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…

Life Made EASIER with Dog Obedience Training

AllPets_iStock_000019367479_MediumWinter is a great time to take advantage of dog obedience classes for your puppy or adult dog who needs some pointers. Life typically slows down a bit after the holidays and you may have noticed a few “not so pleasant” behaviors in your dog or puppy over the holidays.

Have you had difficulties socializing that new pup? Or has your adult dog continued to bark at everything and everyone? The great news is that most (if not all) dogs can benefit from dog obedience training classes.

Effective canine obedience training can help teach your dog to: Continue…

Thanks, Readers – CHAH’s Top 10 Blogs of 2014

iStock_000033615584_SmallWe have had a tremendous year here at CHAH, and we want to thank our community of clients and patients that gave us all so many life-affirming lessons.

We also extend our gratitude for supporting our blog each week. We try to write about topics that, hopefully, have meaning or practical application to you and we truly appreciate your readership. So, without further delay, we’ve put together a Top 10 list for our most popular blogs this year. Enjoy! Continue…

Giving Thanks For Our Pets

iStock_000029775388_MediumYour pet may not make your morning coffee or clean up after your holiday gathering, but your four-legged friend can sure be sweet and supportive in ways that mean the world to us. Some pet owners subscribe to the fallacy that, in their human-pet relationship, they are the ones taking care of all the needs. Yes: pets require certain things like food, shelter, and good medical care, but the truth is, pets nurture many facets of our well being that we may not even be aware of.

This Thanksgiving, as you reflect on what you are thankful for, take a moment to ponder all the ways your life is made complete by the presence of your pet. To get you started, we’ve created the following reasons that WE are thankful for our pets, and hope some of them resonate with you in order to give thanks for your own pet. Continue…

Topic Spotlight: Chronic Pain in Pets

iStock_000039198192_MediumNo one wants their pet to be in pain, ever. Unfortunately, many pets deal with pain on a daily basis. Thankfully, however; with the advances in veterinary medicine, we are able to manage chronic pain in pets better than ever before.

Causes Chronic Pet Pain

There are many reasons a pet may have pain that he or she deals with on an ongoing basis. More common problems include:

Pets are often quite stoic, and it may be difficult to realize the severity of their pain, or that they are having any at all. As a pet owner, it’s important to know that any change in your pet’s behavior or routine can indicate a problem. If you feel your pet might be in pain, it is important to let us know. Continue…

Choosing a Parasite Prevention for Your Dog

iStock_000024298857_MediumIt can be overwhelming to choose a parasite prevention product for your dog. There are so many products on the market, it can be tough to know what the right choice might be. But rest assure that we are careful to select a handful of what we believe to be the best products on the market for our clients to choose from.

Things to Consider When Choosing Pet Parasite Prevention

While one size never fits all, we should have something that will work for your pet at the hospital. When selecting a parasite preventative for your dog, think about the following: Continue…

Too Hot to Breathe: Heat-Related Pet Breathing Problems

iStock_000019599571_MediumThe dog days of late summer are upon us. And, for pets who have breathing problems, these kinds of days can be rough. There are several common pet breathing problems that we see that can worsen in the hot, humid weather.

If any of the following sound familiar to you, please exercise caution on hot days and call us if need be.

Brachycephalic Syndrome

Those smooshy-faced pets like Pugs, Persians, and Bulldogs may be cute, but breathing is no picnic for them, even on the best of days. These breeds, described as brachycephalic, characteristically have a perfect storm of problems that affect their airways. These include:

  • Smaller than normal nostrils
  • Longer than normal soft palate
  • Small trachea (windpipe)
  • Crowding of the bones in the back of the nose

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Golden Care for Senior Pets

iStock_000030313002_MediumAs your adult pet reaches the age of 6 or 7, he or she is no longer the spry pup or kitten he or she once was. In fact, for many pets this milestone marks the beginning of his or her “golden years”. At this age, more effort is needed in helping your pet maintain a healthy lifestyle, including an increase in senior pet care.

Senior Pets at the Vet

Once a pet reaches senior status, we recommend a change in your pet’s wellness exam schedule. Instead of the annual exams your pet has had in the past, we encourage pet owners to transition to bi-annual exams, instead. Continue…

Knowing What is Normal For Pets: How Establishing a Baseline Can Help in a Pet Emergency

Cat at the vetThere are times that a pet emergency is obvious. A pet that is bleeding profusely, gasping for breath, or who has ingested a toxic material clearly needs emergency medical attention. Other times, however, things are not so clear cut. By familiarizing yourself with what is normal for pets, you will be better able to identify how serious a condition may be and determine what, if any, aid or emergency care is required.

If you haven’t done so already, we recommend systematically evaluating your pet to find out what your pet’s “normal” is.

Vital Signs

Practice obtaining your pet’s vital signs when he or she is well so that you can get a feel for what to expect and what “normal” is for your pet. Continue…

Vomiting Cats: Not Just Hairballs

iStock_000003578356_MediumCats are known for throwing up. Pop culture often makes fun of pukey kitties, and most cat owners accept that their cat is going to throw up more often than they’d like. Believe it or not, though, vomiting cats are never really normal.

The Hairball Myth

Cats definitely throw up a lot, and many times there is hair in the vomit. But hair does not cause vomiting. Cats have evolved to groom their lush coats and eat little creatures with hair. Cats who vomit are displaying a symptom of something that is not working correctly in their digestive system. Continue…