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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Do Dogs Smile? Understanding Pet Facial Expressions

Pet facial expressions are one of the ways pets communicate with us.

Facial expressions are such an integral part of communication between humans that oftentimes we impart meaning on the expressions that our pets carry. Anyone who is an animal lover will maintain that their four-legged friends have meaningful facial changes, though. So what is the final verdict? Do dogs really smile or is it all in our heads? The team at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital  loves to decode pet facial expressions, and sharing our findings with you is part of the fun!


Pet Facial Expressions in Nature

You can tell a great deal about what another person is thinking or feeling based on their facial expression. Pets also rely heavily on nonverbal communication, but unlike people, they naturally use more body language changes than facial changes to communicate with one another.

Animal communication utilizes posture, ear position, tail carriage, and facial expression in order to convey information. All of these components are integral to the process. For instance, a dog with a low, relaxed tail, slightly open mouth, and perked ears communicates a sense of ease. A tucked tail, low body, and pinned back ears indicates a fearful demeanor.

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Kitty Kryptonite:Feline Kidney Disease

Feline kidney disease can cause your cat to be sickWe all have our strengths and weaknesses. When it comes to our bodies, things are no different. Each of us have organs and body systems that work better than others, be it a diseased immune system, a congenital heart issue, or a sensitive gastrointestinal tract.

Cats as a group tend to have a temperamental urinary system. This organ system results in more than its fair share of vet visits for our feline friends, be it for a urinary tract infection, a cystitis flare, or for feline kidney disease. No matter what the issue, Carriage Hills Animal Hospital is equipped to help your cat make the best of a flawed urinary tract. Continue…

Understanding Feline Leukemia

understand and learn how to help protect your pet against feline leukemia virusCats, like any other creature, are susceptible to a variety of infectious diseases that can have serious consequences on health and well-being. One such infectious disease that cat lovers need to have an understanding of is feline leukemia. This viral infection is truly one to avoid when possible, and at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital we are here to arm you with the knowledge you need to do so.

The Pathophysiology Behind Feline Leukemia

While the leukemia that affects our human loved-ones is the result of a cancerous process, feline leukemia is actually caused by an infectious virus. Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus, similar to HIV in people. It results in a serious infection that may appear even several years after exposure to the virus. Continue…

Eye of the Tiger: Feline Vision

Feline vision is different than human vision. Perspective can be an amazing thing. Looking at a situation from a different angle can shed light on many situations.

As cat lovers, we at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital find that  sometimes looking at the world from a feline perspective can be very helpful. Keep reading to see the world through a cat’s eyes by understanding more about feline vision.

Vision Basics

Humans, cats, and dogs alike are very dependent on vision for day to day function. Feline vision plays a central role in hunting and social behaviors, too.

No matter what your species, the eye works similarly in most animals. Light enters the front of the eye through the clear windshield-like cornea. It then passes through the lens, which focuses light on the retina. The retina is a layer of cells at the back of the eye made up of: Continue…

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.

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