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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Pop-Bang-Boom! Understanding and Managing Noise Anxiety in Pets

When it comes to summer, there’s so much to look forward to: trips to the lake, lazy days by the pool, 4th of July celebrations, and even the occasional thunderstorm that rolls through.

Unfortunately, your pet probably doesn’t share your excitement about fireworks and storms. All the loud noise, flashing lights, strange smells, and changes in atmospheric pressure can send even the calmest pet into a frenzy of fear.

The team at Brodie Animal Hospital wants to help you calm your pet’s fears so you can both get the most out of our gorgeous Texas summers. To get started, check out these tips and tricks for managing noise anxiety in pets.  

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How Do You Practice Fall Pet Safety?

Fall pet safety can keep outdoor fun with pets pet-safe and enjoyableWe’re always on the lookout to prevent accidental injury or illness. With a proactive approach, you can focus on what matters most, which is enjoying time with your beloved pet. While it’s important to keep your pet safe every day of the year, there are specific concerns that come with each season. This time of year, let’s put down our pumpkin spice lattes for a moment to review some essential tips for fall pet safety.

Falling Leaves and More

Leaf piles are fun to jump in, but not when you think about what could be crawling around in them. It’s not uncommon to find spiders, centipedes, millipedes, ticks, or snakes – especially if the piles have been left out for some time. Continue…

Home Again! Microchipping Pets

Microchipping pets is the best way to make a lost pet a found pet.The American Humane Association reports that one in three pets will become lost at some point in their lifetime. Without identification, 90% will not return home. As scary as those statistics are, we know just how easy it is for pets to escape. All it takes is one open gate or a quick dash through an open front door.

While a collar and tags have been the standard for many years, microchipping has become a more reliable way to ensure a happy reunion should your pet go missing. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of microchipping, as well as how this technology works.

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a tiny device – about the size of a grain of rice – that emits a radio frequency when a scanner is passed over it. The microchip stores a unique ID number that comes up on the scanner; this ID number is linked to your contact information in the microchip company’s database. Continue…