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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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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Best of Both Worlds: Puppy Training and Grooming at Huntington Veterinary Hospital

Puppy training and dog grooming can help your dog thriveBringing a new puppy into your family is arguably one of the most delightful experiences life has to offer. Along with all the fun and cuteness, however, comes a big dose of responsibility. Puppies require regular wellness care, vaccinations, proper nutrition, daily exercise, and much more.

Puppy training and grooming are two important factors that go into the health and happiness of your pet. Fortunately, Huntington Veterinary Hospital is here to help with both!

More than Just a Pretty Face

No one can deny the pleasure that comes from snuggling a freshly bathed pup, but grooming has benefits beyond simple cleanliness. Regular bathing and brushing keeps the fur free of tangles and mats, removes excess dirt and hair, and stimulates blood flow to the skin. Nail trims are important for the health of your pet’s paws, and ear cleanings keep the ears free of buildup that could lead to infection or discomfort.

Making pet grooming a priority also gives you or your groomer the chance to inspect your dog’s skin for lumps, bumps, wounds, or external parasites on a regular basis.

The Importance of Puppy Training and Socialization

We’ve all met dogs who haven’t been properly trained or socialized; perhaps they jump up on guests, bolt out the door as soon as it’s opened, or display aggressive or fearful tendencies. Puppy training and socialization is absolutely vital to the future happiness of your new pet. A well-behaved, properly socialized dog is more confident, happier, and poses less of a risk to themselves and others.

Ideally, a puppy’s socialization process begins at home between 3-9 weeks of age. This is the time for lots of gentle handling, exposure to new people and places, and redirection away from undesirable behaviors such as chewing, play biting, or house soiling. As soon as your pup is fully vaccinated, introduce a formal training and socialization class, as well as increase exposure to other people and pets.

What We Offer

At Huntington Veterinary Hospital, we strongly believe in treating the whole pet, which is why we offer grooming and training services, in addition to high-quality medical care.

  • Puppy grooming – A clean puppy is a happy puppy! Bring your little cutie in for a bath, nail trim, ear cleaning, haircut, anal gland expression, and parasite examination with our professional groomer. You can also combine additional veterinary services with your puppy’s grooming appointment.
  • Puppy training and socialization – Give your new pet the opportunity to socialize with other puppies in a supervised group setting. They’ll learn basic obedience skills and practice good manners in our puppy training and socialization classes.
  • Rally and trick training – Rally and trick training classes take your dog’s skills to the next level. This also gives you a chance to work and learn together in a high-energy environment.

For further questions about our puppy training or other classes or to schedule an appointment for your pet, please don’t hesitate to contact the staff at Huntington Veterinary Hospital.

Take to the Water and Dog-Paddle! Swimming Safety for Dogs

Swimming safety for dogs is an important part of summer fun with pets.When temperatures increase and the water is so appealing, what self-respecting pooch doesn’t want to take a dip in the pool, lake, or river? Many dogs naturally take to water, but not every dog likes being wet or is comfortable with this form of exercise. Even if your water-loving fur ball loves to swim, there are several things to consider to keep them safe.

To help you and your bestie enjoy the hotter months ahead, here are our top tips regarding swimming safety for dogs. Continue…

A Dog Lover’s Guide to Canine Influenza

canine influenzaYou’ve probably heard rumblings in the news about canine influenza over the last few years. Until recently, this relatively new disease has been a non-issue for pets in our area. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case.

Canine influenza has been diagnosed a little too close to home, and now is the time for dog owners to educate themselves in order to protect their pets. At Huntington Veterinary Hospital, we know how much you love your dog, and protecting them against canine influenza is just one more thing we’re doing to help keep that tail wagging.

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