What’s in Your Teacup? Toy Dogs & Their Needs

Size is one of the first attributes prospective dog owners consider when trying to figure out which pet is right for them. Toy dogs, the smallest breeds, are rapidly growing in popularity, and it’s no surprise. These tiny, adorable canines tend to be easy to care for and can thrive in apartments and smaller living quarters. They’re also often allowed in public areas that may be off-limits to larger dogs.

What’s in Your Teacup?

Toy dogs may be small, but their personalities are not! Just like larger dogs, small dog breeds come with their own unique needs and characteristics that should be considered before making a decision. Certain breeds, like Pomeranians (originally bred to pull sleds!), require just as much exercise as larger dogs, while others are better suited as a lap dog. Be sure to research various breeds in order to find the one that best suits your lifestyle and living arrangements.


Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Preventing Pet Bites

Regardless of whether you’ve been bitten by an animal or not, chances are you’ve been threatened by one at some point. Perhaps it was a dog who seemed friendly but then suddenly snarled at you or maybe it was a cat who seemed to enjoy being stroked but then decided to attack out of nowhere.

No matter the circumstances, being bitten (or coming close to it) can leave both you and the animal feeling shaken or annoyed, and it can even produce lingering negative emotions. That’s why the team at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital wants to discuss the importance of preventing pet bites and what you can do to protect both your companion and other people.


Kids And Pets: Having Fun, Staying Safe

Watching the bond develop between a child and the family pet is priceless. The kids and pets are having a blast, and the adults around them have the chance to relive their own experiences of youthful friendships with an animal.

The natural inclination most kids have towards animals can be the perfect breeding ground for disaster, however, as kids and pets can easily injure one another. To keep everyone safe, special care should be taken to teach children the correct ways to interact with an animal. With these tips from your Carriage Hills Animal Hospital family, you can better ensure a safe, happy, and healthy environment for this special relationship to grow.


What Cat Owners Need to Know About Feline Dental Health

Many cat owners probably aren’t aware that oral care is the number one health issue facing cats today. Up to 85% of all cats will show signs of periodontal disease by the time they reach age 3. Without proper home and professional dental care, the condition of their teeth will worsen steadily over time. Pain, tooth loss, and a shortened lifespan can result from untreated dental disease.

At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we’re passionate about feline dental health. We know that good dental care for cats begins with giving owners the tools and information they need to get started off on the right paw!


What to Expect Before, During, and After a Pet Dental Cleaning

The majority of pets develop some form of dental disease by the time they reach the age of 3, so it’s no surprise this is one of the most common conditions seen by veterinarians. Besides causing pain and discomfort, untreated dental disease can lead to tooth loss, difficulty eating, behavioral changes, and even systemic infection, which could impact the kidneys, heart, and other major organs.

Besides good at-home care (i.e. daily tooth brushing), many pets need regular professional cleanings and examinations. Many pet owners are nervous when it comes to scheduling a dental treatment for their pet, but we want to reassure you that pet dental cleanings are a safe and healthy approach to supporting your pet’s oral health.  


Perfecting the Art of Potty Training Your New Pet

When you think about welcoming a cute, fluffy bundle of joy into your home the last thing you have on your mind is scrubbing a piddle puddle out of your carpet. Potty training your new pet may not make your Instagram feed, but it is an essential part of raising them right. Luckily for you, Carriage Hills Animal Hospital has the inside scoop on potty training your pet.


An Apple a Day: The Importance of Annual Pet Wellness Exams

Pet wellness exams are the cornerstone of responsible pet ownership

As pet owners, we know our pets better than anyone else. We’re familiar with their daily routine, habits, likes, and dislikes, and it can seem like we’ve memorized every whisker, strand of fur, and precious paw pad. However, even the most astute pet parent can’t detect health problems that lurk beneath the surface.

How are you to know when your pet’s liver or kidneys aren’t functioning properly? How do you know whether their joints are beginning to feel the effects of arthritis? That’s where annual pet wellness exams come in!


Carriage Hills Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions last year? Did you keep any of them? As 2018 comes to a close, many of us are looking back at our goals for 2018 to see how we did. And whether you planned to eat better, exercise more, or be more mindful, we hope you had an amazing year.

At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, one way we help you keep any resolutions you made for your pets is through our pet care blogs. With information about pet safety, caring for your pet, or sometimes just a dose of fun, writing and publishing this weekly blog is a privilege.

We’re taking a look at the blog posts you enjoyed most, here.


When Stress and Anxiety Run High, Strategize With Holiday Pet Safety

Pet stress and pet anxiety can be combated with holiday pet safety

There’s nothing quite like the holidays. Entire days at a time are devoted to seasonal revelry as we dine, dance, and dash through December. We all roll with it the best that we can, but the individuals that tend to be negatively affected by constant activity usually have four feet. Undoubtedly, pets have more stress and anxiety than we know sometimes, which is why even a modicum of holiday pet safety strategies go a long way.

Getting There

It’s possible that your pet has previously demonstrated an absolute distrust of all things holiday. Many pets run and hide as soon as the tree is installed and the lights go up. Creatures of habit, pets do not like their routines to be disrupted at all. The best way to soothe any frayed nerves before and during the holidays is to uphold their sense of security via strict adherence to meal times, bathroom breaks, and opportunities for exercise.


A Wonderland of Winter Senior Pet Care

Winter senior pet care helps senior pets have a happy winter

Winter isn’t exactly brutal in Montgomery, but that doesn’t mean we don’t experience our share of ice, wind, and freezing temps. Although people may enjoy the seasonal change and relish the opportunity to wear boots and sweaters, senior pets are more likely to experience aches and pains, flare-ups of chronic conditions, or even depression.

As the temps drop this time of year, let Carriage Hills Animal Hospital help you tackle winter senior pet care with our expert tips!