The thought of adopting a pet at any time of year is exciting, but when it comes to the holidays, we can become almost giddy with the anticipation of bringing home a new bundle of joy. Surprising our significant other, child, or family member with a new pet can easily carry us away, but the idea may backfire without proper planning.
In fact, studies show that many animals are re-homed, abandoned, or returned to shelters each year after the holidays, a trend no one wants to be a part of. Keep reading to learn about adopting a pet for the holidays and what you can do to make sure your new pet’s home is a forever home.Continue…
As pet owners, saying goodbye to our pet is one of the hardest things we will ever do. Our society doesn’t place much importance on the grief process in general, and even less so if we are grieving pet loss. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation during a time when we need the most support.
Huntington Veterinary Hospital knows first hand that this is a serious and difficult time for pet owners. As your partners in compassionate pet care, we have a few tips to share and are here for you if you need additional assistance.Continue…
Scary creatures are coming out of the woodworks for the Halloween holiday, and you may be getting your costume together, too. Halloween is a favorite holiday for many of us, and of course we want to include our furry family members in the festivities.
For many pets, Halloween is actually a stressful event. But with our best tips for keeping your pet healthy and safe, you can help her to enjoy the night (or even let her skip it altogether). Read on for more from Halloween pet safety tips from Huntington Veterinary Hospital.Continue…
You are at the park with your pet and are just about to give them a hug and kiss, when you notice they just gobbled down something. Oh no! Poop! This gross habit that some pets develop may be ghastly to us, but to them it is a perfectly natural thing to do.
Some dogs are more prone to eating excrement, though, and there are a number of reasons why they do it. Huntington Veterinary Hospital wants to help you understand this gross but common issue of why some dogs eat poop.
In California, natural disasters are, sadly, not uncommon. Last summer’ wildfire season gave many of us pause, but also another chance to think once again about being prepared should disaster strike.
It’s likely that most of us have a disaster plan for ourselves and our families, but what about our pets? If pets are part of the family, there are some specific things to know and to plan for to make sure they are taken care of in the event of a disaster.
Let the team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital make sure you have the knowledge and skills you need to make disaster preparation for pets a breeze.Continue…
The sun is shining, your sunscreen is on, and it’s time for summer fun! For most of us, this means summer fun with pets, too.
Whether you’ve already made your summer bucket list or you’re late to the party, Huntington Veterinary Hospital has some tips and ideas for both lazing around and getting active with pets this summer.
Wet and Wild
Swimming and relaxing is essential to summer fun if you have a water loving dog. And in our area, we have to start off with the beach! Seek out dog friendly beaches, like Huntington Dog Beach or Rosie’s Dog Beach.Continue…
Many pet owners know the rumble of an approaching summer storm or the loud crack of a nearby fireworks display is all it takes to send a pet spiraling into fear and anxiety. The panting, pacing, and trembling begins, and, if you’re lucky, your pet merely runs and hides somewhere nearby. For the rest of us, there’s barking, howling, or frantic (and destructive) attempts to escape.
Noise anxiety in pets is more than just annoying – prolonged periods of anxiety or stress can take a toll on your pet’s mental and physical health. Your friends at Huntington Veterinary Hospital are here to help you develop a plan to support your pet during the summer and all year long.
It’s not uncommon for a pet to find a way to escape their home during a noisy event. In fact, July 5th tends to be a busy day for shelters as they attempt to reunite pets who have gone missing during the chaos of July 4th celebrations.
The best thing you can do is to have your pet microchipped and ensure the chip is updated with your current contact information. A well-fitting collar with up-to-date ID tags (worn at all times) is another must-have, along with a current photo of your pet.
Managing Noise Anxiety in Pets
Unfortunately, we can’t explain to our pets that things like thunder and fireworks are loud but harmless. Instead, it’s up to pet owners to provide their pets with the reassurance they need in order to feel safe.
- Security – If possible, don’t leave your pet home alone during a noisy event. Enlist the help of a friend or family member to stay and comfort your pet or arrange for doggie daycare or boarding services. It’s important that your pet is able to feel safe & secure inside WITH someone there to comfort and keep safe.
- Distraction – A favorite game or fun new toy (try a puzzle feeder for a good challenge) may be distracting enough to take the edge off your pet’s anxiety. You could also use this time to groom your pet or to practice obedience commands. Close all windows and doors, and utilize background sounds, such as a fan, TV, or radio, to help muffle outside noise.
- Safety – You know your pet the best, and you know where they feel most at home. Crate-trained pets may benefit from the comfort of their crate or carrier; some pets may prefer to sleep with or near you when they’re scared. If you know your pet will want to hide, a prearranged hiding spot can be outfitted with your pet’s bedding, toys, and water.
For pets with severe noise anxiety, a combination of behavioral techniques and medication can be helpful. For dogs, we recommend Sileo Gel for noise anxiety and we strongly advise that you get it in the weeks prior to the holiday/event to ensure availability. Remember to give it in advance of the impending firework displays as once they are already worked up it will not be as effective.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our staff for more information or to schedule an appointment for your pet.
With the advent of spring comes wildflowers, longer days, and more time outside with our best friends. While all of these things are welcome, something else that comes with warm weather is not: mosquitos and their bites.
Over 30 species of mosquitoes can now transmit deadly and serious disease to our pets – dogs and cats alike. You may have heard of heartworm disease, and although this was once thought of as a problem only in southern states, the truth is that the incidence of heartworm disease is growing in all 50 states and in Canada. Once infected, your pet faces permanent organ damage and even death.
Learning the facts about heartworm disease and how you can prevent it is the first step towards keeping your furry loved ones safe.Continue…
When it comes to introducing a new pet to your existing pets, patience is a virtue. It can be tempting to try and make them a member of the family immediately, but you’ll avoid problems and stress all around by taking your time.
How to go about introducing a new pet? Take our tips for a successful meeting to heart, and you’ll all be well on your way to a home of happy pets (and pet parents!).Continue…
Tiger is an old but seemingly still very healthy cat. You might have noticed that the litter box has been more full over the last several months, and maybe you see him at the water bowl several times a day. He is still eating well, cuddling at night, and attacking his favorite toys, though, so you just overlook these new habits.
Then you decide to go on vacation. Tiger does fine during boarding (at a reputable location of course), but from almost the moment you bring him home, he is sick. He doesn’t want to eat, he’s vomiting, and he seems lethargic. Time for a trip to see us at Huntington Veterinary Hospital where the news is disheartening – it’s his kidneys.
Kidney disease in cats is an unfortunately common condition that all feline fanatics need to be educated regarding. After all, knowledge can be a powerful weapon.Continue…