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If you love animals and you’re in need of positive vibes from the Internet, we’ve found some places you can visit to feel much, much better!

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On Twitter: Cute Emergency https://twitter.com/CuteEmergency

On Instagram: The 10 best pet accounts (according to Digital Photography Review): https://www.dpreview.com/post/7960048854/10-pets-insta

On Facebook: Funny Pets https://www.facebook.com/ofunnypets/

By Daddy Dolls: Custom pet pillows, using your photos: https://daddydolls.com/LargePetPillow

Enjoy!

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Nature hikes aren’t just for people — your dog can also enjoy exercising in the great outdoors, beyond your yard, at Norfolk Botanical Garden all summer.*

Stock photo by Liesbeth Koopmans via Pexels

Summer Sunday Dog Days 2019 at Norfolk Botanical Garden

*Sundays in June, July, August, September & October
9 AM – 7 PM

Members and Members’ Dogs are FREE
Not-yet-members’ Dogs: $5 (human admission applies)

Know before you go: Double-check for any changes to the schedule or hours before arriving at the Garden.

Your dog must remain on a leash at all times.
Dogs are not permitted in the Children’s Garden or Butterfly House.

Watch this blog for more dog-friendly events at Norfolk Botanical Garden — located less than 2 miles from Little Creek Veterinary Clinic!

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How to Build a Safe and Stylish Catio

Posted on April 14, 2017 under Cat Articles at PetsBest.com 

By Julie Sheer, Houzz.

It’s the dilemma of every cat owner: how to let Kitty enjoy the outdoors without risk of the Great Escape. The outside world can be a dangerous place for a roaming cat, with the threat of predators, cars, poison and diseases. Not to mention the danger to wild birds, which outdoor cats kill in monumental numbers. Catios — or cat patios — are safely enclosed playhouses for felines that provide fresh air, mental stimulation and exercise.

Cats confined indoors are at higher risk for stress-related diseases, says Dr. Martine van Boeijen, a cat veterinarian in Perth, Australia. “An enclosed catio, which safely confines your cat to your property, allows your cat to have the best of both worlds.” Here is a basic guide on custom, kit and DIY options for adding a catio to your home.

Catios can be as elaborate as a custom-designed feline jungle gym or as simple as enclosing a patio with screening. Here, Rasputin enjoys one of the perches in a custom catio built in Arcadia, California.

Suggested Features
It’s important to make sure catios are escape-proof and include basic feline comforts:

  • Entry door or window, or walkway or tunnel from the house
  • Perches, ramps, steps, bridges, catwalks
  • Post or tree for scratching and climbing
  • Hiding places
  • Beds, pillows or hammocks for resting

Finish reading this article at PetsBest.com


Bonus Links 

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At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we love to give a special award to pets whose poop is free of parasites and eggs, blood, and foreign objects.

The Clean As A Whistle Award is one that nearly everyone can strive for.

[Pets with certain medical conditions may show blood in the stool, even during treatment — we totally understand!]

Here are the latest recipients of the coveted Clean As A Whistle Award:

  • Bear H.
  • Daisy W.
  • Harley Quinn K.
  • Izzy K.
  • Lucy C.
  • Maggie May M.
  • Molly H.
  • Luna M.
  • Goldie G.
  • Willy T.
  • Pulpita F.
  • Mia T.
  • Kimber F.
  • Mykah Jean N.
  • Smokey H.
  • Bindi G.
  • Lucky L.
  • Sam M.
  • Happy R.
  • Remi M.

Good job, everyone!

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Admit it: your cat has an awesome life. And now that you’ve added food puzzles and the perfect scratching post, your cat’s life is darn near perfect.

But is it possible to improve upon perfection? Your cat says, “Yes!”

Here are 4 more ways you can improve your cat’s life today:

  1. Multiple litterboxes. This is especially important when living with several cats or other pets in the house. Cats often won’t cross a “barrier” created by another cat or pet blocking the litterbox. Having extra litterboxes in different areas of the house (including on each floor of a multi-level home) gives your cats choices and helps prevent accidents.
  2. A safe space. Cats like to hide out and nap in private spots, without worry of being harassed by pets or people. Popular hiding spots include an empty box, dark closet, beneath furniture, and high up on cabinets. If your cat doesn’t have a hiding spot, try to provide one, such as a covered cat bed.
  3. Play time. Cats are natural hunters, so look for toys they can “chase.” Pick up some cat-safe toys that require your involvement, and get silly with your cat.  Bonus: Play time helps your cat bond with you and burn calories.
  4. Calming pheromones. Cats can feel more relaxed and less territorial when they are exposed to pheromones (chemical signals) just like the ones they secrete from glands in their face (which they love to rub on you and everything in their environment.) Try Feliway plug-ins to send a chemical message to your cat that says, “Relax.”

It’s your cat’s home — you’re just living in it!

Tips for this blog post are based on advice by feline care expert Dr. Ilona Rodan, via dvm360 Magazine.

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When the air warms up, dogs and their people head to the dog park for exercise and socializing. Let’s keep it fun for everyone!

Here are seven steps you can take to help your pet have a safe, happy season at the dog park:

  1. Keep your dog current on its vaccinations. Bacterial and viral diseases can be spread through direct contact with other dogs; through contact with contaminated objects; and through contact with other dogs’ feces.
  2. Protect your pet against fleas, ticks, and heartworms with easy-to-give monthly preventatives. Just because another dog brings fleas to the park, that doesn’t mean your dog has to bring them home!
  3. Get your pet’s stool tested for intestinal parasites several extra times a year. Monthly preventatives protect against many kinds of intestinal parasites, but no single product provides complete protection against everything out there.
  4. Know how to recognize signs of aggression — whether in your dog or another — and be sure to remove your pet before things get dangerous. Check out these body language cues that warn of impending trouble: https://littlecreekvet.com/2014/05/20/dog-bite-prevention-2014/
  5. Train your pet to respond to your commands, such as Come, Sit, Stay, and Leave It. Knowing these basic commands can help your pet get out of a danger zone when you call him.
  6. Check the posted dog park rules. Some parks segregate dogs by size or have other rules. These rules are for the safety of all dogs using the park — including your own.
  7. If your dog is fearful and does not wish to socialize, don’t force it. She may be happiest just hanging out with you — and that’s perfectly fine!

BONUS — Learn more about dog park safety on Little Creek Veterinary Clinic’s blog: https://littlecreekvet.com/2016/06/28/dog-park-mishaps/

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From my inbox to yours:

PARTY FOR THE PLANET
This Saturday, April 20th, celebrate Earth Day and the animals that share our planet at the Virginia Zoo! Enjoy animal presentations on the ZooLive! stage, chat with Zoo staff while learning about eco-friendly enrichment for the animals and learn how you can support conservation here and abroad. 

This year, the Zoo welcomes Brian Badger from the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Brian’s aim is to enlighten people from around the world on the workings and goals of front line conservation. Hear his about his holistic approach to conservation in an exciting 30-minute presentation at the ZooLive! Stage at 11 am.

[Sorry, no pets allowed at the zoo.]

Other Enrichment, Chats and ZooLive! Stage Presentations:
  • 10:30 am: Zebra & Watusi
  • 11 am: Brian Badger of the Cheetah Conservation Fund at the ZooLive! Stage
  • 11:15 am: Sun Bear
  • 11:30 am: White Rhino
  • NOON: Rhino hornbill
  • 12:30 pm: Aldabra Tortoise
  • 1 pm: ZooLive! Stage Presentation
  • 1:30 pm: ZooFarm Animals
  • 2 pm: Red Panda

More events and information at VirginiaZoo.org. 

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