Category: Valley Oak S.P.C.A.

The Importance of Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinating your cat or dog is one of the most important steps of being a responsible pet owner. Puppies and kittens need vaccinations to protect them from serious diseases just like children do. Adult dogs and cats need annual boosters to keep them healthy as well. The exact vaccinations that your pet needs can vary by breed, age, medical history, environment, travel habits and lifestyle.

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Housetraining 101

Some lucky dog and cat owners never have to deal with the frustrations of pet accidents. Some dogs pick up the habit of going outside perfectly and some cats would never think of using anything but the litter box. For the other less than lucky pet owners, here are a few tips and causes for accidents in the house.

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Microchip — A Safe and Permanent Identification for Your Pet

What would you do if your pet was lost? Would the person who found your cat or dog know who you are and how to contact you? That’s a very stressful situation for you and your pet. A collar with a license and identification attached is extremely helpful, but what if the collar slipped off or you didn’t put it back on after giving your pet a bath? The only permanent form of identification your pet can carry with it is a microchip.

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The Importance of Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations

Vaccinating your cat or dog is one of the most important steps of being a responsible pet owner. Puppies and kittens need vaccinations to protect them from serious diseases, just like children do. Adult dogs and cats need annual boosters to keep them healthy as well. The exact vaccinations your pet needs can vary by breed, age, medical history, environment, travel habits, and lifestyle.

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Get Healthy With Your Pet

Having trouble finding motivation to exercise? There’s a good chance your dog can give you the inspiration you need. Dogs need exercise just like people do; in fact, they crave it. Regular exercise is necessary to keep your pet healthy both physically and mentally.

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Why Should I Vaccinate My Cat Against Feline Leukemia (FeLV)?

Feline leukemia is caused by feline leukemia virus, but depending on the sub-type of virus present, it can cause diseases other than leukemia, such as tumors, lymphoma (the most common FeLV associated cancer), and other abnormal growths and least commonly, anemia. The virus suppresses the immune system and as a result, infected cats may show variable clinical signs such as recurring or persistent infections, abscesses, inflammation of the gums and other tissues of the mouth, fever, and lethargy.

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Volunteering with Animals is a Win-Win!

Volunteering your time and energy with animals isn’t just good for them; it’s actually good for your health too! Valley Oak SPCA is looking for volunteers. What better way to warm your heart and soul than to sit and read with a homeless cat or dog on your lap, play fetch, walk with a pooch that is waiting to be adopted, or cuddle with an orphaned puppy or kitten?

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