Halloween 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.
Few 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.
September 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!
You are part of the biggest club in the United States. Over 85 million families across the country own pets, and they are valued, irreplaceable, members of the family. When you have a beloved cat or dog in your life, you commit to taking care of them, loving them, and giving them the occasional chew toy or catnip-infused treat to show them your appreciation!
Vaccinations are more than just an annual routine — or a good workout if your furry friend evades the pet carrier like Houdini. They are life-savers.