Chatty Kitty? A Step Closer to Understanding Cat Communication

You might not always know what your cat is trying to say, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t trying to convey certain feelings, moods, or preferences. Indeed, their behaviors and proclivities can be quickly translated from feline to human if you know some the basics of cat communication.

Beyond the Meow

Cats use all their senses in their day-to-day routines. They rely heavily on their hearing, eyesight, and smell to understand the world around them. When it comes to communication, they employ vocalization and body language to get their point across. Recognizing this, we can get a little closer to knowing – and better appreciating – our cats.

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Poulsbo Animal Clinic Looks Back: Our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

As a neighborhood veterinary clinic, we’re grateful for the opportunity to see and treat Poulsbo pets. We’re proud to offer the best possible veterinary care to those in need, and our connections with dedicated, responsible pet owners makes us feel so fortunate.

As we look back on the previous 12 months, we can’t help but thank our local Kitsap community for keeping us where we belong. To all of our clients, patients, and readers of our monthly pet care blogs, we thank you!

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Deck the Halls: Holiday Decorations Safety for Pets

Holiday decorations safety for pets can prevent a holiday pet emergency

All over the country and the world, people are preparing for holiday celebrations. An important part of these celebrations is decorating our homes with traditional items. But did you know that decking the halls with boughs of holly can be dangerous for our pets?

Yes, even the seemingly ubiquitous holly mentioned in the beloved song is toxic to our pets. And because we’re sure your dogs and cats are doing a bit of investigating with all the new items around your home, we thought the time was right to spend some time on holiday decorations safety for your pets.

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Halloween Pet Safety Measures that Are Anything But Scary

Halloween pet safety can lead to Halloween Fun for pets

Fall is a wonderful time of year, but the list of hazards that come with the season can be long. Fortunately, when you have a grasp on Halloween pet safety, you can stop worrying about your best friend and start enjoying the holiday together. Taking a proactive approach can help you avoid potential disaster and ease your mind. Here at Poulsbo Animal Clinic, we think that sounds like a spook-tacular idea!

Decor

Who doesn’t love a festive jack-o’-lantern? What about spider webs, flashing lights, and animatronic displays? There’s so shortage of Halloween decor out there. It’s fun, but pets can be truly frightened by it. Plus, some decor presents choking hazards, entanglement issues, and even electric shock.

Limit your pet’s access to these decorations. Use LED tea lights for carved pumpkins or display candles in an area that doesn’t pose a fire or burn risk.

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Out and About: Pet Friendly Poulsbo and Kitsap County Locales

Pet Friendly Poulsbo and Kitsap County Locales are a great place to go with your dog. With all the friendly people, miles of gorgeous trails, dozens of parks, and temperate climate, life on the peninsula certainly has its perks. Fortunately, pets can also join in the fun, as many local restaurants, businesses, and nearly all lodging establishments allow pets. Join us as we take a tour of pet friendly Poulsbo and Kitsap County!

Pet Friendly Poulsbo and More

Enjoying the great outdoors together is one of the best parts about being a Poulsbo pet owner. Our city offers much in the way of dog parks; some of our favorites include: Continue…

When Living (and Hiking) Among Wildlife, Pet Safety Comes First

Going into nature is known to soothe various ailments. It’s the one place we know we can unplug – and recharge. While the quiet stillness of the wilderness offers a relative sense of wellbeing, that doesn’t mean it’s without risk. Does our guard have to be up when we’re on the trails or in our backyards? Absolutely. The key to proactive pet safety is: it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. With that in mind, we offer the following tips for maintaining top-notch outdoor protection for your pet:

Know the Score

Most wildlife encounters happen very quickly and without warning. Knowing how to react and what to do to help your pet can make all the difference. Indeed, whether you’re in your own neighborhood or exploring somewhere else, it’s critical to be able to protect yourself and keep your pet out of harm’s way. Continue…

On Land and Water with Your Dog: Outdoor Pet Safety

Dog and woman cuddling by campfireThis summer, we hope you’re out and about enjoying nature with your dog. At Poulsbo Animal Clinic, we want to make sure owners have the right information to protect their pets while taking in the great outdoors. That’s why we’ve compiled some outdoor pet safety tips for both land and water.

Outdoor Pet Safety on Land

If you and your dog are considering a hike or walk along one of Poulsbo’s many trails, there are some basics to know when it comes to outdoor pet safety: Continue…

How to Achieve Pet Safety on the Fourth of July

Pet safety on the 4th of July is something to get noisy about!Owners of noise-sensitive pets are well aware of the dangers of holidays like New Year’s Eve and Halloween. In fact, the days preceding these holidays can be unpredictable, stressful, and anxiety-inducing for pets who have never displayed annoyance, irritation, or fear. Is it possible, then, to achieve full-scale pet safety on the Fourth of July? It is, but the desire to keep your pet safe and calm should be paired with thoughtful preparation and close observation.

Oh, So Noisy

Your cat or dog enjoys a keen sense of hearing, even if they’re older. Have you ever noticed them scampering off in the opposite direction when you flip on the blender or vacuum? This highly developed sense gives them wonderful capabilities, but on the Fourth of July, being able to hear each and every pop, boom, scream, and squeal is very off-putting. Continue…

Join Us for the Kitsap Humane Society PetsWALK!

The Kitsap Humane Society PetsWALK will be a great way to get some pet exercise in and promote pet adoption.Are you looking for something fun to do this summer that’s meaningful and helps animals? We have just the event for you! On July 21st, we’re proud to sponsor the annual PetsWALK for the Kitsap Humane Society.

Sound intriguing? Here’s more information about this amazing event that helps so many animals in our community.

What is PetsWalk and Why is it Important?

PetsWALK is a 5K run/walk that helps support the important work of the Kitsap Humane Society. As one of their biggest fundraisers, the walk invites all animal lovers to come out and take a jog or stroll for a great cause. The event is also a wonderful way to show off your adorable dog (or other pet!) as you get a little sunshine and meet other animal supporters in the community.

Through registrations, donations, and support from local businesses and organizations, the event helps fund programs, services, and operations that save the lives of many stray and homeless pets. Continue…

A New Approach to an Old Problem: CBLO Knee Surgery for Dogs

Disease of the cranial cruciate ligament in dogs is perhaps one of the most common orthopedic issues we see. This painful and debilitating problem can really sideline a pet, especially one who is larger or particularly athletic.

Several surgical approaches exist that attempt to create stabilization and relieve pain in the diseased joint, but none are perfect. In the quest to get better at helping dogs suffering from cruciate disease, Poulsbo Animal Clinic’s own Dr. Craig Adams was trained to perform the CBLO knee surgery. This technique puts us one step closer to getting affected pets back on their feet again.

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