The Best in Pet Summer Gear

A dog drinking water from a water bottle.

Aside from fresh, cool water and patches of inviting deep shade, what does your pet really need to thrive during the summer months? There are loads of available products that enrich a pet’s summer experiences, but equally important are items that enhance their safety. But with so many items to choose from, how do pet owners determine what’s good, necessary, or a waste of time and money? Don’t worry: we’ve got you covered with our five favorite options for pet summer gear. 

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No Magic Wand? Real Life Pet First-Aid

A dog with a bandage on his wrist.

There are few things worse than a pet emergency. The animal is scared, in pain, and defensive, and if you’re neither calm nor prepared, the situation can go from zero to sixty in a hot second. Without a doubt, having the right tools can make all the difference (it also helps to know how and when to use them). Putting together a usable pet first-aid kit is easy, relatively inexpensive, and part of responsible pet ownership.

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The Basics of Clicker Training Your Cat

Clicker training your cat.

Cats are notorious for being independent and not-so-eager to please their masters. The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital is ready to let you in on a little secret, though. You can most definitely train your kitty, and in fact, clicker training your cat is a very rewarding and useful endeavor. Keep reading to learn how.

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What is a Reverse Sneeze, and Can it Hurt My Pet?

Reverse sneeze in dogs.

If you’ve been a dog owner for some time, particularly if you’ve had dogs with short snouts, such as Pugs or Boxers, chances are you’ve witnessed a reverse sneeze—a phenomenon fairly common in dogs but rarely seen in cats. These sudden, spasm-like outbursts consist of rapid inhalations through the nose followed by forceful honking sounds. It can be quite unsettling the first time a pet does this, but most of the time, it’s nothing to be concerned about. 

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Breaking Down the Reverse Sneeze

Dog sneezing with leaves falling around it.

A reverse sneeze, or paroxysmal respiration, occurs when your dog pulls air quickly in through the nose, as opposed to pushing it out like with a regular sneeze. This is often the result of an irritant affecting the nasopharynx, which is located at the back of the throat. Just as humans cough when they have a tickle in the throat, dogs will stretch out their necks, raise their heads, and take a deep breath to try to remove the offending invader. Since the nasopharynx is located behind the nasal passages and above the soft palate, these actions can result in a very unusual sound.

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How to Give Your Pet a Safe and Stress-Free Christmas Holiday

Healthy dog during Christmas season.

Between the gifts, the shopping, the cooking, the holiday parties, and the houseguests, the Christmas holiday can be as trying as they are lovely. Unfortunately, your pets can sometimes feel the stress of the season, too. Even during the busiest time of year, it’s important to make sure to keep pet safety in mind. The team at The Pets Place Animal Hospital has put together these tips for a pet-safe and stress-free Christmas holiday: 

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Problematic Trends: Home Decor & Seasonal Trends Not Safe for Pets

Holiday pet safety.

The holiday season is fast upon us, and for many families that means it’s time to dust off all those boxes of seasonal decor. 

Maybe it’s a collection of ceramic pumpkins, tinsel, or Christmas tree lights?  Maybe it’s that cheesy and somehow terrifying scarecrow your partner insists belongs by the front door? Anyway, the point is, to make sure your fun and festive decorations don’t unnecessarily put your pet in harm’s way. 

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Understanding Pet Diabetes

Pet cat given a shot by veterinarian.

With over 10% of the population in the United States being affected by diabetes, almost all of us know a little bit about this chronic condition. Not as many people appreciate, however, that dogs and cats can be diagnosed diabetic as well. The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital feels that understanding pet diabetes is an important part of overall pet health care and is happy to share the basics. 

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How To Improve Pet Safety During the Back-to-School Season

Girl happy to see pet dog after school.

Your pets have been content to have the children home all summer (and, perhaps even the school year, too). Now that schools have reopened, your pets may have some feelings about the kids being away.

Anxious and Lonely; Why Did You Leave Me?

If your children leave the house for a full day back in school, your pets could suffer the loss. Most dogs are attached to their humans and may feel their job is to protect human family members. When you’re away, they may be anxious and feel abandoned. Even cats can feel unsettled when you’re gone. How can you help pets adjust to more time alone?

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Identifying Eye, Ear, and Nose Problems as Part of Pet Wellness Care

Heads of cats and dogs.

Part of good pet wellness care is just paying attention to your pet so that you can recognize that something is wrong. While all parts of your furry housemate and their habits are important, The Pets Place Animal Hospital thinks that the head is a good place to start. 

The Eyes Have It

Your pet’s eyes may be the window to their soul, and being sure that they are healthy is important. The clear cornea should be free of any coloration or defect, the pupils symmetrical and responsive to light, and they should be free of discharge.

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