Around my house, the exclamation “Magic stinks!” was not uncommon. Every dog has an unpleasant habit or two, but Magic’s most beloved hobbies were really gross. In his eyes, the cat’s litter box was an all you can eat buffet, a rotten dead squirrel was a rare treasure, and a smelly running shoe was the perfect air freshener. Anytime he disappeared somewhere in the house or backyard for a suspiciously long time, he always returned with a big smile and an unbearable stench.
But one day, this stench was different– but it definitely still made my nose burn. And not only …Read More
The sound of a vacuum is a source of modern comfort to humans—to us, it signals a quick route to a clean floor. To your dog or cat, the same noise signals unexplained chaos.
Some of our patients at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals were raised inside the home from day one, so they’re more used to sounds such as the coffee maker and television. Others may not be as adjusted to the racket of living in a home in 2014, or they are naturally more timid around loud noises the blender makes. For these pets, at least until a white-noise-whisper blender hits …Read More
Storms can be fun to watch, but not if you’re a cat. Plenty of our feline patients at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals have major reactions to the weather, especially thunderstorms and sometimes even rain. Whenever it rains, and sometimes even before it rains, a few of our feline friends get the shakes, meow like crazy, and take cover anywhere they can—under beds, blankets, couches, or in cabinets.
Some humans who get migraines or have joint pain can closely connect their aches with storms on the horizon. Doctors believe this is thanks to heightened sensitivity to atmospheric pressure, and the same is likely …Read More
Leashes being yanked out of hands, waiting room accidents, constant whining, meowing, and barking… Loving animals through their anxiety is all in a day’s work for the front of office staff at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals. Though it’s unlikely that most pet patients will ever learn to jump for joy at the prospect of a vet clinic visit, there are some tricks to teaching animals there is no reason to fear.
If your pet gets anxious in the car because they are only used to driving to the pet clinic, try taking them for short car rides somewhere they’re guaranteed to love. …Read More
The decision to find a new home for a pet is never an easy one, but sometimes circumstances make it impossible to take care of your animal. There are lots of reasons people have to make the heartbreaking decision to give a pet up. Financial hardship, major health struggles, animal behavior issues, and other lifestyle or compatibility problems can all tempt people to consider other living arrangements for their pet.
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals believes in helping every animal find an ideal home. Before making a big decision, we urge pet owners to consider all the options. Depending on your situation, your …Read More
Pet owners are aware of common dangers for their animal friends such as accidental poisoning, getting lost, and everyday scrapes. However, most pet lovers don’t think about potential kidnapping by pet thieves, especially in LazyPaw Animal Hospitals’ home community of lovely Frisco.
There’s no need to hide Fluffy away under lock and key for fear of thievery, but pet owners should be aware of possible dangers and take basic precautions to keep cats and dogs safe from those who might wish to profit from stealing animals.
Why would anyone steal an animal?
Pure breed pets are the most common victims of animal theft. …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is all about toys lately, and though we’ve pointed out some amazing (and amazingly expensive) possible additions to your pet’s collection, we wanted to share the secrets of some of our favorite homemade toys that ring in at a total cost ranging between zero and just a few dollars. Bonus: They don’t take much time to make, and you probably already have everything you need around the house.
Remember, always supervise your pets during play and check the condition of toys regularly for potential choking hazards.
Give your pal Scrappy a scrappy toy.
Everyone has an old t-shirt that’s begging …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals love toys! Er, I mean, we love giving toys to our favorite animal patient friends. There are plenty of expensive pet toys on the market, but just as the child who opens a new zillion-dollar gadget will often play with the box instead, most pets are glad to play with anything that’s interesting regardless of how much you spent.
Keeping Fido and Fluffy up to their ears in entertainment doesn’t have to cost a lot. Just use common sense and always keep an eye on animals when playing. As with any toy, check the condition of homemade toys …Read More
We’ve hunted down some interesting toys and gear for the world’s most adventurous pets as well as those suffering from a streak of total boredom. But today LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is profiling the holy grail of pet product categories—the chicest, and sometimes most ridiculous, toys and more for pets who know how to redefine what it means to be spoiled.
