If you own a cat (or they own you), you know how fiercely independent they can be. Indeed, their curiosity and independence are some of the characteristics we love best about them. But behind their unique personalities lies an important secret: it can be sometimes hard to know if your cat is healthy or not.
Although it may seem as if our cats can and do take care of themselves, in reality, cats need our attention and care in order to thrive. Never is the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” more true than when considering preventive care for our pets. Preventing disease is not only easier on your cat, it is also easier on your wallet than treatment.
Here, Brodie Animal Hospital takes a look at the importance of preventive care for cats.Continue…
Obedience training is one of the most important responsibilities we have as dog owners.
Making sure our pets are well socialized and teaching them how to behave properly not only makes them less of a danger to themselves and others, but it also allows them to enjoy many aspects of life with us.
It’s easy to focus on all things “yummy and gifty” this time of year, we tend to let slide the things that really matter the most. It’s only natural to want to indulge in events and activities that are festive and happy-go-lucky! However, without a proper nod to holiday pet safety, the season of lights can unfold in an entirely different way than planned.
When holiday pet safety measures are thoroughly examined and applied, your pet can truly enjoy all the season has to offer. And there’s nothing better than hanging out with friends and family knowing that your best buddy is safe and sound.
The holidays are fast approaching, and with them comes the promise of lots of cooking and enjoying delicious foods. Although we may tend to overindulge at this time of the year, affording the same opportunity for our pets can get them into big trouble. Besides adding unhealthy fat and calories to their diet, letting them sample the holiday fare can lead to a potentially fatal condition called pancreatitis.
It’s true that cases of pancreatitis in pets spike during the holidays each year, but in reality the condition can occur at any time. For that reason it is important to be aware of the risks, causes, and warning signs of pancreatitis year round.Continue…
We’re always on the lookout to prevent accidental injury or illness. With a proactive approach, you can focus on what matters most, which is enjoying time with your beloved pet. While it’s important to keep your pet safe every day of the year, there are specific concerns that come with each season. This time of year, let’s put down our pumpkin spice lattes for a moment to review some essential tips for fall pet safety.
Falling Leaves and More
Leaf piles are fun to jump in, but not when you think about what could be crawling around in them. It’s not uncommon to find spiders, centipedes, millipedes, ticks, or snakes – especially if the piles have been left out for some time. Continue…
The American Humane Association reports that one in three pets will become lost at some point in their lifetime. Without identification, 90% will not return home. As scary as those statistics are, we know just how easy it is for pets to escape. All it takes is one open gate or a quick dash through an open front door.
While a collar and tags have been the standard for many years, microchipping has become a more reliable way to ensure a happy reunion should your pet go missing. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of microchipping, as well as how this technology works.
What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny device – about the size of a grain of rice – that emits a radio frequency when a scanner is passed over it. The microchip stores a unique ID number that comes up on the scanner; this ID number is linked to your contact information in the microchip company’s database. Continue…
We love that our pets are naturally curious and want to explore. Sometimes, though, that means getting into something they shouldn’t.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center received 199,000 phone calls about pet poisoning in 2017. In fact, this is one of the top 3 reasons pet owners seek emergency care for their beloved pets. Many people don’t realize just how many potentially toxic substances are commonly used in our homes and yards.
Is it hot enough for ya? It’s so hot the swimming pool is boiling. You could fry an egg on the sidewalk. It’s hotter than a blister bug in a pepper patch!
We sure do have a lot of colorful sayings here in Texas related to the heat – and for good reason! As the notorious heat and humidity climb, pet owners have some extra work to do around summer pet safety. Let the team at Brodie Animal Hospital help!
Rules About Heat
Protecting your pet from extreme heat is an absolute must. The cool, clean water should flow endlessly, and shade is equally important. Keep your pet indoors as much as possible during the day, and exercise them at dawn and/or dusk. Also: Continue…
Pet dental disease is one of the most common problems that dogs and cats face in their lifetimes. It has been shown that by the time they are 3 years of age, 85% of dogs and cats have some form of pet dental disease. This problem not only causes things we can easily notice, like bad breath, it also causes more subtle changes that may not be noticed until they are big issues.
Your team at Brodie Animal Hospital knows that pet dental health is one of the most important ways to give your furry friend good health and happiness.
Dental Disease Basics
Just as in people, bacteria causes plaque to form on the teeth and at the gum line. If left undisturbed, minerals in the saliva bond with plaque to form tartar within days. The bacteria that cling to this dental calculus can then work their way under the gum line and cause gingivitis. Continue…
Seeing your pet struggle with disturbing or vague symptoms, and wondering if they need immediate medical care, is a situation most pet owners have or will find themselves in at some point. Pets are skilled at hiding signs of illness or injury, making it even more difficult to tell whether or not your pet is experiencing an emergency situation, or simply having an off day.
At Brodie Animal Hospital, we believe that all pet owners should know how to recognize and handle a pet emergency. Your prompt response will save precious time, and may even save your pet’s life.