Cats and People, Together Forever

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People honored with the privilege of cat ownership usually know – and distinctly remember – the first moment they saw their cat.

Some owners never had a plan to adopt and spontaneously did so moments after being introduced. Others prepared for their cat’s initial arrival like they would the Queen of England. Indeed, the connection between cats and people is recognized far and wide, and the indelible impression on our hearts makes us forever grateful. 

Heart to Heart

Evidence suggests that simply being near cats, let alone snuggling with them, increases the production of oxytocin, the love hormone. This hormone facilitates the deep bond between cats and people, but we’re not the only ones that benefit from it. Cats, too, produce oxytocin when in the company of their beloved person. 

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Preventing Separation Anxiety in Pets After the Stay-at-Home Order Ends

After months of constant togetherness during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, the post-lockdown life can feel like another big change. We have to adjust to setting our alarms and dealing with the daily commute once more. Kids will soon be out and about during summer activities and the busy life as we used to know it will return. During COVID-19, your furry one may have reaped the rewards of you being by their side during the day. But, what now?

If your pet has been struggling with the transition, your friends at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center are empathetic with this scenario. We are here with some suggestions to help your loved one deal with separation anxiety and its associated problems.

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Too Close For Comfort? What to Do About Kids and Dogs at Home

There’s no question that dogs are great for kids. They help teach responsibility, and the close companionship experienced can develop self-esteem and empathy. But when everyone’s at home day in and day out, is there such a thing as too much time together? 

We all need our space sometimes, and dogs are no exception. With that said, there are some important guidelines to ensure kids and dogs stay safe and happy at home.

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Hypoallergenic Dogs: Too Good To Be True? 

If you’re a pet lover who has allergies, we understand the sneezing, watery eyes, and coughing that might accompany being in the presence of dogs. You may have heard about “hypoallergenic dogs” that don’t cause allergic symptoms. But it’s not quite that simple. 

Keep reading as Animal Family Veterinary Care explores the hype around hypoallergenic dogs.

Is the Science Real?

The allergic response in humans is due to a protein found in dog (and cat) dander and saliva. Dander is attached to pet hair, so the more a pet sheds, the more dander can be found in the home, and the worse an allergy might be. 

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Adopt a Senior Pet: Lifelong Friends

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Senior pets end up in animal shelters for many reasons, usually having to do with some unexpected life change. But whether due to military deployment, divorce, death of an owner, or a move, millions of senior pets wait at shelters for their forever homes.

Sure, puppies and kittens are cute, but adopting a senior pet has its own advantages. Senior pets are usually house trained, calmer than their younger counterparts, and have plenty of love to give. Since November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, we could think of no better time to highlight these sweet seniors! 

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Leaving Your Dog Home Alone: How Long Is Too Long?

We don’t call dogs our best friends for nothing. They enjoy our company and are hardwired to protect us, work for us, and be our companions. In a perfect world we’d spend all day with our dogs, but for most of us this just isn’t a possibility.

Leaving your dog home alone doesn’t mean you’re a bad pet owner. Fortunately there are some great ways to enrich your dog’s life (and keep your house intact) while you’re away from home.

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Should You Cuddle with Your Pet? The Answer May Surprise You

Whether they’re logical, reasonable, or purely indulgent, the reasons people choose to sleep with their pets vary considerably. Approximately 60% of American households own a pet, and roughly half of them are allowed to sleep alongside their people. In fact, many owners insist on co-sleeping. Pets and people naturally enjoy – and benefit from – close contact. But are there reasons why you shouldn’t cuddle with your pet?

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Animal Family Veterinary Care Center’s Top Pet Care Blogs of 2018

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The new year is the perfect time to take stock of our blessings and reflect on our accomplishments. At this time of year, we can’t help but feel grateful for all our patients and clients, and think back with fondness to all the Davenport pets that we’ve helped.

We’re also thinking about how to make an even better year to come for ourselves, our families, and our pets. With that in mind, we’re taking a look back at our monthly pet care blogs to learn which posts you found most entertaining and educational, and we’ve compiled them for you here. Enjoy!

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Halloween Pet Safety: How to Safely Include Your Pets in Your Seasonal Plans

Halloween pet safety can keep your pet from getting spooked.This time of year has a lot going for it. From apple picking to hayrides, costume contests to carving pumpkins, there’s some serious seasonal fun to be had. If your family pet is like some of the ones we know and love, they might want to be in the middle of all the fun. Certainly, being together is always fun, but is it always safe on All Hallow’s Eve? It can be with our Halloween pet safety tips and tricks.

Halloween Pet Safety Prep

Does your dog go crazy when the doorbell rings or are they simply eager to meet the neighborhood trick or treaters? A way to mitigate some stress or anxiety related to strangers and costumes constantly showing up on your stoop is to kennel your dog. Continue…

Definitely, Yes, Absolutely, 100%: The Importance of a Pet Disaster Plan

A pet disaster plan will help if you need to evacuate your pet in an emergencyOur geographical location is arguably one of the safest with regard to natural disasters, but that doesn’t mean catastrophe can’t strike at home. People have to leave their homes for all sorts of reasons, such as house fires, tornadoes and high winds, floods, water line damage, insect infestation, and more. These events can happen to anyone, which is why it’s vital to have a pet disaster plan. Are you ready?

Plug In. Recharge.

Before we go into detail about what your pet disaster plan should involve, we’d like to remind owners of pets to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout the house. Change batteries and/or replace the entire device if needed (usually after 10 years or so).

Some pet owners practice setting off the alarms as a training exercise. That way, their pets know how to act when alarms go off, such as exit through a pet door to your fenced-in yard. If that option isn’t available to you, you could train your pet to go to the safest spot in the house or their crate. Continue…