The Scoop on Pet Food: What’s Healthy and How to Choose

Every day we are bombarded with choices, along with marketing to help influence those choices. Decision making can be exhausting no matter what the subject, and choosing a pet food is a common struggle for pet owners.

We all want the best for our beloved pets. A good pet food should be nutritionally balanced and appropriate for the needs of the pet being fed. Beyond that, it can be challenging to separate the hype from the truth. The friendly and educated staff at Old Derby Animal Hospital is here to help!

Knowing Healthy

When you can identify what is marketing and what is real, things become a little easier to understand. Take some of these common phrases you might find on a pet food bag or hear in the media:

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Not For the Faint Of Heart: Heartworm Disease 101

The arrival of mosquitoes is an annoying, and potentially dangerous, reality of spring. These tiny pests can pose a serious risk to pets – heartworm disease. Once thought of as a southern state problem, heartworm is now prevalent in all 50 states and Canada, making protection critical for all pets.

What is Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm is a type of roundworm, Dirofilaria immitis, which lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of dogs, cats, and wildlife (coyotes are a main carrier). Transmitted by over 30 types of mosquito, it causes permanent and severe damage to the heart and internal organs.

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Let’s Get Direct: The Lowdown on Your Dog’s Smelly Paws

Dog owners are a lucky bunch. Every single day is their dog’s best day ever, and all that joy and happiness spreads throughout a person’s life and home. But do you know what also gets spread around in a dog’s wake? Their smell, of course!

While they don’t always smell bad, there is a near-constant doggie odor that comes from them. Dogs generate a light perspiration from the hair follicles, and they produce a scent-marking oil on their skin. Glands in their ears produce a slightly yeasty odor, as well. Certainly, this is all normal, but none of it compares with a dog’s smelly paws.

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Groomed for Good Health: The Importance of Pet Grooming

For some of us, pet grooming conjures up images of brushes and bows, but the fact is that regular grooming isn’t just a canine or feline luxury. It’s a necessity.

Good pet grooming not only keeps your companion smelling their best, it can make them more comfortable and help you to spot health concerns before they become serious, or even life threatening.

The Importance of Pet Grooming

For some pet owners, grooming their pet can be stressful. It’s always easier if you begin a grooming routine when your pet is young, as regular handling – especially of ears and paws – can help your pet become more comfortable with the process.

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He Ate What? Pet Poisoning Prevention

If you have pets, you know how curious they can be. We love their adventurous natures, whether it’s rambling in the woods with our dog or watching our cats perch and then pounce on an imaginary foe. But their natural curiosity can also get them into trouble, if they ingest something that can make them sick, or worse, cause a pet emergency.

Hopefully your pets have never gotten into anything they shouldn’t, but there are many substances in our homes and yards that are quite toxic to them. With that in mind, Old Derby Animal Hospital is here to share some tips and information about pet poisoning prevention, and how to keep your home and yard safe from inquisitive noses and mouths.

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Counting Down Old Derby Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

There is a certain joy in recapping the year at its close. Be it major world events, television finales, or celebrity mishaps, there seems to be a sort of thrill that comes with reveling in things passed. Join Old Derby Animal Hospital, then, in seeing 2018 off well by recapping our top five pet care blogs of the year.

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When it Comes to Holiday Pet Safety, Skip the Tinsel and Ribbon

The holidays are here, and guess who’s already noticed the change in seasons? Our pets, of course! Carefully tuned into even the subtlest changes, they know something’s up the second we bring something different into the home. Perhaps they see us lugging a great evergreen tree through the door, struggling with decor, or maybe they notice we’re eating a little more than usual.

Despite all this cheery chaos, the team at Old Derby Animal Hospital wants to help you and your pet relax and enjoy the season with these holiday pet safety tips.

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Fall into Fall, But Don’t Forget About Fall Pet Safety

Fall pet safety can protect your pet from spooky things

Autumn is on the horizon, one of our favorite times of year. Cooler weather, changing leaves, apple cider, and pumpkins in the market. Chances are, your pets love it too. They may love to roll in the leaves and cozy up on the couch, and the cooler weather means they may be able to be outdoors more without the risk of overheating.

But fall has its hazards, too – like any other season – some of which you may not be aware of. Here, Old Derby Animal Hospital shares how to keep your pet healthy and safe in the season of falling leaves.

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Powerfully Pain-Free: Laser Therapy for Pets

Laser therapy for pets is a great way to manage pet painAs veterinary professionals and animal lovers, we get pretty excited about the many advances that are continually being made in the world of animal science, especially when it comes to pain relief. At Old Derby Animal Hospital, we’re proud to offer new modalities that support pet health and reduce suffering. Laser therapy for pets is one such technique that speeds healing time and alleviates pain. Keep reading to learn more about this awesome service!

How it Works

Laser therapy works by delivering a stream of deep-penetrating light energy, known as photons, to a specific location in the body. This energy initiates a series of chemical reactions that reduce inflammation, promote cell regeneration, increase blood flow to the area, and stimulate the release of endorphins. Continue…

Homeward Bound: Why Microchipping Your Pet is so Important

Microchipping your pet helps a lost pet become a found pet.As pet owners, our number one priority is keeping our pets safe. Leashes, fenced yards, and of course a collar and ID tags are just some of the ways we provide the security our pets need to live long, happy lives.

While no pet owner ever intends to become separated from their pet, studies show that over 10 million pets are lost in the U.S. each year, and 1 in 3 pets will become lost at least once during their lifetime. Microchipping your pet provides an added layer of security should your pet go missing and offers the best chance at a happy reunion.

What is a Microchip Anyway?

A microchip is a tiny device (roughly the size of a grain of rice) that’s placed just under your pet’s skin, usually near the shoulder or back of the neck. Microchips do not track your pet’s whereabouts like a GPS – their only purpose is to store a unique ID number that can be used to retrieve your contact information should your pet go missing. Continue…