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The Heart of the Matter: Heartworm in Cats

heartworm in catsA lot of time and education goes into discussing heartworm in dogs. As a result, most dog parents are aware of this parasitic disease and take steps to prevent it in our canine companions. But most cat parents aren’t aware that cats can get heartworm, too.

Because mosquito season is on its way, your friends at Clairmont Animal Hospital decided that it was high time to give you a peek into this disease in our feline friends.

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Comfy Kitties: The Many Benefits of a Cat Friendly Practice

Cat FriendlyIt all starts with getting your cat into the carrier, then comes the harrowing car ride to the clinic, followed by the stress of managing a fearful or angry feline in the examination room. Most cat owners agree that taking their cats to the vet is not easy. Cats are creatures of habit, and are highly sensitive to the scary sights, sounds, and smells associated with the veterinary clinic.

At Clairmont Animal Hospital, we understand the challenges of bringing your cat or kitten in for a visit. We’re proud to hold a Cat Friendly Practice certification by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), and are excited to share what this designation means for you and your cat!

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Tale as Old as Time: Revealing Why Cats Knead

Cats KneadIf we were asked which feline behaviors we enjoy the most, it would be a pretty long list. We really like (in no particular order) the butt wiggle and pounce, long, slow eye blinks that say “I love you,” chirping while eyeing birds through a window or catio…to be sure, the list goes on and on.

While every cat is unique, they all share certain traits that endear them to cat fanciers around the globe. However, few feline behaviors are more perplexing than when cats knead.

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A Year in Review: Top 5 Pet Health Blogs of the Year!

It’s not every day that we’re given the chance to reflect. Instead, we’re usually running between appointments, errands, and commitments. But, the new year offers a special opportunity to look back at the cumulative accomplishments, setbacks, lessons, and experiences of the last 12 months.

As far as we’re concerned, it’s been an incredible year, and we continue to appreciate our valued clients and their wonderful pets. Our pet health blogs are aimed to provide you with interesting, relevant, and educational topics on all of the aspects of caring for your pet. From information on common conditions affecting pets to light and entertaining topics, like the affinity for boxes by our feline friends, we are always here to help you learn more!

In this spirit, here’s our top 5 pet health blogs of 2017!

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Stumped? Not With Our Top Pet Gift Ideas of the Season

pet gift ideasIt may seem indulgent to purchase and wrap presents for pets, but it’s actually very thoughtful. While we can’t necessarily speak for your pet in this situation, our best guess is that they appreciate anything you give them. Like us, animals like new stuff. They love to make things theirs. Whether it’s by slobbering all over them, cuddling them, or batting them about, the following pet gift ideas aim to please everyone in your household.

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Military Working Dogs: Honoring the Lives of Canine Veterans

canine veteransDogs are famous for their incredible sense of smell. Not only do they have more receptors in their noses than we do, but the part of a dog’s brain that processes scent is much larger than ours. Of course, this gives them an edge when tracking or detecting, but when used in tandem with their equally phenomenal sense of hearing, dogs are an absolute boon to military operations.

In large part, their skills are a result of formal training by – and recognition of – the military in war efforts since World War II. Canine veterans have bravely served and sacrificed for our country and, like their human handlers, have earned a highly regarded place in history.

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What’s the Big Deal About a Fear Free Vet Practice?

fear free vetThe pets we know and love have profound reactions to the world around them. We can make the case that pets respond positively to various stimuli (think walks in the woods, laser pointers, snuggles on a cold night), so it only makes sense that they react in kind to stressful or traumatic events.

Fortunately, the national trend that honors an animal’s emotional state is growing – and fast! With a fear free vet, your pet no longer endures those “red light” moments of acute stress or anxiety when traveling to our practice. Indeed, your pet may even look forward to routine visits.

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Do You Dread the Shed? How to Deal with Pet Hair

pet hairOwners of certain breeds know well the impact a little extra pet hair can have on daily life. Golden Retrievers, Huskies, Great Pyrenees, and German Shepherds are all famous for their top shedding abilities, whereas Poodles, Yorkies, and Chihuahuas are known to shed the least fur. Likewise, Persians and Maine Coons out-shed other cat breeds like Siamese, Burmese, and of course, the Sphinx.

All pet owners know that additional housekeeping comes with the territory when you’ve got furry family members, and most of the time pet hair is a non-issue. However, seasonal dips in temperature and reduced exposure to sunlight signal the brain to ramp up hair production. What does this result in?

Hint: Your vacuum knows the answer!

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How to Build a Catio and Why You Should

There’s no question that pet cats live longer, healthier lives when they are kept exclusively indoors. Indoor cats are protected from injury, have fewer problems with illness and disease, and tend to have much longer lifespans than their outdoor peers. That being said, any cat owner who has witnessed his or her cat stare longingly out the window for hours on end probably doesn’t feel completely comfortable with the indoor-only arrangement.

But what other option is there? Enter, the “catio”!

All of us at Clairmont Animal Hospital believe that indoor cats shouldn’t miss out on fun and enrichment, which is why we are so excited to tell you all about something called a catio and how you can build one for your feline friends!

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Get Out There! What to Know About Camping With a Pet?

camping with a petFor outdoor lovers, there’s no better feeling than to kick back and take in all the beauty the natural world has to offer. For those with pets, that’s all the more reason to keep camping on the list of awesome summer activities. While your friends at Clairmont Animal Hospital certainly agree with this, there are some precautions to consider before camping with a pet.

To make your outdoor adventures the most epic of all time, be sure to plan ahead for the safety and comfort of your furry outdoor buddy.

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