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 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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Do Dogs Really Need Special Shampoo? Dog Shampoo Decoded 

Most of us want only the best for our canine best friends. We take them with us wherever we go, buy them the highest quality diet we can, and we take them to the vet when they are due for their regular wellness exam each year. 

But what about bathing? And do dogs really need special shampoo? It may seem like this is going just a tad too far. After all, there are plenty of high quality, mild human shampoos that work just fine, don’t they?

Keep reading to find out about dog shampoo, and why it’s important.

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This Holiday Season, Everybody Wins With DIY Pet Treats

When it comes to making DIY pet treats, you can bet there is a niche market for the exact type of product you’re looking for. You can also develop your own recipes and become a social media influencer yourself! At the very least, Goldorado Animal Hospital hopes your pet has a satisfying, even indulgent, holiday season, one that is free from worry.

Protecting Them From…

Let’s face it, the months between Halloween and Easter can be really dangerous to pets. Chocolate is everywhere, toxic plants, and more household visitors can mean greater exposure to hazards. 

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Camping Essentials: Your Summertime Guide to Camping With Dogs

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.

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Drumroll, Please! Presenting Goldorado Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Health Blogs of 2018

Whether you’re busy preparing for a big end-of-year bash or planning a quiet evening at home, you’ll probably spend some time reflecting on the past year and setting a few new goals for the future. Here at Goldorado Animal Hospital, we’re so grateful for the productive and successful year we’ve had, and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead in 2019.

With our blog, we always strive to cover a wide array of meaningful topics, such as dental care, dog training, pet loss, and parasite prevention. Whether you’re new to our website or a long-time reader, we invite you to enjoy our picks for the top 5 blogs of 2018!

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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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A Gentle and Healthy Approach to Children and Pet Loss

Children and pet loss are an emotional combo If we consider pets to be members of the family, our children certainly feel the same way. Kids tend to develop strong attachments to pets, often relating to them in the same way as siblings, playmates, and trusted confidants. The loss of a pet may be a child’s first experience with death, and how their grief is handled by the family can impact them throughout their life.

Children and pet loss is often viewed as a tricky subject, but it doesn’t have to be. Your friends at Goldorado Animal Hospital want you to know that we’re here to support you and your family as you navigate the aftermath of pet loss together. Read the rest of this entry »

Ick-Ick! Parasite Prevention and Best Practices for Removing a Tick from a Pet

Removing a tick from a pet is an important part of outdoor pet safetyWith 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 »