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Weird Cat Behaviors: What’s Normal and What’s Not

Weird cat behaviors are often normal. They’re intelligent, clever, affectionate, and amusing – but cats can also be pretty odd. They puff up when they feel threatened. They click and chatter at birds through the window. They climb, pounce, and ambush their targets. Sometimes, cat owners can become so immersed in their cat’s antics that subtle signals of illness or injury are misjudged. In other words, some cat behaviors can go from being perfectly normal to absolute indications that something is off. So, how do you know the difference?

Such Great Heights

Cats can seem sort of invincible. With their ability to jump several times their own height, climb to dizzying levels, and land gracefully on their feet (most of the time), cats inspire us with their highly evolved skills. To that end, we let a lot of weird, oddball cat behaviors slide because, well, they come with the awesome territory that is cat ownership. Continue…

Rising Temps: Summer Heat Safety for Pets

Practice summer heat safety with pets to avoid heatstroke. During the summer, many of us are on the go. We’re outdoors playing, hiking, boating, or just hanging out in the backyard with friends and family. For pet owners, this also means including our pets in all the fun.  

However, the summer heat and humidity can cause problems for our furry loved ones. That’s why Clairmont Animal Hospital wants to take a moment to review some tips for summer heat safety for pets.

The Basics

Temperatures are rising all over the Decatur area, and it’s important to know that pets don’t sweat the same way that humans do. Imagine wearing a fur coat all summer long! It’s easy to see why preventing overheating in our pets is so important. If you think it’s hot outside (or inside!), it’s even hotter for your pet. Continue…

Enjoy Local Hikes and Walks with Your Dog  

Local hikes and walks with your dog are great pet exercise.Have you been spending too much time on the couch? Has your dog been giving you the stink eye every time you pass by the leash? It might be time to dust off those running or hiking shoes! Fortunately, there’s nothing quite like outdoor walks with your dog to get you motivated.

The team at Clairmont Animal Hospital has compiled a few pointers to keep your pet safe, as well as some local suggestions for good fun and exercise.

Safety First: Going on Walks with Your Dog

Before you grab the leash and head outside, make sure you brush up on summer pet safety tips. Be a dog walking pro with the following suggestions: Continue…

How to Build Your Own Pet First Aid Kit

Having a pet first aid kit is part of being a responsible pet owner.Having a pet first aid kit on hand is a smart idea – after all, we all know a pet (ahem!) who is a little accident prone. A pet first aid kit also comes in handy during a natural disaster or if you’re stranded far from immediate help. With the arrival of camping season and outdoor summer adventures, now is a great time to assemble a pet first aid kit. Continue…

Recognizing the Signs of Cancer in Pets

cancer in petsA cancer diagnosis is frightening for anyone, yet cancer is prevalent among humans and our pet companions. Fortunately, these days, advancements in both human and veterinary medicine means treatments are much more effective.

While sometimes similar to humans, the signs and treatments for various types of cancers are unique in pets. The team at Clairmont Animal Hospital is here to alleviate some of the worries around the big “C” and to help you understand more about cancer in pets.

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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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