Mythbusters: The Rabies Edition

A crazed-looking dog bares its teeth to the camera

To many of us, rabies seems like an exotic or even old-fashioned disease, perhaps conjuring images of Old Yeller and the like. Although it’s hard to imagine it as a threat to our or our pets’ health, rabies is a real and ever present danger even in the modern, developed world. 

At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital we want our pet owner to know how serious of a responsibility it is to protect our pets and set some of the misinformation about rabies aside.

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Preventing an Emergency: Brooklyn Pets in the Heat

A woman and her dog play in a public fountain

You know it’s bad when the OZY Fest and the NYC Triathlon get cancelled, but what are residents of the Burroughs supposed to do at home without fully functioning air conditioning? This summer’s power outages may have surprised few, but to be taken off the grid for repairs and maintenance is a tough pill to swallow, especially for those of us with animals to care for. 

Brooklyn pets in the heat take on their own specific safety requirements. Luckily, the strategies necessary for people to avoid heat-related illness or injury is exactly the same for the health and welfare of animals.

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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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