Cat Lovers Unite!

Because being a cat lady (or person) reveals so much about your personality!

  There are generally two types of people — dog lovers and cat lovers — they rarely cross over and surely won’t meet eye-to-eye on which animal is the best! So, what does being a cat lover say about your personality?   Cats love Vet Set! We’ve created a cat-friendly environment in our Carroll Gardens vet clinic where cats love to roam! Follow along in today’s post and see if you fit the personality that most cat lovers align with!

The Story of The Cat Lady  

  Cat people have long stood under the cultural archetype of the cat lady. She is a lady who tends to her cats and not much else. She foregoes human relationships in return for a purr-fect companionship with her cats — an ailurophile at its best!   What was once a scary and negative thing to become, millennials and gen Z are rewriting the narrative, flipping the script, and making the cat lady archetype something to be desired!   So, let’s embrace the cat lady story and explore the personality traits you too may have as a cat lover!   Do you own a cat and does this sound like you?  
  • Introvert - Many cat owners tend to be more introverted where they are rejuvenated by solace and drained by long-lasting social encounters, which may be attributed to a part of the cat lady narrative. The truth of the matter is, many introverts love to socialize just not for long periods of time.
  Other traits of an introvert include needing increased time to yourself, being a self-starter, and avoiding small talk.   Cats are a welcomed addtion to an introvert’s life because, they too, do things in their own way on their own time.    
  • Open - Being open is one of the big five traits in personality theory. It describes a person as being creative, imaginative, open-minded, sprinkled with a flexible attitude.
  • Neurotic - Being neurotic isn’t necessarily a negative trait though many may struggle with being emotionally volatile. Stress and worry can also play into neuroticism which can lead to anxiety and depression, but when neuroticism is well-managed, it can manifest in healthy ways and make you an extremely empathetic and thoughtful person.  
Cats are also known to display traits of neuroticism, so perhaps they’re like finding a kindred spirit — they just get it!  
  • Curious - Curious people tend to lean into difficulty instead of becoming critical and tend to listen without judgment, ask questions, and are abundantly present.
  Cats too are very curious and inquisitive — they want to explore the world around them and perhaps cause a little mischief while they’re at it!  
  • Unconventional - An unconventional personality is one that walks the fringe and sometimes can be seen as an outsider. They often live a life full of humor, articulateness, humility, and are great listeners.
  Cats are unconventional in that they’re a little unpredictable and they are a little out there on their own!  
  • Independent - This trait is marked by many things, being independent is also similar to being unconventional. You're not influenced by others and you’re keen not to drink the societal kool-aid. Distilled, you march to your own beat and aren’t concerned with what others think or have to say.
  Independence is a key trait in felines — how many times have you wanted to snuggle and they entertain the idea for a moment and then just nonchalantly pranced away? They too are the keepers of independence!   Those are just a few known personality traits that many cat lovers have in common, we’d love to hear how you stack up!   Why else own a cat?   Besides finding a friend in your furry feline, there are many reasons why people opt to adopt cats.   They’re virtually maintenance-free.   Besides having to clean and maintain the litter box and provide food and water, cats can virtually take care of themselves — the ultimate independent animal.   They can help reduce your stress.   Even though cats seem aloof and as if they don’t care, when you need a cuddle, cats are there for you. Just having them around in your quiet can help you reduce your stress and anxiety.   They can actually improve allergies.   If you’re an adult allergic to cats, sadly it’s too late to help quell allergies, but if you have a little one, it’s a perfect time! Studies have shown that children under the age of one who were exposed to cats developed fewer allergies!   It’s a great time to be a cat lady, as the stigma is slowly being changed and many are embracing the lifestyle! Cat people have very specific traits including introversion, openness, and independence and many people love them not only for their similar traits but the ease of owning a cat!  

If you’re defying the old cat lady narrative and embracing the new landscape, we can help keep your cat(s) healthy, happy, and playful as ever! Reach out to our vet clinic today.


Inspiring Tips For Being The Best Dog Owner

Are you ready to embark on puppy pawtrol? Being a good, responsible dog owner takes more than you think!

