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Posts Tagged: Pet Wellness

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 Stop an Excited Pet from Peeing on the Floor

Athens, AL dog sitting after peeing on floor.

You’re making your way in the front door and your dog excitedly runs up to greet you… but then they squat and pee with excitement. Peeing while excited is a behavior that your dog may do to show submission or other feelings they are trying to convey.  

This behavior is more common in puppies, and luckily most dogs will outgrow this phase of submissive peeing on their own. But some dogs still urinate inappropriately in their adult years. 

You can train your dog to stop this inconvenient behavior with lots of patience, practice, love and understanding. The team at Town & Country Animal Hospital has put together some tips on how to stop an excited pet from peeing on the floor: 

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The Details of A Dental Cleaning in Pets

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.

Periodontal disease is progressive and painful for your pet. Luckily, it’s also preventable. Let Town & Country Animal Hospital show you how.

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Why Well Pet Exams are Essential to Your Pet’s Health

pet wellness exam

Each year, you may get a reminder from your doctor that it’s time for your annual physical. These pet exams are often the first time changes in health or underlying illnesses are identified, making them essential to preventive medicine.

The same is true for well pet exams. Because pets age much more rapidly than humans, these exams are integral to slowing the effects of age, as well as offering supportive care for a lifetime of emotional and physical well-being.

What’s Included in the Exam?

What’s covered during your pet’s wellness exam depends on a few factors – namely age, current health status, and whether you’ve reported any changes or problems in your pet’s condition.

Wellness care is categorized by life stage: puppy/kitten, adult, and senior. Each life stage requires different types of care and attention that shape your pet’s needs. This includes nutritional support, exercise modifications, and additional testing for certain diseases that coincide with age. Continue…