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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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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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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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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Forever, For Always: Grieving the Loss of a Pet

There is nothing so heartbreaking as the loss of a loved one. This loss permeates our entire being and takes time for us to fully process all of the emotions it brings. The same is true when we lose a beloved pet – there is something missing that will never again be regained, only to be accepted. 

You may be grieving the loss of a pet and wonder how you can move through this painful time. Grief is both poignant and it changes us, but we do come out stronger and with greater understanding of our capacity to love and heal. The team at The Pets Place Animal Hospital is here for you, to give you some comforting tips on coping with the loss of a pet.

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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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Holiday Fun With Pets

The holidays are synonymous with festive celebrations, parties, gift giving, and fun with loved ones. And since over 70% of us consider our pets to be family, it’s only natural that we want to include them in the fun, too. 

If you need ideas for how to have holiday fun with pets, keep reading! Our team at The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital is sharing some safe and wonderful ways to celebrate the season together. 

Holiday Fun with Pets

There are many ways to get out and about with your pets, even in the wintertime here in sunny California. Check out these holiday and winter outing ideas:

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Forgetting Something? Halloween Pet Safety Made Easy

A white dog dressed in costume as a devil-witch sits on a porch decorated with Jack-o-lanterns

Whether it’s the search for the best Game of Thrones costume, or the pursuit of the spookiest Halloween cookie recipe, we can definitely get a little distracted from our normal routines this time of year. Coast to coast, we immerse ourselves in as many as seasonal offerings as possible. 

The Halloween festivities are all in good fun, of course, but our pets don’t know that. Even the most even-tempered pet can get pretty freaked out by all the noise and confusing decorations. A mindful approach to Halloween pet safety is not only critical for your pet’s well being, it’s important for yours too!

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