Senior Cat Care for Your Aging Fluffball

senior cat care.

If you’ve been the faithful companion to your aging cat since they were a delightfully zany kitten, you know well the satisfaction that comes with full-arc ownership. Knowing a cat for their entire life is such a beautiful experience. Senior cat care can throw some owners for a loop, however. As they age their health, lifestyle, and environmental needs change. Here are our tips on senior cat care needs:

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Should You Allow Your Dog to Lick Your Wounds?

Dog drooling.

Previous generations upheld the belief that dog mouths are cleaner than human mouths, but this myth has been debunked in recent years. In fact, it is well known that dogs carry loads of oral bacteria, none of which should be shared with people. It may seem harmless to allow your dog to lick your wounds, but experts recommend otherwise.

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Red Rocket: Paraphimosis in Dogs

Paraphimosis in Dogs.

If you’re the owner of a male dog, you may have adopted some “pet” names for your dog’s privates—such as dog lipstick or red rocket—because who wants to say “dog penis” in mixed company? Whatever your code words are for your pup’s private parts, there is a potentially serious condition that is certainly no laughing matter: dog paraphimosis. 

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A New Year’s Guide to Pet Exercise

Dogs with coats.

The holidays are all about giving, and our waistlines are the visual receipt. If your pants seem to be a bit tighter than last month, there’s a good reason. Chocolates, pies, cookies, boozy drinks, and fatty meats are to blame for human holiday pounds, but how can we account for weight gain in pets? It has to do with making time for regular pet exercise opportunities, every single day. 

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Excess Thirst in Pets (When Is It Too Much?)

Cat drinking water.

Our four-legged friends need lots of water to stay happy and healthy. Especially in the hot summer months or after long walks and vigorous playtime. It can get hot and muggy here in Arlington. Always monitor your pet’s water intake so you have a baseline and can know when something is off. 

When water intake goes beyond a normal amount or becomes excessive, it might be time for your pet to be evaluated by a veterinarian

Excessive thirst in dogs is called “polydipsia,” and can be a sign of underlying health conditions. At Arlington Animal Hospital, we are here to help you understand what is going on so your pet is happy and healthy.

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Top 5 Tips For Giving Your Pet Their Medication

Administering medication to puppy.

The monthly flea, tick, and heartworm medications don’t go down as easily as you’d think. Pet pharmaceuticals are designed, when possible, for easy delivery. But your pets know there’s something wrong with what you’re offering, and they will put up a fight against consumption! Our pets love treats, but they can smell and taste flavored medication before it’s out of the bottle or tube.

The Top Two Tips For Administering Pet Meds At Home

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Pooch Pampers? Are Dog Diapers For You?

Dog with urinary issues.

Pet training in general is not for the faint of heart. Persistence and consistency are key, and while almost any dog is trainable, it can be an uphill battle at times. Housetraining your pooch is no different. While it may be tempting to just go invest in some dog diapers, there are downsides to this solution. Arlington Animal Hospital is prepared to fill you in on the details.

Reasons Dog Diapers May Be Needed

Sometimes our canine companions make a mess, but for most dogs these are few and far between. For those that have frequent potty problems, though, dog diapers can be a lifesaver. 

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Does Your Dog Smell Like Fish? Here Are the Reasons Why!

Man complaining about dog smell
Man complaining about dog smell.

Dogs can smell like a lot of things, depending on what they eat, their health, and what things they have been exposed to (or rolled around on) outdoors. But if your dog is smelling like last night’s flounder dinner, it can be both offensive to the olfactory system and also concerning. 

Why does my dog smell like fish? That’s what the team at Arlington Animal Hospital is here to explain.

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Gobble It Up: Thanksgiving Pet Safety for Your Furry Family Members

dog under Thanksgiving table

Turkey, dressing, fall leaves, pumpkin pie, a chill in the air…these are the elements of Thanksgiving. It’s also a time of gatherings and feasts, and your furry friend is probably pet right there with you during the festivities. Unfortunately, many pet emergencies occur around the holidays because they get into something they shouldn’t get into. 

Since we are winding our way to the holiday table, the team at Arlington Animal Hospital is here to give you some tips on Thanksgiving pet safety. By exercising caution you and your fur family can have a happy holiday indeed.

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Can Pets Eat Cheese?

dog looking at cheese

Pets seem to have a special antenna just for the sound of cheese exiting the refrigerator. Like us, they savor sweet, salty, fatty cheeses that we bring home. And why wouldn’t they? Cheese is creamy, delicious, satisfying and unlike anything else in the world. 

Many pets sneak cheese or receive it as a treat, but just because they like it, it doesn’t mean they should eat it on a regular basis.

Delicate Balance

Pets can be incredibly intolerant of lactose and cannot properly digest the sugars found in dairy products. As a result, pets should not eat large quantities of cheese or consume it as part of their routine. Watch out for stomach upset, diarrhea or reluctance to engage in normal daily activities.

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