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Simple Ways to Spoil Your Cat

International Cat Day is August 8th, which is just around the corner. Kitties deserve to be pampered every day, but why not do something extra for Fluffy on her special day? Here, a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet offers some suggestions on how to spoil your cat.

Kitty Luxuries

It really doesn’t take much to make your home into a luxury kitty castle. Offer Fluffy lots of comfy napping spots to snooze in. Cat furniture, such as cat towers and pet tents, is also great. Your feline pal will also need a suitable nail-care station and, of course, lots of toys.

Good Food

Proper nutrition will go a long way towards keeping your cute pet healthy. Offer your feline pal nourishing, high-quality food. Don’t overindulge Fluffy, however. Cats have a way of training their humans to feed them on demand. This is one reason so many kitties are overweight! Ask your vet for nutritional advice.

Playtime

One of the best things about cats is that they really are very fun and entertaining. It’s hard not to smile when watching a playful feline chase that mysterious red dot, or rolling around in glee with a new catnip toy. Take time to play with Fluffy every day. It will be great for both of you!

Clean Facilities

Keep your kitty’s purrsonal powder room clean by scooping it daily and changing the litter every week. No one likes a dirty bathroom!

Veterinary Care

Healthcare is just as important for pets as it is for people. Be sure to keep up with Fluffy’s veterinary care needs. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.

Entertainment

Cats do fine staying home while their humans go off to work to earn money for catnip and kitty litter, but they can get bored and unhappy with nothing to do. A simple way to keep your furball entertained is simply to make sure that she has at least one comfy spot with a good view. Fluffy may also appreciate having a radio on. If you won’t be home before dark, keep a light on as well.

Attention

Kitties are happiest when they feel loved, safe, and a little spoiled. Pay attention to Fluffy! Even just giving her a quick ear scratch as you pass her can help keep her motor going.

Is your kitty due for veterinary care? Call us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan pet clinic, today!

Caring for a Pregnant Dog

Do you know or suspect that your dog is pregnant? Congratulations! Fifi will need some extra TLC over the next several weeks. Here, a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet discusses caring for a pregnant pooch.

Is Fifi Pregnant?

It’s not always easy to tell if your canine pal is pregnant. Some common signs of doggy pregnancy include swollen nipples and a growing belly. Pregnant pooches often also become extra loving and cuddly. However, it isn’t uncommon for dogs that aren’t pregnant to show symptoms. If you think your dog may be pregnant, have her examined by a vet for an official answer. If Fifi is pregnant, ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. Your vet will also be able to give you information on due dates and the number of puppies you can expect. This is very important, because if your furry pal delivers fewer puppies than expected, you’ll know you need to take her to emergency care.

Food

Offer Fifi a premium brand of dog food. Towards the end of her gestation, your vet may recommend increasing her serving sizes and switching over to a puppy food. Consult your vet before giving your canine friend any vitamins or supplements.

Exercise

While you definitely don’t want to overexert Fifi, she will still need some activity. Daily walks are a great way to give your furry pal some exercise without overdoing it. If your pet seems tired, just let her rest. If Fifi jogs or is a working dog, ask your vet for advice on her activity needs.

Medicine

Be extremely careful about medicating a pregnant pup. Some products and medicines are safe for expecting pooches, but others are not. Ask your vet before giving Fifi any medications. (Of course, it’s best to simply keep up with your dog’s vaccinations, exams, and parasite control products, so your pooch is current before becoming pregnant.)

Whelping Box

As the time approaches, you’ll want to buy or make Fifi a whelping box for giving birth and nursing. Put it in a spot that is quiet and somewhat private, but not completely isolated. Add some towels and old blankets to make it comfy. Set this out a few weeks before your pup’s due date, so she can get used to it.

Call us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan pet hospital, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s care. We’re here to help!