Posts in Category: The Great Outdoors
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.Read the rest of this entry »
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.Read the rest of this entry »
Puppy pads can be a useful tool for helping to house train a new puppy, but few pet owners want to spend the rest of their pet’s life with soiled potty stations inside their homes.
At some point most of us desire to have our pets use “nature’s toilet” for their relief. Transitioning from puppy pads to outside, can be a little tricky, but with help from your team at Goldorado Animal Hospital your dog should catch on in no time at all!
For some of us, there can be nothing better than spending time in the great outdoors. Pitching a tent near a lake, in a forest, or anywhere else can be what recharges us.
Have you ever included your pets on these excursions? Camping with dogs can be fun and entertaining. It can also be stressful, unless you follow the Scout motto: “Be Prepared”. With that in mind, Goldorado Animal Hospital shares our best tips for camping with dogs.Read the rest of this entry »
Who knew puddles and ponds could be so dangerous to a frolicking, curious, and thirsty dog? A sloppy drink from standing water may not always get your pooch in trouble, but unknown water sources can absolutely be contaminated with dangerous bacteria called leptospira. Known for causing canine leptospirosis, a bacterial infection, people can also become sick from this zoonotic illness.
In other words, a quick slurp from a suspiciously still body of water probably isn’t worth the risk.Read the rest of this entry »
With the arrival of tick medications like Bravecto (which is taken once every 3 months and can totally kill ticks), it is possible to avoid the unpleasantness of the “icky” tick. However, if your pet hasn’t been on an effective medication, beware. Because in the case of ticks, they’re everywhere! They lie in wait on tall grass and brush, are predominant in wooded areas, and active all year except winter, so it’s a good idea to know the score about removing a tick from a pet.
The Yuck Factor
Few bugs inspire such hatred from people. Related to spiders and mites, ticks are found around the world and throughout North America. The difference between these arachnids is that ticks are parasitic blood-suckers that just so happen to spread terrible diseases (like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever). Read the rest of this entry »
The 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 »
Californians 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.