Working Dog Spotlight: The Wonderful World of Sled Dogs!

Sled dogs are an incredible working team

Whether they’re providing transportation, transporting goods, or participating in a thrilling race across the arctic tundra, sled dogs are truly marvels of the canine world. In honor of winter and, of course, in honor of dogs, the team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital has chosen to spotlight the remarkable achievements of these hard-working heroes of the snow and ice!

Sled Dogs 101

A sled dog is defined as any canine used to pull a sled across snow and ice in arctic climates. A sled dog needs to be large, powerful, and have a thick fur coat. They must also have high endurance and possess a high tolerance for cold. Typical breeds include:

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Throw Me a Bone, Man: Dogs and Real Bones

Dogs and real bones can cause a pet emergency

The iconic image of a happy dog with a bone in his mouth is one with which we are all very familiar. While a meaty bone from your dinner plate may seem like the perfect treat for man’s best friend, there are some things to take into consideration before letting your pet indulge. Dogs and real bones aren’t always a match made in heaven, and Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants you to be privy to why that’s the case.

When Dogs and Real Bones Don’t Mix

Throwing your dog a bone may have some legit benefits. Chewing on a bone can provide some relief from boredom, be a source of valuable minerals, and support dental health. There are some serious risks associated with the practice, though, that should be taken into consideration.

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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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