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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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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Home At Last: Adopting a Pet During the Holidays

The thought of adopting a pet at any time of year is exciting, but when it comes to the holidays, we can become almost giddy with the anticipation of bringing home a new bundle of joy. Surprising our significant other, child, or family member with a new pet can easily carry us away, but the idea may backfire without proper planning. 

In fact, studies show that many animals are re-homed, abandoned, or returned to shelters each year after the holidays, a trend no one wants to be a part of. Keep reading to learn about adopting a pet for the holidays and what you can do to make sure your new pet’s home is a forever home. 

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Coping With Pet Loss

As pet owners, saying goodbye to our pet is one of the hardest things we will ever do. Our society doesn’t place much importance on the grief process in general, and even less so if we are grieving pet loss. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation during a time when we need the most support.

Huntington Veterinary Hospital knows first hand that this is a serious and difficult time for pet owners. As your partners in compassionate pet care, we have a few tips to share and are here for you if you need additional assistance.

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Ghouls, Ghosts, and Goblins, Oh My! Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Scary creatures are coming out of the woodworks for the Halloween holiday, and you may be getting your costume together, too. Halloween is a favorite holiday for many of us, and of course we want to include our furry family members in the festivities. 

For many pets, Halloween is actually a stressful event. But with our best tips for keeping your pet healthy and safe, you can help her to enjoy the night (or even let her skip it altogether). Read on for more from Halloween pet safety tips from Huntington Veterinary Hospital.

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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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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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Welcome Home! Introducing a New Pet

When it comes to introducing a new pet to your existing pets, patience is a virtue. It can be tempting to try and make them a member of the family immediately, but you’ll avoid problems and stress all around by taking your time.

How to go about introducing a new pet? Take our tips for a successful meeting to heart, and you’ll all be well on your way to a home of happy pets (and pet parents!).

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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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Reflections from Huntington Veterinary Hospital: Our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

fall pet safety tips

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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