How to Introduce A New Pet to Your Current Pets

Introduce a new pet to your other pets with love and compassion.

Congratulations! You’re adding a new pet to your furry family. This time is exciting of course, but can also be stressful for both you and all the pets involved. When you introduce a new pet to your existing pets, there are some best practices to follow which can help alleviate everyone’s nerves. Below, we walk you through how to seamlessly integrate a new pet into your home.

How To Introduce A New Pet…

Because the old adage, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” is true in the case of how to introduce a new pet to your household, take special care in that initial meeting. We do recommend making introductions before you are fully committed to a new animal. It’s important to take things slow. If you need help, please call your team at Goldorado Animal Hospital.

Let’s get started!

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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 »

The Power of Prevention: Rattlesnakes and Pets

rattlesnakes and petsCalifornians are no strangers to rattlesnakes. Like it or not, they are a part of our landscape and we must learn to live alongside them safely. As humans, we adapt to and avoid disturbing them, but our animal friends do not always catch on as quickly.

Rattlesnakes and pets shouldn’t mix. Preventing a bite is preferable to treating one, leaving proactive pet owners searching for ways to protect their four-legged family members. At Goldorado Animal Hospital, we take teaching our clients about rattlesnakes and pets very seriously.

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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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Don’t Take a Bite: Rattlesnake Season!

20160511_173914Meet Doc, a happy-go-lucky hound who decided to get a little too close to our local wildlife. He was rushed in to our hospital after receiving a rattlesnake bite right on top of his nose. His owners recognized symptoms quickly so luckily Doc was able to get the care he needed right away. A couple years ago we published a brief overview on rattlesnakes after seeing several bites in the same week. It seems our resident snake population is getting set for another busy year so we wanted to share our best tips for keeping your dog safe:
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Wildfire Season: Don’t Forget the Pets!

We are in the middle of fire season and it is a good a time as any to remind ourselves that disaster can strike at any time to any one of us, and when it does, we often have minutes, not hours, to gather our things and depart.

Historically, the worst of our fire season happens later in the fall so our message this month is one of being prepared:

  • All pet owners should have easily accessible leashes, carriers, and a three day supply of food and water ready to go in an evacuation kit.
  • If you have cats, a small litter pan (even a cardboard box will do) and litter should also be in the kit. Ideally, pet owners should also have copies of a pet’s most recent vaccinations.
  • Have neighbors who are aware of your pets and willing to help out, and offer the same to them. If there is an evacuation with short warning, you could save each other some major heartbreak.
  • Let rescue workers know you have animals in the house. The ASPCA has a free safety pack so you can place a sticker on your front window alerting personnel that animals are in the home.

  • If you have any questions about preparing your pets for an emergency, we would love to help so feel free to contact us anytime. Stay safe this fire season!