The Senior Brain: Behavior Changes in Older Pets

As pets age, we can visibly see the signs of change, to some extent, and certain medical conditions may arise. Maybe they are less energetic and sleep more, or they develop a health condition common in some older pets, such as arthritis. But what most owners don’t consider is how behavior might change in older animals.

In some pets, there are marked changes in how they behave once they are elderly. You may have noticed some differences in your sweet pet. This is why Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center is here to explain some of these behaviors changes in older pets and how you can better support your four-legged friend.

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Self Care Recommendations After the Loss of a Pet

We take for granted that death is a natural part of life and something we know we must face when we care for a pet. But nothing quite prepares us for when that time comes. The loss can be devastating and you may wonder how you can move through this tremendous hurt. 

There is hope in recovering from the loss of a pet and, with time and gentleness, you can heal. It’s important, however, to be true to yourself. The team at Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center has some recommendations to help you cope with this time of mourning.

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The Advantages of ProHeart Injections to Prevent Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease affects more than 250,000 pets each year. This disease is not only costly and difficult to treat, it can also be painful and life-threatening to a pet who develops it. 

We have come a long way, though, in understanding this preventable parasitic disease and have advanced considerably in prevention. Many pet owners have asked us about ProHeart Injections and if they are right for their four-legged companion. The team at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center wants to explain why this, along with other heartworm preventatives, are a necessary component in keeping your pet free from heartworm. 

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The Keys to Entertaining An Indoor Cat Are Within Reach

There’s a prevailing misconception that indoor cats have it made. Sure, we’d all love to sleep as much as possible, lounge about, and enjoy meals that magically appear before us, but after a while that would probably get a little old. Although they seem “lazy”, invite any house cat to engage in a little play time and you’ll likely get bombarded with feline enthusiasm. 

Why is there a disconnect when it comes to entertaining an indoor cat? With our tips, you and your furry friend won’t have to wonder anymore.

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Those Soothing Sounds: Music Therapy for Pets

Music therapy has been around for over 300 years as a way to help people cope with both physical and emotional problems. If you adore your playlist, you probably have noticed that what you listen to affects your attitude, energy, and thoughts. 

Music is a powerful conduit to healing and relaxation for humans, and we have come to learn it has the same effect for our four-legged friends. Your friends at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center find this form of therapy fascinating and want to explore, with our pet families, the benefits of music therapy for pets.

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Dealing with Kids and Dogs in Close Quarters

There’s no doubt that kids and dogs make the cutest of buddies. Growing up with a dog is a wonderful experience for most kids, and the benefits far outweigh the work involved. Living with a dog promotes empathy, compassion, and self esteem, and can teach valuable lessons about responsibility.

But when kids and dogs are stuck together in the house all day, things can go awry without a game plan. Your team at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center wants to help you make the most out of cabin fever with our top tips for managing your two and four-legged crew!

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Jelly Belly: Helping Your Pet Lose Lose Weight This Spring

Now that the long winter is coming to a close, you may have noticed that your pet, like so many of us, has gained a few pounds. Winter fat is a problem for several pets because they aren’t as active as they are in the warmer months. Couple this with the busy holidays, and those daily exercise needs probably went to the wayside.

Now that spring is here, it’s a good time to get outside and get moving with your furry loved one. Here are some tips to help your pet lose weight and get back into a better state of health.

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The Truth About Pets and Essential Oils

Candles, incense, and simmering potpourri have been available to consumers for a long time. In recent years, these products have had some steep competition in the personal wellness department: essential oils. 

Extracted via steam or cold-pressing, essential oils capture a plant’s essence (namely their scent and flavor), in an effort to promote health and well-being. Although this sounds like a safer alternative to the man made chemicals found in other scented products, pet owners need to be aware that pets and essential oils don’t really mix.

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A Window to Your Pet’s Body: The Value of Pet Wellness Exams 

How amazing would it be to be able to peer right into your pet’s body? You know, to get a really good assessment of how things are going internally?

Well, science isn’t quite there yet, but Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center has the scoop on the next best thing. Did you know that routine pet wellness examinations can give us a wealth of information about your pet’s overall health and wellbeing? They may not exactly be a window into your companion’s body, but regular pet wellness care has just as much value.

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Diabetes in Pets: A Sneaky Adversary

Diabetes in pets is one of the most common conditions today, with 1 in 300 dogs and 1 in 231 cats being affected. Although more common in older pets, diabetes can also occur in younger or pregnant pets. 

Early detection and proactive management with the help of our veterinarians can make the disease more manageable. The good news is that with proper monitoring, treatment, diet and exercise, diabetic pets can still lead long and healthy lives!

What Is Diabetes in Pets? 

After pets eat, food is broken down into glucose. Glucose is then absorbed by the intestine and enters the body’s cells where it is converted into energy. Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, helps the cells absorb glucose and also controls blood sugar levels. 

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