“Why do Dogs…?” Answers to the Most Curious Dog Questions

Dog QuestionsWhile the mysterious ways of the domestic feline are puzzling to many pet owners, our dog companions can also amuse, annoy, and puzzle us with their habits. From their desire to eat grass to their need to sleep so much, there are many aspects of a dog’s life we may find perplexing.

To answer some of the more common dog questions out there, the friendly team at All Pets offers a closer look into the world of quirky canine behaviors.

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Home, Sweet Home: Unique Alternatives to a Traditional Dog House

dog houseFrom luxury suites to pup tents, dog houses come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. Like the image of Snoopy atop his dog house, the traditional one-room wooden shelter has a certain nostalgic feel for many of us. However, like most pet-related needs, the sky’s the limit when it comes to new designs and alternatives in pet housing.

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Would You Know a Pet Emergency if You Saw One?

Pet EmergencySome pet emergencies are immediately obvious, but in many cases it can be difficult to decide if your pet needs medical attention right away, or if it can wait. While we certainly hope that you and your pet will never have to face an emergency situation, we believe it’s important for pet owners to understand what constitutes a pet emergency, and how to respond appropriately.

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Too Good to Be True: Homemade Flea and Tick Remedies

With all of the hype around “all natural”, organic, and homemade remedies for human health and personal hygiene, it is no surprise that pet owners are also on the all-natural bandwagon. There is nothing wrong with this, per se, and many chemically-derived products can be problematic for both people and animals alike. Striving for better quality, safer products is certainly commendable, but the problem lies in the idea that all products that are touted as natural are safe.

One of the things the team at All Pets Animal Hospital has come across is the use of essential oils and homemade concoctions to treat parasites or prevent them. This can be risky when these medications are toxic to our four-legged friends, or, at the very least, they are ineffective in keeping pets parasite-free.

Let’s take a closer look at the trend in homemade flea and tick remedies.

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Why do Cats Knead With Their Paws (and Claws)?

cats kneadThere are few things cuter than a little fluff ball preparing to take a nap. After scoping out the scene for the perfect spot (aka your lap), they may jump up and circle a time or two before that trance-like look washes over their cute face. The look that screams, “This is my JAM!”

Cats knead for various reasons. This uniquely feline behavior is universal, but the motivation behind it isn’t widely known. However, it really is just one more reason to love our little cat friends!

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Err on the Side of Caution: Essential Oils and Pets

Although essential oils and aromatherapy have been around for thousands of years, they have recently gained popularity in helping humans achieve relaxation and rejuvenation, as well as for therapeutic purposes. As they become more common for people, the team at All Pets Animal Hospital get questions about whether or not essential oils can have the same benefits for our pets.

We thought we’d take the opportunity to explore essential oils and pets, and we bet you can’t wait to find out what we learned!

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The Best Vacay Ever! Spring Break With Your Pet

Spring Break With Your PetWith the post-holiday lull in full swing, many of us shift our focus and our excitement to spring break. March is the time to travel and experience some serious rest and relaxation with our loved ones. Traditionally, this is when we pack up the whole family for an annual vacation – and for more and more pet owners, that includes bringing along Spot or Fluffy.

There’s no doubt that spring break with your pet can be awesome, but there’s a lot of planning involved when it comes to vacationing with your fur kid. At All Pets Animal Hospital, we have you covered!

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Ouch! All About Pet Tooth Fractures

pet tooth fracturesMany of us see our veterinarian faithfully for our pet’s annual dental exam and cleaning. You know that preventing periodontitis is an important step in caring for your pet’s overall health. However, preventing periodontal disease also protects against something we may not think too much about – pet tooth fractures.

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Why Is My Pet Limping?

pet limpingFew things are as heartbreaking as seeing your dog or cat unable to walk and in pain. Yet, limping or lameness is common; it’s one of the top 10 reasons that pets see the veterinarian each year.

If your pet is limping, your most valuable resource for determining what’s wrong is your veterinarian. However, we understand that most of us want a little information about what the cause of the limping might be, and whether or not your pet’s limping is a veterinary emergency.

All Pets Animal Hospital has put together some ideas about pet limping to get you started before you come to see us.

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Catnapped! Pet Theft Awareness

Have you ever considered that your pet might be dognapped, or catnapped? No puns intended, as this does occur. According to PetFinder, more than a million pets are stolen every year. It may be hard to verify, and harder to believe, but pets are stolen more frequently than you may think.

February 14th of each year is Pet Theft Awareness Day. The team at All Pets Animal Hospital wants to take this opportunity to shed some light on the problem and give you some ideas about what you can do to prevent pet theft.

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