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Veterinary Waiting Room Do’s and Don’ts

vet waiting room blogPets have to visit the vet for all kinds of reasons. Whether it’s an annual checkup, vaccinations, your pet is dealing with a serious illness, it’s important to practice good waiting room etiquette. Below are four do’s and don’ts to stick to:

Don’t use a long, flexible leash: Giving your dog too much space to roam in the waiting room is a recipe for disaster. [click to continue…]

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3 Signs That Your Pet Might Be Depressed

depression blogIt’s difficult for experts to figure out if pets suffer from depression the same way as people do, because we can’t ask them how they’re feeling. People with depression often report feelings of sadness, irritability, or anxiousness. Although pets can’t relay these feelings with words, they can with their behavior and body language. It’s widely accepted in the veterinary community that pets can suffer from depression, especially after experiencing a major loss or change like a death in the family or a move.

Below are three signs that your pet may be depressed.

1. Decreased appetite: If your dog used to lick his bowl clean and now leaves half full, this may be a sign he’s not feeling on top of his game. [click to continue…]

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4 Summertime Tips to Take from Your Pet

summer tips sprinklers blogIf you’re looking for advice on how to have fun and stay cool during the dog days of summer, look no further than your pet. Below are four pieces of advice that we can take from our four-legged best friends this summer:

1. Play in the water: You might notice your dog running around in the sprinklers or your kitty playing with a dripping faucet. Take a page out of your pet’s playbook and don’t be afraid to cool off with a little water fun! Playing in those sprinklers with your pup might just be a great bonding experience as well as some welcome heat relief. [click to continue…]

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Can a Dog Sense When Someone is Dangerous?

stranger danger blogLThere’s no doubt that dogs become very attached to their human companions and are very loyal, loving creatures. Some people may even trust their dog’s judgement when it comes to meeting someone new. But, do dogs really have a sense of stranger danger?

While there is no scientific evidence to prove that dogs have a sixth sense about a person’s intentions, dogs are good readers of subtle facial expressions and body language. [click to continue…]

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Why Do Some Cats Have Blue Eyes?

birman blogHave you ever noticed that some cats have blue eyes? This can occur in the feline world for one of two reasons:

1. Solid white cats with blue eyes are often the result of a genetic defect that not only affects coat and eye color, but also affects the inner ear and limits hearing ability.

2. Certain breeds have naturally blue eyes and do not have a predisposition to deafness. [click to continue…]

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Dogs are known for being pretty tolerant, easy-going creatures, but there are certain things that can bother even the most docile of pups. Your intentions may be good when giving a dog a hug or patting a pooch on the head, but some canines don’t appreciate these actions and they can result in fearful or aggressive behavior. Below are five things not to do that often make dogs uncomfortable:

1. Hug a strange dog: Dogs don’t express affection in the same ways that humans do. While some dogs will tolerate hugs from their own family, a hug from a stranger can be interpreted as threatening. [click to continue…]

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3 Common Misconceptions about Rats

rat blogWhen most people think of rats, a loving family pet doesn’t come to mind. But, domesticated rats actually make wonderful companions for a variety of reasons. Below are three debunked myths about rats that just might change your mind about these furry little animals:

1. Rats are dirty: False! Rats don’t like getting dirty and their grooming habits are proof. They’re constantly grooming themselves and they groom each other. They also tend to organize their food into piles, so their area stays pretty neat. [click to continue…]

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treat blogOffering your dog a treat may seem like a simple task, but doing it wrong can encourage undesirable behaviors and even put your fingers at risk. Below are a few common mistakes:

Mistake #1: Holding the treat too high

If your dog has to stand on his hind legs or jump to get a treat, you may be unknowingly reinforcing bad behavior. [click to continue…]

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The Post-Workout Cool Down for Your Dog

post workout blogDogs are excellent exercise buddies. Whether it be a walk, run, hike, or some playtime at the park, a canine companion is great motivation to get out and get moving. But, just like you need to cool down after a gym session or a jog, your dog needs a proper post-workout routine too. Below are three tips to keep in mind:

1. Think gradual: Slow your pace at the end of your run or hike to allow your dog’s heart rate to slow and his body temperature to return to normal. [click to continue…]

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3 Tips for Taking a Selfie with Your Pet!

selfie blogTaking a selfie with your pet is no easy task, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to share our pets’ adorable-ness with the rest of the world! The next time you’re trying to capture that perfect selfie with Fluffy or Fido, keep these three tips in mind:

1. Don’t force it: Trying to pick up your wiggling dog and force him into a picture probably isn’t the best way to get a good shot. Instead, kneel down beside your pet if he’s already sitting for an easier, more natural-looking photo. [click to continue…]

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