While Not Perilous, a Reverse Sneeze Attack Can Sound Pretty Scary

A dog in mid-sneeze.

If you have never heard a reverse sneeze, you might be alarmingly triggered by its signature sounds. Generally speaking, a dog that suddenly begins to honk, wheeze, and snort might require emergency veterinary help. However, a reverse sneeze isn’t usually a cause for concern. Sure, it’s weird and uncharacteristic for many animals, but this mechanism is employed for specific reasons. What’s more, if you know what it is, you can help your dog regulate their breathing and interrupt this strange breathing.

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Stop It, Already! 4 Common Pet Behavioral Problems and How to Solve Them

Brown dog digging hole in yard.

Our pets are the joy of our lives, but sometimes they can present some challenging behaviors we’d like to avoid. Most cats and dogs have behavior problems here and there, but if your pet is engaging in destructive behaviors like chewing, scratching, or having accidents in the home it may be time to take action.

There are a number of common pet behavioral problems we hear about at Clairmont Animal Hospital. Let’s take a closer look at what you can do to help redirect your sweet fur friend.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Running With Your Dog

The popularity and benefits of running abound. And with our dogs as our running partners, things are just about perfect. After all, our dogs want to be with us, they have boundless energy, and it’s hard to skip a workout with those puppy dog eyes waiting expectantly at the door. 

There are plenty of “do’s” for running with your dog, and a few don’ts as well. Come along with Clairmont Animal Hospital as we check out the basics of a running program with your best fur pal. 

The Do’s Of Running With Your Dog

When it comes to running with your dog, we recommend starting with a check-up. Just as with people, you want to have a clean bill of health before starting any new exercise program. 

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Water, Water Everywhere: Keeping an Eye on Pet Hydration

Brown dog drinks from a water bottle

We all know how important water is to our survival, and the same goes for our pets. Because dogs and cats don’t regulate their body temperatures as efficiently as humans, it’s easy for them to become dehydrated – especially during the warmer months. With Pet Hydration Month occurring, it is the perfect time to discuss proper hydration for our furry friends.

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The Pros and Cons of Adopting a Pet Before College Graduation

The lives of college students can be very busy and full. From internships to thesis presentations to study abroad experiences, their calendars are seemingly bursting with never ending appointment reminders. This is why many college students consider adopting a pet a great goal for the very distant future. However, despite the time constraints and financial concerns, some soon-to-be grads can’t quite curb their desire to bring home a fluffy ball of fur.

While it’s true that pets can offer comfort, security, and stress relief to young adults away from home, prospective owners must seriously consider whether they can handle all the responsibilities that come with owning an animal companion.

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Rising Temps: Summer Heat Safety for Pets

Practice summer heat safety with pets to avoid heatstroke. During the summer, many of us are on the go. We’re outdoors playing, hiking, boating, or just hanging out in the backyard with friends and family. For pet owners, this also means including our pets in all the fun.  

However, the summer heat and humidity can cause problems for our furry loved ones. That’s why Clairmont Animal Hospital wants to take a moment to review some tips for summer heat safety for pets.

The Basics

Temperatures are rising all over the Decatur area, and it’s important to know that pets don’t sweat the same way that humans do. Imagine wearing a fur coat all summer long! It’s easy to see why preventing overheating in our pets is so important. If you think it’s hot outside (or inside!), it’s even hotter for your pet. Continue…

Enjoy Local Hikes and Walks with Your Dog  

Local hikes and walks with your dog are great pet exercise.Have you been spending too much time on the couch? Has your dog been giving you the stink eye every time you pass by the leash? It might be time to dust off those running or hiking shoes! Fortunately, there’s nothing quite like outdoor walks with your dog to get you motivated.

The team at Clairmont Animal Hospital has compiled a few pointers to keep your pet safe, as well as some local suggestions for good fun and exercise.

Safety First: Going on Walks with Your Dog

Before you grab the leash and head outside, make sure you brush up on summer pet safety tips. Be a dog walking pro with the following suggestions: Continue…

Military Working Dogs: Honoring the Lives of Canine Veterans

canine veteransDogs are famous for their incredible sense of smell. Not only do they have more receptors in their noses than we do, but the part of a dog’s brain that processes scent is much larger than ours. Of course, this gives them an edge when tracking or detecting, but when used in tandem with their equally phenomenal sense of hearing, dogs are an absolute boon to military operations.

In large part, their skills are a result of formal training by – and recognition of – the military in war efforts since World War II. Canine veterans have bravely served and sacrificed for our country and, like their human handlers, have earned a highly regarded place in history.

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What’s the Big Deal About a Fear Free Vet Practice?

fear free vetThe pets we know and love have profound reactions to the world around them. We can make the case that pets respond positively to various stimuli (think walks in the woods, laser pointers, snuggles on a cold night), so it only makes sense that they react in kind to stressful or traumatic events.

Fortunately, the national trend that honors an animal’s emotional state is growing – and fast! With a fear free vet, your pet no longer endures those “red light” moments of acute stress or anxiety when traveling to our practice. Indeed, your pet may even look forward to routine visits.

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Beyond the Itch: Pet Skin Problems and the Benefits of Dermatology

pet skin problemsIt may come as a surprise to many owners, but pet skin problems are among the top reasons pets are brought in to see us. Our furry family members tend to experience a wide array of conditions that can manifest in the skin, including allergic response to pollens, molds, and even food.

Parasites cause everything from mange to chronic anxiety issues, and you might be shocked to learn that our four-legged friends often experience skin problems due to a number of different illnesses and conditions. That’s why veterinary dermatology is so important to the health and well-being of cats and dogs alike.
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