We’re in shock that another year has come and gone already, and what a year it’s been! We’re honored that you’ve entrusted us to care for your furry family members, and we’re committed to providing exceptional supportive, empathetic care to all of our pet patients.

At Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic, we place a high value on pet owner education, and part of our commitment to you includes our regular pet care blogs. We hope you enjoy our top 10 most popular blogs of 2018!

Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

#10: Sounds for Hounds: Music Therapy for Pets
Music is a universal language that can uplift, connect, and energize. It’s something many of us rely on as a means of communication and validation, as well as entertainment on those long commutes to the office. But, have you ever wondered if your pet actually listens to music? Do they get anything out of those random sounds? Read more…

#9: The Scoop on Poop: The Importance of Your Pet’s Fecal Examination
Have you ever stopped to wonder why we ask you to bring in a fecal sample to your pet’s appointment? It’s not because we like play with poop! The fecal examination is actually a very important part of your dog or cat’s wellness care. Next time we recommend checking a sample, don’t poo-poo the suggestion. Read on to find out why fecal exams are essential. Keep reading…

#8: Gotta Get Outta Here: What Really Motivates an Escaping Pet?
Spring brings to mind soft, petal-sweet breezes, yard sales, and tadpole counting. We’re not the only ones simply itching to take advantage of the sublime temperatures, though. Pets also enjoy all of the novel scents in the air, and attempts to bolt down the street are common this time of year. Continue reading…

#7: Make Your Own! DIY Cat Toys That Score Really Big
Have you ever paced the aisles in a pet store looking for just the right toy that would appeal to your feline’s highly discerning tastes? Sure, they might like that feather dancer, but what about that package of 12 catnip-filled toy mice? While they try, commercial toys designed for domesticated cats don’t always get it right. If you’re frustrated by the constant investment in toys that ultimately gather dust bunnies, DIY cat toys are customized just for the cat in your life. Meow?

#6: Promote Hydration This Summer with Cool Pet Treats
Summer’s high heat and humidity spell trouble for pets and people alike. While it means different things to different folks, when we apply a healthy dose of prevention, we’re all better off. As far as animals are concerned, it’s vitally important that they stay out of direct heat and always have access to fresh, cool water. To promote their well-being during the season’s hottest days, we have a few ideas for deliciously cool pet treats. Bon(e) appetit! Read more…

#5: Cat Clicker Training: This Could be a Game Changer!
Dogs get all the attention when it comes to training, but what if we told you that cats are just as trainable as their canine counterparts? Indeed, their intelligence and focus, paired with a distinctly feline hunger for action, foster excellent opportunities for learning. What’s more, cat clicker training can strengthen the unique bond between you and your pet. Sounds like a winner to us! Continue reading…

#4: Get Ready for the Big Chill with Fall Pet Grooming
Preparing for cooler weather is a big part of saying goodbye to summer. While we may not have the cold, icy winters of northern states, that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done to prepare for a new season. Our furry friends also need extra attention this time of year. With our fall pet grooming tips, you’ll be ready for winter just in time! Keep reading…

#3: Tackle Spring Cleaning With an Eye on Pet Safety
There’s nothing quite like a beautiful spring day, when you can throw open the windows and enjoy a nice breeze through the screens. There’s also something about this season that prompts us to tackle cleaning and organization around the home. Read on!

#2: Why You Need a Catio: Create an Outdoor Haven for Your Cat
For many of us, cats are family. They are wonderful company, beautiful, and seemingly independent. We want to keep our cats safe, but for some of us it’s difficult to deprive our cats of the outdoors, especially if they are sitting at the door looking out and yowling. Read more…

#1: Making Biscuits: Why do Cats Knead?
Have you ever seen your cat make biscuits? If you don’t know what we’re talking about, it’s that motion cats make when pushing their front paws (and sometimes claws!) in and out. It resembles kneading bread dough, hence the phrase “making biscuits.” It can be cute and funny when your cat jumps on your lap and kneads contentedly, but it can also be painful! Keep reading…

The Best is Yet to Come

Regardless of how you feel about the past year, the start of a new one is the perfect time to explore opportunities for positive change. When it comes to your pet, we’re always here to provide assistance and answer questions. We hope you and your pet have a fabulous 2019!