Too Hot to Trot: Summer Pet Safety 101

Summer pet safety can help prevent heat stroke in petsThe dog days of summer are in full swing, and here in Cameron Park that means plenty of heat, sun, haze (and perhaps a strong urge to nap during the hottest part of the day). As the season progresses and temperatures continue to rise, it’s important for pet owners to take the well-being of their pets into consideration, when it comes to summertime hazards such as heat stroke, dehydration, and noise-related anxiety.

Being aware of the risks and planning ahead are the keys to enjoying some fun in the sun with our pets. Whether you are at home or on the go, keep our summer pet safety tips in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

New Year’s Resolutions Include Shedding Pet Obesity

 

In the United States alone, an estimated  43.8 million dogs and 55 million cats are overweight or obese – yes, that’s a lot of fat cats! Even though we bipeds have our own weight issues, pets are quickly catching up to us on the scales. Pet obesity is a major epidemic that affects every age, breed, and locality. Common consequences of pet obesity  include:

  • Heat intolerance
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Breathing problems
  • Ligament injuries
  • Kidney disease
  • Many types of cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

Regardless of where your pet is on the scales, our Goldorado team is here to help! Here are our best strategies for addressing obesity in pets: Read the rest of this entry »

Top Ten New Years Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Setting goals is not just for all of us bipeds, your pets love to get in on the action too! This is a great time of year to take a step back and figure out how to make 2015 the happiest and healthiest yet. We are counting down the top resolutions for both pets and people:

10. Measure Portion Sizes

Most people just eyeball the amount of food we feed ourselves and our pets. That’s why a recent study found reduccat steals sausage from the refrigeratoring dish sizes can help us lose weight – and the same goes for your pets! Rather than just filling their bowl every day (or several times a day), measure out the amount of food according to the feeding guide on your pet food bag. For best results, feed to your pet’s “ideal weight.” This is something that the Goldorado team loves helping out with! Read the rest of this entry »

Day At The BRAND NEW Dog Park!

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Last week we had the immense pleasure of joining with our friends at the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild (EDDOG) for the grand opening of the first official dog park in El Dorado county! Now, officially
known as the “Hacienda Dog Park”, we all have access to a safe and well maintained space to play with our pets.

Located just half a mile from our office on Cameron Park Drive, you might be able to catch members of our team enjoying the shade with our companions during lunch breaks or on the weekend. We are so excited about the creation of GoldoradoMapthis park because it provides a designated and enclosed space where we can let the furry ones off leash. No more worrying about them chasing that darned squirrel into the road!

The grand opening was attended by hundreds of our local furry friends and their human companions. Several members of our team represented Goldorado including Dr. Prince (with Mrs. Dr. Prince and Jr. Dr. Prince in tow) and our chief of kennel operations, Leah, who made sure every pooch went home with a “doggie” bag full of free treats, chews, and toys: Read the rest of this entry »