Catnip is known for its psychogenic and stimulant effects on domestic cats, but is this herb safe for your feline friend? Take a closer look—and sniff—at catnip by reading our UrgentVet team’s guide. What is catnip and why are cats attracted to its smell and taste? Catnip (i.e., Nepeta cataria) is a wild perennial herb… Continue reading Blissful Kitty: Catnip Safety and Recommended Feline Use
Your cat knows what they want and they’ll do anything to convince you that they know what’s best. Unfortunately, if this includes staying outside at night, they are putting themselves at risk to numerous hazards, many of which are life-threatening. Your cat may consider sauntering through the great outdoors as being the ultimate feline adventure.… Continue reading Is it OK to Let My Cat Outside at Night?
Scratch, scratch, scratch. Itchy ears can be a chronic and frustrating problem for pets and their owners alike. Inflamed or infected ears cause pets obvious discomfort that can leave owners feeling helpless and concerned. In addition, a pet’s various attempts at relieving the itch in the ears (e.g., scratching, face rubbing, head shaking) can disrupt… Continue reading Why Is My Pet Scratching Their Ears?
Cats are affected by numerous health issues, but they are extremely good at hiding signs indicating they are sick, which can make detecting problems difficult for cat owners. Knowing what conditions are common in cats and what signs you should look for can help you determine if your cat is sick. Keep reading to learn… Continue reading 4 Common Diseases in Cats
Rub-a-Dub DIY—Top Tips for Bathing Your Pet Pet parents sometimes ask us about bathing their dog or cat. For some, this is a regular and easy task. For others, it can present a challenge. Here are a few ideas and tips to help make this process as stress-free and efficient for everyone involved. Why do… Continue reading Do I Need to Give My Pet a Bath? How Often? How Do I Do It?
National Hug Day was first celebrated in 1986, and was created to encourage family and friends to hug often. And while it’s not an official holiday in terms of getting the day off from school or work, it is widely recognized throughout the US and even internationally. Hugs are celebrated because they’re known to elevate… Continue reading January 21 is National Hug Day
When you bring your dog or cat to see the vet, the whole team does their best to make your pal feel comfortable—and that should include preventing fear or stress. However, some practices go above and beyond by completing a special certification known as Fear Free. Here’s why a Fear Free culture is beneficial to… Continue reading Fear Free Certified® Veterinary Teams: How They Help Your Pet
It’s the start of a new year—a chance to reflect on all that’s happened in the last 12 months, and visualize what you want 2020 to look like. For many people, that involves a new year’s resolution. If an active lifestyle is one of your goals, your pet may be able to join you. After… Continue reading 7 Ways to Stay Active with Your Pet
Lacerations, Scrapes, Bites, Wound Repair, and More If your furry friend gets a wound, how do you know whether to manage it at home or bring them for a veterinary visit? How do you clean a wound? And, what can you put on a wound to help it heal faster? These questions may run through… Continue reading Wound Care in Dogs and Cats