New Dog Owner? Here’s what you need to know before visiting the Dog Park

As Spring approaches, more Houstonians are being drawn outside. If you are itching to take Fido to a dog park to play, keep these foundational safety tips in mind. Here are four ground rules for any four-legged friend visiting a dog park in Houston:

Add Rabies & Registration Tags To Their Collar

If you just adopted, it is likely your dog is already current on all vaccinations required by the City of Houston’s public dog parks. Organizations like the Animal Humane Society build the cost of vaccines for diseases like Bordetella, Distemper, and Rabies into their adoption fee. Make sure to update the Rabies tag on your dog’s collar whenever you do routine check ups at your vet. Additionally, Houston authorities require that you register your dog; this license is also displayed on a collar tag that you receive in the mail. Attach both tags to a leather or nylon collar before spending time at a dog park.

Both the Rabies & Registration tags can be extremely helpful if your dog is ever involved in an incident at the dog park. And if your dog is ever bit or the recipient of aggressive behavior, don’t hesitate to ask the other dog’s owner about the status of their animal’s vaccine history.

Ensure Flea & Tick Prevention Is In Full Effect

It’s no secret that Houston has mosquitos… and unfortunately, ticks have become an increasing worry to US officials because of the variety of diseases they can transmit. The good news is that it’s easy to protect yourself and your pets from having to deal with these pesky parasites.

Our Veterinarians can help you choose the best preventive option for your family; choices range from shampoos, to prescription treatments, to Insect Growth Regulators that you spray on your yard. Check out our FAQ page to read more about the best way to prevent fleas/ticks at home. Be sure to mention to your vet that you’d like to let your dog socialize at a public park! They can discuss options to ensure flea & tick prevention for when the environment is outside of your control.

And don’t forget about protecting yourself. If you’re hanging out while your pet is playing, chances are high that you could be bit. Use insect repellent diligently!

Bring Your Own Water

This might seem obvious, but having drinking water is a necessary component to making sure your dog stays healthy and happy on their trip to the bark park. There are seemingly endless options for collapsible water bowls; some even hook onto your dog’s leash for easy carrying. Don’t count on a water fountain being at the park… bring your own bottle of water (a big one!) and share it between yourself and your dog’s bowl. And whatever you do, don’t let your dog drink standing water at the park. If your park has a place for dogs to swim or splash, make sure to ask your Veterinarian about a vaccination for Leptospirosis, a dangerous bacteria that can affect the liver and kidneys.

Also, bring bags with you to pick up any poop!

Socialize Your Dog Before Going To The Park

Before coming to the dog park for the first time, see how your dog acts with one other dog around. Try to introduce them to a friend or family member’s pet that you already know is sociable.

Does your dog respond to your commands when they’re off leash? You can go to the park at non-peak hours to practice voice commands. Once you feel confident in your dog’s off leash behavior, try the park with others around! You can keep your dog on the leash in the park, as long as you’re holding on to it. When you feel ready, let them off leash! If your dog is running around the park, make sure you’re cognizant of their activities. You don’t have to hover, but be aware.

Ultimately, dog parks are an excellent way for your dog to exercise and engage socially. Houston has many parks across the city, and they are all free for your pet to run and play.  Call us today if you would like to know more about any of the above vaccinations! You can also review the City’s full list of rules for visiting any of the dog parks.

Microchipping: The Invisible Leash

It doesn’t matter if your dog or cat wanders out a forgotten gate, chases an unwitting squirrel or digs under the fence… if your pet is loose, your number one priority is bringing them home. Why isn’t your pet’s collar enough to guarantee a safe return? Simply put, tags can wear out and collars can fall off. Microchips are becoming the universal standard to extend the tether between pets and their homes.

Increased Chances of Returning Home

The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the United States every year. But for animals that are microchipped, their chances of being reunited with family are significantly improved. A recent study found that microchipped dogs were returned to their owners at a rate of 52%. 38% of chipped cats were reunited with their owners, as opposed to the 2% return rate for cats without microchips. In January 2019, 88 cats and dogs were returned to their owners through Houston’s BARC shetlers alone.

