Friday, 26 October 2018

Fighting Black Cat Superstitions with Awareness

Black cat superstitions are thought to have originated with their association with witches, which folklore promotes as able to take the form of black cats and other domesticated animals. Our goal is to debunk black cat superstitions through education and shareable free graphics/memes like the ones below. A black cat crossing one’s path is supposed […]

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Do You Have a Happy Cat? Five Signs the Answer May Be No

A happy cat will show their feline affection. Cats are pretty self sufficient. They are also good at covering up when they are not happy or experiencing stress. Many cat owners feel that things are hunky-dory in the kitty happiness department. After all, they have a warm place to snuggle, a bowl of food, and a clean litter box. What’s to be sad about?

Many cats are not as content with life as their owners may believe. In honor of Happy Cat Month, Godspeed Animal Care wants to share with you a few ways to assess if have a happy cat (or if you have some work to do).

Five Indications of a Happy Cat

When it comes to determining whether or not you have a happy cat, it’s not as easy as simply asking kitty if they are feeling blue. There are a few telltale signs that you have a content cat on your hands, however. Take a step back and evaluate if your cat is:

Using the litter box constantly – Urinating or defecating outside of the litter box is a universal sign that your cat may not be as happy as you think. If this is happening on an ongoing basis, it is time to call us to evaluate your cat’s overall health and to discuss potential stressors in their environment.

Keeping up appearances – A healthy, well groomed coat is the pinnacle of feline pride. Dullness, matting, flaky skin, or bald spots are a prime indicator that something isn’t right.

Fostering healthy relationships – Cats are not always as social as their canine counterparts, but they should be able to tolerate other people and pets in their midst. If your cat constantly acts out towards other cats, dogs, or humans in the home, there may be an issue.

Maintaining a healthy weight – A happy cat is one that is active and keeping at a healthy body weight. A feline who is too skinny or too fat may be experiencing health or mental issues that affect quality of life.

Showing a zest for life – Any proper cat is going to spend a decent part of the day sleeping in a sunbeam, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t show interest in things at least some of the time. A healthy, happy cat is inquisitive, playful, and observant of the surrounding environment.

Cheering Up an Unhappy Kitty

If you feel that your cat may not be as happy as you once thought, don’t worry. There are plenty of things that you can do to get things back on track.

Our expert staff is here to help you troubleshoot ways to make your cat a happier camper. We will want to start off with a wellness evaluation to be sure things like orthopedic pain, urinary issues, or other systemic disease aren’t playing a role.

Most times reducing stress and increasing quality of life in our feline housemates involves multimodal environmental enrichment. Simply put, this is using our resources to create a stimulating, safe cat-friendly environment. It can include things like:

We would love to take the time to get to know your pet’s individual situation so that we can help create an ideal environment within your home. Your cat’s health and well-being hinges on a safe and comfortable existence. Happy cats are healthy cats, and we are all about helping to make that happen!

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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Tips for Caring for a New Dog

By Alex Paul Having a dog comes with an abundance of responsibilities. It may be challenging, but it’ll prove to be well worth it in the end. As a pet parent, you’ll be able to form a lifetime relationship with your pooch. He or she will become loyal to you, and you can pretty much […]

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Emergency Preparedness for Pets Before You Actually Need It

Pet emergency preparedness can save your pet's lifeMost pet owners spring into action to prevent, recognize, and treat a pet emergency, but what’s the right approach when it comes to disaster preparation? There are similarities, of course, but to truly tackle emergency preparedness for pets, you have to widen the scope quite a bit. Between hurricanes, floods, fires, and more, pets can quickly become separated from their owners, and suffer from injury or illness.

If You Gotta Go

Evacuation is one of the most common results of a natural or man-made disaster. The rule of thumb for owners of all types of pets is that, in the case of evacuation, pets must go, too. In other words, if it’s unsafe enough for people, it’s certainly no place for animals.

Acceptable Alternatives

A major part of your emergency preparedness for your pet must include a list of alternative places to safely stay in the case of evacuation. Have an evacuation route all mapped out, and mark places along the way that you know are pet-friendly. Hotels, motels, friends, and family members are all excellent, safe choices, but if there’s a lack of availability, you may not be able to keep all your pets together.

