Monthly Archives: March 2018

Help Homeless Pet Owners and Their Animals

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When we are fortunate enough to have a home and a life that keeps us busy with work and play, it is easy to overlook the homeless. The same can be said about many of us as pet owners; we love our pets, feed them, shelter them, take them to the vet, and enjoy our lives with them. For the homeless, pet ownership is more complicated. While some have argued that the homeless shouldn’t own pets, others say it seems unfair that those people should be denied the comfort of a good animal, particularly when there are so many animals in need of a human to help them. Isn’t it noble for a homeless person to be willing to try and take on that responsibility, they argue?

What Can You Do to Help Homeless Pet Owners and Their Pets?

dogMany pet owners, whether homeless, or generally struggling financially, are faced with the possibility of relinquishing a beloved pet because they cannot afford to support them. It’s a heartrending decision, and it’s made worse by the fact that there are so many pets out there that need a home, theirs may not be adopted by someone else who can afford to keep the animal.

You probably know how and where to make donations for the homeless. Well, there are also places where you can make donations for pet care, too. There are many programs that accept all sorts of donations for the care of both homeless people and their pets. Pets of the Homeless, for example, was created to address this precise problem. You can also talk to your local pet shelter, homeless shelter, and veterinary clinic about what local organizations accept donations.

The next time you put food in a donation bin, add some good pet food, too. Those accepting donations will know precisely what to do with your donations. And, never forget that shelters of all kinds often need volunteers. You can offer to do any service they need, including helping out with animal care.

The world is better when we help each other. At Pet Vet Animal Hospitals, we support the adoption of homeless animals. Call us and talk to us about keeping pets safe and healthy.

Having a Cat When You Have Cat Allergies

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Sphynx cat, 1 year old, itching in front of white backgroundYou have heard it before—someone wants to adopt a cat, but allergies stop them. Though it is a perfectly understandable reason to avoid adopting, if you really, truly want a cat, there are ways around those allergies. Not only can your allergies be treated and their sources addressed, there are cat breeds less likely to trigger them. Having a cat when you have cat allergies is possible.

Start Cleaning

Start by addressing other allergens in your home. Sometimes, your allergy symptoms are more manageable when you’re not bombarded with other allergens. So, dust and vacuum, and create a plan for continued management of all those other triggers.

Get Acquainted

Then, you need to let your immune system become used to being around cats. So, start spending more time with your friends’ cats. Or, volunteer at the local shelter. You may be surprised at how well, and how fast you adjust to having them around. You might even discover that your allergies are not as bad as you originally thought, and easily controlled.

Get Help

Of course, you need the right medication, too. If your allergies are not terrible severe, over-the-counter medication may be sufficient; there are types that are non-drowsy and won’t make you miserable. However, you should still consult your doctor about what is best for your plans to own a cat.

Find the Right One

Do your research on what cat breeds might work best for your allergies. There are some breeds that produces less, or virtually no dander at all, like the Sphynx cat. Rex breeds have fine hair that contains less dander, too.

When you finally get your allergies under control and welcome your new furry family member into your home, bring her to us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We want to help you and your cat stay healthy together.

Choosing and Training a Therapy Dog

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Therapy Dog Visiting Young Female Patient In HospitalYou probably know that training a service dog requires consistent work and patience. The dog must be an appropriate breed, in excellent health, extensively trained, and more. What about a therapy dog? While people must not interfere with a service dog in training in any way so that it can learn to avoid distractions when serving its owner, therapy dogs are meant to provide comfort in times of great physical or emotional stress. Some dogs are better suited to this–more easily trained for it.

Training and Certification

The requirements for an animal to be designated as a therapy dog are more strict than people may realize; you cannot simply decide a pet is a therapy animal and have it be recognized as such, legally. Your pet must be approved with appropriate certification and registration. Both large and small breeds can make great therapy dogs.

Small Therapy Dogs

In the small dog category, the Beagle is an intelligent and friendly hound that can be easily trained to serve as support. Their strong sense of smell can even come in handy. The Welsh Corgi is also very intelligent, and it was originally bred to serve. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also a great service dog that was bred as a calm companion. Very small dogs, like the Pomeranian, are great; but, remember that they are energetic and need to burn off that energy.

