Dickinson Animal Hospital Blog
It’s the time of year again! For many of us, twinkling lights, cheery music, festive treats, and lots of time spent with family and friends defines the holiday season. While our pets may not understand or share our love for the holidays, the new baubles and trinkets that adorn our homes will certainly spark their interest.
Unfortunately, dangerous holiday decorations can pose a serious risk to our furry loved ones. As you haul out your boxes and bins this month, keep the following tips in mind to create a pet-friendly environment the whole family can enjoy.
Are turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce on your mind yet? For humans, Thanksgiving often means indulgence and delicious foods we splurge on once a year. But, as you think about what to fill your plate with, take a moment to consider your pets and Thanksgiving meal safety for them.
It’s fun to share with our pets at holiday time, but the Thanksgiving meal can pose a safety problem for them. Too much of a good thing, as well as specific foods common to the holiday, can cause problems from mild GI upset to nothing short of a life-threatening emergency. So before offering up your turkey dinner, let Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center give you the skinny on Thanksgiving meal safety for your pets.
There’s no question that dogs need to be walked. Not only do walks provide our canine companions with the exercise they need to stay healthy, it also serves as their main form of mental stimulation and socialization. Dogs that are walked daily tend to be happier and have a stronger bond with their owners.
It’s easy for the daily dog walk to become routine, but a little creativity is all that’s needed to change that. Check out our tips for making your trip around the neighborhood with Fido more interesting and exciting for both of you. Continue…
It’s easy to assume that when we leave the house, our pets simply sleep, groom, eat, and wander around. In other words, they carry on with their day-to-day lives as though we were right there with them, right? Well, some pets have a hard time making the leap from being fine with their owners to being just as fine without them. With the back to school season looming, pet anxiety or can really come at you from left field.
Know the Signs
While every pet is unique, there are certain warning signs that precede the diagnosis of pet anxiety:
- Urinating and/or defecating inside the house (sometimes followed by coprophagia, or eating their own waste)
- Escape attempts
- Clawing at or chewing on woodwork
- Constant vocalization
- Endless pacing by the door
We hope you have been having an awesome summer so far, with the many holidays, baseball games, backyard barbeques, and all of the other things that this season brings. But sometimes we know that our pets cannot participate in the same festivities that we enjoy, whether it is out of safety concerns, or simply because the unfair rules of “No pets allowed.”
No matter what the cause, it is important to have many amazing memories with your fur friends this summer, and all year long. That is why your friends at Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center are here to announce some great activities for you and your pet in our area. Continue…
Many of us are busy planning summer getaways, whether it’s to the beach, a new city, or a cabin in the mountains. For those of us with furry companions, it’s a no-brainer that our pets will also come along for the fun.
Vacationing with pets can be an incredible way to enjoy new experiences, see new places, and strengthen the bond between the two of you. However, like any good plan, preparation is needed in order to make your trip a safe and enjoyable one. Fortunately, the team at Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center is here to help!
Checklist for a Successful Trip with Your Pet
Before you hit the road, there are several things you’ll need to prepare for in advance. Here are some key things to consider a few weeks out: Continue…
One of the easiest things to do in life is fall for a cat’s charms. Even those that have never enjoyed living with felines, or folks with allergies, can see that cats are purr-fectly irresistible. People who have never owned a cat might not realize, however, that there’s much more to it than long, lazy blinks, happy scampers, cuddles, and playtime. New cat owners have some serious questions to ask before adopting, but if answered honestly, the results are 100% positive.
Many new cat owners dive in before truly looking at the big picture. A lack of planning, preparation, and foresight are typically the root causes that feline adoptions go awry, and the cats themselves are the ones who suffer, unfortunately.
To prevent the surrender of a cat who needs a good, dependable owner, it’s critical to consider the long view of caring for them over the course of their entire life (which could be as long as 20 years). Continue…
Providing our pets with the food they need to grow and sustain a healthy life is one of the more important aspects of responsible pet ownership. But with so many brands of pet food out there, along with new ideas about what pets should and shouldn’t be eating cropping up nearly every day, figuring out what to feed your pet can be confusing at best.
At Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center, our goal is to find the right diet for each pet that walks through our doors. Deciphering pet nutrition can be tricky, but with the right tools in place (and a little help from us!), it’s possible to find the perfect diet for your four-legged, exotic, and avian friends.
The heart’s primary function is to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Because of this massive responsibility, it’s critical to maintain optimal heart health throughout life. Preventing heart disease is key, but many animals are also born with cardiac challenges, so it’s equally important to recognize symptoms and provide treatment. Without medical intervention and consistent support at home, pets with heart disease can experience organ and circulatory system failure.
As responsible pet owners, we do everything we can to protect our furry companions; we protect them from the elements, have them microchipped, and make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations and parasite preventives (among many other safety precautions). Even with all of the daily care and concern we show our pets, it’s easy to overlook the pet poisoning dangers lurking in our own homes.
Pet toxins can be found almost anywhere, and our kitchen cabinets, purses, backpacks, and garage shelves are no exception. Understanding what constitutes a pet toxin is essential to protecting our pets.