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…

What to Do About an Upset Stomach in Pets

upset stomach in petsMost of us have some experience with tummy troubles, and we know how miserable it can be. It’s hard not to feel a mix of empathy and concern when your pet is suffering from digestive issues, and many pet parents wonder when or if they should call a veterinarian.

Although an upset stomach in pets is never normal, it isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. Knowing what to do to help your pet, and when you should seek veterinary care, is key to a quick recovery for your furry friend.

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All About Urinary Tract Infections in Pets

urinary tract infections in petsWhen it comes to pet health problems, urinary tract infections are not all that uncommon. We frequently see patients with symptoms of a potential problem, and of course their caretakers have questions. Why did this happen? How will we fix it? Will my pet have problems again?

Carriage Hills Animal Hospital thinks it is very important that our furry patient’s advocates have all the information. We invite you to read on so that you know all about urinary tract infections in pets.

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Boo! The Wonderful World Of Pet Costumes

pet costumesIt’s that time of year again; witches, ghosts, bats, and pumpkins are making their appearances in preparation for the scariest night of the year, Halloween!

It’s natural to want to include your pet in the festivities, and for many pet owners this means finding the perfect costume for their four-legged pal. Before you load up your cart with the latest and greatest pet costumes, check out our ideas for some fun and creative ways to celebrate the spookiest season with your pet.

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Back To School Alert: What You Need To Know About Lunchbox Pet Toxins

pet toxinsBy now, many of us are aware that each new season, event, or holiday comes with a list of potential risks to our pets. The start of a new school year is no different, and being alert to the very real threat of backpack and lunchbox pet toxins is the first step toward protecting our four-legged family members.

Lunchbox Pet Toxins?

Yes, you read that right. While we would certainly never pack our children’s lunchboxes full of toxic foods for them to eat, that doesn’t mean that some of the most common lunch items aren’t poisonous to our pets. Take the following, for example:

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Gearing Up For Fall with Pet Wellness Care and Routine Vaccinations

While most families are busily preparing for a new school season, with shopping for school supplies and getting the kids health checkups in order, it is a good time to remember that our furry friends also require consistent pet wellness care. Keeping your pet on schedule for those important vaccines and parasite control is vital to overall health and happiness.

At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we’re celebrating National Pet Immunization month by reminding pet parents that “back to school” prep can also include your four-legged kiddos.

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Smart Celebrations: Memorial Day Pet Safety Tips

Although we’ve been experiencing summerlike temperatures here in Alabama, Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer for most Americans. Pets can enjoy the fun too, as long as we keep their safety and comfort in mind. Get your best pal’s summer started off on the right paw with our Memorial Day pet safety tips!

8 Memorial Day Pet Safety Tips

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Ring in the New Year with Our Top New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

Dog with macaroonsThe beginning of a new year often signals a fresh start for those of us needing a change in our habits or routines. Here at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we believe that pets should be included in this yearly ritual of self-improvement. What better time to commit to changing your pet’s health and wellness routines for the better than the start of 2017?

If the idea of coming up with New Year’s resolutions for pets is new to you, we have you covered. Check out our simple and effective ideas for making a positive change in your pet’s health and wellness this year.

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Your Guide to Frequently Asked Summer Pet Questions

Big Eye dog and flying beeSummer is a great season to enjoy with your pet. Sunshine, family and friends, and fun activities outdoors all make for memorable moments. Summer does bring with it, however, some unique questions you know for humans but what about pets and bee stings, sunburn or poison ivy? Get your summer pet questions answered so that you and your pet can make the most of the rest of this season.

Plants, Critters, and Other Downers

The summer season comes with lots of plantlife and small pesky critters. These can raise their own set of summer pet questions. Continue…

Intratracheal Stent Surgery:  Help for Pets with Tracheal Collapse

dog portraitCarriage Hills Animal Hospital takes pride in being able to offer our patients the best and most progressive techniques available in veterinary medicine. Part of this is being able to provide the most up to date surgical options for a variety of medical issues.

Intratracheal stent surgery is just one of the many advanced procedures our surgery staff is able to offer pets in need.

The Collapsing Trachea

As vets, we can often recognize tracheal collapse before your pet even enters our exam room. Typically, it’s a middle aged, small breed dog (think Yorkies, Poodles, and Pomeranians) on our schedule for coughing. While it is important for any coughing dog to be examined (other problems such as kennel cough or heart failure can also cause it), many times the culprit is what is known as a collapsing trachea. Continue…