Two dogs post bath wrapped in towels

All dog parents know what happens after giving a dog a bath: The dog may be clean, but everything and everyone in the splash zone is another story.

But did you know there’s more to your dog’s shake dance than revenge for a bath?

A new study published in the Journal of Royal Society Interface found that mammals shake off excess water in order to prevent hypothermia. A dog can shake up to 70 percent of the water off its fur in about four seconds.

Another interesting finding:

“One thing that the researchers discovered is that the smaller the mammal, the faster it must shake to exert the ideal amount of force on the water droplets. For example, a mouse must shake at a rate of 30 times per second, a cat nine times per second, and a Labrador Retriever only four times per second.”

Read the full article and then tell us on our Facebook or Twitter about your dog’s shake dance!

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It can be a challenge to tell if your furry friend requires an unplanned visit to the vet since cats and dogs can often hide their pain and discomfort.

Here’s a handy list from Vet Depot of five common, subtle symptoms of illness in pets. As always, check with your veterinarian if you have any questions about your pet.

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fluffy black cat using a closed litter box

Are you a new cat parent? Do you have questions about giving your furry friend the best care possible? Check out Pets Adviser’s 20 Common Mistakes List for some common mistakes new cat parents may make.

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Dog Paws Nail Care Tips

Is your pet ready for a manicure?

The ASPCA® recommends that dogs have their nails trimmed when their nails are long enough to touch the ground, and cats should get a clipping every couple of weeks.

If you cut your pet’s nails at home, go slow and be careful not to cut the quick, which is the pink area that contains blood vessels and nerves.

For dogs, the best time for their nail-trimming session is when they’re tired from vigorous exercise. For cats, try it when they’re relaxed and sleepy.

If you’re shy about clipping, visit your veterinarian or a professional groomer.

Read more nail tips for cats and advice for dogs from our friends at the ASPCA.

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Put Your Paws Together for National Pets in Film Day

Cats and dogs have been on the big and small screens since the early days. June 19 is National Pets in Film Day, which was created to promote compassion for animals. So what better time to talk about pets and movies? Grab your popcorn and read on!

Lassie's a Lad
Although Lassie was a girl in the TV series and movies, this heroic pup was actually played by a boy named Pal. Male collies tend to have thicker coats, which look better on camera.

Mr. Bigglesworth's Breed
In the Austin Powers movies, Dr. Evil's famous feline Mr. Bigglesworth was a Sphynx cat. The Sphynx is considered a hairless breed and is known to love cuddling for warmth.

Many Marleys
The touching film Marley and Me covers 14 years in the life of the title dog. To make the film, the director used yellow labs at different ages to play him – 22 in all!

Follow @ASPCAPetIns on Twitter for more fun film pet trivia.

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October is National Pet Wellness month, so what better time to make sure your pet’s health is on track? Proper wellness care is so important for pets, especially since they can’t verbalize how they’re feeling. Learn more about wellness care with our quick quiz!.

1. How often should your pet have a check-up?
a) Once a year
b) Every two years
c) Only at birth

a) The ASPCA® recommends a routine exam at least once a year. If your pet has medical issues, your veterinarian may recommend more frequent check-ups.

2. Why is a regular check-up important?
a) Identify issues early
b) Keep vaccines up-to-date
c) Both a and b

c) Regular exams can help catch illnesses when they’re more treatable, and make sure your pet gets important vaccines.

3. A check-up usually includes:
a) Grooming
b) Physical exam
c) Nail clipping

b) The veterinarian should examine your pet from head to tail. You can ask for grooming or nail trimming advice, but these aren’t typically part of a regular exam.

You can also print out the ASPCA’s Vet Visit questionnaire to help make sure you’re prepared at your pet’s next wellness visit. Look for another pet wellness quiz coming soon!

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Arkansas Pet Hospital Looks to Help Pet Parents

Jonesboro Family Pet Hospital in Arkansas believes in the importance of maintaining its connection with pet parents both in person and online.

For an Arkansas veterinary practice, caring for patients doesn’t end when a pet sadly passes away.

One family wrote on Jonesboro Family Pet Hospital’s website, “I just wanted to thank you for everything you did for us when we lost Harley. The flowers you sent and the memorial you made in his memory was very nice and more than I ever expected.”

Like many clinics Jonesboro Family Pet Hospital has found that sympathetic gestures, as well as regular information about pet care, are an important part of building relationships with pet parents.

“It’s important that pet parents are updated on diseases, protocol, prevention, and end of life decisions,” said Toufic Diab, Hospital Administrator at the practice in Jonesboro, Ark. “For our clients, knowledge is power in order for them to make the best choices for their beloved pets.”

The staff hosts bi-monthly meetings with their five veterinarians to brainstorm ways to convey information to their clients. They email monthly newsletters to clients, featuring topics such as camping with your pets, five ways to protect your dog’s hearing, making the decision to say goodbye, and questions to ask when considering which pet health insurance to buy. The hospital also uses its Facebook page to share helpful pet information and tips.

Most recently, the pet hospital partnered with the local newspaper, Jonesboro Sun, to feature a Jonesboro veterinarian’s pet health column each week.

The efforts are all part of a campaign to give pet parents accurate information they can use.

“Our clients can find such a mix of misleading content online these days,” Mr. Diab said. “That is why we’re so dedicated to conveying the correct information to them and helping them during difficult times through a variety of touch points.”

In the next few months, the staff will begin a monthly education series, led by one of the hospital’s veterinarians. They’re also hosting a bereavement class every quarter to provide support and coping techniques to pet parents. 

Learn more about Jonesboro Family Pet Hospital.

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