Microchip Basics

But what are microchips and how do they work? Pet Health Network describes “microchips [as] implantable computer chips that encode a unique identification number to help reunite you with your lost pet. They work by receiving a radio signal from a scanner and transmitting the encoded chip identification number back to the scanner.” That number is stored in a database and is associated with your contact information. Furthermore, microchips are very easy for Veterinarian’s to insert; each microchip is as small as a single grain of rice and doesn’t require anesthesia when implanted. They sit just below the skin in between your dog or cat’s shoulder blades.

Every animal that is brought to an animal shelter or pet clinic is routinely scanned for a microchip. The unique code associated with a pet’s chip will provide the organization with their owner’s contact information. Some chips can even be customized to include additional emergency contacts, the pet’s  breed, or the Veterinarian’s contact information. Microchips do NOT offer GPS capabilities.

Global Safety

Because they are highly effective, microchips have become a common practice for petcare worldwide. The scanners found in pet clinics utilize varying frequencies to activate microchips that were implanted in different countries; European scanners work with chips at slightly higher levels of kilovolts than American scanners. If you ever plan on taking your pet with you abroad, check the country’s regulations for pet microchips. Some clinics have started to use scanners that register all varieties of chip to increase the chances of reuniting lost pets.

A Win-Win Decision

Microchips offer pet owners increased security, and fortunately, there is very low likelihood that your pet will have an adverse reaction to the implanting of a microchip. According to the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, an organization that maintains the database of negative effects caused microchips, “over 4 million animals have been microchipped and only 391 adverse reactions have been reported.”

Lastly, a microchip is not a replacement for a contact tag attached to a leather or nylon collar. Keeping a current tag on your pet’s collar can greatly expedite their return home if they ever do get out; neighbors can get in touch with you without having to take your animal to a clinic!

If your dog or cat is already microchipped, update your contact information as needed.  If you don’t know how to log into the database for your pet’s specific microchip, ask your Veterinarian about it at your next appointment!

Tips to Make Life with a Blind Pet Easier

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The most common reason for blindness in pets is old age, but genetic factors and conditions like glaucoma could leave your pet blind or vision-impaired at any age. While this may be heartbreaking for pet owners and frustrating for pets, blind cats and dogs can still have a great quality of life.

These tips can make things a bit easier for both you and your pet!


Seek Treatment

First thing’s first: if there’s anyway to restore some of your pet’s vision, you’ll want to look into those options as soon as possible.

Many older dogs and cats lose their eyesight due to cataracts, which can often be removed in a relatively common procedure.

Another common cause of pet blindness is glaucoma, a condition that causes fluid buildup in the eye, resulting in pressure on the optic nerve. This pressure can quickly cause permanent blindness, so it’s important to act immediately if you notice signs of glaucoma. Unfortunately, your pet can’t tell you when she’s in pain or losing vision, so you’ll need to notice external symptoms. If you see any swelling of the eye, bring your pet to the vet as soon as possible.

Of course, not all causes of blindness can be reversed. So if you find yourself with a permanently blind or vision-impaired pet, start implementing the following tips.


Use Bells for Other Pets

Cats and dogs are extremely resilient, and they learn to depend on their other senses fairly quickly. Even so, they can startle more easily and appreciate auditory signals.

Adding a small bell to the collars of other pets will help alert your blind pet and prevent unnecessary startle responses, which can sometimes result in aggression. If your dog or cat still has excellent hearing, they may not need this crutch at all.

But for older pets whose ears aren’t quite as sensitive, tools like this can greatly reduce their overall stress level. This trick is also useful if you have a particularly stealthy pet that doesn’t make a lot of noise otherwise.


Teach Kids and Strangers How to Interact with Your Pet

Pets usually maintain their same temperament after losing their vision, but, as noted above, they’re more likely to have aggressive outbursts as a result of being startled. Before you touch your blind pet unexpectedly, make them aware of your presence with a little noise. Usually, just saying their name allows them to gauge your location.

Make sure that your guests know to do the same, and give your pet a chance to sniff any newcomers to recognize their scent and voice.

It’s especially important to teach small children how to engage with your pet. Kids are usually so excited to play that they don’t realize how their behaviors could be read as threatening by your dog or cat. Make sure that they know not to surprise your pet, get in their face, or pull on fur, tails, and ears.

Depending on the age and behavior of the child and the temperment of your pet, it’s sometimes best to keep them completely apart. The last thing you want is for your pet to resort to biting.


Use Tactile Signals like Textured Matts

Blind pets are more prone to stumble around stairs and step-downs. Placing a floor mat of some kind in front of potentially hazardous areas like these can be a huge help.

Your pet will recognize the different texture on her paws and realize that she’s close to the step before she loses her footing.


Keep Your Environment as Similar as Possible

With a little time, most pets learn where the furniture and walls are without much help. But major rearrangements can leave them bumping into things for weeks. Try to keep things in the same place as much as possible.

When you do need to change things up or when you’re in a new environment, help your pet out by talking them on a couple of leashed walks through the new layout.

Most cats probably won’t be receptive to a leash, but their whiskers will help them sense nearby objects and adapt quickly anyway.


Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

A few simple commands can make life a lot easier for your pet. While this tip may not work for cats, most dogs learn their new “tricks” with consistent practice.

Commands like “wait” are great for warning them when they are about to bump into something. And “Up” and “down” will help them with things like getting in and out of cars.

If they aren’t picking up on these commands, don’t sweat it too much. If they’re adapting to their new life easily, they might not even need them.

Most animals adjust to losing their eyesight remarkably well, but those that lose vision suddenly may need a little more help learning how to navigate their world.

The simple measures above go a long way towards making your pet comfortable, secure, and well-adapted to life without vision!

If you are worried about your pet’s eyesight don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment.


Parvo Season is Coming: Here’s What You Need to Know


If you’ve ever seen a dog struggle through parvovirus, then you know that it’s a truly terrible and potentially fatal disease. With spring on the horizon, parvo season is about to begin, and it’s imperative that your pet is protected.

Proper prevention, quick recognition of the symptoms, and early treatment can mean the difference between life and death for your dog. Here’s what you need to know to give your pet the best chance against parvo:


Know the Symptoms

Parvo can cause symptoms like lethargy, fever or low body temperature, loss of appetite, and loss of interest in favorite activities. But the most telling symptoms are consistent vomiting and diarrhea.

Most dog owners have helped their pets through harmless bouts of these stomach issues before, but parvo-related vomiting and diarrhea are something altogether different.

Dogs with parvo often produce deep brown to black diarrhea that is completely liquid in nature and often contains blood. Parvo-related vomit is usually yellowish in color and has a foamy, milky, or slimy texture. Both are extremely foul-smelling.


Early Treatment is Key

If your dog is exhibiting these symptoms, act swiftly. Dogs— especially puppies— with parvo rarely survive if they are left untreated. However, professional treatment with a vet bumps the survival rate to around 70% for adult dogs and somewhat less for puppies.

The sooner they are seen, the better the odds for survival. Because parvo is a virus and not a bacteria, no real cure exists. Parvo-infected dogs usually refuse to eat or drink, so treatment involves IV nutritional therapy and fluids to prevent dehydration and sometimes medications to curb vomiting and diarrhea. Your pet will usually need to stay at the vet or animal hospital for several days before he begins to recover.

Remember, parvo symptoms appear suddenly, and the disease can become fatal quickly, especially for puppies. If you even suspect that your dog might have parvo, call your vet immediately.


Vaccines are Life-Saving

The best way to prevent parvo is to vaccinate your pet on schedule. For most puppies, this means vaccines should begin at 6-8 weeks and boosters should be administered according to your vet’s recommendations.

When adopting older dogs, it’s still important to make sure they’ve had a full round of parvo vaccines. Their immune system might be more mature, but this doesn’t make them totally immune to parvo or other diseases.

No matter how busy your schedule or how tight your budget, don’t neglect to get your pet’s shots on time. Parvo treatment is grueling and expensive. Vaccines are quick, cheap, and effective.


Parvo Hides in the Soil

You may think that your dog can only catch parvo if she’s exposed to another infected dog. The truth is the parvovirus is extremely resilient and can live in the soil and on surfaces for several years. So your pup can catch it even if she’s never been anywhere near a sick animal.  

In fact, it’s so tough to kill that puppies shouldn’t even enter homes where a dog has had parvo within the last two years.

For these reasons, some pet parents mistake parvo for poisoning or a simple upset stomach and delay getting proper treatment. Remember, even if you pup hasn’t been exposed to infected dogs or feces, those symptoms could still be parvo. Don’t wait to get help.


