Posts in Category: Puppies & Kittens
Have you ever met a puppy you didn’t like? No one has! Puppies are the best movers and shakers when it comes to winning our hearts. A spontaneous adoption can definitely work out well. But if a dog owner isn’t fully prepared to handle the needs of a dog, the outcome may not be positive. That’s why we always recommend considering your lifestyle and the needs of your household before adopting to make sure you find the right dog.Continue…
Like humans, cats’ teeth need to be taken care of on a daily basis to reduce tartar and plaque buildup. In fact, the majority of cats have some form of dental disease by the time they reach the age of three. Dental disease can cause pain, tooth loss, infection, and can even shorten your cat’s lifespan if bacteria from an oral infection enters the bloodstream.
The absolute best way to protect your pet’s oral health is by brushing their teeth daily or at least three times per week. Brushing a cat’s teeth probably sounds like an impossible task, but with the right approach (along with a healthy dose of patience and persistence) most cats can learn to accept and even enjoy toothbrushing.Continue…
One of the best ways puppies learn the ropes is by modeling the behaviors of their parents and older dogs.
This mock-fighting and roughhousing teaches them several things that can be useful later in life. This instinct for an adult dog to play-fight with puppies in an old one, deeply embedded in their DNA from the days of when they were wild.
Unfortunately, sometimes this form of play can become dangerous for a puppy when it is too aggressive. Your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital have a few tips for a safer way for puppies and dogs to play together. Let’s begin!Continue…
Taut whiskers. Pinned-back ears. Thrashing tail. Dilated pupils. Any of these signs of feline aggression are powerful warnings, but when combined with a fierce growl or hiss, an attack is imminent.
There are no questions about a cat’s ability to defend themselves, but when they act out of character around their loved ones, it can be extremely worrisome. What’s behind feline aggression, and how should owners respond to it?
Big and Bad
Cats are experts at efficiently communicating using specific elements of body language. A close look at tail positioning can reveal their mental state. For instance, when they are scared or feel threatened, they will hold their tail close to the ground. Whipping it side to side may also be seen.Continue…
If your lawn or garden is regularly being sacrificed to your dog or puppy’s paws, you may be throwing your hands up in frustration.
Aside from the holes in the ground and a subsequent lack of foliage, dog or puppy digging is one of the more difficult behaviors to fix. A thorough understanding of why dogs dig is in order before trying to break the habit.
Keep reading as your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital elaborate on this common dog behavioral problem.Continue…
Okay, sure those sad eyes, furrowed brows, and the unrelenting attention may be a little endearing, but Blue Valley Animal Hospital maintains that begging in dogs is not a desirable behavior.
From those doe-like eyes earning a compromise in good nutrition and extra calories to the drool on your rug, there are many reasons to discourage it.
We have your back when it comes to discouraging begging behavior in dogs.
Nipping Begging in the Bud
As with many things, begging in dogs is best stopped before it starts.
Begging is a natural canine behavior, and while it may indicate that your dog’s diet is lacking, it is just as likely to be a ploy for attention from the person your pet loves most (psst, that’s you).