Is Pet Anxiety Common when Kids Go Back to School?

Pet anxiety is common when kids go back to school.Pets immersed in all manner of family summer fun may feel like the rug’s been pulled out from under them when the academic year revs up. Indeed, there’s a common slump that household animals find themselves in when there’s no one to frolic with after breakfast, no sticky hands to lick after lunch, and no one to doze with before supper. Luckily, there are things you can do to ease symptoms of pet anxiety before the school year gets underway.

Routine’s the Thing

Pets thrive when they know what to expect. They love routine so much that when it’s disrupted, even slightly, they may experience a type of despondence they’ve never known before. By the time summer is over, the family pet has probably grown accustomed to receiving lots of attention, affection, and activity. Continue…

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…

Summer Thrills: What to do When Pet Anxiety Occurs

Pet anxiety can be caused noise, especially fireworks and thunder.When it comes to pet behavior, many owners know the exact triggers that affect their pets. It could be a siren, crying baby, or UPS truck; however, one thing is certain: a pet’s fear and stress levels can be so deeply experienced that it shakes them to their very core. It’s also not uncommon for pet anxiety to appear unexpectedly, especially if a pet is newly adopted or if a certain stimulus is very rare.

Summertime provides ample opportunities to gather and celebrate, but without a proactive approach to your pet’s emotional well-being, there could be problems facing them.

Rumble and Roar

Thunderstorm phobia is one of the leading causes of seasonal pet anxiety. Responsible for creating severe, panicked reactions in pets (like bolting away from the house or yard, relentless digging, hiding, vocalizing, and more), thunder and lightning are truly upsetting to some animals. Continue…

More Than Meets the Eye: The Subtle Power of Routine Pet Dental Care

Pet owners are sometimes more familiar with their pet’s mouth than they might prefer. Among us, who hasn’t caught a whiff of kitty or puppy breath right in their face? Whether it’s a post-run pant or during a sweet snuggle session, dog and cat breath can be undeniably potent.

Pet dental care encompasses daily brushing at home and professional cleanings, but when it comes to what’s happening beneath the gums, digital radiographs hold the key.

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