10 Things Dogs Hate (And What You Can Do About It!)

Your dog is your best friend, and it goes without saying that they love everything about you. Well, almost everything. As close as we may feel to our canine companions, dogs and people are separate species with different ways of communicating, and even the sweetest or most laid-back dogs can strongly dislike some of the things humans do.

In order to make your life with your furry pal as harmonious as possible, make sure you aren’t on the wrong side of our list of 10 things dogs hate!


Holly Jolly Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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In the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holiday season, it’s easy to overlook the very real dangers that exist for our furry companions. Holiday pet safety may not be in the forefront of our minds as we busily shop and prepare, but it should be. 

Your Godspeed Animal Care family wants you and your pet to have the best holiday season possible, centered around holiday pet safety, of course!


Kitty Likes to Scratch? Getting to the Bottom of Destructive Cat Behavior

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It’s easy to take it personally when your cat scratches up your couch cushions, bites your ankles as you pass by, chews up your (non-toxic) houseplants. They aren’t doing any of this to make you mad; instead, they are answering to their internal “call of the wild”. Indoor cats can easily become bored, and the lack of stimulation can lead to undesirable behaviors.

With positive reinforcement, guidance, and a lot of patience, you can train your incredibly intelligent cat – and stop destructive cat behavior before it becomes a habit.


Help! My Pet Won’t Eat

Most pets are incredibly motivated by food. They’ll do almost anything to get their paws (and jaws) on whatever we’re enjoying, but they won’t snub their own food bowl, either. Known to appreciate midday snacks, or appreciate post-training treats, pets just love to eat. 

However, when a pet stops staring dolefully at your pizza crust or requires some loving encouragement to try their food, something is usually awry. If your pet won’t eat, there could be very specific reasons that explain why.


Trembling in Dogs: Why Does My Pet Shake So Much?

When a pet shakes and trembles for no apparent reason, a pet parent will naturally be concerned. Trembling in dogs is not an uncommon condition, but that doesn’t make it any less worrisome.

If you have a shaky pup, the team at Godspeed Animal Care is here to investigate the causes and conditions that lead to this problem. Read on to learn more!


Too Hot to Handle: Heat Exhaustion in Pets

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Being in the great outdoors with your pooch is so much fun during the summer months, with ample opportunity for hiking, walks, frisbee, camping, swimming, and more. Unfortunately, along with the fun comes the risk of too much sun and heat for your dog.

It’s important to understand the signs of heat exhaustion in pets to prevent serious medical problems, such as heat stroke. Read on as the team at Godspeed Animal Care helps pet owners protect their furry friends from the summer heat for a wonderful experience in the outdoors.

Recognizing the Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Pets

When a pet is exposed to intense heat, the body temperature can rise to dangerous temperatures. Anything over 103.5 F is considered hyperthermia. This is when the body goes into heat stroke, which is a life-threatening state that puts the organs of the body under serious duress. 


A Summer Pet Safety Survival Guide

Despite the fact that most pets detest change, they have surprise capabilities when it comes to adapting to changing environments. 

Your pet’s body is highly skilled at coping with hot weather by shedding the thick undercoat, panting, and sweating through their paw pads. However, pets do reach a point where it becomes far too dangerous to withstand overexposure to the heat.

An essential component of summer pet safety is managing risk, increasing comfort, and being extra careful between the hours or 10 am and 4 pm.

It’s Elemental

Water is part of a pet’s natural defense against the heat.

How can you be sure that your pet drinks enough each day? For starters, cats should generally drink 5-10 ounces every day. Dogs need one ounce per pound of body weight daily.


Stuck Inside: Indoor Activities to Exercise Your Pet

During the past several weeks of the stay at home order, you may have noticed yourself getting into old hobbies and pastimes that you let go by the wayside. 

Needing to keep ourselves busy, many Americans turned to gardening, bird watching, board games, puzzles, and so on. Likewise, our pets need lots of interesting things to do, since they are at home far more than we are. A bored pet is typically one who struggles with behavior problems and does not get the exercise they need to thrive.

We are here with some great solutions for keeping your pet busy, happy, and active. Here are some favorite indoor activities to entertain your pet from your friends at Godspeed Animal Care


Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Industry

What happens when those who are supposed to take care of us (humans and animals) become so emotionally overwhelmed that it affects their own personal well-being? This is a not-so-uncommon scenario referred to as compassion fatigue, and the long and short of it is that caring too much hurts. 

Compassion fatigue most affects those in service and healthcare industries, and is well known to be prevalent in the veterinary profession and in all staff members. Godspeed Animal Care is passionate about delivering the very best to our patients and their families, and we hope that you will help us care about ourselves the same way. 


The Case of Frito Feet: When Your Pet’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips

The mystery of canine odors is one most of us don’t really want to sleuth out. Unless the smell becomes bothersome, the topic of stinky feet isn’t something that comes up in normal conversation about pets. 

When it comes to “Frito feet”, however, many dog owners will readily admit that their dog’s paws do strangely smell like that corn based snack!

The case of Frito feet isn’t that difficult to solve. The team at Godspeed Animal Care is here to explain why this smell is a natural and generally harmless one.