Xylitol: A Leading Cause of Pet Poisoning 

As a dedicated and involved pet owner, you know the drill – you do your very best to prevent illness or injury, and if that doesn’t work, seek help immediately. In the case of accidental exposure to dangerous chemicals, medication or foods, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

Because a pet poisoning can cause irreparable damage to a pet’s health, it is imperative to prevent them from eating anything containing Xylitol, and provide emergency care if you know or suspect ingestion.

Good For Us, Bad For Them

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that naturally occurs in various berries, fruits, trees, and other plants. It has gained traction in wellness circles because of its low glycemic index.

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Smelly Doggie: Why Does My Dog Stink? 

A smelly pet is a common complaint we hear from pet owners. Dogs can stink for a number of reasons, and many of which may be normal. After all, have you ever met a dog who doesn’t smell a little doggie? The odor that is emitted from your dog, though, may be an underlying sign of trouble. 

The team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to explain the causes and conditions of a smelly dog to help you answer the question, “Why does my dog stink?”

6 Causes of a Stinky Dog

That unmistakable smell when your dog returns from a rainy walk, or when they haven’t had a bath in a few weeks, is something most owners lament. A mix of musk and oil create a bouquet of malodorous odor, not something you want to have on the couch or the bed. But there are some odors that are more than just that doggie aroma. 

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Get An A+ In Winter Pet Safety 

Residents of Bowie are all too familiar with the hazards and perils of the cold temperatures that bring snow, ice, and bitter wind. The harrowing cold of winter makes the safety of our family members a top priority in the winter months, and that includes our best fur pals, too. 

Review Highway Veterinary Hospital’s winter pet safety tips to keep your pet healthy and safe until the first signs of spring. 

Brighten Up The Night

If you’re walking your dog in the early morning or evening, consider a reflective harness, collar, and leash so that motorists have an easier time spotting her. You may also want to invest in a dog coat, sweater, or booties to protect your pet and keep her warm and dry when out and about. 

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Holiday Pet Adoption: No Greater Gift

There’s no greater gift a shelter pet can receive than a loving family. And the thought of bringing home a new pet for the holidays can make us almost giddy with excitement! But  without proper planning, surprising our significant other, child, or other loved one with a new pet may backfire. 

Holiday pet adoption can be successful if preparation and planning are undertaken first. Our tips can help to make sure your new pet’s home is a forever home. 

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A Romp In The Leaves: Fall Pet Safety Tips

The holiday season is fast approaching, and your calendar is full with planning, shopping, and autumn activities. Is spending time with your pet may be falling (ahem) farther down your list of things to do? 

But crisp autumn days are wonderful for getting outdoors with your dog for a romp in the leaves. And your kitty is probably loving the midday rays of sunshine as the days get shorter and the nights get longer. A little extra attention for your pets can go a long way towards making sure they stay healthy and don’t get into trouble.

Highway Veterinary Hospital wants you and your pet to enjoy everything this beautiful season has to offer, while keeping fall pet safety in mind! 

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Should You Be Worried About Your Dog’s Reverse Sneeze?

A dog, mid-sneeze, standing in a forrest of falling leaves

If you have never heard or witnessed a reverse sneeze, you may want to consider yourself pretty lucky. 

This canine phenomenon that sounds much worse than it really is, the reverse sneeze can be startling, to say the least. However, most pet owners don’t know that this bizarre phenomenon even exists until they’re woken in the middle of the night by this unique noise.

The Research

A quick YouTube search for a reverse sneeze may be educational for those that have never heard of it before. Owners of dogs with this condition understandably mistake the sound for choking or respiratory distress. Snorting, honking, snuffling, and even gagging noises can be highly distressing. Most of the time, a reverse sneeze is completely normal.

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What Fear Free Veterinary Visits Mean for You and Your Pet

A dog sits patiently at the vet

For many pet owners, taking their furry loved one to the veterinarian requires a nearly Herculean effort. Whether it’s battling Fluffy to get into her carrier (if you can even find her when it’s time to go), struggling with a scared dog, or anything in between, it’s natural to hesitate when it comes to the logistics of getting your pet the care they need.

Many pets miss out on basic preventive care, and even sick care, due to their extreme fear; but the times they are a-changin. Helping pets get the care they need and deserve is our passion at Highway Veterinary Hospital, and we are proud to embrace the trend of Fear Free veterinary visits. 

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Help! My Dog Pees When Excited!

A black and white Boston Terrier standing next to a puddle of piddle looks a little frenzied

There are few things more joyful than a dog that’s happy to see you. But a whipping tail, floppy tongue, and dancing paws may conceal an embarrassing truth. If your dog pees when excited, you’re not alone. This issue is actually quite common among younger dogs, those that are newly adopted, or ones that simply need a bit more training. 

In other words, this behavior, while certainly inconvenient, can definitely be handled with patience, understanding, and support.

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How to Get Your Pet Rent Ready!

For many landlords, renting to pet owners is a no-brainer. Generally speaking, they are considered more responsible, less likely to break the lease and move, and either pay an upfront pet deposit, or an extra pet rent every month. In other words, diligent screening of pet owners and their best friends can yield extraordinary results for everyone.

Of course, making a great first impression on a potential landlord is key when it comes to finding a pet-friendly rental property. Keep reading to learn more about how to get your pet rent ready!

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Help! How to Stop Your Dog from Digging Holes

There’s nothing cuter than watching an excited dog happily digging in the soil with their tongue out and dirt billowing all around them… unless it’s your dog and your yard!

Digging is a common complaint among pet owners, and it can feel like an overwhelming task to curb this behavior. However, perhaps understanding why your pet does this is the first step toward stopping a dog from digging.

Ancient Instincts

Our dogs were once wolves – even that cute little Pomeranian or Corgi shares a lot of DNA with these ancient ancestors. Wolves and wild dogs do a lot of digging, especially when they’re making their dens. Similarly, a pet dog may dig in order to create a cool or protected spot to rest.

Burying tasty food items and other treasured possessions is another trait passed down from the ancestors of modern dogs. That’s why your pet may choose to bury their toys, bones, or especially delicious treats.

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