Follow Dog Park Rules

Most dog parks don’t allow any puppies under two to four months of age. It might be tempting to ignore those rules— after all, what’s cuter than a puppy romping around with a pack of new friends? But those guidelines exist to protect the health of your furry friend.

With hundreds or even thousands of dogs roaming through the area every year, dog parks are a breeding ground for parvo and other diseases like distemper and bordetella. Puppies need time for their vaccines to take effect and for their immune systems to mature before they can safely be exposed to these pathogens.

It’s best to avoid similar environments like kennels, doggy daycares, parks, and pet stores until your vet has given you the green light.


It’s Most Common in Spring and Summer

Dogs can contract parvo at any time, but the disease is most common in the spring and summer months. Take extra precautions around this time to keep puppies and unvaccinated dogs away from infected animals and public areas like parks.

Parvovirus is a horrible disease, but the good news is it’s easily preventable. Follow proper vaccine schedules and keep young puppies away from high-risk areas, and you’ll likely never have to deal with it at all.

And if you do notice parvo symptoms, remember that acting quickly will give your dog his or her best chance at survival. Schedule an appointment with Crossroads Animal Clinic if you’re worried your furry friend might need their parvo shots.

Worried about your pets vaccinations? Schedule an appointment with Crossroads Animal Clinic.

Are Pets a Good Present?

Are Pets a Good Present?

We’ve all seen it before. Maybe it’s on a friend’s social media or maybe in a movie or television show. A little girl or boy is gifted a pet by their parents for their birthday or for a special holiday like Christmas. While of course joy is to be expected, are pets a good present? Whether it’s a puppy, a new kitten, or a small pet like a hamster, pets can make great gifts…if they’re in the right hands.

It’s important to think about all the different factors that go into caring for a pet long term. We’ll dive in to discuss these factors and how to choose the right time to give a pet as a present. After all, it’s not just about the joy of the person on the receiving end. It’s about the happiness and well-being of the pet, too!

Pets as Gifts for Prepared Families/People

First and foremost, pets should only be gifted to people and families who are prepared to receive the pet. While you can keep the pet a surprise, there are other factors to consider, as pets require time, money, and energy to get the best care. Below you’ll find ways to get a sense of readiness before gifting a pet.

  • If the pet is young, will someone be around to help train it? Pets, especially when new to the home, require time and attention to help them adjust to their new life. It’s also important to remember that while children are primarily the ones given a pet, that pet will become a family pet. Children aren’t able to handle all the responsibilities, such as late night potty breaks, so the adults will also need to be on board with training.


  • If the pet gets sick, will they have the funds to keep it healthy through vet care?  While pet care is pricey, it’s not the only cost related to pets that you should know in advance. Pets require things such as a cage or crate, bedding, toys, food, treats, a leash, a collar, flea medicine, etc. The list goes on and on. Making sure the receiver or their family is able to afford and provide these items is crucial to the pet’s well-being.  


  • Does their home or lease allow pets? This is an important detail you might not think about. If someone is renting, it’s important to make sure that their landlord allows pets. Certain places also have breed restrictions when it comes to dogs. If they own the home, is this something they will want to take on? Having a pet can require getting new carpet and other repairs if they move.


  • Will they be committed to this pet? Most importantly, will the person or family be committed to taking care of this pet? Depending on the pet, they can live to be close to (or even over) 20 years. Pets are a lifetime commitment, and it’s important to ensure that the person receiving the pet is ready for this commitment so that the pet is not taken to a shelter or re-homed, causing distress.


If the Commitment is there…

If you’ve thought it over and considered all the factors of preparedness, pets can make a wonderful present. They’re a great way to add joy, love, and companionship to your home and life. However, if you’ve decided that the person or family isn’t ready for a pet, you can always wait another year and re-evaluate. It’s important to look out for the best interest of the pet and caretaker and ensure that it’s a match made in fur-heaven!


10 Human Snacks That Are Healthy For Dogs

10 Human Snacks That Are Healthy For Dogs

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Have you ever found yourself eating a delicious snack only to look down and see some “puppy dog eyes” staring up at you? We’ve assembled a list of ten human snacks that can also be used as a healthy treat for your pup. Now you can share your food…but remember; moderation is key!

