Pets and Slime: A Possibly Perilous Match

pets and slimeOne of the biggest trends among children is slime, although people of all ages find it intriguing. This gooey, stretchy, globby stuff has infiltrated craft and art supply stores, toy stores, schools, and Facebook feeds detailing quality recipes. While it’s definitely fun, pets and slime don’t mix. The worst part? Most animals are fascinated with whatever children are into, making an already dangerous situation even worse.


Warm Weather on the Horizon: Rattlesnake Safety and Your Pet

rattlesnake safetyLike most wildlife, rattlesnakes become active when temperatures warm up, and spring is in full swing. Like many wild species, rattlesnakes are part of our urban environment now, as much as coyotes and raccoons. Living among these wild species, it’s important to know a bit about rattlesnake safety and your pet. The team at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital is here to help!


Essential Oil Diffusers and Pets: What You Need to Know

diffusers and petsThe use of essential oils to soothe common ailments such as pain, anxiety, and cold symptoms dates back to biblical times. Although essential oils have been around for thousands of years, the industry is currently enjoying a resurgence in interest, and many people are incorporating the oils into their daily lives in a variety of ways.

Essential oil diffusers, which release oil particles into the air, are growing in popularity. Concern over whether diffusers put pets at risk is also growing, leading many owners to wonder if essential oil diffusers and pets is a bad combination altogether.


Flea and Tick Prevention: The Dangers of Pet Home Remedies

As a pet owner, you strive to provide your pet with protection against illness and injury. Preventing them from coming into contact with disease-spreading organisms, such as fleas and ticks, is a top priority. In today’s world of Google, Pinterest, and an ever-increasing focus on natural cures, it can be easy to assume you could cure or prevent pet parasites at home.

Pet home remedies can come in handy in a variety of instances, but flea and tick prevention is not one of them. Many of the ideas and recipes commonly touted as effective parasite control can have serious implications for your pet’s well-being.


Is Pet Boarding an Option During Spring Break?

School is out for a week (or more), and families/college students are bound for various travel destinations. Depending on your plans, your pet may be accompanying you on your trip. However, flights to foreign countries and long road trips aren’t always the top choice of territorial, travel-wary pets. This year, don’t compromise your plans for spring break. Instead, consider the wonderful benefits of pet boarding – your pet’s home away from home.


The Next Level in Cat Dental Care

Our kitties seem so good at taking care of themselves, don’t they? Their independence is one of the many traits that makes them so endearing. But, of course, they need our care and attention to thrive. One place we may not always think to check when it comes to cat care is the mouth. After all, who wants to look in there with those enormous fangs?

However, cat dental care is crucial to prevent dental disease. By the time they reach age three, 85% of cats have some form of periodontal disease. Fortunately, this common problem is preventable.


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!