It can be funny to see dogs chase their tails. Short episodes of infrequent tail chasing can be seen when dogs are very excited or happy. It can be a way of releasing some of that excited energy. Some dogs may chase their tail if they have a tail injury or in attempts to groom […]
Creative Exercise Routines for Your Dog and Cat
If you’re trying to provide exercise for your pet, it’s great to get creative. Varying your pet’s exercise routine helps develop new brain pathways, prevents boredom that can result in unwanted behaviors, and offers options for pets with physical limitations, like seniors. Here are some exercises you can try with your pet. Exercise Routines for […]
True or Lie – Indoor Cats are never Exposed to the Outdoors.
This is a lie. Indoor cats are exposed to the outside all the time. Think about every open door or window. Think about how many times you may have found a bug or lizard (Florida) in your home. That’s the outside coming indoors. Mosquito’s carry heart worms and cats can easily be exposed. All it […]
Risky Prescription Purchases – Not Worth It!
The Risk of Purchasing Medication Online and Without a Prescription. There has been a trend noted of pet’s not getting proper refills of medications. When owners are surveyed, they report that their pets are on preventatives. However, when compared to medical records, no refills were approved, authorized or prescribed. THIS IS A BIG CONCERN. Prescription […]
Reading Recommendations for Training (Dogs & Cats).
Dr. Sophia Yin’s 2 books – “How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves” and “Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right”. Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., Brenda Scidmore – “The Puppy Primer” American College of Veterinary Behavorist and Karen White – “Decoding Your Dog” Gwen Bailey – “The Perfect Puppy” David […]
The Truth About Pet Birth Defects | Daily Treat Feature by Dr. Hodge
Dr. Hodge was recently featured on Rover.com as a guest blogger discussing the importance of Pet Birth Defects Awareness. What causes pet birth defects? Most of the causes are unknown. Abnormalities to the mother’s metabolism, trauma or extreme body temperature variations can cause birth defects. Infections and exposure to chemicals or drugs can also cause. […]
Hurricane Season is Here!
Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today. If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include: Create a buddy system in case you’re not home. Ask a trusted neighbor to […]
Canine Influenza Virus Notice
Chief Veterinary Officer American Kennel Club This notice is being sent out to provide up-to-date and accurate information about the Canine Influenza Virus to help prevent the spread of the virus to healthy (unexposed) dogs. The information provided is not intended to alarm dog owners and handlers. There are recently confirmed cases of the Canine […]
What’s There to Howl About?
Howling….why do dogs do it? We know that howling is a non-specific behavior. It can occur when a dog is stressed or distressed, territorial, in a situation where there is no way out, or in response to some other stimuli, such as noise, like a siren. Wolf-like breeds (Huskies, Malamutes, etc) are more like their […]
Why do dogs (and some cats) eat grass??
There are many reasons why a dog (or cat) may eat grass. However, most veterinarians’ consensus is that pets will eat grass as a way to reduce, eliminate or relieve GI upset, nausea, parasites or possibly infection. Many pets will eat grass and then vomit. It’s the purging act that the pet seeks. Generally, the […]