Ask Dr. Grimes
By now, you and your pet have probably spent a lot of quality time together since the Stay-at Home order was enacted. All this togetherness may have prompted some questions about things you noticed your pet doing. Here are some of the top questions we receive related to our furry friends.
Why Is My Dog Eating Grass?
Spring is here and the grass is tender and sweet. Some dogs find this temping and decide to have a tasty nibble or two. Ingesting a small amount shouldn’t bother them but if they are eating an excessive amount and then vomiting afterwards – it could mean they have a stomach upset.
Why Is My Dog Chewing His Feet?
Sometimes dogs with arthritis pain or anxiety issues may chew their feet. However, many times when a dog chews their feet – it’s related to allergies. Whether it is a grass or food related allergy, dogs will relieve the itch by chewing or licking their paws. While it temporarily makes them feel better, it doesn’t solve the problem. The condition may require a change in diet or prescription medication.
Why Does My Dog Howl?
Excitement, playfulness, or maybe just because it’s fun could all be reasons your dog howls. Howling can also relate to territorial issues or stress.
Why Does My Dog or Cat Chase His Tail?
Perhaps they could be bored…and that tail looks like a good way to get some exercise. For puppies and kittens, it can be they don’t realize it is actually part of their own body until they catch it. On a more serious note, if your dog is constantly chasing their tail and even biting it, your dog may have worms, fleas, or other medical issues.
Why Are Dog’s Noses Wet?
Dogs have a very keen sense of smell. Their noses are wet because they secrete mucus that helps aid in their ability to smell. In fact, a dog’s olfactory abilities are anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 times more powerful than a human’s nose. Dogs also have wet noses because they sweat through their noses as well as paws. This helps them cool down. But, don’t worry if your pup’s nose is dry. Nose temperature and wetness can vary based on weather and environmental conditions. But If your dog’s nose is excessively dry and cracked, it could be caused by allergy or infection.
Do Dogs Dream?
Absolutely, dogs dream just as their human friends. It has actually been studied using EEG scanning where evidence indicated rapid eye movement. You may notice your dog moving their legs or paws during a deep sleep or hear them bark, howl, or breathe heavily. Who knows, they may be dreaming about a fun day at AVAC’s Barks and Recreation Daycare.
If you have other questions or your pet needs help with any of the above mentioned aliments, just give us a call or come in to see us!
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Julie Grimes, DVM
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