Posts in Category: Pet Health & Wellness
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.Continue…
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.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…
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.
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…
Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a condition that causes the muscular wall of a cat’s heart to thicken and become stiff. This reduces the heart’s efficiency and sometimes creates symptoms in other parts of the body.While some specific breeds of cats (Maine Coon, Ragdoll, British Shorthair, Sphynx, Chartreux and Persian cats) can have higher incidence of the disease, HCM is diagnosed most commonly by veterinarians in mixed
breed cats. Continue…
Have you ever wondered why we recommend pet wellness visits, even when your pet is in good health? Aside from getting the chance to see your pet’s sweet face and catch up with you, the pet wellness exam serves a larger purpose. Our goal is to not only assess your pet’s current health status, but also keep an eye toward their future by establishing good health habits and catching problems early.
At Redwood Veterinary Hospital, we believe strongly in the power of preventive medicine to provide our pets with the happiest, healthiest, and longest lives possible, and at the cornerstone lies the pet wellness exam.