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

September 12th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

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:

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

August 29th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

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.

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Gearing Up For Fall with Pet Wellness Care and Routine Vaccinations

August 15th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

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.

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Be Well: Preventing Canine Influenza

July 25th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

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.

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Winging It: Navigating Air Travel with Pets

July 11th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

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.

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

June 27th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

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.

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Pets and Rat Poison: Keeping Your Furry Loved Ones Safe

June 12th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

pets and rat poisonMice, rats, voles, and other rodents are notorious for finding their way into our homes, yards, and garages. Cracks or holes in our existing structures make the perfect entrances for these critters and chances are good that if you’ve seen one rodent on your property, there are plenty more where that came from.

There’s no doubt that rodents can cause considerable property damage. Besides digging holes, chewing wires, and causing other structural damage, rodents can contaminate human food and water, and spread pathogens and parasites.

Many people turn to rodenticides to control these pests, but if you are a pet owner you may be putting your dog or cat at risk. To put it bluntly, pets and rat poison simply don’t mix.

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Pythiosis in Dogs: An Unusual Enemy

May 23rd, 2017 by CHAH Staff

In veterinary medicine nothing is ever straightforward, but we do see some disease processes more often than others. Through the process of elimination, most veterinarians look for the more routinely seen issues. Once these are ruled out, however, there are always a few “zebras” at the bottom of the list of possibilities.

While we seldom get into zebra territory, our veterinarians at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital do encounter these uncommon medical issues from time to time. We recently diagnosed a pet with one of these more unusual diagnoses, so we thought we would share a little bit about the disease known as pythiosis in dogs.

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Smart Celebrations: Memorial Day Pet Safety Tips

May 9th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

Although we’ve been experiencing summerlike temperatures here in Alabama, Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer for most Americans. Pets can enjoy the fun too, as long as we keep their safety and comfort in mind. Get your best pal’s summer started off on the right paw with our Memorial Day pet safety tips!

8 Memorial Day Pet Safety Tips

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Leptospirosis and Your Pet

April 25th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

leptospirosisLeptospirosis may not top your list of concerns when it comes to pet diseases, but it probably should be. This serious bacterial infection should not be taken lightly, and with cases on the rise across the US and Canada it’s more important than ever to educate yourself about leptospirosis and learn how to protect your family and pets.

Equal Opportunity

The threat of leptospirosis is not limited to your pet; many domestic and wild animals can become infected, as well as humans. Dogs are most commonly affected due to their more frequent exposure to the bacteria by breathing in or ingesting soil, drinking contaminated water, or coming into close contact with infected animals at dog parks or in boarding kennels.

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