If you are indulging in pumpkin spice everything this season, you may also be looking forward eagerly to Thanksgiving Day. Between the turkey, stuffing, appetizers and desserts, we often consume far more than we ought to – and pay for it later.
And, if we aren’t careful, our pets can follow our example, but with disastrous results. Endless indulgence means it’s no wonder that pancreatitis in pets occurs like clockwork every holiday season. Avoid a pet emergency this Thanksgiving by learning more about pancreatitis in pets.Continue…
Cats are highly territorial. While we respect this feline characteristic, it can cause them to receive less veterinary care than their canine counterparts. Not only do cats detest leaving their territory, they are equally unhappy about car travel, hanging out in a hospital setting, and being touched by strangers.
This aversion to veterinary care creates an unfortunate paradigm for overall cat wellness. Without routine care, our feline friends may not enjoy all of their nine lives.Continue…
Pet owners are tasked with making the best decisions for their pets, but the road to informed choices can be full of questions or concerns. Disease prevention is just one area of pet care that deserves careful consideration, especially when it comes to a complicated disease known as Leptospirosis.
With the right information about prevention, exposure, health risks, treatments, and prognosis, many owners opt for vaccination.Continue…
Residents of south shore communities are, unfortunately, very familiar with ticks and their associated diseases. While not every tick bite results in illness, these parasites undoubtedly pose serious threats to family pets. With year-round parasite prevention medication, you can ensure that your cat or dog is protected from Lyme disease. However, it’s equally important to prevent Lyme disease in pets by minimizing exposure and checking them every day for the presence of ticks.
Parasite Prevention Medication
Parasites thrive in warmer climates throughout the year, and they enter a state of dormancy when temperatures fall below freezing. With fluctuating temperature extremes, it’s not considered safe to stop a pet’s parasite prevention in the “off” season. Indeed, parasites like ticks don’t ever take a break, especially with seasonal inconsistencies.Continue…
Like all animals, dogs have a language all their own. Dogs use some easily recognizable sounds and signals to let other animals and people know how they’re feeling, but much of their communication is through body positioning.
Learning how to interpret the subtleties of dog body language can help you to understand your dog’s needs and wants, protect both of you from potentially dangerous situations, and deepen the bond you share.Continue…
The summer has a lot going for it, but for all the fun and good times there are an equal number of precautions to consider. For example, sustained rising temperatures are very risky to summer pet safety – but that’s just the beginning!
Summer block parties, fireworks displays, and even laid-back backyard BBQ’s can all pose threats to the pets we know and love.Continue…
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!
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:
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.Continue…
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.
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.