Indoor Activities for Pets to Keep the Winter Blues Away

November 14th, 2017 by beyond

indoor activities for petsDo raindrops keep falling on your pet’s head? Are you struggling to come up with ways to keep an energetic pet happy, and your furniture in one piece, during these wet and blustery days?

Never fear! Your friends at Union Lake Veterinary Hospital are here with creative and fun indoor activities for pets, sure to keep your pet’s mind and body in peak shape as winter sets in.

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What You Need To Know Before Fostering A Pet

October 19th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

fostering a petDonating and volunteering your time with an animal shelter or rescue is a great option when it comes to helping homeless animals, but have you ever considered fostering a pet as a way to make a difference in the lives of needy animals?

The Benefits Of Fostering A Pet

When you agree to foster a pet, you are essentially providing loving care for an animal while they await adoption by a forever family. Fostering provides numerous benefits to the individual pet and the community at large, including:

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Adopt, Don’t Shop: The Ten Benefits Of Adopting A Rescue Dog

October 10th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

adopting a rescue dogIf you’re considering adding a dog to your family, we congratulate you! The bond between dog and human is truly unique and awe inspiring, not to mention that pet ownership is downright fun!

We hope you will consider adopting a rescue dog, and here are our top 10 reasons why:
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How to Love a Cat… And Be Loved in Return

September 26th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

love a catAny relationship is a two-way street – we give and take, offer and accept. In the dynamic between people and their pets, the back and forth of love and affection is noticeable. We take care of our animal’s needs in ways they can’t necessarily return (like meals or cleaning up), but they offer us love and companionship in kind.

Cats are sometimes perceived to be an exception to this. You can love a cat as much as possible, and yet, you may feel that they don’t notice or seem to care. The good news is that you can learn to “speak their language”, so that you can know without a doubt that you are loved in return.

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Putting An End To Puppy Mills, Once And For All

September 12th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

puppy millsEvery year, over 2 million dogs are bred in illegal commercial breeding operations, also known as puppy mills. Despite the overcrowding in animal shelters and the overpopulation of dogs and cats, puppy mills (and kitten mills) are still thriving in the United States.

In honor of Puppy Mill Awareness Day (September 16, 2017), Union Lake Veterinary Hospital is on a mission to educate as many of our readers as possible about the conditions inside puppy mills, and what we can all do to put a stop to them.
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Getting to the Bottom of Pet Insurance

August 29th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

pet insuranceMost of us have car, home, health, and life insurance to help protect us in the wake of unforeseen situations. Most of the time, we are glad for the coverage we have, as associated costs can be high, and the possibility of a major issue can threaten our financial future.

Similarly, animal lovers can invest in pet insurance. Because accidents happen and our pets can get sick unexpectedly, carefully choosing a pet insurance plan allows you to provide emergency care for your pet when it matters most. Among other things, pet insurance could save your pet’s life – without breaking your finances.

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Beyond The Cardboard Box: Why Your Cat Needs A Catio!

August 15th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

The benefits to keeping your pet cat indoors are far reaching. Not only are indoor cats protected from dangers such as cars or other animals, they are also less likely to come into contact with parasites and communicable diseases. If you are one of the many cat owners who struggle with guilt over depriving your feline friend of fresh air and sunshine, however, a catio may be just the thing for you.

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Frosty Licks for Furry Friends: The Best in Summer Pet Treats

July 25th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

It’s summertime, and the living is…hot. Besides swimming, running through the sprinklers, drinking plenty of fresh water, and relaxing in the air-conditioned house, a frosty treat may be just about the perfect way for a furry friend to stay cool during the summer months. Fortunately, creating tasty and healthy summer pet treats is easy and affordable – two good reasons to whip up a batch for your best pal!

Summer Pet Treats

You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to create nutritious and delicious summer pet treats. Simply pop your pet’s favorite, healthy ingredients into a blender and pour into silicone molds, ice cube trays, Dixie cups, or even single-serving yogurt containers. Turn your creation into a “pupsicle” by adding a sturdy dog chew or Nylabone dog bone.

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Canine Influenza Is Back in 2017: What to Do to Protect Your Dog

July 11th, 2017 by beyond

dog fluThe latest strain of the canine influenza virus, also known as “dog flu”, was first identified in Chicago, IL in the spring of 2015. More than 1,000 cases were eventually diagnosed in Illinois and surrounding states, with six fatalities.

After the initial outbreak, things seemed to have quieted down until recently, when dog flu cases were reported in more than 30 states, including Georgia, New York, Texas, Iowa, and California. The recent resurgence of canine influenza appears to have come from two dog shows (one in Florida, one in Georgia), and has continued to spread across the country.

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Preparing for the BOOM: Fourth of July, Noise Anxiety, and Your Pet

June 27th, 2017 by Union Lake VH Staff

noise anxietyHotdogs and buns? Check! Red, white, and blue attire? You got it! Fireworks? OH YEAH! Pets with noise anxiety? Wait…what? Despite our love for this patriotic holiday, the Fourth of July means fireworks (among other events), and where there are fireworks, there’s noise – and lots of it.

Although most pets are generally averse to loud noises (like that evil vacuum cleaner!), fear starts to become a problem for your pet when he or she develops noise anxiety or a phobia. From thunderstorms and fireworks to road construction, life can be noisy. So how do you help your furry friend deal with the onslaught of the season? Your friends at ULVH are here to help!

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