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Understanding Anal Glands: A Stinky Proposition 

Whether you realize it or not, if your pet has ever drug his rear end over your carpet, you have probably encountered the anal gland.

A developmental remnant, anal glands in the canine species are not quite as highly evolved as those of the skunk, but they serve a similar purpose:  to relay a message with a smell. Sometimes, however, things go awry and Town & Country Animal Hospital is here to help with whatever may arise. 

Anal Glands Explained

Just inside the rectum of every dog (and cat for that matter) lie two small sacs (one on each side) called anal glands. These sacs hold the secretions of the sebaceous glands in the area. Sebaceous glands are typically associated with hair follicles which create sebum, an oil that lubricates the hair. 

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Feline Colonization: Do Feral Cats Need Help or Are They Self-Sufficient?

Owners of pet cats generally know enough about feral cats to be a little… concerned. They seem to congregate in certain spots, spread disease, share parasites, reproduce with abandon, and fight (among themselves and with anyone that encroaches on their turf). 

Owners of indoor-outdoor cats may feel that neighborhood strays or feral cat colonies threaten the safety and health of their pets. But while feral cats are extremely wary of humans, that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t need our help.

Changing Tide

Previously, cities and towns used to organize and manage animal control programs that simply trapped and euthanized feral cats. However, a more progressive approach to these colonies has gained traction in the last few years. 

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Is It Cancer? Lumps and Bumps on Pets

Lumps and bumps on pets cause serious concern for most pet owners, because they often identify it as cancer. However, most of these masses are actually common and benign. So what causes these anomalies on your pet’s skin?

The team at Town and Country Animal Hospital take a  closer look at skin masses to help you better understand them.

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Feline Weight Loss Tips In Time for the New Year

An indoor cat has fewer opportunities to hunt, prowl, explore, climb and run. Add to their general sedentary lifestyle an overabundance of food, and you have a recipe for weight gain. This imbalance of calories in, but not expended, can lead to inflammation, diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, cancer, and a lower quality of life. 

The prevalence of obesity in indoor cats is growing. With our feline weight loss tips, cat owners can prevent this from happening and work towards reversing problematic patterns.

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Your Pet’s Cold Weather Request? Winter Paw Care, Please!

We share our modern lives with special animals whose ancestors successfully adapted over the course of hundreds – if not thousands – of years. Sure, our pets are now highly accustomed to regular meals, affection, and comfort, but that doesn’t mean they don’t often answer to some of their inherited instincts.

With winter paw care, you can make sure your pet’s impulses get in the way of their comfort.

Tough Toenails?

It’s easy to assume that your pet’s feet have evolved to withstand loads of environmental challenges. And that’s true, to a point. Sure, their paw pads are designed to handle daily action, such as running, walking, playing and hiking. But the seasonal dip in outdoor temperatures means that overworked, unprotected paws can be at risk of serious, painful injuries.

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Sweater Weather: How To Practice Fall Pet Safety

If the autumn season has you thinking about football, crisp days, yummy soups, you’re not alone. Fall is a great time to be outdoors with your pet, too. For dogs, nothing beats a romp in the leaves or a sniff through the hay; and your kitty is probably relishing those midday sunbeams as the days get shorter and the nights longer. 

Keeping your pet healthy in the fall is something we are thinking about at Town & Country Animal Hospital. And with our tips, you and your pet can slow down and enjoy the season, safely.

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The World of Service Dogs

Humans have lived with canine companions for centuries and the relationship continues to be mutually beneficial. From  Roman friezes discovered in the ruins of Pompei depicting dogs leading the blind, to Chinese scrolls showing a dog guiding a man through a busy street, it’s clear that our partnership is steeped in history.

These days, service dogs perform a variety of tasks that make our lives both more rewarding and safer. Town & Country Animal Hospital is proud to shine a spotlight on these special dogs.

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Cat Tails: More Than Meets the Eye

A short-hair, stripped cat with a curled tail, raises a skeptical eye

The feline species comes equipped with some pretty phenomenal capabilities. They can jump up to six times their length, have the largest eyes of any mammal relative to their head size, and have two times as many neurons in the cerebral cortex than dogs. What’s more, they use their whiskers to feel their world around them, and among their 230 bones, the collarbone isn’t connected to other bones, allowing them to squeeze into – and out of – tight spots. 

Cat tails are another aspect of a cat’s incredible anatomy. Their tails help them balance when walking narrow ledges or jumping to high spots, but they are also employed to communicate some of their deepest feelings.

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Making Biscuits: Why Do Cats Knead?

If you have a feline lap warmer, chances are you’ve also experienced the added bonus of a kitty massage known as “kneading”. The term was presumably coined due to its likeness to kneading bread. And even though your cat is not truly making biscuits, the question still remains: why do cats knead? 

Town and Country Animal Hospital loves cats as much as you do, so we were eager to answer this age old question. 

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Dog Nose Slits: What are They and What do They do?

If you’ve ever marveled at your dog’s sense of smell, you’re not alone. Originally developed to help them survive, a dog’s sense of smell has been used by people in search and rescue work, for detecting cancer cells, and for preventing diabetic seizures.

A dog’s amazing sense of smell is helped along by many factors, one of which is the presence of dog nose slits. Dog nose…what? You may have never noticed those tiny slits on the sides of your dog’s nose, or you may have wondered what they are and what they do.

Stay tuned as the team at Town and Country Animal Hospital lets you in on the secret of dog nose slits.

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