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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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…

The Bugs are Out! Is Your Pet Protected from Parasites?

Gray and white catch scratching its ear

Summer comes with so many advantages: swimming, barbecues, outdoor parties, lakeside relaxation, camping, hiking… you name it! But along with the perks, comes the parasites.

That’s right; mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other warm body seeking parasites are out in droves. Not only are these pests incredibly annoying, but they are also potentially dangerous in the number of illnesses that they can pass on to their unwitting hosts, including pets and people.

Your team at Old Derby have some tips for keeping the bugs at bay, and suggestions for keeping your pet protected from parasites. Continue…