The 30th anniversary of Discovery Channel's Shark Week is approaching - cue Jaws music! While we may be far enough away from the beach, readers must still beware the dreaded table shark. Your own four-legged friend also circles its prey, striking out to snatch the lovely meal or snack you'd prepared for yourself just when you least expect it.
Never fear! We're here with tips to tame your little table shark, save your snack and avoid potential visits to see us when your pet eats something toxic.
Always give us a call, 978-369-3503, if you suspect your pet ate something they shouldn't have. WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU DETERMINE IF YOUR PET NEEDS TO BE SEEN. No question is too strange and no concern is too small when it comes to the health of your pet!
Concord Animal Hospital's Five Tips to Train Your Canine Table Shark
Dogs are the primary table sharking offenders. When a dog “counter-surfs” and successfully finds and takes food, he learns that searching for food anywhere and everywhere ends in reward. As a result, the reinforced behavior becomes difficult to reverse. However, there are a few things that can be done to combat this behavior. The American Kennel Club offers these tips:
There is little more futile than telling a cat what to do. Cats do things their way and attempting to discipline a cat will likely lead to failure and a lousy relationship with the cat.
Often the best solution is a homeopathic one. Essential oils can work as a great repellent. Eucalyptus oil is a scent that will keep your cat across the room. The scent is minty with a hint of honey, which humans love and cats hate. Citrus is another effective repellent that people love and cats do not. Lemon and orange are found in many natural cleaning agents. You can simply use these to clean the kitchen, and your cat will likely avoid that area.
There are also essential oils that can keep a cat in places of which owners approve. Catnip and valerian root are highly attractive to cats. Placing a tiny drop on a cat bed or a scratching post will certainly lure a cat to that area.