Dealing with Kids and Dogs in Close Quarters

There’s no doubt that kids and dogs make the cutest of buddies. Growing up with a dog is a wonderful experience for most kids, and the benefits far outweigh the work involved. Living with a dog promotes empathy, compassion, and self esteem, and can teach valuable lessons about responsibility.

But when kids and dogs are stuck together in the house all day, things can go awry without a game plan. Your team at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center wants to help you make the most out of cabin fever with our top tips for managing your two and four-legged crew!

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Jelly Belly: Helping Your Pet Lose Lose Weight This Spring

Now that the long winter is coming to a close, you may have noticed that your pet, like so many of us, has gained a few pounds. Winter fat is a problem for several pets because they aren’t as active as they are in the warmer months. Couple this with the busy holidays, and those daily exercise needs probably went to the wayside.

Now that spring is here, it’s a good time to get outside and get moving with your furry loved one. Here are some tips to help your pet lose weight and get back into a better state of health.

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The Truth About Pets and Essential Oils

Candles, incense, and simmering potpourri have been available to consumers for a long time. In recent years, these products have had some steep competition in the personal wellness department: essential oils. 

Extracted via steam or cold-pressing, essential oils capture a plant’s essence (namely their scent and flavor), in an effort to promote health and well-being. Although this sounds like a safer alternative to the man made chemicals found in other scented products, pet owners need to be aware that pets and essential oils don’t really mix.

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A Window to Your Pet’s Body: The Value of Pet Wellness Exams 

How amazing would it be to be able to peer right into your pet’s body? You know, to get a really good assessment of how things are going internally?

Well, science isn’t quite there yet, but Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center has the scoop on the next best thing. Did you know that routine pet wellness examinations can give us a wealth of information about your pet’s overall health and wellbeing? They may not exactly be a window into your companion’s body, but regular pet wellness care has just as much value.

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Diabetes in Pets: A Sneaky Adversary

Diabetes in pets is one of the most common conditions today, with 1 in 300 dogs and 1 in 231 cats being affected. Although more common in older pets, diabetes can also occur in younger or pregnant pets. 

Early detection and proactive management with the help of our veterinarians can make the disease more manageable. The good news is that with proper monitoring, treatment, diet and exercise, diabetic pets can still lead long and healthy lives!

What Is Diabetes in Pets? 

After pets eat, food is broken down into glucose. Glucose is then absorbed by the intestine and enters the body’s cells where it is converted into energy. Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, helps the cells absorb glucose and also controls blood sugar levels. 

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Smelly Cat: When Good Pets Stink Bad

Whether or not you get the pop-culture reference, a smelly cat (or dog) is usually not a good thing. Sometimes a bad odor is associated with rolling in something stinky or a chance encounter with a skunk, but other times there may be something more going on. 

When you can’t quite get rid of the odor, Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center wants you to know, Smelly Cat, that it’s not your fault and we are here to help!

Smelly Cat, What Are They Feeding You?

There are many reasons that pets can stink and, with few exceptions, it usually isn’t their fault. Consider the following possibilities:

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Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Few would argue against the irresistible cuteness of puppies and kittens, and yet too much of a good thing is, well, not a good thing at all. Contrary to what many folks think, more puppies and kittens in the world isn’t really beneficial in the long run. These animals grow up and if they’re not adopted, they are either euthanized or left homeless. 

Most pet owners do elect to spay or neuter their newly adopted pets, but the advantages go far beyond the simple fix to the overpopulation problem.

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Things Your Cat Wishes You’d Stop Doing Already (Ahem… Avoiding the Vet!)

People love cats, a fact widely supported by social media. But beyond their sheer entertainment value and the fuzzy feelings they invoke, cats have absolute power to deeply and profoundly impact humans – especially the ones that own and care for them. 

Just because we are positively affected by cat behavior, it’s a stretch to say that all cats like (or trust) people. This disconnect can be explained by numerous reasons, but we do know that through close observation of body language, we stand a better chance of understanding the cats we wholeheartedly admire.

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The Guilt-Free Way to Leave Your Pet Home Alone

A Dalmatian sits behind a glass window, waiting for her people to come home.

For many pet lovers, leaving our pets behind as we head off to work for the day is difficult. But, like most, work and other obligations require that we go out in the world without our four-legged friends. This reality begs the question: how long can you leave your pet home alone?

Dogs, cats, and other pets can be left at home with some understanding of their needs. For each pet, this will vary based on species, breed, behavior and physical health, as well as other social factors. Because pets are much like kids, the pet parent guilt can come on strong. If you’ve been asking yourself, “How much time can I leave my pet home alone?” you’ve come to the right place!

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Perfect Match Or Never Let Your Guard Down? Staying Safe With Kids and Pets

A young child feeds a cat

Few childhoods seem complete without close, valuable, interactions with animals. Whether it’s a doggy stopping by the playground or the kitty featured in a favorite picture book, kids go bananas over pets. But while the family cat, dog, turtle, or hamster can easily become the best possible friend to a young child, kids and pets need constant supervision, ongoing education, and lots of training.

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