From their graceful movements and soulful eyes to their almost mystical nature, there’s just something special about cats. For those of us fortunate enough to share our homes and lives with one or more of these unique creatures, it only makes sense that we would do our best to give them the gift of long-lasting health and wellness.
At Huntington Veterinary Hospital, we strive to provide the very best cat care that modern veterinary medicine has to offer. Each of our staff members shares our deep appreciation for cats, and we’re honored to extend that level of compassion and care to your own precious kitty!
Taking a dip in the nearest body of water is a time-honored summer pastime that is sure to cool off humans and canines alike. While taking a swim might be just what the doctor ordered in the summer heat, Huntington Veterinary Hospital wants to remind you that waterborne diseases in pets are a real thing. Take extra precautions to make sure that your pet’s summer is safe.
No one likes a freeloader, and parasites in our pets are the absolute worst. Water can be home to several unwelcome parasites. Stagnant puddles and ponds are notorious for collecting animal waste, and if that waste so happens to harbor an intestinal bug or two, your pet might be at risk.
While you won’t see your pet walking around with a box of tissues, complaining about post-nasal drip, allergies in pets (including seasonal allergies) are a problem for many of our furry friends. If your dog is scratching like crazy, and yet, no flea can be found, there’s a good chance he or she may be dealing with one or more common allergies.
Like us, cats and dogs can be allergic to a wide range of substances, including pollen. To get to the bottom of this scratchy scene, let’s take a look at some of these allergies and how you can help ease the discomfort through treatment and prevention.
Monrovia may fall short on national averages for precipitation, but our “comfort index” is amazingly high. All bragging aside, we really hit the jackpot with our climate, but that doesn’t mean our high and dry temperatures are safe for everyone. Pets are noticeably affected by the scorching sun, but if you play it safe with our summer pet safety tips, you can avoid sizable risks.
I Spy With My Pet-Focused Eye
It’s not uncommon for a dog to play or work to exhaustion. Often, a pet owner may even be surprised their dog is faring so well in the heat and sun – until he or she suddenly isn’t doing well at all.
As anyone who has ever loved a dog before can attest, their companionship and love rivals even the best of human friendships. And anyone who has been lucky enough to raise their dog from a puppy, knows that the challenges that come with puppy training are worth their weight in gold later in life.
Puppies, much like babies, rely on us for everything. We are the guardians who introduce them to the world all around, as well as instill in them a sense of security and understanding of their place in our “pack”. Yet, unfortunately, many puppies do not receive the training and socialization they need for their safety and well-being.
That is why we want to highlight the many great reasons why training and socialization classes are so important for your new puppy.
Where once you might have only hoped for a glimpse of a wild animal out on a trail or in the wilderness, wildlife (including large predators) have become more prevalent in urban and developed areas. As populations grow and cities expand, wildlife such as Continue…
For most pet owners, spring is all about outdoor recreation and trail time with Fido – and where there are wild or natural places, there are snakes. Rattlesnakes are becoming more active now that we’re experiencing warmer temperatures and longer days. However, pets and rattlesnakes is one combo you’ll want to avoid.
Avoiding a Clash Between Pets and Rattlesnakes
In Southern California and many places throughout the West, snakes are a common sight. From Gopher Snakes to Whipsnakes to Western Racers, many species are nonvenomous and mostly harmless to cats to dogs, preferring rodents and other small mammals.
However, we also share our terrain with a few different species of venomous rattlesnakes, all of whom have the idiosyncratic “rattle” at the end of the tail.
Whether it’s waking up to the sound of a gagging dog or the chocolate bar you had is suddenly MIA, there are many situations that can feel like a possible pet emergency.
Yet, making a visit to the nearest emergency hospital is often a second choice behind waiting it out or consulting “Dr. Google.”
Because these situations can be something of a quandary for many pet owners, the team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital would like to review what constitutes a pet emergency.
There are some situations that should be treated as an emergency, regardless of physical signs or symptoms. This includes: Continue…
Doing anything regularly can become boring. Even seasoned thrill-seekers admit that, after awhile, the same experiences that once brought them mind-blowing exhilaration can become humdrum. We’re not experts on that account, but we are an authority on routine pet wellness examinations.
Establishing Good Habits
Pet owners who establish good habits are ensuring a happier, healthier, and longer life for their pets. To that end, young pets should be seen at least once a year until they reach their senior years, typically around the age of six.
We appreciate the chance to assess your pet’s overall health. With an eye on the future, disease prevention (through routine vaccinations and boosters) is the key to pet wellness. Continue…