Furry Friends: Why Does My Cat Shed So Much? 

The fur tumbleweeds are piling up in the corners and you have exhausted your vacuum. Everyone in the home is wearing a second coat of cat fur this winter, and you haven’t stopped brushing your cat since summer. Why all this fur, you may ask?

Cat shedding is one of the many problems pet owners ask us about; that and how they can help reduce their cat’s shedding. For some cats, shedding can be especially bad during the winter, while other cats seem to shed all year round. 

The team at Old Derby Animal Hospital want to help you figure out why your cat sheds so much and what you can do to keep your home a little less furry.

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Let’s Get Direct: The Lowdown on Your Dog’s Smelly Paws

Dog owners are a lucky bunch. Every single day is their dog’s best day ever, and all that joy and happiness spreads throughout a person’s life and home. But do you know what also gets spread around in a dog’s wake? Their smell, of course!

While they don’t always smell bad, there is a near-constant doggie odor that comes from them. Dogs generate a light perspiration from the hair follicles, and they produce a scent-marking oil on their skin. Glands in their ears produce a slightly yeasty odor, as well. Certainly, this is all normal, but none of it compares with a dog’s smelly paws.

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Groomed for Good Health: The Importance of Pet Grooming

For some of us, pet grooming conjures up images of brushes and bows, but the fact is that regular grooming isn’t just a canine or feline luxury. It’s a necessity.

Good pet grooming not only keeps your companion smelling their best, it can make them more comfortable and help you to spot health concerns before they become serious, or even life threatening.

The Importance of Pet Grooming

For some pet owners, grooming their pet can be stressful. It’s always easier if you begin a grooming routine when your pet is young, as regular handling – especially of ears and paws – can help your pet become more comfortable with the process.

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