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The Importance of Grooming for Pets

Pet Grooming in Cape Coral, FL

The Kindness Animal Hospital team offers grooming services to our patients, but not just for the benefit of fresh, sweet-smelling pets! We want your pet to have complete, well-rounded veterinary care, and grooming services are often an important part of this!

The Benefits of Grooming

There are a number of health benefits to veterinary grooming that our team takes very seriously at Kindness Animal Hospital. Some of the benefits of grooming include:

  • Bathing can ensure that allergens are removed from the coat and skin
  • Brushing helps our groomers eliminate situations where matted fur is preventing normal activity or causing discomfort for a pet
  • Brushing helps promote a healthy coat and healthy skin
  • Ear cleaning helps our groomers identify if yeast infections are present and veterinary medical attention may be required
  • Ear cleaning helps to ensure that ear canals are open and clear
  • Grooming allows for a complete physical check, giving our groomers the opportunity to address any health concerns they may find by bringing them to the attention of our veterinarians
  • Nail trims ensure that pet’s paws are healthy and walking is comfortable for them
  • …and so many more!

We invite you to call the Kindness Animal Hospital team to set up a grooming and bathing appointment with us, for the benefit of your pet’s appearance and their health.


Pet Boarding at Kindness Animal Hospital

The veterinary team at Kindness Animal Hospital has pet boarding cape coral, fl | best pet boarding cape coral capabilities for pets right at our facility. This means, if you’re taking a vacation or traveling for business, you can rest assured that your friend has a safe place to stay in your absence. We gladly welcome dogs, cats, and exotic pets (birds, ferrets, hamsters, reptiles, etc.) to our boarding facility.


One of the Best Pet Boarding Facilities in Cape Coral, FL

We have created a boarding facility at our hospital for the purpose of putting boarding care into the hands of professionals. We are committed to ensuring that our boarding guests are safe, healthy, and well-cared-for at our facility. Our professional veterinary staff provides personalized attention to each of our boarding guests, and our doctors are available to look in on them to make sure they’re doing fine during their stay.

As one of our guests, your pet will:

  • Be hand-walked individually several times a day (dogs)
  • Receive catering to their individual needs
  • Have any necessary medical services administered, including medications, during their stay
  • Receive bathing and professional grooming before going home (optional)
  • Receive all meals (special diets from home are welcome)

Pet Boarding Requirements For Our Cape Coral Location

Prior to dropping your pet off, you must fill out a pet boarding estimate plan prior to dropping your pet off, which we will provide to you at the time of booking. All canine and feline boarding guests must be up-to-date on any required vaccinations. This includes rabies and FVRCP for cats and rabies, distemper, parvo, and Bordetella for dogs.

Pet Grooming in Cape Coral, FL

At our hospital, we also offer the option of pet grooming services cape coral from our highly experienced groomer. If your pet is in need of a brand new look, a bath, or just some freshening up, you’ve come to the right place. Our master pet groomer, who has more than 30 years of experience, can provide grooming care to all breeds of dogs! We invite you to explore our “Before and After” gallery for examples.

To learn about our boarding services, please, contact us to schedule your pet’s boarding stay as soon as possible. We book up fast and we want to make sure your best friend can be accommodated.

Scents and Sensitivity: Dogs Know When We’re Happy or Angry

Science is proving what pet owners have long believed: Dogs understand what we’re feeling. Specifically, dogs can recognize the difference between a happy and an angry human face, a study published Thursday in Current Biology suggests.

It’s the first research to show definitively that dogs are sensitive to our facial expressions, says coauthor Ludwig Huber, head of comparative cognition at Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna.

In the Austrian study, 20 pet dogs of various breeds and sizes were taught to play a computer game through a series of exercises. In the first, the dogs were shown two touch screens, one with a circle and one with a square. Through trial and error, they learned that a treat would appear if they chose the right geometrical figure.

Eleven of the 20 dogs were able to catch on to rules of the game and make it to the next phase, where they were shown photos of faces. Half the dogs were rewarded for picking a happy expression and half for choosing an angry expression. The interesting catch: the dogs were shown only the upper half or the lower half of a face.

It was easier to teach the dogs to choose a happy expression than an angry one, suggesting the dogs do indeed understand the meaning behind the expression, Huber says.

As a test, the dogs were then were presented with:

the same half of the faces they saw during the training, but from different people
the other half of the faces used in training
the other half of new faces
the left half of the faces used in training
In the vast majority of cases the dogs chose the right answer 70 to 100 percent of the time.

Dogs who had been trained to recognize an expression of anger or happiness on the upper part of a face could identify the same expression when shown only the lower part, and vice versa, Huber says, adding “the only possible explanation is that they recall from memory of everyday life how a whole human face looks when happy or angry.”

Dog owners know their pets not only recognize emotions but also feel empathy.

Delilah, a 3-year-old Chihuahua, always seems to know when her owner Eva Shure is having a bad day.
Delilah knows when her owner is having a bad day.
Making eye contact and cocking her head to the right, the little dog will stare at Shure’s face as if trying to assess her feelings. “It’s weird, I can see her thinking and processing,” says Shure, a 35-year-old New York City business owner. “I’ll say, yeah, it’s not a great day and she’ll come up and sit next to me.”

Beverly Levreault, 57, says her 6-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is always tuned in to her moods. “If I’m not feeling well, like when I have the flu, Lacey is definitely lower key and will not leave my side, ” says Levreault, a graphic designer from Williamstown, New York. “If I take her for a walk, she’s not as rambunctious as she usually is.”

Lynette Whiteman says she’s not sure that her 5-year-old Yorkie-Maltese cross is using facial expressions to gauge how she feels. “But she definitely reads my emotions,” says the 58-year-old from Toms River, New Jersey. “I run a therapy dog program and the dogs are just amazing. They go into a room and immediately pick out the person who needs help.”

Behavioral experts say the new findings, while important, wouldn’t surprise anyone with an intimate knowledge of dogs.
Coco and Lynettte
“This new work continues to build the case for just how sensitive dogs are to our subtle behaviors,” says Dr. Brian Hare, chief scientific officer at Dognition and an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. “This is the strongest evidence yet that dogs are even reading our facial expressions.”

That sensitivity may be the result of generations of selective breeding for a true partner, says Dr. Carlo Siracusa, director of the behavior service at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. “We have selected animals that are able to perceive our emotions and communicate with us at a level that no other animal can,” Siracusa says.

Dogs may not talk, but they are very good communicators, says Dr. Nicholas Dodman, a professor in the department of clinical sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and director of the animal behavior clinic at Cummings.

“Just as we are masters of the spoken word, dogs are experts at reading body language,” Dodman says.

“It’s almost impossible to hide your feelings from a dog.”

Turns out, reading facial expressions isn’t the only thing dogs have in common with us.

They can be bitten by the computer gaming bug. “They can really become freaks for it,” Huber says with a chuckle. “They don’t want to stop playing. It’s incredible. They’ll play till they are exhausted and fall asleep.”