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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Deck The Halls Safely With Our Holiday Pet Safety Tips

The holiday season is here, and with it, the many celebrations, feasts, and family gatherings so many of us enjoy. Of course, we want to include our pets in the merriment, but what does this mean for them?

From rich holiday foods, to parties and travel, to seasonal decor, it’s important to be aware of how to keep our best furry friends safe this holiday season. As veterinarians and veterinary support staff, we’ve seen it all. Our time tested holiday pet safety tips are designed to keep your pet happy, healthy, and out of the emergency room this holiday season.

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Pet Care 911: How To Tell If It’s A Pet Emergency

If you’re a pet owner, you know how curious, adventurous, and fun-loving our pets can be. Unfortunately, these wonderful traits can also sometimes get them into trouble.

With pets living longer, thanks to excellent pet nutrition, our better understanding of what pets need to stay healthy, and advanced veterinary care, most of us will experience an emergency with our pets at some point in their lives. As a responsible pet owner, it’s up to you to be able to recognize and respond to  pet emergency. 

Luckily, your team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital has your back. Keep reading to learn how to tell if it’s a pet emergency, and what to do if it is. 

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