Redwood Veterinary Hospital is Celebrating 41 Years of AAHA Accreditation!

This year at Redwood Veterinary Hospital marks our 41st year of accreditation by AAHA and we couldn’t be more proud! This is no small accomplishment and we want to make sure that all of our friends and family know exactly what that means and why they should care. It is one thing for us to be proud, but we know you’ll join us once you know what AAHA accreditation means for you and your pet(s).

AAHA Accreditation

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) was founded in 1933 to help ensure the best care for our animal friends possible. Today AAHA is respected internationally as a leader in the veterinary world, setting standards of excellence for veterinary care and services. 

While the AAHA guidelines and standards for high quality veterinary care are available to the entire profession, not every veterinary hospital follows them. All veterinary hospitals in California are legally required to meet certain minimum standards of care. AAHA accredited hospitals, like Redwood Veterinary Hospital, are required to meet higher standards of care. This takes considerable time and effort and generates a lot of pride here at Redwood. 

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What You Need to Know About Canine Leptospirosis

Canine Leptospirosis is still a relatively unknown disease that is carried by wildlife. It affects millions of dogs worldwide and is most often found in the soil and water. Even in urban areas, the disease is becoming more prevalent because it’s carried by rodents, who thrive in our cities.

But what is Canine Leptospirosis? Is your pet at risk? The Redwood Veterinary Hospital team is here to explain and help pet owners protect their furry loved ones.

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Not So Sweet: The Dangers of the Sweetener, Xylitol 

Xylitol, a name that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, is commonly found in a wide range of food and non-food products including sugar-free foods, drinks, snacks, supplements, oral hygiene products, gums, cosmetics, hair care products, sunscreens/gels and more. While it may benefit people in their sugar-free ways, it is the bane of pets, especially dogs – as it is extremely toxic. 

Xylitol ranks among the top 10 poisons reported by the Pet Poison Helpline each year, yet many people are unaware of this dangerous ingredient. Have you heard about xylitol? The team at Redwood Veterinary Hospital is here to explain why this substance should be kept away from your four-legged friend. 

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Taking Care Of Their Smile: How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

It seems easy; if you want pet care advice, just ask Alexa or Siri or do a short Google search. Of course, it’s always hard to know what and who to trust on-line.

At Redwood Veterinary Hospital we believe your source of reliable pet care information should be your family veterinarian. In that spirit, we’d like to share with you the importance of preventative dental care for your pet and more specifically, how to brush their teeth. When it comes to pet health and longevity, caring for your pet’s oral health can play an important role, and we believe can improve the quality and quantity of your pet’s life.

Issues with the teeth in pets are often “silent” problems, and pet owners may not even know their pet is suffering with dental disease. Dental disease is one of the most common pet health conditions we see.  It affects a whopping 85% of pets by the time they reach 4 years of age. 

A Dental Care Plan of regular exams, professional cleanings, and x-rays, as well as home care can help keep dental disease in check. At-home brushing plays a critical role by slowing the return of plaque and tarter between cleanings. Learning how to brush your pet’s teeth is not difficult, and in most cases can be mastered with a little time and patience.

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Retrospective: Our Top 5 Pet Blogs of 2019 

Can you believe another year has come and gone? And what a year it was! At Redwood Veterinary Hospital, we have been blessed to care for so many wonderful fur friends and partner with their loving families. Our goal is to always give our pets the greatest quality of care in veterinary health for a long and happy life. 

The aim of our blog is to provide relevant, informative content on all things relating to pet health. We also throw out the occasional entertaining and light-hearted blog for good measure. We are pleased that we have had so many loyal readers, and we look forward to providing excellent content for pet owners. 

So, now to our top 5 pet blogs of 2019!

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Creatures Great and Small: Exotic Pet Wellness Care for All

It’s not uncommon for us to never meet a client’s exotic pet or pocket pet until something serious arises. Sometimes, however, had we been able to intervene sooner, the outcome might have been different. 

At Redwood Veterinary Hospital, we are huge proponents of proactive care, no matter the species or size. Exotic pet wellness care can be a big part of the successful care of our less traditional pets and is a cornerstone of providing them with the best life possible.

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Turkey Day Tips: Thanksgiving Safety for Your Pet

The time for turkey and family is around the corner, as well as all of the other holidays that follow, and the shopping and festivities that fill the calendar. That is why it is a good time to talk about pet safety when it comes to holidays. Thanksgiving brings with it risks to your pet that you may not be aware of.

In order to have the best Thanksgiving for your four-legged family members, your friends at Redwood Veterinary Hospital have some tips and recommendations for the big feast.

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Tricks or Treats? Halloween Pet Safety

Two dogs dressed as sheet ghosts sit on a porch, which has been . decorated for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and many of us are eagerly anticipating the decorations, the jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and eating lots of treats, of course. As pet owners, we naturally want to include our best fur pals in the fun. But for some pets, Halloween can be a truly frightening, and risk, time of year.

While many pets do like to be included, it’s wise to be cautious about where, when, and how you expose them to the festivities. Read on for some Halloween pet safety tips from Redwood Veterinary Hospital, and avoid a fright night for your pets. 

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For a Pet Bird’s Best Life, Avian Wellness Exams Are A Must

Bird lovers can attest to the fact that living with these beautiful, colorful, sensitive, and intelligent animals is one of life’s greatest joys. But while the rewards are immense, the path toward responsible bird ownership isn’t always easy. Instead, pet birds require lots of research and preparation, and a good deal of commitment.

Once your home is set up and you have a handle on the various needs of a pet bird, routine avian wellness exams can help support one of the best relationships known to humankind.

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On the Way Home: Microchips for Pets

Sad brown and white dog my curb

If your pet were lost today, would you know how to find them? The American Humane Society reports that 10 million pets will go missing in their lifetimes, and what’s more, only 1 in 3 will be found and returned to their rightful owners. 

The fact is, if your pet has a microchip, you have a better chance of being reunited with them. In a study of animal shelters, 39% of cats and 52% of dogs are reunited with their owners if they have a microchip, compared with 2% of cats and 30% of missing dogs without a chip. 

But, what exactly is a microchip, and how does it work? Come along with Redwood Veterinary Hospital as we explore this technology and how it can protect pets from becoming lost forever.

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