Now What are You Eating?: The 411 on Pet Nutrition Trends

Even if nutrition isn’t your thing, it’s hard to avoid the many dietary trends being touted in the news, on social media, and by friends and family members galore. An interest in what we feed our pets is also on the rise, and pet nutrition trends are falling in line with the never ending human quest for the “perfect” diet.

When it comes to food, studies have shown that pet nutrition trends closely mirror our own values. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole foods, and a focus on simple ingredients all play a role in many western diets, and pet owners are starting to expect the same when it comes to pet food. Continue…

Hospital Lobby Etiquette: Safety First

A little kitty in the arms of its personIn the veterinary world, the hospital lobby can be a very busy place! It’s always fun to see our clients – new and established – come through our doors, and sometimes, we have many pets and people waiting to see us. Since safety is always a top priority, we want to offer some tips for proper lobby etiquette.

Safety and Lobby Etiquette

There are a few things that dramatically increase your pet’s safety in the lobby. Pets can be under a lot of stress in new environments, and the smells and sounds of a veterinary hospital make it one of the most stressful environments they encounter. While we take measures to help alleviate stress during exams, we also need your help. Lobby etiquette is for the safety and comfort of all our patients and clients. Continue…

A Kind Heart: Heartworm Disease Prevention

Heartworm disease can seriously damage pet healthDo you hear that buzzing in your ear? It’s the annoying sound of a mosquito, all too common at this time of year. But did you know that mosquito bites, although irritating to you, pose a significant health threat to your pets?

Heartworm disease is on the rise, and with over 1 million dogs now infected in the US, it’s important to get the facts on this risk to our pet’s longevity. The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital wants to make sure our readers are aware of the risks of this deadly disease, and the importance of year round prevention.

What is heartworm?

Heartworm is a type of roundworm that infects dogs, cats, and wildlife via the bite of an infected mosquito. Adult heartworms live in the heart and pulmonary arteries of infected animals, and cause significant damage to these organs and other body systems. If left untreated, heartworm infection leads to the animal’s death. Continue…

Microchip Your Pet! It’s Easy, Effective, and Reliable

It's important to pet safety that you microchip your petThere are dozens of insurance policies out there, and we spend hours researching plans for different things in our life. For pet owners, there’s also pet insurance available to guard against an emergency, illness, or accidental injury. However, one of the most important things you can do to prepare for the unknown is to microchip your pet.

Won’t That Hurt?

Some owners are concerned about pain, but microchipping is similar to receiving a routine vaccination. Anesthesia is not required, although some pets receive their microchip at the same time as their spay/neuter surgery.

During a routine wellness visit, we can preload the chip into a sterile applicator and inject it between the shoulder blades (just beneath the layer of loose skin). In some pets, you can feel a small bump, but it doesn’t bother them at all. Continue…

Summer Pet Safety: What’s Good, Better, and Best

This time of year, we spend a lot of time tending to the yard and garden, planning vacations or family gatherings, and attending various parades, events, or concerts, but where in all of this does the family pet stand? In the seasonal hubbub, pets can either seem more underfoot than usual, or they could find themselves a bit lonely while everyone goes in different directions. In case your summer pet safety tactics need a refresher, we offer some seasonally relevant tips and tricks.

Step One: The Bugs

Protecting your pet from internal and external parasites is a job all year long, but because these reach peak numbers in the heat and humidity, it’s absolutely critical that your pet isn’t exposed. Mosquitoes spread heartworm disease, fleas cause a lot of pain, frustration, and intolerable skin reactions, and ticks are responsible for the spread of Lyme disease (among others). Continue…

Abundant Bugs: Not the Time for Willy-Nilly Parasite Prevention

parasite preventionA single female flea can produce an average of 50 eggs per day. Microscopic larvae hatch within days, spin a cocoon two weeks later, and become pupae for up to an entire year. When the temperature is just right, adult fleas emerge and seek a blood meal. Ticks have a four-stage life cycle that requires 3 different hosts to complete. Adult female ticks breed while on a host, then fall to the ground to lay thousands of eggs. These hatch into the larval stage, 8-legged nymphs, and then molt into adults within a relatively short amount of time.

As we enter the peak season for such pests, it remains critically important to guard against potential diseases and health concerns via proactive parasite prevention.

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The Benefits of Training Your Dog

Training Your DogWhether you just adopted a new puppy or have been with your older dog for a while, basic training is a key component of pet happiness. The benefits of training your dog go beyond having a well-behaved canine friend; it also provides your pet with exercise, staves off boredom (which can lead to undesirable habits), and strengthens your bond.

The Pets Place Animal Hospital is here to share some thoughts about different types of training and how to get started off on the right paw.

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Beware the Fronds: Palm Toxicity in Pets

palmSpring is just around the corner, and for many of us, that means that garden and landscape planning has begun in earnest. Whether you are an avid vegetable gardener or ornamentals is your thing, the onset of warmer weather is a truly exciting time.

Pet owners have more to think about than simply what and where to plant our vegetables, flowers, and greenery. Many plants commonly found in and around the outside of our homes can pose a risk of poisoning to our furry friends, including the popular sago palm. Sago palm toxicity in pets is a serious problem, but education and prevention can keep your pet safe.

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She Ate What?! Foreign Body Surgery in Pets

Can you believe what your pet will eat? They aren’t picky eaters, that’s for sure! In fact, it’s common for pets to eat toys, string, articles of clothing, and even sticks or rocks. This dietary indiscretion can be more than just strange and annoying, though. If objects can’t pass through the digestive tract, they can cause obstruction, perforation, and even death.

A foreign body surgery is an emergency procedure to remove an object that’s obstructing normal digestive function. Luckily, The Pets Place Animal Hospital is here with tips on what to do if your pet samples something they shouldn’t.

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Celebrating 2017 and Reflecting on Our Pet Care Blog

What is it about New Year’s that gets everyone so excited? Apart from closing a year that’s had its share of ups and downs, facing a new one allows us to dream up new possibilities. We consider changing our weight, diet, style, politics, hobbies, and general approaches to life toward the end of every year.

In order to truly make changes, however, we must look back at the previous 12 months. What worked, what didn’t, how can we manage change and be more successful? For us, everything we learned and accomplished is on full display in our pet care blog. We write about what’s relevant or meaningful to us at the time, and our valued readers give us feedback with every scroll, click, like, and share.

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