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Information

2021/11/15
NEW Notice of change in operating hours for Wednesday, November 17th.

There will be a slight change in consultation hours as follows:

Wednesday, November 17th: CLOSED

We will be accepting phone calls as usual.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation. Regular hours will resume Friday, November 19th.


2021/04/01
NEW Spring Inoculation season is here!

Heartworm prevention begins in April! Blood test (health check + heartworm antigen test) and all-in-one preventives (heartworm, flea/tick, roundworm) for both dogs and cats are available.

More info

2021/03/31
TESS Sealing System

Check out the latest addition to our medical equipment, the TESS Sealing System☆

More details


2021/03/01
PetLife COVID-19

We at PetLife hope that you and your furry family members are safe during this time.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking careful measures to ensure the safety of our patrons, staff and the general public.

Petlife’s management plan includes:
   • Frequent disinfection of surfaces and instruments (this is already standard in industry practice).
   • Policy for all staff to employ regular hygienic routines such as thorough washing of hands and frequent changes of gloves and masks and other sanitary equipment.
   • Monitoring the health of all our staff.

PetLife believes that it is imperative to do our part in limiting the spread of the virus, so we are asking for the cooperation of our patrons temporarily. We ask that patrons:
   • Limit to one person per pet where possible when coming to the clinic.
   • Wear a protective mask.
   • Not visit the clinic if feeling unwell. Please call if you have concerns about your pets.
   • Cooperate in social distancing within the clinic. If the waiting area is full, please feel free to wait outside after registering.
   • Remain conscious of coughing/sneezing etiquette.
   • Book ahead and avoid walk-ins.
We understand that these conditions can cause inconvenience, but with the cooperation of our community, we will continue to provide the best service possible for you and your pets.


About us

Your family vet in the heart of Tokyo
PetLife Veterinary Clinic is a friendly and caring clinic in the heart of Tokyo.
We provide a bilingual (Japanese/English) service for both domestic and international communities.
We are experienced veterinarians with many years serving families
and individuals and their pets using the latest technology. We have a compassionate
and welcome approach and aim to nurture close bonds within the local community.

 

 

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PetLife Tips

2021/11/15 Mitral Valve Insufficiency in dogs

Mitral valve insufficiency : Let’s have a look at this common heart disease in older, small breed dogs.

As you can probably tell from its name, mitral valve insufficiency is a disease that effects the mitral valves, located between the left atrium and left ventricle, and causes functional insufficiency. The heart has four chambers, and each chamber is separated by a set of valves. The valves open and close systematically to keep blood from flowing backwards. However, when the valve does not close completely, blood regurgitates and causes circulatory failure.

Common breeds

Older, small breed dogs such as the Chihuahua, Maltese and Shih Tzu are common breeds for this disease. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are likely to develop this disease genetically, even at a young age.

Cause

Deformation of the valve / heart.

Symptoms

Only a heart murmur will be detected and is asymptomatic in early stages of the disease. As it progresses, blood regurgitates and the causes congestion in the heart. Congestion leads to enlargement of the heart, which then presses up against the trachea, causing the affected animal to cough. As blood circulation worsens, dogs will become exercise intolerant. In the next stage of the disease, blood in the lungs will congest as well and lead to pulmonary edema. This situation leads to oxygen deficiency and symptoms such as discoloration of the tongue, respiratory distress and syncope may be observed. In the worst case, it may even lead to death.

Examination

The first step would be to check for heart murmurs with auscultation. Additionally, electrocardiogram, blood pressure measurement, blood test, ultrasonography and chest X-ray will aid in determining the stage of disease, including level of regurgitation and status of the lungs.

Treatment

・  Diuretics and/or vasodilators to reduce stress on the heart.

・  Cardiotonic agent to strengthen contractility of the heart.

・  Bronchodilator to treat the cough

・  Oxygen therapy

・  Antibiotics etc.

Treatment will be based on assessment of cardiac function.

 

Even if symptoms improve temporarily, it is important that pet owners don’t stop medication based on their own judgement. And always remember, if symptoms worsen, to consult your vet immediately.

Lastly

This is a progressive disease and is impossible to prevent or cure, but it is possible to slow down the speed of progression with early detection. In early stages of disease, there may be no visible symptoms despite having a heart murmur, so even if your dog looks healthy, regular checkups at your local vet come in handy. Owners of high-risk breeds or mid/old age pets should consider full annual checkups as well.

