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Holidays With Nervous Dogs

Is your canine buddy easily excitable? Does Fido often get scared or anxious? If so, he isn’t the only one. Many of our canine companions are a bit fretful. Dogs can be afraid of a variety of things, such as loud noises, being left alone, visitors, social events, and changes to their daily routine or environment. Of course, all of these things may come into play around the holidays. This time of year can be quite difficult for timid pets! Here, a Brandon, FL vet offers tips on spending the holidays with a nervous pup.


One of the best things you can do to keep Fido calm is to simply make sure he is getting enough activity. This will help your pooch burn off his excess energy. After a fun play session, your pup will be a bit tired, and therefore won’t be as jittery. Take time to walk and play with your pet every day.   (Tip: new toys make great gifts for dogs.)

Safe Space

Some dogs are more comfortable when they have a safe space to retreat to. A crate is great for this, though you shouldn’t keep Fido crated too long. If you have a spare room, you can also put your canine pal in there with bedding, toys, treats, and food. Put a baby gate at the door, so your pet can still see and hear you. That way, he won’t feel so isolated. If you’re expecting a noisy night, turn a radio or TV on to mask the sounds. This is a good tactic for New Year’s Eve, as many dogs are scared of fireworks.

Puppy-Calming Products

There are now quite a few products that are specifically made for calming pets, such as treats, collars, and sprays. Medication can also help your pooch cope with his anxiety. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Consider Boarding

Are you having a big holiday party? You may want to consider boarding Fido that day. You can enjoy the big event, while knowing that your pooch is safe and sound.

Quality Time

Last but not least, spend some quiet quality time with Fido. Relaxing with your pup and a good seasonal movie is a great break from all that hustle and bustle!

Please contact us, your local Brandon, FL vet clinic, for your dog’s boarding and veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

7 Reasons Cats Are So Sleepy

Is your cat sleeping right now? There’s a good chance that the answer to that question is yes. And if Fluffy is actually awake, she probably won’t stay that way for long. Why are our feline friends so drowsy? Is being adorable really that exhausting? A Brandon, FL vet lists some reasons why kitties are so tired in this article.


Kittens are both adorable and tired. Actually, there is a reason that baby cats sleep so much. Feline growth hormones are released during kitty sleep cycles. All those naps help little Fluffy grow from a tiny furball into a healthy, happy adult cat! Then, by the time Fluffy is a senior, she’ll be a napping expert, capable of sleeping up to 20 hours a day. That’s pretty impressive!

Preventing Overheating

Overheating can be very dangerous for cats. They only sweat through their paws, and panting isn’t very efficient for them. Kitties probably learned to take it easy, especially after exerting themselves. That said, we suspect our feline pals may be overcompensating a bit. Fluffy probably doesn’t need to recuperate with a nap every time she walks through the kitchen.

Official Kitty Schedule

Cats definitely play by their own rules. They do, however, seem to have some very strict codes for certain things … like naps. Kitties are very diligent about taking their morning, mid-morning, noon, afternoon, and evening naps!


Many kitties love cuddling with their humans in bed. Purring cats make great sleep aids! Fluffy may nap while you’re at work, but she’ll still want to snuggle up with you when you hit the sack. In fact, your pet will adjust her sleep schedule to match yours.


Kitties may sleep more when they aren’t getting enough stimulation or entertainment. Make sure Fluffy has lots of toys to play with!


Have you ever noticed that dreary days make you drowsy? This applies to kitties too! Fluffy sleeps even more than usual in bad weather.


Most of the time, when Fluffy is snoozing, she isn’t sound asleep, but is still processing sounds and stimuli. This is why you’ll likely see her ears move if you call her name. In the wild, this helps cats know when there are predators or prey around.

Does your sleepy pet need an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Contact us, your Brandon, FL vet clinic, today!

Easter Dangers For Pets

Easter is coming up quick! While Floridians don’t really need to celebrate the end of another long, cold winter the way people up north do, this is a great time to gather with friends and family. Just be sure to keep your pet’s health and safety in mind: this can be a dangerous time for pets. Here, a Valrico, FL vet lists some seasonal dangers for pet owners to be aware of.


Flowers are a big part of many spring decorations. If you set out a bouquet, place it in a spot your furry friend can’t reach. Many Easter bouquets contain lilies, which are highly toxic to cats. Tulips, gladiolas, and several other popular flowers are also unsafe. If you aren’t certain whether something is dangerous for your pet or not, check the ASPCA website here.


Chocolate bunnies and eggs make a great treat to put in a candy dish, but keep them away from pets. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. Plus, many chocolate products contain xylitol and/or nuts, which are also unsafe. Hard candies and candy wrappers are also unsafe, as they can choke pets, and can cause serious internal injuries if swallowed.


