Taking Your Cat To The Vet: Tips For A Calm And Low-Stress Visit

Cute little tabby kitten sitting in a travel crateThere are an estimated 84 million pet cats in the United States, significantly more than pet dogs (believe it or not), who come in at an estimated 72 million. Although cats are clearly the most popular pet in America, they are taken to the vet far less often than their canine counterparts. Anyone who has ever tried to wrestle a cat into a carrier and struggle through a car ride and veterinary office visit will not be surprised that a recent Bayer Veterinary Care Usage study found that a third of pet cats did not see a veterinarian for any reason in the past year.

If you’re one of the tiny percentage of cat owners whose cat is calm, cool, and collected at the veterinarian’s office, then read no further. But if you are like the rest of us who find the experience of taking a cat to the vet “less than pleasant”, Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic is here to help. There are things that can be done to help ease your cat’s anxiety, enabling him or her to have easier access to the health care that every pet needs and deserves. Let’s discuss getting your cat to the vet. Continue…

A Smooch For A Pooch: Are Dog Kisses Safe?

VRVC_iStock_000025891371_LargeLots of dog moms and dads couldn’t imagine life without a slobbery kiss or two from their best pal. After all, we love our pets, and it’s sweet and endearing to imagine that our dog’s happy licks are his or her way of showing affection for us.

Or is it? Why do dogs lick us and is it even safe to be on the receiving end of dog kisses?

Why Do Dogs Lick?

Even if your dog regularly licks you and other humans, he or she probably isn’t actually giving “kisses” (though we can still choose to believe they are). Dogs lick humans for a variety of reasons, including: Continue…