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Worthington Woods Animal Care Center

7520 Worthington Galena Road
Columbus, OH 43085

(614)885-6242

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In addition to the Pet Health Care Library,   we have provided the following links to websites that provide some great information on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care. We will update this page frequently, and would love to hear your ideas on links that you would like to see us add to this page to share with other pet owners. Feel free to send us your favorites. If we like them, we will add them to our list!

 

Healthy Pet Care

 

Here are some links to ways to keep your pet happy and healthy. The following links are not designed to diagnose or replace regular or emergency vet care. If you have a concern, please call to schedule an appointment.

 

Animal Poison Control Do you know what toxic chemicals you have in your house? Do you know if your  plants are poisonous? You might be surprised at some common toxins!  A little bit of prevention can go a long way in preventing accidental poisonings!
 

Dental Care Learn about dental plaque,  dental care and why it is so important to your pet's health. Did you know that dental care is just as important for pets as it is for us?


Exercise The heart is a muscle--and the more exercise it receives the better it works. Keeping your dog  active keeps him healthy!


Need a place to run? Local dog parks.
Diet Tips Have a porky pooch? Here are some diet and exercise tips that will slim him down in no time!


Coat Care Keep your pet  brushed, clipped and bathed, and keep an eye on their overall health at the same time!
Nail trimming Knowing how to do a  nail trim can keep the nails short and neat.

Everything you ever wanted to know about heartworm disease can be found here!

 Companion Animal Parasite Council has up to date and historical information regarding ticks and other creepy crawlies. This website can give you the incidence per state and county.

 


Links for Dogs:


Puppies and Picking the Perfect Breed
You have decided to add another member to the family...how do you choose the perfect pet?
Decisions, decisions, decisions! Some considerations in choosing the right dog.
Breed selection: One size doesn't fit all
So many choices . . . but which one's best for me?
Picking the perfect puppy
. More than which one is the cutest.

Where to Find Your Perfect Pet
You have decided on a breed...so where do you find one?
Why a pet store might not be the best idea.
Why adoption is a great idea!
Breed rescues are a great place to start. 


Local Resources

Capital Area Humane Society Find your newest family member here!

CHA Animal Adoption Plenty of options here as well!
Columbus Dog Connection  Great website with CDC dogs listed, and links to other places to find dogs needing homes.
Franklin County Animal Shelter Searchable website where you can enter  breed/size/age/activity level and much more!
Pet Promise No shelter location, merely loving foster homes. Stop in and check out the pets they have up for adoption. 


Training and Behavior

You have your new dog at home--here are some ways to help your new (or even your established) pet fit in with your family.
For basic training tips, the Humane Society of the United States is a great place to start!

Looking for a local source? Check with your veterinarian for a referral.
 

Links for Cats: 

 

Ready to add a purr-fect pet?

Cat Welfare is a good place to start.

The Capital Area Humane Society has kitties too! 

 

Don't forget to ask if we have any looking for new homes as well.  

 

General Cat Information

 

The Cat Fanciers' Association website has lots of pictures, as well as information on cat breeds, cat care, upcoming cat shows, and much more.

American Association of Feline Practitioners The AAFP is like the American Medical Association for cat doctors, and has lots of good information regarding feline health.

 

Caring For Your Cat:

Brushing Your Cat's Teeth at home is the best thing you can do to maintain your cat's oral health.

Nail Trimming  takes a little practice but is not difficult. And it's a great skill to have in your cat care repertoire.

Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats  Cats are inquisitive animals with amazing senses that are challenged every day in the wild. But what if your cat never goes outside?

Understanding Your Cat's Behavior  Why do cats do what they do? The better we understand life from a cat's point of view the better we can live in harmony with our feline companions.

Behavioral Issues  Cats can have behavior problems too! See what you can do to help your cat (and you!). 

Friends for Life - Caring for your older Cat  We all want to grow old with grace and dignity. And we want the same for our pets...

 

Losing a Pet:

 

Here at Worthington Woods Animal Care, we know that your pet is more than just an animal, he or she is a beloved member of your family. Losing a pet is difficult and grieving that loss is often misunderstood or marginalized. We want to provide you with all the support that friends and family might not be able to provide. Here are some sites you can visit after the loss of a loved one where you can memorialize him or her, or just talk to others that understand the pain you are experiencing. 

 

Rainbow Bridge Anyone who has ever lost a pet should visit this wonderful site. It is a terrific tribute to our lost family members.

Need someone to talk to? To share your memories? This site offers a chat room where you can share your pet's life and grieve his or her loss. 

Don't know how to talk to your child about losing your pet?  Don't know how to determine it is time to say goodbye? This  site offers supportive advice on the tough decisions. 

 

More Information:

Veterinary Schools in the US: This is a great link to all of the websites of veterinary schools in the United States.

American Veterinary Medical Association:  This site is a good starting point to learn more about a variety of topics, including feline injection-site sarcomas and the latest subjects in veterinary medicine. Just click on Public Resources.