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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Bug Battle: Choosing the Right Parasite Prevention for Your Pet

Mosquitos, fleas, and ticks, oh my! Besides being annoying and just plain gross, these little critters can pose some serious risks to our pets. Many parasites carry diseases that can sicken or even kill pets, and, in some instances, human members of the family can also be affected.

Thanks to our temperate winters here in the Houston area, these troublesome pests are never far from our minds, or our pets’ bodies, making year-round parasite prevention of the utmost importance. Your team at Dickinson Animal Hospital is committed to helping you find the right parasite prevention products to meet your pet’s needs all year long.

Year-Round Protection

Prevention is the single most important step you can take in protecting your pet from parasites. During your pet’s wellness exam, your veterinarian will work with you to determine the correct parasite prevention protocol based on your pet’s health, lifestyle, and other factors.

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Chin Up: Home Pet Dental Care You Can Smile About

The field of veterinary dentistry has made enormous strides in recent years, and the addition of exams and professional cleanings can add vitality to your pet’s overall wellness. A critical piece of the puzzle, however, is routine maintenance between cleanings. Most owners know a bit about at-home pet dental care, but Fluffy needs more than just a dental chew here and there.

Without Help

Ignoring plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth can lead to significant health problems, including inflammation, infection, and eventual tooth decay and loss.

An initial indicator of dental disease is the smell of your pet’s breath. Since the majority of cats and dogs over the age of two have dental disease in one form or another, it’s important not to let this slide. Poor oral health can have surprising effects on the health of your pet’s heart, liver, and kidneys.

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Preparing for a Pet Wellness Exam Increases Satisfaction

This isn't a chew toy!Have you ever had doubts or questions pop into your head about your pet’s health or behavior, only to have them vanish when you need them the most? We’re talking about the moment during a preventive pet wellness exam that could be educational and beneficial to your role as a pet owner. With our tips, you won’t have to struggle to recall an episode from months ago – and you’ll leave with the fullest understanding of your pet’s health.

Write it Down

We recommend keeping a notebook or journal to keep track of your pet’s diet, behavior patterns, exercise routines, and any other changes to normal life. Jotting down your observations over time will help communicate any questions or concerns you might have during your pet’s exam.

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Pet Wellness Care: More Than Just an Exam

pet wellness

Gone are the days when veterinary care only treated illnesses and disease after they developed. Modern approaches now recognize the importance of pet wellness care and preventive medicine.

This change has encouraged greater quality of life and has increased longevity among our fur friends. However, pet wellness care goes far beyond what you might view as a simple physical exam.

The Benefits of Pet Wellness

When you think of pet wellness care, what comes to mind? Vaccinations? Flea and tick control? While these are important, there are also many more services that fall within the range of pet wellness. Continue…