Messy Pants: Is It Time for Dog Diapers? 

If you have kids, you are well aware of the trials and tribulations of the diaper phase of their development. But diapers serve an important purpose during this time, as you well know. 

You may be surprised to know that dogs can sometimes need diapers and for a variety of health and behavioral conditions, too. While the thought of a doggie diaper may be upsetting, through the use of these garments, many pets will experience a better quality of life (and so will you).

The team at Pets Place Animal Hospital is here to shed light on the hows and whys of dog diapers, and whether or not your pet can benefit from them.

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The Facts About Feline Kidney Disease 

Cats may be pretty good about keeping their problems hidden, but despite their best efforts it isn’t always possible. And sometimes, it can actually make things worse!

One example of this commonly encountered at The Pets Place Animal Hospital is renal dysfunction. Many cats suffer from decreased kidney function but are able to keep things under wraps until it has progressed to the point that they can no longer compensate.

Feline kidney disease is one example of why being a vigilant pet owner is so very important. 

The Kidney’s Role

Most people have some idea about what our kidneys do. While they are primarily responsible for producing urine, they really are vital in so many more body functions. A normal kidney:

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The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital Reveals the Top Pet Care Blogs of 2019 

Now that the holidays are over we can collectively take a few quiet moments to reflect on the previous year. We all have our regrets and victories that keep us going through the next calendar year. If anything, the mistakes endured and the successes enjoyed can help us set goals for the months ahead. 

The year 2020 will be a great year for pets, we know that for sure. With more owner involvement than ever before, along with veterinary advancements, we can safely say that this new year will bring greater health to the animals we know and love. To that end, our pet care blogs will continue to center on the growing needs of pets and their people, and we are happy to be an important resource for you.

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What Are Hairballs, Exactly, and Are They Really Normal?

If you’ve never seen or heard a cat hacking up a hairball, you might be pretty shocked the first time you experience it. Without a doubt, the sight of a cat all scrunched up, leaning over, and trying to bring something up can be quite alarming.

While cat hairballs are really common, they aren’t always 100% normal. It’s up to a discerning cat owner to know the difference between ordinary hairballs and worrisome ones.

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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?

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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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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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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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