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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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…