Wait; what?!? Wasn’t it just Halloween? The days go by so quickly towards the end of the year; it’s like experiencing a type of seasonal whiplash! If only time moved this fast when you’re standing in line at the DMV or waiting for your food at a restaurant – oh well! All we can do at this point is take a deep breath and pause. Of course, we prepare for the future, but to be truly successful in 2018, we have to take stock of our accomplishments before the year ends.
After reviewing our pet care blog, we have so much for which to be grateful. Our readers let us know what they liked and what they want to see next. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 articles from our pet care blog. Enjoy!
The holidays aren’t just for humans; there are many ways to help pets in need this season. Our local animal shelters are a great place to start. By volunteering, donating, or fostering, you can make it a wonderful life for pets in need this year. Our team at Shelden Veterinary Care has compiled these ideas for how to help your local shelter this holiday season.
At its core, Halloween is a time for carving pumpkins, decorating the yard with witches and ghouls, and figuring out a costume that will win this year’s grand prize. Whether you plan on dressing your pet up for some trick-or-treating or staying indoors and passing out handfuls of sugary treats, your pet’s safety should be at the top of this season’s to-do list.
As your pet’s doctor, we can learn a whole lot about your pet’s overall health status by examining things like blood, urine, and feces. In fact, at Shelden Veterinary Care, we find that pet urinary problems are one of the most common reasons we see pets outside of wellness visits. Keep reading, and you, too, can be a pet pee expert!
Losing a loved one tops the list of the most devastating experiences we can have, and, for many people, the loss of a pet can be just as painful. However, have you ever considered the impact losing a pet can have on surviving pet family members?
To anyone who’s ever shared their life with a pet, it probably comes as no surprise that animals experience complex emotions. We may not be able to sit down and talk with them about their sadness, but there are plenty of ways we can help them work through pet grief and be able to enjoy life once again.
Do Animals Mourn?
There’s plenty of evidence documenting mourning in animals. Elephants are known to congregate around the body of a deceased family member. Chimpanzees often exhibit behavioral changes in response to loss, including anger, depression, and refusal to eat.
The highly keen senses belonging to your pet have likely keyed him or her into the mystery that is pregnancy, and it’s not just the shrinking floor space (or cuddle room next to a growing belly). Sure, there are new contraptions to contend with (cribs, swings, pack ‘n plays, etc.), but it can be a challenge to truly prepare a pet for the sight, sounds, and smells of a new baby.
Noise anxiety in dogs is quite common, affecting about one-third of all companion canines in the United States. From fireworks to thunderstorms, spring and summer are often the worst times for our noise averse pets. Fortunately, helping them to better cope is something we at Shelden Veterinary Care take very seriously.
On the surface, a bit of noise anxiety or fear may not seem like that big of a deal. After all, the family cat is terrified of the vacuum and usually just finds a place to hide when the “dreaded machine” comes out. In actuality, noise aversion can pose many problems to health, safety, and general well-being.
By now, most people are aware of the potential for catching a disease from a mosquito bite. Malaria, West Nile virus, and the rapidly spreading Zika virus all come to mind as reasons to do whatever we can to protect ourselves from mosquito bites.
Pets, too, can suffer from mosquito-borne illnesses. Although heartworm disease is arguably the most dangerous infection a pet can pick up from a mosquito, many pet owners are unaware of the risks.
“Why does my pet need to be vaccinated if he or she never goes outside?” It’s a common question among the owners of indoor-only pets asks veterinarians.
Although it may seem as though vaccinations for indoor pets are a waste of money, the reality is that being inside does not eliminate your pet’s exposure to infectious disease. Keeping your pet’s vaccinations current is an important part of his or her health care plan.
Cats can be pretty tough cookies, but when it comes to kidney disease they tend to experience more than their fair share. Veterinarians diagnose chronic kidney disease in cats far too often, and one that all pet owners should be aware of. Early diagnosis of this condition can make a big difference in the quality and length of life in our feline friends. Cats are masters of masking illness – so it’s up to the owners to notice changes and make annual vet visits.