Summer is technically a few months off, but Florida can still be sweltering hot at this time of year. Make sure your furry companion always has fresh water and shade. If you have a dog, limit Fido’s outdoor time on hot days. Your canine buddy will be much more comfortable in cool, climate-controlled rooms! As for Fluffy, she’s always safer indoors, where she’s protected from traffic, weather, gators, and other dangers.


If you’re hosting Easter dinner, be careful not to let your pet have any unsafe foods. Some things on the no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; pitted fruits, especially avocados; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; and raw dough, meat, or yeast. Ask your vet for more information.


Easter baskets often contain plastic grass, which is a choking hazard for playful pets. Keep decorations out of paws’ reach!


Are you hosting an Easter egg hunt? If so, make sure no eggs are missed. They will quickly go bad. Unfortunately this won’t necessarily stop pets—especially dogs—from eating them.

Please contact us, your local Valrico, FL pet clinic, if we can ever be of assistance. We’re here to help!

Fluffy’s New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year! Are you setting new goals for yourself this year? If so, your kitty will be right there at your feet (or on your sofa) as you strive to make your goals. As it turns out, your furball may also have some resolutions of her own. A Brandon, FL vet lists some of them below.

Catch The Red Dot

Kitties may be adorable and cuddly, but they are actually fierce predators in the wild, and are more or less hardwired to pounce on things. However, that little red dot has been eluding Fluffy for years. Maybe 2019 will finally be the year she catches her mysterious prey!


We’re pretty sure your feline pal won’t have a hard time achieving this goal. Cats sleep, on average, about 14 hours a day. (We’re not sure why kitties are so tired, but that’s beside the point.) Help your drowsy pet meet this resolution by offering her lots of comfy beds and napping spots.

Gain Complete Control Of Humans

Does your kitty have you trained to pet or feed her on demand? Do you delay getting up when your cat is on your lap, to avoid disturbing her? These are a few signs that your kitty has you wrapped around her paws. Don’t worry, though: even if Fluffy does achieve world domination, she’ll still only request beds, attention, toys, treats, and tuna fish.


Kitties are very adventurous, but they are really much safer living indoors. Of course, staying inside won’t curb your cat’s taste for adventure. Fluffy will spend some of 2019 exploring closets, boxes, and various nooks and crannies in your home.

Work On Computer Skills

Cats seem to be drawn to computers, though they usually utilize them as beds. Fluffy also has a habit of walking across her humans’ keyboards. Who knows? Your kitty may be trying to figure out how to order cat furniture!

Supervise The Humans

Our feline friends are very curious, and perhaps a bit nosy. Cats like to pay close attention to their owners. Your cute pet may even follow you around from room to room! Get your furball a cat tower or window seat, so she can get a better view.

As your local Brandon, FL vet clinic, we look forward to offering your cat great care in 2019 and for many years to come. Please contact us anytime.

Helping Your Cat Beat the Heat

As you have probably noticed, Florida summers can be scorching hot. This time of year can be pretty tough on pets, especially kitties. Read on as a local Brandon, FL vet offers tips on helping Fluffy stay cool this summer.


Make sure your kitty always has fresh water. You may want to get Fluffy a pet fountain. Many cats actually prefer to drink running water!

Cold Snack

Fluffy can have some sodium-free broth as a treat. Give your kitty a chilled bowl of fish, beef, or chicken broth on hot days. Your furball may also appreciate a chilled can of tuna or chicken in water or some cat milk. You can also try dropping an ice cube into your kitty’s bowl on sweltering days.


Regular beauty sessions will remove dust, fur, and dander from your pet’s coat. Brushing your furry little diva regularly won’t just help keep her fur soft and shiny: it will also keep her cooler.

Climate Control

We always recommend that kitties stay indoors. Fluffy is both safer and healthier inside! However, if you do let your feline pal out, limit her outdoor time during the hottest parts of the day. Fluffy will be cool and comfy in rooms with AC or fans. If you let your furry pal roam freely throughout the house, she’ll naturally find the coolest spots. Cats are very, very good at getting comfortable!

Hammock Bed

Hammock beds are great for hot weather. Because air can move beneath them, they stay cooler than regular beds. You can buy a hammock for your feline friend, or just make one. You’ll need a table with four legs, and a piece of sturdy material. Cut the material so that it’s smaller than the tabletop, then use twine or Velcro to attach the corners to the table legs.

Ice ‘Pawkey’

Kitties don’t have many ways to cool themselves down if they get hot. They can’t sweat, and panting isn’t as efficient for them as it is for dogs. However, Fluffy’s paw pads are quite sensitive, and can help her regulate her temperature. Your pet may enjoy batting an ice cube around on hot days. This will both entertain your furball and keep her cool.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Brandon, FL vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!