Do You Hear What I Hear? Heart Murmurs in Pets

People and pets alike can have heart issues. Some are congenital, meaning that the patient was born with the abnormality, while others are acquired over the course of time. Cardiac problems can certainly lead to trouble and are something to be aware of.

Some, although not all, cardiac problems cause changes that can be heard when a stethoscope is used. Heart murmurs in pets are one of these changes. Thankfully, the doctors at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital have the beat on just what to do when one of these abnormal sounds is heard.


It’s a Jungle Out There: Fear Free in 2018!

As pet owners, we want what’s best for our furry friends and are always looking to make sure we’re doing our best for them. However, when it comes to taking them to the veterinarian for their important annual preventive care exam or even for acute care, we can’t help but cringe. Although we know it’s best for them, pet owners and pets all dread going to the veterinarian. But it doesn’t have to be that way…

At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we get it. We want to make coming to see us as stress free as possible for your and your pet. We know that the easier it is for both of you, the better health care your pet receives. To that end, we’re proudly working to become a certified Fear Free hospital in 2018.


The Role of Pet Pheromones in Fear-Free Veterinary Exams

pet pheromonesMany of us have experienced a visit to the veterinarian that was less than relaxing. Our loving, calm, and happy pets are often at their worst when going to the veterinarian, and fear plays a big role in that.

Pets are creatures of habit, and so any disruption to their routine is bound to get a little dicey. Add to that the necessary process of temperature taking, vaccinations, and blood draws, and we end up with an unintentionally not-too-pleasant experience for many pets. But, what if there are ways to make those veterinary visits easier on our pet friends and reduce the fear they feel?

At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we are working on just that. Knowing that regular wellness care visits to our office are one of the best ways to give your pet a longer and healthier life, we are excited to become a fear-free certified practice this year. And, one of the ways we’ll be making your pet’s visit easier is with the use of pet pheromones.


Carriage Hills Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2017

At Carriage HIlls Animal Hospital, we are so grateful for the opportunity to get to know our patients and their families this past year. As 2017 comes to a close, we reflect back on our year and are amazed at the trust you’ve placed in us to care for so many pets, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We’re grateful that you’re connecting with us, too, on our blog. Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at which blogs you found the most useful, entertaining, and fun this year. With that information, we have compiled our Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2017. We hope you enjoy the Top 10, and keep letting us know which topics you’d like to hear more about!


Do You See What I See: Wellness Ultrasound For Pets

If you have ever had a sick pet, you likely know how valuable ultrasound technology can be. We can look for changes in the abdominal organs, see abnormal valves in the heart, evaluate for foreign objects, and get a real time image of a tissue we are trying to sample with a needle. The ultrasound may just be one of our favorite tools in the hospital.

The veterinary staff at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital wants our pet owners to appreciate the ultrasound for more than just being a diagnostic tool, though. Did you know that wellness ultrasound for pets can be just as incredible?


No Bones About it, Pet X-Rays are Important

Radiographs, more commonly known as X-rays, are an amazing innovation of modern medicine. The doctors at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital rely on them to screen, diagnose, and treat conditions of all kinds on a daily basis. Pet X-rays are an essential part of good pet care, and we couldn’t function without them.


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.