New to Pet Ownership? These Helpful Hacks Will Get You on Track

Pet ownership is rewarding and wonderful

Pet owners are very lucky people. They get a daily dose of unconditional love, entertainment, and oodles of cuddles (not to mention the health benefits that stem from this special relationship, as well!). To be sure, the perks are great, but if you’re new to pet ownership, caring for an animal can sometimes be a guessing game. In other words, the learning curve can be a little steep.

To get you over the hump, the team at West Park Animal Hospital has gathered some real-life hacks to help you fully embrace the wonderful joys of pet ownership.

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One Day at a Time: Training Tips for Blind and Deaf Pets

Training blind and deaf pets isn't hard and can improve their quality of life!

Finding out your pet is losing their hearing or vision can be a devastating blow to any pet owner. Concerns regarding care and quality of life are common, and many pet owners also wonder how they’ll maintain their pet’s obedience skills if they can no longer see or hear.

The team at West Park Animal Hospital wants to assure you that training blind and deaf pets doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few adjustments and plenty of loving compassion, your special pet can still reap all the benefits of obedience training.

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving: West Park Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

It has been the most wonderful time of the year, and we have so much to be grateful for. West Park Animal Hospital has been a part of the Cleveland, Lakewood, and Fairview Park pet care community for many years and we have you to thank. We’ve had a busy and exciting year, and we’re so glad to have shared so much of it with our clients and their pets.

Hopefully, we’ve given back a little to you with the exceptional pet care and client service that we strive for. A part of that has been to provide you with timely, educational topics that interest and inform you on our pet care blogs. With that, we’ve taken some time to compile West Park Animal Hospital’s Top 5 pet care blogs of 2018, and we hope you enjoy looking back with us!

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Four-Legged Wishes: What Your Pet Wants for Christmas

Tis’ the season of giving, and if you’re reading this blog, chances are that your pet has made your “nice list” this year (and every year!). With a dazzling array of options, it can be overwhelming to come up with the perfect gift for the four-legged friend in your life.

Fortunately, here at West Park Animal Hospital, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what your pet wants for Christmas!

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Full Bowls, Happy Hearts: Helping Pets in Need this Holiday Season

Helping pets in need can come in many ways

Animal lovers want to help pets year round, but the holiday season brings extra special ways we can all participate. From adopting and donating to fostering and volunteering, there are lots of ways to make a difference, and there’s something for everyone to get involved. We hope you’ll join the team at West Park Animal Hospital as we give back to pets in need this holiday season!

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A Pet Present: Adopting A Pet for the Holidays

Adopting a pet for the holidays can be difficult

‘Tis the season, and as the holidays approach, maybe you’ve decided to adopt a pet as a gift for someone close to you. As we all know, every pet is a gift. And at the holidays, it may seem natural to give a pet as a present. This can be a wonderful way to help shelter pets in need as well as add joy and fulfillment to the animal lover in your life.  

The thought of a new pet can bring excitement, but one of the biggest mistakes people make is surprising their partner or child with a new pet. Although it may be a surprise, it may also backfire.

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What Everyone Can Do to Promote Winter Cat Care

Winter cat care is part of winter pet safety.

Cats are amazing animals that are capable of living in extreme climates, but that doesn’t mean constant exposure to the elements is good for their health. Domestic cats that are allowed to roam outside or those that live exclusively outdoors (e.g., feral or stray cats) have more to contend with than just the weather. As a result, many owners choose the indoor-only lifestyle for their pet.

But what about cats that dart out at night or the ones who hang around the neighborhood that don’t seem to belong to anyone? Aside from protecting pets from potential illness and injury, winter cat care can be a real struggle. Fortunately, the team at West Park Animal Hospital is here to help!

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Truth and Consequences: Prevailing Myths of Feline Nutrition

Feline nutrition contributes to cat health

While there are many contributing factors to your cat’s overall wellness, what you put in their food bowl might be the most important. In other words, a balanced diet is what truly lays the foundation for a long and healthy life.

Unfortunately, while feline nutrition is essential, the marketing of commercial pet foods can make the simple act of providing your pet with a high-quality meal frustrating and confusing.

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Say No to Gravy: Rich, Fatty, Indulgent Foods Can Trigger Painful Pancreatitis in Pets

Pancreatitis in pets should be considered a pet emergency

Americans love Thanksgiving because of family traditions. Some play or watch football, others volunteer. Collectively, we all love the together time of the holidays, but let’s be honest. It’s the food that seals the deal. In other words, our nationally consistent table traditions keep us coming back for more (and more) until the leftovers are packed up for Black Friday snacks.

Everyone wants a Thanksgiving to remember, but certainly not at the expense of the family pet. With abundant ways for them to find trouble, we want to remind everyone of the dangers of pancreatitis in pets and how you can prevent it this holiday season.

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