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How to Stop Your Dog from Digging

Dogs digging at the beach.

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they still have times that drive their humans crazy. Sometimes rambunctious canines dig in the lawn, in your garden, and even in the couch cushions! Digging is as much of an instinctual behavior for dogs as barking and sniffing. Unfortunately for owners, digging holes is irritating at best and can even be dangerous for the dog.

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Improve Pet Safety at Home During the Christmas Season

Dog enjoying a safe holiday.

The Christmas season is a busy time of year when your home might look a little different. With bright lights, decorations, holiday treats, and house guests, your household may hold more potential dangers to your pet during the winter season. Since your pets rely on you to keep them safe, it’s important to take extra precautions to prevent a pet emergency. The team at Town and Country Animal Hospital has put together this list of ways to improve the safety of your home for your pets this Christmas season. 

Be Mindful of the Decorations You Choose 

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Help! My Dog Chews Everything!

dog with someone's shoe.

There are so many wonderful canine behavioral traits that make the less desirable ones easier to tolerate. We’re talking about those long soulful gazes into your eyes, the ability to catch a Frisbee in midair, and the precise way they anticipate events, like meals or getting to ride in the car. Are these characteristics positive enough to overshadow any discipline issues? Of course they are! But that doesn’t mean you should live with a destructive dog. If your dog chews on anything they can get their jaws around, it’s time to redirect their energy. 

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Tips on Treating and Preventing Pancreatitis in Cats

pet cat sitting by window.

Your cat’s pancreas is a busy little organ. It produces valuable digestive enzymes and critical hormones like insulin. Unfortunately, it can become inflamed, which results in a condition known as cat pancreatitis. This inflammation can be sudden (acute) or ongoing (chronic). 

Acute pancreatitis comes on abruptly, but with rapid, often aggressive, treatment, acute pancreatitis can be reversed and results in little-to-no permanent damage to a cat’s pancreas.

Cats with chronic pancreatitis, on the other hand, will experience ongoing inflammation and, most likely, irreversible damage. 

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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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