The fall festivities of Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner, and a variety of table foods and delicious treats will be right before our eyes! As pet owners, it is important that we know that these foods can be very dangerous if our pets were to consume them. Not only do some of these table foods and treats pose as choking hazards, but they can also cause a variety of health complications, if ingested. Some of these Fall treats can have severe, life-threatening consequences if consumed in any number or quantity.
Does your pet have bad breath? Is he spending more time trying to chew his food, or is he avoiding eating hard treats and food all together? These are sings that your pet is feeling pain or discomfort. If you are noticing that your pet is showing these signs of discomfort, it is time for him to have an oral health examination by his veterinarian! According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most cats and dogs show signs of periodontal disease by the age of three. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause multiple health problems in both cats and dogs. In order to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your pet’s mouth, a professional dental cleaning is recommended for your pet. Yearly oral health examinations and professional dental cleanings are the safest and most effective way to practice quality oral health care. Taking good care of your pet’s oral health is very important for not only your pet’s overall healthy well-being, but it can help prevent and manage the #1 gum disease- periodontal disease.
If you’re a cat lover, then you are probably very familiar with the word “hairball”. Hairballs are most often a result of your cat’s natural, healthy grooming routine. They are not the most pleasant to watch as your cat hacks one up, and they can be confused with vomit. So, how do you know what is normal when it comes to hairballs? First, let’s take a look at what a hairball is!
You wake up one morning to find your pet feeling a bit “under the weather”. He has been laying around more than usual, and he won’t accept even his most favorite treats. You see him attempt to get up from laying down, but his energy is just not there. You hear his stomach grumbling and he begins to vomit. You feel concerned and wonder if he is going to be okay. How do you know when vomiting is occurring from more than just a temporary upset stomach?
Does your cat fear visiting the veterinarian? We have many helpful tips in creating a pleasant, peaceful atmosphere for your favorite feline friend to feel more relaxed and assured that everything will be okay before, during, and after his exam!
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety occurs when your pet is fearful, or preoccupied, with worried thoughts from a perceived unknown origin. You may have heard of anxiety before, but have you ever personally experienced it? It is very important to know what anxiety is and how it can affect your pet’s health and overall well-being.