Diabetes in Cats and Dogs

Cat Eating Bowl of Food

If your pet has been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, it may be shocking. You may wonder what you should do to take care of a diabetic pet. We understand how the diagnosis can be unsettling, but it is not a rare one. In fact, 1 out of 100 dogs over the age of 12 will develop this condition. In cats, the probability is higher. 

Since this disease that affects both humans and pets has been on the rise over the past few decades, it is important to understand the condition and its prevention. Your friends at Huntington Veterinary Hospital are here to explain more about diabetes in cats and dogs and how to create the best life possible life after this diagnosis.

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Zoonotic Diseases and Pets

Throughout the 2020 pandemic, there has been a spotlight on the term zoonotic or diseases carried by animals to humans. If you haven’t heard of the term, you are likely familiar with rabies, plague, and intestinal worms. These are all zoonotic diseases. 

As human populations have grown and encroached on former wildlife habitat, many more zoonoses have emerged. Some of these can be transmitted to our pets, which then can be transmitted to us. 

To prevent these diseases from harming your pet and family, the team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital is here to give you a better understanding of zoonotic diseases and pets.

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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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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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