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    Dealing with a Mouthing Puppy

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Puppies often display “mouthy” behavior as they explore the world around them. Helping your puppy learn to curb this behavior at appropriate times is an important part of his training.

    This video explains that keeping your pet on a light indoor leash can help to control mouthing during bouts of excitement. Providing chew toys specifically meant for your pet’s use can distract him from objects you don’t want him to mouth. If your puppy doesn’t like a certain type of toy, try using a different toy until you find one that captures his attention.

    Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic provides comprehensive pet health and wellness care in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and beyond. Call us today at (408) 565-8601 to schedule an exam for your dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, ferret, or small rodent. You can find more helpful pet training and behavior tips on our website. 

    Tips for Safe Hiking With Your Dog

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Hiking is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors with your dog during the summer months. When you are planning a hike with your dog, it is important to keep your furry friend safe on the trail. By taking the necessary precautions to keep your dog safe, you can help to prevent a veterinary emergency when you are far away from your car. Here is a look at some tips for safe hiking with your dog.

    Check Your Veterinary Records

    Before you set out on the trail, it is a good idea to check your dog’s veterinary records. In order to ensure a safe and successful hiking excursion, it is important to make sure that your pet is in good health to make the trip. If needed, is a good idea to update your dog’s vaccinations before you hike.

    Practice Your Recall

    A reliable recall is very important when you are heading out on the trail. If you will be letting your dog off leash, it is essential to ensure that he or she will respond to your commands. During your first few hiking outings with your dog, you may want to take the extra precaution of keeping your pup on a leash.

    Bring Plenty of Water

    Both you and your dog will require plenty of water to stay hydrated on the trail. When you are preparing for your hike, be sure to carry enough water for your dog. You may also want to bring a portable dog bowl so that your pet will have an easier time drinking on the trail.

    At Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic, our pet hospital provides a terrific range of veterinary services for both dogs and cats. When you bring your dog to our clinic for care, our veterinarians will provide you with kind and compassionate service. To schedule an appointment at our San Jose location, call us at (408) 565-8601. 

    Foods to Keep Away From Fido: Human Foods That Are Bad for Dogs [INFOGRPAHIC]

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Avocado, chocolate, and wine or beer might be part of your menu for dinner tonight, but these are just a few of the human foods that should never be given to dogs. Chocolate can cause a dog to be restless, vomit, have seizures, and even die. Avocado contains a substance called persin which can lead to stomach upset, and ingestion of an avocado pit can cause gastrointestinal obstruction. If you’re finishing your dinner off with a sugar-free treat, be sure your dog doesn’t ingest any of it, as the sugar-free sweetener xylitol can lead to liver failure in canines. Take a look at this infographic from Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic, a San Jose emergency pet hospital, to learn which other foods you should never give to your dog. Please share this important info with your friends and fellow pet-lovers!

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    Helping Your Cat Adjust to a New Baby

    Last updated 17 days ago

    If you are welcoming a brand new member to your household, it is important to take the time to help your animal companions adjust to the new baby. Cats can have a difficult time with sudden changes or transitions. Before the baby arrives, make sure that your cat has a chance to explore some of the new objects in your house, such as the crib and stroller. In addition, you may want to familiarize your cat with the sounds of babies crying. Most importantly, it is very important to give your cat plenty of love and attention during this transitional time.

    At Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic, we offer a complete range of veterinary services for both dogs and cats. Our clinic is proud to provide the San Jose area with the highest quality of veterinary care. To make an appointment for your dog or cat, call us today at (408) 565-8601. 

    What to Do If Your Cat Bites and Scratches

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Cats make a wonderful addition to many households. While a cat or kitten can be a loving companion, some conflicts can arise when humans and felines are sharing the same space. Cats of any age may bite or scratch for many reasons. Whether your cat is scratching aggressively or simply engaged in play, it is important to take appropriate steps to discourage this behavior. Let’s take a look at some steps to take if your cat bites and scratches.

    Watch Where You Pet

    If your cat bites or scratches you while you are petting him, this may be a sign that you are petting a sensitive zone. Areas such as the belly are very vulnerable, and rubbing this area could lead your cat to exhibit some aggressive behaviors. To discourage scratching and biting, you can pet your cat gently in neutral areas, such as the top of the head.  

    Use Caution During Playtime

    Cats can become overexcited when they play. If your cat scratches or bites during a play session, this could be a sign that he is overly excited. To keep your cat calm while he plays, make sure that you play with your cat on a regular basis so that he does not have pent up energy throughout the day.

    Observe Your Cat’s Behavior

    Your cat may warn you before he scratches or bites. If your cat hisses or pins his ears back, this could be a sign that he is scared or uncomfortable. Your veterinarian can also determine whether your cat is sick or in pain.

    If your feline friend is in need of medical attention, do not hesitate to make an appointment at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. Our highly skilled veterinarians will provide your pet with the highest level of care. For more information about the services that are offered at our pet clinic, give our San Jose location a call at (408) 565-8601. 

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