Autumn is an exciting time for everyone. For many, there’s so much going on – especially with the school year beginning – that whatever was gained in the relaxation department quickly falls to the wayside. However, increased family stress isn’t the only thing a household pet must contend with, come October. In fact, marked decreases in quality play time, attention, and affection from their humans also takes its toll. The result? Pet separation anxiety.
Family Feast, then Famine…
Many family pets truly relish the summertime fun they have with the kids – who are around more and attending to their summer shenanigans – and the grownups, alike. And then, after a summer full of peanut butter kisses, frozen treats, and lots of pet-friendly outdoor fun, everyone goes back to school and suddenly the days seem rather long and dull.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know the signs: itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, perhaps a cough, or even a few hives. Unfortunately, allergies aren’t limited to humans. Allergies in pets can be every bit as uncomfortable for them as they are for us. In fact, this is one of the most common reasons pet owners bring their pets in to see us.
Types of Allergies in Pets
Allergies in pets are the result of an overreaction of the immune system to foreign particles (allergens) that enter the body. The types of allergens that produce a response varies widely from pet to pet, but can generally be grouped into four main categories: Continue…
At Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, we are always searching for new and better ways to care for our beloved patients, especially where pain and healing are concerned. In the not-too-distant past, we relied almost exclusively on postoperative medications for pain management following surgeries and injuries, and for many persistent health conditions, but laser therapy for pets is changing that.
The most recent class of lasers was approved by the FDA for use on humans and pets in 2005, and has provided a way for veterinarians to offer a non-invasive, pain-free alternative or accompaniment to traditional pain management and healing methods. Continue…
When a beloved dog or cat becomes separated from their owner in a natural disaster, home fire, or just by slipping out the door, it can be devastating. While it is not possible to prevent all of these types of events, there are some things you can do to help your pet get home safely.
While collars and identification tags can be extremely helpful, they can be removed, break, or become damaged. A more permanent means of identification is ideal to help lost pets find their way back to their rightful owners.
Flu season is over for humans, and all of the warnings and anxiety associated with it have fallen by the wayside for now. Dog flu, however, doesn’t have a season, meaning the risk to your pet is there throughout the year. Learning the facts about canine influenza is essential to protect your dog and the dogs in your community.
Canine Influenza 101
Canine influenza is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease in dogs. The two strains of the virus that cause canine influenza are:
H3N8 – This strain was first identified in 2004 among racing greyhounds in Florida, and is thought to have originated in horses.
H3N2 – This Asian dog flu strain was first seen in 2015 in the United States. H3N2 can affect cats, in rare cases.
Canine influenza is a relatively new virus, meaning that dogs haven’t had time to build up an immunity. Dogs of any age and health status are at risk of contracting the illness. Continue…
When it comes to arriving at a fast, accurate diagnosis for your pet, Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center can’t be beat. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, as well as other diagnostic tests, so we can help our four-legged patients as efficiently as possible. Diagnostic imaging in pets is an important part of what we do.
Mosquitoes have a terrible reputation. While most adult mosquitoes are content to feast on plant nectar, females require blood meals prior to and following egg production. They torture humans with those itchy bites, but worst of all, they’re responsible for spreading diseases like malaria, west Nile, and the Zika virus. And they don’t just stop with us; they also prey on various mammals, amphibians, birds, and reptiles.
Heartworm prevention is the only viable tool pet owners have in the fight against disease-carrying mosquitoes. It’s vital to maintain a year-round dose of medication and have pets tested annually.
Almost every pet owner is faced with spay or neuter surgery, unless the pet was already altered when adopted or purchased. In fact, at Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, we do these procedures on a daily basis. They are common enough that we often forget that pet owners might have some questions, so we thought we would take the opportunity to answer some of your most pressing spay and neuter questions.
At one time or another, everyone can relate to the sentiment, “I wish I would have known.” Having all the critical information beforehand can often reduce or eliminate an unfortunate outcome.
When pet owners have all the right tools, they can make the best possible decisions for the health of their pet. This is definitely true with pet dental care. While it’s universally accepted that caring for an animal’s teeth and gums contributes to overall health and wellness, it’s never a bad thing to question: is it really necessary and what exactly does my pet need?
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!