The Vetster Pet Connection is a curated collection of pet lifestyle articles, company blog posts, industry opinions and expert research.
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...
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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.
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?
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.
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There is likely some truth to the dog person/cat person binary. But there are plenty who love both, and want to make a loving interspecies home. If you are hoping to bring a dog into a home with a cat already in it, keep in mind that it takes some planning.
One day when walking in Central Park, a group of strangers stumbled upon an adorable Canadian Goose who was trapped on a running path, and unable to take flight.
Taking your cat to regular vet appointments is important to its health. Find out how often you should take a healthy cat to the vet and when to take them more often.