Helping the Helper: What to Do if an Unattended Service Dog Approaches You

September 19th, 2018 by Deer Creek Animal Hospital

An unattended service dog approaching you may be a cry for help.

By now, most of us know to avoid petting or interacting with a service dog while they’re on duty. The assistance these incredible dogs provide often requires intense concentration and is something that should not be disturbed by outside interactions.

Although this is common knowledge for most of us, what happens when the tables are turned and we’re approached by an unattended service dog? Many people do not know that seeking the assistance of others when their handler is in trouble is an important function of a service dog. Your quick response could make all the difference for a person who needs help.

Nonverbal Cues

Any dog owner knows that even though they can’t talk, pets communicate with us constantly. Dogs and humans have evolved together over thousands of years, and this has given them the ability to let us know what they want or need through movements, vocalizations, and even facial expressions. That paw on your knee or the sound of urgent whimpering all work to achieve various outcomes, many of which are nearly universal among all canines. Read the rest of this entry »

Overlapping Lives and Why People Love Pets

September 12th, 2018 by Deer Creek Animal Hospital

People love pets because they love us without condition.Constant companionship is just one of the many perks of pet ownership, but a growing body of research indicates that quantifiable health benefits are also part of the package. People love pets because they feel good simply being in their company. A long gaze into those soulful eyes, the immediate wag of the tail when you’re caught in their line of vision, and that special feeling that comes with a tight friendship cannot be underestimated. But did you know that your pet’s health is connected to your very own?

The Pet Effect

The close ties we forge with our furry companions is a mere link in the evolution between humans and animals. Thousands of years ago, the ancestors of today’s domestic dogs learned to co-exist with our own hunter-gatherer relatives. Now, the symbiotic relationship between us of being able to share space, valuable time, and energy, is evident with the almost 40% of all households that own a dog. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate Fall with Our Favorite Denver Pet Activities!

September 6th, 2018 by Deer Creek Animal Hospital

Denver pet activities can be at their best when you can have outdoor fun with pets.There’s nothing like autumn in Colorado. The sunlight shines gold through the Aspen leaves and crisp breezes carry the smell of wood fires and the hint of winter to come. As a pet-friendly area, it’s no surprise that there’s plenty of fall fun to be had with your best four-legged friend. We hope these ideas for pet activities in the Denver area will have you breaking out the apple cider while inspiring those tails to wag.

The Great Outdoors

Taking in all the beautiful colors is one of the many delights that await us this season. The following trails are pet-friendly (leashed dogs only) and offer spectacular views: Read the rest of this entry »