Furry friends are irresistible — they’re cute, cuddly, and they always have the best attitudes, which makes them some of the ideal companions in our lives. But, there is a large gap between loving your dog and being a responsible dog owner. At Vet Set, we are Carroll Gardens’ premier vet clinic and we treat a myriad of animals, including the ever-effervescent and uber cute furry variety! Take a moment with us today and learn more about what it takes to be a responsible dog owner that goes beyond the basics. Beyond Food, Water, and Shelter: # Tips To Become The Best Dog Owner Owning a dog is not only a joy and a freedom we have, but it also takes a great deal of responsibility. The tips below can elevate your puppy parent game or guide you towards being the best you can be — for your furry best friend! Consider Your Lifestyle Dogs not only require physical activity, but they deserve an owner who is present. It can be selfish to get a dog to quell something in you, only to leave them home alone a majority of their lives. So, consider what kind of lifestyle you have. Are you single or partnered? This will play into how much attention your dog receives and if the duties can be split. If you’re single, what kind of hours do you work? Do you work from home or are you gone more than eight hours a day? This gap of time is not only lonely for a dog, but it can spark behavior issues if they start to get bored. If you can take your dog to work, that’s wonderful — they’ll get the interaction and attention they warrant. The takeaway — if you’re gone more than you’re home, getting a puppy is probably not a good lifestyle fit. Grasp the Commitment As a future dog owner, do you realize the commitments that are involved? It’s not only feeding, watering, and picking up their poop, it involves a significant emotional, financial, and time commitment to help your dog thrive. What if your dog requires surgery or breaks a leg? You have to be able to financially accommodate these issues. And, your dog needs exercise and daily walks to keep them sane (just like us) which takes time from your, perhaps already, hectic schedule. Adopt a Dog That Fits Your Lifestyle There are different breeds of dogs that fit well into various kinds of lifestyles. For example, if you’re a runner a pug may not make it through your long runs — but a Weimaraner might! Or, if you’re more of a couch potato yourself, a Bichon Frise would fit right in! Doing a little is important when figuring out a dog that will meld with your life. Make a list of the breeds you like, and find some information on their demeanor — from here you can better recognize the the needs of the dog and yourself. Being a responsible dog owner is much like being a parent — it’s a long term investment! You have to cater to their physical and emotional wellness, in addition to backing them with financial support to feed, shelter, and take care of their needs. There are many more tips we have for you, so stay tuned for part two!

Part of your obligation of being a pet parent is making sure their health is in tip-top shape. Vet Set is your resource for wellness check-ups, vaccinations, and pet emergencies in the Carroll Garden area — connect with us and schedule your appointment today!

Caring For Your Cat and Her Litter After Birth

It’s important to assist your cat in and after her kitten delivery! Cuddle them all closely and get the best post cat pregnancy tips.

  The time has come — the cat that you adore has given birth to a litter of kittens. You’ve been anticipating this moment over the last two months, and now they're here, all of them! What happens now, and how do you care for the new mother and her new litter?   The Vet Set loves tiny, new kittens! We’re here to support you and your cat in prenatal and postnatal care. Take a moment in your day and learn more about how to keep everyone happy and healthy in this new transition!

The Fragile Post-Pregnancy Stage For Cats

  After a cat gives birth, like humans, it is a new and fragile stage for them, so it’s vital for you to do what’s best and not interfere too much to the natural rhythm of nature. With too much obstruction, it can actually be more harmful to your cat and her litter, even when you mean well.   It’s a warm-up period, she’s a new mom, and needs some help but also some space!  

The Ideal Post-Pregnancy Cat Habitat

  After the kittens come, it’s important to quarantine them in a separate space that is calm, quiet and warm. One of the biggest health concerns when it comes to newborn kittens is chilling, so ensure there is enough warmth to keep them safe. You may even consider investing in a portable heater to better heat a room, or heated pad that they can lay on.   Help keep the family together by keeping them in a box or contained area that the momma cat can enter and exit with ease. Line it with towels or disposable liners and change them frequently to keep the area clean and stink-free!   It’s important that the new mom has all of her necessities nearby and this includes the litterbox, food, and water.      The first two to three weeks after birth are critical for both the kittens and the mother. Postpartum concerns to look for are eclampsia (blood calcium deficiency). The mothers often present symptoms that include:  
  • Poor maternal instincts
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Panting
Also in this time, the kittens will grow quite quickly and the mother will display any adverse postpartum symptoms.   Week one: The kitten is quite small and typically fits in the palm of hands. Week two: The kittens begin to open their eyes. Week three: The teeth begin to develop and their eyes may change color.    

Health Concerns Kittens Face

  Kittens are subject to a variety of health concerns that include infectious diseases (respiratory infections), parasites, and congenital diseases. One of the most heart-wrenching but common health concerns in kittens is known as Fading Kitten Syndrome (FKS). While there may be many causes, the end result is the inability of the kitten to thrive. Signs of FKS including sleeping more than the litter and lethargy.  

