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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Check This Off Your List: How To Check Your Pet For Ticks

With the season of spring officially here, you may be thinking of all the fun outdoor activities that are hopefully coming up, from backyard BBQs to travel. One other thing that tends to come to the front of our minds in springtime are bugs – especially fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.

We’re focusing on ticks with this blog, since they are found everywhere and can transmit serious and even deadly disease to pets and humans.  

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Fact or Fiction: A Close-Up On Dental Cavities in Dogs?

While cavities in dogs aren’t as common as they are in people, they do exist in about 5% of canine patients. Also known as dental caries, canine cavities occur when oral bacteria ferments carbohydrates on the tooth surface. While there are some other factors that are part of this tooth-decaying process, the fact is this diagnosis can be prevented.

All Things Considered

Part of the reason why you might not be aware of cavities in dogs is that there are some unique criteria involved. First, there must be a spot on a tooth for food to accumulate. Second, a dog must have eaten fermentable carbohydrates. Lastly, the presence of high salivary pH is necessary to trigger the fermentation process.

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Happening Right Now: The 10 Most Common Signs of Pet Dental Disease

It’s easy to forget about your pet’s teeth and gums until an unfortunate odor starts emanating from their mouth. Of course, doggie or kitty breath is nothing new, but by the time this tell-tale funk is obvious, damage to the teeth and gums has already begun. In other words, pet dental disease isn’t one of those conditions where you should just “wait and see” if something develops. The following common signs of poor dental health are all a call to action.

Before We Get Started…

Oral bacteria combined with food particles create a film on the teeth called plaque. When it hardens, tarter will form. Plaque is fairly easy to brush off, but tartar removal is more serious. When plaque is ignored, tartar creeps between the gums and teeth where bacteria can flourish, causing bad breath.

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Frosty Paws: Protecting Pet Paws This Winter

Be sure to protect pet paws as part of pet winter safety

Here in Maryland, both people and their pets are used to harsh winters. That doesn’t mean that your pet’s paws need to suffer, however. Highway Veterinary Hospital has your back when it comes to protecting pet paws this season. Read on to learn what you can do.

Winter Woes for Furry Feet

The winter weather can wreak havoc on delicate pet paws. When allowing your pet to enjoy the northeastern weather, it is important to be on the lookout for some common problems.

Cold weather catastrophes for furry feet can include:

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Be Prepared With Your Winter Pet First Aid Kit

A winter pet first-aid kit is great for winter pet safety

As our winter season hits, we’re thinking about all things safety. A pet first aid kit is a great tool for making sure your pets can stay safe and get the help they need should an emergency happen. And in the wintertime, this kit should include a few extras.

You can purchase pet first aid kits online, however, building your own kit, or adding to a pre-made one may be your best bet for making sure you have everything customized for your pet’s lifestyle and needs. So, what to include? Here are our tips for a winter pet first aid kit.

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