Unlike dogs, cats have not evolved to be able to handle starchy carbs in their diet. Rather, cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they must eat meat to survive. Here are three reasons why your cat needs meat in her diet. #1: Cats cannot be vegetarians With only foods...read more
We're getting cooler temperatures around Cape Carteret already, even though the winter officially begins December 21. As the temperatures drop, keep these tips in mind to protect your furry companions from the cold. Groom properly. During the winter months, let your...read more
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As you're figuring out gifts for everyone on your nice list, you may be thinking of getting a furry friend for a loved one. Here are some important considerations to make before allowing Santa to put a new pet under the tree....read more
Now that it's November, the holiday season is in sight. It's a time full of delicious foods, dazzling decorations, fun festivities, and probably some stress. You can try to relax and enjoy the wonderful times with your family and friends—two- and four-legged—by...read more
If you're a cat lover or cat owner, you may have heard of FIP: feline infectious peritonitis. FIP is an incurable and almost always fatal viral infection that primarily affects cats under two years of age and over 10 years of age. It is caused by the feline infectious...read more
No matter how you're choosing to spend this Halloween—donning costumes, answering the door to greet trick-or-treaters, or escorting your kids (or nieces and nephews) through the neighborhood—you might be considering how to involve your pets. While some pets will enjoy...read more
With fall officially here and the temperatures beginning to dip here in Cape Carteret, Island Pet Veterinary Hospital would like to share some safety tips so you can protect your furry friends this autumn. Keep school supplies out of paws’ reach Fall means kids are...read more
It's National Dog Week, and we'd love to share with you some considerations to make when choosing the next furry love of your life. With so many dogs of varying sizes, personalities, and energy levels looking for love, determining the perfect pooch for your family can...read more
There are a number of items commonly found around the home that are not harmful to us humans or something we use with caution to prevent any harm. However, a curious cat or inquisitive pup likely doesn't know the difference between something that's safe versus...read more
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reported that an estimated 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity in pets is a serious and costly issue that worsens each year, but the good news is that it is...read more
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