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Interpreting Feline Aggression

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Interpreting Feline Aggression

Despite centuries of sharing our lives and homes with cats, many pet owners know very little about interpreting signs of anger, fear or aggression in these creatures. The typical “Halloween cat” posture (arched back, raised fur, ears back, hissing) clearly indicates fear and/or aggression, but cats also use other postures and behaviors that are subtle and easily missed. Since a hostile encounter with a cat at some time is almost inevitable, a few tips can help you avoid injury if you find yourself in such a situation.   What are the...

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Dog Parks: What You Should Know Before You Go

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Dog Parks: What You Should Know Before You Go

Dog parks can be great for dogs and their owners. But before opening the gate, talk with your veterinary team to make sure a dog park is right for you and your dog. “Dog parks often provide a suitable site to exercise and socialize dogs,” said John Tait, DVM at Blair Animal Hospital, an AAHA-accredited clinic in Canada. However, pet owners should make sure that parks are not overcrowded, that they are cleaned regularly, and that they are enclosed with material that dogs cannot destroy. “Dogs are social animals,” Tait added, but “you want to...

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