Posts in Category: For the Dogs
What do bulldogs, mastiffs, Saint Bernards, and Bernese mountain dogs all have in common (beside, you know, being awesome)? They drool—a lot! Excessive salivation helps these breeds chew and swallow food, but doggy drool also keeps the mouth wet, adding to effective temperature regulation. In other words, it’s a good thing. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most dogs. In fact, uncharacteristic doggy drool can be indicative of certain health problems.
Something to Talk About
Doggy drool might not be something you’re excited to think about, but if you’ve recently gotten a smooch from your pup you’ve got a front row seat to the show. It simply goes with the territory of dog ownership, right?Continue…
Some animals become territorial when food enters the equation. Without the proper training and attention, food aggression in pets can become a serious (and dangerous) problem for you and any other animals you might have in the home. If you do not want every meal time to end in a fight, it is important to address this behavior before it escalates. Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to help you deal with this aggression so you and your pets can eat in peace:Continue…
When choosing a leash for your pet, not just any leash will do. You have to think about your pet’s safety and how suitable the length, strength, and durability is for them.
There are a wide variety of styles and materials on the market that promise to be the best, but which ones are safest for your pooch?
When you choose a leash and other walking tools for your furry, there are several factors to consider to make for a great leash walking experience.
Since a leash is one of the most used pet tools you’ll need to select, the team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to provide some insight into the question, “Which leash is best for my dog?”Continue…
Your dog probably has all manner of expressing himself, whether it’s body language or verbal cues – such as barking. There is meaning in this expression, and your dog’s bark may have a lot to say about what’s going on in that brain of his. Understanding various barks and sounds from pets is key in making sure they are healthy, safe, and engaged in our lives with them.
If your dog is a barker, you may ask yourself, what does a bark mean? Your friends at Highway Veterinary Hospital are here to decode this language for a better bond with your furry friend.Continue…
If your dog is the most big-hearted pet you know, you’re not alone. Our dogs are the heartbeat of the entire family and provide unconditional love and loyalty. But did you know that heart disease in dogs is diagnosed more than you might think. In fact, it is estimated that up to 10% of all dogs who are over 7 years of age have some form of a heart condition.
Heart disease accounts for a big portion of senior pet problems, although some conditions can also appear in younger dogs, too. It’s important to understand this disease that affects millions of dogs each year and the team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is here to tell you more.Continue…
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.
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.
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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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.
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.Continue…
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.Continue…