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Discover your dog’s age with the help of your veterinarian

How Old Is My Dog?  Some dog owners know the age of their fur baby down to the day and celebrate it each year with a doggy birthday party. Other doggy parents have no idea of the day – or even the year – when their dog was born. If you have a fur baby that is a rescue, the …

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5 Dog Breeds That are Perfect for Families

Bringing a new fur baby into your home is a big decision—especially when you have kids. A pet is a commitment you make for the dog’s lifetime, so it’s important to find out before you adopt or buy a dog that he’s a good fit for your family. So, what are the best dog breeds for families? There is no …

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Do Not Give These Harmful Foods To Your Cat

You love your cat. At The Vet on 4th, we understand how owners feel about their feline fur babies because we are cat-lovers ourselves. The way you feel about your fur baby can make it difficult to resist slipping a special treat into her food or saving scraps from the table. But before you feed your cat something from your …

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Ways You Can Unintentionally Make Your Dog or Cat Sick

One of the most difficult parts of getting sick with a cold or a virus is dealing with the fear of spreading the illness to those you love. You may need help in the process of getting better but it is difficult to think about the risk of spreading it to your loved ones. For many people, those loved ones …

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Finding the Perfect Feline: Best Cat Breeds to Fit Your Lifestyle

Are you thinking about bringing a cat into your home but are unsure which cat breed is best for your lifestyle? Whether you’re looking for cat breeds for beginners, cat breeds for kids, or cat breeds for dog owners, there are some more likely than others to fit smoothly into your home.  We’ve put together a list of the best …

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Is Pricey Pet Food Worth the Cost?

  Your pet is part of your family, so naturally you want to do what you can to keep them healthy and happy—and that includes feeding them an appropriate diet. Prices of available pet food vary from a few dollars a bag to well over $100 a bag for very high-end or prescription diets. If you’re like most pet owners, …

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Same Drug, Different Animal: Why Human Meds Won’t Work?

When your pets are hurting, it’s understandable to search in a variety of places for relief. Cats and dogs experience pain like any other mammal, even down to aching joints in old age. It’s recommended however to provide your pet with only dog medicine or cat medicine prescribed by a veterinary care professional. In other cases, if your pet has …

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Avoiding Skin Issues: Why You Shouldn’t Use Human Shampoo on Dogs

Every dog owner knows there is nothing like the pleasant smell and shiny coat of a freshly bathed pooch—especially when you consider some of the activities dogs enjoy such as rolling in the dirt and tromping through puddles. There are countless products designed to help you keep your four-legged family member fresh and clean, but some pet owners wonder about …

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The Dog Breeds We Love, The Health Problems We Take On

You’re about to embark on the journey that’s choosing a furry, four-legged friend (floppy ears, wagging tail, and a new best friend included). Whether you’re going the rescue or brand-new puppy route, these things are certain: all dogs are cute, they need to be loved, and you can’t go wrong in your decision. While picking the “right” dog comes down …

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The Life Expectancy of Indoor Cats

Good news for cat lovers: Cats are living longer lives than ever thanks to better nutrition and advances in medical care. So just how long do indoor cats live? The short answer, according to the ASPCA, is 13 to 17 years. That’s the average for all cats kept indoors, but there are many variables that can shorten or lengthen a …