Deck the Halls: Holiday Pet Safety

Holiday pet safety can help prevent a holiday pet emergency

‘Tis the season of tinsel, trees, and turkey – oh my! – and time to spend with family and friends, as well. With a full 70% of pet owners considering their pets as family of course we know that some of the holiday festivities will include our pets.

Although we love to have our furry family help us celebrate the winter holidays, there are some hazards to be aware of when it comes to holiday pet safety. And so without further ado, Redwood Veterinary Hospital in Vallejo, CA gives you our best tips and tricks for avoiding a holiday pet emergency.

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Ticket to Ride? Brush Up on Pet Travel Safety Before You Leave!

Pet travel safety is important when traveling with petsWhen it comes to making plans, it’s only natural to want to include the family pet in all the fun. However, traveling with a pet, especially during the holidays, can be challenging and stressful. It also increases the risk of illness, injury, and accidental escape.

The team at Redwood Veterinary Hospital wants to help you and your pet enjoy your time together and get as much out of life as possible. We think our pet travel safety tips are a good place to start!

First Things First

Whether you’re road tripping to Grandma’s for the weekend or heading off on a more extended vacation, your pet’s first stop should be at our hospital. A pre-travel wellness exam will ensure your pet is healthy enough for travel and that he or she is current on vaccinations and parasite prevention. Continue…

A Foregone Conclusion? Disaster Preparedness for Pets in CA

Disaster preparedness for pets is part of responsible pet ownership.The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Unfortunately, this region is also highly vulnerable to all manner of natural disasters, including wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, and mudslides.

Planning for an emergency, including disaster preparedness for pets, is central to maintaining the safety of your entire family and can help you make difficult decisions when under serious pressure.

The Range

Knowing what types of disasters are likely to affect your community is step one in disaster preparedness for pets. With every passing year, we learn more about how to effectively plan for wildfires, house fires, earthquakes, and even terrorist attacks. Establishing a disaster plan is crucial to your pet’s safety and wellbeing. Continue…

Important Facts About Pot and Pets

Pot and pets don't always mix. Talk to your veterinarian about pot toxicity concerns.As the landscape of marijuana legality continues to evolve, so does the risk of exposure to our pets. With the statewide legalization of recreational marijuana use happening earlier this year, it is not uncommon for us to see the family pet present in our clinic for an accidental exposure.

You may know your opinions about this newly legal drug in your body, but few pet owners know how it affects our animal friends. Redwood Veterinary Hospital is ready to equip you with information about pot and pets so that you can be an educated pet parent. Continue…

The Itchy Truth About Pet Allergies

Beagle itching with hind leg while outsideIf your pet always seems to be itching or chewing on their paws, back, or ears, they probably have pet allergies. In fact, according to pet insurance companies, pet allergies are the number one reason that pet owners seek veterinary care. Luckily, pet allergies can be diagnosed and treated. Here’s what you need to know to help your pet find relief.

The Basics of Pet Allergies

There are three main allergies that pets experience, and some have a combination of one or more. Here are the basics of each:

Flea allergies – Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) occurs when a pet is allergic to flea saliva. Even one flea bite can trigger an allergic response that sends your pet’s immune system into chaos. Pets with this condition typically itch on the back half of their body, around the base of the tail.

Environmental pet allergies – Dust, pollen, dander and mold are environmental allergens. Allergies to these substances typically start occurring only during certain times of the year, depending on climate and what’s in bloom, but often progress into year-round symptoms. We sometimes refer to this type of allergy as Atopic Dermatitis.

Food-related pet allergies – Some pets are allergic to ingredients in pet food. Most of the allergens are protein-related, however, your pet can develop sensitivity to any of the ingredients in his or her food. Pets with food allergies typically experience itchiness all year long, and some may also show gastrointestinal signs, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Continue…

Parasite Prevention: An Easy and Cost-Effective Way to Protect Your Pet, Year-Round

Year-round pet parasite prevention is key to pet health and should be discussed with a veterinarian.A lot of things in life aren’t simple – long commutes, finding a bathing suit that actually fits, dealing with coworkers who like to eat tuna fish at their desks. However, while life can be full of challenges, protecting your pet from parasites doesn’t have to be one of them.

Parasite prevention, however, is a year-round matter. No longer is this an issue that’s restricted to summer months; unfortunately, these pests hang around 365 days a year. Let’s take a look at why these foes are so formidable and some easy ways to keep them at bay.

What’s All the Fuss About Fleas?

Fleas may seem like an annoyance at worst, especially if you’ve experienced a flea infestation at home. However, fleas can cause far worse problems for pets (and people) because they carry several diseases, such as cat scratch disease, tapeworms, typhus, and plague. Continue…

Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a condition that causes the muscular wall of a cat’s heart to thicken and become stiff. This reduces the heart’s efficiency and sometimes creates symptoms in other parts of the body.While some specific breeds of cats (Maine Coon, Ragdoll, British Shorthair, Sphynx, Chartreux and Persian cats) can have higher incidence of the disease, HCM is diagnosed most commonly by veterinarians in mixed
breed cats.
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Why are Foxtails a Danger to Your Pet?

Foxtails are a threat to pet health. Exercise outdoor pet safety when hiking with pets or playing outside with pets.Foxtails… The name conjures up images of soft, fluffy plants that seem pretty harmless, right? Actually, wrong! Foxtails, rye grass, gamma grass, cheatgrass and other common members of this plant family are well known for the injuries they can inflict on pets. So, what are these formidable foes and why should your pet avoid them in the great outdoors?

Redwood Veterinary Hospital is here to help!

What are Foxtails?

Foxtails are a grass-like plant (considered a weed by many) in the genus Hordeum. As its name implies, foxtails have a fuzzy end that resembles a fox tail. This genus also includes other spikelets, like cheatgrass, barley, millet, and rye. These grasses contain a tiny barb or awn that allows them to attach to anything going by, including your pet. This mechanism also contains an enzyme that helps the awn propagate by burrowing into its host. Continue…

Do I Stay or Do I Go? How to Recognize a Pet Emergency

pet emergencyIt’s a common scenario among pet owners: it’s almost bedtime, and your pet is acting strangely. You know that something doesn’t seem right, but you’re not sure it’s worth a trip to the pet emergency clinic or if it can wait until morning.

Many pet emergencies, such as a broken bone, profuse bleeding, or being hit by a car, are obvious. However, pets are hardwired to hide signs of pain or illness, so many emergency scenarios aren’t as clear cut. Knowing how to recognize the signs of a medical emergency saves precious time and makes all the difference for your pet.

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The Key to Longevity Is Pet Wellness Care

Pet WellnessHave you ever wondered why we recommend pet wellness visits, even when your pet is in good health? Aside from getting the chance to see your pet’s sweet face and catch up with you, the pet wellness exam serves a larger purpose. Our goal is to not only assess your pet’s current health status, but also keep an eye toward their future by establishing good health habits and catching problems early.

At Redwood Veterinary Hospital, we believe strongly in the power of preventive medicine to provide our pets with the happiest, healthiest, and longest lives possible, and at the cornerstone lies the pet wellness exam.

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