Bling doesn’t begin to cover it.
Dog and cat lovers with cash to burn can spring for the real diamond deal when it comes to showing off Fido and Fluffy’s style. If your credit limit is sky high, you too can spend …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is on an imaginary shopping spree for our favorite cats and canines, and though these high-tech, high-fashion, and high-octane toys may be out of a reasonable price range, they are still fun (and funny) to marvel at.
Umbrellas designed just for small pets.
Frisco vet patients may not see quite enough rain to justify the purchase of their very own umbrella, but if your small pooch is truly pampered, “The Dogbrella” is an inverted umbrella on a stable pole that forms a moisture barrier between your low-riding dog and wet weather. The clear umbrella canopy gives walkers full view …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals loves entertaining our pet patients, especially because watching them have fun is so entertaining to us! There is no one toy that will interest every animal, but this list of handpicked oddball toys is devoted to our furry friends who may be suffering from a spell of ennui. From puzzling to downright bubbling, even the most un-impressible pet could be doggone delighted by these wacky playtime ideas.
A tether that actually encourages movement?
Tethers that keep dogs roped to one place are old news. The Tether Tug is a combination of tether pole and tug toy that keeps dogs …Read More
There are lots of rumors circling the Internet about hawks honing in on small dogs for tasty prey. Since LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is in the heart of Frisco, Texas, we are used to seeing plenty of hawks gliding through the sunny skies. But are they really dangerous to our pets?
Of the 9300 species of birds in the world, Texas is home to 600, including predatory hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles. These flying hunters make their homes in trees, cliffs, chimneys, and other natural and manmade nooks.
Despite online horror stories of little dogs being snapped up by vicious birds, majestic birds …Read More
It’s date night, and you’re getting ready to go. As you put on a dress shirt, your dog Buster starts to whine. When you put on your best shoes, he tries hiding under the couch. As you close and lock the front door, you can hear him barking and howling. You feel terrible because he clearly hates it when you’re gone, but what are you supposed to do—stay home forever?
When you come home relaxed after a great meal, you find a hole chewed in the couch, urine on the carpet, and poop in your second best shoes. Buster clearly had …Read More
People who have lived with more than one cat know it’s normal for them to play-fight from time to time, as evidenced in this “pattycake” video where two dubbed patty-cats have collected more than 20 million views on YouTube. Cats naturally want to be on top of the food chain, so whenever more than one cat is in company, fights are bound to break out. The question is, how do you stop a hissing, yowling, claws-out cat tiff without getting hurt?
The staff of LazyPaw Animal Hospitals has broken up our share of cat altercations, and these top tips have helped …Read More
A wonderful cat lover with several star patients at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals recently asked a great question about feral cats. Namely, could she try to adopt one?
To answer, it’s important to define what a feral cat is. Feral cats are born and raised in the wild, or perhaps have been lost or abandoned and become more wild to survive. Some “free” feral cats can handle a small dose of human contact, but most are too fearful to be handled. They often live in groups (aka colonies) near places they can reliably find food, such as garbage dumps or alleys with …Read More
This week alone we have fielded several emergency calls for pet ingestion of undesirable substances: chocolate, garlic, decorations and Tylenol. Unfortunately not all veterinary clinics are open 24 hours a day to answer questions or to assist with home triage. In the North Dallas Metroplex we are fortunate to have several round the clock, referral level practices available to our clients; however, what happens when traveling with your pet, or you want to do your own independent research before making a call?
For a quick look up, two free applications which can readily be downloaded to your mobile devices are ASPCA’s …Read More
Pet Care For Kids By a Kid
3 Animal Scenarios and How To Help Them
What do you do when you happen upon an animal that someone has abandoned or took from its natural home? Here are three scenarios that might occur in your neighborhood, and how YOU and your family can help them safely.
