Your Guide to an At-Home Cat Health Assessment

A happy cat sleeping on the bed.

Cats certainly have a bit of mystery about them and are notoriously difficult to understand. MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital knows, though, that when you really start to pay attention, there are definitely ways to tell how your cat is doing. Taking a periodic at-home cat health assessment is an easy way to make sure your cat is happy and healthy.

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A Go-To Guide For a Specialized Pet Diet

Cat that needs specialized diet.

We can all relate to the impact that food has on the way we feel, and pets are no different. The wrong food has the potential to create illness or cause symptoms of health conditions to worsen. Similarly for our furry friends, the right pet food can be incredibly therapeutic. By providing excellent nutrition to our pets, we can ensure a higher quality of life and a longer one, too. If you’ve been wondering about a specialized pet diet, we’ve got some ideas worth considering.

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Is It Time to Vacation With Your Pet? Take Our Advice

Dog getting ready for vacation.

Traveling is just one of many things people have missed out on during the pandemic. Fortunately, things are improving and travel itineraries are picking up. If you’ve been considering the possibility of taking a vacation with your pet, you’re in luck. Not only is it easier than ever before to reserve pet-friendly accommodations, but the general response to globe-trotting animals is overwhelmingly positive. 

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Proper Kitten Care Impacts All Stages of Life

Kitten care.

One of the best examples of the cause-and-effect law is preventive health care. We can see it either promotes longevity or, in its absence, contributes to disease. When it comes to establishing a pet’s wellness, we can set into motion many aspects that will support lifelong health. The concept of kitten care might sound like an absolute delight (and it is!), but it’s also a bridge to an adult cat’s health and wellness. 

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Puppy Care Leads the Way to Lifelong Health

Puppy care.

Most of us would be hard-pressed to come up with anything that’s better than a warm, squishy, sweet puppy. While they are perfect in every way, shape, and form, puppies have significant needs that require minute-by-minute understanding and attention. Without a proactive approach to puppy care, they may not get on the right track to long-term wellness. Luckily, we can help with that!

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Pet Thanksgiving safety.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that many people enjoy with their families, including their furry family members. While it’s great to let your beloved pet in on the fun and festivities, it’s important to keep their safety in mind. There are many food hazards to be aware of when it comes to Thanksgiving holiday, and the team at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital is here to help! Check out our Thanksgiving pet safety tips:

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The Best Toys for Your Pet

Pet toys.

One of the best parts of being a pet parent is seeing the joy your beloved pet experiences when they play with their favorite toys! Playing with toys can be a great form of exercise for your dog or cat, and can also be a useful tool to stimulate their minds. With more exercise and mental stimulation, your pet will live a longer and healthier life! 

If you’re a new pet parent, you might be wondering which toys are the best and safest for your dog or cat. Luckily, there are many amazing options to choose from. The team at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital has put together this list of popular pet toys, as well as toys to avoid to keep your pets safe. 

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Pet Safety Spotlight: Xylitol and Your Dog

El Dorado dog eating peanut butter without Xylitol.

There are definitely things in your home from which you need to protect your pet. Chocolate, rat poison, and the like are well known for being toxic. Some pet poisons are a little less obvious, though. 

Xylitol is a lesser-known hazard that all pet parents should know about. Get ready to up your pet safety game with MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital

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How to Avoid (and Manage) Tick Bites in Pets

Ticks in pets.

There are few moments worse than finding a tick on your pet’s body. Who knows how long the tick has been feasting on their blood, and potentially spreading disease? 

The best defense against tick bites in pets is to maintain their year-round parasite prevention medication. Avoiding obvious tick habitats is key, too, although sometimes ticks end up in unlikely places. Inspecting your pet’s coat and skin every day is necessary, but do you know what to do if you ever find a tick feasting on them?

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Help! My Pet Has Fleas. Now What?

Pet has fleas.

It’s not unheard of for a pet to pick up a single flea while at the park, hunting mice, or when socializing with other pet friends. In fact, these tiny parasites are ubiquitous even without close proximity to nature. Once you spot a single flea, however, a full-on infestation may be just around the corner. Staying on top of your pet’s parasite preventative is essential, but this friendly reminder isn’t always helpful when a pet has fleas and is battling the associated symptoms.

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