After Shelter in Place: Helping Pets Cope with Being Alone

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After weeks and months of staying in the home and social distancing, many cities are loosening restrictions as people are returning to work and school. Returning to work and other daily life resumes for most, yet our pets may have gotten used to our presence!

Anxiety after COVID-19 has been a problem for pets who are dealing with transitional anxieties. The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to help you avoid separation anxiety by helping pets cope with being alone. Let’s take a closer look!

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Cranky, Confused, and Ailing: Decoding Common Senior Pet Behaviors

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Senior pets are amazing companions. Whether you’ve had them since they were young or they came to you in adulthood, there’s just nothing like the calm, quiet, reassuring presence of an older cat or dog.

Aging pets are familiar with your ways and the rhythms of the household. They no longer have urges to hop fences, wander the neighborhood or jump on strangers. They are just as content to snuggle with you as they are to sniff around in the backyard. In a sense, they finally become the pets you always hoped for.

But there are certain senior pet behaviors that can cause owners to worry.

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Not With That Cat-itude! Understanding an Aggressive Cat Isn’t Always Easy

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Most people imagine that cats are sweet, friendly, and incredibly docile (if not a little judgey). But considering the myriad ways that the wild ancestors of today’s domesticated felines survived so well, it’s no surprise that they can get a little, well, freaky. 

If you’ve ever come face to face with an angry, aggressive cat you know it’s a deeply uncomfortable, unpredictable and even frightening place to be. 

Know the Score

Aside from litter box issues, aggression is the most common feline behavioral problem facing owners today. It is an important defense mechanism that is hardwired into their DNA, but if it’s left unchecked aggression can create problems at home. 

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Quarantine Cutie: How to Socialize Your Dog While Social Distancing

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For many homebound people, a pandemic puppy is a real response to the global health crisis – for good reason. Most of us have more time on our hands than ever before, and combating loneliness and despair has never been this challenging. 

Adopting or fostering during this time helps people cope with high blood pressure, stress, fear, and isolation. But how can you socialize your dog when everyone is keeping their distance?

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It’s True. Cats Feel Separation Anxiety, Too

Many myths about cats persist today, including the idea that they like being left alone. They might not be as demanding of an owner’s time and attention as dogs, but cats are social animals with important needs. In fact, when they are apart from the people they love, cats feel separation anxiety, just like dogs and other pets. 

So, what’s an owner to do when they have to leave their cat home alone? Whether it’s for a standard shift for work, or you’re simply stepping out to run errands, there are ways to communicate your devotion to their every feline need.

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Chew On This: How to Prevent a Dog from Biting 

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When a dog is acting aggressively, it can be frightening. This is equally, if not especially, true if it is your dog. Each year, however, more than 4.7 million dog bites are reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These bites are often precipitated by warning signs that the dog owners failed to act upon. Poor socialization, abuse, and other behavioral problems are the foundation of an aggressive dog. And this lack of behavioral correction not only harms the recipients of the bite, but also the pet owner and dog.

Since most dog bites can be prevented, the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to give you some information about dog bites and their causes. Our hope is to raise awareness through education and to encourage proper training and socialization from puppyhood.

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Pets and Depression 

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Does your pet seem sad? Pets can experience depression similar to the kind we as humans experience. But unlike us, our pets don’t have the option to tell us when they feel sad or depressed. Although there is much less research in the area of pet depression (of course) than there is in human depression, we have plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that pets can and do get depressed. 

So how do you know if your pet is experiencing depression? And what should you do about it? Keep reading for some information and ideas from your team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital

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Leaving Your Pet Home Alone Can Be Really Hard – For Both of You

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Pet owners of this modern age are not only allowed to bring their pets to public places, they’re heartily encouraged to share experiences with their best buddies. Big box stores, hotels, and office buildings often roll out the welcome mat for pets, and owners are likely to travel with their pets than without them. 

Despite our preferences to spend every moment with them, there are some times we have to leave a pet home alone. This begs the question: how long is too long to leave them?

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Up, Down, All Around: What Your Cat’s Tail Is Really Saying

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Cat owners generally know when their cat is hungry, restless or affectionate simply by recognizing and interpreting their vocalizations or body language. While cats can be quite specific about their needs, they can also be incredibly subtle. When it comes to fully understanding feline communication, taking a close look at your cat’s tail can go a long way.

Between the Felines

People usually cannot pick up the scent signals deposited by cats, but we can definitely observe their unique layers of body language and listen closely for variations of vocalizations. Without a doubt, cats can be pretty clear communicators, but that doesn’t mean we always know implicitly what they’re trying to say. 

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Fear-Free Dog Training for Extraordinary Results

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Most dogs come to us with the need for training. Whether they are barkers or escape artists, diggers or anxious around strangers, chances are, your doggo will need a little help in the behavior department. This is especially true for dogs who have been rescued, as we rarely know their backgrounds. 

If your pet needs some help with training and socialization, the good news is that there is hope for improvement. The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has some pointers for teaching your pet good behavior, with an eye on a fear-free, positive experience.

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