5 Tips To Keep Your City Kitty Happy

Top Five Ways to Keep Your City Kitty Happy!

As dictated by the cat that owns Taylor Truitt, DVM

 Your city kitty is indeed a lucky cat!  Since she can’t go outside she doesn’t have to worry about being attacked, contracting disease, and will most likely live a longer life.  But we do need to keep our city kitties happy by modifying their home environment so they don’t get bored.  Here’s the top 5 ways to keep your city kitty happy!

5) Cat Grass.  Cat grass is a special variety of grass you can grow indoors for your cat to munch on.  It can help control hairballs by helping them pass and provide some additional nutrients that aren’t apart of their carnivorous diet.  While the jury is still out on whether cat grass offers any health benefits, most cats really enjoy it, so let them have it! 4) High quality diet and quantity management.  City kitties are prone to gaining weight since they aren’t out prowling all day.  It’s important to put them on a set quantity of food daily based upon their activity levels.  Cats that are allowed to graze throughout the day end up overweight over time.  Cats have an easier time managing their weight when fed canned food. 3) Appropriate toys and exercise.  Cats are hunters by nature.  Hunting their toys is stimulating for them both mentally and physically.  Using the fishing pole toys, cat n14805-Tabby-cat-playing-with-a-feather-duster-white-backgroundip toys, or toys with feathers or fur are often kitty favorites, but there are so many – find some your cat enjoys!  And don’t forget to interact with your cat!  Movement is 50% of the fun! 2) Window hammocks and perches.  Cats love to watch the world go by!  Why not give them a fun and comfortable place in a window to catch a ray of sun or spy on the lowly citizens below.  Windows can be prime entertainment! 1) Cat trees.  Cat trees allow cats to climb, scratch, and get to a high perch in their environment.  Cats love to be up high.  By giving them their own territory they feel they have a safe spot to sleep, and lots of cat trees now have many levels allowcattreeing them to exercise and scratch in a place we all approve. Incorporate these simple tips into your cat’s home to create a happy home environment for you and your cat!  Of course, don’t be surprised when your cat is initially more interested in the box your new gifts came in than the gifts themselves.  Please contact The Vet Set for any questions you may have for your city kitty!

Degenerative Myelopathy - An ALS-Like Condition in Dogs

Did you know that dogs can get a condition similar to ALS in people? Dr. Eva recently contributed to an article on this devastating disease, called Degenerative Myelopathy. See below: http://www.india.com/health/everything-you-should-know-about-an-als-like-condition-among-dogs-847169/ Photo Credit: Jolanta Kozikowska

#WinterBestiesNYC Photo Contest

Capture your pet's best indoor or outdoor winter looks for a chance to win over $1000 in prizes! Submit your pet's winter pic to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages with #WinterBestiesNYC by 2/21/16. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out which local dog park The Vet Set will be at over the next month as we'll be doing photo shoots complete with photo booth props! Begins 1/14/16; Ends 2/21/16. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This promotion is managed by The Vet Set. Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules below:

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. The promoter of this competition is The Vet Set Inc. of 175 Varick St. New York , New York 10014.  The prizes are being provided by The Vet Set.

2. The competition runs from Thursday January 14th to midnight on Sunday February 21st.

3. The competition is open to US residents and all entrants must be able to provide an email address and be over 18 years of age.

4. By entering the competition you are bound by these terms and conditions.

5. To enter the competition on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, entrants must like the page, and enter via the official contest entry form or by using the hashtag #WinterBestiesNYC

6. No purchase is necessary to enter the competition.

7. The competition can be entered via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

8. One entry per email address.  Multiple entries are not permitted.

9. Anyone found to use multiple email accounts to enter will be ineligible.

10. By entering, you give permission for the promoter to use, repost and share the content on social platforms and The Vet Set website.  All entries become property of The Vet Set and can be used for future marketing, promotion, or in-house materials as The Vet Set decides.

