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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Testing Out Pet DNA Testing: Pros and Cons 

If you’ve been at the dog park recently and heard, “What kind of dog is that?” you may be looking at your dog of mixed breed in a new light. And your cat may have a unique look that makes it fun to speculate just what breeds might make up her family tree. 

If you find yourself speculating and wanting to know exactly what breed your dog or cat really is, there’s a sure fire way to find out. The answers lie in your pet’s genes. 

Pet DNA testing is gaining in popularity, but it’s not just a fun way to learn about your pet’s heritage. Knowing your pet’s breed can also help you tailor her training to her breed tendencies. It can also allow you to be on the watch for breed specific diseases that might crop up. 

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My Cat Loves Cheese! Get The Facts About Cats and Cheese 

The image of a furry feline lapping up a bowl of milk is a common and widely accepted one. Some of us may even have grown up with Garfield going wild over a pan of lasagna. But can cats eat cheese? More specifically, should you be feeding them cheese?

Many cats love cheese, and it’s no surprise. The high protein and fat content as well as the delicious taste of cheese means your kitty will likely gobble it up. But as we learn more about the digestion of our feline friends, it has become clear that they are not designed to eat dairy, no matter how much they may seem to enjoy it. 

Keep reading as Blue Valley Animal Hospital explores cats and cheese, and the facts about feline health. 

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Our Favorite Things: Blue Valley Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Blogs of 2019

Winter safety for pets helps keep pets warm during winter

The holidays bring so many of our favorite things, topped by spending time with family and friends. And although we love the joys and celebrations the holidays bring, we can now take a collective breath and pause to reflect back as 2019 winds down. 

Reflection offers us a chance to remember the wonderful times we shared with our pets this past year, and maybe he challenges, too. That’s where Blue Valley Animal Hospital comes in, to offer you ways to keep your pet healthy and happy for a lifetime. 

One way we can offer this is through our pet blog. This is where we share our favorite relevant, interesting, and fun information about pet health and wellness. We hope you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage as we share our top 5 blogs of 2019.

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A Few Compromises: Celebrating Christmas With Your Cat

Cat owners know that our feline friends like this season of shiny, bright dangly things a little too much. Most of us have to make certain compromises to keep their favorite feline safe and healthy, but foregoing the whole month of December? Not necessary. 

The truth is, your cat can have their tuna-flavored cake and eat it, too. Ready to celebrate Christmas with your cat?

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Identifying and Treating Glaucoma in Dogs

Glaucoma, a condition affecting the eye, is common among dogs. Although it mainly occurs in older pets, this disease can actually impact animals well under age 3. Without diagnosis and treatment, glaucoma can lead to decreased vision and even blindness. 

Vision health is paramount to quality of life. The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital want to educate our pet families on the signs of glaucoma in dogs. After all, vision health is paramount to quality of life!

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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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