Aggressive, Defensive or Fearful: Underlying Causes of Aggression in Pets

Language is truly incredible. Even when we say the same thing as someone else, there can be layers of nuance and meanings that are polar opposites. Context, sarcasm, and other factors can take the same word and spin it in a whole new direction.

In some ways animals can be very similar. While they don’t use the spoken word like we do, they are constantly communicating through body language and action. Like us, these communication strategies don’t always mean the same thing. Aggression in pets is one of the areas that we sometimes need to read a little to understand.

Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital knows that aggression in pets can mean a lot of things, and we are here to help you decipher them.

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Are There Such Things as Safe Pet Toys?

You’d think that commercially available pet toys would be vetted to ensure they’re not only fun, but also safe. Some manufacturers go the extra mile, but it’s incredibly common for dogs to destroy toys that are intended to last a long time (or at least longer than 24 hours!).

Since dogs love to chew, their owners are highly invested in finding the right products. This begs the question: are there indestructible toys? If so, does this mean they can be considered safe pet toys?

Safe Pet Toys

After rounding up all your pet’s toys, there could be a few that shouldn’t be there. Take a look at this go-to checklist to see if your pet’s toys pass the test:

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Helping Pets in Small Spaces Thrive: It Can be Done!

There are loads of ways to keep your pet safe at home, but what about cultivating pet happiness in a fifth-floor walkup that’s less than 1000 square feet? Dogs (even small ones) must get outside for mental stimulation and physical exercise, but most cats stay indoors 100% of the time.

The indoor environment must be balanced and meet the needs of all pets, regardless of species, breed, and age. Otherwise, how can you prevent them from getting restless or disturbing the neighbors? Especially for urban pet owners, it’s important to consider all the ways you can support pets in small spaces to ensure they stay happy and healthy.

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Can I Catch A Cold From My Cat?

The short answer to the question “can I catch a cold from my cat?” is yes, but it is extremely rare.

Otherwise known as an Upper Respiratory Infection, or URI, the common cold in both cats and humans is caused by any number of different viruses. However, they generally are not transmitted between species.

There are some environmental factors that may make it easier for you and your cat to be susceptible to these viruses. For example, stress and cold weather can suppress the immune system and make it more likely for cats and humans to be affected by a URI. But, the causative agent will (virus or bacterium) will most likely be different.

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