Check Out the Benefits of Bringing Your Pet to Work!

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To celebrate Bring Your Pet to Work Week, we would like to take the time to talk about the many benefits of, you guessed it, bringing your pet to work. If you are fortunate enough to work in a business that allows this, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Now, we would all love to have our animals with us during the day, but sadly there are very few companies that allow this, however that number is growing every year. Obviously there are many jobs where it wouldn’t be safe or prudent to have your dog follow you around, but for the many office workers out there who have sedentary, danger free careers, then having your pet with you would be amazing.

There have been many studies showing that bringing your pet to work helps in several different ways. Employees were found to be more focused in the work, got along better with other workers and were even willing to stay longer, all due to having their dog spend the day with them. Job satisfaction is higher too, making for happier employees and a better quality of work.

Like children, pets can get sick and sometimes need their owners to look out for them, which usually requires taking days off of work. When a company allows pet owners to bring their dog to work, the amount of time missed also decreased. Again, this all serves to greatly increase production and keep workers happy.

A study performed by the Virginia Commonwealth University even showed that there was a noticeable decrease in stress when someone was allowed to bring their pet to work. Many people are worried about leaving their dog home alone all day, even if they don’t realize it. They may not be concentrating on their work, rushing to get out the door at the end of their shift, driving home too fast; all of which can be prevented by bringing their dog to work.

Overall, more and more companies are starting to allow their employees to bring their pets to work (yes, even cats) and it is a growing trend that is sure to pick up traction once more people see the benefits. We here at Espree appreciate every day with our furry friends and hope that more businesses see how wonderful it is. For those of you who have to leave them at home, use this week as an excuse to spend a little extra time with them. And maybe convince your boss to give it a try…

Much Like Humans, Our Pets Can Suffer From Anxiety, Nervousness, & Fear

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Much like humans, our pets can suffer from anxiety, nervousness, and fear that stems from a variety of causes. As a pet owner, it is up to you to discover what causes their anxiousness and find the best way to combat it. And as much as we wish we could just ask them what is wrong, it is generally pretty easy to pinpoint what is giving them trouble.

Both cats and dogs suffer from anxiety, albeit in some wildly different ways. What scares one may hardly affect the other, but in the end the results are usually the same. Hiding, panting, drooling, shaking and sometimes even lashing out in anger are all typical reactions to fear or anxiety. The first step to calming your pet down is trying to prevent the issue from happening in the first place, hopefully by finding the cause.

Storms are a major factor in anxiety for pets, especially dogs. You may notice your dog immediately going to a hiding place as soon as they hear the first peal of thunder, while some will even hide at the first signs of rain in anticipation of the loud noises to follow. When you know a storm is approaching, make sure they always have a secure hiding spot available to them, generally a crate, closet or small area for them to curl up in. This can also apply during July 4th or New Year’s Eve, when fireworks are likely to be going off.

Strangers, both human and animal, are another huge factor in causing fear and anxiety with your pets. Slowly introducing new people into your home is necessary for some dogs, as they are usually more protective of their home. Only you know how your dog will react to a stranger, so use caution when introducing new people into your house, especially if you have a rescue animal. You may not always know what happened in their past, so anything from larger breed dogs to men can be contributing factors. Take the time to figure out what it is and work with them. It can take some effort when you introduce new people and even longer with a new family pet, but over time they can eventually become friends.

With cats, they are more likely to hide or lash out. Always make sure your cat has a small, enclosed hiding space they can get to if they are the nervous type and never force them into a situation they aren’t comfortable with. Rescue cats, especially any that were feral or rescued from the street, are prone to being skittish of new environments and people. As with dogs, working with them over a period of time can help them overcome their fears, by providing treats when they come out and encouraging good behavior.

While certainly not the last form of anxiety in a long list of causes, it is certainly a big one that is almost exclusive to dogs. Separation anxiety. When leaving your dog, even if it is for a short period of time, you might notice that they have acted out in some way while you were gone. Chewing on the remote control, scratching up the door, ripping open the trash; all are very common reactions to separation anxiety. Some worse ones can be constant barking, howling, digging or trying to escape. Many a dog has broken free from their back yard or crate when left alone with separation anxiety.

If you notice your dog has separation anxiety, there are a few ways to try and work with them. Leaving them chew bones or food puzzles can keep them occupied while you leave and show them that your departure is not always a bad thing. Try occasionally taking them to a day care, so they can socialize while you are absent. This will help alleviate the stress of being alone and give them something to look forward to.  Finally, simply working on your routine when leaving can make a difference. Perhaps show them that every time you grab your keys does not always mean you are about to leave. When you do leave, don’t make a big show of saying goodbye, which will help keep them calm when you are gone.

Overall, there are many different reasons for your pet’s anxiety and just as many solutions. If you are ever unsure or notice that they continue to act out, always consult your veterinarian. Sometimes what you think may be anxiety could just as easily be an unknown medical condition. Espree also offers several options to help calm your dog, such as our Perfect Calm chew tablets or Calming Balm Lavender & Kava. We want your pets to be a stress reliever for you, so help them to relieve their own stress. Remember, when you cut down on the stress and anxiety your pet feels, they will be happier, more playful and learn to love you even more.

Pets Can Suffer From Many Of The Same Allergy Symptoms

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Sometimes its starts with a runny nose, maybe burning eyes. Then you start sneezing uncontrollably, while you can hardly breathe through your nose. Or maybe you have a different reaction, with big red welts all over your skin. Allergies affect millions of people all over the world, but sometimes we don’t realize that our pets are also suffering many of the same symptoms, with their own allergies and asthma problems. It is important to properly identify if your own cat or dog deals with allergies so that they too can get treatment, which is why we want everyone to be informed about what to look for when trying to diagnose your pet. As always, if you have any doubts, please take them to your local veterinarian.

Much like humans, our pets can suffer from many of the same symptoms, such as:

  • Red or runny eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy and/or red patches of skins
  • Itchy and infected ears

However, there are several symptoms that don’t appear in humans, making it more difficult for us to recognize when they might be having an issue. Itchy tails or lower backs, constant licking and chewing/licking of paws are a few that you need to be on the lookout for as a pet owner.

Like us though, what causes the allergies could be a myriad of things. Grass, trees, mildew, pollen, foods, clothing, smoke, perfume…the list could go on. Some are easier to discover than others, but it is not always obvious, which is why you should always talk to your veterinarian if you suspect your cat or dog has allergies. An easy example would be your local pollen count. If you notice your pet sneezing a lot with runny eyes and nose, then this would make it easier to medicate your animal during allergy season. As always, you know your pet best. Keep an eye on them throughout the year to make sure they are always feeling healthy and happy.

A cousin of allergies, asthma is also known to strike your loving pet friends. Like allergies, a lot of the same things can cause asthma attacks, such as smoke or pollen. Asthma generally affects cats more than dogs, but the symptoms are usually the same: coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing. Asthma is also potentially life threatening due to the lack of oxygen your pet receives when suffering from an asthma attack, so it pays to be extra vigilant if you know your pet is susceptible to asthma.

Overall, we at Espree just want to increase awareness about pet allergies and asthma, so that both you and your furry friends can rest easy, especially during allergy season. Always be on the lookout and talk to your vet if you have any questions.