Ready, Freddy? Disaster Preparation for Pets

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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.

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Kick Off Summer Fun with Pets

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.

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Summer Sounds and Noise Anxiety in Pets

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.

Be Prepared

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.

Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats: Facts and Prevention

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.

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Welcome Home! Introducing a New Pet

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!).

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Kidney Disease in Cats: Battling a Formidable Foe

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.

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Feeling The Love: Avoiding Chocolate Toxicity in Pets

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but we can bet you know how to show your pet love every day of the year (snuggles, walks, and belly rubs anyone?). But there’s one sweet treat that we all need to be aware of when it comes to our pets – chocolate.

The day of love is notorious for chocolate ingestion in pets, resulting in emergency room visits across the country. Although rarely fatal, chocolate can cause serious illness in pets. And since chocolate is around most days of the year – not just in chocolate heart form – Huntington Veterinary Hospital would like to take this opportunity to discuss chocolate toxicity in pets.

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Lost and Found: The Power of Pet Microchipping

Pet microchipping can help a lost pet become a found pet

As a pet owner, the only thing scarier than the thought of losing your pet is the fear that you’ll never find them. This fear is based in reality. Of the estimated 8 million pets who wind up in shelters each year, less than 30% of dogs and 5% of cats are ever reunited with their original families.

Fortunately, there is something you can do to improve the odds of a happy reunion: pet microchipping! Having your pet microchipped is the best insurance against a broken heart. The team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital is excited to share more about the benefits of this wonderful technology!

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Reflections from Huntington Veterinary Hospital: Our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

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Most people view their pet as a bonafide member of the family and treat them accordingly. With increased awareness of what a pet needs to thrive, we’re seeing our community of responsible pet owners grow each year.

Routine wellness checks have lasting impacts on long-term health, and we’re continually struck by dedicated pet owners who go the distance to ensure the wellbeing of their best friend. In response to the questions we often receive at Huntington Veterinary Hospital, we publish pet care blogs each month. We hope the information and tips we provide are relevant and effective.

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Four-Legged Jet Setters: What to Know About the New Airline Restrictions for Pets

New Airline Restrictions for Pets can affect your plans for traveling with pets

Thinking of taking a trip with your pet? You aren’t alone. Each year, over 2 million animals are transported via airplane, and recent scandals have resulted in airlines tightening up their already strict rules when it comes to pet travel. Brushing up on the latest airline restrictions for pets can help you choose the best option that meets your needs, while ensuring your pet remains safe and comfortable.

New Airline Restrictions for Pets  

Lately, major airlines have come under fire as a result of a series of unfortunate incidents involving pets. There have been reports of animals being injured or killed during flights, along with various other complaints regarding animal passengers. The new airline restrictions for pets reflect the changes that all airlines are going through to make air travel safer for pets and human passengers.

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