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Westpark Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2017

Looking back at the last holiday season, does it feel like it was longer than a mere 12 months ago? It’s all relative, of course, but for many, 2017 was a long year. Luckily, the Cavaliers and the Indians kept our enthusiasm in tact, lest we forget that Lady Gaga, Guns’N’Roses, and Billy Joel all graced our fine city this year.

Reflecting on our own accomplishments in 2017, we can say we’re honored to be a part of your pet’s life. We hope our pet care blog found a way to help you with your pet’s health, fitness, or behavior. Beyond the usual issues, we also like to explore topics that are relevant to our community of pet lovers, especially ones that support and enhance the human-animal bond.

Our Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2017

  1. Pet Treats: The Good, The Bad, And The Delicious – Pets and treats seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. We use treats for training, rewarding, and simply to make our pets happy. American pet owners buy so many treats, in fact, that pet treats made up 16% of U.S. pet food spending in 2014. Read More…
  2. The Current Scoop On Canine Kennel Cough – With the recent outbreak of canine kennel cough and canine influenza occurring in the Chicago area, the media is all abuzz with talk about these diseases. Many pet owners want to know what the word is on canine kennel cough and whether they should be worried. Read More…
  3. 5 Things Pet Owners Should Know About Winter In Cleveland – Like much of the United States, we enjoy four distinct seasons here in Cleveland; rainy springs, warm summers, crisp autumns, and snowy winters. While we are fortunate to not experience a lot of the extreme weather dangers typically seen in other parts of the country, Cleveland residents (and their pets) must contend with a longer-than-average winter, typically November-April. Read More…
  4. Those Adorable, Adoptable Dogs! – October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Dog Month, and your friends and West Park Animal Hospital want to thank all of the wonderful pet parents who have provided homes for pound puppies and other shelter pets over the years. Read More…
  5. Winter Paw Care For Healthy, Happy Feet – Just as you might pay special attention to your pet’s paws during hot summer days, winter brings its own challenges for paw health and safety. Read More…dog urine
  6. Gifts That Give Back – How You Can Help Animals In Need – If you are like most of us, this time of the year can be a source of stress. There’s so much traffic, limited parking at stores, growing credit card debt, and scheduling conflicts that can muddle our intentions of gratitude and love. However, after you take a much-needed deep breath, notice that the inherent seasonal joy can be magnified if the gifts you give are coming from your heart. Indeed, the true spirit of the holidays will shine when you give back to those in need. Read More…
  7. Lost And Found Pets: What To Do With A Found Pet – At some point or another it’s likely that you will play the role of the Good Samaritan who comes across a scared cat under a porch or rescues a confused and frightened dog from a street or alley. Once we address the emergency at hand – that is, ensuring the pet is kept safe from immediate danger – we then find ourselves in the position to ask, “Now what?” Read More…
  8. Walking The Dog! Celebrating National Walk Your Dog Month – The middle of winter may seem like strange timing to honor the importance of getting outside to walk your pet, especially here in Ohio. Temperatures in January don’t often inch far above freezing, and pets and their owners struggle to cope with cabin fever. Indeed, who really wants to get all bundled up right now to traipse through ice and snow? Read More…
  9. Lost And Found Pets: What To Do When Your Pet Is Missing – Those of us who care for a pet find the idea of him or her becoming lost terrifying. Yet, each year, the greater Cleveland area sees thousands of lost pets on the streets and in shelters.  And, while some of these missing pets find their way back to their families; many pets remain unclaimed due to lack of identification tags or a microchip. Read More…
  10. Corneal Ulcers In Pets: A Common Condition – Perhaps the most frequent eye problem that we see in our pet patients is the corneal ulcer. Pets with this problem often squint the eye, have tearing, or maybe even redness and swelling. These eye ulcers can be extremely painful and vary in severity from no big deal to an emergency situation. Read More…

dogs eat grassAs they say in the film industry, 2017 is “a wrap,” but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the valuable lessons and important tips from this past year.

From all of us at Westpark Animal Hospital, we hope you have a safe and happy celebration. See you in 2018! And thank you for reading our pet care blog!

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