The Vetster Pet Connection is a curated collection of pet lifestyle articles, company blog posts, industry opinions and expert research.
The holidays are a hectic time of year. It's a time for family gatherings, travel, and gift-giving. It's also a peak season for welcoming new furry companions into our homes.
Wellness · Stress
Dogs thrive on routines, so it is normal for your pup to become stressed by a change to the norm. How do you know if your dog is stressed and what can you do about it?
You may hate it when your job and life become predictable. For some, monotony saps the spirit and wears you down to nothing. But dogs are different: they thrive on routine. Dogs require both physical and mental stimulation on a regular basis...
Thinking about planning a road trip with your pup? You wouldn’t be the first. Nobel Prize-winning American author John Steinbeck’s “Travels With Charley: In Search of America” chronicles the cross-country trip he took with his French poodle. Wherever in the world you are, there are some things you’ll need to keep in mind if you plan to hit the road with your pup. So hop in, and we’ll go over tips for road trips with dogs below...
As society returns to normal after the pandemic, many pet owners find themselves distracted, looking for a way to stay connected to their pets who are left at home. One out of five pet parents has missed a work deadline because they were too busy spending time with their pets. We all know how important it is to take care of ourselves and our families, but it’s equally important to make sure we’re taking care of our furry friends...
As a pet owner, you should be aware of what a tick is, what to look for, and most importantly, how to safely and effectively remove a tick. Ticks come in many forms and exist all across the nation. Depending on your location, ticks can be lively during any season, however, ticks start to slow down when the temperature drops below freezing in the fall...
Sometimes you have to travel with your dog. And you don’t always have the luxury—if that’s what you’d call it—of taking a long road trip or crawling along by train or boat. That leaves flying, and that may have you worried. Can you take your canine pal aboard a plane? Under what conditions? Is it a good idea?
Blog · For vets
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Wellness · Safety
Here comes that season again: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, plus whatever else you may be celebrating (Festivus, anyone?). And that means food — lots of it. From pumpkin pie to that honey-glazed ham you can never finish, you may find yourself with heaps of leftovers.
Lifestyle · New pet
Charlie Brown has Snoopy. Calvin has Hobbes. Harry has Hedwig. And you? Many of us feel incomplete without an animal companion. And the benefits of having one can be significant: they can help you live longer, decrease cholesterol, manage depression, and even improve social-emotional skills in children. They’re also just plain fun.
Lifestyle · Travel
Air travel is sometimes necessary for one reason or another, all the more so around the holidays. Some enjoy it; some would rather stay grounded. Air travel is always more stressful if you have to leave your furry friend behind. You may try to bring them along only to encounter the insistence that pets must ride in cargo. While most pets flown in cargo are fine, there's always a risk of excessively hot or cold temperatures, poor ventilation and/or rough handling...
Lifestyle · Gifts
Whether your puppy was a Christmas surprise or the long-planned culmination of the adoption process, by now you’re probably feeling that your family is one cold nose closer to being complete.
Adopting a pooch as a Christmas present? They’re a gift that will keep on giving, until they learn better. Getting a dog to stop peeing in the house can be frustrating. In fact, it can be a full-time job. You need to keep a sharp eye on Fido, always on the lookout for signs and triggers.
These days, the traditional 12 Days of Christmas stretch from the day after Halloween until the schnapps runs out sometime just before President’s Day. Depending on how you do things, that means a lot of family time—a lot of travel, even.
We love our cats—even when they make it hard to do so. Sure, some cats are straight-up love fluffs, or at least disinterested window ornaments with a fixation on the bird in the oak tree. But you may find the kitty you picked out at the shelter turned into a tiger once you got them home. From little bitty nips to full-on chomps, cats of all kinds will occasionally bite their owners. Sometimes cat bites occur rather frequently. And that may have you wondering: why do cats bite their owners?