Simple Tips for Keeping Your Pets Hydrated This Summer

A dog drinking water outdoors.

Summer is here, at last! Hot, sunny days mean trips to the water, long, lazy walks, and outside volleyball games. Your pets want to go where you go (except for cats who might want to stay put). Your pets need to stay hydrated so, should you bring your pets with you for summertime excursions?

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Healthy and Happy: A Guide to Preventive Care

Cat and dog at veterinarian.

When it comes to Fido or Kitty’s health, preventing harmful conditions before they develop is key. Thanks to modern veterinary medicine, many damaging health issues can be avoided completely. This means less suffering for your pet—and less worry and expense for you.

That’s why the team at Bowman Veterinary Hospital encourages all forms of preventive care. We’d like to share our 5 top tips for keeping your pet healthy and happy. 

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Why Is My Dog Limping?

Dog limping.

If your pup has a sudden hitch in their gait, you are probably trying to decide whether or not to be worried. There are many potential common causes of limping in dogs, and not all of them are panic-worthy. Bowman Veterinary Hospital is here to help you decide when to call the vet if your dog is limping. 

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New Puppy Care At It’s Finest

Cute beagle puppy.

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “it’s a good thing you’re cute,” you’ve probably met a rascally, hyperactive, impulsive, and potentially destructive puppy. They don’t mean to aggravate their people; in fact, puppies are trying really hard to figure out what’s expected of them. New puppy care is incredibly gratifying, but it’s not without certain difficulties. You can enjoy all that your new puppy brings to the table (and it’s a lot!), while shepherding them toward the best grown dog they will ultimately become. 

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Shots Schedule: A Complete Guide to Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations

Cute puppy and kitten.

Congratulations on your new puppy or kitten! At Bowman Veterinary Hospital, we believe that proper wellness care begins at a young age, and in your pet’s first year of life, he or she will need multiple vet visits to become properly immunized against serious, but preventable diseases.

If you have questions about dog vaccines or cat vaccines, read on! Our team has put together some general guidelines to help you prepare for your newest addition’s upcoming vaccinations.

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What Are the Best Foods for My Pets?

Cat and dog eating food.

With so many brands, textures, and life-stage formulas on the market, it’s no wonder pet parents have a hard time deciding which pet foods to purchase. Proper nutrition is essential for any animal’s health and well-being, and each animal has individual nutritional needs based on age, breed, lifestyle, and the presence of chronic health conditions.

To help you make informed decisions for your own pets, our experts at Bowman Veterinary Hospital have compiled some tips for picking the perfect cuisine for your cat or dog.

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Here Are the Most Popular Dog and Cat Names of 2022

Cute puppy and kitten.

Welcoming a furry new bundle of joy into your household is a thrilling experience, and when it comes to picking the perfect name, the options are endless! Perhaps the color or length of your pet’s fur will serve as inspiration, like Hazel or Shaggy, or maybe your child’s favorite Disney character, like Bolt or Simba, will be the clear choice. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you could even try coining a playful pun using a famous moniker, like Bark Vader or Meowly Cyrus! 

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Slow It Down, Chowhound: My Puppy Eats Too Fast!

Puppies eating

Bringing a puppy home is quite an adventure. As the cute little fluff adapts to his new home, it is important to set him up for success. Beginning with proper nutrition is important, and once your pup gets home, you may notice that he gobbles up his food like there is no tomorrow. Eating too quickly can be a choking hazard for your pup, can cause pain and discomfort, and can even cause severe gastrointestinal conditions like volvulus, or stomach twisting. 

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Top 10 Signs Your Dog May Be Sick (and What You Can Do)

Signs your dog might be sick.

If only our pets could talk! Knowing when a dog or cat is sick isn’t always easy. Pets are notoriously good at masking symptoms of medical conditions. By the time a sick dog or sick cat displays obvious signs of feeling under the weather, it’s likely he’s been ailing for quite some time. 

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