Battling Fear, Phobia, and Pet Anxiety With Patience and Understanding

Summer has a lot to offer pets and their families, but sadly the season is not free of threats to their health and wellness. Aside from the risks associated with high heat and humidity, pets have to contend with thunderstorms, fireworks, large-scale events, and backyard BBQs. Sure, some pets can remain calm, but others are at an increased risk of developing deeply-felt pet anxiety.

So Many Choices

Like us, pets feel emotions, and the ways in which they respond to certain stimuli can be unexpected. For example, some pet owners may underestimate the extent of their pet’s fear, stress, or anxiety – or not even realize they’re suffering at all. Pets are hardwired to hide signs of fear, but once pet anxiety takes root it can be difficult to overcome.

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All Going Swimmingly: Swimming Safety for Dogs

We are excited to dive into summer – into lakes, rivers, and pools, that is. And, we know quite a few dogs who are just as excited as we are! Although we may think of them as natural swimmers, the truth is that not all dogs know how to swim.

Whether your dog already knows how to swim or you’re not sure if she’s a water dog, every dog can benefit from a few swimming lessons. So as we get closer to summer, Ten West Bird and Animal Hospital is focusing on swimming safety for dogs!

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For the Birds: The Importance of Avian Wellness Exams

Most people understand the importance of bringing their dog or cat to the vet periodically to check in, even if their pets are healthy. Dogs and cats require vaccinations, need parasite prevention, and benefit from regular screening tests, physical examinations, and wellness care.

Bird lovers aren’t off the hook when it comes to preventive care! Ten West Bird & Animal Hospital thinks that those of the feathered persuasion are just as important as other pets. Avian wellness exams are essential for maintaining your bird’s health and well-being.

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