Nasty Habit: Why Do Some Dogs Eat Poop

An under-the-belly photo of a dog wearing a red bandana around its neck, leaning down to eat something in the grasses.

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. 

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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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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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Peace of Mind: The Benefits of Pet Insurance

Pet insurance can help you afford veterinary careWe all love our pets and want to do the very best we can to take care of them. Most of us know this means annual veterinary preventive care and feeding them a high-quality diet. But what about unexpected costs?

With the annual cost of veterinary care topping $1,800 annually, it’s no wonder that a pet injury or illness could put a significant financial strain on many families. That’s where pet insurance comes in. Designed to bridge the gap between cost and care, a pet insurance policy means you never have to choose between your pet and your wallet. Continue…

Preventive Care for Cats

Preventive care for cats involves regular and timely veterinary visits for your petWhether you’re a past, present, or future cat owner, we can all agree that cats are special creatures. Their wild and wonderful personalities never fail to warm our hearts and make us laugh. However, behind their mysterious nature is a little known fact: cats don’t always warn us when something is wrong with their health.

Huntington Veterinary Hospital wants your cat to be the healthiest pet possible. That’s why we’re sharing some reasons why preventive care for cats is so important. Continue…

Macro and Micro Details to Support Lifelong Pet Health

pet healthIf we’re lucky, we get to live with our pets 10-20 years. That’s a significant amount of time to nurture a relationship from infancy, adolescence, or adulthood all the way to the golden years. Of course, the needs of younger animals vary from those of senior pets, but age-related changes can be supported by a lifelong commitment to pet health and wellness.

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Top of the Line: Our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2017

cat careThis year is rapidly coming to a close, and with that, we all have the chance to reflect back on the past year. We are also thinking about the coming year ahead in anticipation. What were your memorable moments of 2017? For us, our patients and clients made up so many of these moments and we thank you for sharing them with us!

As we look back on memorable moments,  the team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital also looked at our blog to see what was memorable about it for you. Whether it be pet care, fun in the sun, or learning about pet loss, we hope that our blog is informational, fun, and a source of learning for you. We have gathered our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2017, and we hope you enjoy!

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Pet Wellness: There’s Always More than Meets the Eye

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Doing anything regularly can become boring. Even seasoned thrill-seekers admit that, after awhile, the same experiences that once brought them mind-blowing exhilaration can become humdrum. We’re not experts on that account, but we are an authority on routine pet wellness examinations.

Establishing Good Habits

Pet owners who establish good habits are ensuring a happier, healthier, and longer life for their pets. To that end, young pets should be seen at least once a year until they reach their senior years, typically around the age of six.

We appreciate the chance to assess your pet’s overall health. With an eye on the future, disease prevention (through routine vaccinations and boosters) is the key to pet wellness. Continue…