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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The Time Has Come! Highway Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Blogs of 2020!

We made it! 2020 is behind us and 2021 is ahead. While we collectively hope that it can only go up from here, there are some aspects of 2020 that weren’t so terrible – especially for pets!

If a worldwide pandemic can have an upside, it would be that pet adoption skyrocketed and that, for many, pets were able to spend more time with their people than ever before. With this, people had more time to Google about their pets than ever before. And for those of you that entrusted our blog to help you along the way, we thank you.

As we do, this time of year, it’s our tradition to revisit our most-read blogs of they year. Regardless of when it was written, these blogs represent those you turned to the most to answer to navigate the weird and wonderful world of keeping a pet.

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A Hearty Cheers to Pet Safety During the Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching, and it should be about festivities, fun, and food (a lot of it), but there is something more to consider. When it comes to pets, your veterinary team sees far too many veterinary emergencies around this time of year. 

Pet safety during the holidays is a must for our pet families and will definitely ensure a much more holly-jolly season when our pets are the priority. Highway Veterinary Hospital takes a closer look at some of these dangers, so you can avoid them and go on with the merriment.

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Eat This, Not That: Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Cat at Thanksgiving dinner looking at a Turkey

There’s nothing like an amazing meal, especially at Thanksgiving. Pies and baked goods, stuffing and mashed potatoes, and did we say turkey and gravy? It’s enough to make anyone salivate, including the family dog or cat. 

Unfortunately, with every Thanksgiving meal comes a number of tempting dishes that are toxic to pets. The team at Highway Veterinary Hospital wants to ensure your holiday is pet emergency-free by raising awareness about the Thanksgiving foods that are bad for pets.

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Giving Props to Pet Poop

Dog pooping

Your pet’s feces may not be the most glamorous thing to talk about, they deserve a lot more credit than you might think. Besides being a vehicle for eliminating waste from the body, pet poop holds a lot of information that can help you as well as our doctors at Highway Veterinary Hospital

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Which Leash Is Best for My Dog?

When choosing a leash for your pet, not just any leash will do. You have to think about your pet’s safety and how suitable the length, strength, and durability is for them.

There are a wide variety of styles and materials on the market that promise to be the best, but which ones are safest for your pooch

When you choose a leash and other walking tools for your furry, there are several factors to consider to make for a great leash walking experience. 

Since a leash is one of the most used pet tools you’ll need to select, the team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to provide some insight into the question, “Which leash is best for my dog?”

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Teach Your Cat to Swim!

The idea of bringing your pet into any body of water may seem suspect. After all, cats loathe water, right? 

It may come as a shock to you, but cats can be taught to appreciate water if they get the right introduction. Several cat owners have pondered why cats can’t swim, but the truth is, the can! 

If you are one of the brave cat owners out there who would like to teach your cat to swim, you are in luck! The team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to explain the basics of cat swimming, and how to slowly introduce your feline friend to being in water.

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