By Maggie Clancy @  CatTime.com

From an office desk, working from home can seem pretty glamorous. You mostly get to set your own hours, wake up whenever you want, and wear your pajamas to work.

However, those of us who work from home know that our work days aren’t as fancy free and easy as office dwellers might imagine. Throw a cat into the mix, and you have even more to deal with. Read more

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From Preventative Vet

Many people are finding themselves working from home and dogs everywhere are reveling in having their humans around all the time.

But working with your pets around can be tough — just try being on a conference call with a barking dog in the background, or a puppy who wants your constant attention and keeps crawling onto your keyboard.

It can be hard to stay on-task and feel like you’re getting work done from your home office. While including your pet in your work video chats is often appreciated by your coworkers, when you need to be productive and stay distraction-free, we’ve got you covered.

Below are our favorite ways to keep our dogs occupied, as well as how to set yourself up for success while working from home with your pet.

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From PetMD

When making the first introduction, it is best done in steps. The last thing you want to do is frighten your puppy to the point that he is reluctant or unwilling to get into his grate. Ideally, you want your puppy to get into the crate at your command. But why? Read more

Aggression Between Cats in Your Household

Article Featured on ASPCA

Do you have two cats in your home that just can’t seem to get along? There are various reasons why your kitties won’t play nice. Learn more about reasons behind feline aggression, and find out ways you can create peace between your cats.
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Don't Make These 5 New Dog Owner Mistakes

By Dr. Marty Becker, DVM | Article Featured on Vetstreet

I love meeting first-time dog owners. They’re so enthusiastic about their pups — or their adult dogs, if they’ve adopted from a shelter. I want to do everything I can to make sure they get off on the right paw with their new pet.

Because I talk to so many of them, I see some of the same mistakes over and over. They probably don’t seem like mistakes, especially to a new pet parent, but they sure can cause problems with a dog’s health and behavior in the long run. If you have just acquired a dog or know someone who has, here are five common mistakes new dog owners make and my doggy do-list for doin’ it right.

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How to Stop Your Cat from Scratching the Sofa

By Mikkel Becker | Article Featured on Vetstreet

My cat likes to hide under our couch and claw at the underside of it. It’s driving me crazy. Can I get him to stop?

You absolutely can teach your cat to not use your furniture as a scratching post — but before we delve into the specifics of how to change your cat’s behavior, let’s start by talking about why he may be doing this in the first place.

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Say Goodbye to Begging, Leash Pulling and Jumping

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Experts generally agree that a dog’s behavior is almost always linked to something his owner, caretaker and/or trainer did or didn’t do at some point in his life. Interestingly, there are three behaviors in particular that most dog parents don’t appreciate but may be unintentionally reinforcing: begging, jumping and leash pulling.

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Original Article By Joan Morris

Dogs find a lot of uses for their tongues, but when it comes to obsessive or repetitive floor looking, it could be a sign that something isn’t quite right.

Question:

I have a 12 year old Lhasa-poo who has taken to licking our composite deck.  There isn’t anything on it, such as dropped food or anything else I can see. My husband thinks maybe it is salty. We do live next to an open space and during spring get a lot of pollen. She does have a water bowl out there that she uses.

Any ideas would be helpful.

Answer:

Your dog’s floor licking could indicate a physical issue or a psychological one. Your first step is to take the dog to the vet for a check-up.

Floor licking can be caused, as your husband suggests, from a lack of nutrients that the dog craves. I doubt she’s getting what she needs from the deck, but she’ll keep trying. Talk with your vet to see if you are giving her a nutritionally balanced diet. Those needs can change as a dog ages, so you might need to switch foods or add in a supplement. That should stop the floor licking.

Licking floors also can be a symptom of illness, including Cushing’s disease, which involves the adrenal gland, liver disease or a neurological disorder. That’s why it’s important to see a vet.

If your dog is getting all the nutrients she needs and receives a clean bill of health, then you can consider whether it’s become a habit. Your dog might once have found something tasty on the deck, so now she keeps licking it in hopes of finding it again.

Dogs also can develop obsessive habits, so the floor licking might indicate boredom or lack of stimulation. You might need to play with her more or get her challenging toys.

Obsessive licking can also be a sign of stress, anxiety and nervousness. As this is a relatively new behavior, you should consider whether anything has changed in your dog’s life or within the household that might be triggering the behavior.


Laurelwood Animal Hospital,located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: [email protected]

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Article Found on WebMD

As they age, cats often suffer a decline in functioning, including their cognitive functioning. It’s estimated that cognitive decline-referred to as feline cognitive dysfunction, or FCD-affects more than 55% of cats aged 11 to 15 years and more than 80% of cats aged 16 to 20 years. Memory, ability to learn, awareness, and sight and hearing perception can all deteriorate in cats affected with FCD. This deterioration can cause disturbances in sleeping patterns, disorientation or reduced activity. It can make cats forget previously learned habits they once knew well, such as the location of the litter box or their food bowls. It can increase their anxiety and tendency to react aggressively. It can also change their social relationships with you and with other pets in your home. Understanding the changes your cat is undergoing can help you compassionately and effectively deal with behavior problems that may arise in her senior years. Read more

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Article Found on ScienceDaily

Dogs gravitate toward high-fat food, but cats pounce on carbohydrates with even greater enthusiasm, according to research into the dietary habits of America’s two most popular pets.

The study sheds new light on optimal nutrition for the animals and refutes a common notion that cats want and need a protein-heavy regimen.

Findings were published this month in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

“The numbers were much different than what traditional thinking would have expected,” said the study’s corresponding author, Jean Hall, a professor in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University. “Some experts have thought cats need diets that are 40 or 50 percent protein. Our findings are quite different than the numbers used in marketing and are going to really challenge the pet food industry.” Read more