Depending on the type of emergency, there could be temporary Red Cross shelters positioned around the area. Designed to help people, these shelters cannot accept pets except for service animals. Check with us about pet boarding.

Tips and Tricks

In the spirit of preparation, cover your emergency bases in these ways:

  • Train your pet to leave the house. This will help them move quickly when it really counts.
  • Have your pet microchipped and always update your contact information if it changes.
  • Ensure that their vaccinations are all up to date.
  • Print up your pet’s medical records just in case.
  • Have a picture of your pet printed and placed on their travel kennel or crate.
  • Keep a backup collar, ID tags, and leash in your car.
  • Store a few days worth of food, water, waste disposal bags, toys, and bedding.
  • Keep some first aid items on hand.
  • Affix a sticker to the door or window near the entrance to alarm rescue workers that a pet lives there (be sure to remove them or write “evacuated” across them before you leave).
  • Before moving back into your home, be sure to carefully inspect your property for any potential hazards to your pet’s health and wellness.

Emergency Preparedness Pets

No matter the type of destruction your home or block experienced, it’s an uphill battle to get back into the normal swing of things. You may notice subtle to major shifts in your pet’s behavior. Aggressiveness, resource guarding, or anxiety are typical results of trauma or stress. Please let us know if we can help you address certain behavioral problems.

Also, if we can answer further questions about emergency preparedness pets, we encourage you to reach out to us at Godspeed Animal Care.

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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Should You Give CBD Oil to Your Pet?

By Veselina Dzhingarova If you have a pet, then chances are you want only the very best for them. We all want to keep our cats and dogs healthy and give them the best in terms of nutrition. You may have heard that cannabidiol (CBD) oil can be beneficial to cats and dogs, but is […]

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Promote Water Safety for Pets All Summer Long

Water safety for pets makes having a pet at the pool more fun.One of the easiest ways to combat a heat wave is to simply get wet. This might take some of us out of our comfort zone (that is, a nice air conditioned environment), but the bottom line is that splashing around is not only effective, it’s fun, too! Chances are, your pet agrees with the fun factor. You want to make them happy and comfortable, but water safety for pets absolutely must be enforced.

The Basics

There are quite a few precautions when it comes to summer in general. We recommend scheduling your pet’s wellness care exam before any upcoming adventures to ascertain the quality of their overall health. If they aren’t fully vaccinated yet or microchipped, these help protect them from unseen dangers this summer.

The Gear

A great protective measure against the threat to water safety for pets is acquiring the right gear. Investing in a doggie life jacket, or personal flotation device (PFD), is a terrific idea. You can depend on the PFD to help keep your pup afloat, but they also come with handles to help you lift them out of the water, if necessary. This is an absolute must for any dog that frequents the water.

Imparting Skills

Teaching your dog to swim might seem like a reach, as many dogs are natural swimmers. Others need a bit of encouragement. Always be sure that your dog knows:

  • How to safely enter and exit any body of water
  • That you are with them, and can help if needed
  • They don’t have to go swimming if they don’t want to
  • To stop and get out when they are tired
  • Not to drink the water they’re swimming in

Water Safety for Pets

A thorough understanding of pet water safety will guide your success this summer. It is most important to keep your pet hydrated. As with any physical activity, bring along fresh, clean water for your pet to drink. Also:

  • Stay away from algae-filled or brackish water.
  • Be watchful of anglers nearby, hooks on the beach, broken glass, and fishing line.
  • Do not let your dog eat dead fish or other marine life.
  • Watch the weather and be prepared if the wind picks up.
  • Strong currents and riptides are always a threat to water safety for pets.
  • Check the temperature of the water.
  • Have a pool? Keep it fenced/gated, covered, and install an alarm.
  • Never allow your pet to swim unsupervised.
  • Rinse your dog’s skin and coat off completely, and dry their ears carefully.

If you have other questions or concerns about water safety for pets, we hope you’ll let us know. Our veterinarians and staff are always here for you and your pet, no matter the season. Enjoy!

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