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Preparing Your Older Cat For The Vet

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Older cats can get set in their ways. Getting your senior pet in for a vet check up might seem like more than your cat can handle. The thing is, regular trips to the animal hospital are important to ensure that your older cat is staying healthy. Here are four tips to help prepare your older cat for an upcoming vet visit. 1. Calming Chews and Pheromone Sprays Older cats can suffer from anxiety when anything outside of their routine is shaken up. There are ways that you can pacify your cat so that they are less stressed at the vet. There are calming chews that have homeopathic nutrients that can ease the nerves of cats. Pheromone sprays can have a calming effect on your older cat. These can be used ahead of time and in the vet’s office to mask other pet smells. 2. Practice With Your Cat Your older cat might not be up for new adventures, but if you can keep their anxieties down to and from their vet appointment this will go over more smoothly. Keep the carrier out a week before the appointment so this isn’t scary and even practice bringing your cat to and from the car a few times. Even if your older cat is grumpy about this, it is better than off-the-charts anxiety the day of a vet visit. 3. Discuss Limitations With Your Vet Let your animal hospital know that your older cat may have some anxieties and aggressiveness. They might be able to recommend coming in a separate entrance to avoid other animals and can take precautions and go through the check up at your cat’s pace. If your older cat has a little time to get used to the exam room, they won’t get stressed from rushing through a checkup. 4. The Lure of Treats If your older cat has a favorite treat that you know they will pretty much do anything for, bring these along to your visit. Make sure that your animal hospital staff and veterinarian can have access to these as well, so that everyone will quickly become a friend to your cat. Cats are notorious for being stubborn, and older cats can fit this bill even more so. Don’t sacrifice your older pet’s health by avoiding the vet. Make sure that you do a little prep work before a visit to the animal hospital so this goes as smoothly as possible. Your cat might still act out and be ready to get back home, but at least this can be an efficient, no hassle visit. For professional veterinary services, contact an office such as Bramalea Animal...

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Tips To Deter Stray Cats To Help Your Cat Feel Secure

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As a cat owner, you want to keep him or her healthy and safe at all times. Some of the injuries that cats obtain are self-inflicted, and usually because they are spooked by something. Many times stray cats, otherwise known as feral cats, choose a home to hang out around, and when this happens, your cat might become agitated or go into attack mode. To prevent injuries from such altercations, it’s best to prevent these stray cats from entering your cat’s domain, and this guide can help. Commission a Landscaper For Timed Sprinkler Installation One of the easiest and most harmless ways to keep stray cats away from your home is to use your sprinkler system to scare them away. But it isn’t wise to run the sprinklers around the clock. Ask a local landscaper to install timed sprinklers that have a motion sensor setting. These sprinklers will spray water in the direction of motion, which will scare away most stray cats. Just be sure they aren’t pointed toward walkways that you use or else you may be the one getting sprayed. Spread Out Some Fresh Fruit Peels Cats have a strong sense of smell and you can use that to your advantage by spreading fruit peels around your yard. Cats do not like the smell of citrus. Place orange or lemon peels around your fence or properly line. Purchase Cat Repellant If you notice that stray cats are still hanging around your yard, despite using the fruit peels, take more extreme measures. Check your local pet store for cat repellant. This repellant is made specifically to keep cats away, so simply follow the directions on the container and enjoy your feral-free yard. Add Pebbles to the Garden If cats have been digging up your garden, you can spread pebbles on the soil to stop them. The pebbles provide an extra layer of protection for your plants to keep mischievous cats away. A cat will not usually subject its sensitive claws to the pain of digging into gravel or pebbles. Install Chicken Wire in Hiding Places Cats may be attracted to your yard because it provides suitable shelter for them. If you have opening under your porch, stairs or patio you may be hosting a family of felines without even knowing it. To keep strays out of these hiding areas, cover up the openings with chicken wire. It’s rather easy to apply with a few small nails and a hammer. These tricks also help to keep your cat in your yard, because they won’t want to go near the sprinklers, fruit peel, pebbles or chicken wire either. But the best part about taking these steps is that you’ll prevent catfights and potential injury to your cat. Ask a vet, such as Pet Services at Rivers Animal Hospital, for more ideas on keeping your cat safe from the danger of feral...

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Benefits Of A Walk-In Vet Clinic For You And Your Pet

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Humans have walk-in clinics and urgent care facilities. In some cases, these clinics are located inside discount department stores and pharmacies where patients have immediate access to medicines for whatever ails them. Pets could also benefit from a walk-in vet clinic for similar reasons. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to open and operate a walk-in vet clinic. Here are some other benefits to finding your nearest walk-in vet clinic (such as Belle River Animal Clinic) and visiting it the next time your pet needs care.  Convenience in an Emergency If you have a walk-in vet clinic that is closer to you than your usual vet clinic and closer than a pet hospital, the walk-in pet clinic is more than just convenient. It is convenient, less expensive and easier to get to when your pet needs medical care right now. If a trip across town to your vet could mean that your pet would bleed out, and the pet hospital would require too much paperwork before you could get a doctor to see your pet, then the clinic is the right choice when you need it. Location Places You Close to a Pharmacy If the vet at the walk-in clinic does not have the medicines to help treat your pet, a nearby compounding pharmacy probably does. The vet may even write prescriptions for common pet medicines and not sell any medicines at all, allowing you to take the prescription anywhere that will fill it or keep it until you can follow up with your regular vet. You can get the medicines filled while your pet recovers from any life-saving surgery and then you can return to the clinic and pick up your pet just as the anesthesia is wearing off. Walk-in Pet Clinics Are Less Expensive Just as the urgent clinics for humans are less expensive, so are the walk-in pet clinics for your pets. This is because these clinics are limited to the types of patients they can see, such as cats, dogs, and other small pets. They are also limited to the types of treatments and the medical care that they can provide (e.g., the walk-ins do not have cancer screening equipment for pets, but they do have suture thread and surgical needles to sew up cuts on your furry friend). The vets in these clinics generally do not see horses or livestock and do not provide care to zoo animals, although they may see the occasional exotic pet. The cost for supplies and treatments for small animals and typical pets are less expensive and that is how the pet clinics can keep the costs low and provide round-the-clock care for household...

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