Grain-free and boutique dog foods have been getting a lot of heat lately because of a possible link to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. The relationship between certain types of food and DCM is very complicated, and continued research suggests we still have a lot to learn.
In the meantime, however, dog owners are understandably concerned about canine heart disease and the right nutritional choices.Continue…
Pet dental health is so important to the overall wellness of any pet. Perhaps you’ve noticed that your pet’s breath is not as fresh as it could be. Bad breath may actually be a red flag that something is wrong in the mouth. It’s smart to take a closer look at the importance of pet dental health, and Redwood Veterinary Hospital is here to show you the way.
Over 95% of cats and dogs will need treatment for some form of dental disease in their lives. Periodontal disease not only causes bad breath, but infected gums, tooth loss, and possibly even systemic disease of the heart, liver, or kidneys.
Periodontal disease begins when bacteria combine with food particles to cause plaque on the teeth. Over time, this plaque hardens into tartar, which leads to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) both above and below the gum line. The bacterial buildup eventually destroys the supporting structures of the tooth, including the root and the bone below.Continue…
The Camp Fire was the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in our state’s history, and it was the world’s most expensive natural disaster of 2018. In the wake of unrelenting tragedy, responders took immediate note of the area’s animal residents. Fortunately, since November, there have been many happy reunions between pets and their owners, but there are still dozens of rescue pets out there. Due to various extenuating circumstances, their owners may never be able to claim them, but that doesn’t mean these animals can stay in the shelter system indefinitely. In other words, rescue pets from the Camp Fire still need help!Continue…
With a new year on the horizon, it’s a wonderful time to pause and take stock of all that we’ve accomplished in 2018. At Redwood Veterinary Hospital, that includes remembering all the people and pets we’ve helped and the friendships we’ve made. We can’t help but feel grateful for this past year and we’re looking forward to seeing more pets and their owners in 2019.
We’re also remembering our favorite blog posts at this time of year, and looking back at the posts that you found most helpful and fun, too. So we’ve compiled our top 5 most popular blog posts from 2018, and we hope you enjoy them, here.
‘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.Continue…
When 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…
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.
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…
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…
If 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…
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…