Can the Weather Have an Effect on Pet Behavior? 

Temperature variations, dips in barometric pressure, and unpredictable precipitation levels can be downright off-putting for humans, but pets are especially impacted by subtle shifts in the weather.

While it makes sense that changes in the weather have a profound effect on pet behavior, it doesn’t mean we all know how to help our pets cope. 

How to Cope

Because they may feel anxious, agitated, and simply uncomfortable, a great strategy for getting through the winter slump is to encourage daily exercise.

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What’s Your Pet’s Carbon Footprint? 

Have you ever wondered what your pet’s carbon footprint is? It probably comes as no surprise that pet ownership isn’t exactly good for the planet.

The production and transportation of pet food, toys, supplies, and all of the materials that go into medical procedures use up resources, create waste, and generally put a burden on the planet. 

So, what’s a conscientious pet owner to do? 

Reducing Your Pet’s Carbon Footprint

A 2017 study out of the UCLA found that dogs and cats are responsible for a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by animal agriculture. Fortunately, reducing your pet’s carbon footprint is relatively simple!

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Urban Pet Ownership: Socializing Your Pet in the Big City Pays Off 

Of all the pets New Yorkers try to keep, not every species is in dire need of training and socialization. Sure, reptiles, birds, and pocket pets have highly specialized requirements, but making sure they get along with others isn’t high on their list of needs. On the other hand, dogs (and some cats to a certain extent), definitely benefit from perfectly orchestrated and friendly introductions to various people, places, sounds, and other animals. 

What does that mean for urban pet ownership? A little extra work, preparation and patience, for starters. But it’s worth it!

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Those Baby Years: Tips to Help You Deal with a Teething Puppy 

Ah, the sweet steps of a newborn puppy! They certainly steal our hearts. As they develop, and they do so rapidly, there are behaviors that are required for their development, such as learning to potty outside, play fighting to ensure their place in the pack, and chewing on everything to strengthen their new teeth (and that means everything).

A teething puppy can indeed be a terror, but your friends at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is here to help you cope with this necessary transition.

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