Back To School Blues: Coping With Separation Anxiety In Pets

Sad Basset Hound waiting at the DoorIf your pet was fortunate, he or she has enjoyed a summer of bonding with the kids over backyard romps, trips to the lake, and lazy days by the pool. Now that the family has turned its attention to the new school year, and the shopping, organizing, and planning that goes along with it, your pet may wind up with a lot of extra time on his or her paws.

Separation anxiety in pets is a common problem, especially when the household routine suddenly changes and a once pampered pet finds him or herself alone for much of the day. Fortunately, there are a variety of techniques at your disposal for supporting your pet through the “back to school blues”. Continue…

Spotlight: Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Sleeping catAt Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions in our patients. Some, however, we see more frequently than others. Hyperthyroidism in cats is a very common condition that we deal with, and one that we feel all cat owners should know about.

Hyper What?

The thyroid is a part of the endocrine system, the body system that is responsible for hormone production and regulation. The thyroid is a gland that lies in the neck region of our pets (and us as well). It produces thyroid hormone, which is largely responsible for the proper functioning of metabolism. Continue…