Have you been shopping for pet toys recently? Just walking into a pet store or taking a look on-line can be overwhelming! We all want to pick safe and entertaining toys for our pets. Of course, spending all that money on a toy that sits ignored or is shredded within minutes can be frustrating, too. Help is on the way. Read on…. Continue reading “Pet Toys! How to Chose a New Favorite.”
Pets benefit from physical therapy in many of the same ways as people. Injuries, arthritis, and surgical recovery are treated with physical therapy in in people. Now pet physical therapy aims to reduce pain, speed healing after surgery, improve flexibility, build muscle, and fight obesity. Special facilities offer underwater and regular treadmills, swimming exercises in pools, massage therapy, strength exercises, laser therapy, acupuncture, and balance training. Continue reading “Pet Physical Therapy”
Have you ever wondered why your dog is looking at you that way? The head tilt to the side, or the wagging of the tail when you look at them. How do they know to come over to us and rest their head on our lap when we are sad? How do they know to drop their ball at our feet to play? Can dogs recognize human expressions? Scientists have often pondered these questions and have recently performed some very interesting studies. Spoiler alert. Your dog knows when you are smiling.
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The loss of a beloved pet is devastating. It can take a long time to adjust. Unfortunately, many of us have experienced the grief from pet loss at some point in our lives.We cry. Either we want to be left alone or we seek out friends or family, or our other pets. We lose our appetites. Seeing once shared places and activities cause saddened emotional responses. We are not alone in our grief. In multiple pet households, the loss of one pet also affects the lives of those pets left behind. Continue reading to learn how your pets grieve and what you can do to help them through. Continue reading “Pet Loss. You Are Not Alone In Your Grief”
New wearable tech devices can now allow your pet to be just as healthy as you. You can now track your pet’s daily adventures with activity monitors, GPS devices, and wearable cameras. Your veterinarian can also collect data with these wearable tech devices to improve your pet’s health care. Continue reading “Wearable Tech Devices for Pets”
Dog’s paw pads are tough. Most people know that a dog’s paw pads can get injured by walking on sharp objects, but did you know that they can also become burned from walking on hot pavement? Pavement, tennis courts and any other surface that heats up can cause burns. Know how to protect your dog’s paw pads this summer.
Did you know your dog has the ability to intentionally deceive you? Dog tricks enable our friends to get what they want, from other dogs and from their humans. That sly look may not be as innocent as scientists once thought! Doggie deceptive behaviors enable our canine friends to abscond with treats or get the best sleeping spots. Our clever canines know how to read us. They figure out if we are competitors or accomplices. If we are competitors, our dogs can use deception to lead us astray. If we are accomplices, they certainly know how to enlist our help. Our devious dogs know the art of tactical misdirection. Continue reading “Dog Tricks and Tricky Dogs!”
Fear of thunderstorms and fireworks is common in dogs. Pet owners spend countless hours trying to calm their frenzied friend at home. They also worry about their pets at home alone during a storm or fireworks event. A variety of behavior modification techniques, tools, supplements, and medications can be used to help calm their pet dog’s fear. Continue reading “Fear of Thunderstorms and Fireworks in Dogs”
Annual veterinary visits and preventative health care help keep your cat healthy. However, many cats become very stressed visiting their veterinarian. They resist getting into the carrier to travel. It is no wonder surveys reveal that many feline pet owners do not bring their cats to the veterinarian for yearly check ups. We have some tips on how to have stress free veterinary visits for your cat.
Guess what. Dog vocabulary lessons are for real. Your dog has an incredible human vocabulary. Not only that, if you say words like “good dog” in a neutral tone of voice, they still get you. Dogs can also understand tone of voice and how it relates to words. If you say “good dog” in that happy excited voice, it gives even a bigger effect. Of course, if you say “Let’s go to the vet” in an excited tone, your dog will likely not be fooled. They understand the learned words. Dogs have an incredible understanding of what you say and how you say it. Read on to learn what we now know about dog vocabulary and language skills.