2021/05/19 Filariasis in pets

Filaria is believed to be the cause of death for famous faithful dog Hachiko. It used to be one of the major causes of death in dogs, but now it can be prevented almost 100 % by administering preventives.

 

What is filariasis (also known as “heartworm”)?

Dogs can be infected with filaria when they are bitten by mosquitoes that have bitten another infected dog. Filaria larvae grow in dogs’ skin or muscles for 2 months, then migrate to the heart vessels in 3 to 4 months and cause various symptoms. The mature worm can grow to be about 20 to 30 cm in size and after 6 months of infection, starts giving birth.

How does prevention work?

Preventives kill the larvae before it moves to the heart vessels. It does not prevent the mosquito from biting, but kills any larvae found in the animal within the last one month. Therefore, it is important to give the pill monthly until one month after mosquito season ends.

Timing of administering preventives.

In Tokyo, there are mosquitoes around from April through to November, so you should give your dog filaria preventives from late April or early May, to late November or early December. It’s ok to give it all year round as well.

Why is the antigen test essential?

If your dog was infected the previous year, there is a possibility that many larvae produced by the adult filaria are swimming around in his/her blood vessels. If preventives are administered in this situation, the larvae will die and get stuck in the capillary blood vessel, which can lead to systemic shock. This is why it is important to check there is no infection from the previous year, before administering preventives.

 

Types of medicine

Chewable type (It’s flavored, so perfect for dogs that love to eat!)

       ★NexGuard SPECTRA (For flea, tick, filaria and gastrointestinal parasite prevention. All in one!)

  ★Ivermec (Filaria and gastrointestinal parasite prevention. You can combine with Simparica to prevent fleas and ticks.    Double the treats for your dog!)

  ★Interceptor chews (Filaria and gastrointestinal parasite prevention. Can be administered to tiny dogs weighing 1 kg.    Combine with flea and tick prevention.)

Tablet type (Available in small size tablets for dogs that don’t enjoy flavored treats.)

  ★Milbemycin A (Filaria and gastrointestinal parasite prevention.)

Topical type (For dogs that can’t handle oral medication. Do not shampoo for 24 hours after.)

  ★Revolution (Combine with FRONTLINE PLUS which is also a topical type preventive, for ticks.)

Injection type

  ★Pro Heart (Valid for one year, so no need to worry about forgetting the monthly meds!)

Filaria in cats?

In cats, most of the larvae cannot grow and die shortly after infection. However, dead larvae can cause considerable damage to the lungs, causing respiratory symptoms. If even a few of the surviving larvae migrate to the cat’s heart, severe symptoms can be expected. Prevention for cats can be done with Revolution plus, a topical filaria/flea/tick preventive.

 

2021/02/09 Dental care for dogs

Today we’re going to give you some tips on cleaning your dog’s teeth at home☆

Tartar (dental calculus) in dogs

It is said that plaque turns into tartar in only three days in dogs. Once it becomes tartar, it is almost impossible to clean it off with a toothbrush, and increases risk of gingivitis. Therefore, daily brushing to maintain a healthy oral cavity is important.

Use dental gum only as a backup!

It is difficult to clean the teeth perfectly using only dental gum, so it is a good idea to use it as a reward after brushing. When choosing dental gum, make sure it is an appropriate size, and be careful it’s not too hard so as not to damage your dog’s teeth. Gum that contains lots of fiber is good, so that your pet can chew on it for a long time, and last but not least, choose something that tastes yummy!. To prevent your pet from swallowing the gum whole, hold it at an angle that allows them to chew on it with the upper molars. This is where plaque tends to build up faster, compared to the other teeth in the oral cavity.

Recommendation of dental scaling

It is said that 90 % of dogs over 1 year old have periodontitis. Even with regular teeth brushing, it is difficult to keep their teeth completely clean. Hand scaling without anesthesia requires dogs to be held down for long periods of time and can also be quite painful depending on how much inflammation is present in the gums. This  leads to huge amounts of stress for dogs. Instead of hand scaling, we recommend you consider an annual dental scaling under anesthesia. A recent study showed that scaling with anesthesia once a year decreased the death risk in dogs by 18.3 %. Especially in dogs that tend to fight and struggle when having their teeth brushed, it would be a great idea to reset the oral cavity annually and then follow up with light daily brushing.  

