Winter Indoor Pet Activities

A beagle with a rope toy

If old man winter has you in his grip, you’re not alone. Cold weather, ice, and snow can keep us all indoors and less active than perhaps is good for us. And our pets are feeling the same cabin fever. Still, some indoor time may be a necessary part of the season, and it’s no reason that we can’t still have fun with our best fur friends – with some winter indoor pet activities. 

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Protect Your Pet’s Paws With Winter Paw Care

A dog's muddy paws

Old man winter is settling in, and for most of us that means more time inside. But, if you have dogs, you know that your dogs can’t stay inside all the time. There are times that your dog needs to answer the call of nature, not to mention run off some of that pent up energy! 

You may know how to protect your dog from freezing temperatures, but have you given much thought to winter paw care? Paw pads are sensitive and need extra attention when snow, ice, and cold are at play. 

Fortunately there are several ways to protect your pet’s paws this winter. Keep reading for Parkside Animal Hospital’s best tips on winter paw care. 

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Proof In The Pudding: Holiday Food Dangers For Pets

A dog wearing a Christmas hat, and getting a treat

It’s time for rich, sumptuous holiday foods and treats. Yum! The anticipation of delicious meals, plates of cookies, and festive tables laden with special foods has most Americans jumping for joy. But planning for all the festivities of the season seldom includes thinking about holiday food dangers for pets, until they present a medical emergency. 

Nothing ruins a holiday celebration faster than a trip to the emergency veterinary hospital! Your team at Parkside Animal Hospital is here to help you avoid the risks to your pets this holiday season.

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Your Golden Girl (or Boy): Making the Most of the Senior Pet Years

An older golden retriever laying on the ground with a big smile

When you have older pets with a little grey around the muzzle, it’s good to remember that, while dying isn’t optional, suffering can be. This means that senior pets can live active, happy, and pain free lives into their golden years and beyond. Your veterinarian can help make this a reality. 

What is a Senior Pet? 

Generally speaking, your pet is a senior at the age of 7. This varies to some degree with species and breed. Your veterinarian can determine when your pet falls into the senior life stage, one reason that preventive care exams annually is so important. 

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Coping With Pet Loss: Pet Memorial Ideas

A Yorkshire terrier laying near a pet memorial

For the vast majority of pet owners, their furry companions are members of the family and our best friends. It comes as no surprise that there is nothing quite so heart wrenching as the loss of a pet. Even though we know we won’t outlive them, the loss of a familiar face, their presence in our home, and their unconditional love can be nothing short of devastating. 

Unfortunately, our society doesn’t take the loss of a pet so seriously and it can feel alienating to take the time you need to grieve and process. At Parkside Animal Hospital, we’ve found that finding a way to memorialize your pet can be an important step on the path to peace and comfort during this difficult time. 

If you need some pet memorial ideas, we’ve compiled a few for your consideration. 

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Fact Versus Fiction: 5 Popular Dog Breed Myths Debunked

A spotted greyhound

Humans are wonderful story tellers. Since ancient times, we’ve created myths and legends – some of which are believable, and some of which are clearly ridiculous. because dogs have been our constant companions for 12 to 15 thousand years, it stands to reason that some myths have been created about them, too, including those related to breed. 

It may be 2019, but there are still plenty of dog breed myths out there to confuse and misinform well intentioned dog owners. Let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions about dog breeds. 

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Scooping The Poop! 

A tan-furred dog squatting

Although we may wish for it, there is no poop fairy to clean up after our pets. This responsibility of pet ownership falls squarely on our shoulders. Aside from making us a good neighbor, scooping the poop of our furry pals helps to keep the environment cleaner and prevent disease as well. 

Parkside Animal Hospital gives you the lowdown on why scooping the poop is important. 

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Next Level Feline Ownership: If You Build a Catio, They Will Purr

A grumpy looking fluffy cat

Ask any cat owner and they’ll quickly confirm that cats are the perfect pets. They’re interesting, captivatingly beautiful, clever, fun, and snuggly to boot. Indoor-only cats are arguably healthier than ones allowed to roam, but they can definitely suffer the consequences of their static environment. Yes, they can become bored. 

The best thing an owner can do for their fluffy best friend is to give them the best of both worlds. Build a catio, and watch your cat become the happiest, most fulfilled (and safest) version of themselves!

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A Match Made in Heaven: Safety for Kids and Pets

A fluffy white dog playing with its kids

Without a doubt, there’s a unique bond between kids and pets. From teaching empathy and social skills to encouraging physical activity, there are a number of ways pets can be good for children. In fact, most kids and their pets are best friends for life.

However, while kids and pets may be a natural match, that doesn’t mean you should leave them to their own devices. Accidents happen, even among the most well-behaved children and animals, so it’s important to take steps to ensure that all interactions are happy and safe.

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Tick Season is Here—Are You Ready?

A tick on wood

The snow is finally melting, and the bounty of spring is beginning to arrive. Of course, along with the fresh breezes, colourful flowers, and singing birds come the parasites we all love to hate. Tick season has officially arrived, and protecting your pet – and your family – from the many diseases they carry is a top priority. Fortunately, the team at Parkside Animal Hospital is here to help!

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