Take Cues From Your Cat

  New kittens are so cute and cuddly and we know that you just want to hold them and be near them all the time — especially if you have kids — but let the new mother set the tone. If you’ve had her for a while, she may know and trust you and allow you near her litter right away, but if she was fostered or rescued, it may be a minute before she lets you in.     Just keep an eye on their progress and ensure that they’re moving about, nursing, and thriving. If they are, just look to mom for your next move and watch her body language.  

What To Feed Your Cat Post-Pregnancy

  After birth, it’s important to continue to feed your cat high-quality cat food, both wet and dry food are fine. Because nursing takes a toll on their bodies, they require more protein. Your cat will not only need more protein, but they will also need to eat more, often doubling their food consumption while nursing. The more food she eats, the more milk she’ll be able to produce for her new kittens.   These eating patterns will need to continue throughout the duration of nursing, in which kittens are typically weaned anywhere from eight to 10 weeks old.   Water is also a non-negotiable after birth — they require much more of it to better produce milk. Ensure that your cat always has clean, fresh water available. As far as feeding, you may want to adopt a “free choice” style of feeding where you leave a bowl full of food and they can come and go as they need and when they need.     A new litter is exciting to be around but it’s important you take the right steps and respect the new mom, so everyone can thrive and adapt to the new life.   If you have additional questions about the post-natal cat and kitten care or need a vet well-check, schedule an appointment at our Carrol Gardens vet clinic today.  

Everything You Need To Know About Emotional Support Animals

Because navigating emotional wellness with a four-legged furry friend is always better!

  You may have noticed dogs roaming in unconventional places — airports, restaurants, and even shopping malls — and while service animals are quite recognizable, what is an emotional support animal (ESA)?   Our furry best friends complete our families — not only do they keep us company on runs and provide us with a lifetime of laughs, they’re always by our side offering their undivided emotional support. The VetSet is here to make sure your furry friend lives out their days healthy and happy. We provide traditional and alternative care at our brick and mortar vet clinic and also our mobile vet services. Join us in today’s post as we explore all that pertains to emotional support animals.

The Power of Animals

  While emotional support animals have received a lot of media attention from both critics and those in favor, most people can identify and have experience with the power of animals. Whether it’s a special bond you have as a pet parent or the joys of fostering, you can relate to the ease and calm that pets can bring. They can sense when your in turmoil both physically and emotionally, and are the first ones at your side to help soothe.   Emotional support animals are no different and they offer those who are managing health issues more rights than your typical household pet.  

What’s The Difference? Emotional Support Pets Vs. Service and Therapy Animals

  A service animal is typically a dog trained for a specific task. We have service dogs for the blind, for those in wheelchairs, and even those who have epilepsy. Emotional support dogs differ from service animals in that they’re not trained for a specific job so they don’t have the same public allowances that service animals do.   A therapy animal — again, typically a dog — is a pet trained to offer psychological and emotional support. Common places to spot therapy animals are in nursing homes, schools, and therapists offices.   The largest difference between an emotional support animal and service and therapy animals, is that they’re not trained for a specific task or job. They are simply there in their presence to offer an emotional connection void of less legal accommodations.     Emotional support animals do not have the same rights as service animals under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) because they are not needed to provide their owner’s in assistance in everyday tasks and do not receive ongoing, consistent, and professional training. The very beautiful thing about ESA is that the law recognizes their significance, and some laws extend to them — you are allowed some rights in public spaces. ESA’s are recognized in the Fair Housing Amendment Act (FHAA) and those with emotional support animals are allowed to keep them, in addition to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) that allows owners to bring their animals on a flight even beyond whether they fit in a carrier under the seat or not.   The laws are only so permitting — in units with a no pet policy, ESA animals are still not allowed, and within the ACAA, you can only fly with a dog or cat.  

What Makes An Emotional Support Animal Legal?

