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Posts in Category: You & Your Pet

How to Teach Your Cat Tricks

owner teaching pet cat tricks

Cats have a reputation for being independent, aloof, and flat-out disapproving, so it might surprise you to learn that you can teach your favorite feline a few simple tricks! 

Cat Training Benefits

At Town & Country Animal Hospital, we know how valuable the bond is between humans and pets. Working closely with your cat on a handful of commands can be an enriching, mutually rewarding experience

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World’s Smartest Dog Breeds

Dog walking with owner.

For humans, intelligence and smarts can come in many different forms. It is no different when it comes to dog breeds! “Smart” can mean many things depending on the dog themselves. Different dog breeds come with different traits, and each pet is unique in their intelligence and ability. Some dog breeds are more motivated by their desire to please their humans, for example, while other breeds have natural instincts that allow them to be better at performing jobs and tasks. 

While all dog breeds have their quirks, any dog can be trained with some nurturing and patience from their pet parents. The key is to understand your dog’s breed well, and to recognize their specific abilities and traits. The more time and patience you spend with your dog during training exercises, the more you will understand their instincts, character, and nature. 

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How to Prevent Car Sickness in Your Pet

Dog in car.

Many animals are able to enjoy a car ride without experiencing the sensation known as motion sickness. However, this is not the case for all animals, and traveling by car may be a necessary part of a pet’s life. So what can pet owners do to help prevent their beloved animal companion from feeling car sick? 

Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to help protect your pet from motion sickness and the fear often associated with car rides. The team at Town & Country Animal Hospital has put together some tips to prevent car sickness in your pet and promote car ride safety: 

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It’s A CATastrophe, DOGgonit! Working From Home With Pets

A cat looks at its reflection in a computer screen.

If you are a pet owner who has started working from home, you have probably experienced a cat butt interrupting an important business Zoom meeting, or a dog who loves to start barking as soon as you log onto a call. 

Is there a way you can successfully cohabitate and co-work with your furry friends without losing your sanity? Of course there is! Use these tips from Town and Country Animal Hospital to learn how to navigate working from home with pets:

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Calling Dr. Google: The Dangers of Online Veterinary Advice

A dog sits on a woman's lap as she looks on her phone.

When something seems “off” with your pet, it can be tempting to jump online and Google their symptoms rather than making an appointment with your veterinarian. The internet can be a wonderful source of information, but it can also be dangerous if the websites you find are outdated or inaccurate.

Dr. Google has its place in your pet care arsenal, but only if you understand how to find credible online veterinary advice. The team at Town & Country Animal Hospital is here to help!

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Ew, Don’t! Just Don’t! 8 Things Your Dog Hates

We’d like to consider our canine companions one of the most laid back friends we know. After all, they tolerate our baby talk, pretty much are down for whatever (as long as it is with us), and love ample quality time on the couch. Still, there are distinct preferences among your pals that include ones most dogs despise. 

Are you wondering what it is you do that your dog dislikes? Look no further. The team at Town and Country Animal Hospital is here to give you the rundown on 8 things your dog hates.

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All You Need is Love, Right? Top 7 Mistakes Made by New Dog Owners

Everyone loves a sweet puppy or adorable furry-faced dog; but when you get down to it, there is more to dog care than appreciating their loveable nature. 

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New dog owners sometimes go into the adoption only seeing all of the joy, wonder, and unconditional love offered by a pet, but forget that owning a well-behaved dog means more than just loving dogs. 

The team at Town and Country Animal Hospital is here to explain some of the mistakes new owners make, so that you can avoid them. Let’s begin!

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Should I Adopt a Pet With My Significant Other?

Pet adoption is a huge life choice with far-reaching implications. If you’re used to a lot of freedom and financial flexibility, it is time to get ready for a few, rather large, shifts. Pets require a great deal of time, attention, and money, but the rewards are nothing short of amazing!

It’s one thing when you sign up to provide lifelong care to an adorable, playful, companionable pet. But when you adopt a pet with someone you’re dating there are some important considerations to review beforehand.

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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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