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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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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The Important Link Between Grooming and Pet Health

Pet health can include regular grooming

Pets depend on us for food, shelter, medical care, and companionship, but that doesn’t mean they can’t take care of themselves. Self-grooming, for instance, is just one of the many incredible, inherited features of our animal friends. However, they sometimes need our help to finish the job. Incomplete (or non-existent) grooming can negatively effect pet health – but not if we can help it!

About Looks and So Much More

Pet grooming certainly adds a nice touch to your pet’s appearance, but the regular experience goes way beyond bows, fresh smells, and less hair. Indeed, the benefits of pet grooming are far-reaching.

If we told you that routine pet grooming appointments are one of the quickest ways to detect disease or developing health conditions, would your pet receive the professional attention they need? We hope so!

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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…

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…

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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