What’s the Cause of Anxiety in Pets?

Anxiety in pets: an anxious dog hides behind a curtain.

At first glance it may seem that there is little for your pet to be worried about. They have a warm, safe home, a steady source of food, and a person that loves them very much. Anxiety in pets is a very real phenomenon, though, and MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital wants you to know how to recognize this and help your pet.

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Loud Noises? How to Calm Your Pet’s Anxiety

El Dorado Hills pet with anxiety

They try to hide in your shirt, and you don’t know why they’re so clingy. Wait for it: yep, here comes a thunderstorm.

Younger dogs are generally not affected by the sounds of a storm. As pets age, they may learn to expect scary loud cracks and rumbles from lightning strikes. When they hear thunder or see flashes of light from lightning or fireworks, the anticipation of what’s to come can set up an anxiety response.

You are the safety captain for animals in your house. They look to you when they’re scared. If you jump, they’ll jump. Sometimes you just can’t help but react to loud noises, and neither can they. Understand that the fear is real and learn how to help calm your pet’s anxiety.

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Felines 101: Why Do Cats Knead?

El Dorado Hills cat kneads bed.

If you own a cat, then you know that felines tend to exhibit a lot of unusual behavior that seems to have no clear cut rationale. One of the most common (and most confusing) cat behaviors is when they “make biscuits,” or knead your furniture, the blanket on your bed, or even your body. 

The team at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital wants to help you understand why cats knead so you can develop an even closer bond with your favorite feline.

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Simple Steps for Successful Housetraining

Housetraining El Doroado Hills Dog

Teaching a new puppy or adult dog the ropes when it comes to basic commands, the rules of the home, and of course housetraining, are all keys in raising a well adjusted dog. Training dogs also requires repetition and consistency to establish those basic training needs for life. 

The team at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital is here to give you some simple suggestions to successfully house training dogs. Let’s get started!

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