Why Your Dog Licks You, and Is It “Okay”?

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Sloppy doggie kisses usually come with the territory of dog ownership, but this behavior doesn’t have to over shadow their other positive canine traits. In fact, just like “sit”, “stay”, or “down”, pups can be trained not to lick. After all, it’s not always welcome and it can be kind of…gross. But a slobbery, affectionate dog can also be hard to resist! That brings us to a common question among dog owners and canine appreciators: Is it okay when a dog licks you?

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Curb It! Territorial Urine Marking in Dogs

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Trying to get a dog from marking their territory is like trying to prevent them from barking. A seemingly impossible feat, right? Without a doubt, accidents, spraying or marking all come down to one thing: you want it to stop. 

But how does a frustrated dog owner do this? The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here with some tips on how to curb urine marking in dogs and some recommendations to alleviate the smell.

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Tree Dweller or Bush Dweller? The Key to Cat Personalities

The cat is a complicated creature. As a Certified Cat-Friendly Practice, though, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital tries our best to understand where these quirky, magical creatures are coming from.

Although we still have a lot to learn, cat behavior is a topic that is becoming increasingly studied and understood. One interesting theory is the tree dweller or bush dweller theory. The question of which type of plant a feline friend identifies with can help us to better understand cat personalities.

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Napoleon Complex Canine: Dealing with Small Dog Syndrome

When your tiny dog thinks they are the boss, negative behaviors go along with it. Small dogs with attitude are referred to as Napoleon Complex dogs, land sharks, or princess pups. While at times funny and cute, these dogs can cause damage when coddled or left to their own devices. You may be surprised how many dog bite reports are a result of this untreated behavioral problem. 

The question is, what causes Small Dog Syndrome and is it something that can be treated or corrected? 

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain why these small-scale big shot dogs develop negative behaviors and habits. It is our aim to help pet parents make the necessary changes to help their four-legged friends. 

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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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