11. Photo Criteria:

  1. Photo must be original, unpublished, and not copyrighted.

  2. Photo must show at least one dog or cat.

  3. Photo should depict the pet(s) in a manner consistent with The Vet Set brand and lifestyle.

12. Winners will be chosen by public vote. Voting will end at midnight on Monday February 29th. The top 3 dogs and 3 cats with the most votes will win prizes as outlined below. Anyone who has previously won a Vet Set competition will not be eligible to win this time as we aim to be fair to all entrants. If a previous winner is voted by the public, then the person with the next highest amount of votes will win.  Employees and immediate family members of The Vet Set are ineligible to win.

13. The prizes:

  • Dog prizes:
  1. Dog Wellness Package - Complete home visit and exam with one of our veterinarians, any vaccines the dog is due for, heartworm test, adult wellness blood profile
  2. Dog Dental Health Package - Complete home exam and full dental exam and evaluation by one of our veterinarians, oral health report card, samples of PetSmile for your pet and SuperSmile for you!
  3. Dog Goodie Bag - dog treats and toys, Weruva dog food, Twigo tag & more
  • Cat prizes:
  1. Cat Wellness Package - Complete home visit and wellness exam with one of our veterinarians, any vaccines the cat is due for, adult wellness blood profile
  2. Cat Dental Health Package - Complete home exam and full dental exam and evaluation by one of our veterinarians, oral health report card, samples of PetSmile for your pet and SuperSmile for you!
  3. Cat Goodie Bag - cat treats and toys, Weruva cat food, Dr. Catsby bowl & more

14. The winners will be announced on Wednesday March 2nd via Facebook, Instagram and email, and the winner will need to provide their name, email, phone number and postal address for the prize to be sent to.

15. If within 14 days the winner(s) has not been in contact The Vet Set reserves the right to select another winner (whoever has the next highest amount of votes).

16. The selection of the winners is at the promoter’s discretion and no correspondence will be entered into.

17. The promoter reserves the right to amend or terminate the competition.

18. The winners will be asked to participate in publicity associated with this promotion.

19. The entrants personal data will be kept by the promoter and used for the purpose of sending the prize to the winner and also for future marketing purposes by The Vet Set (e.g. email campaigns).

20. By entering this competition you are opting in to receive promotional information from The Vet Set (e.g. to receive email campaigns).

21. Prizes are not transferable and no cash alternative will be offered.

22. Winner of home veterinary services must live in areas serviced by The Vet Set and occur during normal hours of operation.

23. Any home visits not completed by 3/1/17 will be null and void with no cash value.

Watch Dr. Taylor talk about pet winter safety on Celebrity Catwalk!

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Flying With Your Pets - Safety and Health Certificates

     With the holidays upon us it’s time to start thinking about what we’re going to do with our fuzzy family members as we head out to travel to friends and family.  Traveling during the winter months with our pets by car, air, or even sea can bring some undue stressors to our dogs and cats.  It’s The Vet Set’s goal to abate those hazards and stress with some education and planning.  We’re going to divide this series into two sections – Travel by Air and Travel by Car.

Travel by Air

It’s no small decision to decide to fly with your pet.  Whether you have your pet in the cabin with you or below in cargo there are many things that could expose your pet to stress and potential dangers.  Pets with flat or smooshed faces (the medical term is bracycephalic and includes bulldogs, pugs, boxers, and Persian cats) are at higher risk for breathing problems and temperature fluctuations.  Flying these pets in cargo can be life threatening. Small dogs and cadogsinplanets should be flown in the cabin with you.  Check with your airline to see if they allow pets in the cabin and their size restrictions.  Some airlines only allow a set number of pet reservations per flight – so make your booking early!  There are also airline specific regulations on the type of carrier your pet must be transported in requiring you to research which carrier is allowed. Your pet’s carrier will need to go through security just like your regular baggage.  You will need to take your pet out of the carrier and hold her or request a private screening room where your pet can be securely removed and contained with you while the carrier is screened.  The Vet Set recommends having a secure harness with attached ID tags regardless of what method you use.  Give yourself lots of extra time so you’re not stressed!

