Travel Anxiety in Pets

Anxiety caused by a certain event is called situational anxiety, and some dogs and cats can have mild to severe anxiety when faced with a long trip in the car. We avoid these situations when we can, but sometimes, as with a move or an extended vacation—we need to get our animals there. Training/desensitizing by taking the pet on multiple short trips to show them nothing bad will happen works often, but sometimes we don’t anticipate that situation long enough before it arrives, or, in rare cases, the short trips prove to have little effect on the anxiety. In such cases, we can resort to having a veterinarian examine our pets for any underlying issues, and then prescribe appropriate medications that range from treating mild to severe anxiety. Continue…

Why Do Pets Escape?

Have you ever wondered why pets escape? Lets face it, time and time again Fido jumps the fence and you have tried every enforcement to “block” him from digging, jumping and escaping. Dogs jump the fence for a number of reasons, so lets break them down and give some tips on how to help.

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Cat Communication

Did You know?

cat meowingA cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for humans.

A cat’s meow can mean a lot of things, but mostly cat’s meow to communicate with humans more so than other cats. Cat communication is a subtle language. Cat’s mainly communicate with each other with scent and body language. There are 19 different types of meow which differ in pitch, rhythm, volume, pitch and the situation. Meows are usually used to communicate a cat’s wants or needs to their person (i.e. hungry, seeking attention, asking for help).

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Fireworks: Terrifying for Pets

Fireworks: Awesome for Humans, Terrifying for Pets

Tips for keeping your dogs, cats and other pets safe and happy during summer celebrations. Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, and possibly hazardous. On the Fourth of July, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sites and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday. Continue…

Fear of Loud Noises

Help make sounds less scary to your dog

Dogs can develop anxiety or fear associated with sound even if they have no prior traumatic experience associated with loud noise or sound. Many fear related problems can be resolved, but if left untreated your dogs fearful behavior will probably get worse.

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