Things to Consider Before Giving Pets as Gifts

pets as giftsPerhaps your children have been begging for a dog? Or you think your elderly relative could use cheering up that only a pet can provide?

While that sweet puppy or soft kitten may seem like the perfect holiday surprise, in reality, giving pets as gifts takes serious planning in order to prevent a sticky situation.

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Part of the Solution: All About Black Cat Adoption

black cat adoptionAt Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic, we love cats of all colors! Sadly, not everyone feels the same way. Shelters all across the United States report that black cats (and dogs) are adopted with less frequency than their lighter-furred counterparts.

With Black Cat Appreciation Day right around the corner (August 17), we want to take this opportunity to expound upon the virtues of these beauties, dispel the myths, and share with our readers all of the reasons why we think black cat adoption is so important.

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Introducing The Catitat…A Feline Friendly Nook for Our Adoptable Cats

october 471Cats hold a special place in our hearts here at Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic. From their soft paws to their mysterious nature, they are incredible creatures with persuasive charm. That is why we wanted to create a unique, feline friendly shelter here in the clinic for lovable cats awaiting their forever homes.

Feline Friendly Adoption Space

Why build our new Catitat feature for these adoptable cats? We recognize that our feline friends require a peaceful environment to thrive; one that is less noisy and better suited to what felines love most – plenty of places to climb, hide, and snooze. Basically, to have all of the luxuries cats appreciate and – better than that – a chance to be adopted.

With this in mind, Vaughn Road and our sister clinic, Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, decided to pool resources and create this cat habitat, or Catitat, to house our adoptable whiskered pals from both locations until they find new families.

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One Big, Happy Family: Introducing a New Pet to Others

VRVC_iStock_000018663875_MediumYou just brought a precious new pet home and you are anxious for the whole family to meet the bundle of adorableness; including the other furry family members. However, things go awry. The family cat runs for cover and hides for days under the bed, or the uber-jealous Chihuahua has decided to piddle everywhere. No matter what you do, introductions have been tense or terrible.

What went wrong?

Well, first of all, our enthusiasm cannot necessarily be projected onto the other pet or pets. Pets have varied responses to the introduction of something or someone new in the home, and can interpret these changes as threatening. Continue…