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How to Help Your Anxious, Scared Pet on July 4th

Loud noises are a common cause of anxiety in pets.[1] Your pet may exhibit a range of anxiety symptoms, including whining or whimpering, withdrawing, shivering, loss of appetite, inappropriate elimination of waste, and destruction of items in your home. This is troublesome for you and harrowing for your pet. Fortunately, there are ways you can help calm your pet in the days leading up to July 4th and during the firework festivities.

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Tracing the Evolution of the Modern Horse

The horse, as we know it today, evolved from a considerably different form over a period of 55 million years. The earliest recorded ancestor of the horse is the Eohippus, which lived during the Eocene period.[1] From there, it evolved over millions of years through various forms and branches of the evolutionary line to become the domestic horse of today. Its evolution mainly consisted of changes in size, brain complexity, shape, length of the foreleg, and most significantly, a dental structure that changed to suit grazing on grass instead of browsing on high-growing plants.[1]

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How to Handle Unsolicited Advice About Your Pet

As of 2020, about 67% of American households include a family pet.[1] Including a pet in your household has many benefits, including lower blood pressure, less stress, decreased triglyceride levels, decreased feelings of loneliness, more opportunities for socialization, and increased exercise and leisure time opportunities.[2] Whether you're out and about with your pet or sharing a cute photo of your furry friend on your social media accounts, chances are good that you'll end up receiving some unsolicited advice. While the people giving you this unwanted advice probably mean well, listening to it could result in harm to your pet. Keep reading for some tips on how to handle excessive amounts of unsolicited advice from other pet owners.

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Understand Your Dog’s Cues to Enhance Pet Wellness

At EquiVet Care, we know that pet wellness is more than keeping your dog healthy and safe. Learning to communicate with your pet creates a lasting bond that will grow and deepen as the years go by. Find out how to interpret your best friend’s facial expressions, body language and vocalizations to enrich your relationship and your dog's well-being, too.

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Understanding Your Cat's Body Language

Cats can be very mysterious, which is part of their charm and, at times, somewhat frustrating for their owners. However, if you understand how your cat uses physical signals to express how she feels or what she wants, that goes a very long way toward making everyone happy!

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How a Virtual Vet Appointment Works

Wellness visits are as important for your pet as they are for you. Pet wellness visits allow your pet's health to be tracked over time, so it's easier to catch a problem in its early stages. Wellness visits also provide you with essential information on how to care for your pet. You may also need an occasional visit if your pet develops any unusual symptoms. When an in-person veterinary visit isn't convenient for you or your pet, a virtual pet examination is a great option. By engaging in a virtual visit first, you can save time and perhaps save the price of an emergency room trip for your pet. EquiVet offers virtual vet appointments at times that are convenient for your busy schedule. Read on to learn more about what to expect during your virtual vet appointments.

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You Speak, But Does Your Dog Understand You?

Owning a pet and taking care of animals can be a rewarding yet challenging experience. Pet wellness is a term that refers to various aspects of your pet's health. For dog owners, in particular, this encompasses not only your dog's diet, weight, and vital organ health but also your pet's level of contentment, ability to train, and demeanor toward other animals and humans. You no doubt speak to your dog many times throughout the day, but have you ever stopped to wonder if he or she really understands what you are saying?

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Choosing the Right Veterinarian for Yourself & Your Pet

There's no doubt about it; for many of us, pets are just like any other member of our family. And like a family member, we want to make sure that they are going to get the healthcare they deserve if they ever need it. While frustrating, the process of choosing a doctor for yourself or another human is quite easy. This, unfortunately, cannot be said of veterinarians. When it comes to choosing a new veterinarian for your pet, there are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind throughout the process. Some of those include the need for a veterinarian near you or a facility that places transparent care, empowering pet owners and veterinarians at the top of their list.

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