Rabbits Need Dentistry, Too!

rabbit needing dentistryBy Dr. Susan Garlinghouse

Most pet owners are aware that dogs and cats need dental care during their lifetime, but did you know that dental disease is amongst the most common problems in rabbits as well? Yes, rabbits need dentistry, too!

Rabbits are different from most other pet species, in that their teeth grow continuously throughout their entire life.  This is an adaptation due to the high fiber diet they eat in the wild, requiring more chewing and resulting in increased wear.  This constant growth is true not only for the front incisors, but the molars and ‘cheek teeth’ as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Taming Dog Aggression

By Susan Garlinghouse DVM

Puppies usually learn how to interact with other friendly dogs during early life . However, for a variety of reasons, that doesn’t always happen, and such pups can grow up with poor social skills, unable to decipher and understand the body language of other dogs. As they mature, they can develop fear-based dog aggression—barking, growling, lunging or worse, which often gets more ingrained with time.

It would intuitively seem like the best way to discourage such behavior is to rebuke the dog or give a quick pop on the leash to reprimand for dog agression. However, doing so actually makes things worse, as punishment simply reinforces his anxiety that being around other dogs means bad things will happen. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Starting Down the Right Path with Puppy Socialization

Puppy SocializatiionBy Susan Garlinghouse DVM

One of the most important steps to having a great adult dog is to  provide thorough puppy socialization, especially during the critical learning stages between 7 – 16 weeks.  Puppies develop much of their personality and confidence in their world during their early life, so exposing them to lots of new, positive experiences is an important step towards a happy and self-assured adult.

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

How Not to Say “Bite Me”: Avoiding Dog Bites

Avoid Do Bites

By Susan Garlinghouse DVM

This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, so let’s talk about how to avoid being either the owner or victim of dog bites.  According to the Centers of Disease Control, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, with 1 in 5 (that’s over 800,000) requiring medical attention.  The most common victims are young children and the elderly, and most are bitten during everyday activities by a dog familiar to them.

Any dog can bite if provoked, regardless of size, age, breed or gender.  Usually, dogs bite as a reaction—either out of fear, from pain, to protect their territory or possessions, or during play that gets out of hand. 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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »