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Everything You Need to Know About Pet Microchips

August 15, 2019

Is your pet properly identified? For many years, ID tags on the collar worked well—and they still do. Now, though, another type of pet identification is extremely helpful for your pet: the microchip. Learn more about microchips in this article from a Roanoke, VA veterinarian. What is a Microchip, and How Does it Work? A microchip is a tiny computer chip. A unique identification number is implanted electronically on this chip, and that number corresponds … Read More »

7 Ways To Keep Your Cat Happy and Healthy

July 15, 2019

Cats are very cute and lovable pets, and they have many charming qualities that have helped them earn places in our homes and hearts, as well as on our laps. One great thing about these cuddly little furballs is the fact that they are quite easy to care for. However, they aren’t completely independent. Fluffy needs good TLC in order to thrive. Here, a Roanoke, VA vet discusses keeping kitties happy, healthy, and purring. Good … Read More »

Adorable But Sneaky Ways Your Cat Manipulates You

June 15, 2019

Did you know that June 24th is Cat World Domination Day? Of course, if you were to ask Fluffy, she may very well insist that every day should be Cat World Domination Day. Actually, many of our feline patients already have their humans wrapped around their paws! Read on as a Roanoke, VA vet lists some ninja-level kitty manipulation tactics. The Meow One of the most adorable things about cats is the way they vocalize. … Read More »

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Grooming a Longhaired Cat

May 01, 2019

Do you have a super fluffy feline? Kitties are all cute, but longhaired ones can be extra adorable. They also require a bit of extra work. That’s a lot of fur for a kitty to care for! Read on as a Roanoke, VA vet discusses grooming longhaired cats. Supplies You may need a few different supplies for your pet. Wire slicker brushes remove dead fur and prevent tangles, while undercoat rakes are good for kitties … Read More »

Springtime Hazards for Cats and Dogs

April 15, 2019

Your pet is probably looking forward to the warmer weather of spring just as much as you are. Now that it’s officially here, it’s important to keep in mind some seasonal pet hazards! Below, your Roanoke, VA vet tells you about common springtime dangers for cats and dogs and how to keep your companion safe. Parasites Spring is prime-time for outdoor pests like fleas, ticks, and parasitic worms to start wreaking havoc on our pets’ … Read More »

Getting Your Pet Back to a Healthy Weight

April 01, 2019

Take a glance at your pet—are they looking a bit pudgy? Nearly half of all domesticated cats and dogs are overweight! If your pet could stand to shed a few pounds, use these tips from a Roanoke, VA veterinarian to return them to a healthy weight: See the Vet First, set up an appointment to have your pet examined at the vet’s office. You don’t want to start adjusting your pet’s portion size or changing … Read More »

What You Need to Know About Your Cat and Dairy

March 01, 2019

Cats and milk seem to go together like two peas in a pod. You might be surprised to learn that the two don’t actually mix very well! Learn more here from your Roanoke, VA veterinarian. Why is Milk Bad for Cats? It turns out that most adult cats are actually lactose-intolerant, just like many humans are. This means that they don’t possess enough of the enzyme lactase in their digestive systems to properly digest lactose, … Read More »

7 Reasons to Brush Your Cat

February 01, 2019

Cats have many wonderful qualities, but one of the best things about them is the fact that they are so clean. Fluffy will carefully groom herself every day. However, your furry little diva will still benefit from being brushed. Read on as a local Roanoke, VA vet lists some great reasons to brush your feline pal regularly in this article. Hairball Prevention One benefit of brushing Fluffy regularly is that you’ll be capturing that fur … Read More »

5 Ways to Keep Your Senior Pet Healthy This Year

January 01, 2019

Happy New Year! 2019 is a great time to make a resolution for your senior pet: to keep them healthy and happy all year long! Below, your Roanoke, VA veterinarian shares five tips to make sure your older companion stays in tip-top shape throughout 2019. Feed a Great Diet A great diet is one of the best ways to make sure your senior companion stays healthy. Choose a food that is formulated specifically for the … Read More »

Winter Pet Toxins

December 15, 2018

When winter weather hits, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind. There are several toxins that present a real hazard this time of year! Here, your Roanoke, VA veterinarian tells you about the most common winter pet poisons and how to have your pet avoid them. Ice Melt Most ice melt products are made with sodium chloride, otherwise known as salt. You don’t want your pet ingesting it! Small amounts of salt can … Read More »

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