Old Dog, Aging Cat: Common Senior Pet Behaviors to Keep an Eye On

A dedicated pet owner is especially keyed into how their pet looks and behaves, and strives every day to provide a comfortable, happy, safe and healthy life. Luckily, between modern advances in veterinary medicine and exceptional owner involvement, pets are living longer than ever before. 

But longevity doesn’t always translate into robust vitality. Certain senior pet behaviors can help raise awareness of their mental and physical health, and can help guide the way toward higher quality of life.

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Old Dog, Aging Cat: Common Senior Pet Behaviors to Keep an Eye On

A dedicated pet owner is especially keyed into how their pet looks and behaves, and strives every day to provide a comfortable, happy, safe and healthy life. Luckily, between modern advances in veterinary medicine and exceptional owner involvement, pets are living longer than ever before. 

But longevity doesn’t always translate into robust vitality. Certain senior pet behaviors can help raise awareness of their mental and physical health, and can help guide the way toward higher quality of life.

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Helping Pets Adjust After COVID-19

While some regions of the country are still in the midst of social distancing, others have started to return to work and school. The many weeks of the Stay at Home Order and other forms of socially isolating, has been a strain on most families, but our pet family members may have gotten quite used to us being with them 24/7. Since pets are ruled  by routine, the sudden return to normal life can be hard on them to cope with.

This is why the team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital wants to help pet owners ease their furry friends into the transition. We have a few tips for helping pets adjust after COVID-19 quarantine measure to avoid anxiety and stress.

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Do Dogs Need Sun Protection Like We Do?

When we think of outdoor activities to share with our dogs, we don’t underestimate the importance of, say, hydration or snacks. Indeed, their comfort and happiness can determine how much fun we can have together. But among the many things we shouldn’t leave at home is sun block. 

Yep, dogs need sun protection just as much as we do! Without it, they may be over-exposed to harmful UV rays that increase risk of long term illness, including cancer.

Here’s the Thing…

The summer may have a different routine for dogs and their owners, but one true constant is that dogs need sun protection.

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Corn Chip Canine: Why Does a Dog’s Paws Smell Like Fritos?

Like most animals, dogs have a certain aroma to them, a mix of sweat and musk that can slightly remain even after shampoos. It’s an entirely normal thing for a dog to smell, well, dog-like. But if you have ever gotten a good whiff of your pet’s paws, you may have noticed something unusual – they smell just like corn chips!

The team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital can help answer the question of why your dog’s paws smell like Fritos. Read on to learn more!

Help! Why Does My Dog’s Paws Smell Like Fritos?

The mystery isn’t such a mystery. Your pet’s paws probably do smell a bit corny. This yeasty aroma blend is caused by a few sources.

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Thinking About Feline Behavior? Look No Further Than The Tail!

Cats are incredible for so many reasons. Take, for instance, their quiet, steady companionship. They use their eyes to slowly blink “I love you”, and purr to show how happy you make them.

 But just because they don’t wag their tail like a dog doesn’t mean cats don’t express themselves with this communicative appendage. Instead, they use their tail to speak volumes. By closely observing distinct feline behavior patterns, you can understand (and appreciate) your cat more than ever before.

The Forthcoming Feline

Despite their reputations for being self-sufficient and low maintenance, pet cats benefit from significant amounts of affection and attention. They know exactly what they want and how to get it.

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Offering Orthopedic Surgery for Pets

You may not have given it much thought, but our four-legged friends have bones and joints that sometimes require surgical intervention just like ours. Not every veterinary clinic is equipped to perform orthopedic surgery for pets, but Huntington Veterinary Hospital is ready to help when needed. 

All Ortho, All the Time

Orthopedic surgery for pets (and people) encompasses the branch of surgery devoted to treating various diseases and conditions of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles within the body. There are many of these diagnoses that affect our pet patients.

Not all veterinary hospitals offer orthopedic surgeries because there are some very special requirements to be able to do it well. These include:

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Huntington Veterinary Hospital is AAHA Accredited and It Shows! 

Our family here at Huntington Veterinary Hospital is excited to share that we recently passed our triennial AAHA inspection and are now going on over 12 years as an accredited animal hospital! 

While we may be ecstatic, don’t be embarrassed if you are not entirely familiar with what it means to be an AAHA accredited hospital. We’re more than happy to explain the AAHA difference and why it matters.

All About AAHA

AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association. Founded in 1933, AAHA was initially formed to help ensure the highest and best quality care for pet patients.

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An A+ In At Home Pet Dental Care 

Pets are family. Research shows over 70% of us agree on that. But what other member of your family doesn’t brush, floss, or see the dentist…ever? It can be all too easy to let your pet’s dental health get pushed to the back burner. Unfortunately, once your pet’s breath smells less than pleasant, dental disease may be a foregone conclusion. 

Let Huntington Veterinary Hospital guide you toward making a new habit for the new year – and a A+ in at home pet dental care. 

First Things First

The sad truth is that by the time most pets are three years old, dental disease is common. This is the result of genetics, partly, but also due to persistent lack of brushing and professional dental cleanings. 

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A Bright Future: Huntington Veterinary Hospital’s Top Blogs of 2019 

As the winter holidays come to a close, we are happy to say that we’ve made it through 2019 with flying colors, and the future couldn’t look brighter! Even though it’s fun to look ahead, we also like to set our intentions for the coming year by taking a look back at what we did over the previous 12 months.

If you are a regular reader of our pet care blog, you know that the well being of our patients is our top priority. We care about your best fur pal’s health and well being, and we are always here to answer your questions and concerns. To that end, Huntington Veterinary Hospital is  committed to delivering the most relevant, timely and inspiring pet health information out there. Thank you for being a part of that endeavor!

Without further ado, keep reading for our picks of our top blogs of 2019. 

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