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!  

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Cat Behavior: Weird or Normal? (Part Two)

We know that cats present their butts and chirp at birds but why do they do this, and why is it so weird?

  In part one, we began our journey of bizarre cat behavior by looking at various oddball behaviors such as cats throwing shade and eating grass. In today’s post, we’ll explore more of these behaviors and try to understand what they mean!   At Vet Set, we know cats! We love to help you keep them happy and healthy so they can continue being their weird selves! Partner with us and find amazing care at our vet hospital! In the meantime, let’s learn more about our cat’s behavior.

Are All Cats This Strange?

  Enjoy more odd cat behaviors below and dive into them with us and what they mean!   Getting Vocal With Birds   Cats love to get vocal with the birds that are flying around outside, only to get frustrated that can’t be out there harassing them. When you notice this chatter or clacking sound — different from many other sounds cats make — cat experts break this down to cats becoming frustrated that they aren’t able to act upon their prey drive and go after the bird, so elicit movement of the jaw happens. This act mimics them catching and killing prey, so though the noise is a little bizarre as it is hilarious, it serves a purpose!   Receiving Interesting Presents   Cats love to bring presents, dead presents that is! Have you ever wondered why they drop dead birds, snakes, and mice off at the door for you?   This is also an act of endearment for cats — not only are they displaying their cunning and successful talents, they’re essentially sharing part of the hunt with you! You are a part of the kitty squad!   While this may remain a bit unappetizing for humans, don’t discourage this behavior. You can help keep their prey alive and off your doorstep by attaching a bell to their collar.   Cat Kneading   Cats love to make a kneading motion, and as a human, you should just relax and enjoy the affection! Cats knead as a way to mark their territory and better quell any anxieties.   This behavior is innate and it begins after birth as a way for kittens to stimulate the mammary glands of their mothers to get milk.   “If I Fits, I Sits!” Cats love to find odd places to curl up into — from tiny boxes to a bathroom sink — if a cat can fit, they will absolutely sit! Cats love smaller places because it makes them feel safe and protected, and it’s also a survival mechanism.   In the wild, cats aren’t safe in a wide open area where larger predators roam, which is why they would seek refuge in dens and smaller nooks and crannies, to stay away from their predators. So, the next time you find them in a place that looks super uncomfortable, just leave them be — they don’t want to be hunted or perhaps bothered!     Rolling Around   If your cat is constantly rolling around, it is signaling that it feels safe in its surroundings and around you. It may also roll wildly while under the influence of catnip or when they’re trying to mark their scent and claim your space as their own!   Yelping in The Night   Sleep is precious to humans, so when your furry feline wakes you up with their insistent crying, it can drive you mad. This happens as a result of their urge to be out and about hunting prey. These cries are out of frustration that they can’t catch anything or out of excitement that they did!   Curb this energy by giving them more to do at night or even giving them the option to go hunt!   Cats are interesting creatures, to put it lightly, and they display a whole host of behaviors we have a hard time discerning as humans! From the affectionate displays of their butts to chattering with the birds, you can bet that all of this is cat language and it serves some clue to what’s behind it, even when it is strange!  

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Cat Behavior: Weird or Normal? (Part One)

Cats are surely a breed of their own — they’re independent as they are fussy, and sometimes their behavior can seem a bit odd.

  Cats are fun-loving pets that give you the right amount of cuddles at a time that is convenient to them! Which is to say, that they may be a bit odd and sometimes you may not fully understand their intentions.   When you partner with Vet Set and our premier veterinary services, you not only get a compassionate vet, you also get a team that is dedicated to providing the best care to your cat! Follow along in today’s post as we venture into cat behavior and explain what weird behaviors they elicit and how they may be more normal than you may think!

The Strange (and Often Misunderstood) Behavior of Cats

  Cats are often a mystery to most of us, but there are some behaviors that really just leave us clueless. Below are those behaviors — demystified!  

Cats showing us their butts.

  This is strange, but everyone who has been around a cat knows this strange behavior. When a cat presents their butt, this is a good sign. They are telling you that they feel at ease with you and are giving you an opportunity to get to know them a little better!   This is essentially like greeting a friend with a hug. When a cat does this, you can just give them a nice scratch in their favorite spot.  

Cat Head Butting

  Have you ever had a cat snuggle up to you, only to give you a head butt? It’s a little odd, but not out of their wheelhouse. Vets refer to this behavior as bunting or allorubbing and this is a sign of endearment — cats do this to mark their territory with a scent and claim you as their own!  

Cat Shade

  Perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of your cat staring straight at you, throwing shade. This sneering or flehmen has nothing to do with you, human! They may be staring straight into your eyes, but really what’s happening is they’re getting pheromones from other cats that have marked that area which often produces a lip curl and dead-stare.  

Eating Grass

  Cats, just like dogs, commonly eat grass, but most of us don’t understand this behavior. Unlike humans who get vital nutrients from their greens, cats can enjoy some trace health benefits, but grass offers them added fiber to their diets to aid in passing hairballs.  

Covering Up Poop

  Have you ever noticed that cats cover their poop in their litter boxes — what is the point in this? How cats use their litter box is generally passed down from their older counterparts (if you have them), and the litter box is cat language in and of itself.       Typically, cats cover their poop as a way to mark their territory, a litter box graffiti of sorts, but mostly it’s something that has been domesticated into them.   Are there more strange behaviors to cover? Of course there are! We love covering cats, so stay tuned for part two!  

