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How Should I Introduce My New Kitten to Their New Environment?

Cats are naturally inclined to investigate their new surroundings. We in the veterinary field suggest that their area of exploration be limited initially so that these natural tendencies do not create an overwhelming task. After confining your new kitten to one area for the first few days, slowly allow your kitty to access other areas of the home.


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Food, Plants, and Household Items That Can Be Harmful to Cats

The various food items that are toxic or potentially toxic to dogs seem to get a lot of air time (we’re looking at you, chocolate and avocados), but we don’t seem to hear as much about what can cause harm in cats. And the worrisome thing is that the list is quite a bit longer as - in addition to certain foods - drugs, plants, and other items can be very dangerous to cats.


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Tips For Running With Your Dog

We've all seen it. You're running along and the person coming at you with the gorgeous Golden Retriever has just hit her most glorious stride, and her dog stops to go to the bathroom. She's jolted backward and her face goes red, but you're not sure if it's because she's furious with her pooch or embarrassed to pick up her dog's excrement. Ahh, the joys of running with a dog. Sarcasm aside, running with your dog can be a truly wonderful experience, but a lot must go into preparing for your outing.


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Signs and Symptoms of Pain in Both Cats and Dogs

There’s a reason that memes about the differences between cats and dogs abound. The stereotypes do tend to be rooted in truth. Cats have a reputation for being a bit aloof and stoic, while dogs are seen as the lumbering, goofy guys who slobber all over their owners when they return from running a 10-minute errand. And while there are plenty of exceptions to both those rules, the ideas tend to hold true when it comes to them exhibiting signs of pain.


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How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Establishing an at home dental care routine is an important part of your dog’s overall health. You would never think to go days without brushing your own teeth, and it’s no different for your pets. Here at Metropolitan Veterinary Center we recommend brushing your dog’s teeth daily, but a great goal is at least three times a week.


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Matting in Cats

Matted fur is a condition that occurs mostly in longhaired cats when their fur becomes knotted and entangled. There are several reasons this can happen. When a cat sheds their undercoat, the fur can become caught in the top coat. If a cat’s fur becomes dirty or oily, it can also become entwined and matted.


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Large-Breed Puppies

Is your fur baby destined to turn into a fur giant? If you own a large-breed puppy, they may be a lap dog now, but before you know it, they’ll be way too big for cuddles on the couch. Of course, your colossal canine will still be just as lovable, but you’ll need to know a few things about taking care of a large-breed puppy.


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