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!

Carriage Hills Animal Hospital’s Top 10

  1. A No Good, Very Bad Day: When Foreign Bodies in Pets Take Center Stage – There’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. Read More…
  2. Lesser Known Tick-Borne Illnesses – 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. Read More…
  3. What to Do About an Upset Stomach in Pets – Most 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. Read More…
  4. All About Urinary Tract Infections in Pets – When 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? Read More…
  5. 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. Read More…
  6. Ear Polyps in Pets – Ear problems in pets are not uncommon. When an ear infection or irritation isn’t recovering as expected, though, sometimes something more is going on. Read More…
  7. Pythiosis in Dogs: An Unusual Enemy – 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. Read More…
  8. When it’s Too Much: Pet Anxiety, Loud Noises, and Unpredictable Situations – Owners 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. Read More…
  9. Leptospirosis and Your Pet – Leptospirosis 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. Read More…
  10. Rattlesnakes: A Hidden Danger to Your Pets – Rattlesnakes are a part of life in this portion of the country, and they are a serious danger to us and our pets. Do you know everything that you should be doing to protect your four legged friend? Do you know what you would do if a snake bit your pet? Read More…

Happy New Year to your family from ours. We look forward to continuing to keeping your pets healthy from puppyhood to their golden years, and to being here 24/7 for emergencies as they happen. Here’s to a great 2018!