Practice makes perfect!

Puppies under 6 months of age will get used to teeth brushing faster than adult dogs. Therefore, even though baby teeth do fall out eventually, starting practice early is very helpful. Adult dogs may take about a month to get comfortable with brushing, so do not rush and keep trying bit by bit. Try to avoid brushing in areas where there is noticeable pain in the mouth caused by stomatitis, etc, and at the timing of teeth replacement (usually between 4-7months of age).

STEP1 Touch the muzzle and mouth

During daily cuddle time, try to get into the habit of touching around the mouth and rewarding with a treat when they let you to do so even a little bit. It is good to touch while the dog is concentrating on the treat, too.

STEP2 Touch inside the mouth

Flip the lip and touch the teeth and the gums. Touch gently and then reward with a treat. Put your finger in further along the gums when they get used to it. Try touching for longer periods each time.

STEP3 Use dental sheets

Wrap the sheet tightly around your finger and start rubbing gently across the incisors . Don’t forget the treat!

STEP4 Use a brush

Wet the brush with water and use doggy toothpaste. Flip the lip up and apply the brush to the tooth. Upper molars and canines easily accumulate plaque. You can reach the inner side by inserting your fingers just behind the canines to open the mouth.

 

2020/12/11 Accidental ingestions!

With only one month left this year, there are lots of exciting events to look forward to such as Christmas and New Year! Let’s talk about accidental ingestion, which is a common problem during the Christmas season★

 

Be aware of accidental ingestion!

Incidents of accidental ingestion are most common in the Christmas season. There are many unusual objects around, such as presents, Christmas decorations, New Year’s decorations. These items, as well as the large amount of food being served, are certain to catch the attention of cats and dogs. On top of that, cats and dogs tend to get excited with extra guests in the house and do things they wouldn’t normally do. This can often lead to accidents happening when their owners aren’t looking. This happens particularly often when curious kittens and puppies are involved.

 

What should I look out for?

Please be careful of substances that may remain in the stomach, get stuck in the intestines, or

that are poisonous to cats or dogs. Some examples of such substances are cotton stuffing,

ribbons attached to wrapping, chocolate, onion family vegetables, alcohol, hard or sharp objects

like chicken bones etc. Symptoms may include loss of appetite, lack of energy, gastrointestinal

symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, and neurological symptoms such as dyspnea and

convulsions. In addition, hard or sharp objects such as chicken bones can damage the esophagus and foreign objects that become lodged in the stomach or intestines can cause obstruction.

 

What if my pets accidently swallow something?

Forcing your pet to vomit can be very dangerous. If your pet accidently eats or swallows something, contact your hospital with the following information prepared.

・What they ate

・How much they ate

・When they ate it

 

How do I prevent accidental ingestion?

It’s a good idea to check that gifts, ornaments, and New Year’s decorations are not missing or torn and place your pets in a cage or separate room during mealtimes. If your pet puts something they shouldn’t eat in their mouth and you try to remove it quickly, they may swallow it reflexively because they don’t want you to take it. etter to distract them with a treat and let them drop it by themselves.

 

Let’s have a fun and safe Christmas and New Year! Happy Holidays! 

2020/11/21 Urinary Tract Disease Part 2

 Today we are going to talk about chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats., a very common condition to surface this time of year.

 

What is CKD?

CKD is an irreversible and progressive disease and is defined as structural and/or functional abnormalities in the kidneys lasting 3 months or longer. It is a common disease in older cats. All age ranges can develop this disease, but there is a study that indicates more than half of cats with CKD were over 7 years old. CKD will result in uremia and requires life support therapy in this stage.

Causes

In addition to degeneration, inflammation, congenital/familial disease, infections, and tumors are also possible causes.

Functions of the kidneys and symptoms of CKD

The kidneys have various functions, such as removing waste products through the urine, maintaining a stable balance of the body’s salt, potassium and acid content, endocrine function and metabolic function.

Since the kidneys play many roles in the body, symptoms of CKD vary. Cats can get dehydrated because they are unable to concentrate their urine adequately, and this makes them urinate more frequently. To compensate the dehydration, they may drink more water. Also, they can become anemic because the production of a factor produced in the kidneys that stimulate the production of red blood cells decreases. Some will display high blood pressure resulting from inadequate blood pressure regulation. Accumulated waste products may eventually result in neurological symptoms. Stomatitis, gastritis, vomiting, decrease in appetite, and weight loss are other common symptoms.

