All the Feels: Can Pets Sense our Emotions?

Can pets sense our emotions?On our darkest days when all we want to do is curl up on the couch and do nothing, those of us with pets know our companions seem to sense our emotions. Whether it’s curling up on our legs or placing a worried head in our laps, many owners wonder whether pets have a sixth sense when it comes to our feelings.

Animal perception is of great interest among animal behaviorists, researchers, and those who spend time with and care for pets. Let’s take a closer look at emotional intelligence in animals and explore the question of whether pets sense our emotions.

Animal Cognition

From studies that span a few centuries, we now know that many mammals feel a wide range of emotions. We’re also finding that animals can perceive these emotions in humans. Continue…

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The Need for Regular Pet Dental Care

Pet dental care by a veterinarian, as well as at home, contributes to overall pet health. We all know how important regular dental care is for ourselves and our children. We brush twice a day, floss and see our dentist annually for checkups and professional cleaning. But what if we told you that regular pet dental care is just as important?

It’s true! If you imagine what it would feel like to never brush your teeth or see a dentist, you begin to get the picture. Taking good care of your pet’s oral health is of vital importance. Animal Medical Hospital shows you why!

A Common Problem

Dental disease in pets is extremely common. Studies show that by the time our pets reach 4 years of age, 85% of them have some form of dental disease. But many of us don’t realize this problem exists, until dental disease is advanced. Most pet owners don’t regularly look into their pets’ mouths, and pets are masters at hiding their pain and discomfort, making it even more difficult to know when there’s a problem. Continue…

Sweet Smells? Essential Oils and Pets

Essential oils and pets don't always mix!Aromatherapy has been around for many years, but nowadays, essential oils are all the rage. Recently, people have been using essential oils in a number of home remedies. They’re touted for relieving everything from muscle aches to depression to allergies. This begs the question – is it safe to mix essential oils and pets? The team at Animal Medical Hospital set out to find answers!

The Basics of Essential Oils

Essential oils are plant compounds that have been meticulously extracted and distilled. These compounds can impart the properties of the plant. Many compare the process of distilling essential oils to that of making fine wine.

Essential oils are highly volatile, meaning they can have powerful effects on our bodies and minds. They enter the body through inhalation, ingestion, or through contact with the skin. They’re absorbed rapidly by the bloodstream and affect the internal organs. If used properly, they can have therapeutic effects. Continue…

Swimming Safety for Dogs

swimming safety for dogs plays an important part in pet safetyAs we prepare to dive into summer, many of us are thinking about how much we love lakes, the ocean, rivers, ponds, pools, and being on boats. We know quite a few dogs who love these activities, too! So the team at Animal Medical Hospital thought the time was right to share some tips for swimming safety for dogs.

It may come as some surprise, but not all dogs are natural swimmers. Some dog breeds (bulldogs, pugs, basset hounds) and body conformations (large bodies and short legs) just don’t lend themselves well to the water. So, before you head out on that water adventure, make sure that your dog has the skill and inclination to swim by learning a little more about safety in the water.

Swimming Safety for Dogs

Even if your dog can swim, many dogs can benefit from a swimming lesson or two. Here are some tips when it comes to swimming safety for dogs. Continue…