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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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What You Always Wanted to Know About Cat Whiskers

When it comes to cats, you could easily say that sleek design meets high function in virtually every way. Whether it’s their hunting prowess or super self defense capabilities, playtime antics to serious snuggle time, cats know what they want and have the power and drive to get it.

Of course, their distinctly developed anatomy has a lot to do with the beautiful, graceful antics we associate with cats. Springy back legs, excellent hearing, and sharp eyesight notwithstanding, cat whiskers are responsible for helping felines communicate, navigate the dark and figure out small spaces.

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Prevent a Pet Poisoning: Limit Pesticides and Rodenticides

Rodents are never far from our houses, garbage bins, and picnic tables. They multiply, cause damage or destruction, and even have the potential to spread disease.

While a quick, easy application of rodenticide may help control their numbers, rodents can live between 12 hours and 2 days before the poison eventually kills them. In that time, they may be hunted and consumed by cats and dogs.

Pet poisoning cases that result from secondary exposure to rodenticides remain a serious threat to overall health and safety. Town & Country Animal Hospital wants to reduce the risks and help protect all pets from harm.

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Scientifically Proven: Pets are Good for You

In our pet-centric culture, it’s not surprising that a variety of businesses allow their employees to bring their four-legged best friends to work. Amazon, Google, Bissell, Nestle Purina, and Ticketmaster are leading the pack when it comes to this trend. They believe it results in lower stress levels, higher productivity, and greater retention. Of course, we’ve known that pets are good for you for a long time, but now, there’s scientific proof!

Relaxing Together

For those of us who have to leave our pets at home during the work day, the good feelings start to flow as soon as we arrive back home. Simply seeing your pet does a lot of good for your heart and soul, and being close with them, feeling their heartbeat, and listening to them breath releases endorphins. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is replaced by oxytocin, the love hormone.

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