1) Peanut Butter: Peanut butter makes a yummy snack for humans and dogs alike. Peanut butter gives dogs protein, healthy fat, vitamin B and E, and other beneficial nutrients. Choose a peanut butter that is unsalted and that does not contain sugar substitutes. A common sugar substitute is xylitol, which is toxic for dogs.

2) Carrots: These crunchy snacks are fun to give and fun to eat. Carrots are low in calories and also contain vitamin A, which helps your dog’s immune system and promotes healthy skin and coat. Not only do dogs love the crunch of chewing on a carrot, but carrots actually help the dog’s dental health by helping to remove plaque on your dog’s teeth. It’s a win-win!

3) Chicken: Humans may reach for chicken as an easy, high-protein snack, but did you know it makes a good snack for dogs too? As long as it’s cooked, and not heavily seasoned or flavored, chicken makes for a perfect snack or treat.

4) Yogurt: You may have heard of the amazing things probiotics are capable of doing for humans. Have you thought about it in relation to your dog? The probiotics in plain (unsweetened and unflavored) yogurt can help your dog become more regular and alleviate some upset stomach issues. Make sure that you’re choosing a yogurt with active live cultures.

5) Eggs: If you’re making yourself eggs, it’s okay to share some with your furry friend. Eggs for dogs should be cooked without salt or any other seasoning. They’re a great way to give your dog protein and necessary amino acids. As an added bonus, you can feed your dog small amounts of raw eggs, as egg yolks are high in Biotin, which helps keep their coat healthy.

6) Green Beans: If you’ve ever had a dog that needed to lose some weight, you may be familiar with this snack. Green beans are a popular snack for dogs that need some treats without the high-calorie content. Green beans are also high in fiber and are filling to eat as an added snack into a dog’s diet.

7) Sweet Potatoes: If you’re cubing up sweet potatoes to roast, you can treat Fido to a few pieces. When cooked (you can steam or bake them) without seasoning, these are high in vitamin A. High in fiber as well; these snacks are a delicious addition to your dog’s snack list.

8) Pumpkin: Pumpkin is a powerhouse snack that is full of vitamins and minerals essential to your dog’s health. Not only that, but it also boasts a high fiber content as well as assists in weight loss. Dogs will love the taste of this healthy treat while getting great benefits from it as well.

9) Rice: This popular side dish is a healthy treat to add to a dog’s meal. The rice contains complex carbohydrates, which work to make your dog feel full. Rice also has Niacin (Vitamin B3), which helps with a dog’s bone growth. Rice is a tasty treat that can be served unseasoned.

10) Oatmeal: While humans love oatmeal for breakfast, dogs like it any time of the day! When served unseasoned and unsweetened, oatmeal is a high-fiber way to help regulate glucose levels in the blood. If your dog has grain sensitivity to other grains, they may actually be able to tolerate oatmeal.

We hope you and your dog are able to enjoy some nutritious and delicious snacks together. Share the love with your best fur-friend and treat them to something special in addition to their normal diet.

What to Do When Your Dog Has Tummy Troubles

sad boxerIf you’re a dog owner, it’s inevitable that your furry friend will experience vomiting and diarrhea at some point in his life. No one likes to see their dog suffer, but no one likes to pay unnecessary vet bills either. It can be tough to know when your dog truly needs medical attention and when he just needs a day to get better on his own. These guidelines will help you make the right call and keep your pooch healthy!


When to Wait it Out

Just like humans, dogs get sick for a lot of different reasons and not all of them require medical attention. If she got off of her normal diet for a while or got into something in the trash, she’ll probably perk back up on her own within a day.

If your pooch is still interested in food and water and is just as energetic as normal, you’re probably fine waiting another twenty-four to forty-eight hours before coming into your vet.


What to Do While You Wait

In the meantime, you can help him recover by removing access to food for a little while and then starting a bland foods diet. We recommend taking food away for the first twelve hours after your dog has thrown up or experienced diarrhea. Make sure he stays hydrated in this time but try to discourage him from gulping down large amounts of water at once— too much too fast can further upset his stomach.

If she hasn’t had another episode after the twelve-hour waiting period, it’s time to reintroduce food–but don’t return to normal dog food just yet. Even if she’s not truly ill, kibble can still be hard on a dog’s tummy after she’s thrown up and can prolong her recovery.

Boiled meats and gentle starches will help settle your dog’s stomach until he’s ready to handle his own food again. A popular choice is boneless, skinless chicken breast with white rice or canned pumpkin. Try a small meal at first, and if he holds that down for two hours, offer another small meal.

