Hypoallergenic Pets: Is it a Myth, or Not?

We’ve all heard the stories of hypoallergenic pets  – dogs or cats who purportedly can live in harmony with pet allergy sufferers due to their lack of shedding/dander. Shying away from pet ownership due to allergies is a reality for so many animal lovers, but are hypoallergenic pets just another marketing ploy aimed at taking our money? The team at Schertz Animal Hospital investigates. 

Are There Really Hypoallergenic Pets?

Pet allergies stem from an allergic reaction to an animal’s saliva, which dries and becomes airborne when fur or dander is shed. Even furless pets produce dander, so there technically aren’t any 100% hypoallergenic pets. There is anecdotal evidence that certain breeds can be easier to live with for some allergy sufferers, including:

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Dog Training Tips to Reduce a High Prey Drive

A Jack Russel terrier barks up the trunk of a tree at an unseen animal

Every dog should know at least a handful of commands like “sit”, “stay”, “down”, and “leave it”. Not only can commands help owners stay in charge of their dogs, but mastering obedience can keep dogs safe. 

But what about the safety of local wildlife, such as birds, rabbits, squirrels, and rodents? For dogs with a high prey drive it can feel nearly impossible to convince them that the neighbor’s guinea pigs aren’t their next snack, but with some specific dog training tips, you should be able to safely walk your pup around the block.

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Cat Behavior: What Your Cat Wishes You Knew

We love our cats. They keep us entertained, challenged, and inspire us with their beauty. They can also be confusing creatures, aloof one minute and affectionate the next. It can take years to understand cat behavior and what your cat is trying to tell you; but once you do, there is no denying that cats are communicative creatures. 

It all begins with close observation of cat behavior and body language. Keep reading to learn more about what your cat wishes you knew, from Schertz Animal Hospital.

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Is My Pet Happy?

We all know what it takes to look after a pet: food, fresh water, shelter, basic medical care and, of course, lots of love and attention. For many pet owners, modern life makes it easier than ever to provide these basic necessities for the animals in our lives, giving us much more time to devote to their mental and emotional well being.

At Schertz Animal Hospital, we know that the first step toward keeping your pet happy is understanding what a happy pet looks like! We’ve put together our list of the top ways you can tell if your pet is happy, and of course a few tips on keeping them that way. 

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