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Category: Pet Habits

Don’t Be Socially Awkward

Posted 03.11.19 by Claudia G. Mangum, DVM

What exactly is socialization and why are we concerned about it? Socialization has been defined as a special learning process where an animal learns to interact with and tolerate members of its own species as well as members of other species. This is the process by which we learn to get along with each other. Lots of research has gone...Read More

Thunderstorms, Fireworks, and Anxiety Oh My!

Posted 12.31.18 by Raelyn Pirtle, DVM

Is your pet terrified of thunderstorms, fireworks, or loud noises in general? This is a very common issue that we see in pets. Even two of my own dogs become very scared during noise events. This is stressful not only for your pets, but can also affect your quality of life (and sleep!) as well. Sedatives are usually the cornerstone...Read More

Are You SURE You’re Ready For A Pet?

Posted 11.27.18 by Katie Morrill, DVM

The human-animal bond is a wondrous and powerful thing. Pets bring us joy, companionship, humor, and so much more. Just imagine how boring the internet would be without adorable kitten videos or hilarious  dog shaming posts? But there is a practical side to owning a pet. Cost Everything in life costs money, and pets are no exception! First time pet...Read More

Fear Free Veterinary Visits

Posted 11.30.17 by Dr. Susanne Heartsill, DVM

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of transporting a vocal, scared cat, you’ve probably wondered if there is a better way.  What about the dog who shakes and hides under your chair in the veterinary exam room…refusing to come out or even look at anyone?  Or worse, the patient who growls and bites due to stress, fear and anxiety. These...Read More

So What Can My Dog Really Chew On?

Posted 09.28.17 by Drew McWatters, DVM

I answer this questions on a daily basis with my clients. Appropriately directed chewing not only satisfies a dog’s desire to chew, but also serves as enrichment and can aid in the maintenance of good oral health. Though choosing what to allow your dog to chew on can be a daunting task. Every pet store is filled with dozens of...Read More

Why Is My Cat Drinking And Peeing SO Much?

Posted 08.24.17 by Dr. Amanda Shoemake, DVM

Excessive drinking, or polydipsia, and excessive urinating, or polyuria, are common presentations in any age dog or cat, but are especially prevalent in our older cat populations.  People most commonly think these are related to the urinary tract and must mean a urinary tract infection.  Sometimes that’s the case, especially because our aging pets are more prone to urinary tract...Read More

Holiday Dangers For Pets

Posted 12.20.16 by Drew McWatters, DVM

While the Holidays are the “most wonderful time of the year” for people, they can be a dangerous and stressful time for our pets. Here are some ways to keep your four legged family members safe during the holidays. 1) AVOID Holiday Food Items That Could Cause Problems For Your Pet: A general rule of thumb is to avoid feeding...Read More

My Dog Ate What?!?

Posted 09.07.16 by Kassie Newton, DVM

Dogs and cats can be very picky about their food, or sometimes they can consume things we would not even imagine would be edible. One of the most common appointments we have is the vomiting dog or cat. Oftentimes we may ask you if they are the type to “eat things” and by this we mean exactly that – will...Read More

Reverse Sneezing

Posted 08.31.16 by Katie Willis

Ever wonder what that funny sneezing/honking sound was that your dog just made?  It may have even seemed like he couldn’t breathe for a few moments or like he was choking on something.  A reverse sneeze, also known as pharyngeal gag reflex, is a common condition seen in dogs.  Fortunately, it’s usually a benign process that rarely requires treatment. Reverse...Read More

How to acclimate your cat traveling in a cat carrier

Posted 07.21.16 by Christie Taylor, DVM

A common concern for feline owners is the stress associated with car rides and veterinary visits, which can often deter a client from bringing their cat in for check ups. Because early detection and intervention are paramount to successful treatment of chronic disease, regular veterinary check ups are very important for feline patients. Stressed kitties also make examination and treatment...Read More

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