Soundside Animal Hospital Blog
A night sky filled with dazzling fireworks or illuminated by an arc of lightning, followed by a boom of thunder, are enjoyable parts of summer for many of us, but our pets probably feel differently.
Noise anxiety in pets is common among the four-legged set, and it can reach its peak during the summer months. For some pets, noise anxiety can develop into a full-blown phobia, resulting in a variety of destructive, repetitive behaviors, such as barking, chewing, and even self-injury.
As responsible pet owners, we do everything we can to prevent our furry friends from becoming separated from us. Despite our most conscientious efforts, however, it only takes a moment for a pet to slip out of a door or gate that’s accidentally left open, or any of the countless other situations in which our pets could potentially go missing.
Mosquitoes come with the territory in hot, humid Florida, but that doesn’t mean we have to like them or the diseases they can spread. Sure, entomologists may be able to proclaim some far-fetched advantages to having these insects around, but the transmission of heartworm disease will never be one of them.
We all want to take the best possible care of our pets, from choosing the right food to daily exercise and regular wellness checkups. Flea and tick prevention is another important component of responsible pet ownership, and one that’s also easy to overlook.
When considering your pet’s overall health, it may seem realistic to isolate the mouth from the whole body. After all, what does a little plaque and tartar have to do with other parts of the body?
They may seem like different planets in a solar system, but the fact remains: poor pet dental health is very closely linked to compromised immunity and inflammation throughout the entire body. Gum disease is a real threat, not only to the strength of the teeth, but it can become a menace to your pet’s health.
If maintaining or improving your pet’s dental health isn’t one of your New Year’s resolutions, it should be! Good dental hygiene is a cornerstone of your pet’s health and wellness, and you can have a big influence in this area.
Oral health begins with at-home pet dental care. Even if you’ve never considered the health of your dog or cat’s pearly whites, it’s never too late to start!
During this time of holly-jolly joy, a lot of us love to include our pets in all the festivities. The question to keep in mind is how we can celebrate the season safely with our paw pals. By following these easy, seasonal pet safety tips, you’ll be gearing up for some great pet-friendly fun in no time!
Keeping Seasonal Pet Safety at the Top of Your List
While there are numerous potential dangers that come with allowing your pet near the holiday tree or feast, the following are some of the most hazardous situations to keep in mind.
Ornaments and Poisonous Presents
If you have a feisty cat or far-too-curious pup, you probably already know that no decoration is safe around him or her. Breakable ornaments, lit candles, toxic plants, and presents containing toxic foods are common safety hazards. Tree tinsel is particularly dangerous for felines. Stash the string and make sure all ornaments are pet-proof. Place presents with unknown contents out of reach. Continue…
With our recent blogs on keeping activity levels up and optimal nutrition, you might think we have a soft spot for senior pet care. That’s because we do! There’s nothing sweeter than an aging pet, and it’s imperative to provide the support they need for a comfortable, healthy, and happy life.
A single year to a human is roughly equivalent to seven pet years. Because they often suffer from similar age-related illnesses, it’s vital that senior pet care needs are addressed thoroughly and on time. Luckily, senior pets are not only living longer than ever before, but their quality of life has vastly improved.
Nutrition plays a key role in preventing illness and maintaining wellness throughout life, but it’s absolutely paramount to the lives of senior pets. To be sure, there are pet food formulas for all stages of life, but how do you know when – or if – it’s time to switch to a senior diet?
Breed, genetics, and chronic diseases must enter into the equation, as well as your pet’s activity levels. All of these things combined make it necessary to address the importance of optimal nutrition for senior pets, and our Soundside staff has the scoop.
There is no age limit when it comes to loving and enjoying a pet. Whether you have cared for your senior pet since puppy or kittenhood, or adopted a mature pet, sharing your life with an older pet is a wonderful and meaningful experience.
Although older pets have changing needs, it’s important to continue to provide them with pleasurable and healthy ways to experience their environment and connect with the family. Coming up with safe and fun activities for senior pets is not complicated, and your engagement can mean the world to your aging pal. Continue…