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As Simple As That: Using Social Media To Find A Lost Pet

From sharing recipes and craft projects, to reuniting relatives after a natural disaster, the power of social media is undeniable. But you can also employ social media to find a lost pet and bring him or her home faster.

Computers, tablets, and mobile devices have truly revolutionized our abilities to communicate daily (or hourly) with those nearby and around the globe. Using social media to engage with hundreds of individuals and organizations is a powerful tool, and in the case of a lost pet, your best and far-reaching ally. Making flyers on your copy machine for the neighborhood can still be helpful, but the days of flyers and posters are rapidly shrinking due to the speed and reach of Facebook and Twitter.

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Back To School: Navigating Loneliness And Keeping Pets Safe

In many households, the end of the school year means the beginning of a fun summer for your kids and your pets alike. The kids are thrilled to be out of school, and the pets are thrilled to have their old playmate(s) back.

But all good things must come to an end. With many families focusing on school, work, and after school activities right now, your four-legged friend will probably have a lot more free time on his or her paws. Read on to learn about back to school blues in pets and for tips on keeping a curious pet out of trouble this school year.

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Beyond Doggie Breath: Why You Should Pay Attention to Pet Dental Health

Bad doggie breath is sometimes enough to get a pet owner to think about dental care, but poor oral hygiene in general is a serious matter. Unfortunately, pet dental health is often the last thing to be addressed in the spectrum of pet care services. This is despite what we now know about the link between dental care and your pet’s overall health.

One of the key challenges to pet dental health is misinformation about what constitutes dental care or why it is needed. The false belief that simply giving a pet a bone to chew on or feeding him dry kibble exclusively will result in oral health is often mistakenly accepted as fact.

Can you imagine if you didn’t brush your teeth or see a dentist, relying only on chewing crunchy things? Yikes!

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Why Does My Cat…? Strange Cat Behaviors Explained

Any feline fanatic will tell you that cats are beautiful, majestic, mysterious, and incredible. They will also probably confide in you that sometimes cats can be downright strange. Have you ever wondered why your cat does certain things? Read on to learn about strange cat behaviors and what we know about them.

Why Does My Cat Chirp?

We often see cats staring out the window at a bird at the feeder or a squirrel in a tree and making the most adorable chirping noise. Often this happens in conjunction with a chattering motion of the jaw.

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Five Easy Steps to Prepare for Your Pet Wellness Exam

At ZippiVet, we are committed to keeping your pet happy and healthy, and in order to reach that goal we need your help.

In addition to the healthy activities, meals, and preventive measures you already practice on your pet’s behalf, twice yearly pet wellness exams are one of the best ways to keep your furry friend going strong into his senior years. In order to get the most benefit from the exam; we suggest that you follow these five easy suggestions before you arrive.

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Roadtrippin’: Pet Travel Tips and Safety

Traveling with your pet can be a lot of fun, and with a healthy dose of thoughtful preparation, your pet will remain relaxed, happy, and safe while you’re both away. Destination, mode of transportation, and pet-friendly activities will greatly influence your agenda–and we are here to help.

To make the most of your trip together, follow our safe pet travel ZippiTips and how-to guide.

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The Heat Is On: Time To Protect Your Pet From Heat-Related Problems

Although Austin’s not quite as humid as, say, Houston, our lovely city still experiences toasty temperatures throughout the summer. The days can stretch endlessly towards September, with no real break from the sunny, hot days that often reach 100-degrees, or higher.

While it’s endearing to imagine your furry friend sporting a pair of Ray-ban’s in the summer sun, heatstroke dangers are all too real and deeply concern us. Veterinary hospitals see too many cases each summer to believe that all pet owners understand the risks. How can you better protect your pet from heat-related problems? We’re glad you asked! The following ZippiTips aim to keep your furry friend cool and safe all summer long.

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Your Pet’s Fear Of Thunderstorms And Fireworks–How To Help

Ah, the sounds of summer are in the air with 4th of July fireworks and thunderstorms! These loud noises can make some pets anxious and stressed–not understanding that they are actually safe. If your four-legged friend suffers from this type of fear, keep reading. Our tips can help your pet feel less stressed from his or her firework and thunderstorm anxiety.

Noise phobias are more common in dogs, but cats can also demonstrate signs of fear or anxiety related to noise. To help your pet this summer – and prepare for the Fourth of July – follow our guide to managing your pet’s fear of thunderstorms and fireworks.

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ZippiVet: Wellness Care for Busy Pet Owners

A primary challenge for busy pet owners is convenience. When you need basic veterinary care, you want it at YOUR convenience and without waiting.

This is where ZippiVet shines. We offer convenient walk-in access OR easy on-line appointment scheduling (soon). Stay with your pet OR leave your pet with our loving staff while you run errands. We communicate with you via text or e-mail while you are out.

The ZippiVet Approach

Convenience is important, but equally important is the personalized approach ZippiVet takes while treating each pet.

Your pet will get the latest in veterinary technologies for treating all kinds of basic conditions. ZippiVet invests in leading-edge clinical practices to enhance the quality of life and longevity of your pet. As a ZippiVet client, you have direct access to resources and education that are vital to prevention-based wellness. This includes guidance about day-to-day nutrition, exercise, and behavioral care.

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