Sit, Stay: How Pets Reduce Stress and Increase Mindfulness

Stress… It’s the thorn in the side of modern Americans, and although we are generally unaware of it, stress may be wreaking havoc on our health. Besides affecting our moods, stress can cause physical changes in the body, such as high blood pressure, weight gain, and other health concerns, and can even shorten our lifespans.

Pet owners have much to be thankful for when it comes to their long-term health. Recent studies have shown that pets reduce stress, possibly leading us toward longer, happier lives overall. The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital couldn’t be more excited about this information, and we are delighted to share it with our readers!

The Heart of the Matter: The Power of Pet Heart Health

It’s February, and hearts are everywhere. Valentine’s Day is all in good fun to show appreciation for the ones you love, and what better excuse than to use it as a reminder to take better care of our cardiovascular health.

Heart disease is one of the most common serious health problems in people, and pet heart health is just as important. Don’t forget to remember your four-legged family members this February.

When Fido Says “No”: Should You Let Your Pet Judge Your Date?

Most people have a list of attributes they look for in a significant other, and for most pet owners, “likes animals” is high on the list. On the flip side, our pets have definite feelings about the people we bring into their lives, especially those we spend a lot of time with.

What happens if your dog’s normally happy face transforms into a vicious snarl as soon as your date walks in the door? Does that mean you should find someone else? And if your cat typically hates strangers, but suddenly dives straight for your love interest’s lap, does it indicate that is the one for you?

Love is in the Air: How to Avoid a Pet Emergency on Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re single, engaged, or otherwise attached, there’s no avoiding Valentine’s Day. Once a small holiday meant to honor a saint, Valentine’s Day has become an enormous event that people prepare for weeks in advance. Chocolates, homemade cards, candles, and flowers all go a long way toward professing love, but what happens when a pet gets into the mix? Yes, love is in the air, but a true pet emergency could also be afoot.

Cocoa Culprits

From exquisite truffles to M&M’s, people love chocolate. Unfortunately, the chemical compounds – theobromine and caffeine – found in chocolate treats are responsible for large numbers of accidental pet poisonings. Both of these alkaline substances cannot be effectively metabolized by pets, and have the potential to cause vomiting, heart arrhythmia, and seizures when absorbed by the bloodstream.