Posts in Category: Puppies & Kittens
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!
There are plenty of internet articles touting the “easy” way to crate train your puppy or dog, but no matter which way you slice it, crate training requires patience, gentleness, and positivity. With those three ingredients in mind, we’ll share some reasons crate training can be beneficial as well as our tips for success!
First Things First
Different people have different circumstances that may make crate training a good idea. Here are some common reasons:
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.
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Everybody loves to play with puppies—- until those needle-sharp teeth sink in! It’s entirely appropriate that puppies explore their world with their mouths and teeth, but important that they learn to inhibit their biting, and to restrict chewing to approved toy. Here are a few tips until this normal phase of development has passed. Read the rest of this entry »
Can you name the 3 problems seen in these pictures?
1. These teeth are YELLOW – But why?
This puppy was given tetracycline (a type of antibiotic) as a puppy. This type of antibiotic causes a PERMANENT color change to the tooth enamel making those chompers look bright yellow! Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
By 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.
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 »
As new puppy we often make the mistake of endlessly worrying about finding the right accessories, puppy treats, or bed. We spend little or no time thinking about how we will train our new puppy. Yes, a puppy needs nutritious food and a safe, warm place to live, but another equally powerful and important biological necessity is the need for a pack leader to give the puppy direction and purpose in life. Here are some quick tips on the steps to puppy training and maintaining an obedient and balanced dog from the start: Read the rest of this entry »