Prepare to Share a Bright Future With a Pocket Pet

pocket petsTortoises, parrots, and horses round out the list of pets with the longest lifespans. While many cats and dogs can live up to 20 years old, these other pets typically live 25 to 75 years. This means their golden years may not begin until the twentieth year or so – a time frame that goes way beyond the typical lifespan of a pocket pet.

Pocket pets have a significantly shorter lifespan, but their senior years can remain quite full and happy when certain pocket pet care tactics are firmly in place.

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Save the Furniture! Tips and Tricks for Dealing With Cat Scratching

cat scratchingCats are truly amazing creatures! What’s not to love about their silky fur, happy purring, gently swishing tails, slow blinks, head bumps and…scratch marks on your brand new leather couch?! Yes, even the most perfect cat has the ability to ruin a piece of furniture, but what’s a pet owner to do?

The team at All Pets Animal Hospital is committed to the happy cohabitation of our beloved feline patients and their families. We’re happy to share a variety of solutions to cat scratching that don’t involve the removal of a cat’s claws!

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The Foul Truth Scoop: Why Dogs Eat Poop

Dogs are arguably the cutest, sweetest, smartest animals on earth – until you catch them in the detestable act of eating their own or someone else’s poop! Why, oh why, would your dog choose to not only take a small sample from a freshly deposited pile, but also scarf the whole thing down? Believe it or not, there are actually several explanations for why dogs eat poop.

First, Observe

Eating poop (also known as coprophagia) is generally a learned behavior rather than a medical problem. Puppies put everything in their mouths, including poop. This habit can either go away with time or evolve into a full-fledged fixation. Some dogs eat poop simply because they need to explore their world orally. The behavior (and perhaps the appetite) can be thwarted by various chew toys.

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Thirsty Thoughts: Do You Allow Your Pet to Drink Out of The Toilet?

pet to drink out of the toiletUpon receiving a wet, slobbery kiss from your affectionate pet, do you ever wonder if the cat box or toilet has been recently sampled? While the former is certainly unsavory, is the latter location supposed to be 100% paws-off? It may not be uncommon for a pet to drink out of the toilet, but it could be unsafe.

Funny… At First

A large dog that simply takes advantage of an upright water source á la an open toilet lid, or a cat that spreads out all fours to dip into the refreshingly cold commode water is, admittedly, a funny sight to behold. However, there are a few things to consider before embracing your pet’s preference.

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How to Build a Catio…And Why Your Indoor Cat Will Love It!

As most cat owners know, it’s hard to keep a cat happy without a little bit of outdoor time. Unfortunately, there are many risks in allowing your cat to roam – from encounters with wildlife to infectious diseases to busy streets. It’s natural to want to provide some kind of outdoor experience for your pet, but how can this be done safely?

That’s where a catio comes in! A catio is a screened-in “porch” for your feline companion that allows him or her to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine without all the risks.

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The Real Cost of Heartworm Prevention

heartworm preventionResponsible pet owners are typically aware of the following facts:

  • Heartworms are transmitted through the saliva of infected mosquitoes.
  • Heartworms live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels and can grow up to a foot long.
  • Symptoms include coughing, weight loss, and lethargy.
  • Heartworm disease can be fatal.

Acknowledging the severity and scope of the disease usually results in a commitment to heartworm prevention. However, while no pet owner wants their pet to contract the disease, it’s common to debate the difference between paying for prevention versus the ultimate cost of treatment.

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10 Things to Know About Exotic Pets

exotic petsFrom reptiles and amphibians to small mammals and birds, exotic pets encompass many different species. For the person who appreciates the nontraditional pet, they can be incredibly entertaining, providing the same level of attention and care that a dog or cat brings.

However, exotic pets do come with several different care needs and traits. In fact, one of the biggest reasons exotics are abandoned at shelters or released into the wild is because people didn’t expect their exotic pet to require so much.

To help pet owners, All Pets would like to highlight 10 important things you should know before taking on the care and wellbeing of an exotic pet.

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My Dog Eats Grass…Is This Normal?

dogs eat grassDogs are known to be less than discriminating when it comes to what they’re willing to ingest. This is why we must be vigilant around certain foods, plants, medications, and numerous other substances that can be poisonous to pooches. However, one of the most common questions we get asked is: “Why does my dog eat grass?”

There are many theories about this greenery-munching, some of which can be concerning to the loving pup parent. To help address some of these concerns, the team at All Pets takes a closer look at why your dog eats grass.

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Sitting On the Dock of the Bay…Pet Boat and Water Safety

pet water safetyThere’s nothing like spending time on the water to really get the most out of long summer days. From sailing the Gulf to renting a pontoon boat on Lake Somerville, many of us enjoy lazy days among the waves. So, it’s understandable that among the two-legged seafaring sorts, there are a few faithful pets ready to climb aboard with us!

Spending time on the water is a great way to have fun with the whole family, including Fido. However, like caring for young children, there are a few pet boat and water safety tips you should know to prevent accidents and heat-related illnesses.

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All About the Dog Flu

dog fluEvery so often, veterinary medicine experiences an influx of a new disease. Most recently, canine influenza (dog flu) has entered the scene, wreaking havoc across the country.  We haven’t been spared here in Texas, and pet owners everywhere have questions.

Read on to learn what your All Pets Animal Hospital vets think you need to know about dog flu and how it affects you and your pooch.

Canine Influenza Basics

The dog flu has been around for a few decades. The first strain, called H3N8, was identified in a group of greyhounds in 2004. While it was a serious problem in the locations where the outbreaks occurred, the dog flu remained a fairly isolated problem.
In April of 2015, though, veterinarians in the Chicago area started to report seeing an outbreak of kennel cough like they had never seen before. This outbreak was much more serious, with slightly different symptoms than the typical ones normally caused by the Bordetella bacteria.

This was because this particular outbreak was caused by a canine influenza virus. This time the strain to blame was H3N2, a flu that had previously only been found in Asia.

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