Pass the Greens! Why Some Dogs Eat Grass

dogs eat grassIt’s not uncommon to see a dog munching on something we wouldn’t necessarily qualify as “food.” Dogs, after all, are the experimental gourmets, willing to ingest all sorts of things. Unfortunately, this makes them prone to poisoning when we aren’t paying attention. Among the least noxious of these “entrees” is grass.

Countless dog owners have pondered why their pooches have a palate for the lawn salad. “Is my dog sick?” “Should I stop this behavior?” “Is grass eating normal?” These are all questions we at West Park Animal Hospital have received over the years, making the mystery of why some dogs eat grass one that we’d like to help you solve.

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Healthy Lawn, Healthy Pet: When Dog Urine Leaves Brown Spots in the Yard

dog urineFor many, there’s nothing as nice as a lush, healthy lawn – and that can entail a lot of work! So naturally, dog lovers may struggle when they step out on the deck to see, sigh, another ugly brown spot where Fido has been “going.”

There’s much debate about why dog urine leaves brown spots on grass and even more talk about how to prevent it. While keeping the best interest of your pet – and your lawn – in mind, the team at West Park Animal Hospital wants to help you tackle this unsightly matter.

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Pets and Divorce in the New World

pets and divorceAccording to recent statistics, over 30% of U.S. households include a cat and more than 37% include a dog. In many of these homes, the pet is considered an important member of the family, but with a 50% divorce rate in the United States, the issue of “who gets the pet” is bound to come up from time to time.

Unfortunately, deciding what to do with a pet after a divorce or breakup isn’t always settled quickly or satisfactorily for both parties. Although most courts of law view pets as personal property, couples today have more options than ever when it comes to dealing with pets and divorce.

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Easy as 1-2-3: Paying Attention to Summer Cat Care

summer cat careWith the exception of, say, a Sphynx breed, cats are built to withstand frosty temperatures. In fact, their warm coats are fairly enviable in January when the windchill cuts right through our own wool coats. The flipside of having a warm, cozy, insulating coat is that, during the summer, the heat can go from slightly uncomfortable to downright dangerous. To reduce the risk of heatstroke and dehydration, we offer the best in summer cat care.

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Fourth of July Fears: How to Help a Pet With Noise Anxiety

noise anxietyOur pets are blessed with a highly developed sense of hearing which helps them perform natural behaviors, like hunting, stalking, and tending to their young. However, this sensitivity, while helpful in many cases, can also be detrimental during holidays like the Fourth of July.

Noises come in a variety of forms. Ever notice how Mittens runs for cover every time the vacuum comes out? How about when Spot freaks out at the sound of a loud thunder clap? Noise aversion is common among many, if not most, animals. For some, this natural aversion can turn into a full blown phobia.

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Why Bathing Your Pet at Home Makes Perfect Sense

bathing your dog at homeWe pride ourselves on the long list of services we offer our clients. Chief among them is professional grooming. Sure, some pets are apprehensive at first, but over time it becomes a wonderful treat to get a bath, shampoo, haircut, ear cleaning, nail trim, and more.

However, for the sake of convenience, scheduling, cost, or even simple pleasure, bathing your pet at home between grooming sessions is not only necessary, it’s also a good idea!

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The 4-1-1 On the Latest Internet Pet Language

Given the nature of the world-wide web, most of us veer between having a strong grip on modern slang and a decidedly weak one. Sure, there are tutorials available that allow you to “speak Tumblr”, but as with anything that’s constantly changing, they might only get you so far. As we spend more time online, our prime influence on language is, undoubtedly, the internet.

The power of internet slang is somewhat contradictory; it can either facilitate or impede communication. Of all the trends found online, internet pet language has the power to baffle, entertain, or even dismay some people. Wondering who has the 4-1-1 on what it all means? Look no further.

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The Mysterious Feline: Cat Rolling Behavior Explained

cat rollingMost of us who know and love critters of the feline persuasion understand that cats tend to march to their own beat. Many quirky and odd behaviors that we may observe are fondly noted, but we seldom spend much energy searching for a cause. These things that cats do can  have some meaningful purpose behind them, however, and kitty behavior is actually a very interesting topic for those who care to get to know their pets on a deeper level.

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Pets and Festivals: Should You Take Your Pet?

Cleveland residents know that there’s just something special about summer in the CLE. Our long winter is a thing of the past (at least for now) and the weekends are filled with fun activities, including plenty of neighborhood festivals, fairs, and outdoor concerts.

Many pet owners understandably want to bring their pets along to enjoy the beautiful weather and fun events, but pets and festivals don’t always mix. Find out if your pet is a good candidate for a public event, and what you can do to keep him or her safe.

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Hot Pockets: When Summer Pocket Pet Safety Takes Center Stage

Summer is arguably the best time of year for pets and people alike. There’s so much to do, so many enticing smells, and daylight seems to last forever. With all the goodness in store over the next few months, there are equal opportunities for pets to find trouble. Of these animals, pocket pets face particular risks when it comes to illness, injury, or escape. Don’t let it happen to you with our summer pocket pet safety guide.

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