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What to do if a Service Dog Approaches You Without Their Owner

Nowadays, most people know general guidelines when it comes to service dog etiquette. Refraining from petting a service dog while they’re working is an important rule, along with knowing that legitimate service dogs are allowed to accompany their owners nearly everywhere.   However, one topic that’s rarely discussed is the very real possibility that one […]

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Pot and Pets: Never a Good Idea

Despite past setbacks, advocates of marijuana legalization in Ohio are moving toward a new initiative that would allow adults 21 years and older to grow, transport, possess, use, sell, purchase, and share marijuana and its numerous derivatives. Like residents in other states with similar laws, questions about pet safety will undoubtedly become more prevalent in […]

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The Benefits of Growing Catnip in Your Garden

Our cats are such wonderful and amazing creatures, and many of us want to give them a special treat now and then. If you haven’t already thought of it, why not grow some catnip in your garden or your catio? Most of us have heard of the euphoric effects of catnip on cats, and may […]

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Splish, Splash, Safe: Dog Water Safety 101

Summer may be halfway over, but that doesn’t mean we’re packing up the sunscreen or covering the grill just yet. Spending the day at the lake or pool is still on the agenda for many families, and bringing a water-loving dog along adds another layer of fun. Even if your dog is a true beach […]

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Heatstroke in Pets: Prevent, Recognize, and Intervene Immediately

The risks of heatstroke in pets are very real. Symptoms don’t always stem from over-exertion on a hot day. Instead, the prime culprit is usually plain and simple dehydration. Pets sweat a little bit through their noses and paw pads, but in an attempt to regulate internal body temperature, they pant. If access to shade […]

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The Pets of Rock and Roll

Being in Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, West Park Animal Hospital decided it would be remiss to not take the time to feature some of our favorite pets of rock and roll. Read on to live vicariously through a few fluffy friends who really know how to jam. Historical Pets […]

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Running with Your Dog: Tips for Safety and Fun

Whether you’re a serious or casual runner, having an exercise partner can make running more enjoyable and motivate you to get out there, even when you don’t feel like it. Your loyal canine companion can make an excellent running buddy, and regular exercise and companionship lead to a variety of wonderful benefits for both you […]

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Healthy and Fun: Summer Treats for Your Dog

Temperatures are starting to heat up, and although it’s not too unbearable yet, we know hot weather is approaching! Now is a great time to gather ideas and recipes for one of the most delightful summer activities: making summer treats for your dog. If you love to make things for your dog, but you’re short […]

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Under Construction? The Keys to Pet Safety During a Remodel

Whether you’ve hired a contractor or you’re doing the work yourself, a remodel at home can be a huge undertaking. Even if your project is confined to a small part of the house or it doesn’t have an extended timetable, home construction upends the natural ease and comfort that pets depend on. Since they can’t […]

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With These Safety Tips, Bike Riding With Dogs Can be Great!

Have you ever seen a cyclist holding a leash? Most of the time, it looks like they have total control of the situation and that both rider and pet are the epitome of good health. Most likely, this didn’t just happen overnight. For bike riding with dogs to be successful and safe, practice and preparation [...]

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