Should You Cuddle with Your Pet? The Answer May Surprise You

Whether they’re logical, reasonable, or purely indulgent, the reasons people choose to sleep with their pets vary considerably. Approximately 60% of American households own a pet, and roughly half of them are allowed to sleep alongside their people. In fact, many owners insist on co-sleeping. Pets and people naturally enjoy – and benefit from – close contact. But are there reasons why you shouldn’t cuddle with your pet?

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Animal Family Veterinary Care Center’s Top Pet Care Blogs of 2018

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The new year is the perfect time to take stock of our blessings and reflect on our accomplishments. At this time of year, we can’t help but feel grateful for all our patients and clients, and think back with fondness to all the Davenport pets that we’ve helped.

We’re also thinking about how to make an even better year to come for ourselves, our families, and our pets. With that in mind, we’re taking a look back at our monthly pet care blogs to learn which posts you found most entertaining and educational, and we’ve compiled them for you here. Enjoy!

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Make Veterinary Visits Less Stressful for Your Cat

Feline veterinary visits are important for cat health

Did you know that cats actually out number dogs as pets in the U.S.? Yet, in spite of their greater numbers, we see far fewer felines at the clinic than we do dogs.

Traditionally, cats don’t like coming to the vet. They don’t like the carrier, the car ride, or the office visit. The great news is, there is something we can do to make things better. Cats can learn to tolerate, dare we say even enjoy, veterinary visits if we just take the time make things a little more cat friendly.

Planning for Feline Veterinary Visits Ahead of Time

As an owner, you can help decrease your cat’s stress by taking the time to get them used to the experiences associated with veterinary visits ahead of time. We have included a list below of some cat-friendly recommendations based on information provided by the International Society of Feline Medicine and American Association of Feline Practitioners.

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Avoid a Pet Emergency with a Strategy for Holiday Pet Safety

Practicing holiday pet safety can prevent a pet emergency

The last thing any pet owner wants for their best friend is an accidental injury or sudden illness, but to face a dire situation during the holidays is extra frightening and stressful.

Whether it’s toxic foods, chemical poisoning, entanglement, electrical shock, or choking, preventing a pet emergency is crucial. Fortunately, with our holiday pet safety tips, you can relax and enjoy the festivities knowing your pet is protected!

Stay Away from Hazards

This time of the year, it’s not uncommon for pets to face certain hazards from new items that are brought into the home.

Gifts, people food, holiday decor, and more can all unwittingly place a pet in harm’s way. Let’s take a closer look at certain risks:

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The Best in Veterinary Surgery Options 

Veterinary surgery is sometimes necessary for pet health

When your pet needs to have surgery, it can be a little intimidating. From anesthesia to the actual surgical procedure, and all the details and decisions in between, it’s no surprise that many pet owners feel overwhelmed at best – and frightened at worst.

If you find yourself in position where your beloved family friend needs to have a procedure performed, though, you can have utmost confidence in our abilities at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center. Our veterinary surgery facilities and advanced offerings are top notch, and we have no doubt that we can provide the best for you and your pet.

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Halloween Pet Safety: How to Safely Include Your Pets in Your Seasonal Plans

Halloween pet safety can keep your pet from getting spooked.This time of year has a lot going for it. From apple picking to hayrides, costume contests to carving pumpkins, there’s some serious seasonal fun to be had. If your family pet is like some of the ones we know and love, they might want to be in the middle of all the fun. Certainly, being together is always fun, but is it always safe on All Hallow’s Eve? It can be with our Halloween pet safety tips and tricks.

Halloween Pet Safety Prep

Does your dog go crazy when the doorbell rings or are they simply eager to meet the neighborhood trick or treaters? A way to mitigate some stress or anxiety related to strangers and costumes constantly showing up on your stoop is to kennel your dog. Continue…

Definitely, Yes, Absolutely, 100%: The Importance of a Pet Disaster Plan

A pet disaster plan will help if you need to evacuate your pet in an emergencyOur geographical location is arguably one of the safest with regard to natural disasters, but that doesn’t mean catastrophe can’t strike at home. People have to leave their homes for all sorts of reasons, such as house fires, tornadoes and high winds, floods, water line damage, insect infestation, and more. These events can happen to anyone, which is why it’s vital to have a pet disaster plan. Are you ready?

Plug In. Recharge.

Before we go into detail about what your pet disaster plan should involve, we’d like to remind owners of pets to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout the house. Change batteries and/or replace the entire device if needed (usually after 10 years or so).

Some pet owners practice setting off the alarms as a training exercise. That way, their pets know how to act when alarms go off, such as exit through a pet door to your fenced-in yard. If that option isn’t available to you, you could train your pet to go to the safest spot in the house or their crate. Continue…

Cat Health and Wellness: The Cornerstone of a Happy Life

Cat health is an important part of cat veterinary careCats are amazing creatures. They are also, however, masters at hiding signs of pain or discomfort. This means we may not know something is wrong until it’s too late, which is why we want to take a moment to focus on cat health and wellness.

Survival Instincts

In the wild, cats who show weakness or disease are targets for predators, so it’s no surprise that they’ve developed a survival instinct to hide their pain. This means the best way to ensure your kitty is healthy (even if they seem ok) is with regularly scheduled veterinary exams.  

The Importance of Wellness Visits

The purpose of wellness exams (or preventive care exams) is to make sure your cat is in good health and to prevent problems from developing later on. Cats age much faster than humans, so it’s important that they be seen at least once a year. Young pets, senior pets, and those with chronic conditions should be seen more frequently. Continue…

During Street Fest, Keeping Dogs Safe in Crowds Is Key

During Davenport Street Fest, Keeping Dogs Safe in Crowds Is KeyIt’s that time of year again! Davenport’s beloved Street Fest 2018 is officially underway July 27-28th, and we couldn’t be more excited. Whether you partake in the food, music, gorgeous arts and crafts booths, or come down to celebrate the final day of RAGBRAI (which concludes right here in Davenport this year), it’s sure to be a fun event.

Bringing dogs to Street Fest is a tradition for many pet owners, but the crowds, noise, heat, and other factors can quickly turn a fun event into a disaster if you aren’t prepared. If you are considering bringing a four-legged companion to Street Fest this year, we offer you the following tips and tricks for keeping dogs safe in crowds… Continue…

Happy Tails: Pet Friendly Vacation Ideas

A pet friendly vacation is a great way to spend time with the family pet outdoors.Taking a trip is an essential part of summer for many families, but having to leave the family pet behind can put a damper on an otherwise fun and exciting adventure.

If you’re considering a pet friendly vacation, look no further! The team at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center has already done the research, and we’ve discovered some pretty paw-some ideas for vacationing with your pet. Continue…