How To Stop Your Dog From Barking

Posted by Morgan Tamez on Aug 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It is only natural for dogs to make some noise from time to time. After all, barking is an essential part of how a dog communicates with the world, its owner, as well as other dogs. While no one can expect a dog to be quiet all the time, some dogs can develop bad barking habits that can become a hassle for everyone involved. If your dog has become accustomed to nuisance barking, not all hope is lost! Just like the human habits of biting fingernails and staying up late, a dog’s habits can be broken with time and dedication. With this in mind, how exactly should you go about stopping a dog from barking?

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Topics: Dogs

Why Spay or Neuter Your Dog or Cat? Here’s 5 Important Reasons

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Jul 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

So you’ve got that new puppy or kitten and you’ve been agonizing over getting him or her “fixed” and when. Perhaps your breeder has told you one thing and your next door neighbor has told you another. It’s also possible you adopted a pet from a shelter or rescue (for which we’d like to say thank you!) and the decision to spay/neuter was already made for you but you’re interested in this topic all the same.

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Topics: Cats, Dogs, Pet Health

Star-Spangled Pet Safety

Posted by Morgan Tamez on Jul 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The best day of summer is most definitely the 4th of July. You can share a barbecued hot dog or hamburger with friends and family, go for a swim, and even play with colorful sparklers. Of course, a party would not be complete without your furry partner. One could imagine that dogs love the 4th of July as much as people because of all the delicious food they sneak from unsuspecting hands and the endless amounts playtime they get with their favorite people. While your dog may enjoy some aspects of this national cookout, this holiday does not always result in fun and games for them. Unfortunately, more dogs run away on the 4th of July than any other holiday. This does not even include the common injuries dogs face during a cookout. Whether or not you plan to hold a celebration, it is critical to take necessary precautions on 4th of July weekend so another precious dog is not taken from their family or unintentionally hurt by the summer fun.

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Topics: Pet Care

Outdoor Pet Safety

Posted by Morgan Tamez on Jun 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

As much as we like to think of our pets as one of us, at the end of the day they are all animals. That is to say, they love to be outdoors and play in their natural habitat. The outdoors is a great place for your furry friend to play, exercise, and explore new things the world has to offer. Of course, this does not mean that the world beyond the fence of your house is one-hundred percent safe for your dog or cat. Whether your pet is in the backyard or wandering around the neighborhood, it is good to be mindful of the potential hazards that your pet may face on their many adventures and understand what you can do a a pet parent to prevent these dangers from harming your little one.

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Topics: Pet Care, Cats, Dogs

Pet Poison Prevention

Posted by Morgan Tamez on Jun 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Living with a pet can be one of the best experiences a person can have. Of course, having a dog or a cat live with you isn’t all just fun and games. A pet that lives its life surrounded by human things is bound to get their paws into trouble one way or another. The problem that arises, however, is that their curiosity can become fatal in a matter of seconds. For this reason, the month of March is recognized as Pet Poison Prevention Awareness, which works to remind pet owners of the dangers their home poses to their furry friends. The first step to making your house safer for your pets is to educate yourself in regards to what is harmful to them.

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Topics: Pet Care, Cats, Dogs

Dog Scooting 101: 5 Causes and How to Help Your Pup

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on May 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It’s that scenario many of us are familiar with. It might be at home (typically when friends or family are visiting), maybe it’s on a walk through the neighborhood, or at the dog park. Your pup starts to drag her bottom on the ground. Everyone stops and stares. Some chuckle.

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Topics: Dogs, Pet Health

5 Highly Successful Health Tips for Basic Pet Care

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Apr 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

We love our pets. And there’s nothing better than seeing our pups and kitties happy, healthy, and being themselves. But keeping them fed properly, frollicking, and free from illness isn’t always easy, and takes some know-how. In this article, we’re going to cover 5 big categories in preventative health that are important to be thinking about on a daily basis for your pet.

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Topics: Cats, Dogs, Pet Health

Is Dog Urine Killing Grass On Your Lawn? Why and How to Prevent It

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Mar 18, 2019 8:16:49 AM

There’s nothing that supports a homeowner’s pride more than a well-kept lawn. And there’s nothing that invites a neighbor’s or landlord’s ire more than the patchy, yellow, dead grass pattern of urine spots.There’s nothing that supports a homeowner’s pride more than a well-kept lawn. And there’s nothing that invites a neighbor’s or landlord’s ire more than the patchy, yellow, dead grass pattern of urine spots.

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Topics: Pet Care, Dogs, Pet Health

The Gassy Dog: How to Reduce Those Foul Emissions

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Feb 4, 2019 12:18:05 PM

Dog flatulence is a funny topic. We are, after all, talking about farts, which smell funny and sound funny. But if you’ve ever had to address that elephant in the room that is your gas-prone pup, especially during the holidays when guests and family are visiting, the humor is harder to appreciate. The stress that your gassy dog can have on your relationship together is no laughing matter.

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Topics: Dogs, Pet Supplements and Vitamins, Pet Health

Veterans Day for Pets

Posted by Morgan Tamez on Nov 9, 2018 3:07:58 PM

Veteran’s Day is a day for people to commemorate all the strong soldiers who fought for our country. While there are fearless men and women who serve us, did you know that there are also fearless dogs that accompany them? These hounds are formally called military working dogs, or MWDs for short. These dogs hold a number of duties and even titles that are higher than some officers. To honor such dogs, learn a bit about what it takes for a dog to become an MWD and what is in store for them once they retire.

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Topics: Pet Care, Dogs

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