Taming the Sugar Beast: Understanding Diabetes in Pets

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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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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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Traveling with Your Pet During the Holidays

Traveling with your pet is a wonderful way to include them in family fun, but it is not without its challenges. Pet travel is now the norm as we treat our fur friends as family members.  There are numerous pet friendly lodging options and pet welcome restaurants, cafes, malls, and other fun choices in entertainment. 

The team at Goldorado Animal Hospital encourage you to make some plans to make this holiday the best (and furriest) by following some of these helpful tips.

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March Is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month!

When a pet first comes home, there’s a lot to do to ensure their safety. Not unlike baby-proofing, creating a safe environment is paramount for a four-legged friend that ceaselessly explores with their nose and mouth.

As time goes by and a pet matures there will be less anxiety about what they may be exposed to. After all, they’ve likely proved they can be trusted in the kitchen or in the garage. But all it takes is one chance encounter with a toxin to bring about a life-threatening poisoning. That’s why Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month remains a major highlight of the year.

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How to Introduce A New Pet to Your Current Pets

Introduce a new pet to your other pets with love and compassion.

Congratulations! You’re adding a new pet to your furry family. This time is exciting of course, but can also be stressful for both you and all the pets involved. When you introduce a new pet to your existing pets, there are some best practices to follow which can help alleviate everyone’s nerves. Below, we walk you through how to seamlessly integrate a new pet into your home.

How To Introduce A New Pet…

Because the old adage, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” is true in the case of how to introduce a new pet to your household, take special care in that initial meeting. We do recommend making introductions before you are fully committed to a new animal. It’s important to take things slow. If you need help, please call your team at Goldorado Animal Hospital.

Let’s get started!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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