Wine and Whine? How to Teach Your Pet Table Manners

Pet table manners can help your pet have fun at pet-friendly spots in Brooklyn.


Do you spend each meal trying to ignore puppy dog eyes? Does dinner prep involve tripping over the dog or shooing the cat off the counter? If you struggle with poor pet table manners, you’re not alone. Fortunately, Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is here to help!

Are You Part of the Problem?

It doesn’t take much to reinforce undesirable behaviors in pets. If you feed your dog from the table or pet your cat each time they’re on the counter, you’re actually contributing to poor pet table manners. The first step toward having a more polite pet is to check your own behavior and make any changes that might be necessary.  

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Out and About: The Rules and Limits of Dogs in Restaurants

Having dogs in restaurants can be fun for pets and owners, but is it sanitary?

Dining with dogs sounds like a great idea, but is it truly as fun as it sounds? For well-behaved, fully vaccinated dogs and canine lovers, it’s a dream come true. For everyone else, well, dogs in restaurants are tolerated as long as they abide by the rules enforced by the Health Department. The al fresco experience isn’t lost on dogs, and when it’s done the right way (at the right place), everyone wins.

State and City

A few years ago, New York state legislature passed a bill that eased restrictions for dogs accompanying their owners on the patio or outdoor seating area. It’s been three years now since NYC’s health department followed suit, but each individual establishment can decide if they want to allow dogs on their property.

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How to Spot Animal Abuse (and How You Can Help)

Animal abuse is an epidemic and can affect an adopted pet's behavior and health

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a responsible and loving pet owner who wants the best for their furry companion. If everyone felt this way, the world would be a better place, but unfortunately, animal cruelty continues to happen every day.

Animal abuse and neglect can take many forms and may occur for different reasons; situations can range from a lack of financial resources or education to mental illness or premeditated cruelty (e.g., dog fighting rings). Knowing how to identify abuse is key to protecting these vulnerable animals.

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Are Self Cleaning Litter Boxes Worth It?

Self-cleaning and other high-tech litter boxes are all the rage!

Ah, the joys of cat ownership! Purrs and head bumps at the end of a long day, endless lap snuggles, watching their graceful movements, and…picking up their poop? While certainly not the most glamorous part of life with a cat, keeping a clean litter box is essential to their health and comfort. Self cleaning litter boxes can help with this unsavory job, but are these high-tech gadgets really worth the money? Continue…