Urban Pet Ownership: Socializing Your Pet in the Big City Pays Off 

Of all the pets New Yorkers try to keep, not every species is in dire need of training and socialization. Sure, reptiles, birds, and pocket pets have highly specialized requirements, but making sure they get along with others isn’t high on their list of needs. On the other hand, dogs (and some cats to a certain extent), definitely benefit from perfectly orchestrated and friendly introductions to various people, places, sounds, and other animals. 

What does that mean for urban pet ownership? A little extra work, preparation and patience, for starters. But it’s worth it!

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To Chew or Not to Chew: Tried and True Puppy Teething Toys 

If you are a puppy, the answer is always to chew! And, as a pet owner, if you don’t provide appropriate, pet-friendly options for your bundle of joy to teeth on, chances are your dog will find something on their own. 

When it comes to puppy teething toys, it is important to choose safe options that are effective and attractive to your pet. Among the options out there it can be difficult to decide. Not to worry, though.  Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is here to help you choose.  

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Frito Feet: Why Your Dog’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips 

Pet owners know that putting up with certain smells is par for the course. But if you’ve snuggled up on the couch with your best pal and noticed a corn chip smell, you may have looked at your snack bowl instead. If that’s the case, you may have already figured out that the corn chip smell is emanating from… your pet’s feet! That’s right, Frito feet is a thing.

But what causes this phenomenon? And should we be doing something about it? Keep reading for some explanation and tips from Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital

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What You Need to Know About Old Dog Disease 

If you have a senior pet, you probably worry a bit. It is no secret that older animals need extra care. One thing you probably don’t think much about is your pet’s inner ear – but perhaps you should! Old dog disease is a disorder of the inner ear and is a frequently diagnosed condition at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital

The symptoms of old dog disease can be similar to a stroke or other neurological issue, even to the point that pets are sometimes euthanized due to misdiagnosis. It’s important to be aware of what old dog disease looks like, and what to do about it.

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