Fur And Fuzz: Is Your Cat Shedding Too Much?

A cat gets brushed.

All cats shed fur throughout their lifetime. It’s an inevitable part of being a cat parent that you will experience ongoing cat shedding and fuzzy stuff getting everywhere. The team at Goldorado Animal Hospital put together some tips to help you deal with your cat’s shedding, and how to tell if your feline friend’s shedding may be an issue:

Cat Shedding: What’s Normal, and What’s Not? 

All cats shed small amounts of fur everyday. About twice a year, however, your cat will likely lose its dead hair in greater amounts. This is when you might notice cat hair everywhere in your house, floating in the air, collecting in the corners of your floorboards, and clinging to your furniture more than usual. 

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What Was That!? All About Reverse Sneezing in Dogs

A dog in mid-sneeze.

Your dog probably makes all kinds of noises that are odd, unusual, or downright rude. But when it comes to the reverse sneeze, it is truly unique. 

Many pet owners are startled when they hear this sneeze for the first time. In fact, they say that it sounds much more like a goose honk than an actual sneeze. Sometimes it sounds like your pet is actually gagging or choking, which explains why we get worried calls from pet owners who think something awful is happening.

When it comes to reverse sneezing in dogs, for the most part, it isn’t something serious. This is why your friends at Goldorado Animal Hospital are here to tell you all about it.

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Just What the Doctor Ordered: A Primer on Cat Mental Health

A grey cat with gold eyes stares at the camera.

There are many health issues facing cats today, including (but definitely not limited to) obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, and dental disease. The thing to remember is that the majority of problems affecting today’s cats are preventable. 

The same is true for cat mental health. As long cats have everything they need in their environment, destructive or unwanted feline behaviors can be drastically reduced, resulting in happier cat . 

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Goldorado Animal Hospital’s Top Pet Blogs of 2020

Well then, 2020 was quite the year – and we are so grateful to be on the other side of it! Without a doubt, this past year we have been so incredibly grateful for our pets. Not only have they seen us through the best of times and the worst of times, but also for their antics, love, and laughter.

Your team at Goldorado Animal Hospital would like to thank you. Not only for your patience as we adapted to the challenges of the year, but for your trust in our hospital, too. In addition to the veterinary care we provide at our practice, we hope that our blog has helped you navigate the ups and downs of pet parenthood – and answer a few of your questions along the way, as well.

With that in mind, we wanted to share our most-read blogs of 2020 with you, our readers. We hope you enjoy, and perhaps learn something new!

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The Golden Age: Supporting Your Senior Pet’s Health and Happiness

older dog

Whether your furry friend has been with you from the start or joined your family later in their life, there will inevitably come a time when they are not as spry as they once were. 

Perhaps you’ve noticed that your sweet kitty is having trouble jumping up to their food bowl or that their coat is beginning to lose its luster. Or maybe it’s become evident that your dear doggy isn’t able to walk quite as far while taking their daily constitutional, or you can’t help but notice that their muzzle is beginning to gray. Whatever the case, your pet is aging and that means their needs are changing. 

Senior pet care can be an adjustment, but your veterinary team at Goldorado Animal Hospital is here to support you and your pet through this transition and well into their golden years.

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Taming the Sugar Beast: Understanding Diabetes in Pets

pet health check up

Diabetes is a condition that most people have been touched by in one way or another. Be it themselves or a loved one, this disease affects a great many of the people in our lives. Did you know, though, that pets can be affected by diabetes as well?

Diabetes in pets is a serious but often very manageable disease that our patients at Goldorado Animal Hospital rely on us to diagnose and treat. Pet parents who understand this diagnosis can be better equipped to help their furry family members live their best life. 

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Help! My Dog Gets Car Sick!

Most dogs love a good car ride! Unfortunately, riding in cars isn’t always met with unbridled enthusiasm. Instead, many younger dogs experience nausea and other strange sensations which cause fear, confusion, and stress.

While much of this can be attributed to an underdeveloped vestibular system (which controls balance) in puppies, if your dog gets car sick throughout their life it can make traveling with pets very uncomfortable.

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Here Comes the Sun. What About Pet Sun Protection?

Pet owners are incredibly thoughtful and considerate of their pet’s summertime needs, but most of the attention is placed on preventing dehydration and heat stroke (both very important aspects of summer pet safety). It’s also important to recognize that preventing skin damage is possible through pet sun protection.

Sun Protection for Pets?

It’s never been so easy to take care of a pet. There are tons of options for optimal nutrition, a heightened awareness of the importance of dental care, and loads of other ways to prevent illness or injury

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Tried & True: The Necessary Guide to Cat-Proof Your House

If the idea of “cat-proofing” sounds more like an effort to keep cats out of the house, than keeping them safe while inside, you’re not alone.

The concept of cat-proofing your home is meant to deter accidental illness or injury to a cat or kitten while adjusting to their new home and throughout their time living there. Cat ownership is already a big responsibility, and in addition to all the stuff they need, it is essential to cat-proof your house before they even arrive.

All You Need is Love

To be a successful owner of a cat, all you need is love, right?

We wish!

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The Best New Tech For Dog Owners in 2020

There are a lot of advantages to being a 21st century pet owner. The advances in veterinary care, a greater respect for pets in our society, not to mention the abundance of adorable Halloween costumes for pets come to mind, but technology aimed at our furry friends may top the list when it comes to usefulness and fun.

At Goldorado Animal Hospital we love anything that makes it easier to provide pets with the best possible care, which is why we’ve rounded up our favorite new tech for dog owners to share with our readers.

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