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Posts in Category: For The Dogs

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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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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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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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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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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Giving Back: Volunteering With Your Pet During the Holidays

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.

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Kids and Pets 101: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Kids and pets are BFFs

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.

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Is it Safe to Run with Your Dog? It Can Be!

Running with your dog is a great form of pet exerciseAs 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…

What You Need To Know Before Traveling With Pets

Traveling with pets can be fun and make your trip unforgettable.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…