Transitioning Your Puppy from a Puppy Pad to Outside 

Your adorable little puppy has many changes occurring in the first several weeks of their birth. They begin to eat a normal diet, get used to human handling, and, yes, learn where to go to the “bathroom”. 

For many dog owners, the natural choice and first step for safety and learning is the puppy pad. These first potty spots get your little one used to the idea that there are specific places to go to relieve themselves, but they are a temporary solution until your puppy gets a little older.

You may be asking yourself when is the right time to transition your puppy from pad to the yard. You’re in luck! The team at Old Derby Animal Hospital is here to tell you all about it. 


Can You Live With Airborne Fur? Addressing the Reasons Why Cats Shed 

Every cat owner will tell you that petting the soft fur of a favorite cat is one of life’s greatest experiences. But any happy feelings gained during their high-quality snuggle session can quickly dissipate when they look down to find their hands or clothing covered in a layer of their sweet kitty’s fur. 

While a bit of airborne fluff simply comes with feline-owning territory, the reasons why cats shed vary – and they might just surprise you.   

Millions of Strands

People shed their hair on a daily basis, but instead of the approximately 100,000 hairs on our heads, the average cat can have millions covering their backs, undersides, and legs (that’s between 60,000 and 120,000 hairs per square inch!). 


Furry Friends: Why Does My Cat Shed So Much? 

The fur tumbleweeds are piling up in the corners and you have exhausted your vacuum. Everyone in the home is wearing a second coat of cat fur this winter, and you haven’t stopped brushing your cat since summer. Why all this fur, you may ask?

Cat shedding is one of the many problems pet owners ask us about; that and how they can help reduce their cat’s shedding. For some cats, shedding can be especially bad during the winter, while other cats seem to shed all year round. 

The team at Old Derby Animal Hospital want to help you figure out why your cat sheds so much and what you can do to keep your home a little less furry.


Old Derby Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2019

Without a doubt, 2019 has been a humdinger of a year. While there has been so much to be grateful for these past months, we couldn’t be more thankful for the pets and pet parents of our Old Derby Animal Hospital family.

You and your pets are what keep us going every day. Whether it’s in the exam room, at the Inn at Old Derby, or here through our blog, our team is dedicated to your pet’s health and well-being all year long.

We want to thank you for reading our pet care blogs throughout 2019. It’s always at treat at year-end to take a look at our stats and see which topics resonated with you, dear readers; and so it seems fitting to offer you the results. So, without further ado, we offer you…


Pumpkin Spice, Not So Nice: Avoiding Pancreatitis in Pets This Holiday Season

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. 


The Far Reach of Cat Wellness (Why Preventative Care Is So Important)

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. 


Woodland Creatures or Harbingers of Disease? A Look at the Risks of Leptospirosis

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.


When it Comes to Lyme Disease in Pets, Prevention is Key

A tick sitting in some pet fur

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.


Wags, Smiles, Yawns, and More: Interpreting Dog Body Language

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.


When Summer Pet Safety Really Counts

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.