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Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

Why do people abandon aging pets?

This is a good question with a lot of answers. In some cases, older pets belong to older people who have passed on. During difficult economic times, older pets may be abandoned because its family is no longer financially able to care for them. Of course, there are also people who see pets as disposable. Once a cat or dog is no longer able to serve its purpose, the owner dumps them at a shelter or in a parking lot.

In most cases, the actual condition or personality of the pet is not the problem. Like many aging people, they find themselves alone, lonely, and in need of love. So if you’re considering adopting a pet, here are a few reasons we recommend choosing a pet with a few gray whiskers on its chin.

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1. You know what you’re getting.

Adopting a young pet, especially from a shelter, leaves lots of room for surprises. Since many dogs, especially, are “mutts,” it can be hard to predict how large they might get, what sort of personality they might develop, or what requirements they may have. When you adopt an older pet, what you see is what you get. That makes it easier to find that special dog or cat who will fit your family.

2. But there’s still room for improvement.

While there’s some truth to the saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, it’s not completely accurate. Older dogs and cats are just as intelligent as younger pets. They can be trained, and often it’s a little easier because they have a longer attention span and more experience to build on.

3. Older pets are more mellow.

Studies show that, like people, pets tend to mellow with age. As they age, dogs and cats are less agitated by novelty, such as the daily arrival of a mailman or a housefly exploring a potted plant, because they’ve seen it all before. That usually translates to fewer bouts of barking and fewer upset houseplants.

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4. Most older pets are pre-trained.

If you’ve ever had a young pup or kitten, you already know the struggle of starting from scratch in the training department. Like human teens, adolescent dogs are resistant to training and not always responsive to commands. Science says. When it comes to kittens, it’s hard to say who’s training whom. Older dogs and cats, on the other hand, have usually already been trained, saving you the trouble.

5. Older pets require less attention.

For the reasons above, older pets tend to be less demanding of your time and attention. Most geriatric pets are content to sit by your side and watch the day go by. When you leave that at home to go to work, they’ll probably snooze until you return. When you get home, they’ll be just as excited to see you as a younger pet, but without the youthful exuberance that leads to grocery-carrying humans being toppled.

There’s more than one way to care for aging pets.

Maybe you’re not in a position to adopt a new pet, but you still want to help take care of those sweet old dogs and cats who no longer have a family to love them. If that’s the case, please consider supporting our shelter drive this month. To learn more, call Dove Creek Animal Hospital to learn more at 518 627-9767

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Shelter Supply Drive

It’s that time again! ‼️ **PLEASE SHARE **‼️
Dove Creek Animal Hospital’s Annual Shelter Supply Drive starts today! 🐶🐾🐱
This year we are donating to the Montgomery County SPCA. No donation is too small. Help us help our shelter pets until they find their forever homes! 🎄🎄🎄
Drop off your donations to our hospital located on 4798 State Highway 30 in Amsterdam during normal business hours! (Monday – Friday 7:30am – 6:00pm)
We are accepting:
– Unopened bags and cans of Purina dog or cat food. (Note: it is important to stick with the Purina brand to keep the food consistent for the cats and dogs in the shelter. We don’t want to cause any upset bellies!)
– Laundry detergent and dryer sheets (without fragrance if possible)
– Bleach
– Treats
– Timothy hay and cat litter
– Blankets and towels
– Gift cards (Walmart, etc.)
– Monetary donations ($$)
If you have any questions, please give us a call at (518) 627-9762.
Each year (including last year during our COVID carside services) we are blown away by the generous donations from the community. Thank you in advance for contributing! Your donations make a BIG difference.
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Look at those Pearly Whites!

 

ORAL health impacts OVERALL health!

 

These images were taken before and after a dental procedure here our Gloversville location, Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital.

Check out those beautiful, pearly whites!

 

Here are some signs your cat or dog may have dental disease and COULD require dental care:

Reluctance to eat or dropping food while eating

Bleeding in the mouth

Red, swollen gums

Brown or yellow tartar on teeth

Bad breath

Frequent face or mouth pawing

 

Keep in mind, an unhealthy mouth affects ALL the internal organs. Dental care is vital in keeping your pet healthy and happy!

 

Schedule an exam with one of our six veterinarians to discuss your pet’s dental care!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth 💟
Did you know dogs and cats can get breast cancer too?
 
🐾The best way to reduce the risk of breast cancer/mammary tumors is to spay your cat or dog at 6 months of age.
 
Check out the following statistics:
 
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Why a cat-friendly veterinary practice is necessary

Cats (and cat people) are often misunderstood.

Cats get a bum rap. Throughout history, they’ve been tied to bad luck and dark magic. They’re called aloof and uncaring, even toxic. The media loves to insert slinky, shadowy cats into horror movies, and they’re regularly portrayed as omens of bad fortune.

