Top 5 Reasons Maine Coon Cats are Awesome

maine coon catsFriendly, furry, and intelligent are general attributes of many cat breeds, but Maine Coon cats are especially friendly, furry, and intelligent. In fact, they’re quite adaptable and seem to get along with everyone (kids, dogs, and other cats included). They also have one of the longest and most beautiful coats out there and even enjoy playing fetch and walking on a leash! For these reasons and more, Maine Coon cats are among the top three cats registered by the Cat Fanciers Association.

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Why Your Pet is Scared of the Vacuum Cleaner and What You Can Do About It

Few modern housekeeping tools are as highly valued as the vacuum cleaner, especially for pet owners dealing with fur on the carpet, floors, and furniture. However, when a pet runs in fear, barks, hides, or quivers when the trusty vacuum is pulled out, it can be upsetting, to say the least. Having a pet who’s scared of the vacuum is a perplexing problem, but fortunately, there are strategies that can help owners keep their pets calm.

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Big Life Change: Moving Your Cat to a New Home

moving your catRelocating is a major life change. Whether you’re moving across town or to another state, packing, loading up, and getting acclimated to a different neighborhood takes time – and it takes a serious toll on a cat’s attachment to territory and routine. It’s overwhelming, certainly, but moving your cat will hopefully be easier with our transition tips.

It’s Dreadfully Exciting!

Moving can be fun, but before you get caught up in visions of your new life in a new place, consider Fluffy’s point of view. Moving your cat can be deeply unsettling, and the chaos surrounding packing and loading up can have disastrous results.

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Is Pet Hair Taking Over Your Life? We Can Help!

pet hairEver since pets moved from living strictly outdoors to occupying our homes, animal lovers have been grappling with pet hair on our clothes, couches, beds, and pretty much everywhere. Depending on a pet’s shedding habits, this can be a serious nuisance. But short of shaving him or her (which won’t cut down on the hair anyway), what’s a pet owner to do?

Start From the Source

Every hair you manage to remove from your pet is one less you’ll have to remove from your home. This makes daily grooming the single best way to mitigate a furry problem. By committing to just a few minutes of brushing each day, you’ll see a noticeable decrease in the amount of furries and fuzzies floating around your house. Thanks to some wonderful products, such as the FURminator, getting rid of excess fur on your pet has never been easier.

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Potty Mouth: Why do Pets Drink From the Toilet?

toilet drinkingToilets and pets are never a combo you want to encounter; however, seeing a pet take a sip of toilet water is a common scene. Drinking from the toilet seems like a pretty disgusting way to stay hydrated – particularly when you offer your pet multiple bowls of fresh water around the home.

So, what’s with this obsession? Why do pets drink from the toilet, and is it safe? The team at West Park sets out to address this unsavory attraction to the “toilet bowl beverage.”

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Pet Immunization: How Vaccines Lead to Health and Longevity

pet immunizationFrom the most recent outbreaks of canine influenza to the ongoing perils of parvovirus, infectious diseases among pets is something that won’t ever go away. Like us, pets are susceptible to an array of illnesses that can place other animals and people at risk when not controlled and treated.

In observance of National Pet Immunization Month, West Park Animal Hospital wants to champion the importance of pet immunization and why these vaccines help keep the pet population healthy.

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On the Road Again? Bring Your Pet to See the Veterinarian Before Traveling

veterinarian before travling According to a study by AAA and Best Western International, more than 50% of U.S. pet owners bring their pets along when they travel. And who can blame them? Our pets are part of our families, and it’s hard to imagine leaving them behind while we are off having adventures.

To help your trip go as smoothly as possible, it’s important to prepare ahead of time for your pet’s comfort and safety. Bringing your pet in to see the veterinarian before traveling is an important part of that pre-trip checklist.

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Pass the Greens! Why Some Dogs Eat Grass

dogs eat grassIt’s not uncommon to see a dog munching on something we wouldn’t necessarily qualify as “food.” Dogs, after all, are the experimental gourmets, willing to ingest all sorts of things. Unfortunately, this makes them prone to poisoning when we aren’t paying attention. Among the least noxious of these “entrees” is grass.

Countless dog owners have pondered why their pooches have a palate for the lawn salad. “Is my dog sick?” “Should I stop this behavior?” “Is grass eating normal?” These are all questions we at West Park Animal Hospital have received over the years, making the mystery of why some dogs eat grass one that we’d like to help you solve.

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Healthy Lawn, Healthy Pet: When Dog Urine Leaves Brown Spots in the Yard

dog urineFor many, there’s nothing as nice as a lush, healthy lawn – and that can entail a lot of work! So naturally, dog lovers may struggle when they step out on the deck to see, sigh, another ugly brown spot where Fido has been “going.”

There’s much debate about why dog urine leaves brown spots on grass and even more talk about how to prevent it. While keeping the best interest of your pet – and your lawn – in mind, the team at West Park Animal Hospital wants to help you tackle this unsightly matter.

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Pets and Divorce in the New World

pets and divorceAccording to recent statistics, over 30% of U.S. households include a cat and more than 37% include a dog. In many of these homes, the pet is considered an important member of the family, but with a 50% divorce rate in the United States, the issue of “who gets the pet” is bound to come up from time to time.

Unfortunately, deciding what to do with a pet after a divorce or breakup isn’t always settled quickly or satisfactorily for both parties. Although most courts of law view pets as personal property, couples today have more options than ever when it comes to dealing with pets and divorce.

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