How To Improve Pet Safety During the Back-to-School Season

Girl happy to see pet dog after school.

Your pets have been content to have the children home all summer (and, perhaps even the school year, too). Now that schools have reopened, your pets may have some feelings about the kids being away.

Anxious and Lonely; Why Did You Leave Me?

If your children leave the house for a full day back in school, your pets could suffer the loss. Most dogs are attached to their humans and may feel their job is to protect human family members. When you’re away, they may be anxious and feel abandoned. Even cats can feel unsettled when you’re gone. How can you help pets adjust to more time alone?

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Identifying Eye, Ear, and Nose Problems as Part of Pet Wellness Care

Heads of cats and dogs.

Part of good pet wellness care is just paying attention to your pet so that you can recognize that something is wrong. While all parts of your furry housemate and their habits are important, The Pets Place Animal Hospital thinks that the head is a good place to start. 

The Eyes Have It

Your pet’s eyes may be the window to their soul, and being sure that they are healthy is important. The clear cornea should be free of any coloration or defect, the pupils symmetrical and responsive to light, and they should be free of discharge.

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Five Common Cat Conditions You Should Know About

Kitten in the sun.

At The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital, cats are kind of our business. We know a lot about them and the things that affect their health and we thought that it was time to share with you. Knowing about common cat conditions can help feline fanatics everywhere recognize and understand diseases that affect our pets so that we can better help them.

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How to Ensure Pet Water Safety for Your Summer Fun

Riverside, CA dog swimming in water.

Summertime is perfect for fun days out by the pool, a swim in the lake, or a beach trip. The team at The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital has put together some tips to ensure water safety for your pet for summer fun:

Common Misconception: All Dogs Know How to Swim 

Unfortunately, dogs are not born with the natural ability to know how to swim. While many dogs are proficient at swimming, every dog’s ability is different. It’s best to introduce your pet to the water with these careful steps to gauge their swimming ability: 

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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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