Grumpy Dog or Bad Human? 10 Things Dogs Hate

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Dogs make the best companions – they’re loyal, loveable, and mostly just adore being with us. But it may come as a surprise to many dog lovers that there are a variety of things we want them to do that they secretly (or overtly) despise. As a loving pet owner, you likely want to avoid anything that makes your best friend uncomfortable, or can even put them at risk

The team at Kings Trail Animal Hospital identified some of the most common mistakes made by dog owners and the things dogs hate. Let’s take a look.

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All About Cat Hairballs

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Of the many topics you probably shouldn’t bring up at a dinner party, cat hairballs rank pretty high on the list. Without a doubt, few conversations could bomb worse than discussing cat vomit. 

But that doesn’t mean cat hairballs aren’t interesting. Sure, they can be a bit unappetizing and certainly inconvenient at times, but it’s worth knowing why cats regurgitate “balls” of fur, and what it can mean when hacking them up becomes a regular occurrence. 

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A Match Made in Heaven: Adopting a Pet with Your Significant Other

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When you are in love, everything seems better, right? Having a wonderful relationship can prompt positive future plans, such as engagement, marriage, living together, and other great changes in a couple’s life. 

For pet lovers, the idea of adding even more love to the mix by way of a fur friend sounds promising. With that excitement, though, comes several new responsibilities and things to consider when adopting a pet with your significant other.

The team at Kings Trail Animal Hospital is here to help love birds make informed decisions around pet adoption. We can help you explore some of the questions and considerations to discuss with your partner for making your adoption a successful one.

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Doggie Lingo: The Meaning of Dog Barks

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Dogs barks happen. Sometimes they happen a little too much for non-dog owners’ liking, but barking is one of the primary ways dogs express themselves. Whether it’s a high pitched, single bark or a long howl that accompanies a siren, dog barks have their own rhyme and reason.

The team at Kings Trail Animal Hospital wants to explore the meaning of dog barks to inspire a greater bond with your pet. No bones about it, that bark matters!

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Summer Pet Safety Tips That Keep Furry Friends Out Of Hot Water

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Depending on who you talk to, the best things in life are both dangerous and delightful in equal measure. Take, for example, roller coasters, bungee jumping, eating raw fish, deep sea diving, and of course, summer! 

While it’s true that the warmest season of the year is filled with great fun, memorable vacations, and backyards full of fireflies, summer also has the potential to cause big problems for pets.

Your pet’s health is our top priority, and with our summer pet safety strategies you and your furry friends can have your (chocolate-free) cake and eat it, too.

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Puppy Socialization During COVID-19

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During the past few weeks, we have been relegated to staying indoors and social distancing while we are out. This has been a huge adjustment for most humans, and also for our four-legged family members. To add to the mix, is your new puppy.

Your puppy needs essential training and socialization in order to grow up to be a well behaved, happy adult dog. But what do you do when you need to get your pet out there and can’t?

Puppy socialization during COVID-19 can be challenging, but not impossible. Kings Trail Animal Hospital has a few pointers up our sleeves to help you keep your pet on track with their social needs, while maintaining safety for everyone.

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You Can Tell If Your Cat Likes Your Dog… But Do They Really?

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There are some complexities when it comes to feline body language, but for the most part, it’s not hard to discern a cat’s state of mind. Generally speaking, a friendly, happy, relaxed cat appears that way because of their posturing, tail positioning and appearance. Of course, the same is true for an angry, frightened, or potentially aggressive cat. 

In other words, if you’re not sure whether your cat likes your dog it’s possible they are merely tolerating them.

Anthropomorphism at it’s Finest

Pet owners are animal lovers. We grew up reading about fictional animal characters, watching animated films or television programs that depicted animal heroes and villains, and projecting unquestionably human emotions and thoughts onto the animals we came close to. It’s not a big leap for pet owners to cultivate a happy-looking scene of interspecies cohabitation.

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A Spring Menagerie: When Can You Intervene to Help Baby Wildlife? 

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There’s nothing more spring-like than a collection of young animals. It’s no coincidence that this abundance of babies occurs when everything is waking up from winter’s nap. Longer, sunnier days and intermittent rain lead to abundant food sources in the weeks leading up to and directly following the spring equinox, when baby animals come into a bright, new world. 

While it’s not uncommon to see and hear baby wildlife around us, it’s startling when they appear to be alone, hurt, or abandoned. 

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Puppy Pupil: Successfully House Training Your Dog 

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Training your puppy or adult dog is the essential task you need to take to ensure they live a good, safe, and well-adjusted life. House training your dog will also benefit you, as nobody wants accidents in the home. Training a dog where to “go” may require some patience and time, but it will be a skill that they will have the rest of their life.

The team at Kings Trail Animal Hospital is here to help you deal with the mess (figuratively speaking) by providing some tips and recommendations for potty training puppies.

First Things, First

Before you start the process of teaching your little one how to relieve themselves in the right way, your first point of contact is your veterinarian. Schedule an appointment for an examination. Here, you will get recommendations on the steps to housetraining. 

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In Florida, Do Winter Pet Activities Veer Far Away From Normal?

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We are almost through Florida’s coldest month, but January’s passing doesn’t mean winter is over. Instead, we’ll continue to have chilly nights and shorter days just like everyone else. Sure, our extremes are less wild than, say Maine or Montana, but that doesn’t mean our pets anticipate the disruption to their routines. 

Of course, many of us would love to succumb to couch potato syndrome during the darker months, but our pets depend on us to keep us with their physical and mental exercise opportunities no matter the season.

King’s Trail Animal Hospital has some ideas for winter pet activities that you won’t want to miss!

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