Popular Dog Breeds: French Bulldog

French bull dogs are their own unique breed. The French Bulldog was recognized as a breed by the AKC in 1898. Ranked as 2nd most popular breed by AKC for the second year in a row. Average Height: Approximately 12 inches tall at the shoulder. Average Weight: 16-28 pounds. Life Expectancy:  Average lifespan is 11-14 years. Breed colors:  French bulldogs come in different […]

Tips for Pet Fur and Odor Free Home

There are so many pet-friendly and pet-eliminating products that can become your favorite essentials for your home, especially for new pet owners. Many pets tend to shed fur more than others, knowing your pet and their shed level is important while keeping your home pet fur and odor free. These few essentials will help eliminate […]

Pet-Friendly Essentials for Your Car

Rather you’re traveling with your dog a short or long distance it’s important to pack these essentials. When traveling with a cat the most important things to have are.

Easy At-Home D.I.Y Cat Toys

Cat toys are easy to D.I.Y with just a few in-home items. Grab these few items to make some fun toys for your sweet cat that will keep them occupied! Cat-Nip Sock From: https://www.curbly.com/diy-cat-toys Materials: Steps: Cat Wand From: https://irresistiblepets.net/diy-cat-wand Materials: Steps: Catnip Yarn Balls From: https://www.trendhunter.com/trends/yarn-ball-catnip Materials: Steps: Ultimate Kitty Puzzle/Pinball From: https://www.care.com/c/diy-cat-toys/ Materials Steps: Peek-a-boo Puzzle From: https://www.peta.org/living/animal-companions/diy-cat-toys-hacks/ […]

Popular Cat Breed: Domestic Long Hair

Average Height: 12 inches Average Weight: 8-15 pounds Life Expectancy: 12-18 years Breed Colors: Personality: Longhaired Domestic cats are known hunters, keeping them indoors will also protect the furry and feathered creatures from getting inside your home. They are best for first-time cat owners, families with children and other pets, and also owners willing to groom their cats. Grooming: Brush […]

Popular Dog Breeds: Labrador Retriever

This breed has been ranked #1 for the 31st year in a row since 1991. The Labrador Retriever was recognized as a breed by AKC in 1917. Labs are sweet, friendly, high-energy dogs. They are great for families that are looking for an outgoing dog to make a part of their home. Below are a […]

Diabetes Symptoms, Risk, and Treatments in Canines and Felines

Diabetes Mellitus or “sugar diabetes” is when the body can no longer produce insulin or use insulin properly. Humans are not the only ones who can develop this disease. It is said that 1 in 300 dogs will develop diabetes in their lifetime, and 1 in 230 cats are affected by diabetes. While in cats it […]

Essential Items for Dogs on Rainy Days

It’s rainy outside but your dog needs to go for a walk or outside to go to the bathroom. Spring showers are here meaning it’s raining more often and you might not want to take your dog out. Here are a few essentials to have or take with you on those rainy days. It’s okay […]

Prevent, Detect, and Treat Heat Exhaustion in Canines

What is Heat Exhaustion? Hyperthermia aka heat stroke or heat exhaustion is when your dog’s body temperature reaches a temperature that is unhealthy. Dogs cannot accept heat the way human bodies can. Heat exhaustion often occurs during the summer months as heat rises. Here are a few ways to prevent, detect, and treat heat exhaustion. […]

Managing Your Pet’s Pain to Improve Quality of Life

At Fern Creek Medical Center and Jefferson Animal Hospitals, we take pain management seriously. Your pet will be given pain medication during any surgical or dental procedure and emergency situation as needed. Our pain management protocols are based on compassion and caring, and we are dedicated to making sure your pet‘s pain level and comfort […]

The Human – Animal Bond

By the AVMA definition, the human animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and their pets.

3 Tips for Outdoor Play in Cold Weather

Cold weather can be ruff on us and our pets, but they still need to get some exercise! Here are 3 quick tips for getting through cold weather with your dogs. Clothing Get a jacket or sweater for your dog to use on especially cold days. Some pooches need a jacket when it’s 40 outside […]

Feline Vaccinations


Distemper. Distemper is very contagious and widespread in cats. It causes severe vomiting and diarrhea that is often fatal, especially in kittens. Rhinotracheitis. Rhinotracheitis is a virus that causes fever, runny eyes and nose, and sneezing. It can be fatal, and often occurs at the same time as a calicivirus infection. Calicivirus. Calicivirus causes similar symptoms as rhinotracheitis […]

Feline Nutrition


There are two diseases in cats that are directly related to feeding improper diets: heart failure from taurine deficiency and feline urologic syndrome (FUS) or feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). There are probably others that the veterinary community have not yet discovered. Taurine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of […]

Litterbox Training for Kittens


Litterbox training your new kitten is really quite simple. Most kittens will start using the litterbox immediately. Start out by obtaining a good commercial litterbox (with or without a cover), put in about an inch of kitty litter, and show your kitten where it is. There are several types of litter to choose from including, […]

Intestinal Parasites (Worms)

How To Keep Our Kittens and Ourselves Safe Roundworms are very long, spaghetti-like worms. Puppies and kittens contract roundworms in utero or from nursing. They can cause poor growth, a pot-bellied appearance, and diarrhea. In severe cases roundworms can cause blockage of the intestines. Hookworms are a parasite that feeds on blood from the intestinal […]

New Kitten Checklist


Jefferson Animal Hospital has provided you with a checklist of things you will need when getting your new kitten! Litter Box Have 1 for every cat plus 1 more Use a nonscented clumping litter. (The smaller the grain size the happier the kitty) Clean at least 2 times daily The larger the better Cats prefer […]

Feline Leukemia


Q. What is Feline Leukemia? A. Leukemia is a highly fatal blood cell cancer that is contagious between cats. It is a leading cause of cat deaths and, until now, there has been no prevention or cure. The name “Feline Leukemia Virus” (FeLV) gives merely a hint of just how much trouble this contagious virus […]

Why is Feline Dental Care Important?


Good dental care must start now because your pet needs to get used to having his mouth and teeth handled. Home care can help to minimize the tartar that builds up on the teeth and keeps the gums healthy. Home care and regular veterinary dental cleaning will keep your cat’s mouth healthy. Prevention Brushing – This […]

First-Aid Kit for Pets

Suggested Items For Your Kitten’s First-Aid Kit: 2 rolls of 3” gauze bandage 3” X 3” gauze sponges Nonstick adhesive tape Nonstick bandages Antibiotic ointment (e.g. Neosporin, Animax) Water soluble lubricating jelly (e.g. K-Y Brand)- to take temperatures and to keep debris out of open wounds Sterile saline solution (e.g. those used for contact lenses) […]