Treatment

CKD cannot be cured, but it is possible to reduce the cat’s stress and discomfort. Therapy for CKD consists of minimizing further damage to the kidneys and symptomatic treatment. Use of prescription food is proven to slow down progression, so appropriate diet in each case should be considered. In order to prevent dehydration, fluid therapy is important.

In conclusion

Because the kidney is a highly compensational organ, it is almost impossible to notice symptoms until 75 % of renal function has been lost. Therefore, it is essential to do regular check ups to detect early stages of CKD. Structural evaluation with abdominal ultrasound, urinalysis or blood tests are recommended. Monitoring your cat’s appetite, weight, color/ volume/ frequency of urine on a daily basis is also helpful.

2019/11/27 Urinary Tract Disease Part 1

Let’s have a look at some disorders our pets are at risk for, especially during the cold season to come!

 

Urinary Tract Disease Part 1 

Urethral Obstruction

 

Urethral obstruction is a medical emergency that causes the dog/cat to strain while urinating, producing little or no urine each time. This condition occurs most commonly in male cats, but male dogs and female dogs/cats may be affected as well. Males are more likely to develop obstruction because of their long and narrow urethra. Causes vary, from physical obstruction such as calculi, stricture caused by scar tissue, neoplasia, prostate disease (in male dogs), to functional obstruction (known as idiopathic obstruction) which is common in male cats.

Delay in treatment can cause the onset of systemic signs (related to uremia/ acute renal failure) including vomiting, anorexia, and/or lethargy and collapse. Uremia is potentially life threatening and requires immediate medical attention.

 

〇Initial symptoms

The most common early clinical signs resemble those of cystitis, including stranguria, dysuria, and hematuria. Urinating in unusual places and frequent urination are symptoms relatively easy to spot.

 

〇Prevention

Switching to canned food and increasing water availability.

Improving litter box hygiene and increasing number of litter boxes(cats)

 

 

Detection of those early clinical signs is key when treating urethral obstruction. If your pet is not urinating as usual, or urinating more frequently than usual, a visit to your local vet as soon as possible is recommended. Pets that have experienced urethral obstruction in the past tend to relapse, so dietary changes may be necessary, and it is always a good idea to have check-ups (urinalysis) done regularly.

 

 

2019/09/10 Fleas and Ticks

Let’s have a close look at the dangers of flea/tick infestation. Fleas and ticks cause problems not only for our pets, but for us humans as well.

 

 

Fleas

 

Fleas

Fleas are capable of jumping distances more than 100 times their body length to attach themselves to their host. They begin to lay eggs on their host 24-48 hours later and reach adulthood soon after. The period fleas require to mature depends on the season, but during the summer, it only takes 12-14 days. During spring/autumn, a little longer, approximately 3-4 weeks. So are we safe from them during the winter? The parasites’ life cycle is activated in environments as cold as 13℃, so no, winter is not the “safe” period.

 

If anything, fleas thrive in winter as well, especially indoors as households tend to be heated to comfortable temperatures. Even cats that are 100% indoor cats are at risk for infestation.

 

Fleas cause problems such as allergic dermatitis, which is caused by the host’s allergic reaction to their saliva.

 

They also transmit tapeworm, an intestinal parasite. If you discover little white objects that resemble rice grains on your pet’s anus or on their bed, beware!

 

Skin rashes caused by fleas can also be an issue for pet owners.

 
 


 
 

Ticks

 

Ticks*If you find a tick on your pet’s skin, don’t pull it off yourself! Always check with your vet first!

 

An adult tick lays 2000-3000 eggs at a time. Hatchlings repeat the process of sucking blood from its host and shedding to reach adulthood in approximately 1 month. An adult tick on a full tummy can grow to about 100 times its initial weight before it starts to lay eggs.

 

Ticks tend to be hiding in the bushes, so beware when taking your pet to the park or to other grassy areas.

 

Ticks transmit Babesiosis, a hematologic disease caused by a parasite that attaches itself to the host’s red blood cells. Symptoms include anemia, fever, and loss of appetite, and if acute or severe, may even cause death.

 

People are at risk too. SFTS (Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome) is caused by a virus that ticks carry. Mortality rate is high, and 1 in 5 people are known to succumb to the disease.

