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Celebrating Doodle Dogs

Doodle Dog Day is September 20th! Originally slated for May, this ‘pawesome’ holiday was pushed back because of Covid-19. While these cute pups should be celebrated all year, this is a great time to give them some extra attention. A Fort Collins, CO vet discusses doodle dogs in this article.

The Poodle: The Original Doodle

One thing all doodles have in common (aside from being adorable) is the fact that they were all descended from poodles. Why poodles? They’re great dogs! Their curly coats are easy to maintain, and they also have a loyal, fun, demeanor that has won them some very devoted fans.

The History Of The Doodle

We may never know exactly when the first doodle was born. However, the Labradoodle was most likely the first. These cute pups were bred by the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia. The group wanted to combine the loving, docile temperament of Labrador guide dogs with the curly coats and easy grooming needs of poodles. Mission accomplished!

Other Doodles

You likely have heard of the most popular doodles, like the Golden Doodle, Yorkipoo, Shipoo, and Labradoodle. However, there are many other adorable doodles out there. In fact, there are oodles of doodles! There are big doodles, like the Saint Berdoodle, a Saint Bernard mix, and little doodles, like the Malipoo (Maltese/Poodle). We’ve also got the Whoodle, a Wheaton Terrier doodle; the Ausdiedoodle, an Aussie Shephard mix; and the Borddole, a Border Collie/Poodle cross. Then there’s the self-explanatory Boxerdoodle and Dalmadoodle; Pomapoo, a Pomeranian doodle; the Cavoodle, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Poodle; the Sheepadoodle (Sheepdog doodle); the Great Danoodle (Great Dane); and the Schnoodle (Schnauzer doodle.)

Why Doodle?

Are you wondering why there are so many doodles? It’s all in the coat! Poodles don’t shed much, and they produce minimal dander. These traits don’t exactly make them hypoallergenic, but they do make them a great choice for people with allergies.

Doodle Care Tips

There’s a lot of diversity in the doodle dog world, so their needs can vary widely. A Saint Berdoodle will have different care needs than a Shipoo or Yorkipoo. Some doodle dogs may need lots of exercise, while others are couch potatoes. No matter what kind of doodle you have, get specific care tips from your vet.

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Your Pet and Marijuana

Since the legalization of marijuana, we’ve seen some sweeping changes here in Colorado. These shifts have also affected the veterinary care industry. We’ve seen a huge increase in cases of marijuana ingestion over the past few years! This is definitely something for pet owners to be aware of. A Fort Collins, CO vet discusses pets and marijuana.

Keep Pot Away From Pets

As we all know, our furry friends can be quite curious. Fido, in particular, will eat pretty much anything. Keep all marijuana products, including edibles and oils, safely out of paws’ reach. If marijuana is being smoked, put your four-legged pal in another area.

Be Honest

People can be a bit hesitant when it comes to admitting that their pets have ingested marijuana. This is due to embarrassment and old stigmas, or sometimes out of concern of legal repercussions. It’s very important to tell your vet the truth. Withholding this information can delay treatment and waste time, as your vet will likely start running tests. It’s also worth mentioning that these tests can be expensive, so you may end up costing yourself extra money. We’re not here to judge you: we just want to help pets feel better!

Ask Your Vet About CBD Products

You may have noticed CBD pet products, including dog treats, popping up. While there have been studies on the potential benefits of the use of CBD products in humans, there isn’t much definitive research on pets yet. Check with your vet before offering your furry friend any of these products.

Act Immediately

Signs of marijuana ingestion in pets include confusion, staggering, whimpering, and unusual behavior. If you know or suspect that your furry friend has ingested marijuana, call your vet immediately. You can also contact the ASPCA Pet Poison Hotline, which is 1-855-764-7661. (Charges may apply.) In most cases, pets recover just fine with proper supportive care. This typically entails things like giving pets fluids and monitoring them closely. However, it is important to understand that marijuana can be toxic to pets in large doses. Plus, many edibles contain things that are toxic to pets in and of themselves. Brownies, for instance, may contain chocolate, nuts, and xylitol, which are all poisonous to pets.

Please contact us, your local Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We are here to help!

Is Your Cat Obese?

Obesity is one of the most common health issues we see in our feline patients. In fact, over half of America’s cats are, well, a bit chubby. That’s a lot of pudgy pets! Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses kitty obesity.

Health Risks

Fluffy will still be adorable if she’s overweight, but she’ll be much healthier staying at or near her ideal weight. Obesity increases your kitty’s chances of developing some very dangerous health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory issues, and even certain cancers!