  To certify an ESA, you must get prescribed a script requesting an ESA by your mental health practitioner. These scripts are typically written for those who suffer from the following mental health concerns:  
  • Depression
  • Learning disabilities
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Cognitive issues
  The letter must include all information such as:  
  • A script written by your current mental health practitioner
  • The disability stated for an ESA
  • How your life is impacted by the health concerns you have
  • How the ESA would improve your quality of life
  • Be dated a year or less out from the time you require it for housing or travel

More on Emotional Support Animals

  ESAs are widely beneficial for the quality of life they can help guide you towards. An ESA needs no specific training or certifications and can be a pet you already have or one you’re planning on adopting.   It is highly recommended that they do have basic obedience training and manners so they can behave well in a public space.   ESAs play a vital role alongside side both service and therapy animals. They can help those struggling with a psychological issue gain a better quality of life and soothe them in stressful situations such as long flights or being home alone.     It’s also important to go through all of the right avenues to gain certification, so as not to abuse the system and make it more difficult for those in the future to obtain a ESA.   If you are managing a health issue and feel you need the support of an animal, look into an emotional support animal to help you through your toughest days.  

If you have an emotional support animal and are in need of vet services in the Carroll Garden area, reach out to us today!


The Only Guide You’ll Need To Planning Your Dog’s Birthday Party!

Dog birthday ideas for planning the perfect pawty!

  Your furry best friend is an extension of your family — after all, they go practically everywhere with you, and when you refer to them as your child, everyone knows who you’re talking about!   It’s only natural that they get a birthday party in their honor every year!   At Vet Set, we celebrate your dog by keeping them happy and healthy so they can celebrate each passing year with you! From alternative vet methods to x-rays and vaccinations, we can meet you where you’re at via our mobile vet clinic! For now, relax and find great ideas for planning your next puppy birthday party!

Plan a Dog Birthday For the Books With These Ideas!

  Spoiling your dog is something dog owners love to do — whether it’s making them go gaga over their favorite toy or indulging them in a new treat — we live to give our dogs the best quality of life.   So, if you’re ready to see the pure bliss on your dog’s face, now is the time to plan for their upcoming pawty!  

Find the perfect doggy birthday venue!

  Not every venue is dog-friendly, so unless you have a venue dedicated to dogs (a dog park or doggy daycare), having the party in your home may be the best practice.   One of the highlights of celebrating your dog is they don’t know when their birthday is, which can make things easier for you. If they have a cold, December birthday, celebrate them in warmer weather when they can tromp around in your yard or the park with their buddies.   Create fun exciting invitations and decorations even the humans will love!   Invitations are part of the fun, so craft unique and cheeky doggy birthday invitations that dazzle. The practice of posting invites to fridges still happens, and people love slapping a cute dog invitation up for everyone to see!   As far as decorations go, go wild! You can never have too many dog decorations at the party! Get creative and go beyond the typical paws and bones decor. We can’t get enough of the UPS and mailman theme (if your dog loves to bark and tease them) or a tennis ball theme — whatever your dog is in to, create a theme around that.  

Pamper them with a pupcake!

When it comes to the cake, it has to entice and dazzle. It can be a delicious concoction of everything they love — dog bones, peanut butter, pumpkin, or bananas — or it can be a treat they love to destroy. We’ve seen cute cakes that let dogs go crazy with toilet paper, boxes, and bubble wrap — don’t be afraid to do something different!   Invite all their friends!   What’s better than a solo birthday? A birthday with all your favorite dog buddies! Invite as many of their dog friends that your house or park can contain and let them celebrate and play all day!   If your dog has a social media following, it’s also fun to create a little post about their upcoming party — create a hashtag that the other dogs can use when they post pictures from the day!   If you’re outdoors, a water station (or a couple) is a great idea. Keep a couple of bowls around, or have fun and create a doggy fountain that flows with fresh water.    

Strike a paws with a photo booth!

  Photo booths are not only for the humans, dogs love to use them too! It can be as basic or ornate as you want, but be sure to include birthday themed props and ones that are tolerated by most dogs — sunglasses, hats, frisbees, etc.   Not only does a photobooth create an area to document the day, the humans can post them on social media under the hashtag you created!   Include games!   Games can be a great way to control the chaos of a host of dogs. You could create a talent show where the dogs show off their tricks and talents for treats or a scavenger hunt where you hide treats and the dogs go around sniffing them out.    

Don’t let the guests leave without a doggy bag!

  Fill a bag full of treats that the doggy guests can take with them — this can be anything from balls and jerky to dog bones and a cute bandana.   Don’t leave the human guests out!   The dog party shenanigans can be a bit tiring for the humans, so try and create a space where everyone can relax and kick back at the party — food and adult beverages are always a great option! You can even play to the theme and customize a cocktail in honor of your dog!   Celebrating your dog is something that you and other dog parents love to do! No matter what you end up doing, have fun and make it a stress-free endeavor!  

For more information on how we can keep your dog happy and healthy with our mobile vet services, connect with us today!


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