Senior pet editionThanks to improved medical care and nutrition, our pets are living longer and healthier than ever! As our pets age, they become more likely to develop arthritis and age related diseases. The best thing you can do for your older pet is to take a proactive role in their pets health care.



National Walk Your Dog Week

If you haven't already, now is the time to start making travel arrangements for your pets during the holidays. Whether you're traveling by car or plane, our helpful hints will make sure your pets stay comfortable and happy!

 



dog 714861 1920Halloween is a fun time for us and our family, but can be a scary time for our pets. Imagine being in your pet's shoes where suddenly everyone in your world is dressed up as monsters and your once private, quite home is being bombarded with strangers! Even the most well mannered pets can suffer from anxiety during Halloween. It's important to remember that what may be fun for us, isn't necessarily fun for our pets, and it's our job as their guardians to advocate the best we can for them.  



DeclawFew topics in veterinary medicine cause more discussion than the declawing of cats. Before making this decision for your own pet, a thorough understanding of normal scratching behavior, the onychectomy procedure itself, as well as potential risks is warranted.

Scratching is a normal behavior of cats. It conditions the claws, serves as a visual and scent territorial marker, allows the cat to defend itself, and provides healthy muscle engagement through stretching. In many cases, a cat can be trained to scratch only appropriate surfaces. Different approaches will work for different cats, so be sure to try several tactics to find the best fit for your cat.



Roxie 2September marks the beginning of fall and the start of hunting season in Western North Carolina. It may be surprising, but hunting is permitted in parts of  Pisgah National Forest, Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Dupont State Forest. Thankfully, most hunters are responsible and hunting isn’t allowed in densely populated areas. Taking the right precautions during hunting season will allow you and your pooch to still enjoy the great outdoors!