Scaredy Cat! What Causes Cat Anxiety and What to Do About It

An anxious cat claws at a sliding glass door to escape.

Anxiety is fear of the unknown, feelings of worry, and anticipation of danger. While most humans are familiar with this feeling, we might not be aware that our feline family members can experience it, too. Unfortunately, anxiety in cats is more common than you would think! 

It can be tricky to determine whether your cat’s mood is from anxiety, or if it is just normal cat behavior. The team at Brodie Animal Hospital is here to help you identify the signs of anxiety in felines, and offer some tips to help your scaredy cat calm down. 

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Recognizing and Treating Cat Asthma

A black and white cat without asthma on a wood floor.

Is your cat hacking up a hairball or having an asthma attack? Asthma is a disease often caused by allergens. As in humans, when a cat inhales an allergen, the immune system responds to fight the allergen. This often results in inflammation and swelling that can affect your cat’s airways.

Common allergens are:

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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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5 Myths About Your Pet’s Weight

A dog dressed in fitness gear.

Just as it is for humans, weight management is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Obesity and excessive weight gain can pose a serious threat to your pet. The more pounds they carry increase their risk for conditions like diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, some cancers, urinary bladder stones, and more. Ultimately, excessive weight can even shorten your pet’s lifespan. 

According to the Association For Pet Obesity Prevention’s latest study in 2018, approximately 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States were considered overweight or obese. With pet obesity on the rise, the team at Brodie Animal Hospital has provided you with 5 myths and facts about your pet’s weight so they can live a long, healthy life:

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Our Favorite Training Treats for Cats

A person pets a cat.

If you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, what does that say for teaching cats anything? Luckily, there isn’t a lot of truth behind that old adage. Senior dogs can, indeed, learn new things and cats can certainly be trained as well!

Brodie Animal Hospital is a big believer in positive reinforcement training for dogs and cats alike. Positive reinforcement techniques always leave that burning question, though – what kind of treats or best? Read on to learn about our favorite training treats for cats. 

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Brodie Animal Hospital’s Top Pet Blogs of 2020

Just when we thought 2020 was over, 2021 began… And while this year is shaping up to be its own wild ride, we can rest assured that our pets’ love and companionship will see us through the days ahead.

Many pet owners have found themselves spending more time with their pets that ever before; which, of course, our pets love. With that, the opportunity pet owners have had to witness more of our pets’ lives, quirks, and health than ever before has been amazing, but also left us wondering about their pet’s lives, and we are grateful for those who have turned to our pet blog for answers.

The team at Brodie Animal Hospital is happy to offer you our top 5 most-read blogs of the year. May these popular blogs help to remind you of something you have learned, or inspire you to read more…

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When You Return to Work, Is Pet Separation Anxiety Inevitable?

Most of us are having trouble coping these days, but family pets sure are enjoying their jobs. They fill very important roles for us in uncertain times as our support system, and we depend on them for their unconditional love, reassurance, and utter devotion. 

But what will happen to this dynamic if/when we return to work or school? Will pets just automatically resume their previous schedules? What about animals adopted right before the country shut down? They haven’t experienced large amounts of “me time” since arriving at their new homes. 

Pet separation anxiety is a natural consequence, and there are ways to prevent and treat it.

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6 Puppy Behaviors to Keep an Eye On

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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Set the Scene and Prioritize Halloween Pet Safety

Two floofy dogs dressed in Halloween sweaters sit near Halloween decor

In life we are typically more successful when we plan ahead. Whether it’s preparing for a test or a trip, when our proverbial ducks are lined up mistakes are reduced, accidents abated. 

The same holds true for Halloween pet safety. Without a doubt, the more we anticipate potential calamity the more we can keep our animals out of danger. The best part? With an approach to seasonal events like this, we can all but guarantee a happy, fun-filled night.

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