 
 

☆ Flea/ tick prevention can be accomplished with spot-on or oral preventives (Frontline, MyfleaGuard, Nexguard) administered monthly. Bravecto, administered only once every 3 months, is also available.

 
 

2019/07/07 Heatstroke in dogs

Instead of sweating, dogs lower their body temperature by panting. When panting isn’t enough, a dog’s temperature rises significantly, causing heatstroke. This condition can be fatal if not corrected immediately.

 

Older dogs, obese dogs, and dogs with thick fur or short noses (pugs, bulldogs) are predisposed to heatstroke and should be closely monitored for symptoms on hot, humid days.

 

Symptoms:
Excessive panting
Lethargy/collapse
Reddened gums
Diarrhea and vomiting

 

Prevention :
Avoid hot hours of the day to take your dog out for walks (choose relatively cool hours of the day, either early before the sun is out, or late at night)
Avoid concrete surfaces when walking your dog in the sun. Grassy areas with shade are best.
Give your dog lots of water. Pouring water on your dog’s body can also help. Temperature control – when leaving your dog at home, leave the air conditioning on or leave the windows open.
Never leave your dog in a car unattended, even if it is parked in the shade.

 

Immediate care:
Move your dog out of the heat/sun immediately. Heatstroke will cause a dog’s body temperature to rise above 40℃, so steps must be taken to lower it as soon as possible (below 39.4℃ at least).
1. Run cool water over your dog’s body.
2. Put a cold water bottle around the neck area, under the forelimbs (underarms), and inside of the thigh.
3. Call your local vet to let them know you are on your way

 

Prevention is key, but also knowing the signs and what to do in case of an emergency is important. Summer in Tokyo can be incredibly hot and humid, so let’s make sure the necessary steps are taken to protect our dogs from heatstroke.

2019/03/12 Evacuation with your pet in an emergency Part 2

In our last article, we talked about stockpile management. This time, we are going to provide some tips on house training your pet so that if the time comes to evacuate, it is not too stressful for them to be confined to a cage.

 

House Training

 

Wouldn’t it be awesome if your pet would just walk into their cage on command, no questions asked? Not just in emergency situations, but also when you need to travel with them in a car or plane.

 

Life in evacuation shelters can be very stressful for your pet. Having their own private space, even a small one, can make the experience a lot less difficult. Training to help them get used to being in small spaces is important for this to work.

 

To help your pet adapt to their cages, put the cage in the living room or anywhere else in the house that your pet likes to chill. Putting something like their favorite toy or snack inside may also help prompt entering the cage. When it looks like they are about to go in, you give them the command (ex. “House!”). Once they are inside, give them a treat, and praise them. Repeat this process over and over, and in time, your pet will learn that the cage is not a scary place, but a place they can relax and receive treats.

 

The next step is closing the door of the cage. Feeding your pet in the cage or giving them chew toys that will keep them preoccupied will help them get used to spending long periods of time inside.

 

It’s never too late to start practicing! Patience is key.

2018/10/17 Evacuation with your pet in an emergency

Earthquakes and typhoons have wreaked havoc in Japan since the start of 2018.
There is a fear that the next natural disaster will hit the Kanto region including central Tokyo.
Here are some tips to prepare our furry family members as well, should such a disaster happen.

 

Stockpile

 

★Have all your pet’s information in one place (ex. In a file or notebook)
When taking shelter with your pet, some facilities will require documentation such as vaccination certificates.
Here are some examples of information you should keep with you:
1. Basic information about your pet – Name, color, markings, character. A photo would be helpful.
2 Registration at your ward of residence: Don’t forget to put the little license plate the ward provides on your dog’s collar.
3 Microchip information – Have your pet’s microchip number jotted down so that you can provide it to the authorities in case he/she goes missing.
4 Vaccination certificates – If you are postponing your pet’s vaccination for some reason, have your vet issue an exemption certificate in the meantime.
5 Medical history – Jot down the name of your vet, your pet’s medical history, current treatment and medicines.
It would also help to have any blood test or health check data on your phone in case reference is needed in an emergency.

 

★Food, treats, and water. 5 days’ worth at least
In an emergency, humans won’t be the only ones panicking!
Because shelter life may be stressful for your pet, it is a good idea to be able to give them food, treats, favorite toy/blanket that they are used to and remind them of home.

