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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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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A Look at Disease Prevention and Indoor Cat Care

Most cat owners do a wonderful job at meeting the needs of their pet, and they go to great lengths to ensure their feline’s comfort and security. However, some owners of indoor-only cats believe their companions are protected from contagious diseases and parasites simply by virtue of keeping them inside.

Unfortunately, no pet is entirely safe from these threats, but with a proactive approach to indoor cat care, you can definitely lower your pet’s risk of contracting a harmful disease.

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Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

At Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center, we proudly deliver what we call The 5 Pillars to our animal patients and their owners. Fundamental to our practice, The 5 Pillars value lifelong wellness care, a high level of comfort, supportive companionship, compassion, and  providing everything a pet might need under one roof (diagnostics, grooming, medication, etc.).

The 5 Pillars also provide direction for our pet care blogs. Whether you have a new pet or are a seasoned pet owner, we strive to educate and inform our growing community of readers. And we can all agree that things are easier with a little guidance from time to time!

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Tis’ the Season to Beware of Dangerous Holiday Decorations for Pets

Keep your pet safe by knowing about Dangerous Holiday Decorations for Pets

It’s the time of year again! For many of us, twinkling lights, cheery music, festive treats, and lots of time spent with family and friends defines the holiday season. While our pets may not understand or share our love for the holidays, the new baubles and trinkets that adorn our homes will certainly spark their interest.

Unfortunately, dangerous holiday decorations can pose a serious risk to our furry loved ones. As you haul out your boxes and bins this month, keep the following tips in mind to create a pet-friendly environment the whole family can enjoy.

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5 Ideas To Spice Up The Daily Dog Walk

Making your daily dog walk more fun will increase your odds of getting proper pet exerciseThere’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…

The Real Deal With Back to School? Pet Anxiety.

Pet anxiety can cause your dog to chew on shoesIt’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
  • Digging
  • Destruction
  • Endless pacing by the door

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