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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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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The Scope of Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme disease in dogs is a serious threat to your pet's health.Most pet owners usually have at least one thing in common with their pets. For example, many pairs of pets and people enjoy running or other vigorous exercise; others relish some satisfying snuggling together. One thing you definitely don’t want to share with your pet are parasites. Fleas and intestinal worms can wreak serious havoc, but ticks are infinitely more dangerous.

Lyme disease in dogs is a common infectious disease across the United States, and it can also be contracted by humans.

The Frightening Truth

In spite of the high number of incidents of Lyme disease in dogs, most dogs who test positive show few, if any, clinical symptoms. Caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, the disease is spread by the common black-legged and deer ticks, but illness may not surface for weeks or months. Fever, joint pain, lethargy, and lameness are typical signs. Continue…

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.

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Wildlife Awareness for Pet Owners

Where once you might have only hoped for a glimpse of a wild animal out on a trail or in the wilderness, wildlife (including large predators) have become more prevalent in urban and developed areas. As populations grow and cities expand, wildlife such as rattlesnakes, bobcats, and coyotes, are adapting and learning to survive among us. Continue…

Pets and Rattlesnakes: How to Keep Your Pet Safe

For most pet owners, spring is all about outdoor recreation and trail time with Fido – and where there are wild or natural places, there are snakes. Rattlesnakes are becoming more active now that we’re experiencing warmer temperatures and longer days. However, pets and rattlesnakes is one combo you’ll want to avoid.

Avoiding a Clash Between Pets and Rattlesnakes

In Southern California and many places throughout the West, snakes are a common sight. From Gopher Snakes to Whipsnakes to Western Racers, many species are nonvenomous and mostly harmless to cats to dogs, preferring rodents and other small mammals.

However, we also share our terrain with a few different species of venomous rattlesnakes, all of whom have the idiosyncratic “rattle” at the end of the tail.

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