SCENARIO 1: Abandoned Kittens
“Hey! What are you doing? Mommy! Get your hands off me! Ouch! This bag is dark! HEYYYY! My brothers and sisters are in here too! BUT where is Mommy???! Where are you taking us?!”
You and your husband have just woken up to the …Read More
When your pet gets sick, you suffer some symptoms as well—a feeling of panic, that sinking feeling in your stomach and those tears in your eyes. Having a sick pet can be a nerve-racking, gut-wrenching experience. While we all want to race to our computers and find the solution to our pet’s illness, hopping on Google might not always be the right answer. We’re often told not to refer to WebMD the minute you have a headache or stomachache, because it will retrieve more intense results than an everyday cold. The same principle applies to our furry companions. Before jumping …Read More
Last time on the LazyPaw Animal Hospitals blog, we convinced the world at large that putting an identification tag on pets is absolutely essential (okay, maybe not the whole world, but it would be nice).
Just in case you need a little more information to make up your mind, consider this study from the National Council on Pet Population, which found that fewer than two percent of lost cats and only 15-20 percent of lost dogs ever find their way back home. If you love your very own Fido and Fluffy—and we know you do—then you won’t love those numbers.
If we …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals believes in microchipping, but when it comes to finding a lost pet, a microchip isn’t a magic wand. In fact, to make microchips as effective as possible, we actually recommend an additional tag that lists microchip numbers, the microchip company you are registered with, and their phone number.
Microchips are not tracking devices or GPS beacons that immediately reveal your pet’s precise location. They are tiny transponders embedded under the skin that serve as permanent identification. When a microchip scanner passes over the animal, the microchip gets enough power from the scanner to broadcast the chip’s ID number. …Read More
This topic may seem like a no brainer… Until you’re ordering a dog or cat collar tag and have to make tough decisions for limited character lines. Dog ID tags and cat collar tags are not only kind of cute (or downright fashionable depending on your taste in bling,) they are crucial to your pet’s safety and well being. Should your animal accidentally run off, a tag could determine whether they ever find their way home again.
Whether your dog or cat is prone to wander or seems like a total homebody, ID tags are a must. But even though most …Read More
If you’ve ever been around a beloved dog who happened to have an anal gland accident, you know the terrible feelings that follow—shock and shame from the dog, and likely a blend of disgust, humor, and the sinking knowledge that it’s your job to clean it up. Yuck!
The musky odors that can blast off from your precious friend’s rear end come from anal sacs, small pouches in both dogs and cats that store gland secretions in the sac lining. Two small ducts at the four and eight o’clock areas around the dog’s anus sometimes discharge these contents, and though the …Read More
In “Dear Kitten”, the latest web video we just can’t stop watching, the senior cat teaches his prodigy kitten all about the world called “Up.” It’s a space of counters, tables, and anywhere high he may not technically be allowed but defiantly goes anyway.
Cats love to climb and have made their species so successful in part because of that trait. Felines are incredible hunters, especially when it comes to using trees to access flying prey or pounce on their next meal from above. Cats also love to explore, which makes the world of “Up” that much more alluring.
Felines enjoy surveying …Read More
If you are a dog lover, chances are you might have encountered a time or two (or plenty) when you caught your dog eating #2. We’re trained, educated animal surgeons at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals and have seen lots of wild things during our medical careers, but this is one habit that still makes us say, “Eeeew.”
Plenty of dogs want to eat poo, and some will even go to great lengths to be sneaky and get away with it. Whether the feces is from cats, horses, geese, or even from their furry little selves, sometimes dogs just love the flavor. Yikes!
One …Read More
Whenever someone close to you is going through a hard time, it’s not easy to know just the right thing to say. When you’re at a loss for words and your friend is sad, these phrases can help you figure out what not to say.
Sometimes people, even at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals, feel unsure of how to console someone when a pet is ill or passes away. Even when people mean well, they may unintentionally say something that only makes it worse. If you’re not sure whether a comment might be rude, consider swapping out the animal’s name for the person’s …Read More
Last time on the LazyPaw Animal Hospitals blog, we laid down the law on some nightmarish phrases no one should ever say to a friend who recently lost a pet. For anyone who stuck on finding the right thing to say to someone whose pet recently died, these simple phrases can get you through.