Continue with this diet, gradually offering larger meals farther apart. If his stools are firming up and vomiting has ceased after twenty four hours, start mixing in some of his regular food until he’s back to his normal diet and eating schedule.


When to Bring Them In

If only it were that simple all of the time. Unfortunately, there will be times when your pup just needs a little more help to get better. It’s best to give your vet a call in the following situations:

  • You’ve tried the above protocol and your dog is still sick after 48 hours.
  • Your dog is showing sudden and extreme changes in behavior like becoming lethargic or irritable.
  • Your dog has lost all interest in food and water and refuses to drink.
  • Your dog has recently swallowed a non-food item that hasn’t appeared in his vomit or diarrhea after twenty-four hours.
  • Your dog’s vomit is frothy and yellow and her diarrhea is completely liquid, very dark, and has a distinctly sickish odor— especially if you have a young dog who hasn’t received all of her shots. These could be signs of Parvo, a virus that can be fatal when it doesn’t receive prompt medical attention.

If your pooch is exhibiting these behaviors, it’s likely that his condition is due to more than just a change in diet or stress. These are hallmarks of a dog who is truly ill.


When in doubt, always give your vet a call and follow his or her advice!

5 Reasons to Adopt a Mutt

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When you’re ready to welcome a new pup into your family, your first step may be to start researching which breed is right for you. But before you give that breeder a call, consider these five reasons to adopting a mutt.

Mutts Usually Have Fewer Health Problems

You probably know that dog breeds are man-made. After many years of selective breeding for certain personality or physical traits, we ended up with our corgis, collies, cocker spaniels, and so on. But did you know that to achieve those genetic traits, early breeders often resorted to inbreeding their dogs? As a result, many pure breeds have genes that increase the likelihood of developing certain health problems. And some breeds—like modern bulldogs—are all but guaranteed to come with a host of health issues.

Mutts on the other hand? With a more diverse gene pool, many mutts often avoid the issues that plague pure breeds.

It’s Way Cheaper

Have you looked into buying from a breeder lately? Did you come away with sticker shock? It’s not uncommon for breeders to charge upwards of $1000 for a purebred puppy, and some breeds sell for even more. Buying from a reputable breeder is always better than saving money at a pet store, where your puppy may have been sourced from a puppy mill, but you have another option.

Adoption fees at shelters and rescues usually max out around $250 and are often even lower, especially if you’re not adopting a purebred. And there’s a whole lot included in that price; your pet will usually come spayed or neutered and up-to-date on all of his shots.

Mutts Are Just as Smart

It’s a total myth that purebred dogs are smarter than their mutt counterparts. Sure, some breeds like German shepherds are known for being particularly intelligent, but that doesn’t mean that a mixed breed dog can’t be just as brainy. The tricks and commands a dog is able to perform have a lot more to do with training than with breed.

You Can Still Get the Traits You’re Looking For

Do you want a golden retriever for its family-friendliness? A poodle for its hypoallergenic fur? You can still find these qualities in a mutt. Workers at humane societies and rescues usually know their dogs really, really well. Let them know you’re looking for—whether it’s a medium-sized dog that doesn’t shed, a dog with enough energy to be your jogging partner, or a puppy that’s great with kids and cats—and they’ll point you to the right pooch.

You’ll Save a Life

No one likes to think about it, but a lot of dogs are euthanized in shelters and pounds every year—anywhere from 600,000 to 1.2 million. And most of these guys are put down simply because nobody chose to take them home.

When you choose to adopt a mixed breed, you’re giving a home to a dog who might not have made it without you. No amount of American Kennel Club papers can replace that feeling.

Don’t get us wrong—we love purebred dogs, and we’re thankful for every family that buys from quality breeders instead of supporting puppy mills. But we also know that mutts have a lot to offer. They may not come with fancy papers or a genealogy, but they do come with a lot of love—and, in the end, isn’t that the point of having a dog?

