What to Do If You Discover a Mass or Lump on Your Pet

Owner checking dog for lump on their pet.

Lumps, bumps, or masses on or under the skin are common occurrences in pets. Generally, a pet owner will discover these abnormal growths while petting or grooming their furry friend. When discovered, many pet owners immediately worry that their pet’s health is in danger or they have something serious wrong with them, like cancer. If you discover a lump or bump on your pet, The Pets Place Animal Hospital wants to help you understand the potential causes and the available treatment options.

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Funky Feet: Why Do My Dog’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?

A dog shows his paw.

Dogs all have a bit of doggie odor to them. They get into just about anything and everything when outdoors and love to roll around in things we’d like them to avoid. But if you have ever been close enough to your dog’s feet to get a whiff, you may have noticed that they smell faintly like corn chips. This “Frito feet” phenomenon is something we hear about a lot from dog owners. 

The good news is that this strange odor is pretty normal among canine companions, and the team at The Pets Place Animal Hospital can help clear up the mystery of this curious odor.

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Baneful Bouquet: Flowers that Are Toxic to Pets

Yellow daffodils in bloom.

This time of year is all about the blooms, from fresh cut bouquets to early spring flowers like tulips, hyacinths, and crocus. While we enjoy the beauty and delicious scent of fresh flowers, some of these plants are poisonous to our pet companions. The good news is that most plants are nontoxic, but it is important to know which ones to avoid.

The team at The Pets Place Animal Hospital is here to make you aware of these flowers that are toxic to pets and some pet friendly blooms, too.

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How to Convince Your Indoor Cat to Snub the Great Outdoors

A cat rolls on the ground and stares at the camera.

Many cats quickly adapt to indoor-only lifestyles. Others simply cannot help themselves from darting outside, meowing mournfully at a closed door, or shredding up window screens. This can lead an owner to feel sizable guilt about keeping an indoor cat. But the fact remains: indoor-only felines live healthier, safer, and longer lives than those allowed to roam their neighborhood.

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The Pets Place Animal Hospital’s Top Blogs of 2020

With 2020, thankfully, in the review mirror, it’s time to look back at what did work and how we can learn from those lessons in 2021. We are proud to say that The Pets Place Animal Hospital‘s blog has been a hit this past year, and for that we are grateful.

Without a doubt, our pets have helped us to survive a challenging year by brightening our hearts with laughter and love. We are honored that you have entrusted your trusty pets’ well-being with us this past year, and are pleased our blog could help to build that trust.

Keeping that in mind, we’d like to offer a glimpse into which blogs were our most-read posts this past year. We hope you find something you like and learn something new!

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Royal Treatment: 5 Ways to Pamper Your Pet

Isn’t it nice to get an unexpected treat or surprise, or something we choose to do as an act of self-care? Our pets also deserve a little surprise and added attention and adoration every now and then. If you have been wondering how to pamper your pet, you are in for a treat! We are devoting this blog to ways you can give your pet some extra TLC, just in time for the holidays. 

Here are the top 5 ways to pamper your pet from the team at The Pets Place Animal Hospital.

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The Fine Line Between Just Enough and Too Many Pets

If one pet is fun, why not another? Multiple pet households are not uncommon, and usually include more than one species. And if each animal’s needs are carefully and thoughtfully provided for, it can make a great deal of sense to a happy-go-lucky, on the go, adventurous household. However, when the balance is out of whack between the amount of pets and their ongoing health and safety requirements, an owner may very well have too many pets. 

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Protecting Your Family From Zoonotic Diseases

A great many things are unknowingly shared between pets and their people. Unfortunately, some of them can be quite detrimental to our health. 

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transferred from animals to humans, and vice versa. With more pets being adopted right now and with people staying at home more than ever before, it is essential to understand the risks and the many ways we can prevent sharing illnesses with our best buddies.

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The Many Ways to Support Senior Pet Wellness

The benefits of pet ownership impact our lives so much that we never want the time to end. Unfortunately, the universal truth is that pet owners are more likely to live longer than the pets they adopted, nurtured, trained, and cared for. 

Since our best friends cannot live forever, it makes sense to care for them as long as possible – and in the most meaningful ways. Senior pet wellness is a little different than caring for a younger pet, but it is no less gratifying. In fact, it may even be more so!

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The Time Is Now: How to Help Your Pet Cope In These Uncertain Times

The tacit agreement between pets and their people is to care for one another, deeply, for as many years as possible. 

While it can sometimes feel like an uneven relationship; while you handle all of the daily care, in addition to their long-term needs, it’s really your pet who does the heavy lifting – especially these days. 

With each stress-filled day, your pet has been there for you during these unprecedented times, offering peace, comfort, and unconditional love. With everything they do to help you cope, you may be wondering how can you help your pet cope with the changes of right now?

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