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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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…