Who Rules Halloween? The Connection Between Black Cats and a Pagan Holiday

Black cats should be watched closely as part of Halloween pet safety

Many of us get swept up in all the fun of Halloween, but costumes and candy haven’t always been part of the tradition. Instead, the holiday originated in ancient times and included celebrating mortality with large feasts, fires, dancing, waking spirits, bedeviling night creatures, and other supernatural occurrences.

Today, most people are shopping for their Black Panther costume, but it’s worth noting that black cats have always been part of this seasonal, ritualistic event.

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Laser Therapy for Pets: Battling Pain and Helping Them Heal

Laser therapy for pets is great for pet pain management

At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, helping our patients live long, healthy, and happy lives is our top priority, and we pride ourselves on constantly searching for new ways to achieve this goal. Recent advances in pain management, postoperative recovery, and the treatment of chronic and age-related conditions has revolutionized our ability to help our patients heal. Laser therapy for pets is one such modality that we’re excited to share with our readers!

A High-Tech Approach to Healing

Although it may sound complicated or even far fetched, laser therapy for pets (also called cold laser or low level laser therapy) is really quite simple. A handheld laser tool is used to employ a deep penetrating beam of light to a targeted area. This light energy promotes a chain of chemical reactions in the cells known as photobiostimulation, which relieves pain and speeds up the healing process. Laser therapy for pets provides relief in the following ways:

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Deaf Dogs, Good Lives

Deaf dogs can live full and happy lives

Do you know any deaf dogs? It’s not that common, but deafness in dogs does exist. Whether a dog is born with a congenital condition that causes deafness from birth, or is a result of illness or injury, they can lead happy – even joyful – lives, with a little help from us. But what do we need to do to ensure our deaf dogs can cope, be safe, and have fun?

Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital explores deafness in dogs and how we can help hearing impaired dogs live their best and safest lives.

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The Wonderful World of Clicker Training

Clicker training is a great way to train dogs

So, you’ve adopted a new puppy or adult dog. Food, toys, and beds have all been purchased; the first wellness exam is done; parasite protection is covered; microchipping is complete. Next up on the agenda is training, but with so many options available, how do you know which method is right for you?

Time and again, research has shown that animals respond best to positive reinforcement. At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we couldn’t agree more! Clicker training is a popular choice due to its ease and effectiveness – and the fact that it works with both dogs and cats (yes, cats can be trained!).

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