Feeding Fluffy

Cats are absolutely adorable, and they know it. Fluffy isn’t above using her cute faces and charming meows to cajole you into handing out treats and snacks. In fact, many pets have their humans trained to feed them on demand! That’s one reason it’s so important to pay attention to portion sizes. Even giving your furball just ten calories too much a day can lead to a weight gain of about a pound a year. That’s a lot for a kitty! Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Kitty Workouts

If you put Fluffy on a treadmill, she’ll probably curl up and take a nap on it. You may need to trick or tempt your furball into staying active. Get Fluffy some pieces of cat furniture that will entice her to jump and climb. (Tip: cat towers are great for this.) You can also get your kitty moving by playing with her every day. Use toys that you can control, like a laser pointer or feather toy. This will make playtime more challenging for your cat, and will also help keep her moving.

Weight Check

With some kitties, it’s quite obvious that they are overweight. However, it isn’t always that easy to tell if a cat is obese or not, especially with longhaired furballs. While you’ll want to get an official opinion from your vet, there is a simple test you can do. Try to feel your kitty’s ribs. If you can’t feel them at all, Fluffy probably isn’t just fluffy. If you can easily feel them beneath a layer of fat and skin, your pet may be near her ideal weight. If they’re protruding, your pet may actually be underweight.

Do you know or suspect that your cat is obese? Is Fluffy overdue for a veterinary exam? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, today!

Doggy Paw Care

Does your dog know how to Shake Paw? Fido’s furry feet are adorable! They’re also very important to his health and well-being. After all, without his paws, your pet wouldn’t be able to walk, run, or jump. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses caring for your dog’s paws.

Claws

Overgrown claws are actually very problematic in dogs. They are quite uncomfortable for Fido, so your pup may adjust his stride to compensate. This puts extra strain on your furry buddy’s bones and joints, which can aggravate or contribute to painful conditions like arthritis or hip dysplasia. If you aren’t comfortable trimming your canine pal’s nails yourself, contact your vet or groomer and set up a quick pawdicure appointment. Or, get a pair of clippers that are equipped with sensors. These will indicate exactly where to cut. Also, don’t forget to check your dog’s dewclaws. These are the ones higher up on Fido’s ‘ankle.’ Sometimes they can become ingrown, which is very painful!

Paw Pads

Your dog’s paw pads are very sensitive. Fido can get burns or blisters by running on hot or harsh surfaces. In summer, hot tar and asphalt can really do a number on your pet’s feet. Dogs’ paws are extra delicate when they are wet, so be extra careful after your pooch has gone swimming. In winter, salt, sand, snow, and ice can also hurt your pup’s feet. Use paw balm or wax to protect your furry friend’s paws.

Foreign Objects

We recommend inspecting your canine buddy’s feet regularly. You’ll want to look between Fido’s toes, as dogs often get pebbles or other foreign objects stuck between them. Ticks also sometimes latch on to dogs’ feet, so keep an eye out for hitchhikers as well. Also, if your pooch has those adorable tufts of fur between his toes, keep these trimmed back. They can easily get gunked up and matted, which is very uncomfortable.

Injuries

Paw injuries are definitely not something to take lightly! Fido can step on a sharp object, or get bitten or scratched. If you notice your furry pal limping, immediately take a look. You can treat a very minor cut yourself with antiseptic, but call the vet for anything else.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can ever be of assistance. As your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, we are always here to help!

If Dogs Had Thumbs

Did you know that there are some super cute pet holidays? One of the most amusing ones is coming right up. March 3rd is If Pets Had Thumbs Day! It’s probably safe to say that our canine pals would get into quite a bit of mischief if they had thumbs. Below, a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some things Fido may do if he had thumbs.

Open All The Food

If dogs had thumbs, we’d have to figure out some very ingenious ways to keep Fido from opening every can or box of food in the house. You’d also have to store bacon, sausage, and hamburger in a refrigerated safe, and/or put a padlock on your fridge.

Order Pizza

We suspect that Fido would definitely order himself a stack of meat lovers’ pizzas. Your canine buddy would have every delivery place on speed dial!

Lock The Cat Out

Fluffy and Fido have had a fairly rocky relationship. While some kitties can be best friends with their canine roommates, even pets that are pals can get a bit jealous of each other. Fido may very well kick his feline ‘sibling’ out of the house, or possibly lock her in a closet.

Go For A Walk . . . Or A Drive

If your four-legged friend could let himself out whenever he wanted, he’d probably be in and out quite a bit. Dogs love exploring, so Fido may also hop into your car and drive himself to the nearest dog park or beach! It’s also probably safe to say that your four-legged pal would waste no time unlatching the gate in the yard, and heading off for some grass-sniffing doggy adventures.

Cancel His Appointments

Just like people, dogs both look and feel better with proper care. Proper grooming will keep Fido looking and feeling clean and soft, while regular veterinary appointments help keep your furry friend in the best health possible. However, given the option, your pup would probably opt to stay in and order pizza.

