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Staying Home with Your Pet Amidst COVID-19

Life has definitely changed in the past several of weeks. Daily we hear of more and more store, restaurant, and beach closures and of event cancellations. "Social distancing" has become part of our everyday vernacular. In St. Petersburg, for now, we are still allowed—among other things—to go to the grocery store and to the park. We are allowed to walk outside freely (with the very strong recommendation that we endeavor to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from another person). Those are a few of the things that those of us with pets, particularly dogs, still need to do.


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Pets and the Novel Coronavirus

When the current outbreak of novel coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, first came to light in December 2019, researchers indicated that animals were the likely source of the virus. So people are naturally asking, Can my pet contract and transmit this virus? That question has become even more valid after one dog, the pet of an infected owner in Hong Kong, recently tested "weak positive" for the virus.


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Is It Safe to Sleep with Your Pet?

You lock the doors, set the burglar alarm, and climb into bed, with the family dog following close behind. As Fido settles in next to you—in his usual spot under the covers—you feel safe and secure. But are you really? Could there be hidden dangers in your own bedroom, just waiting to attack? We are talking about bacterial, parasitic, and viral diseases and they can be transmitted to you from your pet.


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A Matter of Time, and How to Find It

“Time poor.” That’s a term we just learned. It seems we are busier than ever these days, despite the fact that technology was supposed to make our lives more productive with less time and energy spent. A study in 2008 (can you believe that was almost 12 years ago?!) revealed that American’s leisure time dropped a staggering 20% than the previous year. To compensate for lack of time, many of us prioritize the most important things, while many times forgetting things that can be put off till later.


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Calling All Dogs: Popular Pet Names

We come across some unusual pet names here at Northeast Animal Hospital—"Buford Von Puppyheimer III" is one that readily comes to mind. But according to the website, Rover.com, it’s really not that odd. Some of the most unusual names in 2018 included Jimmy Chew, Beau Dacious, and Salvador Dogi. When it comes to uncommon names, you may want to add names like Fido, Spot, and Rover to the list.


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Are You Stressing Out Over Your Stressed Cat?

Cats seem so chill, but the phrase “scaredy cat” was coined for a reason. Would you know if your cat was experiencing stress? Where does feline stress come from, and how can you recognize the symptoms? Most importantly, what can you do to help?


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