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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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.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.
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…
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…