Keeping Your Furry Friend Protected and Cozy in the Winter (Part Two)

Have fun in the winter and keep your dog safe and protected.

  In part one, we examined why the cold can be an issue for dogs and what puts them at risk. In today’s post, we’re getting to the meat of the conversation and exploring the tangible ways you can keep them safe and snug.   Carroll Gardens is quite chilly this time of year, so why brave the elements? Stay right where you are and let our mobile services come to you! And while you’re waiting, enjoy the best tips for protecting your dog in the winter. And now…  

Winter Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe and Protected This Winter!

 

Pay attention to the paws.

  The paws are extra vulnerable in this season because they’re subject to not only the cold and snow but also to the treatments that are put on the roads and sidewalks.   Protect their paws by doing a few small things including:   Keeping their feet groomed - Trim the hair around and in between the paws. When their hair is short and out the way, not only are they easier to clean it makes them it easier to monitor.    Using a protective balm - A protective balm can do wonders to their paws! Apply a balm before they go outdoors for an additional layer and use it indoors to keep them supple and to support healing to any cracked or dry paws.    Invest in dog boots - There is a myriad of reputable companies that make dog boots for dogs, and while your dog may not take to them right away, over time they’ll find comfort in the extra protection the boots provide.  

Be considerate of the time of day you go out.

  Try and get all your major activity in during the daytime and when the sun is out. Going for walks in the dark is cold — for both of the dog and the owner! Not only are the temperatures a little warmer in the daytime, but the sun also helps to melt and clear snow and ice.  

Create a cozy place for your dog to relax.

  Ensure your dog has a nice, comfortable spot to rest. Sleeping on the floors can be cold (especially if they’re wood) in the winter months, so ensure their comfort with a nice bed with blankets if need be.    

Be conscious of where you pile your snow.

  If you live in an area with a small porch or even a yard, if you shovel your snow into the same area storm after storm, it can build up and create the perfect escape route for your dog. Instead, find different places to shovel snow and cross your fingers the temperature heats up to melt some of it!  

Ensure they’re staying hydrated.

  Summer or winter, dog’s can still become dehydrated. And, even if they’re eating snow when they’re out, this doesn’t always make up for what fresh water they are drinking. Always make sure your dog has access to clean, fresh water whether they’re indoors or not.       Wintertime in Brooklyn is picturesque and even enjoyable when you and your furry friend are prepared. Relish in the cold weather, while keeping them protected and cozy.  

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Keeping Your Furry Friend Protected and Cozy in the Winter (Part One)

Because cracked dog paws aren’t the only burden the cold weather can bring.

  Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn often experiences the best winter weather mother nature has to offer — whites outs that line the streets and freezing temperatures that call for layer after layer (after layer) — this can be bliss when you’re well-prepared, but what about for your four-legged friend?   Snowed in or would you like to stay put in your warm brownstone this winter? No worries! The VetSet is a mobile veterinarian that can come to you! Stick with us and learn about the best pet care for your animals as you brave the cold, Brooklyn climate!

Where to Begin With Winter Pet Care?

  Depending on the breed of your dog, they may love the winter or would rather stay tucked away indoors. Either way, they have to get out at some point for a nice stroll and multiple times daily to use the restroom. This means they must brave the cold!   Many of us still hold the assumption that dogs are dogs and animals full of fur and fluff that protects them and acts as their winter coat, thus they’re able to weather the cold with ease. But because our pets are domesticated and use to a life of luxury indoors — heat, bedding, and blankets galore — the winter weather can be as alarming to them as it is for us.   Let’s give our dog’s a little extra TLC in the winter!   So, what are the key winter care tips a dog owner needs to know? Keep reading to be in-the-know about cold-climate pet care tips!   But first, what are the winter health risks that dogs encounter?  

Icy roads and sidewalks.

  Just as humans have to be careful when on snow and ice so do dogs, but in a bit of a different way. While humans have to avoid slipping and falling, dogs have to steer clear of the ice melt and sand. Chemical deicers that line the streets and sidewalks are irritating to dog’s paws, and if ingested, are extremely toxic. Sand is better for dogs but combined with the cold, ice, and snow, it makes sore and cracked paws.    

Frostbite

Frostbite affects dogs in the cold weather because the biological process is for the body to take warmth from the outer extremities and pull it inwards to the core. As the center of the body is warmed, it leaves paws, tails, and ears vulnerable to frostbite. Key signs of frostbite are skin discoloration (changing to a grey color) in addition to the areas being cold and hard. If left unaddressed, frostbite can reach the point of no return and turn black — if this happens your pet loses that extremity permanently.    

Hypothermia

  This is a severe case of your dog being too cold. If a dog spends too much time out in the elements without the ability to warm up, hypothermia sets in. This can begin mildly where signs such as cold feet and ears or shivering occur. Signs that you shouldn’t ignore and that can be fatal are if your dog becomes weak and apathetic. The end stage of hypothermia is a dog whose muscles tighten up and breathing slows.   It’s vital to know your dog and understand and identify the signs of frostbite and hypothermia because they can be disastrous for your dog’s well-being.   Knowing how and what your dog is at risk in the wintertime is only the first part of the conversation! Stay tuned and get the best tips to prepare your dog for the cold in our next post!  

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