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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Unleashing the Best Gifts for Pets (And Their Owners)

The holiday season has arrived, and if you’re like us, you want to lavish attention and affection on your pets more than ever during this time of year. We’ve found that the best way to include your fur friend in the holiday festivities is to give them gifts they can enjoy. And if you like buying for your pet, you likely know that most gifts are not only for the pet, but for the owner (ahem!) as well.

Read on for our best ideas for gifts for pets and their people.

Wrap Up Excitement

With numerous ways to entice your pets to have fun, there’s no shortage of excitement during the holidays. May we remind you to leave all pet treats (and people food, for that matter) in a safe and secure location, not under the tree, until you’re ready to unwrap the gift and go to town. Edible gifts in particular should be kept out of pet’s reach until the moment you give it.

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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…

Hospital Lobby Etiquette: Safety First

A little kitty in the arms of its personIn the veterinary world, the hospital lobby can be a very busy place! It’s always fun to see our clients – new and established – come through our doors, and sometimes, we have many pets and people waiting to see us. Since safety is always a top priority, we want to offer some tips for proper lobby etiquette.

Safety and Lobby Etiquette

There are a few things that dramatically increase your pet’s safety in the lobby. Pets can be under a lot of stress in new environments, and the smells and sounds of a veterinary hospital make it one of the most stressful environments they encounter. While we take measures to help alleviate stress during exams, we also need your help. Lobby etiquette is for the safety and comfort of all our patients and clients. 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…

Microchip Your Pet! It’s Easy, Effective, and Reliable

It's important to pet safety that you microchip your petThere are dozens of insurance policies out there, and we spend hours researching plans for different things in our life. For pet owners, there’s also pet insurance available to guard against an emergency, illness, or accidental injury. However, one of the most important things you can do to prepare for the unknown is to microchip your pet.

Won’t That Hurt?

Some owners are concerned about pain, but microchipping is similar to receiving a routine vaccination. Anesthesia is not required, although some pets receive their microchip at the same time as their spay/neuter surgery.

During a routine wellness visit, we can preload the chip into a sterile applicator and inject it between the shoulder blades (just beneath the layer of loose skin). In some pets, you can feel a small bump, but it doesn’t bother them at all. Continue…

Summer Pet Safety: What’s Good, Better, and Best

This time of year, we spend a lot of time tending to the yard and garden, planning vacations or family gatherings, and attending various parades, events, or concerts, but where in all of this does the family pet stand? In the seasonal hubbub, pets can either seem more underfoot than usual, or they could find themselves a bit lonely while everyone goes in different directions. In case your summer pet safety tactics need a refresher, we offer some seasonally relevant tips and tricks.

Step One: The Bugs

Protecting your pet from internal and external parasites is a job all year long, but because these reach peak numbers in the heat and humidity, it’s absolutely critical that your pet isn’t exposed. Mosquitoes spread heartworm disease, fleas cause a lot of pain, frustration, and intolerable skin reactions, and ticks are responsible for the spread of Lyme disease (among others). Continue…

Abundant Bugs: Not the Time for Willy-Nilly Parasite Prevention

parasite preventionA single female flea can produce an average of 50 eggs per day. Microscopic larvae hatch within days, spin a cocoon two weeks later, and become pupae for up to an entire year. When the temperature is just right, adult fleas emerge and seek a blood meal. Ticks have a four-stage life cycle that requires 3 different hosts to complete. Adult female ticks breed while on a host, then fall to the ground to lay thousands of eggs. These hatch into the larval stage, 8-legged nymphs, and then molt into adults within a relatively short amount of time.

As we enter the peak season for such pests, it remains critically important to guard against potential diseases and health concerns via proactive parasite prevention.

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The Benefits of Training Your Dog

Training Your DogWhether you just adopted a new puppy or have been with your older dog for a while, basic training is a key component of pet happiness. The benefits of training your dog go beyond having a well-behaved canine friend; it also provides your pet with exercise, staves off boredom (which can lead to undesirable habits), and strengthens your bond.

The Pets Place Animal Hospital is here to share some thoughts about different types of training and how to get started off on the right paw.

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