Disaster Preparation Tips to Improve Your Pet’s Safety in an Emergency

Dog in rain after a tornado.

Whether you are taking your pet on a trip or just want to have a plan in place for unexpected situations, disaster preparedness is an important element of pet ownership. The Whole Pet Vet Hospital & Wellness Center wants to help you be prepared for anything with your pets:

At Home or Away, Plan for Trouble before It Happens

It is imperative to include your pets in all of your disaster preparedness plans so you know how to get them to safety in the event of an emergency. Be sure to:

  • Designate one family member to secure each pet 
  • Get your pets microchipped in case you get separated
  • Make sure your microchip information is up to date
  • Make a list of nearby accommodations that allow pets in case you have to evacuate
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Finding a Lump or Bump on Your Pet

Los Gatos, CA dog itching.

Jumping to conclusions is part of human nature—especially if we’re faced with something frightening or confusing. When pet owners find new growths on or just under a pet’s skin, it’s natural to worry about them and assume the worst. 

A lump or bump on your pet should never be ignored.  It may turn out to be nothing serious, or it could mean something more. Put your mind at ease and have them examined. We can determine if it’s a problem that needs to be addressed, or simply monitored throughout your pet’s life.

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Lyme Disease And Other Tick-Borne Diseases In Dogs

A dog carries a big stick in its mouth.

Dogs who spend any amount of time outside in areas where ticks are present are susceptible to a myriad of illnesses that can affect everything from their digestive tract to their cardiovascular system.

 Without monthly preventives, Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in dogs are serious threats that could significantly impact overall health and wellness. Keep reading to learn about the diseases ticks might pass onto our pets and how monthly preventives can help protect them.

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On a Positive Note: The Whole Pet Vet’s Most-Read Pet Blogs of 2020

As we leave 2020 in our rear view mirror, a moment of reflection reminds us that it wasn’t all bad. At The Whole Pet Vet Hospital and Wellness Center we have definitely had our share of challenges, but we shared some really wonderful moments amongst our staff, our clients, and the pets that we both care for. 

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Quality Over Quantity: How Many Pets Is Too Many?

For avid pet lovers, the question of whether or not you should take on additional pets is something that comes up often in our practice. Many of us want to bring more deserving sweeties home, but wonder if it is appropriate or if we even have the time in our busy lives. 

There is definitely much to consider when thinking about a multi-pet household. This is why the team at The Whole Pet Vet and Wellness Center is here to give you some recommendations and answer the question of how many pets is too many?

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How to Help Your Pet Cope During Tumultuous Times

Several months ago pet owners were worried about sheltering in place with their pet. After all, everyone was set in their ways regarding their work and school schedules, including the family pet. 

Cats and dogs dozed on the couch, looked out windows, sniffed around, and simply hung around until the family came home and dinner time approached. But as they do, life changed and pets and people alike had to negotiate a new schedule and dynamic. 

Not surprisingly, most pets have been pleased with the results.

Now we have different challenges ahead as schools and businesses begin to reopen. These changes could mean that pets have to face solitude again for hours at a time. It’s not always easy to help your pet cope with all this change, but you can teach them how to handle this through a patient and prepared approach.

If your pet is not accustomed to seeing YOU in a mask, they might find people on the street in masks especially alarming. Even the most well-behaved dogs can become easily spooked by circumstances they deem new or threatening. Help acclimate your pet by wearing your mask here and there around your pets, give praise or treats and help them feel less anxious about this new facial development on humans. Do not assume you know how your pet would react if adults or children in masks stop to stay hello and get too close – help your pet with this transition!

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Decoding Cat Behavior Through Their Tail

Oh, cats. You regale us with your chirpy hunting skills, warm us with your snuggly bellies, and inspire us through your dazzling acrobatics. But when it comes to understanding and admiring cat behavior, one thing is very clear: their tail acts like a barometer, and it’s up to us to know what it all means.

Swish and Flick

Cat body language uses various body parts to convey fairly precise emotions. The ears, whiskers, and eyes, for example, are all expressive and depending on the cat’s mood, they have an impressive range to them.

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Super Gifts For Pets and Their Owners

If you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped this holiday season so far, you are certainly not alone. Giving thoughtful gifts take time and focus, and we hope you’ve been successful!

If you’ve been stumped by gifts for pets and their owners, however, we have you covered. There is no shortage of creative, fun, useful, and sweet gifts for pets out there, and we’ve curated a list, just for you. We hope you find something the pet on your list will love! 

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CBD Oil For Pets: What You Need to Know

CBD oil is one of the most talked-about alternative therapies in recent years, and its rising popularity has reached the pet-care market. Pet owners are turning to CBD oil to help their companion animals with everything from arthritis to anxiety to seizures, and many other conditions. 

With so much information floating around online regarding CBD oil for pets, it can be difficult to know whether or not the supplement is safe and effective. 

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