Lesser Known Tick-Borne Illnesses

April 11th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

By now, most people have heard of the most prominent tick-borne disease: Lyme disease. Carried by the black-legged tick and deer tick, Lyme disease affects hundreds of thousands of dogs and people each year. It’s not hard to figure out why Lyme is often at the center of any tick discussion.

However, there are many lesser known tick-borne illnesses that are just as harmful to cats and dogs. Keep reading to learn more about tick-borne illnesses and how to protect your pet.

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Itchy and Scratchy: What You Need to Know About Mange

March 28th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

Most animal lovers have heard of mange. In fact, many times when a pet has hair loss, is feeling a little itchy, or has a rash, people jump to the conclusion that mange is to blame. While sometimes this is the diagnosis, a great many other skin conditions can appear similarly. Luckily for you and your pets, Carriage Hills Animal Hospital is well prepared to deal with many dermatologic problems and help you understand more about mange.

Making the Diagnosis

While you may have heard of mange before, you may not truly appreciate what it is. Mange refers to a condition in which an animal has an overabundance of microscopic mites in and on the skin. This can result in hair loss, redness, scaly areas, itching, and/or secondary infections of the skin.

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The World Beyond Kibble: The Surprising Things Pets Eat

March 13th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

If you’re lucky, your sweet dog or cat happily eats his or her bowl of food and occasional treat, as it’s surprising things pets eat when nobody is looking. This fortunate pet owner doesn’t need to worry about a curious pet scouring the floors, tabletops, counters, shelves, garbage, etc…

For some pets, however, inedible objects are as enticing as a Milkbone, often even more so. Every day veterinarians treat pets who have eaten a surprising variety of common household objects, some of which can be downright dangerous. Being alert to the things pets eat, both edible and inedible, is key in protecting them from poisoning and other negative health consequences.

Oh, the Things Pets Eat!

Any veterinarian can provide you with a mind-boggling list of items that he or she has retrieved from inside a pet. That same veterinarian will also be able to tell sad stories of accidental poisonings related to a pet consuming all manner of substances found in the home, yard, and garage. Among the most common things pets eat are:

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Spaying or Neutering Your Pet: What You Need to Know

February 27th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

Each year in the United States, roughly 83% of dogs and 91% of cats are spayed or neutered. Spaying or neutering is an important part of responsible pet ownership and wellness care.

Many pet owners are understandably nervous about their beloved pets undergoing any type of surgery, even something as routine as a spay or neuter. There are plenty of compelling reasons to consider this simple, life-changing procedure for your furry friend, and there is no reason to put off for tomorrow what can (and probably should) be done today!

Reducing Pet Overpopulation

Millions of homeless pets are euthanized each year in animal shelters across the country. This statistic is staggering, devastating, and entirely preventable. By having pets spayed or neutered, we are eliminating their capacity to reproduce and making sure we’re not adding to the problem of overcrowded animal shelters.

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Pet Heart Health for the Love of Your Furry Friend

February 14th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

When people think of congestive heart failure or high blood pressure, it’s not often they think of the family dog or cat. However, heart disease can be a silent killer among pets. To protect your four-legged friend from heart-related conditions, learn more about how to make pet heart health a priority for your fuzzy true love.

Be Proactive About Pet Heart Health

While they’re subject to heart disease, cats and dogs do not necessarily experience heart attacks or strokes the way humans often do. However, this does not prevent them from having heart problems due to a number of underlying causes, including vascular disease, cardiomyopathy, congenital defections, and even heartworm disease.

In a previous blog, we addressed some of the forms of heart disease in pets, as well as symptoms to watch for in your fur friend. But having a heart for your pet’s cardiovascular health also relies on prevention and early detection.

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Pet Dental Care: Healthy Smiles for a Healthy New Year

January 30th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

Strong teeth, dog dental hygieneVery few of us would ever question the necessity of dental care. From tooth brushing to visits to the dentist, we know how essential oral health is to overall health. The same is true for our animal companions.

Pet dental care is an area of health often overlooked in our canine and feline friends. This is why more than two-thirds of all household cats and dogs have some form of dental disease by the age of 2-3.

The beginning of a new year is a great time to begin healthier habits – and dental care is a good place to start!

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Ring in the New Year with Our Top New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

January 15th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

Dog with macaroonsThe beginning of a new year often signals a fresh start for those of us needing a change in our habits or routines. Here at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we believe that pets should be included in this yearly ritual of self-improvement. What better time to commit to changing your pet’s health and wellness routines for the better than the start of 2017?

If the idea of coming up with New Year’s resolutions for pets is new to you, we have you covered. Check out our simple and effective ideas for making a positive change in your pet’s health and wellness this year.

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Time to Reflect on Our Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of the Year

January 12th, 2017 by CHAH Staff

Woodland River with DogWe just finished making the final lists of the year (and crossing off the things we accomplished; well done, us!), but before we move ahead to the brighter days of 2017, it’s time to make one more. No, we’re not talking about the grocery list, things to do, people to call, or bills to pay. Instead, we enjoy looking at – and, yes, listing – the Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of the last 12 months.

From behavioral queries to highly-specific medical conditions, lifecycle challenges to seasonal issues, our veterinary staff not only sought to provide pertinent pet care information, but address it in a timely fashion. To that end, it’s our hope that our blogs reach you when you need them – or help appropriately prepare for the future.

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Do Holiday Pet Safety Methods Apply to Your Pet’s Gifts?

December 20th, 2016 by CHAH Staff

tangledAs the song goes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, it’s also one of the most dangerous times of the year for your pet. You may have already exhausted yourself trying to reduce holiday pet risks, but wait! There’s more! Beyond eliminating hazards like poisoning, electric shock, or injury, holiday pet safety dicates that all pet toys and gifts receive careful scrutiny.

Gifts to Avoid

You’d think that toys designed for pets are safe, but that’s not always the case. Consider a fairly innocuous-looking ball, for instance. It may squeak enticingly, but if it’s too small for your pet’s mouth, you could be looking at a serious choking hazard. Always provide adequately-sized balls for chew toys that match the size of your dog’s jaw, mouth, and teeth. Likewise, balls or toys filled with smaller beans or beads could be dangerous if ingested.

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Ear Polyps in Pets

November 14th, 2016 by CHAH Staff

veterinarian woman examine siberian catEar problems in pets are not uncommon. When an ear infection or irritation isn’t recovering as expected, though, sometimes something more is going on.

One potential reason for a stubborn ear issue is a growth in the ear. Ear polyps in pets, especially cats, can be to blame for recurrent or resistant ear issues.

Keep reading to learn what you need to know about this potential problem.

All About Ear Polyps in Pets

A polyp is a type of benign tumor. While they are not usually anything serious, these abnormal growths can certainly still stir up trouble due to their location. When a polyp grows in a pet’s ear canal, it obstructs the normal anatomy and function of the ear, leading to irritation and infection.

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