Good Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet: Our Recommendations

Spay or Neuter Your Pet!

When it comes to caring for pets, Bob Barker said it best –  “Have your pets spayed or neutered.” While the choice isn’t always black and white, at Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, our recommendations echo that of Bob for the vast majority of our patients.

Read on to learn about all the reasons why we recommend to spay or neuter your pet.

The Choice to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Having a pet “fixed” is a big decision. A spay or neuter surgery involves removing the reproductive organs (the uterus and ovaries in a female and testicles in a male). By doing so, we eliminate a pet’s ability to reproduce and remove the reproductive hormones from circulation.

The veterinarians at Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center feel that for most pets, spaying or neutering is the best choice. There are many compelling reasons to spay or neuter your pet.


The Ins and Outs of Pet Boarding

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With 70% of pet owners surveyed considering their pets to be family members, there’s no doubt most of us want to share as much of our lives with our pets as possible. But, during the holidays, there are times when boarding your pet just makes sense. Most pets don’t relish a crowd, so days of parties, gatherings, or even travel out of town are reasons you might consider pet boarding.

There are things to consider beforehand, however. Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center shares the ins and outs of pet boarding best practices, here.


Ouch! When Your Pet Is in Pain

Pet pain can be easily managed with the help of veterinary care

Our pets are like family. We share our lives with them and want them to feel their best. But if our pet is in pain, how would we know? After all, they experience pain like we do, but they don’t have the language to convey to us how they feel.

Luckily, you can learn to recognize the subtle signs of pain in your pet. This knowledge can allow you to take action to help them feel better, sooner. And that’s something we would all want for our beloved family members!


Halloween Candy and Pets: Sweet Treat No No’s

Halloween candy and pets can lead to a pet emergency.

Halloween is nearly here, and some of us couldn’t be more excited (ahem!). The pumpkin carving, spooky decorations, and pet costume contests are things we look forward to all year.

However, there is one hazard of Halloween that we need to be mindful of with our pets. And that is the problem of Halloween candy. Although tricks and treats are fun for us, the sweet treats that accompany the holiday are a potential problem for our pets and can even cause a veterinary emergency.

Here’s what to look for to avoid any problems with Halloween candy and pets, from your friends at Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center.


Acting Up? It Could Be Pet Separation Anxiety

Pet separation anxiety can lead to unwanted pet behaviors. 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.

Loneliness, fear, and boredom can cause a great deal of stress and pet separation anxiety, which will impact your sweet pet’s overall health and wellness. Continue…

Ah-Choo! Getting a Handle on Allergies in Pets

Allergies in pets can cause dogs to scratch a lot.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…

Laser Therapy for Pets: Pain Relief, Healing, and More

Cold laser therapy for pets is great for pet pain management and healingAt 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…

Pet Microchipping Primer

Pet microchipping increases the odds of a lost pet becoming a found pet.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.

Pet microchipping is an important tool when it comes to reuniting pets and owners, and Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center is happy to help that happen. Continue…

A Dog Owner’s Guide to Canine Influenza

Canine influenza is a serious threat to dog healthFlu 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…

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Diagnostic Imaging in Pets

diagnostic imaging in petsWhen 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.