Reverse Sneeze & Goose Honking in Dogs

A brown dog sneezing.

The longer you have your dog, the more you learn what they want by their sounds and postures. Not all sounds they make are requests for treats, walks, or alerts announcing stranger danger (could be another dog, cat, or the postal carrier). Some noises are just odd and might leave you scratching your head. Many of these sounds, precisely a honking sound, are caused by physical changes in your pet’s mouth or windpipe. Your veterinarians at Brodie Animal Hospital can diagnose any issues associated with these sounds and help you make sense of them.

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Know Before You Adopt: Common Bulldog Problems

Bulldog with tongue out laying in grass.

Prospective dog owners are drawn to specific breeds because of looks, skills, or personalities. Choosing the right breed makes all the difference to a successful adoption, and one of the considerations for purebred dogs has to be the potential for certain health issues. While they are selectively bred for specific appearances, many dog breeds can face specific health issues. Common bulldog problems aren’t necessarily deal-breakers to adopting one, but it’s vital to know the potential risks so you can offer the best wellness care to your pet:

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Puppy Potty Practice: How to Successfully House Train Your Pet

A Pomeranian with a little accident

Teaching your dog the ropes on where they should do their business is one that requires great amounts of patience. 

If you have ever house trained a puppy, you know that it is quite the process and that you will be cleaning up plenty of messes. Successfully house training your pet, though, can be done and it is a skill that will benefit them (and you!) for their lifetime. 

House training a pet relies on the same approach as you would take with teaching commands or how to walk on a leash. This means rewarding your pet for good behavior. But how do you do this? 

You’re in luck! The team at Brodie Animal Hospital  is here with some simple suggestions for how to train your pet to go potty where they should. Let’s begin!

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6 Puppy Behaviors to Keep an Eye On

A Jack Russell Terrier sitting in a pile of torn-up fluff

Those rolly-polly bodies and adorable faces, what’s not to like about puppies? If you have adopted a new puppy, it’s definitely an exciting time in your household. Puppies are full of curiosity and energy, and never seem lax on trying to figure out everything in their surroundings. These playful babies are certainly swoon-worthy, but sometimes behaviors arise that aren’t exactly adorable.

As your puppy develops and grows into an adolescent, there are some behaviors to watch out for during their training and socialization. Your team at Brodie Animal Hospital is here to explain. 

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Is Car Sickness in Dogs a Real Thing?

A pug sitting in a car seat

It sounds like a cruel joke, but we can assure you, dogs get motion sickness all the time. Contrary to the plethora of images depicting happy dogs riding in cars, trucks, tractors, and everything in between, they simply don’t come equipped to handle the sensations associated with traveling. Instead, like most new things, they have to become acclimated to the experience. 

When it comes to preventing canine car sickness, or easing symptoms, we’ve got you covered!

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What’s Up, Weirdo? Examining Why Dogs Eat Grass and Other Strange Stuff

A dog eating grass outdoors

Did you adopt a dog or goat? There aren’t many behaviors shared between the two species, but eating grass is definitely one of them. Some dogs simply love to chew on anything they can get between their jaws. Others do it for… well, they must have good reasons, right?

Leaning on canine logic may be a stretch in this case, but yes, dogs eat grass in order to to arrive at a specific sensation. What other funky dog behaviors get you second-guessing?

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