What to Do About an Upset Stomach in Pets

upset stomach in petsMost of us have some experience with tummy troubles, and we know how miserable it can be. It’s hard not to feel a mix of empathy and concern when your pet is suffering from digestive issues, and many pet parents wonder when or if they should call a veterinarian.

Although an upset stomach in pets is never normal, it isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. Knowing what to do to help your pet, and when you should seek veterinary care, is key to a quick recovery for your furry friend.


All About Urinary Tract Infections in Pets

urinary tract infections in petsWhen it comes to pet health problems, urinary tract infections are not all that uncommon. We frequently see patients with symptoms of a potential problem, and of course their caretakers have questions. Why did this happen? How will we fix it? Will my pet have problems again?

Carriage Hills Animal Hospital thinks it is very important that our furry patient’s advocates have all the information. We invite you to read on so that you know all about urinary tract infections in pets.


Boo! The Wonderful World Of Pet Costumes

pet costumesIt’s that time of year again; witches, ghosts, bats, and pumpkins are making their appearances in preparation for the scariest night of the year, Halloween!

It’s natural to want to include your pet in the festivities, and for many pet owners this means finding the perfect costume for their four-legged pal. Before you load up your cart with the latest and greatest pet costumes, check out our ideas for some fun and creative ways to celebrate the spookiest season with your pet.


A No Good, Very Bad Day: When Foreign Bodies in Pets Take Center Stage

foreign bodies in petsThere’s no question about it: pets are curious, and they explore the world through their noses and mouths. Sure, a little sniff here and there may not necessarily result in a pet emergency, but it’s almost unheard of for a pet to eat something they shouldn’t have and suffer zero consequences. This potential scenario understandably leaves pet owners on edge, but foreign bodies in pets are common enough to warrant full-fledged pet-proofing.


Back To School Alert: What You Need To Know About Lunchbox Pet Toxins

pet toxinsBy now, many of us are aware that each new season, event, or holiday comes with a list of potential risks to our pets. The start of a new school year is no different, and being alert to the very real threat of backpack and lunchbox pet toxins is the first step toward protecting our four-legged family members.

Lunchbox Pet Toxins?

Yes, you read that right. While we would certainly never pack our children’s lunchboxes full of toxic foods for them to eat, that doesn’t mean that some of the most common lunch items aren’t poisonous to our pets. Take the following, for example:


Ahead of the Curve: How Your Pet Can Benefit From Wellness Testing

pet wellnessYou may roll your eyes a little  when we ask for a urine sample or to run a blood test on your perfectly healthy pet. Afterall, if it ain’t broke, why fix it, right? …But, at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital we are about more than fixing broken pets. In fact, one of our prime directives is to prevent illness and disease whenever possible.

Wellness testing plays a big role preventative medicine, and is one of the most effective things you can do as a pet owner to keep your four-legged family member happy and healthy.

The Power of Wellness Testing

Why all the fuss about wellness testing? Your pet appears to be doing fine and our physical examination seems to be spot on. Wellness testing, such as blood and urine screenings, are actually windows to some very valuable information, though.


Gearing Up For Fall with Pet Wellness Care and Routine Vaccinations

While most families are busily preparing for a new school season, with shopping for school supplies and getting the kids health checkups in order, it is a good time to remember that our furry friends also require consistent pet wellness care. Keeping your pet on schedule for those important vaccines and parasite control is vital to overall health and happiness.

At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we’re celebrating National Pet Immunization month by reminding pet parents that “back to school” prep can also include your four-legged kiddos.


Be Well: Preventing Canine Influenza

Canine influenza, also known as “dog flu”, was first discovered in the United States in 2004 among racing greyhounds in Florida. This particular strain of flu, called H3N8, has mostly been contained to areas along the Eastern Seaboard.

Fast forward to the spring of 2015 in the Chicagoland area, where dog after dog began arriving at veterinary clinics across the region with symptoms of an unidentified illness. It wasn’t until April of that year when scientists at the University of Wisconsin and Cornell University determined that the sick dogs were infected with a different strain of canine influenza, known as H3N2.

Becoming educated about canine influenza is an essential first step toward preventing its spread and protecting our pets.


Winging It: Navigating Air Travel with Pets

air travel with petsNot everyone chooses to bring their pets along on vacation, but there are certain benefits for those of us who do: we don’t have to spend money on boarding or pet sitting, we know that our pets are being given the best possible care (by us!), and we get to have the enjoyment of sharing our vacations with our best pals.

If your vacation plans include an airline ticket for two, you will have some extra work to do to prepare your pet. Air travel with pets is not without complications, so the sooner you can start researching and planning, the better off you will both be.

Health Certificates

Any time you cross state lines with your pet, you will need to have a pet health certificate, also known as a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Airlines also require one for every animal on board. Contact your team at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital to get started on this important aspect of air travel with pets.


When it’s Too Much: Pet Anxiety, Loud Noises, and Unpredictable Situations

loud noisesOwners of young animals are highly aware of the experiences they provide for the new life in their care – and for good reason. The sensitive period of development (up to 3 months for a puppy and 2 months for a kitten) is crucial to long term perception/acceptance of various stimuli, such as people, places, noises, smells, and more. Without a proper introduction or positive encounter, you may risk the development of an irrational fear or pet anxiety.

Often, however, pets are adopted long after the sensitive period, leaving pet owners with questions and frustrations about how to soothe an anxious or fearful animal.