Category Archives: You & Your Pet

The Low Down on Mellow Dogs for Mellow People

Mellow dogs are great for mellow people.

The world of dog breeds is amazing. Canine companions come in every shape, size, and color, with different personalities to match. And whether you’re interested in a furry companion for your kids, a protective guard dog, or a running partner for yourself, chances are you can find a breed personality that matches your lifestyle.

What about another trait that many people are looking for? Mellowness (or calmness) in dogs is a highly desired trait, especially for families with children or elderly people. And, according to the American Kennel Club, there are several breeds out there with that particular characteristic.

West Park Animal Hospital explores the wide, wonderful world of mellow dogs…

Mellow Dogs: Breeds and Basics

Bulldog – The bulldog is a bit too big to be a lapdog, but he would like to be! Mellow and laid back, the bulldog is a good choice for those who are wanting a dog happy to laze around inside. They do need regular walks to prevent obesity, but a jogger this dog is not. They are known as great family dogs due to their tendency to bond with children.

Mastiff – Mastiffs of all types (Bull, English, Neapolitan) don’t need a great deal of exercise and are gentle, sweet tempered dogs. They are considered to be great family dogs but will need thoughtful socialization and training in order to behave properly around children and other dogs, as they sometimes don’t know their own strength.

Great Dane – In spite of their size, Great Danes are known as couch potatoes, and even great apartment dogs. Mellow and gentle, their loving nature has helped coin the phrase “gentle giants”. They also make great family pets.

Saint Bernard – Friendly and patient, the Saint Bernard is another of the mellow dog breeds. Their large size and hairy coat mean they need regular grooming to stay healthy. They have the reputation of being happy to go with the flow, so to speak.

Greyhound – As a sighthound, or coursing breed, you may think of greyhounds as hyperactive runners, but nothing could be further from the truth. The greyhound is a calm dog and happy to lounge around the house all day. They do need exercise opportunities to (safely) run full out, but at home are generally mild and placid.

Pug – Who doesn’t love a pug? These mellow dogs are even tempered and calm, and they fit into almost any household. It’s easy to see why they’ve been companion dogs to humans since ancient times.

Bernese Mountain Dog – Their calm, confident natures made Bernese Mountain Dogs ideal for farm work, including pulling carts to market and driving dairy cattle. Their gentle and easygoing manner again make them a good family dog. They have a strong need to be near their people.

Xoloitzcuintli – Known as the Mexican hairless dog, the “Xolo” is a relatively little-known breed. These dogs are described as loyal, calm and alert. The Xolo is also known to make an excellent companion dog. The breed was used as a healer, as it’s warm skin was put to use in remote Mexican and Central American villages to remedy ailments such as rheumatism, insomnia, and asthma.

Mellow dogs abound, it seems! Each breed is different, and of course each individual dog has his or her own personality traits within the breed. Research is a wonderful place to start, but can’t substitute for in person visits with a potential new dog for your family. Remember too that every dog does need daily exercise to be their healthiest.

The following ideas are not exhaustive, and if you would like more ideas about a great breed for your family, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We are experts in breed knowledge, and have the opportunity to see and work with many different breed of dog throughout the year. We’re here to help!

New to Pet Ownership? These Helpful Hacks Will Get You on Track

Pet ownership is rewarding and wonderful

Pet owners are very lucky people. They get a daily dose of unconditional love, entertainment, and oodles of cuddles (not to mention the health benefits that stem from this special relationship, as well!). To be sure, the perks are great, but if you’re new to pet ownership, caring for an animal can sometimes be a guessing game. In other words, the learning curve can be a little steep.

To get you over the hump, the team at West Park Animal Hospital has gathered some real-life hacks to help you fully embrace the wonderful joys of pet ownership.

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One Day at a Time: Training Tips for Blind and Deaf Pets

Training blind and deaf pets isn't hard and can improve their quality of life!

Finding out your pet is losing their hearing or vision can be a devastating blow to any pet owner. Concerns regarding care and quality of life are common, and many pet owners also wonder how they’ll maintain their pet’s obedience skills if they can no longer see or hear.

The team at West Park Animal Hospital wants to assure you that training blind and deaf pets doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few adjustments and plenty of loving compassion, your special pet can still reap all the benefits of obedience training.

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving: West Park Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

It has been the most wonderful time of the year, and we have so much to be grateful for. West Park Animal Hospital has been a part of the Cleveland, Lakewood, and Fairview Park pet care community for many years and we have you to thank. We’ve had a busy and exciting year, and we’re so glad to have shared so much of it with our clients and their pets.

Hopefully, we’ve given back a little to you with the exceptional pet care and client service that we strive for. A part of that has been to provide you with timely, educational topics that interest and inform you on our pet care blogs. With that, we’ve taken some time to compile West Park Animal Hospital’s Top 5 pet care blogs of 2018, and we hope you enjoy looking back with us!

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Four-Legged Wishes: What Your Pet Wants for Christmas

Tis’ the season of giving, and if you’re reading this blog, chances are that your pet has made your “nice list” this year (and every year!). With a dazzling array of options, it can be overwhelming to come up with the perfect gift for the four-legged friend in your life.

Fortunately, here at West Park Animal Hospital, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what your pet wants for Christmas!

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Full Bowls, Happy Hearts: Helping Pets in Need this Holiday Season

Helping pets in need can come in many ways

Animal lovers want to help pets year round, but the holiday season brings extra special ways we can all participate. From adopting and donating to fostering and volunteering, there are lots of ways to make a difference, and there’s something for everyone to get involved. We hope you’ll join the team at West Park Animal Hospital as we give back to pets in need this holiday season!

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A Pet Present: Adopting A Pet for the Holidays

Adopting a pet for the holidays can be difficult

‘Tis the season, and as the holidays approach, maybe you’ve decided to adopt a pet as a gift for someone close to you. As we all know, every pet is a gift. And at the holidays, it may seem natural to give a pet as a present. This can be a wonderful way to help shelter pets in need as well as add joy and fulfillment to the animal lover in your life.  

The thought of a new pet can bring excitement, but one of the biggest mistakes people make is surprising their partner or child with a new pet. Although it may be a surprise, it may also backfire.

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Halloween Fun: Best Pet Costumes for 2018

The best pet costumes are the ones your dog will wear happily.

Halloween is right around the corner, and we can’t wait for pumpkin  carving, bobbing for apples, and costumes! This year, we’ve put together a fun list of the best pet costumes, and we’re excited to share with you.

Remember that not all pets like getting dressed up, so before you partake of this tradition, spend some time getting your pet acclimated to the process. If they still don’t like to wear a costume, don’t force it – enjoy other aspects of Halloween. A Halloween movie marathon under the covers with our pets sounds pretty good, too!

But, if your pet does like to dress up, you’ve come to the right place!

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Fall Fun For Your Pet

Fall fun for your pet can include great pet exercise and outdoor pet fun!

We love the autumn season. Cooler weather, beautiful fall foliage, apples, pumpkins and Halloween. What’s not to love? This year, why not include your pet in many of the festive fall activities you yourself love to do. It’s a matter of getting creative and thinking outside the box, and at West Park Animal Hospital, we’re here to help you do just that!

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Subtle (and Not so Subtle) Signs of Animal Abuse

If you witness extreme animal abuse, contact pet rescue.

Animal lovers everywhere are understandably outraged by stories and photographs of abused or neglected animals. For loving pet owners, it’s inconceivable to think of harming an animal, but signs of abuse and neglect can be subtle; it could be happening right under our very noses. That’s why we want to take a moment to review the subtle and less subtle signs of animal abuse in the home.

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