The Question To Sedate

Sedation for your pet is a controversial topic for airline travel.  In some instances when the pet is flying with you in the cabin I will recommend sedation.  For the vast majority of pets flying in cargo I do not recommend sedation because if there was an emergency nobody would be there to monitor your pet.  You can

catsuitcasetry natural remedies such as Rescue Remedy or Feliway for cats to help reduce anxiety.  Training your pet to become familiar with her carrier or crate starting a month ahead of time is the best solution. The Vet Set recommends withholding food starting 6 hours prior to the flight.  If your pet is flying cargo add ice cubes to the dish to allow them to melt over time.  A large water bowl will just spill creating a messy environment for your pet.  For dogs traveling in the cabin more and more airports are creating pet areas for your pet to relieve themselves and to have a little water.  Again, wait to feed your pet a full meal until you have arrived.

Flying Pets In Cargo Safety Tips

IF you must travel with your pet in cargo please read the following carefully.  Winter and the holidays are an especially difficult time of the year with extreme weather, excessive amounts of baggage, and the propensity for delays.  Again, if you don’t need to fly with your pet in cargo, please don’t. The following is advice for flying with your pets in cargo from The Humane Society of the United States.  Follow these tips to increase the chances for a safe flight..
  • Use direct flights. You will avoid the mistakes that occur during airline transfers and possible delays in getting your pet off the plane.
  • Always travel on the same flight as your pet.Ask the airline if you can watch your pet being loaded into the cargo hold and unloaded.
  • When you board the plane, notify the captainand at least one flight attendant that your pet is traveling in the cargo hold. If the captain knows that pets are on board, he or she may take special precautions.
  • Don't ever ship brachycephalic animals such as Pekingese dogs, bulldogs or Persian cats in the cargo holds.
  • If traveling during the summer or winter months, choose flights that will accommodate the temperature extremes. Early morning or late evening flights are better in the summer; afternoon flights are better in the winter.
  • Fit your pet with a collar that can't get caught in carrier doors.Affix two pieces of identification on the collar: a permanent ID with your name and home address and telephone number, and a temporary travel ID with the address and telephone number where you or a contact person can be reached.
  • Affix a travel label to the carrieron which you've written your name, permanent address and telephone number, final destination, and where you or a contact person can be reached as soon as the flight arrives.
  • Make sure that your pet's nails have been clippedto protect against them getting hooked in the carrier's door, holes, and other crevices.
  • Give your pet at least a month before your flight to become familiar with the travel carrier. This will minimize his stress during travel.
  • Do not give your pet tranquilizers unless they are prescribed by your veterinarian. Make sure your veterinarian understands that the prescription is for air travel.
  • Do not feed your pet for four to six hours before the trip.However, you can give him small amounts of water. If possible, put ice cubes in the water tray attached to the inside of your pet's crate or kennel. (A full water bowl will only spill and cause discomfort.)
  • Try not to fly with your pet during busy travel times such as holidays and the summer. Your pet is more likely to undergo rough handling during hectic travel periods.
  • Carry a current photograph of your pet. If your pet is lost during the trip, a photograph will make it much easier for airline employees to search effectively.
  • When you arrive at your destination, open the carrier as soon as you are in a safe place and examine your pet.If anything seems wrong, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately. Get the results of the examination in writing, including the date and time.

Health Certificates

Most airlines require your pet to be examined by a USDA Accredited veterinarian and have a health certificate issued.  An USDA Accredited veterinarian is a licensed veterinarian that has gone through additional training and certification to ensure the animal health and welfare of animals traveling in the United States and abroad.  The veterinarians at The Vet Set have completed all training and maintain their accreditation meaning we can provide the APHIS 7001 health certificate you need to fly with your pet.  If you are flying internationally The Vet Set will work with the local USDA veterinarian at large to help with the paperwork and certifications needed as dictated by each country.  The Vet Set will help your jet setting pet get to her destination.

If You See Something, Say Something

If you’re traveling and you see mishandling of a pet report it right away to the manager of the area including time, place, and any photos you can submit.  Twitter and Facebook are other forums you can use to quickly get the attention of the airline.  Even if it’s not your pet you could be preventing a tragedy for that animal.  We all need to lookout for those who can’t lookout for themselves. Travel safe, and have a great holiday season!

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