Wednesday, October 24, 2012

10 Behaviour Myths in Dogs: # 8

Myth # 8: Dogs chase their tails or spin in circles because they are bored.

Repetitive behaviours such as pacing, spinning, tail chasing, and foot licking have many causes.  To infer they are caused by boredom oversimplifies a complicated problem.  These behaviours may be caused by frustration or conflict.  They may be secondary to certain medical problems that cause itching, pain, or discomfort in a body part.  Sometimes they are caused by seizures or other forms of brain dysfunction.

FACT: Repetitive behaviours are complex problems that require evaluation, diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Please let us know if you are concerned about any of these behaviours in our own pet.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cold Weather Life Saving Tip

Royal City Animal Hospital would like to remind everyone, that as the cold weather approaches, please bang on the hood of your car before you start the engine. 
You could be saving a life. 
In the cold weather many outdoor cats seek warmth and refuge from the elements by jumping up into the engine of cars. This can lead to injury or death if they are there when the car starts. In addition, some cats will be under the car, and can easily be run over when you move the car. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween Costume Contest

Royal City Animal Hospital will be holding a
Halloween Pet Costume Photo contest
How to enter: 
Join our Facebook page and submit a photo of your pet dressed in a Halloween Costume,
 and you will automatically be entered in the contest. 
The photo that gets the most "Likes" will be the winner.
It is as simple as that. 
The prize is a gift bag of pet related items - books, poop bags, treats, etc. 

Submit your entry today.