Pets and Festivals: Should You Take Your Pet?

Cleveland residents know that there’s just something special about summer in the CLE. Our long winter is a thing of the past (at least for now) and the weekends are filled with fun activities, including plenty of neighborhood festivals, fairs, and outdoor concerts.

Many pet owners understandably want to bring their pets along to enjoy the beautiful weather and fun events, but pets and festivals don’t always mix. Find out if your pet is a good candidate for a public event, and what you can do to keep him or her safe.

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Hot Pockets: When Summer Pocket Pet Safety Takes Center Stage

Summer is arguably the best time of year for pets and people alike. There’s so much to do, so many enticing smells, and daylight seems to last forever. With all the goodness in store over the next few months, there are equal opportunities for pets to find trouble. Of these animals, pocket pets face particular risks when it comes to illness, injury, or escape. Don’t let it happen to you with our summer pocket pet safety guide.

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The Basics of Exotic Pet Care

exotic petsFrom the feathered to the scaled, exotic pets (often called “pocket pets”) have captured the hearts of many pet owners. However, along with their special qualities comes extra care requirements that must be heeded to keep them healthy and happy. In fact, we end up seeing many exotic species when their specific nutritional or housing needs have been misunderstood.

To help keep your exotic in optimum health, we’ve compiled some basic information to eliminate some of the confusion around exotic pet care.

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Everyone Loves Mother’s Day, Especially Pet Moms!

pet momsMother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to let the moms in your life know how much you value their hard work and dedication. But what about pet moms? The ones we see are equally committed to the health and happiness of the animals in their care, and the devotion and adoration is definitely not one-sided. We all try to make the world a better place, and pet moms deserve to be honored this spring.

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Your Lumpy, Bumpy Pet: All About Lipomas in Pets

It’s a common scenario; you’re peacefully brushing your pet, when you are startled to discover a soft lump under his or her skin. Your mind races, wondering what the lump could be and what could have caused it. Should you call the vet immediately, or is this simply a natural part of the aging process?

Many pets develop non-cancerous growths as they age called lipomas. While lipomas in pets are normal and usually benign, pet owners and veterinarians should monitor their growth over time, and intervene if needed.

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All Your Eggs in One Basket: The Easter Pet Safety Edition

We’re rolling right along the lovely, flower-filled spring time path, not unlike an oblong egg. The air is clear, the sun is shining, and all is right with the world. Add to this seasonal splendor a veritable feast of tasty treats, skipping through an egg hunt, and baskets chock full of goodies.

This all paints a pretty colorful scene, but the fact is, without certain Easter pet safety measures firmly in place, your pet could be in peril.

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Pet Wound Care for the Do-It-Yourselfer

You probably don’t rush to the doctor every time you get a paper-cut, and likewise your pet probably doesn’t need to make a trip in to see us at West Park Animal Hospital for every scrape. In many situations, at-home pet wound care is an appropriate action as long as you are comfortable.

Read on to learn about pet wound care basics and when to throw in the towel.

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Hit the Road, Jack: Pet Training for the Best Guest

You and your super-sweet, well-behaved pet have been invited to stay at the home of someone you care about. Feeling confident in your pet’s overall behavior and social skills, you’re certain this trip will yield countless kudos for raising such a smart, calm, adorable companion. Good with people, kids, and all other pets, your pet is a model citizen, right?

While this scenario is perfectly normal for many pets who are excited to travel and mingle with strangers, others may benefit from pet training in order to become a star houseguest.

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Friends for Life: The Best Pets for Seniors

It’s no secret that pets offer humans big benefits in the forms of love, companionship, joy, and just plain fun. These benefits don’t disappear as we age, and senior citizens can reap just as many, if not more, rewards from pet ownership.

Not all pets are created equal, of course, and that rambunctious lab puppy or high-maintenance Aussie may not be ideal for the senior in your life. Selecting the best pets for seniors doesn’t have to be complicated, however, and your team at West Park Animal Hospital can help guide you through the process of finding the perfect companion!

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What You Should Know Before Walking Your Dog

Now that spring is on the horizon, many of us will feel the urge to get back outside. One of the more popular activities for a pet owner is walking your dog and visiting all those beautiful, verdant parks and trails that are getting ready to burst into bloom.

Walking your dog on a leash is an excellent source of exercise and social opportunities, but it’s not something that comes naturally; it requires training, practice, and awareness. To have a truly great time with your best friend, make sure to keep these five essential dog walking musts in mind.

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