Pet Safe Pest Control You Can Make at Home

This time of year is rife with bugs and pests, which can sometimes plague the home and yard. But if you have a four-legged companion, you can’t just spray or dispense pesticides without potentially putting your pet at risk. These insect repellents are effective but are toxic to insects and, unfortunately, also to other animals. 

Still, no one wants to be overrun with mosquitoes, gnats, ants, and other invading species. This is why your friends at Brodie Animal Hospital are here with some simple, pet safe pest control solutions for you to check out.

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The Special Relationship Between You Makes Cat Care Worth It

Have you ever met an uninspired cat owner? Not likely. Of all the people out there devoted to their pets, those that are privileged to live among cats could easily rattle off a long list why their kitties are the absolute best. 

Without a doubt, cats are alluring and entertaining, dazzling us with their eyes, acrobatics and hunting skills. What’s more, when excellent cat care is in place they seem to show their appreciation with extra snuggles and head butts.  

Every Cat Is Unique

Veteran cat owners know that not all cats are equal. Some are chatty, while others like their alone time. Some go bananas for birds, others are content to play with catnip mice. Some cats are easily litter box trained, others struggle.

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6 Puppy Behaviors to Keep an Eye On

Those rolly-polly bodies and adorable faces, what’s not to like about puppies? If you have adopted a new puppy, it’s definitely an exciting time in your household. Puppies are full of curiosity and energy, and never seem lax on trying to figure out everything in their surroundings. These playful babies are certainly swoon-worthy, but sometimes behaviors arise that aren’t exactly adorable.

As your puppy develops and grows into an adolescent, there are some behaviors to watch out for during their training and socialization. Your team at Brodie Animal Hospital is here to explain. 

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Yes, They’re Covered In Fur, but Pet Sun Protection Is Key

Pets used to be allowed to spend inordinate amounts of time in the direct sun. We now know that the consequences of overexposure include skin damage or worse for pets. That’s why pet sun protection is becoming a priority for all pet owners, regardless of how furry their pet is.

One More Thing to Do

Most of us wouldn’t think of spending hours on end in the blazing sun. We know it’s bad for us, and our skin pays the price. So, we don wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothing to help us combat ultraviolet rays. If we’re prone to sun damage, why wouldn’t our pets be?

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Is Car Sickness in Dogs a Real Thing?

It sounds like a cruel joke, but we can assure you, dogs get motion sickness all the time. Contrary to the plethora of images depicting happy dogs riding in cars, trucks, tractors, and everything in between, they simply don’t come equipped to handle the sensations associated with traveling. Instead, like most new things, they have to become acclimated to the experience. 

When it comes to preventing canine car sickness, or easing symptoms, we’ve got you covered!

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The Big Meow – Are You Ready for a Cat?

As the saying goes “a house is not a home without a cat”. This might not be true for everyone, but a home shared with one or more cats is definitely more cozy. This could be explained by their willingness to snuggle, or their engaged affection. Whatever the case may be, a warm, purring kitty is simply wonderful. 

With more than 90 million pet cats in homes nationwide, we are in full acknowledgment of all the amazement, joy, and contentment they bring. However, there is a difference between wanting one and being truly ready for a cat. 

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Get to the ER! Allergic Reaction or Pet Poisoning?

There are many symptoms a pet can display when they are experiencing a serious or emergency situation. Sometimes an underlying illness or condition can mask something acute and critical, like pet poisoning. The likelihood of knowing every sign of all of the ways a health crisis can come into play is low to none. That is why having a plan to seek help promptly is the way to go whenever you are in doubt.

Both an allergic reaction and pet poisoning are emergency situations that require immediate care by your veterinarian or emergency hospital. But how can you know what’s occurring?

We’re here to help differentiate the two and tell you how to proceed.

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Drumroll, Please: Announcing Brodie Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Blog Posts of 2019

The team at Brodie Animal Hospital has had an amazing year with our wonderful pet patients (and their people) and offering them the very best care possible. We have also had a wonderful time educating our pet families on topics that appeal to them, from daily pet exercise to nutrition, the importance of wellness care to parasite control. It is our sincere hope you have enjoyed reading our blog and learning more about how to better care for your fur friend.

As we look ahead to 2020, we can reflect upon the many ways our animal companions enrich our lives with unconditional love, joy, and laughter. If you are like us, you may have prioritizing your pet’s health and bringing more wellbeing and happiness to their lives on your New Year’s resolutions. Pets are, after all, family, and they deserve the very best.

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Your Golden Oldie: Caring For Your Senior Pet

Are you the proud owner of a senior pet? It’s important to remember that while getting older isn’t optional, age is not a disease. Your senior pet may need a little more TLC than their younger counterparts, but they can still live an active, happy, and comfortable life for years to come. Your veterinarian can help make this happen. 

What is a Senior Pet?

Generally speaking, pets who have reached the age of 7 are considered senior, although this varies with breed and species. Your veterinarian can help you determine which life stages your pet has reached – one reason annual preventive care exams are so important. 

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Set the Scene and Prioritize Halloween Pet Safety

Two floofy dogs dressed in Halloween sweaters sit near Halloween decor

In life we are typically more successful when we plan ahead. Whether it’s preparing for a test or a trip, when our proverbial ducks are lined up mistakes are reduced, accidents abated. 

The same holds true for Halloween pet safety. Without a doubt, the more we anticipate potential calamity the more we can keep our animals out of danger. The best part? With an approach to seasonal events like this, we can all but guarantee a happy, fun-filled night.

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