Remember that it’s not exactly what you say that matters, only that you show you care. Don’t ignore the loss when a friend’s animal dies. Act as if the pet was part of the family—because for your friend, they were.
I’m sorry for your loss.
Avoid comments like “Buster’s …Read More
Have you ever had to listen to a comment about your pet that left you speechless? Then chances are you’ve heard one of these commonplace blurts that can temporarily (if accidentally) mutate any stranger, family member, or friend into a creature with a rude attitude.
On the other hand, if you’ve ever said any of these things by accident, you’re not alone. The good news is that there is a cure for these blooper comments. It’s easy, painless, and you can start as soon as today. My prescription for becoming a more sensitive person is to start reading this blog, then …Read More
Everyone has dealt with a nightmare driver, teacher, neighbor, or irritating person in the grocery line. However, sometimes even the best of us can slip and make comments that turn us—yes, us!—into a nightmare for someone else.
At LazyPaw Animal Hospitals, we unfortunately can’t help but overhear waiting room conversations from time to time. These three are some of our favorites! Please read on and think more carefully before blurting to avoid treading on an animal lover’s feelings.
The dreaded over-share.
It’s natural to seek camaraderie, and many people want to chat in the waiting room at the vet’s office. It makes sense, …Read More
LazyPaw Animal Hospitals adores cats! However, we understand frisky felines may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Cat lovers are a special species all their own, and they take their fluffy friends seriously. That’s why if you want to avoid scratches or the dreaded cool-cat stare, it’s wise to never mention these phrases in a cat lover’s presence.
I like dogs better.
That’s nice for you, but do I really need to know? If I have a cat, it means I like cats. I don’t need anyone else to like them. I love them, support them, take them to the vet, and …Read More
Working at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is always fun and interesting, but not just because of how much we love animals. Every once in awhile also get to hear and see some wild behavior from the people who belong to our patients!
We’ve covered “petiquette” before, from how to politely introduce yourself to animals to the best ways to do Emily Post proud at the public park or dog park. Today, we’re bringing petiquette into our very own waiting area to address common conversations our staff can’t help but overhear from time to time.
Is he gonna die?
First rule of thumb: If you …Read More
When a child has a fever or is in pain, a few children’s Tylenol or Advil can help them feel better fast. However, though animals are also small, they should never have over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication.
OTC pain meds may be fine for humans, but they can be deadly to animals. This includes anti-inflammatory NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), Aleve (naproxen), and aspirin. More mild pain relievers including acetaminophens such as Tylenol are equally harmful to both dogs and cats.
If OTC meds are dangerous for animals, why did my vet prescribe them?
Some of these medications can be given to animals, but only …Read More
Second and third hand smoke is a danger to people who breathe it, but the fumes are equally toxic for pets.
Second hand smoke is air that is exhaled or escapes from the end of cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Third hand smoke is residue that stays on skin, fur, clothing, and furniture after the air has cleared. Both second and third hand smoke are under the umbrella of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), which are linked to pet allergies, cancers, eye and skin diseases and respiratory problems.
If smoking is harmful to humans and ETS can cause illness and cancers in non-smokers, it …Read More
Sometimes, dogs and cats just don’t care about the difference between “interesting” and “delicious.” From plastic toys and water bottle caps to washcloths, coins, corn cobs, and socks, from time to time Fido and Fluffy can’t help but help themselves to a serving of non-food contraband. The same goes for ferrets, birds, and any other animal you thought was domesticated enough to be left alone with a bar of soap for three minutes.
Foreign objects in the gastrointestinal areas can cause plenty of problems in a hurry, from vomiting and diarrhea to scrapes and tears in the intestines, abdominal blockages, infections, …Read More
If you’ve ever had to care for a child with an ear infection, you know it’s seriously no fun for anyone. And if you’ve ever had to care for a dog or cat with an ear infection, you know what it’s like to care for a really fast child with claws.
