Mar 12
Pets and COVID-19
12 Mar, 2020. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
With all the concerns about Covid-19 (novel Coronavirus) we are seeing, pet owners may have many questions about the safety of themselves and their pets. Dogs and cats do get coronaviruses, however these strains are different from the current novel Coronavirus and do not cause respiratory signs. Recently a dog in Hong Kong was noted to have a low level infection of Covid-19. But this is no reason to panic. Currently there is no evidence that pets can become sick from the disease or can be a source of infection. The current recommendations are to wash your hands after handling…
Nov 11
Should you let your cat go outside?
11 Nov, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
If you are a cat owner, chances are- you have thought about this question. It can be a difficult choice to make. On one hand, allowing your feline pal to go outside is a sure way to inspire their natural instincts and encourage exercise. It also helps with their emotional and mental health. However, indoor cats DO tend to have a longer lifespan. Remaining indoors greatly reduces the risk of wounds, contracting infections or becoming a victim of neighborhood traffic or predators. In the end, the decision is yours to make. Here, we will discuss the pros and cons of…
Nov 4
Ways to Help Your Pet Live Longer
4 Nov, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
As animal lovers, we all want our furry pals to live as long as possible. But until they come up with a permanent solution to death, we are forced to accept the inevitable- our pets will have to leave us some day. Watching a furbaby age isn’t always an easy task either, but with a few adjustments or realizations, we can help our pets live their longest and best life possible. Stop overfeeding. Overfeeding a pet can lead to a laundry list of health problems. Even though it can be somewhat inconvenient, it is important to have your pets on…
Oct 14
Fun Facts About Cats
14 Oct, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
We love cats… That’s no secret if you follow our Facebook Page. Cats are entertaining, loving (well, sometimes), and above all- intelligent. Just because we enjoy them so much, we wanted to share some fun facts about why cats are so amazing. The patterns on their noses are unique.  Just like the fingerprints of a human, every cat’s nose print is different from another’s. Cats cannot see directly below their noses! It is their own personal blind spot. Cats cannot taste sweet things. Can you imagine not being able to enjoy the flavor of sweets? Cats don’t have that ability.…
Oct 1
Tips for Introducing Your Cat to Your Dog
1 Oct, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
Despite what some may think, cats and dogs can co-exist peacefully. For many years, cartoon or TV portrayed animals have drummed up hilarious antics of dogs and cats against each other. However, these portrayals are far from the potential of a cat/dog relationship. Here, we would like to share some tips for the best ways to introduce a dog to a cat or vice versa. By following these few guidelines, you can secure a long lasting and beautiful relationship for your furry pals. Introductions should be supervised and handled with care. These moments should be planned with care and patience.…
Sep 16
Cat Catastrophes
16 Sep, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
Owning a cat can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the history of owning pets. However, there are a few common mistakes that a cat owner can make that can lead to some minor mishaps in cat parenting. It is important to recognize that cats have specific needs. Here, we will be taking a look at some common- but avoidable- cat catastrophes. Providing Water. This seems like a simple enough task for cat owners to accomplish. However, cats have a tendency to not get enough water intake. Cats prefer fresh and clean running water. Some felines have a…
Sep 9
De-Stress Your Pet Before the Vet
9 Sep, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
No matter how amazing your veterinarian may be, a visit to the vet clinic can be stressful to your pet. Whether it be for a routine exam or for an illness or ailment, our pets may not always understand that visiting the vet is in their best interest. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t help to soothe their nerves along the way. Here, we would like to discuss some ways to help your pet de-stress for their vet visit. The car ride... Depending on your pet, the car ride over can either be enjoyable or stressful. For dogs, car…
Sep 2
Common Questions About Having a New Kitten
If you are the happy owner of a new kitten, congratulations! You are about to experience an amazing and entertaining first year with your new furbaby. Even though they are adorable and so much fun to have around, it is common to have a few questions about what to do or how to care for your new baby. Here, we will discuss a few common, but very important questions you may have as a new cat parent. When can they eat solid food? A momma cat tends to start leaving her babies more frequently around the age of five weeks.…
Aug 12
Why does my cat bite me?
12 Aug, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
It has probably happened to every cat owner at some point in their relationship with their beloved kitty. One moment your cat is enjoying the chin rubs and belly tickles, then the next moment your staring at teeth marks in your arm. It can leave you wondering what it is you did wrong to provoke such a reaction from your cat. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most cat lovers experience the same type of reaction and it is commonly referred to as “love biting.” However, feline behaviorists have determined a more formal name for this particular reaction: Petting-induced aggression. Usually…
Mar 13
What is catnip and how do you use it?
13 Mar, 2018. 0 Comments. Pet advice, SVSS News. Posted By: swvetsurgery
What is catnip and how do you use it? If you are a cat parent, chances are- you have heard of catnip. If you haven’t heard of it, you came to the right spot. In this post, we are going to talk about what catnip is and what it does for your feline friend. Only 60-70% of cats can be affected by catnip. If you are the lucky owner of a catnip friendly kitty, you are in for a real observational treat. What is catnip? Catnip is a naturally occurring herb that contains Nepetalactone. This organic compound is a natural…