3 Ways to Help Your Pet Safely Enjoy Thanksgiving

As tantalizing aromas waft out of the kitchen, your mouth waters, and you feel a wet spot on your knee. You look down, only to see your sad-eyed pooch staring beseechingly, a string of drool connecting their jowls to your knee. You know your pet is eagerly looking forward to the Thanksgiving feast, but you [...]

10 Ways to Take the Horror Out of Halloween for Your Pet

Halloween is a delightfully spooky time of year. But, you may enjoy taking part in all the frightening festivities, while your furry pal is stressed, anxious, or afraid. Help your pet enjoy all the holiday has to offer with The Gentle Vet team’s Halloween pet safety tips. #1: Choose a simple pet costume Your pet [...]

Fe-line Stiff and Sore: How to Manage Your Cat’s Arthritis

Cats are just as likely as dogs to develop arthritis. Although your feline friend’s arthritis signs may not be as obvious as those of an affected dog, cats feel significant discomfort and experience impaired mobility. In fact, up to 60% of cats have arthritis in at least one joint by age 6, with 90% of [...]

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Bringing Home a New Pet

Pets bring great joy to many people’s lives, but because each person or family is different, pets are not one-size-fits-all. Dogs and cats are the most common household pets, but many other  furry, slimy, scaly, or feathered animals can make excellent companions. Get your whole family on the same page before bringing home your next [...]

A Recipe for Pet Heat Safety

Summer is heating up and so are the many seasonal delicacies. From backyard barbecues to perfect picnics, summer food staples are sizzlingly scrumptious. However, your summertime snacks aren’t the only thing sizzling, and scorching temperatures can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to your pet’s comfort and safety. When cooking any delicious dish, [...]

6 Tips for a Successful Pet Boarding Experience

Leaving your pet behind when you’re away can be tough. However, if you find a trustworthy boarding facility and prepare your pet for their stay, you can help reduce your pet’s—and your own—stress, ensuring you both enjoy the experience. The Gentle Vet team shares tips to prepare your pet for a successful boarding experience. #1: [...]

Get it Off! What to Do If You Find a Tick on Your Pet

You’re leisurely petting your dog or cat when you find a small seed-sized lump. You automatically tense—your mind racing. Is this a tumor? Is this a tick? You part your pet’s hair and find an unsightly eight-legged arachnid with its pinschers embedded in your pet’s precious skin. What now? The Gentle Vet team recommends resisting [...]

Tick Talk: Protecting Your Dog From Lyme Disease

The Garden State is known for its beaches, boardwalks, and Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. New Jersey is a known hot-spot for this debilitating tick-borne illness, which can infect human and canine populations. Fortunately, prevention is possible with awareness and appropriate veterinary care. Before you venture out to enjoy the warm spring [...]

A Cat’s Gotta Scratch: Why Scratching Is Important to Your Cat

Scratching is an essential behavior for your feline friend, who should not be punished if they claw your curtains, rugs, or furniture. Refrain from yelling, swatting, or spraying them with a water bottle and instead avoid damaging your relationship by learning why your cat needs to scratch, and how you can encourage them to scratch [...]

Keeping Pets Healthy: Dental Care and Disease Prevention

Nobody wants to walk around with a toothache—in fact, you’d probably be quick to visit your dentist if you were suffering from oral pain. Pets can suffer from the same oral health issues, but they often hide their pain and make dental disease difficult for pet owners to recognize. Good dental health is key to [...]

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