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    Top New Year's Resolutions for Pet Lovers


    Yes, it’s that time again, where we look at the past 365 days and tell ourselves that the next 365 are going to be different! As we ring in the new year, the holiday tradition of making resolutions is as old as Babylon itself.

    And like many of us here at Preventive Vet, you may be planning on going to the gym more, be kinder, more motivated, lose weight, quit one of your vices (only one?) — but it's important not to forget our four-legged friends. It's a great opportunity to make one or more resolutions for you and your pet. So, we’ve jotted down a few that unfortunately get forgotten (even by us sometimes) or are just plain time consuming. But remember — this year is going to be different!

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    Topics: Dogs, Cats, Ideal pet weight, Grooming, New Year's

    Tips for Brushing Your Cat and Why You Should

     
    Just because your cat already grooms themselves, it doesn’t mean you can’t help out. Sure, you probably don’t absolutely need to brush your cat all the time, but doing so comes with a ton of benefits — for both of you. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should brush your cat regularly.

    • Fewer Hairballs: Hairballs can be a normal part of being a cat (although, even just a few hairballs a month can mean there’s a problem). However, they can be gross to clean up and step in! But the more you brush your cat and help them remove excess fur, the less likely you may be to find an unpleasant, gooey surprise underfoot.
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    Topics: Fleas on Cats, Grooming, Hairballs

    Hairballs In Cats - Nuisance Or More Concerning Problem?


    National Hairball Awareness Day

    Given the frequency with which many cats barf up hairballs, and the frequency with which many people  step on these unpleasant clumps of fur and stomach contents, it’s completely appropriate that there should be a National Hairball Awareness Day each year. Don’t you think?

    Sadly, this doesn’t mean that on the last Friday of April each year your cat will be kind enough to point out all the hairballs they’ve hacked up throughout your house, and do so prior to your stockinged feet finding them first. Rather, National Hairball Awareness Day is an opportunity to learn about, or refresh your memory on, what hairballs could mean and some of the steps you could take to minimize their occurrence (or even prevent them). Read More

    Topics: Cat Health, cat health issues, Blog, Feline Asthma, Coughing, Grooming, Hairballs

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