Is it Even Possible? How Kids and Pets Can Have More Fun Together

July 18th, 2017 by DCAH Staff

kids and petsPlay is the common denominator between kids and pets. While they may have other things in common (like an enduring love of peanut butter, for example), the two sets are often jubilant, curious, and excited when in each other’s company. But this doesn’t mean everything is understood between them. Parents and pet owners have enormous responsibilities, and helping kids and pets have fun together – while remaining safe – is a pure joy.

Body Language

To make sure your child plays safely with animals, teach basic principles of dog or cat body language. Understanding how animals perceive humans is also very helpful. For instance, large dogs should not be encouraged to wrestle on the ground with a young child. Play can turn aggressive quickly, and reducing the potential for accidental injury is a primary goal.

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Off the Streets and out of Trouble: An Indoor Pet Enrichment Primer

July 11th, 2017 by DCAH Staff

indoor enrichmentThere are a lot of reasons why a pet may spend all or most of the time indoors. Any veterinarian will tell you that cats are healthier and tend to live longer when they are kept inside, and most cat owners agree. And while the majority of dogs spend at least part of their day outdoors, there are certain situations that can keep them from the daily walk or jaunt around the yard, such as a heat wave or heavy storm activity.

Although your pet may be better off indoors, boredom can easily become an issue. Indoor pet enrichment is an important part of responsible pet ownership, and your team at Deer Creek Animal Hospital has plenty of ideas to get you started.

The Importance of Indoor Pet Enrichment

Indoor pet enrichment may not be a term that many of us are familiar with, but it can mean the difference between a pet who enjoys life and one who doesn’t. An environment that lacks opportunities for mental stimulation and physical activity can lead to boredom, depression, destructive behavior, or aggression in pets.

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Vomiting and Diarrhea: Pet Tummy Trouble Deciphered

July 5th, 2017 by DCAH Staff

pet tummy troubleA little digestive upset is a common occurrence among pets. So, how do you know when to worry about pet tummy trouble and when to give things a little time? Never fear! Deer Creek Animal Hospital is here to see you through, no matter what bodily fluids come your way.

Causes of Pet Tummy Trouble

If you were to open a veterinary medicine textbook to the chapter on digestive upset, you might be surprised to find that there are quite literally hundreds of potential causes for vomiting, diarrhea, inappetence, and the like.

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