Top 8 Things Your Pet Does That Creeps You Out

Top 8 Things Your Pet Does That Creeps You Out

If you have a pet, then you know just how weird animals can be. Pets come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from furry friends to scaley companions, and at the end of the day, they all have actions that outright creep us out. Here are the top 9 things your pet does that creeps you out:


Acts Strange Before Bad Weather


Your cat or dog might start acting a little sheepish or even go and hide. Maybe they yowl while they hide, or maybe they stay close to you. Then, the weather gets bad. Nope, it’s not a coincidence! Some animals are sensitive to drops in barometric pressure, so if your pet starts to act bad, a storm might just be brewing.



Gives You a Death Stare for No Reason


You’re sitting on the couch or sitting down for a meal, and you notice your pet staring at you – for no apparent reason. There’s no real reason why our pets do it, but yet there could be a few reasons. While it seems creepy to us, they might simply be trying to get our attention.


Stares at You While You’re Waking


You wake up from a nap or a good night’s sleep, and as soon as your eyes open up you see your pet right beside you, staring at you. Yes, our pets show affection in weird ways, and this might just be one of the creepiest things they do. Sometimes, they’re just waiting for us to wake up or take them on a morning stroll.



Knows When You’re Sick


Ever notice your pet get a little clingy when you aren’t feeling great? Well, that’s because pets simply know when you aren’t feeling good. If you’re a little under the weather, whether it’s physically apparent or not, don’t be surprised if your pet tries to cuddle with you a little extra.



Brings You Dead Animals for Trophies


You open the door to find your cat has dropped a dead snake or bird right there for you. It might seem weird, gross, and creepy, but it’s just your pet’s way of saying they love you.



Talking to Thin Air


Ever see your pet staring at absolutely nothing? Sometimes our pets like to stare at “nothing”, and sometimes they like to meow and bark at “nothing”, too. While it’s likely they saw or heard something that we didn’t, it doesn’t make it any less creepy. Especially when it’s in the middle of the night!


Licks You


Your pet ever come up to you and just start licking you? It’s a little overbearing and a bit creepy, but it’s just one way our pets show affection. Plus, they like the taste of our skin. Weird.


Pets are amazing companions with their own unique personalities. No two pets are alike! The truth is that they will all do some creepy things sometimes, but we love them just the same. Even when they do odd things, they usually have reasons we just can’t seem to understand.

Adopt Black Cats- 4 Facts about Cats You May Not Know!

Happy October everyone! Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to talk about black cats! Our furry feline friends make great pets for all age groups. However, black cats have a bad rap starting back as far as 1232 AD. During this time Pope Gregory IX penned a document that claims black cats as an “incarnation of Satan.” This belief spread and was perpetuated over many years, even being associated in the Salem Witch Trials.


Due to black cats being associated with bad luck, they are not frequently adopted like their lighter counterparts. In fact, some studies suggest that black cats are adopted at a rate as much as 50 percent less! However, black cats are no more satanic than any other type of cats, and can still be a loving member of your family. Here are a few facts that you may not know about black cats.


  1.    Many Cultures View Black Cats as Good Luck


While cats representing bad luck is a common theme in the United States, other countries have an opposite view. In Japan, owning a black cat as a single woman is supposed to bring you more suitors. In Germany, having a cat walk in front of you from right to left is supposed to actually bring good luck.


  1.    There are 22 Breeds of Solid Black Cats


Many people associate black cats as “mutts” or simply strays. However, there are many breeds of black cats. The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) recognizes 22 different breeds of solid black cats. The quintessential black cat is the Bombay breed of black cats with copper-colored eyes and black short hair. This breed was specifically bred by a woman named Nikki Horner who wanted a cat with similar markings of a panther!


  1.    Black Cats May Hold Key to Curing HIV


Black cats get a bad rap due to its color and association with witchcraft. However, there is research being done to map out the genomes of a black cat. The mutation in their fur that gives them an all-black appearance has been found to be in the same family of genes that provides humans with resistance to diseases such as HIV. While not proven, scientists have hypothesized that black cats evolved to become more resistant to disease and not for camouflage.


  1.    A Sailor’s Friend


Sailors often kept cats to keep the mice population down on ships, but black cats were especially popular. They were considered lucky and helped ensure a safe journey. Tiddles is one such cat that traveled with the British Royal Navy. He has traveled over 30,000 miles.

Whether you are looking to adopt a black cat, or have one in your family, keep up with its health by taking it for regular checkups at the Crossroads Animal Clinic, your Copperfield animal clinic. We offer a variety of services for your feline and canine friends!