Posts in Category: Responsible Pet Ownership

Help Control The Pet Population Spay and Neuter Your Pets!

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Spring is the beginning of warmer weather and longer days.  Spring leads to blooming flowers, budding trees, and baby animals.  In fact, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day.   At this alarming rate, things can get out of hand rather quickly.  For instance, one intact female cat and all her offspring will produce 11,606,077 cats over nine years, and one intact female dog and all her offspring will produce 67,000 dogs over six years?  This week let’s talk all about spay and neuter.

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How To Find The Perfect Pet Questionnaire

perfect petWhether you are deciding to get your very first pet or adding another pet to your household, it is imperative to choose wisely.  Approximately thirty percent of dogs and cats are relinquished between seven months and one year of age.  Relinquishment is partially due to poor planning on the owner’s part, and the other factor is behavioral pet problems.  This week’s article will give you some tools that will help you and your veterinarian or pet counselor find the perfect pet. Continue…

Top 4 Reasons Why Clients Avoid Cat Vet Visit

cat vet visitI’ve been practicing veterinary medicine for over twenty years and have experienced the entire spectrum of reactions from cat vet visits that you can imagine.  These cat reactions range from “You’re my best friend” to “I want to kill you.”  The cat vet visit that could be right out of a horror flick is just one of the reasons that cat owners don’t like taking their cat to the vet.  In a recent study conducted by Royal Canin, they reported that 92% of cat owners say their cat’s health is important to them, but only half of all cats are taken to the veterinarian by their caretakers on a regular basis.  This week, I will reveal the top four excuses clients use for not taking their cats to the vet and how to resolve these issues. Continue…

Adventure Cat: The Art Of Feline Hiking

adventure catTrail hikes and sidewalk strolls have long been the exclusive domain of owners and dogs. Not anymore! There has been an increase in interest in cat owners taking their friends out for adventures lately, which has led to the creation of a group of Adventure Cat. These cats have been acclimated to harness, lead, and backpack excursions with their owners. From casual strolls through town hiking the Appalachian Trail these cats have become almost commonplace on many local paths. Continue…

Meet Pip – An Awesome Adoptable Dog!

adoptable dogThis is Pip, he is an awesome adoptable dog. He needs a home!  Could you be the owner that Pip has been waiting for?

Pip’s story started right here at Guthrie Pet Hospital. His mama was abandoned when she was pregnant and, through the help of a kind man and a group of helpful people, she ended up coming to stay with us. Pip was the firstborn of her puppies. He spent the first seven weeks of his life at Guthrie Pet Hospital, getting love and growing. He and his brother Turtle we’re adopted together into a wonderful home.

Sadly, Pip and Turtle’s owners recently went through some difficult life changes, and they realized that they could no longer provide a safe, enriching home for the boys. Those owners did the right thing and contacted us to get Pip and Turtle into a foster while we searched for new forever homes for them. Turtle has found his new family, but Pip still hasn’t met the right match. We want him to find a home and owner who will be “just right.”

These are the things the adoptable dog Pip needs to be happy:

  1. A person who wants a big dog. Pip weighs about 110 pounds. He’s tall and leggy.
  2. A person who wants to spend quality time with him. He needs time to build a bond with his new person or people. He can seem aloof when he meets new people, but he’s a sweetie once he knows you.
  3. A fenced yard or lots of on-leash.
  4. No chickens. Pip eats chickens.

adoptable dogPip is housebroken, crate trained, and knows basic obedience. He deserves someone to love him.  Could you be the one to give him a happy ending?

A Tale of Two Kitties: How I Adopted a Feral Cat and Accidentally Made A New Best Friend

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“Was that a mouse???”

That was the sentence that started everything. While watching TV one night, my wife saw a tiny, grey rodent go scuttling through our kitchen. We’re the kind of people who don’t have the heart to set traps to kill mice. Instead, I ordered a live-catch trap online and set it up under the cupboard. Continue…

Dog Laws 101— An Introduction to Common Dog Laws and Ordinances

dog lawsBy Stefani Fortney  I see it often. A dog owner who was unaware of the laws about pets in their community takes to social media to voice their concerns and complaints about why their precious dog has gotten into trouble with local police, sheriff, or animal control. Most times, it’s hard for me to understand why a person who has a dog wouldn’t go to the trouble of finding out what local laws govern their ownership, care, and responsibilities for their dog and its interaction with the community. Most communities have laws that outline what is expected from your dog and you. I’m going to touch on a few of the most common dog laws and why they’re important to follow to not be a nuisance or danger to your community. Continue…

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