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If Dogs Had Thumbs

Did you know that there are some super cute pet holidays? One of the most amusing ones is coming right up. March 3rd is If Pets Had Thumbs Day! It’s probably safe to say that our canine pals would get into quite a bit of mischief if they had thumbs. Below, a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some things Fido may do if he had thumbs.

Open All The Food

If dogs had thumbs, we’d have to figure out some very ingenious ways to keep Fido from opening every can or box of food in the house. You’d also have to store bacon, sausage, and hamburger in a refrigerated safe, and/or put a padlock on your fridge.

Order Pizza

We suspect that Fido would definitely order himself a stack of meat lovers’ pizzas. Your canine buddy would have every delivery place on speed dial!

Lock The Cat Out

Fluffy and Fido have had a fairly rocky relationship. While some kitties can be best friends with their canine roommates, even pets that are pals can get a bit jealous of each other. Fido may very well kick his feline ‘sibling’ out of the house, or possibly lock her in a closet.

Go For A Walk . . . Or A Drive

If your four-legged friend could let himself out whenever he wanted, he’d probably be in and out quite a bit. Dogs love exploring, so Fido may also hop into your car and drive himself to the nearest dog park or beach! It’s also probably safe to say that your four-legged pal would waste no time unlatching the gate in the yard, and heading off for some grass-sniffing doggy adventures.

Cancel His Appointments

Just like people, dogs both look and feel better with proper care. Proper grooming will keep Fido looking and feeling clean and soft, while regular veterinary appointments help keep your furry friend in the best health possible. However, given the option, your pup would probably opt to stay in and order pizza.

Use Back Scratchers

Fido can be super cute when he’s trying to scratch an itchy spot. Your pooch would definitely love the ability to use a back scratcher! (Note: if your canine companion seems extremely itchy, have your vet examine him.)

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO pet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

New Year’s Resolutions for Dogs

Happy New Year! As we move forward into 2018 and leave 2017 behind, many people are looking ahead at the next year and setting personal goals for themselves. If your canine pal could make resolutions, what do you think would be on his list? A local Fort Collins, CO vet makes a few educated guesses below.

Explore New Grass

Our canine buddies are very adventurous, and love checking out new places and lawns. Fido can actually get quite a bit of information about neighborhood comings and goings just from sniffing yards! Try a new walking route this year, or take your four-legged friend to a local dog park.

Get More Snacks

If there’s one thing dogs are always up for, it’s trying to score yummy treats. Fido may work on his sad-puppy face, or try a new tactic. (Note: treats are fine, but don’t overindulge your furry pal with fatty snacks.)

Get The Cat To Stop Stealing My Bed

If you want a chuckle, look up videos of cats stealing dog beds. If poor Fido is sleeping on the floor while Fluffy sprawls out in his bed, he may very well attempt to reclaim his doggy bed this year!

Catch That Squirrel

Does your canine friend have a yard to patrol? If so, he may be involved in some turf wars . . . perhaps with a feisty squirrel. Your four-legged friend may very well aim to catch his tiny nemesis this year!

Car Rides

Man’s Best Friend loves going on car rides! There’s nothing wrong with taking your furry buddy out and about with you. Just be sure to always put your pet’s health and safety first. Never leave Fido in a car unattended, especially in hot weather. This is extremely dangerous, as temperatures in cars can reach deadly levels in just moments. It’s also very important to keep your pet crated for travel.

Spend Time With The Humans

If Fido had just one goal for 2018, it would probably be to spend as much time as possible with his favorite human: you! Pay lots of attention to your furry best friend this year! Pet him, play with him, and offer lots of belly rubs and ear scritches.

Please contact us, your local Fort Collins, CO pet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs in 2018 and beyond. We are here to help!

Fido’s Tail Wags

Dogs have many wonderful qualities. They’re smart, fun, playful, loyal, and loving, just to name a few. They’re also super cute! One of Fido’s most charming attributes is that furry tail of his. Below, a Fort Collins, CO vet talks about dog tails.

Tail Language

As you probably know, dogs often use their tails to communicate. When our canine companions are happy, they let us know by wagging their tails. With some dogs, you may only need to look at your pet for him to start thumping his tail. When Man’s Best Friend is feeling particularly joyful, he may wag his tail so hard his hips move. This super cute way of saying ‘Hi! I missed you!’ is definitely one of Fido’s most adorable habits!

