Socialization is the process of safely and calmly exposing and introducing your new puppy to everything there is in the world (different kinds of people, other animals, sounds, objects, and floors) so that when they next encounter it, they won’t feel stressed, afraid, or act out aggressively. Socialization is essential to your new puppy’s ability to mature and grow into a well-behaved, happy adult dog.
As pets age, their needs change. This means that older pets require slightly different treatments and services at the veterinary clinic in addition to requiring different care at home. By tailoring the care your pet receives, as their needs change with age, you can help keep your pets happy and healthy well into their golden years.
Ear cropping is the practice of surgically removing all or part of a dog’s ears and then taping them during recovery to create an upright, rather than floppy, eared look. Ear cropping is still considered the standard for several breeds, but the decision to crop or not to crop is one that dog owners need to consider carefully before deciding to elect surgery for their pets.
April is Heartworm Awareness Month, and we’re using the opportunity to help educate pet owners about heartworms, heartworm disease, and the importance of protecting their pets from both.
No two dogs are exactly alike or have the exact same needs in terms of their daily exercise. The amount of exercise a dog needs varies based on their age, breed, current physical fitness level, individual ability, and their medical history. Plus, your dog’s exercise and activity needs will change throughout their lifetime.
Periodontal (gum) disease affects most dogs and cats by the time they reach three years of age. Best prevented, periodontal disease can be difficult to treat and many pets never receive any treatment at all. Unfortunately, unchecked periodontal disease can lead to a host of systemic health problems in pets that can diminish their quality of life and even lead to premature death.
Just like people sometimes get nervous about visiting the doctor’s office or dentist, pets can sometimes be afraid to visit the veterinarian, too. In some cases, this can result in extreme anxiety and create a stressful situation for the person trying to bring their pet into a veterinary clinic.
The internet is flooded with “cute” pictures of overweight – aka “chonky” – pets. Unfortunately, there’s really nothing good about a pet being obese; it’s extremely unhealthy for pets, leads to a variety of health problems, and diminishes a pet’s quality of life.