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 »

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!

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 »

How to Neuter a Peep…

Happy Easter everybody! Our technician Julie had a new litter join the family (at least for the weekend anyways…) and brought them in for check-ups. It turns out that Peeps get “twitterpated” just like all our other animals so Dr. Prince recommended “fixing” these little guys so Julie wouldn’t be overrun after the holiday.

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Thankfully our surgery team was up to the task and the patient was prepped for his procedure. Preanesthetic bloodwork, pre-operative pain medication, and sedation are all important steps we take to ensure the safety of every patient before surgery: Read the rest of this entry »

Rattlesnake Alert!

We at Goldorado have certainly been loving the warm spring weather and apparently we aren’t the only ones!

This week we have treated two patients who suffered rattlesnake bites. While you are out in El Dorado County with your furry companions, keep a sharp eye out for rattlesnakes and follow these simple tips to keep everyone safe:

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First, make sure your dog has received the rattlesnake vaccine!

The consequences of a bite can be seen almost immediately and can include severe pain, swelling, bleeding, and drooling. Most of our unvaccinated patients show up to the emergency room looking like this: Read the rest of this entry »