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How to Teach Your Cat Tricks

owner teaching pet cat tricks

Cats have a reputation for being independent, aloof, and flat-out disapproving, so it might surprise you to learn that you can teach your favorite feline a few simple tricks! 

Cat Training Benefits

At Town & Country Animal Hospital, we know how valuable the bond is between humans and pets. Working closely with your cat on a handful of commands can be an enriching, mutually rewarding experience

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World’s Smartest Dog Breeds

Dog walking with owner.

For humans, intelligence and smarts can come in many different forms. It is no different when it comes to dog breeds! “Smart” can mean many things depending on the dog themselves. Different dog breeds come with different traits, and each pet is unique in their intelligence and ability. Some dog breeds are more motivated by their desire to please their humans, for example, while other breeds have natural instincts that allow them to be better at performing jobs and tasks. 

While all dog breeds have their quirks, any dog can be trained with some nurturing and patience from their pet parents. The key is to understand your dog’s breed well, and to recognize their specific abilities and traits. The more time and patience you spend with your dog during training exercises, the more you will understand their instincts, character, and nature. 

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How to Prevent Car Sickness in Your Pet

Dog in car.

Many animals are able to enjoy a car ride without experiencing the sensation known as motion sickness. However, this is not the case for all animals, and traveling by car may be a necessary part of a pet’s life. So what can pet owners do to help prevent their beloved animal companion from feeling car sick? 

Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to help protect your pet from motion sickness and the fear often associated with car rides. The team at Town & Country Animal Hospital has put together some tips to prevent car sickness in your pet and promote car ride safety: 

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How to Stop an Excited Pet from Peeing on the Floor

Athens, AL dog sitting after peeing on floor.

You’re making your way in the front door and your dog excitedly runs up to greet you… but then they squat and pee with excitement. Peeing while excited is a behavior that your dog may do to show submission or other feelings they are trying to convey.  

This behavior is more common in puppies, and luckily most dogs will outgrow this phase of submissive peeing on their own. But some dogs still urinate inappropriately in their adult years. 

You can train your dog to stop this inconvenient behavior with lots of patience, practice, love and understanding. The team at Town & Country Animal Hospital has put together some tips on how to stop an excited pet from peeing on the floor: 

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The Itchiest Issue: Skin Problems in Pets

Dog with skin problem scratching her chin.

It is hard to watch your best furry friend chronically scratch and bite at the skin. Skin problems in pets, though, are a common occurrence often caused by untreated allergies. Other diseases contribute to skin issues in dogs and cats, as well as dehydration and diet. 

To uncover the conditions that cause skin problems, your friends at Town and Country Animal Hospital are here to help.

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Leashes and Leads: Dog Leash Safety

A dog on a leash looks up at his owner.

Walking your pets can be a rewarding experience for both you and your furry family members. Exercise, fresh air, and spending quality time together are just some of the benefits of leashed walking with your pet. The team at Town & Country Animal Hospital have put together some pet leash safety tips to keep your companions safe and your walks enjoyable. 

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It’s A CATastrophe, DOGgonit! Working From Home With Pets

A cat looks at its reflection in a computer screen.

If you are a pet owner who has started working from home, you have probably experienced a cat butt interrupting an important business Zoom meeting, or a dog who loves to start barking as soon as you log onto a call. 

Is there a way you can successfully cohabitate and co-work with your furry friends without losing your sanity? Of course there is! Use these tips from Town and Country Animal Hospital to learn how to navigate working from home with pets:

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Calling Dr. Google: The Dangers of Online Veterinary Advice

A dog sits on a woman's lap as she looks on her phone.

When something seems “off” with your pet, it can be tempting to jump online and Google their symptoms rather than making an appointment with your veterinarian. The internet can be a wonderful source of information, but it can also be dangerous if the websites you find are outdated or inaccurate.

Dr. Google has its place in your pet care arsenal, but only if you understand how to find credible online veterinary advice. The team at Town & Country Animal Hospital is here to help!

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Ew, Don’t! Just Don’t! 8 Things Your Dog Hates

We’d like to consider our canine companions one of the most laid back friends we know. After all, they tolerate our baby talk, pretty much are down for whatever (as long as it is with us), and love ample quality time on the couch. Still, there are distinct preferences among your pals that include ones most dogs despise. 

Are you wondering what it is you do that your dog dislikes? Look no further. The team at Town and Country Animal Hospital is here to give you the rundown on 8 things your dog hates.

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Seasonal Adjustments: Keeping Winter Pet Safety Top of Mind

When Old Man Winter comes to town he can bring varied temperatures, rain, sleet, and bitter cold. Pets, too, are exposed to different hazards during winter than at other times of year. To keep your pet protected through the cold months, your friends at Town and Country Animal Hospital are here to give you the scoop on winter pet safety.

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