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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Compulsive Licking, Biting, and Scratching in Dogs

A dog licking his paw.

Scratching the occasional itch behind his ears or vigorously licking his chops at dinnertime is perfectly normal dog behavior for your canine companion. But if he starts to incessantly scratch, lick, or even bite part of his body, it’s time to schedule a checkup

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Our Favorite Games to Play With Your Pet

A dog and cat standing in the grass.

All pets require and benefit from daily exercise, but the routine can go from fun to humdrum in no time flat if you are always doing the same activities. With our favorite games to play with your pet, you can enrich their mental and physical well-being and yours as well!

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The Best Pets for Kids

Best pets for kids.

Caring for a pet is a rewarding experience that teaches children responsibility, empathy, and compassion. When choosing your child’s first pet, careful consideration should be given to the amount and type of care the pet will require, and the ability of your child (and the rest of the family) to provide it.

The pet experts at Marketplace Veterinary Hospital have put together some tips to guide you and your child toward finding the perfect pet.

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Lost Pets and Stray Animals: How Can You Help Them?

Lost pet.

Pet owners know that there are few things worse than becoming separated from their pets. Whether they simply wander too far or run after prey and become disoriented, the struggle to keep pets safe is very real. Luckily, there are some elements, like collars/ID tags and microchips, that make a swift reunion possible. Preventing a separation is different than knowing what to do if/when you ever come across stray animals or lost pets. We have some pointers that will keep you ahead of the curve.

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The Right Skills to Make Dog Walking Easy and Fun

Dog walking.

What could be better than going for a walk with your dog? Exercising together is the best way to get to know one another and begin to bond. And while it might seem counter-intuitive, not every dog comes equipped with the skills to walk on-leash. Some pull or yank, others drift, dawdle, or fall behind. Whatever the case may be for your newly adopted dog, it’s worth the time and energy to train them to embrace their leash, keep step with you, and not bolt after every squirrel they see. These dog walking tips are just for you.

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When Pet Zoomies Take Over, Take Cover

A dog releasing pent up energy with a burst of the zoomies.

They might seem completely random and mysterious (if not inconvenient), but pet zoomies are perfectly appropriate. Humans have their own spontaneous responses to energy that include compulsive cleaning, impulse shopping, or even exercise. As for the cats and dogs we share our homes and lives with, they could be going about their business only to seemingly freak out, run around in circles, tear up the throw rugs, and zip up and down the hallway. What is really behind pet zoomies, and how should we react to them? The team at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital is here to explain the phenomenon of pet zoomies and how to respond to them. 

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Ready to Adopt a New Kitten? Of Course You Are!

A cute kitten waiting for its forever home.

Few things compare to the lovely sweetness of a new kitten. On the adorability scale, kittens are truly off the charts. What they lack in the coordination and life experience departments, they make for with their overwhelming playfulness, curiosity, and innocence. These special features make them irresistible to humans. 

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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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