Large Therapy Dogs

When it comes to large dogs, the more calm and intelligent they are, the better. The Saint Bernard is well-known for being naturally adept at serving human owners; they’re generally big, calm, cuddling dogs. Labradors have the same qualities, though they are sometimes more energetic. Dogs known for herding sheep historically, like Border Collies and Sheepdogs, are also intelligent enough to be trained for many kinds of service.

These dogs, and many more, can be helpful not only to those who struggle physically, but those who struggle mentally, as well. People with depression, anxiety, severe mental illnesses, and more can benefit from well-trained therapy dogs. They can bring medication to an owner during an episode, trigger an alert for medical services, and be of general comfort during something like an anxiety attack.

The key to a good, and legally-approved therapy dog is excellent, professional training. It must be consistent, and the trainer experienced. Before determining what sort of dog you want or need, and using that animal for therapy, you must research the requirements to make this happen.

At Pet Vet Hospitals, we’re happy help you, too. We will be there for you and your dog, helping keep him healthy so you can rely on him for years to come.

Best Dog Breeds to be Part of Your Home Alarm System

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Not everyone can afford a complex home security system. Not everyone wants one, either. Yet, home security continues to be a concern for everyone, particularly those who live in urban areas. Fortunately, if you’re a dog-lover, you can have both furry companionship and some security, all in one adorable, furry package. Dogs can be great at alerting their owners to intruders and potential danger. While almost any dog can be trained to serve as an “alarm system,” there are some dog breeds whose natural instincts serve owners well in this capacity.

The Bullmastiff

If you have ever seen The Sandlot, then you have seen a bullmastiff. Unlike the film’s portrayal—well, most of the film—these dogs can be very, very loving, docile, and sweet. They also tend to be very loyal and protective. This is what makes them great for protection. Their large size also makes them formidable in the face of possible intruders, which is why they may not be allowed in some apartments, or even neighborhoods.

Boy and girl with German shepherdThe German Shepherd

German shepherds are placed as security in large industrial areas for a reason; they take to defense naturally. However, don’t be fooled by misrepresentations. As protective as they can be, they can also be loving and loyal. Just give them as much love as you do positive training, and they will make you their permanent family, alert you of danger, and protect you. Of course, their size and reputation also make them forbidden in some locations.

The Bernese Mountain Dog

These large dogs are great for search and rescue, and protection. They are highly intelligent, love to play, and are often considered great for children because of their kind, playful, and protective nature. Of course, they are large dogs, which means they need enough space to stay active and healthy.

Unfortunately, these and other great guard dogs are not permitted in many apartments, and even some cities because they have reputations for being aggressive breeds. This is not their fault; they become aggressive when their owners train them to be so, or treat them poorly. So, if you are looking for the best dog breeds to act as your home alarm system, as well as be great companions for you and your family, these dogs could serve you very well with the right training, and a lot of love. Bring your friend in to see us at Pet Vet Hospitals, and we will help you and your new family member stay healthy and safe.

Keep Him on a Leash: Leash Training Your Dog

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dog-237187_1280Your dog needs that regular walk. The more often you can go walk, the better. Of course, if your dog pulls on the leash constantly and is erratic, that can kill the desire to talk him on a walk at all. That can be remedied, however; leash training your dog is like any other type of training. It just calls for consistency and patience.

Importance of Leash Control

You have probably seen dogs prancing along next to their owners, whether at dog shows, or just on your street. It is impressive, but that doesn’t mean it came easily. It’s a dog’s instinct to pull on the leash because there is simply so much out there to inspect, and that means pulling away from you. Even dogs that are not the most curious need a little help learning to be better on a leash. You don’t have to train your dog to walk perfectly like a showdog; you just need to help him learn to stop pulling when you direct him.

  • Start by making all walks training sessions. This means they will probably be short and slow, but that is okay. Just remain patient.
  • It helps if your dog is already tired. He is less likely to pull on the leash and be excitable if he’s tired.
  • Have treats ready for when your dog is obedient. You can even use a clicker. Remain consistent, and your dog will learn that obeying you during a walk leads to good things.
  • Try to walk quickly. If your dog has to walk or trot fast, he’ll wear out. Plus, he’ll be forced to keep up with you, which will get him used to being next to you at all times during the walk.
  • Work on other training, too. The better your dog’s training in general, the easier it will be to get his obedience during a walk.

Training is very important for a happy relationship with your dog. To keep up your dog’s health during leash training, bring him to us at Pet Vet Hospitals.