What Are Hairballs?

Most cat owners are familiar with the sight and sound of their kitty producing hairballs. Rid by vomiting, hairballs are common in cats and are usually a byproduct of feline hygiene.

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Who Says You Can’t Train a Cat? – Training Your Cat to Come on When you Call

We all know that cats usually tend to do their own thing. Most don’t have any interest in doing anything they don’t feel like doing on their own terms, while some may be enticed with catnip or a dangling string. Depending on the temperament of your cat, you may be able to train him or her. You probably won’t be able to train her to roll over, shake, or to leave your tuna alone (that takes some special training talent), but teaching a cat to come when called can be vital in emergency situations.

Picture this: for whatever reason you need to evacuate your house. Your cat is hiding under the bed or on top of the cabinets out of reach. If you have properly trained your cat to come when her name is called, you will have a better chance of getting her out of danger in time. Hopefully you and your pet will never be faced with a situation like this, but it’s always better to be prepared.

It is best to start training your cats when they are young. Remember to always be consistent, many of the same principals involved in training a dog also apply to training a cat. It’s very important to end each training session on a positive note with lots of praise and petting so that your cat associates training time with positive sensations.

Start by assessing whether or not your cat is a good candidate for training and finding a reward that motivates your particular pet. Active, curious, food motivated cats are usually the easiest to train, while (for obvious reasons) uninterested, lazy cats are a bit more difficult. If your cat is the lazy and unmotivated type, it may take some effort to find a tempting treat or toy they can’t refuse.  For some it’s a piece of tuna, for others it could be a catnip toy or a crunchy paper bag, it may take a little experimentation.

To teach your cat to come when called, you will want to start out in the same room as the cat. Time training sessions around feeding times, it can help the training to be more successful. You can call out your pet’s name or pair your calling with a recognizable noise, such as a fork tapping the food can or shaking the bag of treats. Once the cat associates the sound of its name and/or the additional sound as a signal to come running, you can vary the training by moving to different rooms and changing situations. Eventually, calling the cat from a different location and at different times will evoke the same “come hither” response.

8 Easy Steps to DIY Frozen Dog Treats

The evening news features footage of zookeepers serving frozen treats to captive animals – from frozen bananas and fruit juice to whole frozen fish and bloodcicles (awesome if you’re a tiger, I suppose) none of the animals deny a frozen treat for a few minutes of relief from these oppressive temperatures. So, what can we offer our pets at home?

  1. Start with a clean container that you can fit into your freezer. You can use anything from ice cube trays to plastic jugs, rubber toys (kongs work great) – muffin tins and popsicle forms also work great.
  2. Next formulate your mixture. It can be as simple as natural or low sodium chicken or beef broth, peanut butter & oatmeal, non-fat plain yogurt, lactose-free milk or cottage cheese.
  3. Fill the container of your choice.
  4. For and extra special treat add some kibble, training treats or even some cooked lean meat. Most dogs have a taste for fruits and veggies, too. Add sliced, chopped or pureed bananas, apples, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot parsley or pineapple.
  5. Pop them into the freezer.
  6. Insert a bully stick or jerky strip when the treats are half frozen to make it a true pupsicle.
  7. Put back into the freezer until frozen.
  8. Serve to your pup! Frozen treats should be served outside to save you the melting mess inside.

If creativity and food prep isn’t your thing, we have options for you too.IMG_3739

  • Plain ice cubes or crushed ice can be a refreshing addition to the water bowl.
  • Frozen marrow bones.
  • Many companied, like Frosty Paws, are now creating doggie “ice cream” that’s ready to serve in portioned cups. You can often find these or similar products in many pet stores and even in some grocer’s freezers.

Next time you sip a shake or smoothie, be sure to have a frosty treat ready for your four pawed friend, too, you may be surprise how much they appreciate it!

Pet Loss

What exactly happens when an animal is euthanized?

Your veterinarian has special training to provide your pet with a humane and gentle death. Most often, he or she uses a two-step process. First, the pet is injected with a sedative to make him calm and comfortable. Next, he injects a special medication. These drugs function in such a fashion that the animal experiences no awareness of the end of life. The process is akin to undergoing general anesthesia for a surgical procedure. The process takes about 10 to 20 seconds. The veterinarian then checks to make sure that the animal’s heart has stopped. With this procedure, there is no suffering.

Is there a “right time” to euthanize an animal? And how will I know when that is?

If your animal has episodes of obvious suffering during the day or night, it is appropriate to plan a euthanasia right away. Sometimes an animal will continue to eat or drink in spite of pain, panting or disorientation. If you are not sure how much your pet is suffering, keep a daily record or the good times versus the bad times. Then you can decide when the quality of life is so poor that it is time for you to give him the gift of ‘good death.’ It is important to ask your veterinarian for the exact signs of suffering likely to be associated with the condition or disease that your pet has.

Sometimes people are tempted to delay the moment of euthanasia, because we anticipate our intense grief. Unfortunately, we may regret that we allowed the pet to linger too long.

Is it normal for me to feel so angry/sad/confused after my pet has died?

There are many forms of grief that are completely normal. The most distressing are hallucination-type experiences that leave an impression that you are hearing familiar sounds of your pet walking or calling. Some people even think that they see their pet out of the corner of their eye, especially after just waking up. Often, it is the most responsible owners who feel guilty and confused about the choices they made regarding the end of their pet’s life. Occasionally, a person may feel temporarily angry with their veterinarian or others involved in end-of-life issues. These feelings of anger may be our attempts to distract from the ultimate encounter with the sadness of the loss.

What are some things I can do to work through my grief?

The most important thing is to recognize that the loss of a beloved pet is a serious event that society does not always respect. Your first task is to take care of yourself. Make sure you get the rest and nutrition you need, even when you feel distracted. Your concentration may be impaired, too, so that you need to take extra care with driving and crossing the street. Grief is a normal process, and time really does heal.

Sometimes it helps to create a special place in your home to which you can go when you want to remember your pet. Although remembering may be painful at first, eventually that pain will turn into sweet memories.

How long should we wait until we get another pet for the family?

Even though your house feels very empty, and your young children may be asking for a replacement right away, it is best to wait at least one month before bringing home a new pet.

When you’re ready, you can check out the dogs and cats in your local shelter. If you feel attracted to a new pet, don’t worry that it is a betrayal of the lost animal. Your ability to give a good home to a new pet is really a compliment to your previous relationship.

We’re Moving!

Next summer our clinic will be moving to our new clinic.. In the meantime, we are having a logo contest! Stay tuned for more details..

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“Dr. Salas and his team are the best.  The office is inviting and it is quiet — the vet we had before we switched over had a waiting room full of dogs and cats, it was extremely noisy and it was very stressful on both us and our dog.  Perhaps this office staggers their appointments a bit so that not everyone arrives at once.  If there is an emergency and you have to wait, they let you know.

“This office is very calming.  Dr. Salas is very caring and compassionate and is always calm.  He is very professional and he gets back to you as promised with the lab work results.  He is very easy to talk to. His staff and office manager are very friendly and professional. They keep in touch with you throughout the year with newsletters.  I would and have recommended TLC and Dr. Salas to family and friends.  If you have an emergency or are worried about something they can usually get you in the same day.  They are definitely “pet people”.”

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Referral Program

We’d like to thank everyone who has referred a friend or family member to us!

A referral is the biggest compliment that we can receive! It not only helps us, it helps you and whoever you refer too. You can refer as many people as want and can. For every person you refer that comes to us for their pet’s exam, you receive a $25 credit on your account and they also get a $25 credit! All they have to do is tell us who referred them.