An ear infection here, a cut paw pad there, and a routine surgery later, many times as a pet owner you may find yourself with some leftover medications for your furry friend. If you are like most of us, you probably find yourself stashing extras in a leftover cabinet, in hopes that you can use it a little later.
Not all drugs keep, and most medications do have an expiration date. Knowing whether to keep or toss isn’t always easy. Luckily, your friends at Huntington Veterinary Hospital know just what to do when it comes to expired veterinary drugs.
Veterinary Drug Safety
Using leftover medications in your pet’s medical supplies isn’t always as benign as it sounds. Over time, drugs may undergo chemical changes that can render them less effective, or, in less frequent cases, harmful. Continue…
Most pet owners usually have at least one thing in common with their pets. For example, many pairs of pets and people enjoy running or other vigorous exercise; others relish some satisfying snuggling together. One thing you definitely don’t want to share with your pet are parasites. Fleas and intestinal worms can wreak serious havoc, but ticks are infinitely more dangerous.
Lyme disease in dogs is a common infectious disease across the United States, and it can also be contracted by humans.
The Frightening Truth
In spite of the high number of incidents of Lyme disease in dogs, most dogs who test positive show few, if any, clinical symptoms. Caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, the disease is spread by the common black-legged and deer ticks, but illness may not surface for weeks or months. Fever, joint pain, lethargy, and lameness are typical signs. Continue…
When temperatures increase and the water is so appealing, what self-respecting pooch doesn’t want to take a dip in the pool, lake, or river? Many dogs naturally take to water, but not every dog likes being wet or is comfortable with this form of exercise. Even if your water-loving fur ball loves to swim, there are several things to consider to keep them safe.
To help you and your bestie enjoy the hotter months ahead, here are our top tips regarding swimming safety for dogs. Continue…
If we’re lucky, we get to live with our pets 10-20 years. That’s a significant amount of time to nurture a relationship from infancy, adolescence, or adulthood all the way to the golden years. Of course, the needs of younger animals vary from those of senior pets, but age-related changes can be supported by a lifelong commitment to pet health and wellness.
Although not something we enjoy thinking about, preventing a pet poisoning is important to ensure our pets remain safe and healthy. Poison Awareness Week is the third week of March, and Huntington Veterinary Hospital thought now would be a good time to break out the list of things to check (and double check!).
Spaying or neutering your pet is often a part of responsible pet ownership. These are surgical procedures and require general anesthesia, causing them to not be without cost.
Many low-cost spay and neuter facilities exist to defray some of the financial factors involved with sterilizing a pet. This doesn’t mean, though, that these facilities are the best option for your pet’s health and well-being. Choosing a reputable, skilled veterinarian is the best choice for those who want quality care for their furry loved ones.
Huntington Veterinary Hospital has your pet’s best interest at heart. We want to demonstrate why choosing expertise over cost is the right choice for you and your pet.
This year is rapidly coming to a close, and with that, we all have the chance to reflect back on the past year. We are also thinking about the coming year ahead in anticipation. What were your memorable moments of 2017? For us, our patients and clients made up so many of these moments and we thank you for sharing them with us!
As we look back on memorable moments, the team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital also looked at our blog to see what was memorable about it for you. Whether it be pet care, fun in the sun, or learning about pet loss, we hope that our blog is informational, fun, and a source of learning for you. We have gathered our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2017, and we hope you enjoy!
If you’re like so many families during the holiday season, that special time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s seems like one endless get-together of friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.
Since holiday gatherings won’t be stopping any time soon, being prepared can come in handy. If you’re planning on hosting a gathering at your own home this year, you’ll naturally want to make it a safe event for your pets. That’s where our pet party safety tips come in!
The holiday season is fast approaching, and your to-do list is likely filling up with shopping, planning, and endless activities. Spending time with your furry best friend may naturally take a backburner during these hectic days, but a little extra attention can go a long way when it comes to making sure they don’t wind up in trouble.
Make the most of this wonderful time of year by adding fall pet safety to your schedule!
You’ve probably heard rumblings in the news about canine influenza over the last few years. Until recently, this relatively new disease has been a non-issue for pets in our area. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case.
Canine influenza has been diagnosed a little too close to home, and now is the time for dog owners to educate themselves in order to protect their pets. At Huntington Veterinary Hospital, we know how much you love your dog, and protecting them against canine influenza is just one more thing we’re doing to help keep that tail wagging.