I’m Vegan: Can I Own a Pet?

Vegans and pets.

As a vegan, you’ve chosen not to use animal products in any form, and your diet and clothing preferences reflect that so that your life is in harmony with your beliefs. Lately, though, you’ve been thinking about adopting a cat or dog. You’d certainly choose one from a rescue group or no-kill shelter. This aligns with your commitment to reduce animal overpopulation.

However, you also wonder if it’s morally and ethically right for vegans to “own” a pet. There are several aspects to this discussion, and they’re all key considerations in your decision.

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Can I Put My Pet in My Will?

Putting your pet in your will.

You don’t have to be a senior citizen to wonder, who will care for my pets when I die? Making arrangements for pets after death is a legitimate concern for loving pet parents who want peace of mind that the family pet will be properly cared for after they’re gone. Under North Carolina law, dogs, cats, and other animals are considered personal property, meaning you can designate the recipient of your pet in your will just as you would a car or a piece of jewelry.  

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5 Ways to Tell You’re a Responsible Pet Owner

Responsible pet owner.

Being a responsible pet owner goes beyond just meeting an animal’s basic needs for food and shelter. The best pet parents take the time to bond, create a safe and comfortable environment, and spend time interacting daily. These qualities hold up whether your beloved animal has fur, feathers, or scales. Wondering how you measure up? Look for these signs that your pets are happy, healthy, and safe.

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Now Is the Time to Book Pet Daycare

Pet daycare.

Your pet may have accepted that they must endure some daytime hours all by themselves, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t enjoy a wonderful alternative. Most pets manage okay, but some pets do not do well on their own. Pet daycare is a worthwhile option for pets to engage with others in exciting and enriching ways. When you pick them up after 6 full hours of non-stop fun, they are ready to relax with you at home.

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Trouble Affording Your Pet?

Budgeting for a pet.

Pets bring so many wonderful things to our lives–companionship, joy, and unconditional love to name a few. Along with those incredible benefits, they also bring responsibilities. Giving our furry family members the best lives possible comes with costs. When life throws us unexpected financial curves, many families look for places to cut expenses and that includes spending on pets. For necessities like pet food and health care, there are both local and national resources that can help. 

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Caring for a Goldendoodle Puppy

Goldendoodle puppy

Labradoodles were the first doodles bred in the early 1980s when a breeder in Australia successfully crossed a labrador with a standard poodle for a vision-impaired person. Since then, hybrid doodles have become popular pets because of their reputation as smart, loving, allergy-friendly dogs. Along with Aussiedoodles, Bernedoodles, schnoodles, and whoodles, one of the most common designer breeds is a goldendoodle.

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Money Well Spent: Anticipating the Cost of Pet Ownership

Owner budgeting for a pet.

Before diving in and accepting responsibility for another living being, it is a good idea to have some concept of the cost involved. While we may be a little biased, Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care feels like our four-legged family members are well worth their expense. To be clear, though, what is the cost of pet ownership and how can you be prepared to provide financially for your pet?

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The Attack of the Killer Kittehs: Stopping Kitten Biting and Kitten Attacks

Kitten sleeping.

Kittens are pretty cute, and that might be for good reason. If you have ever experienced the wild behaviors of a pint-sized predator, you probably realize that the cute may just be a survival instinct. 

Having a kitten doesn’t mean that you need to tolerate kitten biting, scratching, or other random kitten attacks. Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care has some kitten training tips for you to help tame the tiny terror. 

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Pros & Cons Of Dog Diapers

A dog in diapers.

Whether you’ve just welcomed a new puppy or you’re caring for an aging dog or one with special needs, preventing indoor accidents is a relevant concern. Are diapers right for your dog’s situation? 

Our experts at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care have weighed-in on common questions and considerations regarding doggie diapers.

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