The Most Wonderful Gift of All: Helping Shelter Pets this Holiday Season

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helping shelter petsIf you love a pet, there are so many reasons to give thanks for them. Their unconditional love, endless enthusiasm, and happy companionship are only starters when it comes to the gifts pets bestow upon those who love them. In fact, you and your pet may have just about everything you need to stay content, cozy, and well.

This year, why not share the blessings you and your pet enjoy with shelter pets! Helping shelter pets can go a long way in making these deserving pets happy and healthy. And there are so many ways you can lend a hand! Check out some of these great and meaningful ways to spend the holidays.

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Top of the Wishlist: Holiday Pet Safety You Can Count On

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The weeks between Halloween and New Year’s are arguably the most meaningful, dazzling, and fun, but that doesn’t mean we get to simply sit around and watch the holidays go by. Instead, we’re all booked solid with parties, shopping, gift exchanges, and cookie swaps. In the midst of all this frenzy, what is a pet to do with themselves? Without a proper nod to holiday pet safety, they could find themselves in danger.

First, the Food

The spotlight during the holidays is, of course, aimed at the endless varieties of food covering every possible surface. Many pets ignore the sheer volume of goodies, while others are overwhelmed with all there is to see, smell, and sample.

The foundation for all other holiday pet safety hinges on food awareness. In general, do not allow your pet access to the table, kitchen, or garbage can. Without rapt attention to your pet’s location, their proclivities for savory yum-yums could qualify them for a bona fide pet emergency.

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Healing, Growth, And More: The Benefits Of Laser Therapy For Pets

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laser therapy for petsMost people have a basic idea of what a laser is, but few of us are aware of its many functions and uses in modern medicine. Unlike other sources of light, a laser allows an intense amount of energy to be focused in a specific area, and when it comes to bodily tissues this energy can prove to be healing and restorative.

The use of lasers in both human and veterinary medicine is becoming increasingly common. Laser therapy for pets offers an elegant way to treat conditions that were once only manageable by drugs, surgery, or not at all.

What Is Laser Therapy For Pets?

The Pet’s Place is one of only two veterinary practices in our area specially equipped to offer cold laser therapy for pets as a method of reducing pain and inflammation and promoting healing.

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Cat Care:  You Get What You Give

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cat careCats are notoriously self-sufficient, but that doesn’t mean all you feline fanatics out there get a free pass. More and more, we’re understanding the value of prevention; many diseases and problems are preventable or better treated early in their progression.

Good cat care relies on a strong wellness plan.  Luckily, The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital knows just how to help you start building a foundation of health for your feline friend.

Getting Physical

Examining your pet on a routine basis is probably the most important part of a good wellness care plan. A simple physical can tell us so much about your pet’s overall health.

Remember, an animal’s physical condition can change quickly. One year in your pet’s life is equal to roughly seven in a human’s life, so frequent exams are important.

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That Sounds Off:  Pet Heart Murmurs

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pet heart murmurs“Has anyone ever told you that Fluffy has a heart murmur?” …This question is one that causes many pet owners to feel a little woozy, but isn’t always as scary as it sounds. Pet heart murmurs are a common diagnosis and one that The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital wants you to understand a little more about. Read on to learn the basics about this important topic.

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Friendships, Fun, and More: The Benefits of Doggie Daycare

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doggie daycareSocialization, the process by which your dog learns how to live peacefully in human and animal society, is an extremely important component of pet ownership. Properly socialized dogs are more confident, happier, and pose less risk to others and to themselves. Dogs who understand the social cues of humans and other dogs can respond appropriately, are easier to control, and thus able to enjoy a wider range of experiences with their human family members overall.

Much of your dog’s socialization happens naturally as you move throughout life together, but in today’s hectic world many dogs end up without adequate time and energy spent on this important aspect of life. Doggie daycare can be enormously beneficial in shaping and enhancing a dog’s social skills while also providing valuable exercise and entertainment.

What Is Doggie Daycare?

It wasn’t too many years ago that the term “doggie daycare” would have been met with blank stares, and possibly even an eye roll or two. Nowadays, many pet owners turn to daycare services to provide their dogs with companionship, exercise, and fun during the day, rather than have them sit alone at home while everyone is at work or school.

At a doggie daycare, dogs typically spend time in a cage-free environment, interacting with other dogs under the supervision of trained staff members. Depending on the facility, dogs may be indoors, outdoors, or both, and may spend part of the day interacting with other dogs and part of it in a kennel or run by themselves.

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The Bite that Burns: Rattlesnake Safety for Pets

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rattlesnake safety for petsHere in California, snakes are a part of life. Thankfully, many of our native species are harmless, albeit a little disconcerting to find unexpectedly. We do, however, host several species that we need to be on the lookout for in order to keep our families safe.

The Pets Place Animal Hospital knows that rattlesnakes and pets are not a good mix, and pet owners need to know how to prevent problems and handle the situation should an exposure occur. Rattlesnake safety for pets is an essential part of responsible animal ownership in this region.

Why a Bite Matters

Rattlesnake bites can have some very serious consequences. Many times, a bite is “dry”, meaning that no venom is injected into the bite recipient. If the snake injects its venom into the tissues during the strike, though, it begins a serious reaction in the local tissues. Rattlesnake venom disrupts the normal structure of blood vessels leading to severe swelling, blood loss, and shock.

In most cases with pets, we don’t witness the bite or even exposure to the snake. This means that it is up to us to recognize signs that a bite may have occurred and act quickly.

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Itchy Business: Allergies in Pets

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allergiesFew of us escape some form of seasonal allergies in our lifetime – from runny noses to watery eyes, allergies are a common problem for people. You may also be surprised to learn they’re just as bothersome for our pets. Allergies in pets can be caused by a number of (mostly) harmless allergens, including certain types of food, mold, and pollen.

When allergies are an ongoing problem, many pets can suffer discomfort and even be at risk of health complications as the immune system is overloaded. Unfortunately, allergies don’t always get treated until problems occur because they manifest differently in our furry friends.

To help owners spot allergies in their four-legged friends, The Pets Place has tackled this scratchy malady.

Types of Allergies in Pets

Like us, pets can experience an allergic reaction to many different substances, airborne or otherwise. Among dogs and cats, the following types of allergies are most common:

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Pets and Pot: What You Need to Know

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As marijuana becomes an accepted part of our culture, it is finding its way into more American homes. While its use has many reported benefits, it isn’t always a good thing when it comes to our animal friends. Pets and pot don’t really mix and it’s important for pet owners to be aware of marijuana toxicity in their furry friends.

Crash Course on Cannabis

The plant Cannabis sativa is commonly referred to as marijuana or pot. This plant contains a compound known as THC which has been shown to alter brain function. Commonly smoked or ingested by people who use it recreationally or for medicinal purposes, marijuana is one of those items in our homes that can be harmful to our pets.

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Save Them All: The Mission of No-Kill Shelters

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PBS’s Mister Rogers was an incredibly influential man who was credited with dozens of insightful quotes, such as: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’.”

This approach to re-focusing life’s troubling moments is exceptional, especially in our own uncertain time. Without a doubt, there are heroes out there fighting the good fight, raising us all up. To us, the most important are the thousands of pioneers, volunteers, and advocates for no-kill shelters.

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A no-kill shelter takes in all homeless animals, regardless of age, overall health, disability, or adaptability. A minimum of 90% of all entering animals are expected to live, find forever homes, and receive compassionate care. Euthanasia is reserved only for animals that are terminally ill or considered a threat to public safety.

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