Ask a Vet: Why do Dogs Turn Circles Before Lying Down?

dogs turn circlesNearly every dog owner is familiar with the ritual: your dog is getting ready for a snooze, but before settling down, there will be one, two, or three (or more!) circles. Fido may even scratch the bed or carpet a few times, just for good measure. But is there another meaning behind this strange and uniquely canine custom?

At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we love all dogs, and decoding their interesting behaviors is a challenge we gladly accept! Let’s investigate why dogs turn circles before lying down.


Creature Comforts: Why Do Cats Knead?

Cats KneadIs there anything sweeter than watching your cozy cat, eyes half-closed, rhythmically kneading their sleeping spot? If the spot happens to be your lap, even better, and completely worth the occasional claw in your thigh.

If you’ve ever wondered why cats knead, you’ve come to the right place. At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we love to explore the fascinating behaviors of our furry friends, and we look forward to sharing our findings with our loyal readers!


Waste Not, Want Not: Why Picking Up Dog Poop is Important

dog poopAnyone who’s ever had a picnic interrupted by the pungent odor of dog poop, or worse, stepped in a fresh pile while out at the park, knows how frustrating it can be when owners don’t clean up after their pets. Did you know that not picking up after your dog can also pose a serious risk to the health and safety of our community and environment?

As spring arrives and people and their pets head to the park and hit the streets to soak up the sun, it’s more important than ever to make sure we clean up after our pets.


No Joke: Pets Have a Sense of Humor

pets have a sense of humorFrom giggling rats to Koko the gorilla’s incredible antics, humor in the animal kingdom has long been a fascination of animal behaviorists and researchers. Because humor (specifically laughter) is controlled by several parts of the brain, the physiological component of laughter is housed in an older brain region called the hypothalamus, which is responsible for the autonomic nervous system and emotions.

You may have observed times when your pet appears to be smiling or is “embarrassed” when they do something accidentally, like going for a treat and missing the mark. But what about humor and laughter? Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital takes a closer look at animals and whether pets have a sense of humor.