Don’t Stop Socializing Your Puppy!

We all hear the magic number of 8 weeks to 16 weeks to expose our puppies to things they need to see and learn, but what happens after 4 months? We all pat ourselves on the back, and then sit back to enjoy our well trained puppy?! 

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Great Dog Training Books..

So I love to read-I was one of those geeky kids who read on the school bus, stayed up late reading, and well just love to read! I have transitioned to a kindle, kind of. I still have a tendency to want a physical book for things I want to reference later. 

Here are some of my favorite dog training books-the ones I find myself reading again and again…

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House Training the Puppy-It’s All About Patience!

So Tilly, our newest four legged, is almost 15 weeks old and prior to Tilly coming home, it has been four years since we had a puppy. The things you forgot during that time! In the many dogs my family has had, we have had the spectrum of how long it took to house train. Caos, our standard poodle had on accident, was loose in the house at six months, and by far the easiest dog to house train. When Salza was a puppy, I had her brother for the first few months-whew that made house training harder!

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Socializing the Puppy and Kitten

It’s so important to socialize your puppies and kittens. And the best part is it is fun! Puppies and kittens are like sponges early on, so it is important to expose them to things that they will need to know later in life. What are some things your new four legged friend needs to get used to?

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Happy Fourth of July! 

It’s almost July 4th-food, friends, fishing, and fireworks! Things we all love, right? But maybe not so much for our four legged friends. Unfortunately fireworks are not normally high on our dogs’ list of favorite events. And there are lots and lots of fireworks this time of year. More dogs go missing on this holiday any other day. So what can you do to protect your dog?

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The Hot Weather is Here!

It’s summer in North Carolina-and we all know that means lots of hot, humid days. We see all over social media warnings about the hot weather and leaving pets in the cars. But what are some other things you need to be worried about with warmer temperatures? 

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Introducing The Newest Southern Animal Hospital Team Member-Tilly!

We are excited to announce Tilly, our newest four legged friend member. Tilly aka MillaBella Covered in Gold at Rokishoals is a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy owned by myself, Adam, and her breeders. We can’t wait to see how she grows up and all of the fun in watching her grow up. We are thankful for MillaBella for letting us bring this beautiful, fun girl into our house.   Tilly will be starting her puppy classes with Southern Animal Hospital’s puppy classes and at Durham Kennel Club. As she gets older she gets to try all new things including conformation, obedience, rally, agility, lure coursing, barn hunt, nose work, and whatever sports she shows us she wants to do. But of course she has a lot of growing to do first! Luckily she has the grown dogs  and Trouble the Cat to show her the way!   I am sure everyone will get tired of seeing Tilly-but not much cuter then a puppy!  Boo Donoho, DVM  #SouthernAnimalHospital  #RhodesianRidgeback      

We are excited to announce Tilly, our newest four legged friend member. Tilly aka MillaBella Covered in Gold at Rokishoals is a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy owned by myself, Adam, and her breeders. We can’t wait to see how she grows up and all of the fun in watching her grow up. We are thankful for MillaBella for letting us bring this beautiful, fun girl into our house. 

Tilly will be starting her puppy classes with Southern Animal Hospital’s puppy classes and at Durham Kennel Club. As she gets older she gets to try all new things including conformation, obedience, rally, agility, lure coursing, barn hunt, nose work, and whatever sports she shows us she wants to do. But of course she has a lot of growing to do first! Luckily she has the grown dogs  and Trouble the Cat to show her the way! 

I am sure everyone will get tired of seeing Tilly-but not much cuter then a puppy!

Boo Donoho, DVM

#SouthernAnimalHospital

#RhodesianRidgeback

 

 

Is Annual Bloodwork Necessary?

Often when we take our pets to the vet for their annual wellness exam, it gets overwhelming. Your pet needs a fecal, then vaccines, oh and the heartworm test, and now they are asking about annual bloodwork-is this all necessary? When I am making recommendations for a pet at their annual exam, I recommend the same things I do for my own pets. And I do believe annual bloodwork is important. But why?

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What Should I Look For In A Puppy Class? 

You just got your new puppy, and it is so exciting! Now it’s time to enroll your puppy in a class. But how do you know it’s the right class for you and your puppy? Here are some guidelines you can use...

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Ear Infections Driving Your Pet Crazy?!

It’s our favorite time of the year-flowers, sunshine, longer days, warm weather and ….allergy season! And along with allergy season we start to see many ear infections. Not fun for us, not fun for the owners, and definitely not fun for the dogs and cats! Ear infections can be very painful, make their ears so itchy, and smelly. What causes ear infections and what can you do about it?

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What’s Your Pet’s Heartworm Status?

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month but why is this so important? Over 1 million dogs in the United States have heartworm disease and at least 45 percent of the dogs out there are not on prevention for heartworm disease. Scary statistics, especially knowing that heartworm disease can be fatal to dogs and cats. 

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It’s National Pet ID Week! 

April 16th through 22nd is National Pet ID Week! Why is this so important? 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point in this lifetime. And without identification, the chances of the lost pets making it back to their families decreases. We don’t want your pet to become that statistic! So what are things you can do to help if your pet is lost? 

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What about Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm Disease is caused by Dirofiliaria immitis, which is transmitted by mosquitoes to both dogs and cats, but is more prevalent in dog These parasites can cause long term lung/heart disease and can even cause sudden death in both dogs and cat. Cats have been shown to be more resistance to infection, but can be infected and have life threatening effect. The up side of heartworm disease is it can be prevented by monthly heartworm prevention in both cats and dogs! 

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Which Dog is the Right Pet for Your Family? 

There are many breeds of dogs and cats out there. And there is an unlimited number of mixes of these breeds-sometimes we don’t know what mix of breeds a dog is-just a guess. If you are looking for a new four legged family member, whether from a breeder or adoption group, there are several things you need to think about first:

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It’s winter time and many of us start to let our guard down about our flea and tick prevention. But we live in North Carolina where we can have days that are 70’s and sunny. Can’t complain about that! But it does mean we have issues with fleas and ticks all year round. And we all know we don’t want those nasty critters on us, our pets, or in our houses!

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