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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Summer Heat Safety for Pets

Overly hot and humid days are not the norm in Northern California, but we do get our share of warm temps. The summer heat means spending as much time as possible outdoors, at the pool or beach, and of course enjoying popsicles and lemonade. 

When it comes to our pets, it’s important to keep in mind that they need a little extra TLC when temperatures heat up. Heat safety for pets is a priority for responsible pet owners everywhere. As your partners in pet care, Redwood Veterinary Hospital has tips and tricks to take the best care of your furry pal when the temperatures climb. 

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Itchy and Miserable: Managing Pet Allergies

Are you kept awake at night by your best furry friend jangling their collar with intense scratching? Maybe you notice your pooch chewing on their feet more often than not. If so, your pet could be suffering from allergies.

Luckily, the team at Redwood Veterinary Hospital is well-versed in identifying and managing pet allergies. With summer upon us, we thought now is the perfect time to review a few tips to help relieve pet allergies in your cat or dog.

What Causes Pet Allergies?

In animals, there are three main causes of allergies. All can present with itchy skin and a host of other problems, so it’s important to accurately identify exactly which allergen(s) are affecting your pet.

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Buggin’ Out: The Importance of Pet Parasite Prevention

Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are rarely spoken of in a positive light – and for good reason. These tiny parasites are not only annoying, they also pose a serious risk to pets and people.

In our temperate climate, we rarely get a break from bugs, meaning they pose a threat year-round. That’s why pet parasite prevention is essential to the health and safety of your pet and your family.

Creepy and Crawly

To fully understand the need for protection, let’s take a closer look at the most common parasites your pet is likely to encounter.

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Is Canine Heart Disease Linked to Grain-Free Food?

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.

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Pearly Whites: The Importance of Pet Dental Health

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.

Much Ado?

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.

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Many Rescue Pets From the Camp Fire Still Need Loving Homes

Rescue pets from the Camp Fire still need homes!

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!

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Redwood Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018

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.

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