Archive for December, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions For Pet Owners

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New Year’s Resolutions For Pet Owners Happy New Year from Falls Road Veterinary Hospital where we are dedicated to helping you give your pet a high quality of life! Our pets provide us with so much affection and unconditional love that we often consider them part of the family and may want to include them in our New Year’s resolutions.  The following are some ways to include your pets in your resolutions. Save Money At the top of almost everyone’s resolution list is to find ways to save money. Pet owners can help keep veterinary costs low by following a…

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Thankful Reflections On 2012

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On this New Years Eve we would like to take the time to reflect back on this past year and what we are thankful for here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital Soft, little kitten and puppy feet…I could go on all day about the animals themselves! The old gentle pets that have such amazing spirits. Loving our jobs! Not many people are as lucky as we are to have such passion for their jobs. Our knowledge and talents used daily to care for pets. The satisfaction and joy of witnessing pets recover from an illnesses. Knowing that what we do every day makes an…

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The Mysteries Of The Cat Purr

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The Mysteries Of The Cat Purr A purr is a sound made by all felines and is thought to be a part of cat communication. Nobody knows for certain why cats purr! It varies between cats (for example by loudness and tone), and from species to species, but can be characterized as a tonal buzzing. Mother cats purr while giving birth, one of the first stimuli kittens are exposed to when they are born is the vibrations from their mother’s purring. Kittens are born deaf and blind, and they need help to find their first meal. It is believed that…

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Winter Hazards To Your Dogs

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Winter Hazards To Your Dogs – What You Need to Know Winter can be hazardous for dogs and it is important to be aware of the dangers to keep your pet healthy. There are indoor and outdoor winter threats to dogs, especially around the holiday season. As the temperatures outside start to get lower and you prepare for colder weather, it is important to also prepare your dog for the winter. Whether your dog lives indoors or outdoors, there are dangers in colder conditions. Your dog’s health, food, and environment all need to be taken into consideration when “Old Man…

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Winter Hazards To Your Cats

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Outdoor cats depend on people for their warmth and survival during the winter months; special steps need to be taken to keep these cats safe. Holidays are a time for celebration but can pose multiple risks to cats. Lilies, chocolate, alcohol, ribbons, tinsel, and other common holiday items can all be dangerous to our feline companions. What You Need to Know Cats that spend time outdoors are exposed to various environmental and physical dangers. In the winter, cats are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia (low body temperature), just like humans. Cats should not be left outside for long periods…

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Holiday Hazards To Your Pets

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Holidays may be festive, but for most of us they are far from peaceful!  Left unattended, pets can get into mischief and serious trouble, so don’t forget to be prepared to protect your pets from these holiday hazards. Dangerous Foods Most people know about chocolate’s potential to be poisonous, but also make sure to keep pets away from sugar-free candy and gum (which may contain xylitol), raisins and macadamia nuts (often found in trail mixes, cookies, and candy), grapes, bread dough, coffee, and alcohol. “Other” Foods Remember to ask well meaning friends and relatives to avoid giving table food to…

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Tips For New Puppy Owners

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Tips For New Puppy Owners: There is nothing quite like bringing your new puppy home for the first time. But before taking the big leap, take the time to make sure your household is ready. That means puppy proofing your home. You will need to purchase supplies ahead of time and read up on puppy behavior so you know what to expect. Furthermore, it is hugely important to prepare children for the new responsibilities that lie ahead and to teach them to handle your new puppy correctly. Here are a few tips to help integrate your new pet into the…

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10 Steps To Help Create A Pet Safe Christmas Tree

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10 Steps To Help Create A Pet Safe Christmas Tree Millions of families will have Christmas trees in their homes. Glittering towers of beauty that can pose a threat to your pets. Before you put the tree up, take a few moments to go over some safety precautions. 1. Choose the Right Spot! Pick an area where the tree can be enjoyed by the family but also where it is not in the way of activity where it can be easily knocked over. An area by the wall or in a corner is ideal and out of the traffic flow…

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Hot Spots In Dogs

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Hot spots, technically called acute moist dermatitis or canine pyoderma, usually appear as localized, moist reddish sores. Hot spots are the result of a bacterial infection. Something irritates your dog’s skin and the irritation becomes itchy, so your dog does the logical thing scratch, lick, or both. Eventually causing a red, ugly oozing sore. Risk What causes your dog to be itchy in the first place? Itchy skin can be caused by a variety of things, such as allergies to food or the surrounding environment and fleas. Factors such as mange, anal gland disease, poor grooming, tick or mosquito bites,…

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Preanesthetic Blood Testing Before Surgery

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Preanesthetic Testing – Blood work before surgery can save your pet’s life Regular checkups and blood work for your pet is important. Whether your dog or cat is old or young, healthy or sick, fat or skinny, small or tall, regular checkups and blood work allow your veterinarian to do a thorough job to keep your pet healthy. When your veterinarian is able to establish a baseline laboratory values for your pet, what’s normal in your pet when he or she is healthy, it’s easier for your veterinarian to give your pet needed care. With a thorough medical history, your…

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