From Frisky to Foul: A Look at Feline Aggression (and How to Deal With It)

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.

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How Your Dog Could Benefit from Doggie Daycare

It wasn’t too many years ago that most pet owners would laugh or roll their eyes at the idea of doggy daycare. Today, though, pet owners of all stripes are discovering the benefits of doggie daycare. 

Whether you’re looking to give your dog an afternoon away from home while you deep clean and run errands, or are looking for sustainable socialization and enrichment for your pet, doggie daycare has a lot to offer and can provide tremendous benefits for your four-legged friend

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You Dig? What To Do About Your Dog Or Puppy Digging 

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. 

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We Beg to Differ: Begging in Dogs Isn’t Cute 

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).

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Pet Aggression: Is Your Dog Bad or Just Misunderstood?

All pets are capable of acting in an aggressive manner. Growling, snapping, and raising the hackles are all a normal part of communication in the animal world. When that aggression is directed at humans or other furry family members, it can make you question your pet’s place in the home.

Pet aggression often has an underlying cause. Taking some time to understand why your pet may be acting differently can help to prevent problems and keep you and your animals safe and happy. Blue Valley Animal Hospital is all for keeping pets and people living in harmony, and understanding pet aggression is an important part of that. 

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How Long is too Long to Leave a Pet Home Alone?

A golden lab stares out the window

Having a pet means fulfilling all of their needs –  a huge responsibility! Besides providing food and shelter, there’s grooming, training, along with trips to the veterinarian for wellness exams, vaccines, and parasite protection. Not to mention dealing with the occasional pet illness or injury.

And there’s a pet’s mental and emotional well being to consider. You are your pet’s world, and just knowing that you’re nearby comforts and calms them. But of course, it usually isn’t possible to have our pets by our sides at all times. This begs the question, how long is too long to leave a pet home alone?

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Fireworks, Parties, and Thunderstorms: Understanding Pet Noise Anxiety

Summer can be a wonderful time to slow down, gather with family and friends, and enjoy all the festivities the season has to offer. For many pets, however, the warmer months can be the scariest time of year. 

Fireworks, parties, and thunderstorms can trigger pet noise anxiety and fear. Pets may respond by hiding, shaking, or becoming destructive. The urge to escape the noise can put them at risk for becoming lost or injured. 

Pet noise anxiety is a real problem, but luckily there are a few things you can do to help your pet and manage their fears. Blue Valley Animal Hospital focuses on the techniques and tips you can use to help your pet keep calm this summer.

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