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 »

Your Guide for a Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving

 

Group of friends eating outdoor. Woman feeding her dog

Thanksgiving brings families together around the dinner table which includes every family member – including pets. It’s hard to withstand those puppy dog eyes any time of year, and can seem next to impossible at holiday meals during the “season of giving.” Despite all the begging though, most of our holiday foods can cause major issues for pets.

For the holidays we have compiled this helpful list of foods to help keep you have a safe and pet-friendly Thanksgiving.

The Good (in moderation):

Turkey — As a lean protein, turkey can be good for your cat or dog. Stick with well-cooked white meat and remove the skin, which can be hard to digest. Read the rest of this entry »

National Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Old Boxer DogYour new best friend might be anyone but new; he or she just might be a senior pet. November is “National Adopt a Senior Pet Month” and a time worth considering the many benefits of senior pet adoption.

Mature dogs and cats have many advantages when compared to their younger counterparts, yet are often the first to face death or permanent homelessness as adopters overlook them in favor of puppies and kittens.

How Older Pets End Up In Shelters

While senior pets are in shelters for many of the same reasons as younger animals, they are often surrendered or abandoned simply as a function of their age. Their previous pet parents may be ill or elderly themselves, and no longer able to care for them physically or financially. Some mature pets are given up by their families as they age, and become sick, incapacitated or simply unable to participate in activities they enjoyed as younger animals. Others are cast aside when their guardians tire of caring for them, or become intolerant of the inevitable infirmities of an aging pet. Read the rest of this entry »

“Howl”-oween at Goldorado!

Portrait of couple of dogs in disguise for Halloween

Dogs in disguise for Halloween

Candy? Check. Spooky Spotify playlist? Check. Hot dog costume for your Dachshund? Check. There is much to love about Halloween, and for all of us pet owners it can be a fun opportunity to dress pets up.

Although we think of Halloween as full of innocent fun, many pets can easily become stressed or be put in compromising situations. The constant ringing of the doorbell, strangers walking around in the dark, unattended candy bowls, and even some pranks can cause pets undue stress and increase their risk of illness or injury.

Fortunately, it’s possible to have a pet-friendly Halloween. Our pet safety tips are here to help you have a spooky (but not so scary!) night:

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We Love Our Veterinary Technicians!: Celebrating National Vet Tech Week

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It’s National Vet Tech Week, and we would like to take  a moment to celebrate our wonderful veterinary technicians. These are highly trained and dedicated individuals  that are essential to our animal hospital. Dr. Barnes and Dr. Prince will be the first to tell you that our veterinary technicians are the backbone of Goldorado Animal Hospital.

What can Veterinary Technicians do?

Registered technicians earn a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in veterinary technology.  Under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, technicians can monitor and care for patients, obtain specimens, perform laboratory testing, take X-rays, run anesthesia, perform dental cleanings, administer medications, take blood draws and perform tests, give first aid, and much more. Often a veterinary technician will be the one to take an initial patient history and even perform a physical examination.   Read the rest of this entry »

Four-legged Workout Buddies: Pet Exercise!

Hispanic Children Taking Dog For Walk In Countryside

Maybe you’ve heard the old adage, “a tired dog is a good dog.” This is true for many different behavior issues, preventable health problems, and even for your dog’s self esteem. While many of us struggle to meet our own exercise goals, our pets are usually struggling right along with us. Access to a backyard or property doesn’t guarantee a dog will get the amount of pet exercise they need – just like us they often need interaction and stimulation to be interested. A dog workout together will help everybody get moving!

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Pet Loss Support: National Pet Memorial Day

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Losing a cherished pet can be a heartbreaking and often traumatic experience. Many of us think of our four-legged friends as furry family members. The feelings of grief and loss we face when our animals pass away can be very devastating.

Pet Loss Support

Having pet loss support during this hard time is important.  Honoring a pet’s memory can be a valuable step in the grieving process and as we approach National Pet Memorial Day, we asked our Goldorado Team their favorite ways to cherish a loved one’s memory:

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Don’t Let the Dog Eat Your Homework: Back to School Tips for Your Pet

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The summer is drawing to a close, and all the kids are heading back to school. Already, the sleeping in, going to the beach, and free time is being replaced with early mornings, homework, and grumpy kids. Getting children back on track for school is difficult, but your kids aren’t the only ones who need to adjust – your pets will need help as well!

After spending the summer with a full house, your pets might experience some stress when all their playmates are missing during the day. If that stress isn’t properly addressed, it can lead to separation anxiety and even behavioral issues in your pet.

We have some tips below that may help your pet transition to the new household schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

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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Traveling With Your Pet

Dog and bags and other luggage in the trunk of the car on the back yard ready to go for vacation

Bringing your dog on vacation with you just adds to the fun and alleviates the worry of not knowing what’s happening with your dog while you’re on the road. You need to do your homework on pet travel though. Planes and cars aren’t designed with animals in mind, and you need to know what to expect when you reach your final destination. By planning your dog travel ahead of time, you can make the vacation a truly relaxing time for you and your dog. Here are our favorite travel tips to help make that happen: Read the rest of this entry »