Use Back Scratchers

Fido can be super cute when he’s trying to scratch an itchy spot. Your pooch would definitely love the ability to use a back scratcher! (Note: if your canine companion seems extremely itchy, have your vet examine him.)

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO pet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Small Dog Care Tips

Do you have a pint-sized pooch? Little dogs are super cute, and they make great animal companions. However, your cute pet will have different needs than a big dog would. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses caring for small dogs.

Training

Although little dogs may not pose much of a threat to others, they can still bite, and sometimes tend to get a bit bossy. Make sure Fido knows key commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is very important for both petiquette and safety reasons. For instance, the command to Come can help you keep your pooch from approaching a dangerous area or animal.

Fear

The world can be a big, scary place to a tiny little dog. Fido may easily become frightened, especially when there are larger pooches around. Teach your canine pal that you will pick him up if he puts a paw on his leg.

Exercise

Just like any other pup, small dogs must get the right type and amount of exercise to stay healthy. However, Fido may get quite a bit of activity in just by running around the house on those tiny legs. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Toys and Treats

When shopping for Fido, be sure to get products made specifically for small dogs. Your little buddy could choke on toys, treats, or kibble made for larger pooches!

Feeding

Small dogs have small tummies, but they often have big appetites. Be careful not to overfeed your furry pal. Fido could become obese, which would be very bad for his health! Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.

Clothes

Some small pooches need extra protection against cold or wet weather. However, dogs with thick fur could easily overheat with clothes on. Ask your vet for recommendations. If you do put clothes on Fido, be sure that his things fit well, and are not itchy or constricting. Avoid pieces with dangling threads or buttons, which could choke or entangle your pup.

Ramps

Little dogs can easily injure themselves by jumping off couches or beds. This is a particular concern with certain breeds, such as Corgis and miniature Dachshunds, which are prone to spinal injuries. Get pet ramps or stairs for Fido.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your small dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, today!

DIY Cat Furniture

Does your cat have any furniture of her own? If so, that’s wonderful! Cats obviously aren’t shy about getting comfortable on our beds and couches, but it’s still good for them to have some furniture of their own. You can buy things for your pet online or in stores, but you can also make Fluffy’s furniture. Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some things you can make for your feline buddy.

Beds

Did you know that cats can nap up to 20 hours a day? Although we’re not entirely convinced that Fluffy actually needs that much rest, we can’t deny that sleeping kitties are adorable. You can make your drowsy pet some comfy beds by adding pillows or soft blankets to a large wicker basket, wooden crate, hat box, or a hard-shell suitcase. Or, upcycle an old end table by taking the doors off, repainting it, and adding soft bedding.

Cat Towers

Cat towers are actually very beneficial for our feline buddies. Fluffy will gain a napping spot, jungle gym, and a manicure station, all in one. She’ll also have a high vantage point, from which she can stare down at you with that adorable smug look kitties do. Take an old stepladder, and add planks to the shelves to widen them out. Then, wrap the whole thing in sisal rope or carpet scraps. You can also do this with a bookshelf.

Window Seat

Birdwatching is one of Fluffy’s favorite pastimes. Add a wide shelf to your windowsill. You can use paint or stencils to make it look nice. For extra purrs, use Velcro to attach a cat bed. Another way to please your feline overlord is to put a bird feeder in her line of sight, so she always has live entertainment.

Kitty Hideouts

You can make Fluffy a cute little pet tent out of an old tee shirt and a wire hangar. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can make your kitty a tipi or yurt. Look online for step-by-step instructions.

Scratching Board

Take a square piece of wood (an old cutting board may work) and attach a carpet scrap to it. Then, fasten it to the wall at kitty height. Voila!

Please reach out to us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to keep your kitty happy, healthy, and purring.

Household Products That Are Dangerous to Pets

Dogs and cats have many wonderful qualities. Our four-legged pals certainly brighten and enrich our lives with their loving snuggles, cute faces, adorable antics, playfulness, and curiosity. Unfortunately, our furry friends’ natural inquisitiveness can sometimes work against them. Fluffy and Fido don’t always know what’s safe for them, so it’s up to you to protect them from potential hazards. Here, a local Fort Collins, CO vet lists some common household products that are dangerous to pets.

Lawn/Garden Products

Fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and other lawn and garden products can be very hazardous to pets. Dogs and cats can get sick just by licking their paws after walking through a spot you just treated! Choose non-toxic options when possible, and wipe your pet’s paws and belly with a damp cloth after they’ve been outside. It can also help to give your lawn a good watering after applying these products, so the residue goes into the soil.

