Cat Behavior Training and Positive Reinforcement – It Works!

It may come as a surprise to most feline lovers, but cats are, in fact, trainable. Sure, your furry pal may not cozy up to tricks or appreciate the challenge of an agility course, but cats can and probably should be trained to some degree. Much like their canine counterparts, they respond well to reward based training.

Since many cats wind up in shelters due to behaviors like scratching, spraying, or roughhousing (biting, etc.), cat behavior training is not only important for their safety, it can also make for a healthier, happier pet.


Listening to Your Heart: Adopting a Pet with Special Needs

special needs petsWelcoming an adopted pet into your home can present a host of challenges under even the most straightforward circumstances. When you pick a four-legged friend, though, who has a complex history, things can be even more difficult. Adopting a pet with special needs can be extremely rewarding nevertheless.

Should you choose this path, Schertz Animal Hospital is here to help you make a home for your friend in need.

Adopting a Pet with Special Needs

Many pets who need homes have issues. Be it a chronic medical issue, special nutritional needs, advanced age, or an injury, it is important for you to know and understand what you are getting into.


Splish-Splash: Giving Your Pet a Bath

Giving your pet a bath may not make the list of great ways to spend a Saturday morning, but bathing is important to skin and coat health (and helps eliminate that doggy smell). For most pets, a biweekly or monthly bath, along with daily brushing, is part of good pet care. Even our feline friends can benefit from the occasional bath!

However, before you panic, Schertz has step-by-step instructions to make giving your pet a bath a positive experience for everyone.


The Wonder of Whiskers (And Why They’re Necessary)

Cats have them, dogs have them, and we may even jokingly refer to human chin stubble as whiskers, but did you know that whiskers play an important role in the life of your pet? While most people appreciate the aesthetics of long, wispy cat whiskers, they may not realize what their function is for both dogs and cats.

The team at Schertz thinks whiskers are pretty darn cute and oh so important to your pet’s wellbeing. Keep reading to learn why!