indoors when spraying, and don’t let them come in contact with treated grass or plants. Munching on a chemically-treated tuft of grass could have dangerous results!

Allergies

Dreading the coming sniffles and sneezes as pollen fills the air? Your pet may actually have a rough time of it, too! Dogs and cats can suffer from allergies, caused by reactions to pollen, dust, dirt, and other allergens. See your Fort Collins veterinarian to ask about treatment and get your pet on a preventative medicine.

Spring Cleaning Products

If you’re planning on cleaning house this spring, make sure your pet stays safe while you do so. Almost all standard cleaning solutions contain at least one harmful ingredient, and symptoms could be serious if a pet accidentally swallows a cleaning chemical. It’s best to keep your pets in another room when cleaning, and keep all chemical solutions in a sealed cabinet or locked closet when they’re not in use.

Car Hazards

Many dogs like to stick their heads out of the car window to feel the breeze on their face. This may look fun, but it’s simply too risky. Rocks, pebbles, or other debris from the road could fly up into your pet’s face or eyes, causing severe injury. Keep your pet properly secured inside the car to ensure his safety.

Springtime Pests

As the weather warms, miniature pests like to come out of hiding and find our pets when they’re outdoors. Make sure your pet is on a quality flea, tick, and heartworm preventative to prevent any infections. Set up an appointment with your Fort Collins veterinarian to get this taken care of, and ask about other medications that may be necessary for your pet.

These are just a few of the possible seasonal hazards to face your pet this time of year. Don’t hesitate to call your veterinarian’s office and ask about more ways to keep your pet safe and happy as spring rolls in!