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.  

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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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Big Turkey, Big Eyes: How to Maintain Proper Pet Weight During the Holidays

Pet weight can fluctuate over the winter holidays.

Most people embrace the holidays and really get into all the gatherings, events, and dinners (not to mention leftovers!). Guess who’s watching every move we make this holiday season? Our lovable pets, of course! They observe each slice of pie we eat, how much gravy we pour, and they (understandably) want in on the action themselves.

However, watching out for pet weight gain is always important, but this time of year can be especially difficult. Let our team help you find the best course of action to maintain your pet’s health and fitness this holiday season.

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The Unfortunate Truth About Pet Obesity

Pet obesity is a major threat to pet health

A shocking majority of U.S. cats and dogs are considered either overweight or obese, but there are ways to prevent, recognize, and, in some cases, reverse this condition. That sounds encouraging, right? With a healthy approach to diet and exercise, you can add more years to your pet’s life. With pet obesity on the rise, let’s work together to keep every furry friend healthy and happy.

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Rabies Prevention In Pets

Rabies prevention in pets is a key part of keeping pets healthy.

Rabies is a deadly disease that attacks the central nervous system. It can affect all mammals, including wildlife, household pets, livestock, and humans. There is no treatment available for rabies and once symptoms appear, rabies is fatal.

Luckily, since the turn of the century in the United States, rabies cases in humans has become extremely rare. Where previously there were hundreds of rabies related deaths per year, nowadays there are only one or two human fatalities annually.

This is largely due to the success of rabies prevention, and rabies prevention in pets continues to be an important focus in veterinary medicine. Here, Carriage Hills Animal Hospital explores the disease and how you can help with rabies prevention in pets.

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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…

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words:  Advanced Imaging in Veterinary Medicine

Advanced imaging in veterinary medicine helps pet healthMost pet owners in the area have come to appreciate Carriage Hills Animal Hospital for the high quality care that we provide. Many patients come to us with serious illnesses or injuries, and we are sure to have the expertise and resources at our disposal to help them have the best prognosis possible.

For more complicated internal medicine cases, proper and expedient diagnostics are required in order to gain the information needed to provide the best care for our patients. Modalities such as abdominal ultrasound and echocardiography are included in important options for advanced imaging in veterinary medicine. 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…