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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 The internet can be a wonderful source of information, but it can also be dangerous if the websites you find are outdated or inaccurate.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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Ten Things Cats Hate

All cat owners know their feline friends are…particular. While it’s not possible to cater to your cat’s every whim, working to create an environment where they feel happy and comfortable benefits everyone in the household. Not only do happy cats have less behavior problems (aggression, hiding, or eliminating outside the litter box) they make better companions overall. 

At Town & Country Animal Hospital we know cats. Although every pet is an individual, we feel confident that our list of the top ten things cats hate will hit the mark for the majority of our feline friends.

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All You Need is Love, Right? Top 7 Mistakes Made by New Dog Owners

Everyone loves a sweet puppy or adorable furry-faced dog; but when you get down to it, there is more to dog care than appreciating their loveable nature. 

Much more. 

New dog owners sometimes go into the adoption only seeing all of the joy, wonder, and unconditional love offered by a pet, but forget that owning a well-behaved dog means more than just loving dogs. 

The team at Town and Country Animal Hospital is here to explain some of the mistakes new owners make, so that you can avoid them. Let’s begin!

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Should I Adopt a Pet With My Significant Other?

Pet adoption is a huge life choice with far-reaching implications. If you’re used to a lot of freedom and financial flexibility, it is time to get ready for a few, rather large, shifts. Pets require a great deal of time, attention, and money, but the rewards are nothing short of amazing!

It’s one thing when you sign up to provide lifelong care to an adorable, playful, companionable pet. But when you adopt a pet with someone you’re dating there are some important considerations to review beforehand.

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Finicky Felines and Picky Pups: When Your Pet Won’t Eat

Most pets have favorite foods and treats, as well as preferences in ingredients that they gravitate to whenever available to them. In general, though, your furry one should have a good appetite unless they are ill or dealing with an emotional stressor. There are times when a pet just won’t eat their food, and this is distressing for many pet parents.

Since this is a common concern among our readers and clients, the team at Town and Country Animal Hospital is here to address the causes of pet inappetence and what you can do to help.

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Heat Exhaustion in Pets Is Nothing to Sneeze At

As is the case with most catastrophes, heat exhaustion in pets sneaks up on owners. By the time symptoms are noticeable, the situation can be barreling toward perilous at a frighteningly fast pace. 

The good news is that heat exhaustion in pets is entirely preventable! Minimizing your pet’s exposure to the heat is the best place to start, but there are additional strategies to keep them safe, comfortable, and healthy this summer.

The Wrong Kind of Hyper

Pets pant and sweat through their paw pads, but they aren’t able to effectively regulate their body temperature like we do. Hyperthermia occurs when excessive heat overtakes a pet’s inadequate cooling system, and can range from mild (heat exhaustion) to severe (heat stroke). 

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Sign of the Times: Puppy Socialization During Social Distancing

Pet adoptions have skyrocketed since the pandemic, owing to long stretches of time at home isolated from others. This is great news for shelters across the country, and the positive impact on pets and their people alike has been incredible. 

While there’s much more close time together at home, puppies may have a harder time experiencing what life is really like on the outside. Puppy socialization during social distancing may have its own set of challenges, but with a little creative strategizing you can safely introduce your new puppy to the world.

Why We Socialize Puppies

Socialization is an essential part of pet ownership. By calmly introducing them to the sights, sounds, smell and sensations of the world, owners are all but guaranteeing their dog will be confident, trusting, and open to new experiences

Without proper, timely, or effective socialization, puppies grow into adult dogs that lack the necessary understanding of human society. Furthermore, intense behavioral problems, such as separation anxiety, are attached to incomplete socialization.

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