And it’s not just cats that get the villain treatment. In plenty of movies, tv shows, and books, cat lovers are cast as scoundrels and anti-heroes. The Godfather’s Vito Corleone had a tabby named Cannoli. Dr. Evil would never match wits against Austin Powers without Mr. Bigglesworth by his side. And who would Hogwarts Headmistress Dolores Umbridge be without her mischievous Persian Patronus?

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The truth about cats

Cats are remarkable creatures when compared with most other domesticated animals. Somehow, they’ve managed to maintain their autonomy and something of their wild hunter ways. Whereas dogs have been bred for thousands of years to obtain serviceable traits, cats have remained largely unchanged by cohabitation with humans.

That wild, independent nature makes them more sensitive to their environment. Genetically, your housecat is much closer to a cougar than a dog is to a wolf. Cats’ ears, eyes, nose, and whiskers send constant signals to a very lively mind. That means, cats can become overstimulated in noisy, novel places (like a vet’s office) with lots of interesting aromas (think: parakeets and hamsters) as well as quite a few scary smells (think: strange people and dogs).

Also, whether you agree or not, in a cat’s mind, you are equals (if you’re lucky).

And they are particular about who they form friendships with. After all, they’re purr-fectly content with their own company. In other words, vets, vet assistants, and other cat lovers have to earn the trust of a cat, which takes a little work.

The truth about cat people

Lots of studies have been done on the psychology of pet owners, and cat lovers do often share some traits with one another. The most notable difference we see is a devotion to their furry friends that would have made the Egyptian sphinx proud. Cat people love their pets because their wild and mischievous. They appreciate the proud bearing of their tiny lions, and they get that a cat’s love is a sign that you’ve been stamped high quality by the most finicky judge.

We know all this because we’re cat people.

That’s why we’re constantly working on ways to make our practice more cat-friendly. We want our place to be a place your feline pal loves to visit. At Gloves Cities Veterinary/Dove Creek Animal Hospitals, cats have their own examination rooms with no disturbing dog scents, and each Cat Room has a cat-approved scratching and climbing tree and popular feline toys. Special diffusers emit calming pheromones, and our Fear Free Certified, Licensed Veterinary Technicians wear the same pheromones to put cats at ease. When cats and their people are visiting Gloves Cites Veterinary/Dove Creek Animal Hospital, we do everything we can to make them feel at home.

If you want to discuss your cat’s upcoming visit, call Gloves Cities Veterinary/ Dove Creek Animal Hospitals to speak to a fellow cat lover at (518) 627-9762.

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Our Doctors

**Veterinarian Spotlight**
 
A quick shoutout to all our amazing veterinarians at Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital and Dove Creek Animal Hospital.
 
All 6 doctors see patients at both locations. What a team! 🤩🐾👏
From the left: Dr. Reindel, Dr. Sharpe, Dr. Will, Dr. Lucas, Dr. Lavin, and Dr. Verra.
 
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Cat adoption checklist for new cat parents

Your new kitten is ready for you. Are you ready for it?

Kittens are an absolute joy. It’s hard to think of anything cuter. And adopting a kitten (or two) is a wonderful way to bring wild, crazy love into your home. If you’re considering bringing home a new cat or kitten (or two – hint, hint), use this checklist to get prepared.

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#1 Get household buy-in

A new pet is a wonderful addition to a family, but it’s also a big responsibility. Make sure everyone is in agreement before adopting your new cat or kitten. Try to include everyone in the process of picking your purring furbaby as well. Finally, talk with the adoption counselors or a vet about how to integrate a new cat or kitten into a household that already has cats or dogs.

#2 Update your budget

While kittens are not as expensive as toddlers, they do have some short- and long-term costs associated with them. Go into pet parenthood with a clear sense of how it will affect your finances and consider investing in pet insurance or veterinary and pet financing like the CareCredit card. This can help spread out the cost of both routine and unexpected pet medical costs.

#3 Gather supplies ahead of the adoption

New cats require new supplies. Even if you already have a cat in your home, you should consider purchasing an additional litter box as felines can be territorial and make be averse to sharing this private space. Likewise, you’ll need to stock up on litter, food, and food and water bowls. The new kitten (and any veteran cats in the household) will appreciate toys for mental and physical stimulation, and grooming supplies are also a good purchase.

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#4 Cat-proof your home

We’ve all seen the YouTube videos with titles like “Cats Knocking Things Over” and “Funny Cats Destroying Things.” But it’s not as funny when your things are the things being knocked over and broken. A kitten is a lot like a young toddler: curious, playful, and yes, slightly destructive. Kittens will chew on electrical cords and play with any small objects they can get their paws on. These can all be potential safety hazards for your new little furball. For this reason, kitten-proofing a house looks a lot like toddler-proofing.

#5 Schedule a visit to the vet early

Decide on a veterinarian before you adopt your new cat or kitten and schedule a visit within the first few days of welcoming it home. Bring any medical records you received from the adoption center to make the first visit as productive as possible.

If you want to discuss your upcoming adoption with a vet, call Dove Creek Animal Hospital to get answers to any questions about your new furry friend at (518) 627-9762.

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