 

★Medicine
If your pet has a chronic illness (heart disease, skin disease, etc), running out of or not having access to medication can lead to worsening of symptoms and in some cases even be life threatening.
Placing your pet’s medication where you have easy access to them on your way out when evacuating is a good idea. Also, knowing what kind of meds and the dosage will be handy if a vet is on call at the shelter to prescribe a new batch.

 

★Extra food bowls, leashes and collars.

 

★Toilet equipment (wee mats and kitty litter)

 

★Cardboard boxes, tape, towels – just in case you need to build your pet a temporary cage at the shelter.

 

☆Additional advice

 

① Having extra pet food at home at all times in case of such emergencies is a good idea.
When you open a new bag of food, buy another.
That way you never have to worry about expiry dates!
② When packing for your pet, don’t buy new things.
Always pack things they know and have used all their lives.
This applies to everything from food and treats, to towels, blankets and pet crates.
Familiar things and smells can do wonders to ease your pet’s stress.
Of course we need to prepare well for human evacuation, but being able to evacuate your pet with you and be prepared to do it is also important.
At shelters, shortage of supplies even or humans can be problematic, and most of the time there are not enough resources to take into account the distribution of pet supplies.
We can help our pets through such crises by doing the best we can to be prepared.

 

Stay tuned for next month’s edition, where we will share some information about evacuation drills☆

2018/04/11 Taking your dog out for walks

For dogs, a walk is not just an event meant for going to the toilet. Outdoors, there is a whole other world full of exciting things that your dog would not experience at home. For example the smell of grass, the smell of concrete, other dogs, cars, and bicycles. There may even be a big truck or motorcycle speeding by startling your dog with their loud engine noise.

 

Exposure to any of these stimulants is a precious new experience for your pet, and must be taken advantage of as a good socialization tool.

 

When taking your dog outside, be sure to put on a leash (two if possible; one on the collar and one on the harness), and to not let him/her stray too far. Carrying your dog when walking through unfamiliar places may also help. There will be many things that your dog will display an interest in outdoors, but the trick is to try to get your dog to focus on you (the owner) as much as possible so that accidents such as your dog running out onto the road suddenly or eating strange things of the ground may be avoided. For training purposes, having a treat in your hand that you use only when going outside, is a good idea. Hold the treat in your left hand and let your dog have a sniff as you walk. After walking a few meters, stop, give your dog a command “sit” “wait” and then give him/her the treat when he/she obeys. If there is something on your walk route that your dog always reacts to (barks at, or is afraid of), using this treat technique specifically at these spots will help your dog overcome any anxieties.

 

For dogs that tend to pull on the leash and try to take you in the direction they want to go, the trick is to not let them lead you, but to pull your dog in the direction you want to go, to make sure he/she knows that you are in charge.

 

By taking it one step at a time, and helping your dog learn, he/she will come to naturally acquire the ability to adapt to his/her surroundings in any situation.

2018/03/06 How far do we go to train our pets?

I’m sure we have all experienced bizarre behavior from our pet or behavior that seems like they are doing something with the sole purpose of annoying us. Sometimes this behavior makes us miserable, and other times we think it is endearing. How our pet’s behavior affects us depends on our (the owners) state of mind, and there may be some pet owners that go so far as to think that any kind of behavior, whether it is problematic or not, is adorable and will not result in any need for discipline. So where do we draw the line and intervene? Basically, the decision should be based on whether both parties (animal and human) are enjoying life with each other, and on whether the “problematic” behavior is causing a third party any inconvenience.

 

If your pet is enjoying himself/herself, but the behavior is causing you a huge amount of stress, discipline is necessary. This logic works both ways. You may be enjoying life with your pet in a way you feel is appropriate, but your pet, depending on how you have trained or disciplined him/her, may feel restrained and stressed. Another important thing to think about is that you and your pet are not causing those around you any inconvenience. The extent of training or discipline you apply to your pet should be based on your (and your family’s) lifestyle. It is important, however, to bear in mind that “Give & Take +Manners” are key ingredients when it comes to enjoying life with your pet to the fullest.
In our next issue, we will give you some specific examples to help you get a better idea of how to, and how far to, train your pet.

 

If you have specific questions regarding training for your pet, please contact us at info@petlife.co.jp

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事業所の名称 ペットライフ動物病院
事業所の所在地 東京都港区東麻布二丁目3番5号 第一ビル1階
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