Warning

Wagging tails aren’t always a sign of joy. Dogs also wag their tails when they are uncertain, wary, and/or nervous, though this is a much slower movement. This often happens when Fido meets a new person or dog he isn’t sure of yet. In some cases, it can be a warning sign. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Tail

Does your pooch sometimes smack his tail on things so hard that you wince? Unfortunately, our furry pals sometimes wag their tails so forcefully that they actually hurt themselves. This type of injury is known as Happy Tail, and is most common in big dogs with thin tails, like Labradors. Fido can actually hit his tail so hard that he starts bleeding, in which case you’ll also have blood spatters to deal with. Happy tail injuries can have some serious consequences, such as bleeding ulcers and/or infections, so if your canine friend hurts his tail, contact your vet immediately. Love hurts!

Preventing Tail Injuries

Tail injuries can be extremely painful for Fido! It’s very easy for our canine buddies to get their tails caught in doors. Man’s Best Friend is also prone to getting his tail stepped on or caught beneath reclining chairs. Keep a close eye on your pet. When it comes to treating injuries in our furry friends, an ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure!

Is your pup due for an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? We are here to help! Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs! We love keeping our furry patients’ tails wagging!

5 Ways to Improve Your Dog’s Behavior

Fido is a wonderful pet and companion. His unwavering loyalty, complete devotion, and unabashed affection can truly melt our hearts! That doesn’t mean our canine pals are perfect, however. In fact, Man’s Best Friend has a few bad habits. We are here to help! Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some great ways to improve your furry friend’s behavior.

Training

First and foremost, make sure that your canine buddy knows and obeys at least the five main commands of basic doggy obedience. These commands, which are SitStayHeelCome, and Lay Down, are extremely important, both for good petiquette and safety reasons.

Toys

Don’t let your furry pal get bored while you’re away. Offer Fido lots of fun toys to keep him amused while he’s alone. Puzzle toys, for instance, can keep your canine pal intrigued for hours. Keeping your pet amused and occupied will help keep him from channeling excess energy into destructive habits like chewing or digging.

Exercise

While every dog has different exercise needs, all of our canine pals need some sort of activity. If your pet is a bouncing, furry ball of energy, he could be quite a handful! Exercise will tire Fido out, so you’ll have a calmer, less zoomy pooch on your hands. If you don’t have the energy to go for long walks, keep your pooch moving with games of fetch, which will have your four-legged friend running around while you stay stationary. A laser pointer is another great option.

Veterinary Care

You may not think that veterinary care would do much for your pup’s behavior, but it actually does. Fido is much more likely to be grumpy if he doesn’t feel well. Make sure to bring your dog to the vet at least once a year for vaccinations, exams, and dental checkups. Keep up on that parasite control as well!

Quality Time

Man’s Best Friend needs to feel loved to be truly happy. Spend plenty of quality time with your four-legged buddy. To keep that furry tail wagging, dole out plenty of belly rubs and ear scritches. It’s also fine to give Fido treats, as long as you don’t go overboard with fatty snacks.

Please contact us, your local Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. That’s what we are here for!

How to Stop Your Dog From Digging

Has your canine buddy taking up landscaping as a hobby? Is Fido making your yard look like a construction site? Digging is a fairly common complaint from dog owners. Before you can take steps to correct your pup’s mining habits, however, you’ll need to figure out why he’s digging in the first place. Never punish your dog for digging. Instead, determine the cause, and look for a solution. A Fort Collins, CO veterinarian offers some possible reasons and resolutions below.

Escape

Is your dog intact? Is he inclined to run off, or love exploring new territory? He could be trying to escape. Be sure to spay or neuter your pooch. Bring Fido to dog parks or hiking trails to satisfy his urge to explore.

Weather

Do you sometimes find your pooch lying in a hole he made? Is your dog outside when it’s hot or cold? If so, your pet may be seeking relief from the weather. Keep your canine friend indoors as much as possible. If Fido absolutely has to spend a lot of time outdoors, get him a comfy doghouse.

Treats

Some dogs dig to bury or retrieve treats or food. If this is the case, work with Fido. Build him a sandbox, and bury toys and treats in it. If he knows where the good stuff is, he may leave the rest of the yard alone!

Prey

Is your pup digging in straight lines? Is he a terrier? If so, he may be after a burrowing animal. Use safe and humane methods to banish your unwanted guests.

Boredom

Look at Fido’s routine and yard area. Does he have ample toys and entertainment? Provide your canine pal with plenty of fun playthings, and change them out frequently so he doesn’t get bored.

Excess Energy

Dogs that don’t get enough activity may dig to relieve excess energy. Take Fido for daily walks, and play with him long enough to tire him out a bit.

Breed

Some breeds are simply more inclined to digging than others are. Researching your pup’s breed characteristics may give you valuable insight.

Anxiety

If Fido mostly digs when he’s left alone, he may have separation anxiety. Ask a professional for advice on helping your dog overcome his fears.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health, care, or behavior? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, anytime!