What the Heck? Reverse Sneezing in Pets

You’re hanging out with your pet when suddenly, they emit a strange, unexpected, honking-like sound. It’s almost like they are having some issues with a normal sneeze or cough. As soon as the episode comes on, it goes away. Your pet appears to be normal and goes about their business unharmed. This odd phenomenon is not unusual in some pets, especially dogs.

If you have ever wondered what this noise is about, you’ve come to the right place. The team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital is here to clear up the reasons behind the reverse sneeze and what they are all about.

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Cannonball Kitty: Can Cats Swim?

Since it is thought that most cats hate water, there is a general consensus among pet owners that cats don’t swim. And, If your cat freaks every time they hear the bath being filled, chances are, you probably don’t relish the idea of testing this theory. 

If you have ever watched Animal Planet or a documentary about big cats like tigers, though,you probably have witnessed these big cats swimming across channels of water in the wild. This begs the question… do cats really hate water? Can they swim?

The question of whether whether or not cats swim, or should, is something we get often at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital. Let’s clear up the mystery once and for all!

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Sun Safety: Does My Dog Need Sunscreen?

Catching the summer rays while enjoying time in the backyard is something we all crave, especially after a long winter. Our dog companions love to get out with us on hikes, beach vacations, walks to the park, and all other outdoor activities that involve them. 

With warm weather fun, though, comes the risk of sunburn and other complications when you don’t protect your skin. But what about Fido? Does my dog need sunscreen, you may ask. The team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital is here to answer that question and provide more information to keep your pet safe this season.

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Say What? A Look at Why Dogs Bark

Dog owners typically feel very tuned into their dogs. They may be able to simply tell what their dogs want or need based on body language or facial expressions. Likewise, an experienced owner knows implicitly what their pup is trying to say when they woof, yap, growl, yelp, snarl, or howl. 

The magic of a barking dog may be lost on someone disrupted by an intense, or repetitive bark (which can range between 80-100 decibels). However, dogs bark for many reasons, some of which provide great insight into complex canine emotions.

Closely Aligned

Dogs have proven to know a great deal about human emotions and moods. Since they are so dialed into us, we can return the favor by understanding why dogs bark. 

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10 Boredom Reducing Indoor Pet Exercises

If you are like the rest of the country, you have been stuck inside for the past month or two. While there is hope on the horizon for this pandemic to subside, we’re still indoors with our furry loved ones. Like us, our four-legged friends require daily exercise, mental enrichment, and interaction from their people. It not only encourages better health, it also helps reduce boredom that can result in destructive behaviors and stress.

The team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital is here with some of our best boredom busting indoor pet exercises. Continue reading to find out more!

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The Beat on Canine Heart Disease

Our pets have a lot of heart, and we love that about them. In fact, we want to do whatever we can to keep their hearts as healthy as possible. Canine heart disease is a little different from heart disease in people, though, so the best place to start is with a little understanding. 

Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital knows how much your pet means to you, and helping you understand canine heart disease is the least that we can do to help support that bond. 

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Got a Smelly Dog? Sure-Fire Ways to Reduce the Stink 

From car exhaust to garbage dumps, raw sewage to skunk spray, we live in a world of powerful odors. It’s bad enough to encounter funky smells when we’re out and about, but living among them can be unbearable, and that includes a chronically stinky pet. 

A super smelly dog that romps around spreading a truly unique odor may rattle human nerves, but it’s not entirely their fault. What’s more, there are techniques to reduce or eliminate canine odors.

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Feline Body Language: What Your Cat’s Tail is Trying to Tell You 

There are many ways that domestic felines choose to communicate. They have slow eye blinks that say “I love you” and head bumps to say “I’m Yours”. They also chirp at prey, twitch their whiskers, and puff up their fur coats to appear larger to potential threats,.

But at the forefront of feline body language, the tail is particularly skilled at signaling a cat’s likes, dislikes and deepest desires.

Rear-End Appendage

Beavers slap their tails to warn of danger. Horses whip their tails to swat away flies. Dogs wag their tails in a certain way to indicate emotion. 

Similarly, a cat’s tail is not just a tail. While primarily used for balance, their tail serves to communicate a feline’s physical and emotional state. Together with individualized meows and scent cues, owners can put together the subtleties of feline body language.

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Why Pet Wellness Exams Mean So Much in the Long Run 

A common misconception is that, if an animal isn’t exhibiting certain tell-tale symptoms, they are the picture of health. In other words, if it “ain’t broke”, don’t fix it. 

Sadly, many pet owners do not realize their beloved pet is sick or injured until it becomes too late for preventative measures. The regularity of pet wellness exams (once a year, and twice annually for pets over 6) helps us support lifelong health, detect problems early on in development, and treat conditions before they get out of hand. 

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