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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Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

At Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center, we proudly deliver what we call The 5 Pillars to our animal patients and their owners. Fundamental to our practice, The 5 Pillars value lifelong wellness care, a high level of comfort, supportive companionship, compassion, and  providing everything a pet might need under one roof (diagnostics, grooming, medication, etc.).

The 5 Pillars also provide direction for our pet care blogs. Whether you have a new pet or are a seasoned pet owner, we strive to educate and inform our growing community of readers. And we can all agree that things are easier with a little guidance from time to time!

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You Are What You Eat: Why Proper Pet Nutrition Matters

pet nutritionProviding 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.

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On the Lookout: Common Pet Toxins in the Home

pet toxinsAs 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.

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Better Than the Alternative: Is Pet Dental Care Really Worth it?

pet dental careIn our day and age, the concept of prevention has a lot going for it. Sure, it’s not anything new, but the idea of caring for present health in order to positively impact the future is made easier by an endless variety of treatments, supplements, and lifestyles. By preserving what’s good for as long as possible, we hope to have many comfortable, healthy years ahead of us – and the same is true for our pets.

Pet dental care is definitely one of the ways you can ensure a safe, healthy, and happy future for your pet.

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Remembering 2017: Our Top Five Favorite Pet Care Blogs of the Year

cat wellnessAs 2017 draws to a close, your friends at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Emergency Center encourage you to take a moment and reflect on the past year. While the world around us has brought ups and downs, our pet care blog has definitely been one of the highlights of 2017 for us.  We hope it has been for you as well!

Our mission is to keep your pets happy and healthy through our Five Pillars of Great Pet Care. Our blog is just one more way that we strive to reach this goal. Through helping to educate and enlighten you in regards to all aspects of pet care, we hope you can provide the best for your furry family member.

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Check into the Pet Clinic: The In’s and Out’s of Cat Wellness Care

cat wellnessThere are many compelling reasons to adopt a cat, but one factor that draws in prospective owners is the idea that cats require less day-to-day care and attention. Sure, many cats might keep more to themselves than some dogs, but that doesn’t mean their health can be ignored. When you commit to a feline friend, you’re saying that cat wellness matters to you. And it matters to us, too!

Routine Visits

We strongly advise cat owners to bring their cats in to see us twice a year for cat wellness examinations. This preventive approach allows us to remain on the forefront of your cat’s health. By taking care of any developing problems before they get out of hand, we can sustain wellness for longer periods of time.

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GACK! Are Hairballs Normal?

hariballsNo sound is quite as unsettling as the midnight “hack,” “gag,” or “bletch” from Fluffy the cat. Not only is the sight and sound of hairballs being coughed up disturbing, it often also seems equally distressing for our cats. So, what are these mystery lumps of fur, and are they a normal and healthy function of being a cat?

Defining Hairballs

Despite their name, “hairballs” or trichobezoars are not orb shaped as the name implies. Instead, they’re typically thin and cylindrical, a shape formed by emerging through the esophagus. Hairballs are essentially wads of undigested hair along with digestive fluids, bile, and sometimes undigested food.

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