Ear infections are actually one of the most common feline and canine health issues we treat at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals, partially because they are so difficult to treat. Owners often want the fastest, cheapest way to deal with animal ear infections, but don’t take the time to understand the root …Read More
Last time we talked about the many benefits of scheduling your pet’s annual wellness visit with the veterinarian, including crucial tests that could save their lives, plus finding preventative measures that will save both your animal and your wallet from a lot of pain later on. Today, I want to offer a few tips for how to get the most out of your pet’s annual checkup.
Bring past records if you are trying a new vet.
If you recently moved to town or are just trying a new veterinarian, bring a copy of your animal’s health and immunization records from your previous …Read More
Your pet seems healthy and fit as a fiddle. So why spend time and energy (plus money) bothering to bring them to the vet clinic for an annual visit? I mean, didn’t you do that last year (or a few years ago)?
Annual wellness checkups may seem like a waste of time when your pet doesn’t seem sick, but physicians view regular checkups as a gateway to better, longer living. Why? These visits help your veterinarian recommend preventative care that will save your pet-and your wallet-huge strain in the future.
Animals are in special need of annual wellness checkups because they are …Read More
Every pet parent should have a complete first aid kit on hand just in case. First aid kits can be hyper stocked to prepare us to care for our furry friends in every conceivable situation, or they can be bare bones and stocked with simple basics. Whether you want to put together your own kit at home or take the easy way out and buy an animal first aid kit, having one around could be a lifesaver and will give you peace of mind.
Kits should always include phone numbers for your regular animal hospital, the nearest emergency pet clinic, and …Read More
Does your pet have itchy, watery eyes? Is she coughing and sneezing for no apparent reason? Is your indoor only cat scratching and biting or obsessively licking himself? This year we are experiencing record pollen counts in the DFW Metroplex and these airborne antigens are affecting not only humans but also our canine and feline companions.
Just as we have not yet found a cure for the common cold, most Texas residents with allergies recognize that late summer and early fall is the time to stock up on their favorite and most effective antihistamine. Unfortunately, just like in us, sometimes daily …Read More
Sometimes people say they taught their pet never to go potty in the house again by rubbing their nose in the accident.
… I say, that’s not very nice.
Though I doubt most people actually followed through on threats of such treatment, since it’s a commonly traded bit of advice I think the idea is worth addressing.
Problem 1: Health issues, plus more mess.
Feces, obviously, is not clean. Would you want excrement shoved in your nostrils? Or, if you’re upset by an accident already, do you really want additional waste rubbed into your floor and carpet? Not a good idea. Spreading bacteria into …Read More
Dr. Brent Bilhartz
Adding a new furry friend to your family is a huge cause for celebration! If you’re trying to find ways to fend off excited fidgets while you wait for your new forever friend to come home, may I suggest a little retail therapy? Dogs don’t need much, but what they do need is important for making them comfortable and happy in your new home.
Toys, toys, toys!
Your dog doesn’t need a ton of toys, just a few old reliable they can always play with and chew on. Choose sturdy toys made for hard ware, and consider a mix of …Read More
Most dogs have moist noses, but some suffer from uncomfortably dry, crusty noses. There are lots of possible causes for a dry sniffer, but the good news is there are also treatments and solutions you can try at home.
She just woke up.
When dogs sleep, they aren’t licking their noses, so snouts naturally dry out. Doggie noses will usually be wet again within about ten minutes of waking.
Keeping Fido hydrated is always important, but it’s even more vital in hot summer months. Dehydration can cause tons of problems, from heatstroke to kidney trouble, and it can also create dryness, scabs, …Read More
Today on the LazyPaw Animal Hospitals blog, we’re discussing an inevitable part of living with cats. Of course, I’m talking about—cough, guff, hack—excuse me! Hairballs…
Is it normal for cats to get hairballs?
