The Best of Both Worlds: How to Engage Your Indoor Cat

engage your indoor catIndoor cats have a pretty good life. They’re safe from the elements and are protected from neighborhood predators and pesky cars. Still, the indoor cat life can be a bit…shall we say, boring? Of course, your cat loves to be with you, but our indoor kitties get far less activity than their outdoor counterparts.

Your cat’s health can actually be impacted by a lack of activity. Obesity, lack of social interaction, and overlooked health issues can all be side effects of an indoor lifestyle. With that in mind, your friends at BEEVET Animal Hospital want to provide some ideas for how to engage your indoor cat.

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Poison Awareness: Common Pet Poisons in the Home

common pet poisonsIn case you haven’t noticed, your pet’s safety is our top priority here at BEEVET! In the past, we’ve covered important topics relating to pet safety with boating, holidays, and even the dog park. In honor of National Poison Awareness Week, March 18-24, our goal is to raise awareness about the many common pet poisons lurking in our homes, and educate pet owners on how they can best protect their furry friends.

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A Formidable Foe: Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions

Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive LesionsCats have a habit of doing things their own way, and it is no different when it comes to dental disease. While they are subject to plaque, tartar, gingivitis, and periodontal disease just like their canine counterparts, they are also prone to a few conditions that are not quite so common in dogs.

Feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions are a progressive condition that we see in our cat patients at BEEVET Animal Hospital. By educating pet owners about this condition, we hope we can encourage more proactive dental health care for all of our patients, feline or not.

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Better with Age: Caring for Senior Pets

senior petsThanks to significant advances in the field of veterinary medicine, along with a greater understanding of generalized pet care, our pets are living longer lives than ever before. Although senior pets may act and look the same as they did when they were young, the reality is that certain changes are inevitable during the aging process.

We know that making your pet’s life as wonderful as possible during their golden years is your top priority. With extra attention paid to the areas of diet, exercise, comfort, and mobility, you can ensure that your best pal is happy and healthy, and enjoying the best years of their life!

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New Year, New Pet Care Resolutions

There’s so much pressure to be the best. Luckily, pet owners can establish pet care resolutions for the new year that are actually attainable. We’re not talking about huge, life-changing goals. Instead, it’s the little things we can all commit to in order to provide the safest, healthiest lifestyles for our four-legged best friends.

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A Grateful State of Mind: Being Thankful for Pets this Holiday Season

thankful for petsMost of us know that we should strive to feel grateful each day for the things that give meaning to our lives, but the daily grind can easily get in the way of our attempts at good cheer. As Thanksgiving approaches, we are given the perfect opportunity to sit back and reflect on what is truly important in life: family, friends, and our pets!

Being thankful for pets is a no-brainer. After all, they provide endless joy, devotion, humor, and richness to our lives. We’ve outlined the various reasons to be overflowing with gratefulness for your furry pal this holiday season, and all year long.

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This Season’s Best Costume Ideas for Pets

costume ideas for petsMost of us think our pets – no matter if they’re furry, slinky, or feathered – are the most adorable animals out there. What’s even cuter? Your pet decked out in their very own Halloween costume!

These days, pet costume sales are beginning to rival costume sales for kids, with more creative and high quality outfits being offered to not only dogs and cats, but to our exotic animal companions as well. From geckos to guinea pigs, you can be sure your unusual pet also has their fair share of costumes from which to choose.

Since there are so many amazing options, your friends at BEEVET have listed a few of our favorite costume ideas for pets. Check them out!

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A Spotlight on Pet Pain Management

pet pain managementMuch has changed about pet ownership over the last few generations. Today’s pets are enjoying substantially better health and longevity thanks to advances in veterinary care and a deeper concern for the wellbeing of animals in our society. Instead of focusing solely on healing injuries and extending the life of pets, veterinarians and veterinary staff are now committed to preserving the quality of life through pet pain management strategies.

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Dogs, Dogs Everywhere: Summer in Zilker Park (Are There Rules About Dogs?)

rules about dogsArguably, the best feature of our fair city is the beautiful, green jewel tucked between the Colorado River and Barton Creek. Zilker Metropolitan Park is the place to enjoy the skyline, gather with friends, and take advantage of nature’s splendor. While most pets who accompany their outdoorsy owners are well-behaved, their presence in this shared, public space begs the questions: what are the rules about dogs, and how can you plan a successful trip with your fur friend?

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Slurp Up Summer with Our Summer Pet Treats Recipes!

summer pet treatsThe heat and humidity of summer can do a number on our pets, putting them at risk for dehydration, heat stroke, and other heat-related problems. Chilled or frozen treats are a fun surprise for any dog or cat, and they can also help counteract the effects of a hot day.

Check out our ideas for tasty and healthy summer pet treats!

The Makings of a Good Summer Pet Treat

It’s important to make sure that anything you feed your pet is healthy and safe for him or her. Avoid using any foods that are toxic to pets, such as chocolate, raisins, grapes, coffee, alcohol, and anything sweetened with Xylitol.

With pet obesity on the rise, adding extra calories to your pet’s diet can be an issue. Our summer pet treat ideas are healthy, but care should be taken not to increase your pet’s daily caloric intake too much. Treats of any kind should also never replace your pet’s regular food.

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