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    The Dos and Don'ts of House Training Your Puppy

    Last updated 1 month ago

    House training is a requisite part of puppy ownership for most people. If you are about to add an addition to your family, or if you already have a new puppy in your life, it’s time to establish some house training rules for both you and your young furry friend. These house training dos and don’ts can make this experience one that you and your puppy enjoy with a minimum of aggravation and accidents.

    Do Be Consistent

    The digestive systems of humans and canines are not very different. For both species, a beverage or meal will soon lead to a need for the bathroom. So use that biological fact to your advantage. When you give your puppy a drink of water or bowl of food, expect that she will have to urinate or defecate in the ensuing half-hour. When you set up regular feeding hours, you can better predict when to take your puppy outside.

    Don’t Get Upset

    Finding an accident on your tile or rug may not be the most pleasant surprise, but getting angry about it may only impede your house training efforts. If your puppy senses that you are upset about her behavior, she might become confused about what you expect her to do. Should an accident occur, restrain your response. Instead, lead your puppy outside and give her the chance to go to the bathroom.

    Do Pay Attention

    Having a new puppy around the house can be a fulltime job. Until she knows how to indicate her need to go outside and understands that going to the bathroom is an outdoor only activity, you will need to be vigilant in watching her. Many puppies show signs, such as sniffing the floor or circling it, that tell you when it’s time for a trip outside. When you pay attention to these signs, it can make your house training a less messy and more rewarding process.

    Has your new puppy gotten her vaccinations? To make sure that your puppy is as healthy as possible, bring her to Lake Emma Animal Hospital for a complete evaluation. For more information on our veterinarian services, or to schedule an appointment, call our Lake Mary office at (407) 792-3322.

    Helping Your New Baby and Your Pets Get Along

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Sometimes, pets can become stressed and anxious when a new baby comes home. Your furry friend may be upset that you no longer have as much time to spend with him or her. Prepare for the arrival of your new baby by taking your pet to the animal hospital. Spay or neuter your pet, if you haven’t already done so, to encourage a calm demeanor. If your pet has behavior issues, work with an animal behavior specialist at the animal hospital to correct these problems.

    If you have friends with infants or young children, invite them over to your house frequently to allow your pet to become accustomed to a young child’s noises and activity level. Otherwise, you might consider play sound effects recordings of babies crying. When you return home from the hospital, introduce your pet to your baby. During the first few initial meetings, give your pet some of his or her favorite treats to make the experiences positive. Remember to install a removable gate in the doorway to your baby’s room to prevent your pet from getting in there unsupervised.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital has an animal behavior expert on staff to help you resolve your pet’s problem behaviors. Call our animal hospital at (407) 792-3322 and ask us about our range of comprehensive veterinarian services, including pet boarding.

    Helping Your Cat Adjust to a New Canine Family Member

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Although it’s certainly not impossible for cats and dogs to live together peacefully, it may take some time for your furry feline to adjust to the transition. Just as with humans, it takes time for pets to build trusting relationships with each other. Before you bring your new canine family member home, you may wish to schedule a trip to an animal hospital for your cat. Bring him or her to an animal hospital that offers animal behavioral counseling to resolve any problem behaviors beforehand.

    Prepare Your Cat and Dog

    Bring your cat to a veterinarian to have his or her nails trimmed prior to the initial meeting. If possible, it’s a good idea to teach your dog some obedience skills in advance to improve his or her manners while meeting your cat. Assemble some tasty treats for both of your furry friends. Then, keep your dog in a separate room with a baby gate in the doorway.

    Introduce Your Furry Friends

    For the first few meetings, it’s a good idea to keep your dog confined behind the baby gate, preferably with a family member there to keep him calm. Entice your cat to approach the gate with his or her favorite treats. Reward your dog with treats for good behavior. It may take several attempts before your cat will approach the gate; be patient and avoid trying to force the introduction. When your two pets seem to be acting friendly toward each other, remove the baby gate, but keep the dog on a leash.

    Take Precautionary Measures

    Remember that it can take quite a while before your cat and dog can live together peaceably. When you’re not home, it’s important to keep your animals separated to prevent fighting. Additionally, keep your cat’s food bowl in a high area where your dog cannot reach it and prevent your dog from accessing the cat’s litter box. Your cat will become alarmed at the scent of the dog in the litter box and your dog may eat the box’s contents.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital offers animal behavioral counseling, along with many other veterinarian services such as pet boarding and vaccination. You can contact our location in Lake Mary at (407) 792-3322 to schedule an appointment. Ask us about our puppy wellness program to safeguard the health of your new canine companion!

    Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Veterinarians recommend brushing your dog’s teeth every day to prevent oral health problems such as gum disease and cavities. It’s a good idea to start brushing your dog’s teeth early in life so he or she will be accustomed to it. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to learn the proper way to brush canine teeth and to get recommendations for the right toothpaste to use. Make brushing a positive experience for your dog by offering plenty of praise, talking to your dog in a soothing voice, and petting him or her gently.

    Watch this video for more helpful information on brushing your dog’s teeth. You’ll learn how to introduce your dog to the odor and taste of the toothpaste, and you’ll learn the proper techniques for positioning the toothbrush.

    The veterinarians of Lake Emma Animal Hospital offer dental exams, during which we’ll teach you how to brush your dog’s teeth and recommend products that can help maintain oral health. Call our animal hospital at (407) 792-3322 to schedule a visit.

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