Yucky hairballs are actually a side effect of your cat’s earnest grooming routine. When your cat licks and grooms themself, tiny structures on her tongue grab onto loose, dead hair. The cat then swallows, and while most of the hair passes through the digestive system, stray hairs can eventually build up in the stomach. When hair collects and becomes too big to digest, the cat vomits, and voilà—you have …Read More
Ruh-row! Fido has flown the coop. If your dog has gone missing, now is the time to start the search. The sooner you start working to find her, the better chance you have of helping her find her way home.
Why did my dog run off?
Dogs usually run away or get lost because they were curious, searching for a mate, bored, lonely, or startled or frightened by something different in their home environment, such as loud noises from a party, fireworks, or visitors. To prevent your pet from getting lost in the future, always use a leash when outside, make sure …Read More
Emergency! Fluffy has gone missing. Whether it’s through an open door, loose screen, or she just got away from you and got lost, sometimes cats can get lost. If Fluffy is on the loose, here are some suggestions for helping her find her way home again.
Contact local shelters and animal control.
Call your local animal control offices and local pet shelters to let them know your pet is missing. Give them your pet’s name, a description, and microchip identification information.
Look into a “cat trap.”
You can ask local animal shelters about renting a “cat trap” to put outside your house, which isn’t …Read More
The best way to find a lost pet is never to lose them in the first place, but animals are wily, and sometimes they take to scampering off. Whether it’s the call of the wild, an attractive mate in heat down the road, an antagonistic squirrel that must be caught, or simply the need to wander, some pets just can’t help but go missing now and then.
Knowing animals can love their walkabouts, what’s the best way to protect them in a world where they might be hurt, or get turned around and not find their way home?
Spay and neuter.
One of …Read More
Animals are just as vulnerable to sunburns and skin cancer as humans. In fact, some animals may be in even more danger of sun damage than people. Animals with short hair, lighter colored skin or noses, or white fur are especially susceptible to sun damage.
If your dog spends a lot of time walking with you outside or playing at the lake, it may be time to rethink how much they’re exposed to the sun. Lighter skinned dogs and animals who spend plenty of time in the sun are at more serious risk of burns and cancer.
When outside, apply some …Read More
Is your kitty’s physique starting to resemble Garfield’s? If your fuzzy, fluffy friend is starting to gain centimeters around the waistline, it might be time to help them get in shape.
Activity helps your pet maintain a healthy weight and will also keep their minds active and alert. Exercise also gives us opportunities to bond with our cats. Ideally, cats should exercise at least 10-15 minutes per day, whether in one concentrated playtime or in bursts throughout the day.
If your cat is older and overweight, start with just a few minutes of activity and gradually work up to longer play …Read More
Dogs are generally willing to beg for love and attention, but feline friends have a tendency to make you earn their affection instead. The American Pet Products Association estimates that 38 million households in the U.S. have cats, which means you’re not alone if you find yourself putting in extra hours to please Fluffy. When bringing your cat home, the first few days and weeks are important to help her adjust. These new kitten tips should help you and Fluffy start a great relationship off on the right paw.
Give her space.
Cats tend to be introverted and enjoy spending time alone …Read More
Adopting a cat is a huge step. Your feline friend will be there for you through thick and thin, and bringing a new animal into your family is guaranteed to change your life. If you’re both excited and overwhelmed with everything involved in helping a new life merge with yours, many find a time-honored practice helpful: Retail therapy.
Priority one is the potty.
Your cat will, first and foremost, need a place to “go.” If you are adopting a kitten, consider starting with a trainer litter box, which are smaller and easier to access for little animals. If your cat is big …Read More
Cats are loveable, charming fur balls who bring lots of love into your life. Their independent nature and ability to entertain themselves with anything from a ball of string to an empty box mixes with their cuddlier side to make them the ultimate blend between entertaining and nurturing. When you’re ready to take the leap and open your home to a 9-lifer, these helpful hints may aid you in the adoption process.
Prepare your budget for a long term love affair.
Cats generally live between 15 and 20 years, which equals thousands of bags of litter, a mountain of kibble or cans, …Read More