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!
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.
Most of us know how important regular tooth brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist is for ourselves and our families. We regularly have our teeth cleaned and enjoy the feeling of a clean mouth. What if we told you it’s no different for our pets?
85% of dogs and cats will have some form of dental disease by the time they reach 3 years of age. Periodontal disease happens when plaque and bacteria form on the teeth, causing inflammation of the gums. Without intervention, the bacteria then work their way under the gum line and destroy the supporting tissues around the tooth, resulting in tooth loss.
You would never dream of letting days, weeks, months, or years go by without brushing your teeth, but for the majority of pets, this is an unfortunate reality. Although the idea of wielding a toothbrush anywhere near your pet’s teeth may be hard to imagine, neglecting your pet’s dental care can be costly to both you and your furry loved one.
Dental disease is a serious issue that can lead to a host of complications, but a commitment to pet tooth brushing can go a long way to keeping your pet healthy. With a little patience, lots of practice, and some help from the team at Town and Country Animal Hospital, you’ll be brushing like a pro in no time!
This time of year, we’re all in “celebration mode.” Starting with Thanksgiving, we spend the entire month of December enjoying festivities, which all culminate on New Year’s Eve. Many of us take this time to pause, take stock of the previous year, and reposition ourselves to meet new goals in the coming months. In short, there’s no better time for reflection.
At Town & Country Animal Hospital, our mission is to provide excellent care to pets in the Athens area community. This includes brainstorming and writing monthly pet care blogs. The goal of these blogs is to supply our growing group of local pet owners with relevant and timely information.Continue…
The winter holidays are typically a time when we think of others and those less fortunate than ourselves. Even in our own holiday hustle and bustle, many of us bake for the neighbors, share holiday meals and festivals, and perhaps even volunteer in our community.
Pet owners know that our animals provide us with unconditional love. And the holidays seem like the perfect time to extend that love to others. Volunteering with your pet during the holidays is a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of others while spending time with your best fur pal. Here, Town and Country Animal Hospital gives you 5 ideas to get your creative juices flowing when you think about volunteering with your pet this holiday season.Continue…
Displaying a love for animals, especially dogs and cats, seems to come naturally to most children. For the most part, having a pet (or interacting with one) can be a fun, positive experience for all involved. However, it’s important to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both kids and pets to build a lifelong foundation of love and respect.
Approaching an Animal
When approaching an unfamiliar dog, make sure your child knows to always ask the owner first before petting. If the owner gives permission, the child should offer their hand, palm up, to be sniffed. If the dog seems accepting, your child may stroke their shoulder or chest.
Cats can seem slightly less predictable than dogs, and their body language isn’t always readily obvious to humans. In general, kids should know to let a cat come to them for affection. A cat who’s hissing, lashing their tail, has ears flattened, or one who walks away should be left alone.
The days are getting shorter, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog wants to hunker down for the rest of the year. Instead, there’s so much more to see, smell, and do outdoors than there was just a few weeks ago. Even though some parasites seem like they’re fading to the background, the scary truth is that ticks always abound. Maintaining monthly parasite prevention medication is a big part of their defense, but there’s more to protecting your pet from these bugs.
Year Round Protocol
Ticks lie in wait in areas of high grass, leaf litter, and dense tree cover. As bloodsucking ectoparasites, ticks pick up bacteria or other pathogens from their hosts. When they feed off another human or animal host, they pass along digestive fluids, anticoagulants, and infectious diseases. Continue…
As a group, dogs are typically ecstatic to leash up and hit the pavement. Sure, many prefer a brisk walk to a full gallop, but a large portion of dogs really, really like to tear it up. If your pup initiates a run, chances are, they’re built for the activity and have the endurance to make it fun. If you’re thinking about taking a run with your dog, there are few things to consider before heading out.
Know Before You Go
Some dog owners learn of a dog’s proclivity for running through sheer chance, while others want to cultivate these skills in their dog. Either way, we encourage you to have your dog examined beforehand. We can help you understand possible challenges your dog might face, as well as how you can support them. For example, dogs with shorter legs or those with flat faces can overexert themselves, leading to injury or illness. Continue…
It wouldn’t be summer without the quintessential summer vacation. Whether you’re zipping off for a quick weekend road trip or have a more leisurely plan in mind, bringing your pet along for the ride can add an element of fun and laughter to your adventure.
As nice as it can be to have your four-legged family members with you, traveling with pets requires a bit of extra planning and preparation. Your friends at Town and Country Animal Hospital are happy to share our tried and true tips for a safe and successful vacation with your pet.
Tips And Tricks For Traveling With Pets
We know that your pet’s safety and comfort is your top priority. Even the most laid-back pets (and pet parents) will feel more relaxed and secure if you’ve crossed your t’s and dotted your i’s ahead of time. Continue…
Does your pet hide in the bathroom when summertime thunderstorms hit? Or, do they try to get under the bed when the 4th of July fireworks start in your neighborhood? As many of us know, sometimes our pets suffer from fears and anxiety. In the summer, we have a few situations that we know are going to trigger these fearful behaviors.
Below, we tackle what possible situations could cause summer pet anxiety, what precautions to take, and if there are any steps to help alleviate anxiety for our pets.
As we mentioned above, the loud booming thunder that we sometimes get with summertime storms can be genuinely frightening for our pets. Here are some tips to help pets during storms. Continue…