What’s the Deal With Bark Collars?

Barking serves a few different purposes. For many pet owners, barking is helpful when it comes to alerting to dangers or deterring intruders. As long as their dogs don’t overdo it, owners are generally okay with a bit of barking.

Unfortunately, some dogs bark excessively, or vocalize over seemingly minor stimuli. This can drive some people nuts, which is why they rely on bark collars to curb the noise. However, not all products offer the same relief and may not help you get to the root of the behavior.

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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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Dogs Behaving Badly: All About Small Dog Aggression

Have you ever wondered if your small dog thinks she’s bigger than she is? Sometimes small dogs seem to have more attitude than seems sensible, given their size. And this begs the famous stereotype – that small dogs are more aggressive than big dogs.

Small dogs have the reputation of being ankle biters, yappers, and more excitable and anxious than big dogs. But is small dog aggression real? Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital explores this common thought.

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