Why is My Dog Marking His Territory and How to Make it Stop

No urinating dogs sign.

When a pet decides to urinate somewhere that he or she isn’t supposed to, it can be very frustrating. It is even more frustrating when you are pretty sure that they are doing it to mark their territory. After all, your pet probably has nothing to defend from roving packs of enemy dogs.

Long Animal Hospital wants to help pet owners understand more about why your dog marking his territory is a natural thing and what you can do to prevent it from affecting your relationship. 

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Grab a Bib! Why Does My Dog Drool So Much?

A dog drooling.

Dogs salivate sometimes when they’re content, sometimes when they’re hungry, and sometimes for seemingly no reason. While a certain amount of doggy drool is normal, some dogs salivate more than others because of certain behavioral and medical conditions that contribute to excessive salivation. Some breeds also drool more than others, while others kiss with an ample amount of slobber. The question of “why does my dog drool so much” is one we get asked often at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center

If your dog is dealing with uncool drool, let’s look closer at the causes and conditions of excessive salivation.

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How to Recognize and Combat Stress in Dogs

dog with stress

We all know how it feels to worry about paying a bill, look at that mile-long to-do list, or have a last minute assignment dumped on our lap. Stress is known to have negative effects on our overall well-being and health, and it’s no fun.

At Long Animal Hospital we see the negative effects of stress in dogs, too. While they may not experience the same sources of worry and anxiety that you might, stress in dogs is a real and detrimental thing that we can work to help.

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How to Recognize A Pet With Separation Anxiety

dog with separation anxiety

Have you ever come home after a long day to find that your dog has chewed the couch, pooped in the house, or even escaped? You may chalk this up to doggy boredom, or perhaps spite if you think your pup is mad at you for being gone all day. 

These are common beliefs about dog behavior, but it isn’t about being “bad”. Instead, these behaviors signal that your dog is feeling fear, anxiety and stress. And if these behaviors happen when you’re gone, it equals separation anxiety

What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety in pets is more common than we might think. In fact, up to 15% of dogs may suffer from it, according to veterinary behavioral specialists. 

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