Helpful Links for Pet Parents

At Clayton Family Veterinary Care, we’re firm believers in client education and want you to have a thorough understanding of your pet’s health. To learn more, we’ve compiled a list of valuable resources. We’ve organized them by general topic so you can pick one and dive in! And of course, if you have any questions about anything you read, please don’t hesitate to ask us—it’s what we’re here for.

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Animal Behavior

Dr. Sophia Yin -The Art and Science of Animal Behavior 
World renowned veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Yin, has published many helpful books on animal behavior and training (for both vets and pet owners). See her website for helpful training videos.

Breed Information

The American Kennel Club 
The AKC website has a guide to many breeds of dogs, including photos and brief descriptions of each breed's characteristics.

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

Cat Care

Fundamentally Feline
This website is dedicated to developing enrichment for your kitties by helping you understand their behavior. You can also check out the Fundamentally Feline Youtube channel for how-to videos.

International Cat Care 
This website is a resource for feline information including articles on cat behavior and helpful videos (how to administer pills, give subcutaneous fluids, etc).

Winn Feline Foundation’s Cat Health Library
Winn’s Cat Health Library features articles and information from expert feline veterinarians about feline health and wellness.

Dental Health

Veterinary Oral Health Council 
VOHC is an organization comprised of board certified veterinary dentists. Their website has a list of recommended products to help maintain your pet's oral health.

General Pet Health

ASPCA Poison Control Center
This is the website of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. It includes a searchable library of poisonous plants and a phone number for the poison control hotline.

The Indoor Pet Initiative
Established by Ohio State University, the Indoor Pet Initiative provides valuable pet resources for owners and news into the latest developments in veterinary medicine.

PetMD is an all around great resource for pet owners. All articles are written by veterinarians.

Partners in Animal Health
Developed by veterinary experts at Cornell University, this website is a collection of educational resources for pet owners and veterinarians alike.


AAFCO - Understanding Pet Food Labels 
This is the website for the Association of American Feed Control Officials, the agency that oversees pet food labels and ingredients. Learn how to decipher pet food labels and see ingredient definitions.

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention 
Obesity is a significant health problem in our pet population. This website contains great tools for pet owners who want to help their pet lose weight, including a database of calorie information for most commercial pet foods.

Pet Nutrition Alliance
This website is an all around great resource for pet owners looking for additional nutritional guidelines. It includes information on how to decipher pet food labels as well as updates on current food recalls.

Choosing the Best Pet Food – What You Need to Know
The World of Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) published this article to help owners know what to look for when selecting a pet food.


American Heartworm Society 
The AHS website contains guidelines and information on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of heartworm disease.

Pets and Parasites
Pets are at risk for a number of parasites and insects spreading disease, and this website covers preventive measures while also keeping up with the latest news in the world of parasites.

Pet Parent Resources

Pet Insurance - Should I Get It?
This article is written by a pet owner who discusses some very important points about the value of pet insurance. It is worth a read if you want to know more about whether or not pet insurance is right for you!

Pet Travel
Thinking about taking your pet with you on vacation? This website lays out some helpful information for you to consider before bringing Fido along for the ride.

Pet Loss Support and End-of-Life Resources

Pet Loss Support 
This is an ASPCA sponsored site that includes tips on how to cope with the terrible sadness of losing a beloved pet. It also includes the number for the Pet Loss Hotline.

Rainbow Bridge
Anyone who has ever lost a pet should read this lovely poem. It is a terrific tribute to our lost family members.


I was so happy to see Dr Ross Clayton again. He is just the best vet ever. This new practice is wonderful. He always knows what I am going to ask and explains things so well."

-Catherine L.

The Clayton's are a family that truly care about your pet as if they were their own. I highly recommend you check them out"

-Leanne O.

Dr. Ross Clayton is the most caring, knowledgeable vet we could have asked for! He has taken amazing care of our dogs since 2003!"

-Jennifer M.

Dr. Clayton has been caring for my family's dogs for many years with exceptional knowledge, care and compassion. He's shown time and again his willingness to explore the best options for keeping our loved ones healthy and vital."

Katrine C.

We love Dr. Clayton! We’ve been through a lot together! Our family has had as many as 3 labs at once. We’ve had them as puppies and seniors. We lost our oldest recently and Dr. Clayton helped us through it. He’s caring and knowledgeable. We HIGHLY recommend him!"

-Martha F.

The precise genuine care for our pets and our family as a whole sets Dr. Ross Clayton and his wife Dr. Anne Clayton apart. We appreciate their attention to detail and prompt assistance. We have had the gentle care from this family for many many years. They have shared our enthusiasm as we brought home new puppies and through the end of the life of our beloved seniors. We can’t wait for the grand opening! Best wishes Clayton Family Veterinary Care!"

-Kristy P.