Pet Safety: What Houseplants Are Safe for Your Pets?

Pets and houseplants.

Houseplants add aesthetic appeal to an interior decor and bring some more life into a space. Many people who love animals have a penchant for plants as well, but these two do not always coexist harmoniously. Keep reading to learn more which plants are safe for your pets and which ones might accidentally poison them:

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Pet Pancreatitis: A Pain in the… Gut?

Pet pancreatitis.

There is a virtual laundry list of potential problems that can bring on digestive symptoms and abdominal pain in pets. When our veterinarians at Highway Veterinary Hospital see a patient for gastrointestinal symptoms during a sick visit, though, pet pancreatitis is almost always on the list of possibilities. Keep reading to learn more about this common pain in the gut:

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Cleaning Up After Cat Urine

A cat on the carpet.

When your cat pees outside the litter box, there’s no hiding from the problem. Cat urine can leave a stain, but even worse, the smell becomes more challenging to remove the longer it sits. Kitty pee contains uric acid, which can remain in carpet, clothing, or furniture fabric for years. Using the right type of cleaner is key. Once the immediate problem is cleaned up, it’s also important to determine the cause of this behavior, which could be a sign of a health issue or stress.

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A Potential CATastrophe: How To Stop a Destructive Cat

Destructive cat.

You arrive home from running errands to find a potted plant knocked off the window ledge, the sofa is wet with cat urine, and there is trash strewn about in the bathroom. Is this the work of an intruder? More likely the destruction is caused by your bored or unhappy house cat.

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Is Doggy Drool Natural or a Red Flag?

mastiff drooling

What do bulldogs, mastiffs, Saint Bernards, and Bernese mountain dogs all have in common (beside, you know, being awesome)? They drool—a lot! Excessive salivation helps these breeds chew and swallow food, but doggy drool also keeps the mouth wet, adding to effective temperature regulation. In other words, it’s a good thing. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most dogs. In fact, uncharacteristic doggy drool can be indicative of certain health problems.

Something to Talk About

Doggy drool might not be something you’re excited to think about, but if you’ve recently gotten a smooch from your pup you’ve got a front row seat to the show. It simply goes with the territory of dog ownership, right?

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Cat Behavior: Your Cat’s Tail Tells All

Cat behavior: tail is up.

A cat’s tail can tell you a lot about their wellness. Cats are known for their playfulness and curiosity. At Highway Veterinary Hospital, we believe that understanding this communication can improve your relationship with your pet. 

Understand Cat Behavior with a Glimpse of the Tail

Although sometimes it might seem like your cat is blatantly ignoring you, their tail can tell a lot about what they are thinking and feeling. The following tail positions can signify certain emotions:

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All About Cat Vaccines

Cat wellness.

Disease prevention is a major concern for pet owners, but it can be a little confusing at times. Many health threats are a bit ambiguous, especially if a cat lives an indoor-only existence. Cat vaccines may seem like they aren’t necessary or important to many cats with limited potential exposure. The truth is, routine vaccinations play a critical role in disease prevention and maintaining lifelong health. 

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Sniff Before You Snap: Food Aggression In Pets

Two dogs growl at each other.

Some animals become territorial when food enters the equation. Without the proper training and attention, food aggression in pets can become a serious (and dangerous) problem for you and any other animals you might have in the home. If you do not want every meal time to end in a fight, it is important to address this behavior before it escalates. Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to help you deal with this aggression so you and your pets can eat in peace:

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Regretfully Sheepish and Responsible: Do Pets Feel Guilt?

A guilty dog stands next to the door he broke.

Our pets have a wide-range of unique behaviors—some of these behaviors make us love them more, and others…well, we love them in spite of these behaviors. If you have a pet that is prone to mischief, you might have noticed some particular actions that seem to represent the guilt they feel for misbehaving. Do pets actually feel guilt, though? The team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to help you decode these actions and figure out if pets are actually feeling guilty:

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Are Your Cat’s Hairballs Inconvenient or Problematic?

A cat covers its eyes.

Hairballs are something that most cat owners accept as part of the territory of living with a cat. After all, they are covered in fur. Equipped with a super-unique tongue that easily lifts dead or loose hair, dirt and debris from their coat, cats strive to be extra-clean all the time. The barbs on the tongue that feel scratchy to us are pointed backwards, making it all but impossible for them not to swallow a mouthful of fur from their coat. 

This is all normal feline behavior, but if your cat’s hairballs seem excessive or out of control they may have something else going on.

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