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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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President Trump signs historic order requiring dogs to file taxes in 2019

Filed by Lirpa Sloof, DVM, BS

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2019 (Newshound Press)

In one of the most controversial acts of his Presidency so far, President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order requiring dog owners to file taxes on behalf of their furry family members.

“Dogs have long held a place of enormous respect in our amazing country,” said Trump, adding, “We rely on dogs in many, many important situations including search-and-rescue, bomb detection, and crime prevention with the local police. Our dogs go to war alongside our great military men and women. Even the dogs who remain at home serve in some capacity, whether it is fetching the newspaper or providing home security while their people are at work.”

Noting that the “cumulative man-hours” accrued by working dogs amounts to somewhere in the millions per year, Trump claimed, “We are missing out on literally billions of dollars in taxes that these dogs should be paying into the system. That’s enough money to build a wall around every dog park in America.”

With a flourish of his pen, President Trump signed an Executive Order that will affect all dog owners (excluding shelters and rescue organizations), who will be expected to file a 1040-DOG tax return based on the dogs’ 2018 income.

When reached for comment, Norfolk veterinarian Dr. Donald Miele said that he was “just happy that the order is not retroactive to the 1960s, considering how many dogs I’ve owned.”

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Virginia World Of Pets Expo

“The World of Pets Expo and Educational Experience takes place February 15-17, 2019 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, in Hampton. World of Pets Expo is a cornerstone event for East Coast pet enthusiasts and animal lovers alike. This year will mark the 7th anniversary of the Virginia World of Pets Expo; we continue to grow our Virginia show and are expecting a record breaking turnout this year. This exciting three day expo is one of Virginia’s only family and pet friendly events that is fun for all ages; it is considered the Ultimate Event for the Pet Lover.”

Show hours:
Friday: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Ticket prices:
$10 for Adults
$5 for Children 5-12
under 5 FREE

Get tickets here. 

Wondering if you can bring your pet?
Get the answer here!

World of Pets Expo

For more information, go to www.worldofpets.org/virginia-world-of-pets-expo.php

Reminder: Always check for any changes to an event’s location and schedule before you go.
Event information for this post is based on Pet Expo’s website
and is subject to change.

[Note: Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is not associated with the World of Pets Expo.]

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Dates: January 3, 4, and 5
Time: 4 PM to 8 PM
Walk through the holiday lights at
Norfolk Botanical Garden
with your canine companion.
If you don’t have a dog, no worries….
you are still welcome to walk through the lights.
During this event, there is no tram shuttle service.
This is a walk only event…..with your furry canine. 
Join the fun and see all the happy wagging tails.
Please read guidelines on the ticket page
to plan for a safe and happy visit with your dogs!

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Bring your pets to a picnic and pictures with Santa for fun-filled holiday memories!

Come out to the parking lot of the MSP Design Group and have lunch and get your picture taken with Santa. (All Children and Pets Welcome)

We will have BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and more. Don’t forget to save room for dessert; homemade goodies will be on hand too!

We will also have adoptable dogs on site just in time for the Holidays!

All proceeds will go to Bay Beagle Rescue Fund, to help provide medical care and save more dogs!

When: December 2, 2018
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Where: 641 Phoenix Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Pictures and food are courtesy of Bay Beagle Rescue, donations are appreciated!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/299572410644191/

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