Kitten and Puppy Wellness Plans: Your Pet’s First Steps in Veterinary Care

Adopting a fur baby into your family is an exciting time. The joy of watching your sweet puppy or kitten get the zoomies around their new home… the adorable stop-drop-and-nap in the middle of anything… the snuggles. But with parenthood – even pet parenthood – comes the responsibility for the health and well-being of your little one.

The team at Goldorado Animal Hospital understands that the first year of pet parenthood can be an expensive time. Setting your puppy or kitten up for a lifetime of health and happiness takes an initial investment in their veterinary care. And while this investment will pay off in spades as your pet lives its best life under your care, we want quality veterinary care to be accessible to all the pets of Cameron Park; which is why we have created our kitten and puppy wellness plans. Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Insurance: Protecting Your Pet and Your Pocketbook

pet insuranceAccording to a 2017 article in Canine Journal, the #1 reason reason pet owners buy pet insurance is that they, “Want to make decisions about my pet’s health care without worrying about whether or not I could afford the procedure.”

With the average annual cost of veterinary care topping $1800, planning ahead for your pet’s veterinary care makes solid sense. Yet, only 2% of American pets are covered in the U.S. – compared to over 50% of pets in Europe. So why the disparity?

Your team at Goldorado Animal Hospital believes that overall awareness of the benefits of pet insurance may be a primary reason why so few pets are covered; meaning we want to make sure that, when it comes to pet insurance, you have the resources to make an informed decision.

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What’s Happening? How to Recognize a Pet Emergency

That gagging sound you hear in the hall or the odd way your pet is suddenly holding their paw…there are times in a pet owner’s life when the unexpected occurs. Even when we do our best to protect them, our animal friends still have a way of getting into trouble.

Unfortunately, almost all pets will experience some type of pet emergency at some point in their lives. There are false alarms, however, like the time you went overboard when your pet had that single bout of diarrhea. The problem is how to stay alert and proactive while also remaining calm and informed. That’s why the team at Goldorado Animal Hospital wants to help take the mystery out of pet emergencies.

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Pet Wellness Care: The Foundation of Good Health and Happiness

pet wellnessAs a pet owner, it’s only natural that you want to ensure a long, happy, and vital life for your fuzzy family member. Sometimes, though, we can take our pet’s health for granted – especially when they are feeling fine and in the prime of life. However, just like with humans, preventive pet wellness care is vital to a quality life, and can lessen your pet’s chances of developing a serious disease.

Pet wellness care is about more than just a simple visit to the vet when your pet is feeling rough, and can play a key role in the bond you share with your pet. Goldorado Animal Hospital champions the benefits of wellness care vs. a “treat only the problem” approach to your pet’s health and daily wellbeing. Here’s why… Read the rest of this entry »

Beware the Pesky Weed: Foxtail Season

Many pet owners have been confronted with an unexpected veterinary visit in the spring and summer months after their dog has a run-in with “foxtails”. Common in our foothills, the head of this weed is designed to burrow into the ground when it falls off of the plant, but its sharp awns can also burrow into your pet if you are not careful. Here’s what to know about foxtails and your pet: Read the rest of this entry »

New Life for a Limping Dog: ACL Repair

Damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is a well-known source of disabling injury among humans. It can strike elite athletes or weekend warriors, and usually requires surgical repair. Just like knee injuries in football, injury to the ACL is the most common orthopedic injury in dogs.

Why Is My Dog Limping?

This injury is due to a partial or complete tear of a ligament inside the stifle (knee). The resulting instability leads to pain and arthritis. The CCL is vital for maintaining stability within the knee joint because it keeps the upper bone (the femur) from sliding off the lower bone (the tibia). In most cases, the tear occurs abruptly, often in association with exercise or activity. It results in a sudden limping with the dog often unwilling to bear any weight on the affected leg. Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Insurance: What you Need to Know

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What happens if your furry family member suddenly falls ill or gets into an accident? We all want to provide the best healthcare for our pets, but will you be ready if a really big (and expensive) problem develops? A recent survey by the Associated Press found that a significant number of pet owners (41 percent) are extremely or somewhat worried they could not afford the medical bills for a sick cat or dog. Is pet insurance the answer? When people ask us that question our answer is always the same: It depends… Read the rest of this entry »

Puppy Training: Starting Off on the Right Paw!

As new puppy we often make the mistake of endlessly worrying about finding the right accessories, puppy treats, or bed. We spend little or no time thinking about how we will train our new puppy. Yes, a puppy needs nutritious food and a safe, warm place to live, but another equally powerful and important biological necessity is the need for a pack leader to give the puppy direction and purpose in life. Here are some quick tips on the steps to puppy training and maintaining an obedient and balanced dog from the start: Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Dental Disease: Not About the Cavities

Just like our mouths, companion animals have very important healthcare needs. Pet dental disease starts with plaque and bacteria on the surfaces of the teeth, but instead of leading to cavities (uncommon in dogs and cats),  this buildup eventually leads to infection of the gums and jaw bones. This process can be stopped and reversed, but without proper dental care your pet can suffer from:

  • Painful mouth and loss of appetite
  • Bad breath
  • Irritated or bleeding gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Infections that spread to other areas of the body

Owners taking charge of pet’s dental care every day ensures they have a long, healthy life. Here are some specific ways to help your furry friends pass their check up:

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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 »