Archives: Cat Care

  • Vehicle Safety Tips for Your Pet

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    According to the American Automobile Association, over 80% of dog owners drive with their pet in the car. That’s a lot of pets traveling in motor vehicles—it’s important for you to make sure your animal companion stays safe! Here are a few key vehicle safety tips for your pet: In the Garage There are several safety hazards to consider before you’ve even left home. Always check that your pet isn’t in the garage when you’re … Read More »

  • Helping Your Pet Recover From Surgery

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    Is your pet having an operation soon? Perhaps Fluffy or Fido need to get fixed. Pets also sometimes require surgery for specific medical problems. This can be a worrying time for pet parents! Read on as a local vet discusses helping pets recover from surgery. Follow Instructions Your vet should provide you with written instructions for your pet’s care after surgery. Follow these guidelines to the letter, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Offer … Read More »

  • Essential Oils That Are Toxic to Pets

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    Essential oils have become very popular, and with good reason. They smell wonderful, and can be helpful for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes. They are also often utilized for aromatherapy and in personal care products, like soaps and lotions. However, what is good for us isn’t always good for our animal companions. In fact, some essential oils are dangerous for pets. Here, a vet offers information to help keep your pets safe. Cats Cats have … Read More »

  • All About the Elizabethan Collar

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    When a pet is recovering from a surgical incision, wound, skin infection, or some other bodily harm, there is a natural tendency to scratch, bite, lick, or chew at the site. Of course, this kind of self-traumatization extends recovery time and can even cause a pet to heal improperly! That’s where the Elizabethan collar comes in—these cone-shaped plastic devices fasten around your pet’s neck to prevent any form of self-trauma during recovery. The Basics The … Read More »

  • Your Cat’s Body Language

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    If you own a cat, you know that they can sometimes be a bit aloof. One of the best ways to tell what your cat might be thinking or feeling is by studying their body language. While it’s not an exact science, there are a few traits common across most cats that are good indicators of your feline friend’s mood. Learn more below: The Tail Experts agree: your cat’s tail is one of the best … Read More »

  • External Parasites That Harm Cats

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    If you own a cat, proper parasite control is important not only for your feline friend’s health, but for your family’s—some of these pests can be transmitted from cats to humans! External parasites live on your cat’s body and feed off of blood or tissue. Below, learn more about external pests and how to keep your cat safe from harm. Fleas Fleas are tiny brown-colored parasites that cause skin irritation, allergies, and even more serious … Read More »

  • Caring For Your Pet as They Age

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    While the exact age that your pet is considered “old” can vary depending on species, size, and breed, one thing is for sure: our animal companions need our love and care as they get older! As your pet enters their senior years, there are several things you can do to make sure that they stay happy and healthy. Frequent Veterinary Visits One of the best ways to make sure your senior pet stays in good … Read More »

  • Cinco De Meow

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    Did you know there’s a cute kitty holiday coming up? You may know of May 5th as Cinco de Mayo. The official holiday commemorates Mexico’s victory over Napoleon during the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. However, for our feline friends, it’s now also Cinco de Meow! Every year, we’re seeing more and more animal shelters and charities celebrate the day by offering adoption events. It’s always a good time to … Read More »

  • Announcing Our New Partnership With Trupanion Pet Insurance

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    Here at Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic, we’ve got some big news that has the ‘puparazzi’ jumping for joy. We’re thrilled to announce that we have partnered with Trupanion Pet Insurance! This will help facilitate great veterinary care for many of our furry patients. Pet insurance can make a huge difference, especially in emergencies. It could even save your dog or cat’s life! A Rapid City, SD vet discusses pet insurance below. Why Pet Insurance? We … Read More »

  • The Building Blocks of Your Pet’s Nutrition

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    Proper nutrition is a must for any healthy pet. Modern pet foods are specially formulated to give great nutrition to your companion, and there are plenty of options out there. In the end, though, your pet’s nutrition comes down to the basic building blocks—you’ll find that the nutrients that your pet needs are many of the same ones that you do! Let’s take a closer look at the building blocks of your pet’s nutrition. Protein … Read More »