Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Few would argue against the irresistible cuteness of puppies and kittens, and yet too much of a good thing is, well, not a good thing at all. Contrary to what many folks think, more puppies and kittens in the world isn’t really beneficial in the long run. These animals grow up and if they’re not adopted, they are either euthanized or left homeless. 

Most pet owners do elect to spay or neuter their newly adopted pets, but the advantages go far beyond the simple fix to the overpopulation problem.

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Things Your Cat Wishes You’d Stop Doing Already (Ahem… Avoiding the Vet!)

People love cats, a fact widely supported by social media. But beyond their sheer entertainment value and the fuzzy feelings they invoke, cats have absolute power to deeply and profoundly impact humans – especially the ones that own and care for them. 

Just because we are positively affected by cat behavior, it’s a stretch to say that all cats like (or trust) people. This disconnect can be explained by numerous reasons, but we do know that through close observation of body language, we stand a better chance of understanding the cats we wholeheartedly admire.

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The Guilt-Free Way to Leave Your Pet Home Alone

A Dalmatian sits behind a glass window, waiting for her people to come home.

For many pet lovers, leaving our pets behind as we head off to work for the day is difficult. But, like most, work and other obligations require that we go out in the world without our four-legged friends. This reality begs the question: how long can you leave your pet home alone?

Dogs, cats, and other pets can be left at home with some understanding of their needs. For each pet, this will vary based on species, breed, behavior and physical health, as well as other social factors. Because pets are much like kids, the pet parent guilt can come on strong. If you’ve been asking yourself, “How much time can I leave my pet home alone?” you’ve come to the right place!

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Perfect Match Or Never Let Your Guard Down? Staying Safe With Kids and Pets

A young child feeds a cat

Few childhoods seem complete without close, valuable, interactions with animals. Whether it’s a doggy stopping by the playground or the kitty featured in a favorite picture book, kids go bananas over pets. But while the family cat, dog, turtle, or hamster can easily become the best possible friend to a young child, kids and pets need constant supervision, ongoing education, and lots of training.

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Bumps on Pets: When You Shouldn’t Worry and When to Hurry In

Finding a new lump or bump on your furry friend can be a little worrisome. While many bumps on pets are perfectly harmless, our minds often to jump to a worst case scenario.

So how are you to know when it’s time to worry and when a new blemish is no big deal? Let the team at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center help! 

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Heartworm Prevention in Dogs and Cats

Heartworm prevention can be a hot topic in the spring and summer months, and even all year round. Heartworm has a 6 month incubation period, meaning that pets who stop their medication for half the year are at risk.

With summer weather in full force, mosquitoes are on the rise again in our area. There are over 20 types of mosquitoes that can transmit the heartworm parasite to our pets, and they are all active at different times of the year. Luckily, heartworm prevention is safe, effective and easy to administer – even for all 12 months of the year.

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Staying Cool: Hot Weather Safety for Pets

Our winters may be mild in Texas, but it’s safe to say we’re all ready for some nicer weather. Most of us love to be outdoors with our pets in the spring and summer, but warm weather can pose risks to pets, even when it doesn’t feel that hot to you.

Awareness and preparation are what it takes to keep your pet safe this summer. Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center explores hot weather safety for pets.

Be Prepared

You can stay ahead of the game with a bit of pre-hot weather preparation. Visit us for a spring or early summer check up and we can discuss the following important hot weather safety topics:

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A Look at Disease Prevention and Indoor Cat Care

Most cat owners do a wonderful job at meeting the needs of their pet, and they go to great lengths to ensure their feline’s comfort and security. However, some owners of indoor-only cats believe their companions are protected from contagious diseases and parasites simply by virtue of keeping them inside.

Unfortunately, no pet is entirely safe from these threats, but with a proactive approach to indoor cat care, you can definitely lower your pet’s risk of contracting a harmful disease.

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My Pet Has Allergies, Now What?

If you’ve spent time around a pet with allergies, you probably know how miserable it is for them and for us. Allergies happen when a pet’s immune system becomes sensitive to substances present in their environment. These substances, called allergens, are irritating to your dog or cat and can result in all kinds of symptoms. Allergies in pets typically begin by age 3 and tend to worsen as your pet ages. Unfortunately, they cannot be cured, only controlled.

Luckily, your friends at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center have some important information and resources to share about this topic. Here’s our solution if you’re wondering whether your pet has allergies and how to help them.

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Highest Level of Care: What It Means to be Treated by an AAHA Accredited Veterinarian

Accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) means a great deal to professionals in the industry striving for veterinary excellence. Known for upholding the highest standards in veterinary medicine, AAHA accredited hospitals keep up with the latest medical advances, continue to offer unparalleled customer service, and raise awareness in their communities.

When pet owners research veterinarians to care for their pets, the red AAHA logo carries a lot of weight. We’re proud to be ranked among them in order to deliver the best veterinary experience possible.

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