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Has your dog ever stolen food from your plate or off the kitchen counter? That is called counter surfing. While it may be fun for your pup, it can be very frustrating for you and your guests. But don't despair. Your dog's not trying to be mean or rebellious. He just needs some gentle and persistent training. The best dog counter surfing deterrents encourage a different behavior that ends up being more rewarding. Your dog's instinct to sneak food may be strong, but with consistent training, patience, and understanding, you can stop him from counter surfing.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

Taking your cat's temperature is easy to do at home with a little preparation. The most accurate way to take a cat's temperature is by gently inserting a lubricated thermometer into the cat's rectum. Pet-specific oral, ear, and skin thermometers are also available at many pet stores. These are easier to use, but may be less accurate than taking a rectal temperature.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Elizabeth Racine, DVM
dog staring at moon

While annoying to us, barking comes naturally to dogs. Because it's a natural instinct, it can be a challenge to get them to stop barking at night. Why do dogs bark at night? Often it's because they see or hear an animal in the yard, or because they hear other dogs barking in the neighborhood. Other reasons they bark include loneliness, lack of supervision, or inadequate exercise and play. To get them to stop barking at night, you need to give them a more rewarding option.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Sassafras Lowrey & Sharla Moody
little girl holding rabbit

Although they may look small and fragile, rabbits are surprisingly well-adapted to cold temperatures. With appropriate husbandry, a healthy adult rabbit can be comfortable in temperatures down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and can tolerate temperatures that are even lower if necessary. Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit may be too cold for rabbits and you will need to take some extra precautions to keep your rabbit comfortable outdoors at these temperatures.

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Comments | Posted in Small Animals By Elizabeth Racine, DVM
If you brush your dog regularly, less hair will fall onto your car's carpet.

It's always fun to take your dog with you when you run errands or go on adventures. But a traveling dog can also lead to a lot of dog fur getting stuck in the crooks, crevices, and carpet of your car. Figuring out how to get dog hair out of the car's carpet isn't as tough as it might sound. To get out the dog hair, you'll want to dog proof your car with special covers and then use a vacuum, rubber glove, or even lint rollers to get out the excess hair.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Cartoon of fox about to eat chicken

Chickens are highly susceptible to predators, especially if they're free range. Foxes, raccoons, birds of prey and even snakes can all pose a threat to a free-range flock. To protect your chickens from predators, you'll need to consider installing appropriate fencing, providing shelter, keeping your chickens indoors at night and using guard animals to keep predators at bay.

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Comments | Posted in Farm By Elizabeth Racine, DVM

Why Does My Cat Meow A Lot?

1/21/2020 9:53 AM

Cats may meow to ask for food or make other requests.

Cats love to meow and "talk" to their owners, but sometimes it can get a little out of hand, even for the cutest fur babies. When your cat is meowing frequently and can't seem to stop, you may find yourself asking: "Why does my cat meow a lot?" Excessive meowing can have many causes, including boredom, wanting to talk with you, feeling hungry, or being stressed or sick. The key is learning to translate your cat's meows.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Veterinarian and dog owner at the vet with dog.

A dog's body temperature runs significantly higher than a human's. A dog's normal body temperature can range from 99 degrees to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures higher or lower than this normal range—known as hyperthermia or hypothermia, respectively—may be cause for concern. Knowing how to evaluate your dog's temperature can help you determine whether there is a problem that requires veterinary attention.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Elizabeth Racine, DVM

Why Does My Cat Lay on Me?

1/9/2020 6:32 AM

Cats may lay on you for many reasons, including love, warmth, and security. Here are all the main reasons why you may wake up to find your cat on your chest.

Have you ever woken up to find your cat sleeping on your chest or curled up on top of your legs? Or maybe your kitty likes to nestle on your lap while you're watching TV. Whatever the case, you've probably asked at some point, "Why does my cat lay on me?" Cats generally snuggle up with you because they love you and you help them feel warm, safe, and secure.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

Do Cats Get Bored?

1/7/2020 6:34 AM

Cats can get bored if they don't have enough mental stimulation indoors.

Do cats get bored? It's a valid concern. You want your fur baby to be happy and healthy, but you might worry that your cat doesn't have enough activities to stay entertained. A cat that over-grooms, eats too much, or becomes a little destructive might have too much pent-up energy because he's bored. You can help by providing lots of mental stimulation through interactive toys, playtime, cat trees and perches, and clicker training.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Feral cat in yard.

If you've ever spotted a pair of eyes peering at you from under the neighbor's porch or caught a glimpse of a furry tail disappearing around a corner, you've likely encountered a community cat. Community cats are your local population of free-roaming felines. They are often a diverse group made up of feral cats, strays, and outdoor pets. As populations of community cats have rapidly expanded, many people have wondered what, if anything, should be done to manage these growing colonies.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Elizabeth Racine, DVM

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