Understanding Differences Between Luxating Patella and Hip Dysplasia

For pets (and people), pain comes with the territory of getting older. But that doesn’t mean we have to accept it! If we can figure out a way to minimize or eliminate pain, the pets we know and love can get back to doing the activities they enjoy.

There are lots of ways to support an aging dog’s mobility, and understanding common issues like luxating patellas and hip dysplasia is one of them.

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When Dogs Eat Poop, Should We Look the Other Way?

Brown dog looking at camera

Dogs eat poop. Not every dog does it, but it’s safe to say that most dogs have dabbled in the act of feces-sampling. Coprophagia is a common canine behavior. Indeed, it can be a daily occurrence for some pups. Knowing that it’s “normal” may help dog owners cope with this, but it can definitely get in the way of some valuable snuggles. Plus, this behavior can actually be linked to serious health conditions.

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When it Comes to Pets and Essential Oils, Err on the Side of Caution

A calico cat sniffs at an essential oil defuser made of bamboo

Humankind have used medicinal plants for thousands of years. The leaves, bark, roots, seeds, fruits, and flowers of various plants have different active ingredients (one part of the same plant could be safe, others toxic). Extracted from plants, essential oils are considered volatile. 

Essential oils also have a long history. While more research is being done to understand the effects of these powerful products on people, the combination of pets and essential oils may be risky.

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BOOM! CRACK! POP! SIZZLE! SCREAM! Understanding Pet Noise Anxiety This Summer

Most people look forward to summer firework shows and thunderstorms, but their pets may have other opinions. Sure, you might see some pets at different inland empire events this summer, but it’s unlikely that every single one of them will feel relaxed and happy to be there. Pet noise anxiety can be overwhelming, but it can also sneak up on unsuspecting pet owners in search of a good time.

Helping you support your pet’s health and safety is our top priority. Our go-to tips aim to help you prepare for the coming assault on your pet’s mood and wellbeing.

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Borrelia Burgdorferi and Lyme Disease Prevention

Ongoing research into tick-borne Lyme disease started back in the early 1990’s. Since then, scientists have documented a rise in the spread of Borrelia Burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes the disease.

While it used to be endemic in the northeast and Great Lakes region, Lyme disease is now a threat to pets and people in all 50 states. Indeed, areas that were previously considered uncommon for Lyme disease are now experiencing a literal “up-tick.”

Fortunately, with Lyme disease prevention tactics, we can collectively stand up to these bloodsuckers.

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Oh, No! Litter Box Issues That Can’t be Ignored

Cats are simply amazing animals. On top of all their incredible personality traits and physical abilities, they instinctively gravitate toward litter boxes for all of their bathroom needs. Unlike dogs who must be let outside or walked around the block to inspire bowel movements, cats conveniently use a spot that’s designed just for them.

Until they don’t, that is. While there are various reasons behind litter box issues, the bottom line is you don’t want any of them sticking around for long!

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Pet Poisoning Prevention: What Every Pet Owner Needs To Know

We do so much to make sure our pets are healthy and safe, but is poison proofing our homes one of them? Once we take a good look around, the amount of products we have in our homes that can sicken or a kill a pet can be downright frightening.

Just because your pet has never investigated the houseplants, cleaning products, or the contents of your purse or bathroom cabinets doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. March is National Poison Awareness Month, and what better time to address the serious issue of accidental pet poisoning and how to prevent it in your home.

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The Bad Breath Connection: Periodontal Disease in Pets

If your pet drives you away with her bad breath as you cuddle together on the sofa, you may be thinking it’s time for a dental chew. But bad breath can signify problems that are deeper than a simple Greenie can fix.

According to the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease in pets is the most common clinical condition affecting them. By the time pets are 3 years of age, most of them have some form of dental disease. Common signs are bad breath, bleeding gums, and tooth loss. Disease of the internal organs can be a side effect.

But what exactly is periodontal disease, what causes it, and what do we do about it? As conscientious pet owners, we all want to do the very best we can for our animals. So, The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital is digging in to help you learn more.

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Looking Back at Learning: Our Top 5 Blogs of 2018

By now, a few people have probably already asked you about your resolutions for the new year. With 2019 upon us, those of us at The Pets Place Animal Hospital are also making some resolutions of our own! Among other things, we want to continue being your first choice for high-quality, compassionate pet care in Riverside.

We’re excited to continue learning and growing with our patients and clients in the coming year!

2018’s Top 5 Blogs from The Pets Place Animal Hospital

One important way we provide ongoing support to pet owners is through our pet care blog. Our goal is to provide fun, educational, and important information about pet health to help people become the best guardians possible.

In the spirit of reflection and learning from the past year, we’ve put together our top 5 blogs of 2018 that garnered the most interest from our readers. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane!

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Unleashing the Best Gifts for Pets (And Their Owners)

The holiday season has arrived, and if you’re like us, you want to lavish attention and affection on your pets more than ever during this time of year. We’ve found that the best way to include your fur friend in the holiday festivities is to give them gifts they can enjoy. And if you like buying for your pet, you likely know that most gifts are not only for the pet, but for the owner (ahem!) as well.

Read on for our best ideas for gifts for pets and their people.

Wrap Up Excitement

With numerous ways to entice your pets to have fun, there’s no shortage of excitement during the holidays. May we remind you to leave all pet treats (and people food, for that matter) in a safe and secure location, not under the tree, until you’re ready to unwrap the gift and go to town. Edible gifts in particular should be kept out of pet’s reach until the moment you give it.

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