Cuteness Overload: Guinea Pig Care and Keeping

Ever so adorable and endearing, guinea pigs have long-enjoyed their status as popular family pets, particularly for those looking to adopt a fur-friend that is both inexpensive and non-destructive. 

That said, there are also a slew of popular misconceptions about guinea pigs. These misnomers include the belief that they are low-maintenance pets who do not require much space, social interaction, or veterinary care. 

Whether you are considering adopting a guinea pig, or already have, it’s important to educate yourself on guinea pig care and what these adorable creatures need to not only survive, but thrive as a member of your furry family.


Exotic Pet Wellness Care

A Hedgehog Being HeldReptiles, birds, and small mammals can make wonderful pets. Watching them go about their daily lives, interacting with them, and caring for the can be fun, educational, and deeply satisfying.

It’s important to note, though, that while most exotic pets seem easy to care for, it isn’t always the case. These special pets often have specific requirements regarding nutrition and environment, and need regular wellness checkups just like dogs and cats. Learning about exotic pet wellness is essential to providing a good quality of life for one of these small, but amazing, animals!


Scratch that Itch: Getting a handle on Allergies in Pets

Many pet owners may have experienced allergy problems in their pets, sometimes without even realizing it. While humans tend to suffer from sneezing, runny noses, and watery eyes, allergies in pets generally crop up as skin and ear problems.

Allergies can make your pet miserable, and may even be detrimental to his or her health. With the right tools and a little elbow grease, it’s possible to manage your pet’s allergies, which will make both of you feel much better!


Pet Obesity: How to Keep Your Pet at a Healthy Weight

A portly pet is an adorable pet, right? That’s what most memes and other animal images in the media often imply. However, overweight pets face several health risks, including a shortened lifespan.

As humans battle their own expanding waistlines, overweight and obese pets have followed a similar pattern. Over the past decade, the percentage of overweight pets has risen to more than half of all household cats and dogs (roughly 85 million). Unfortunately, this trend of pet obesity seems to be on the rise, showing no signs of slowing down.


Ultimate Pet Presents for the Holidays

Most pet lovers have at least one beloved furry companion on Santa’s gift list. In fact, statistics show that over 90% of pet owners buy Fido or Fluffy gifts this time of year. That’s a lot of wrapping and bows! However, with all the amazing items to choose from, where do you begin finding the perfect gift for your best pal?

The team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic has you covered. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas, as well as some tips for avoiding disastrous pet presents.