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 beyond

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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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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