Dog Behavior: What to Do About Pet Aggression

Fort Wayne, Indiana dog acting aggressive.

Puppies exhibit certain (and harmless) behaviors like biting and growling that allow them to discover how to fit in with the family. We teach our pups manners, and they grow to become happy members of the household. Unless they don’t. 

Dogs that become increasingly aggressive as they mature out of their puppy years can lead to a lot of problems, especially if they display aggression towards humans or other animals. If your dog is becoming more and more aggressive, the team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic can help.

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Dogs Eat Grass For All Sorts of Reasons, But Should They?

A dog eats grass.
The Airedaile Terrier dog eats the grass at the backyard

Since dogs explore the world around them through their nose and mouth, it makes sense that they try to taste as much as they can. Socks, table food, feces, and more round out the canine palette. Some of their choices are, well, less than “choice,” but as long as they aren’t harmed by their explorations, it’s usually okay (provided you can get beyond the gross factor). At the top of the list of brow-raising antics is eating plant matter. Dogs eat grass (and other green things) for many reasons, but does that mean it’s safe?

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Working From Home With Your Pet: The Way Of The Future?

A cat lies on the keyboard as someone tries to type.

Over the course of the last year, the home has turned into the center for living, entertainment, and even working. While working from home with your pet might have seemed exciting at first, a lot of us quickly saw how our pets can make it harder to stay productive throughout the day. 

Whether your cat uses your keyboard as his own personal jungle gym or your dog likes to start barking as soon as you log into a virtual meeting, it is definitely a transition to figure out how to coexist…and cowork…with your furry, scaly, and feathery friends. 

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A Corny Conundrum: Why Do My Dog’s Paws Smell like Corn Chips?

No one ever thinks a dog smells great all of the time. In fact, most doggos have a musty odor to them, especially when they get wet. But if you have ever gotten a quick whiff of your dog’s feet, it may have reminded you of something… Is that… corn chips? 

“Frito feet” may seem like a mystery, but we get the question of, “Why do my dog’s paws smell like corn chips?” all the time. 

Your friends at Dupont Veterinary Clinic are here to uncover the reasons beyond this strange smell and what you can do to keep your pet’s paws healthy and stank-free.

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Coming Through With Flying Colors: House Training A Puppy 

When you bring a new puppy into your home, you can count on a few accidents… to say the least. This is just one aspect of the joys of being a new puppy owner. But house training a puppy doesn’t have to be difficult, or take forever. There are several effective and positive ways to get you and your pup successfully through the process. 

Remember that whatever method you choose, stick with it and be consistent. Keep reading for some tips from the Dupont Veterinary Clinic.

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Once-A-Year Heartworm Prevention For Your Dog Has Arrived!

Heartworm disease remains a serious and potentially fatal disease that is spread to our pets by mosquitoes. In 2019 there have been over 2,500 cases in Indiana alone, and these are only the cases that were reported. In fact, Dupont Veterinary Clinic treated 7 dogs in August 2019, alone!

Suffice it to say, heartworm disease has definitely not gone away, making heartworm prevention for your dog a must.

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A Spotlight on Our Fundraiser for K9 Vests!

In 2018, 28 police K9s were killed in the line of duty. K9s are not only invaluable assets to any police force, but they are loyal friends, protecting both their officer handler and the community at large. 

Much is expected of K9 officers. They are trained to patrol, track, and locate people, drugs, and explosives, as well as to protect their human partners. K9 officers are in as much danger of being shot or injured as human police officers, but unlike human officers, most don’t wear protective vests. 

Learn about how Dupont Veterinary Clinic, along with other groups, worked hard to change that right here in the Fort Wayne Police Department.

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Client Spotlight: Anne and Chris Bohlman and Their Incredible Therapy Dogs

Fort Wayne is a pretty great place to live, thanks in no small part to the residents. At Dupont Veterinary Clinic we are extremely fortunate to get to know so many incredible local families and their pets, such as Anne and Chris Bohlman and their dogs, Bessie, Dana, and MiniMoo. 

The Bohlmans, along with their three trained therapy dogs, have been volunteering their time and energy in our community for the past 14 years. We’re thrilled to share the Bohlman’s story with our readers, and to highlight the ways in which therapy dogs enrich human lives and bring communities together.

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How to Choose Safe Chew Toys for Your Pet

Dog Playing Outside With Chew Toy In Mouth

Anyone who’s ever lived with a pet knows that some habits die hard, especially those that have been ingrained for thousands of years. That angelic fluff ball perched on your couch may look like your furry best friend, but the reality is that our domesticated dogs and cats are basically wild animals masquerading as pets. We’re made acutely aware of this when Fido rips our new slippers to shreds or when Fluffy drops a lifeless mouse at our feet.

Chewing is another one of those hard-wired behaviors. Making sure that pets have an appropriate outlet for this activity is the key to avoiding dangerous or destructive chewing. Luckily, the team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic has the scoop on safe chew toys and what to avoid to protect your pet.

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Much Ado About the Canine Flu

Pug's Face Looking ConcernedIf you’ve been in recently or have taken your pooch to boarding facilities, groomers, or dog parks, you may have heard talk about canine influenza. Perhaps we recommended the vaccine for your dog or you were told that Fluffy can’t have her bath without it. So, what exactly is this canine flu and why have you been hearing about it? At Dupont Veterinary Clinic, we’re here to help!

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