Wine and Whine? How to Teach Your Pet Table Manners

Pet table manners can help your pet have fun at pet-friendly spots in Brooklyn.


Do you spend each meal trying to ignore puppy dog eyes? Does dinner prep involve tripping over the dog or shooing the cat off the counter? If you struggle with poor pet table manners, you’re not alone. Fortunately, Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is here to help!

Are You Part of the Problem?

It doesn’t take much to reinforce undesirable behaviors in pets. If you feed your dog from the table or pet your cat each time they’re on the counter, you’re actually contributing to poor pet table manners. The first step toward having a more polite pet is to check your own behavior and make any changes that might be necessary.  

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Out and About: The Rules and Limits of Dogs in Restaurants

Having dogs in restaurants can be fun for pets and owners, but is it sanitary?

Dining with dogs sounds like a great idea, but is it truly as fun as it sounds? For well-behaved, fully vaccinated dogs and canine lovers, it’s a dream come true. For everyone else, well, dogs in restaurants are tolerated as long as they abide by the rules enforced by the Health Department. The al fresco experience isn’t lost on dogs, and when it’s done the right way (at the right place), everyone wins.

State and City

A few years ago, New York state legislature passed a bill that eased restrictions for dogs accompanying their owners on the patio or outdoor seating area. It’s been three years now since NYC’s health department followed suit, but each individual establishment can decide if they want to allow dogs on their property.

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Troubled Waters: Saltwater Poisoning in Pets

Saltwater poisoning in pets is a threat to pet health and outdoor pet funWhen we think of beach and ocean safety, certain ideas immediately come to mind – drowning, sunburns, jellyfish, etc. Drinking too much salt water generally isn’t one of them, but for our pets, this should be of particular concern.

Saltwater poisoning in pets is a serious and often overlooked risk. Review our beach safety tips to keep your day at the shore from turning into a tragedy.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Ingesting too much saltwater is toxic to dogs, cats, and humans. When the intestines contain excess salt (a condition known as hypernatremia), it causes water from the bloodstream to enter into the intestines. Many problems can result from hypernatremia, including death in extreme cases. Continue…

When Flexibility Takes a Toll: The Not-So-Obvious Dangers of Retractable Leashes

Retractable leashes are convenient but pose safety risks too When you think about your dog’s leash, are you inconvenienced by its sheer lack of complication, or are you rather pleased by the inherent simplicity? It’s amazing to think that something as streamlined as a 6-foot leash requires improvement, but then again the concept of retractable leashes has a place in modern dog ownership. This great debate will continue, but we should all be aware of the hidden dangers associated with retractable leashes.

Is This a Controversy?

Many dog owners are absolutely devoted to retractable leashes, and when used properly, they can be highly convenient. They shouldn’t be used when walking along busy roads, through pedestrian traffic, or near any other potential hazards, like construction sites. They should never be attached to a choke collar. Continue…