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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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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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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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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