The Groove That Soothes: Music Therapy for Pets

Music has long been known to affect our emotions. Whether we need energizing and happy sounds or soothing and relaxing ones, music has the power to change how we feel, emotionally and physically. This is also true for our cat and dog friends. 

Pets with separation anxiety and phobia, as well as those with behavior issues have been benefited by this noteworthy form of therapy. If you have always wanted to know how music therapy can help your four-legged pal, you have come to the right place. Mobile Vet MD is here to explain.

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Keeping Dogs Busy Isn’t Always Easy, But It Can Be Super Fun

Anyone who has ever had the privilege of living with dogs knows that they can be a little… much. They are so energetic, demanding of your time and attention, and sometimes their incorrigible antics leave you shaking your head. They can be dirty, smelly, and seemingly at odds with household rules, but you know what? They’re sweet, smart and oh-so-lovable, too. 

The good news is that by keeping dogs busy you are helping them find – and enjoy – their place in the household. In other words, an engaged dog is happy, and we’ll help you guys get there.

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Move Over, Rover: The Dynamic Between Cats and People Is Here to Stay

For cat owners, few relationships surpass the comfort and affection shared between them and their feline friends. Indeed, a large percentage of cat owners would much rather stay at home with their furry buddies than spend time at family gatherings or public events. 

That’s not to say the stereotype about “cat people” is entirely true (the one about us being overly sensitive, neurotic, introverted, and aloof). Instead, it’s a tribute to the positive feedback people feel when with their cats. In other words, the vibe between cats and people is real, it’s mutually beneficial, and one of the possible keys to cat wellness.

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The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils Around Pets

There’s no question that plants impact our lives. Whether we eat them, grow them on windowsills, or offer them as gifts, plants and people are closely entwined. But unfortunately, plants and pets don’t always mix.

This is true for the flowering plants in garden beds, or blooms that fill bouquets, but it’s equally important to learn about the use of essential oils around pets.

The Essence of Plants

Volatile aromatic compounds are responsible for creating the unique fragrances of specific fruits, plants or flowers. Beyond simply smelling good, these scents are generated by plants to ensure their growth or survival. These scents can protect the plants from pests, attract animals to spread their seeds, and can even stimulate healing from an infection or injury.

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Indoor Plants that are Non-toxic to Cats

Bringing a bit of nature into our man made world can be soothing, uplifting, and a beautiful reminder of the preciousness of life. 

If you’re a pet owner (and we’ll bet you are if you’re reading this), you’ll need to select your next plant with care. Cats are especially notorious for sampling plants we have around our homes, but certain greenery can be downright toxic to them (we’re looking at you, lilies!).

With a little bit of research, filling your home with beautiful and safe foliage is a snap. Your team at Mobile Vet MD is dedicated to helping you find indoor plants that are non-toxic to cats!

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Understanding Feline Behavior: 4 Things You Do That Your Cat Dislikes 

Whether you’re reflecting on relationships between people or animals, The Beatles may have said it best with their song “All You Need Is Love.” 

It’s true that love plays a gigantic role in cat ownership, but a lasting connection must also include Aretha Franklin’s most famous song: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”. You might think that you’re covering all the bases when it comes to pleasing your cat, but it’s equally possible that you’re missing the mark a bit.

In other words, to truly understand feline behavior you might want to change or omit a few things.

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If Your Cat Has Greasy Fur, It Could Be Time to Investigate

Cats are adored worldwide for their eyes, whiskers, and cute little meows, and for their soft, silky, fur coats. Without a doubt, people love to touch and stroke a gleaming feline coat, but when a cat has greasy fur, it can be highly unattractive.

Sure it could simply be the result of poor kitty hygiene, but oily, sticky and greasy fur can also be indicative of larger medical issues. 

Since all cats deserve to be snuggled and adored, it’s time to dive into the best ways to care for their skin and coat.

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Pet Diabetes: How You Can Help Your Pet

All pets have their own behavioral characteristics, but most of the time it’s easy to tell when something is wrong. Sure, many pets will hide signs of illness from even their closest people, but with pet diabetes, keep an eye out for excessive thirst, urination, and weight loss.

Pet diabetes is one of the most common conditions in pets today, with 1 in 300 dogs and 1 in 231 cats being affected. Early detection and diligent management are the key components to preventing long term complications. 

Mobile Vet M.D has everything you need to know about pet diabetes, right here!

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Drawing a Line in the Sand: Solving Litter Box Problems

Not all cat owners enjoy scooping out the litter box, but this daily chore sure beats cleaning up messes made outside the box! Beyond the associated frustration, it can be maddening to get to the bottom of litter box problems. Why does this behavior seem to pop up overnight, and what can be done to encourage litter box frequency? 

Patience and diligence are the keys to helping an affected feline turn things around.

Inappropriate, Inconvenient

Some pets take to house training like nobody’s business, others may have challenges and  ultimately reverse course. Getting to the bottom of this mystery can take time, but a wellness visit complete with physical exam and diagnostics can rule out underlying illnesses that often cause spraying or incontinence. If it’s painful to urinate in the box, cats will begin to form negative associations that are hard to break. 

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Say What? All About Ear Problems in Pets

A small brown dog's large ears flap upward as he runs through a forest.

One of the more common calls we receive at Mobile Pet M.D. is about ears. Most pets will experience some type of issue involving this important sensory organ in their lifetime, and if left untreated, it can be quite serious.

If your pet is shaking, flapping, scratching, or whining about their ears, it is time to call us. Ear problems in pets are no fun for you or your furry family member, and addressing them promptly and appropriately is very important. 

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