What to Know Before Adopting a Rescue Dog

adopting a rescue dogIf you’ve decided to open your home to a dog, congratulations! Owning a pet is a big responsibility, but if you’re able to provide the time, energy, and care, you and your new dog will be so happy together.

At this point, you’ve already analyzed your lifestyle and expectations to find the right breed. Choosing a rescue dog can eliminate some of the guesswork and may just be the perfect match for you.

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When Caring Hurts: Compassion Fatigue Among Veterinary Professionals

compassion fatigueThe depth of love we feel for our animal friends is both astounding and understandable. Our pets fill our homes with joy, laughter, and an incredible bond unlike any other. So, it’s not unusual to feel grief and loss when we must say goodbye to a cherished pet.

For those whose lives are focused on caring for animals, the likelihood of being exposed to these feelings, as well as the day-to-day toll of taking care of terminally ill or sick pets, can be detrimental to well being. Compassion fatigue among veterinary professionals is common but often not discussed. Those on the frontlines of pet health care, such as shelter works, veterinarians and technicians, and caretakers for gravely ill pets, are all at risk of exhaustion and depression.

The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants to explore ways to better cope with grief, loss, and other strong feelings in response to caring for pets. It’s our way of supporting those who understand this unique but common situation.

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Keeping Your Furry Loved One Safe with Pet Theft Awareness

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if you’re like most pet owners, you’re probably planning on surprising your furry sweetie with a gift or two. February 14th is also National Pet Theft Awareness Day! While this isn’t nearly as romantic as the heart-filled holiday, it can be just as meaningful for pets and their owners.

At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we are thrilled to help you focus on your pet’s ongoing safety and well-being! Take a peek at our tips on how you can maximize the safety of your four-legged loved one this Valentine’s Day and all year long.

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The Modern City Feline: Best Practices for Cat Health and Happiness

cat healthDoes your cat meow at the backdoor relentlessly? Depending on the streets located near your urban abode, just letting your pet pop out for a bit may not be an option. This is probably the most salient difference between your cat and their country or suburban relatives. Indeed, most city dwelling cats remain inside the home their entire life, a general boon to overall cat health. But for many discerning, contemporary city cats, it can be hard to keep things fresh for them.

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