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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