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. 

Continue…

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.

Continue…

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.

Continue…

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.

Continue…

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. 

Continue…

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.

Continue…

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! 

Continue…

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.

Continue…

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.

Continue…

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.

Continue…