Posts in Category: Training & Behavior
For many pet owners, the very notion of their dog losing his or her eyesight can be alarming, if not downright heartbreaking. The thought of those once doleful and loving eyes not being able to see your smile or fetch their favorite toy can feel like a death knell to many pet parents; but that’s simply not true.
Dogs are incredibly resilient creatures and, like humans, they are able to adeptly adjust to shifts in their sensory awareness. While it is true that, in some instances, you may have to become your dog’s seeing eye human, your pup can learn to find their way in the world with aplomb – and a little patience and planning on your part.
Whether your dog’s blindness has come on gradually as a result of age or illness, or is the result of a sudden injury or acute condition, living with a blind dog can be just as sweet (if not more so) as it was when they could see the world around them.Continue…
There’s a prevailing misconception that indoor cats have it made. Sure, we’d all love to sleep as much as possible, lounge about, and enjoy meals that magically appear before us, but after a while that would probably get a little old. Although they seem “lazy”, invite any house cat to engage in a little play time and you’ll likely get bombarded with feline enthusiasm.
Why is there a disconnect when it comes to entertaining an indoor cat? With our tips, you and your furry friend won’t have to wonder anymore.Continue…
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.Continue…
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!
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.Continue…
There’s no question that dogs need to be walked. Not only do walks provide our canine companions with the exercise they need to stay healthy, it also serves as their main form of mental stimulation and socialization. Dogs that are walked daily tend to be happier and have a stronger bond with their owners.
It’s easy for the daily dog walk to become routine, but a little creativity is all that’s needed to change that. Check out our tips for making your trip around the neighborhood with Fido more interesting and exciting for both of you. Continue…
It’s easy to assume that when we leave the house, our pets simply sleep, groom, eat, and wander around. In other words, they carry on with their day-to-day lives as though we were right there with them, right? Well, some pets have a hard time making the leap from being fine with their owners to being just as fine without them. With the back to school season looming, pet anxiety or can really come at you from left field.
Know the Signs
While every pet is unique, there are certain warning signs that precede the diagnosis of pet anxiety:
- Urinating and/or defecating inside the house (sometimes followed by coprophagia, or eating their own waste)
- Escape attempts
- Clawing at or chewing on woodwork
- Constant vocalization
- Endless pacing by the door
Have you ever had doubts or questions pop into your head about your pet’s health or behavior, only to have them vanish when you need them the most? We’re talking about the moment during a preventive pet wellness exam that could be educational and beneficial to your role as a pet owner. With our tips, you won’t have to struggle to recall an episode from months ago – and you’ll leave with the fullest understanding of your pet’s health.
Write it Down
We recommend keeping a notebook or journal to keep track of your pet’s diet, behavior patterns, exercise routines, and any other changes to normal life. Jotting down your observations over time will help communicate any questions or concerns you might have during your pet’s exam.
Gone are the days when veterinary care only treated illnesses and disease after they developed. Modern approaches now recognize the importance of pet wellness care and preventive medicine.
This change has encouraged greater quality of life and has increased longevity among our fur friends. However, pet wellness care goes far beyond what you might view as a simple physical exam.
The Benefits of Pet Wellness
When you think of pet wellness care, what comes to mind? Vaccinations? Flea and tick control? While these are important, there are also many more services that fall within the range of pet wellness. Continue…