Medications

Human medications are very dangerous for pets. Dogs are particularly at risk, because they’re more likely to, well, eat things that aren’t food. Keep both prescription and OTC meds in a secure cabinet.

Pest Control

Rodenticides, insect traps, ant bait, and other pest control products are just as dangerous to pets as they are to vermin. Use pet-safe options for keeping uninvited guests off your property.

Automotive Chemicals

Automotive products are extremely toxic to pets. Antifreeze is a particular concern: it’s poisonous to pets, but, unfortunately, has a taste many animals like. Clean up any spills immediately, and cover stains with kitty litter or sand. We also recommend keeping your furry buddy out of the garage.

Cleaning Products

Many common cleaning agents contain chemicals that may work great at removing stains, but are very dangerous for our furry pals. Keep your cleaning products in a secure place, well out of your pet’s reach.

Tips

If you know or suspect that your furball has ingested or had contact with any of these substances, call your vet immediately, and ask for specific instructions. You may also want to keep a few poison control numbers handy. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can be reached at 888-426-4435, and the Pet Poison Helpline number is 800-213-6680. (Note: charges may apply.)

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

5 Ways to Support Animal Welfare

Did you know that April is ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month? This is definitely a great cause, and one we can support whole-heartedly. Our animal friends truly enrich our lives with their love, devotion, loyalty, and adorable antics. Sadly, many wonderful pets are still in need of good, loving forever homes. Adopting another furbaby may not be a feasible way for you to help these sweet pets, but there are still ways you can help animals in need. A Fort Collins, CO vet discusses ways to support animal welfare in this article.

Volunteer

Spending a few hours, or even a whole day, helping at a local rescue or shelter is a wonderful way to help our furry friends. It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve done something to help animals in need!

Donate

Many animal rescues and shelters operate on tight budgets, and can always use some extra income. If you can’t donate money, you can still help by donating supplies. You may also be able to donate unwanted items to yard sales and auctions that benefit animal charities or rescues.

Spread The Word

If you know of an animal that needs help, or needs a home, spread the word. Social media makes it really easy to boost the signal. You could make a huge difference in an animal’s life simply by reposting a flyer!

Spay/Neuter

Spaying or neutering your own pet is one of the best things you can do to help animal welfare. Overpopulation is a major problem, and a big reason that there are so many wonderful pets in shelters. By getting your own furbaby fixed, you’re ensuring that Fido or Fluffy won’t add more pets to the mix. If your furry pal hasn’t been fixed yet, we recommend getting this done ASAP.

Foster

Fostering isn’t for everyone. We all know how easy it is to get attached to an adorable pet! Some people simply find it too hard to say goodbye when it’s time for their furry wards to move on. But if you have the time and funds, and think you may make a good foster pet parent, go for it! Ask for more information at a local shelter or animal rescue.

Does your pet need vaccinations or veterinary care? Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

Helpful Tips for Getting Through Shedding Season

Autumn is a beautiful time of year. The changing of the leaves, that first crisp, cool breeze, and the scents of pumpkin, apple, and caramel all have a whimsical charm. For pet parents, however, fall also brings some less pleasant things with it. Many pets shed heavily in fall, as they start growing their winter coats. A local Fort Collins, CO vet offers some advice on managing your pet’s shedding in this article.

Regular Grooming

Regular brushing is one way to help control your furball’s shedding. While it won’t reduce the amount of fur your pet loses, it will trap that dead hair in the brush. The more fur you get with a brush, the less you’ll find stuck to your clothes and furniture! Choosing the right tools is very important: different types of fur need different types of brushes. A shedding blade, for instance, may work on some pets, but a simple brush may be better for others. Ask your vet or groomer for recommendations.

Housecleaning Hacks

Did you know that a squeegee is great for removing pet fur from furniture? A dry kitchen sponge can also be very effective. Another way to manage your pet’s fur is to use washable furniture covers, at least during peak shedding times. Look for something that is easy to slip on and off.

Other Tips

Pets that go outdoors tend to shed more than those that spend most of their time indoors. This is because being outside exposes your furry friend to the seasonal weather changes that trigger shedding cycles. There’s no way to avoid walking your dog, of course, but kitties can stay inside. Fluffy’s also safer indoors, so this is a win-win solution!

Diet

Proper nutrition is crucial to your furbaby’s health. A good, high-quality diet will help keep your pet’s fur shiny and healthy, and may reduce shedding. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including supplements.

Keeping Your Clothes Fur-Free

When it comes to removing fur from your clothes, a good lint roller may be your best friend. Another thing you can try is wrapping duct tape around your hand, sticky side out, and use that. Or, simply dampen the palm of your hand, and wipe your clothes off that way.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health? Call us, your local Fort Collins, CO veterinary clinic, anytime!