When Pet Anxiety Strikes: How to Keep Your Pet Calm This Summer

It’s summer, and images of lounging by the pool, backyard BBQs, and summer celebrations are dancing in our heads. But for many pets, summer may actually be a more stressful time.

Fireworks, thunderstorms, and parties can all potentially turn our pet into a quaking, trembling, and fearful mess. What’s worse, their anxiety can sometimes manifest in behaviors destructive to their environment and even themselves.

While it’s impossible to shield pets from every loud noise or stressful situation, with a little awareness and preparation, it is possible to minimize the effects. Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital shares some steps you can take to alleviate pet anxiety this summer.

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Spring Into Action With Our Spring Pet Safety Reminders!

The air is brimming with the sounds of lawn mowers, building projects, and bees! Without a doubt, spring is a great time to get motivated. Your pet has probably taken notice of the changing seasons and is equally raring to go.

While there are many things to enjoy this time of year, pet owners cannot let their guard down. With our spring pet safety tips in mind, you and your pet can relish the season without illness or injury.

Waking Up

Hopefully, your pet continued to receive their monthly parasite prevention medication throughout the winter. If not, they may quickly become a target for various blood suckers like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. We recommend having your pet tested for heartworm before getting them back on schedule. That way you can take control before the bugs do.

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Why do My Dog’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?

If you have a dog, you’ve probably noticed an odor emanating from their adorable paws. Most people recognize it as a corn chip or popcorn smell, and many dog owners say they actually like the scent. Regardless of your opinion about the odor, rest assured that, in most cases, this is completely normal.

If you’re wondering why your pet’s paws smell like corn chips, you’ve come to the right place! At Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to pet care. We’ve tackled this question with the same vigor as when we explore topics such as dental care, pet food, and canine influenza. Keep reading to learn more about this peculiar canine scent!

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