Holiday Cat Safety Tips

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Part of enjoying a happy holiday season for your family is being sure that everyone is safe and healthy. It can be easy to forget our pets, especially the felines, when preparing for the festivities, but it is important to keep them in mind as we celebrate. Being aware of holiday cat safety can make the season more enjoyable for all!

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Holiday Foods for Pets: Hazards to Avoid

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Holiday time is a perfect time for sharing dinners and treats, but sharing holiday food with our pets can be hazardous to their health. It’s tough to resist those puppy dog eyes at the dinner table, but keeping certain foods out of our pet’s reach is important to avoid a pet emergency.

Since we know it’s hard to leave our furry friends completely out of the holiday fun, we’ll also give you our best ideas for some pet-friendly treats that you can share with confidence.

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Gain A Friend For Life Through Responsible Pet Adoption

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pet adoptionAdopting a new pet is a wonderful and exciting time and an important life decision that holds the potential for years of love and joy (with a little hard work thrown in there too, of course). Because we know that responsible pet adoption is important to our readers, we’ve made sure to outline the various ways that you can ensure you are making the best choices for yourself and for your new four-legged family member.

Big Decisions

Whether you already have your ideal pet in mind, or want to take a look at the available options, it pays to do your research ahead of time. You will need to consider what type/breed of pet you are interested in, and the long-term costs and care involved. For example, purebreds and some larger breeds tend to cost more in veterinary care over their lives due to the propensity for genetic illness and injury as compared to mixed breed and smaller pets.

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Never Quite Long Enough: End of Life Pet Care Considerations

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end of life pet careUnfortunately, our pet’s life spans are much shorter than the average human lifespan. Sadly, this means that you will likely see the day that you have to say goodbye to your faithful companion. This is the unpleasant side of pet ownership, but an important one. Your pet relies on you to advocate for him or her, and end of life pet care is no different. Thankfully Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center is here to help guide you through this difficult season.

Assessing Quality of Life

Animals are amazing in so many ways. Perhaps one of the most admirable qualities they have is their lack of self pity. Most pets will endure things that people would never be able to without any sign of complaint. This does not, however, mean that they should.

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Bone Up on Dog Heart Health

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dog heart healthYou care for your canine companion in many different ways. You feed him or her, provide social interaction, and make sure he or she has a safe, warm, dry place to sleep. You give each other unconditional love (like those Sunday morning snuggle sessions!) and you provide your best friend with consistent veterinary care.

Taking care of your pup’s body is integral to a long, healthy, and happy life. There are so many things to consider when it comes to your pet’s health, but cardiovascular health is up at the top of the list of importance. Bone up on dog heart health so you can help your pet’s ticker keep the beat.

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Tail Twitches and More: All About Cat Communication

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cat communicationYou don’t have to be a cat owner to realize that cats are a mysterious, elusive species with a unique skill set. It’s hard to be in a room with a cat and not watch the subtle movements of the tail, the careful whisker washing, or the delightful “slow blinks” (which indicate contentment).

Cat communication, both between cats and with other species, is elaborate and deeply nuanced. By understanding how cats communicate, we not only gain a deeper appreciation for our feline friends, but also strengthen the bond we share with them.

Body Language

Visual communication is an important part of how cats communicate with each other, and with their human families. By paying attention to the position of your cat’s ears, tail, head, eyes, and body can tell you a lot about what your cat is trying to convey.

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The Wonderful World of Pet Laser Therapy

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pet laser therapyAlthough lasers may seem like science fiction, they’re actually medical grade devices that are used for everything from complex surgeries to vision correction procedures. Over the past few decades, veterinary medicine has also embraced this incredible technology with successful results.

K-lasers, or therapeutic lasers, are used primarily to benefit pets with chronic conditions that can cause pain and inflammation. Pet laser therapy can also be used as an adjunct to traditional treatments for injuries.

Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center is pleased to offer this incredible service to our pet patients, and we encourage owners to learn more about the advantages of pet laser therapy.

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Better Safe Than Sorry: An Overview of Indoor Pet Care

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indoor petIt’s an unfortunate fact, but pets who are allowed to go outside on their own have a higher chance of accidental injury, illness, or loss. We do our part to ensure that cats who wander away from home or dogs kept on leash are protected against certain hazards. However, they aren’t the only ones who deserve preventive care. A strictly indoor pet can still stumble upon health risks – but not if we can help it!

All Pets

It’s a common falsehood that pets kept indoors don’t require a proactive approach to disease prevention. After all, they aren’t exposed to potential carriers for disease, right? Wrong. Disease can be transmitted to an indoor pet in a variety of ways, and we’re here to make sure the cycle stops at the front door.

Vaccinations for Indoor Pets

Texas law mandates that all cats and dogs be vaccinated against rabies by the time the animal is four months old. One year later, a booster should be given. There are one year and three year vaccines available. Sometimes, it makes sense to have the one year vaccination because it coincides with your pet’s annual routine wellness exam.

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What to Know About Pet Urinary Tract Infections

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Did you know that pets can get urinary tract infections? Whether it is having accidents in the house, going out frequently, or the presence of blood in the urine, pet urinary tract infections are no fun for anyone involved. Unfortunately, they are a common problem seen in our patients that animal lovers everywhere should know about.

The Science Behind Pet Urinary Tract Infections

Your pet’s urinary tract is comprised of the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra. Urine is manufactured in the kidneys, then emptied into the bladder via the ureters. Urine is then voided through the urethra.

Normally the urinary tract is a sterile environment, meaning that there are no bacteria present. Sometimes, though, bacteria from the outside can make their way into the urinary tract. This can be due to something disrupting the function of the urinary tract and its natural defenses. Common culprits include:

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Into the Belly of the Beast: Abdominal Ultrasounds in Pets

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When your pet is sick, you want answers and you want them fast. At Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, we understand this. That is why we offer a variety of diagnostics to our clients. One of the most commonly used diagnostic tool we have is ultrasound. We can use this technology to look at many things, but perhaps its most frequent use is to obtain abdominal ultrasounds in pets.

Understanding the Technology

Ultrasound is an imaging technology that utilizes high frequency sound waves in order to create a live image of your pet’s internal organs. Even though sound waves are used to create this image, there is no audible noise. These waves simply bounce off of structures within your pet, creating a real-time image on our screen.

Most pets need no (or light) sedation in order to have an ultrasound performed. Typically, we do shave the area being examined in order to obtain the best possible image. Once the area is prepared, an ultrasound probe is applied using gentle pressure in order to visualize the area of interest.

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