Dog Behavior: Pack Mentality and Dog Park Safety

Dog behavior at the dog park is largely dictated by the pack mentality.Dog parks can be wonderful places for pets and their people to play, exercise, and cultivate an enduring friendship. Indeed, images of happy, carefree dogs frolicking in an open field come to mind – but the reality is often much different. Certain aspects of dog behavior preclude a safe, enjoyable experience, but a successful visit also hinges on a dog owner’s fully realized understanding of the pack mentality.

Take the Time

Taking your dog into an unfamiliar dog park with strange dogs may quickly trigger pack instincts. Some dogs naturally lead the pack; others try to contend with challengers. Some dogs can be quite content to follow the pecking order within the pack, while others display absolute avoidance or downright shyness when it comes to other dogs they haven’t met before. Continue…

Toxic Algae in Texas: A Serious Threat to Pet Health

Toxic algae poses a serious threat to pet health.As summer sets in, many of you may be planning to take your dogs with you on vacation. However, if your vacation plans involve a visit to Texas’ waterways, you will want to bone up on the possible threat of toxic algae and how it can impact your pet’s health.

Understanding toxic algae is essential to pets and people safely co-existing with these primitive lifeforms, and Northpark Animal Hospital is here to help you do so.  

What Are the Odds?

Toxic algae has been harming humans and their animals for a long time. In fact, the first documentation of this occurrence was in Australia in 1878. When conditions are just right, algae can grow out of control, reaching toxic levels. While only about 200 of the thousands of species are toxic, it can be difficult to know which are dangerous until it is too late. Continue…

Knowledge is Power: What You Need to Know About Canine Influenza

canine inlfuenzaLuckily, the flu hits people during certain months and takes a break that lasts through late spring to early fall. This allows us to mobilize quickly and protect ourselves with the flu vaccine before it begins to spread. Unfortunately, our dogs aren’t in the same boat. Canine influenza doesn’t have a “season” in which transmission is most likely. It’s a highly contagious respiratory virus, but with knowledge and awareness, you can protect your dog from it.

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