“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.
Socialization, 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.
Here 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.
Few 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:
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.
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.
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.
Providing your pet with good dental care is arguably one of the most important things that you can do for your pet’s longevity and well-being. We know that those animals who receive good dental care often live several years longer than those who don’t. Why wouldn’t you want that?
The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital invites you to learn all you need to know about the do’s and don’ts of pet dental care.
It Starts at Home
Dental care at home is paramount to your pet’s wellness. After all, despite our best intentions we can’t follow you home and care for your pet for you! Taking care of your pet’s teeth is multi-faceted.
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If your cat has been coughing or your pooch sounds a little wheezy, you may be wondering if your animal friend can catch a cold. Before you make a drugstore run for some Nyquil, read on to learn what the team at The Pets Place Animal Hospital want you to know about colds in pets.
The Common Cold
Most of us have caught a cold at some point. Colds are an upper respiratory condition typically caused by a virus. There are hundreds of viruses that can cause colds, but in people the most common culprit is the rhinovirus.
It’s easy to get swept away by the merriment and festivities of the holiday – what with all the tree trimming, menorah lighting, decorating, and – did we mention – food? And presents?
However, for our pets, the season may also deliver some hidden risks and dangers. To help you create a safe holiday for pets, we’re offering some tips for protecting your furriest family members.
As Thanksgiving approaches, many pet owners will be adding their pets to the list of things they are grateful for. Pets provide us with so much joy, love, and companionship, that it’s understandable to want to include them in our important family events, including sharing the big Thanksgiving meal.
When we think about sharing table scraps with our pets, foods that are potential pet toxins may come to mind. However, even small amounts of non-toxic foods can trigger a dangerous condition called pancreatitis in pets.
Pancreatitis in Pets
The pancreas is a large organ located just behind the stomach and the entrance to the small intestine. A healthy pancreas has a variety of important functions, including the secretion of insulin and digestive enzymes. Pancreatitis in pets occurs when the pancreas becomes irritated and inflamed, triggering a host of digestive problems, as well as negatively impacting the surrounding organs. Continue…