How Not to Say “Bite Me”: Avoiding Dog Bites

Avoid Do Bites

By Susan Garlinghouse DVM

This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, so let’s talk about how to avoid being either the owner or victim of dog bites.  According to the Centers of Disease Control, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, with 1 in 5 (that’s over 800,000) requiring medical attention.  The most common victims are young children and the elderly, and most are bitten during everyday activities by a dog familiar to them.

Any dog can bite if provoked, regardless of size, age, breed or gender.  Usually, dogs bite as a reaction—either out of fear, from pain, to protect their territory or possessions, or during play that gets out of hand. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Let the Dog Eat Your Homework: Back to School Tips for Your Pet

back to school dog

The summer is drawing to a close, and all the kids are heading back to school. Already, the sleeping in, going to the beach, and free time is being replaced with early mornings, homework, and grumpy kids. Getting children back on track for school is difficult, but your kids aren’t the only ones who need to adjust – your pets will need help as well!

After spending the summer with a full house, your pets might experience some stress when all their playmates are missing during the day. If that stress isn’t properly addressed, it can lead to separation anxiety and even behavioral issues in your pet.

We have some tips below that may help your pet transition to the new household schedule. Read the rest of this entry »