Party Animals: 4th Of July Pet Safety

American Burger and a Glass of BeerFamily, friends, barbeques, sun, heat, and, of course, fireworks, are all essential components for a proper 4th of July weekend for many Americans. Because most of us view our pets as essential family members, it’s only natural that we would want to include them in any and all holiday celebrations.

Unfortunately, many of the activities that make the 4th so special can be downright dangerous for our four legged friends. So before you fire up the grill or head down to the parade this year, take a moment to bone up on our 4th of July pet safety tips.

The Heat Is On

July is typically a warm month here in Michigan, and we understandably want to spend as much time outdoors as possible (trying to forget the Michigan winter, perhaps?) Keep the following tips in mind to protect your pets from heat-related dangers during the holiday weekend, and any other time: Continue…

Healthy Tips to Keep Your Cat Fit

On the catwalk - cat in Istanbul, TurkeyYour cat is a natural-born hunter, and much of his or her play is tied to these inherited predatory instincts. Kittens are exemplary in their capacity to play, which also helps them develop motor skills and burn off all that extra energy. However, play shouldn’t stop after kittenhood.

Interactive play is important for cats of all ages, mostly because it helps deter age-related weight gain. If you’re looking for ways to keep your cat fit, our veterinarians and staff offer the following tried and true methods that satisfy Fluffy’s innate desire to hunt and play.

On the Ball

Bored cats are often stressed cats. If there’s no outlet for anxiety and tension, your pet may experience unnecessary weight gain, lack confidence, or develop unwanted behaviors (e.g., compulsive grooming). Continue…

Keeping An Eye Out For Pet Pain

puddle dogWatching your pet experience pain can become your own very painful experience. While there are varying degrees – and sources – of pet pain, the bottom line is that the special pet in your care cannot have the quality of life that they deserve, if in pain.

Luckily, there are certain avenues that can help your pet cope with the challenges of pain, and we’re here to help you recognize the signs and treat the symptoms.

What Is Pet Pain?

Experts agree that pet pain is categorized as either acute or chronic. Acute pain occurs suddenly as a result from surgery, injury, dental pain , or illness. As the name suggests, chronic pain is a long-term condition caused by aging, diseases like cancer, or problems such as arthritis. Continue…