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Even if you don’t need to talk to an online vet immediately, you may still have questions. Hello Ralphie’s blog is here to help answer those pet questions! If you don’t find what you’re looking for below, please reach out and let us know – we’d love to go digging for answers!

Do Rats Make Good Pets

If you’re a first-time pet owner or have a fondness for small creatures, a domesticated rat can make a great companion! Rats …

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Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM Numerous species of ticks are found in North America, and each species can carry a …

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Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM While most people find the taste of chocolate irresistible, chocolate consumption happens to be very …

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Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM Dogs pant and become restless for many reasons. In some cases, the behavior change can …

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Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM While it may seem like a trivial topic, litter box behavior can tell you a …

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Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM If your cat has been drooling lately, there may be an underlying medical explanation for …

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Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM If you have ever owned a kitten before, you have probably noticed how quickly they …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian After your dog has learned the basic commands, like sit, lay down, and stay, …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian As with people, the average weight for cats can vary depending on their skeletal …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian If you have ever owned a cat, you have probably noticed how particular they …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Nobody wants their pet to be in pain, which is why we put together …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian After teaching a dog how to sit, stay, and lay down on command, the …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Trimming your dog’s overgrown nails can seem like a very daunting task. Luckily, our …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian One of the first things you will hear new dog owners mention about their …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Congratulations on your new puppy! Don’t know how to train your puppy? If you …

Pet the Cat

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Fleas are a common external parasite that feed off your cat’s blood. Although they …

Why Does My Dog Smell Like Fish

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Have you noticed a fishy smell coming from your dog recently? Don’t worry, you’re …

How to Teach a Dog to Lay Down

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian While teaching your furry friend to lay down on command may just seem like …

How Often Should You Change Cat Litter

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Cats are clean animals. Unlike dogs, felines constantly groom themselves and they’re notoriously picky …

How Often Do You Take Your Cat to The Vet

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian It’s important to make sure your feline friend has regular check-ins with a veterinarian. …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Less-Known Dog Toxins and Cat Toxins March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month and the …

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking at the Neighbours

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian It’s unreasonable to expect your dog to never bark. However, excessive barking, especially when …

How do I Brush My Cat’s Teeth

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Dental disease is one of the most common health issues that veterinarians diagnose in …

How Often Should You Walk Your Dog

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Just like humans, dogs need regular exercise and fresh air. A dog’s mental and …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Be a Sustainability Superhero with your Furry Sidekick Your dog is special, unique; you …

How to Sedate a Cat for Travel

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Traveling long distances with your cat can be stressful for both you and your …

How to Deworm a Cat

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Your veterinarian will recommend regular deworming for your cat depending on its risk level …

Dog Following Owner

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian You’ve probably noticed your dog following you like a shadow from time to time. …

Dog-Bathing

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Finding a tick on your furry friend can be surprising and somewhat traumatizing. They’re …

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Written by Dr. Ericka Carroll, VMD Anxious Dogs: Bellowing Blues and Doggie Downers Just like us, our canine pals can also suffer …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the Hello Ralphie team is here to remind you …

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Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian We all know how to brush our teeth! But do our pets brush their …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Tracy Williams, DVM What are heartworms? How do you prevent your pet from getting heartworms? Dr. Williams, a Hello …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Tracy Williams, DVM Are you thinking of adding a new puppy to the family? It could be as simple …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM We all know the holiday season will not look the same for most of us, but …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Leslie Brooks, DVM These days, our pets are living longer, healthier, happier lives than in the past. With the …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Leslie Brooks, DVM These days, our dogs are living longer, healthier, happier lives than in the past. With the …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Leslie Brooks, DVM These days, our cats are living longer, healthier, happier lives than in the past. With the …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM So, you noticed that your cat is losing weight and seeming slimmer or lighter on your …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM How to fulfill your indoor cat’s desires through cat enrichment! There are many reasons cat parents …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

More and more pet owners are turning to natural alternatives to help their dogs and cats thrive and heal from anxiety, arthritis, …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Candice Bittner, DVM Cats are tricky, secretive creatures. Even the most sociable cat will tend to do their itching …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Leslie Brooks, DVM If you have a cat, you know about hairballs. Hairballs are common and they can be …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Leslie Brooks, DVM In need of tips for a pet who won’t eat? A pet that will eat one type …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

By Dr. Candice Bittner Itching can take different forms: scratching, licking paws, head shaking, or scooting on the carpet are common itchy …

Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM Those dreaded, mysterious red bumps on a dog’s paw or between their toes! What the heck …

Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM Cats peeing outside the litter box is a common issue that could be behavioral or medical. …

Written by Dr. David Hannon, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice) The popularity of keeping chickens as pets has skyrocketed in the last few …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM It’s time to sit down for dinner. Napkin on lap, fork in hand, here comes the …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM No one likes to see their beloved pup in pain. Whether it’s a slight limp or …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Pets are family. They relieve our stress, make us laugh, and comfort us in our times of need. It makes sense that …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Signs of Dog Anxiety “She will literally crawl up my body and try to sit on my head, that’s how nervous she …

Man and pet sitting

Written by Dr. Joan Capuzzi, VMD Your Furry Quaranteam Members Wouldn’t it be nice if you could tell your dog or cat, …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

The Dog Days of Summer It’s a term we hear frequently, usually uttered with disdain or from the mouth of a baseball …

advice from 24 hour vet about pet health

Written by Dr. Candice Bittner A Veterinarian Q & A to Choosing the Right Pet Food What is the right food to …