4 Reasons Your Pet Is Itchy

You don’t enjoy feeling itchy, and neither does your pet. Your pet can’t tell you when they are feeling itchy, but their constant scratching, head shaking, licking, and jingling tags are a dead giveaway. If your pet’s constant itching has you scratching your head, you’re in the right place. Many conditions cause itchiness in dogs [...]

4 Tips For a Safe and Memorable Pet Birthday Party

Your pet is a part of the family, and when their birthday rolls around, you like to pull out all the stops to celebrate another year of unconditional love, affection, and loyalty. Your pet may not understand a birthday party’s meaning, but you can bet they will be excited when you shower them with attention, [...]

6 Pet Poison Safety Tips

Pets seem to have a special talent for getting into mischief, but sometimes, their silly antics and curious noses can lead them to danger. By learning what type of hazards hide in your home, you can keep your furry pal safe from toxic substances. Here are six tips to help prevent poisoning in your pet. [...]

Achoo! What You Need to Know About Feline Respiratory Infections

Respiratory infections are among the most common illnesses that plague cats. When adopting a cat from an overcrowded shelter or taking in a stray, pay attention to whether they are sneezing or have nasal and eye discharge. These are signs that commonly indicate a respiratory infection, which can spread like wildfire among stray and shelter [...]

5 Convincing Reasons to Give Pet Parasite Preventives Year-Round

In cooler climates, cold winters with heavy frost lower the risk of parasite infestations, but parasites are adapted to survive no matter what, so the risk is never completely eliminated. Here in southern California, we enjoy relatively mild weather, so parasites—including fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal worms—remain a constant threat, regardless of season. Emerald Animal [...]

What’s on the Menu? How to Serve a Pet-Safe Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving menu tells a story—often a story passed down through generations that features time honored traditions and secret family recipes. Unfortunately, these classic Thanksgiving menus often feature ingredients that are toxic or harmful to pets. The Emerald Animal Hospital team wants to ensure this year’s food-filled festivities don’t leave a bad taste in your [...]

6 Truths About Pet Obesity

Over half the pets in the United States are overweight or obese, but many pet owners are unaware of this concerning problem. Carrying excess weight negatively impacts your pet’s quality of life (QOL) and increases their risk for several health problems. Our Emerald Animal Hospital team wants to help by explaining some truths about pet [...]

Signposts for Understanding Your Pet’s Blood Work

When you’re feeling lost or turned around, a familiar signpost can help you find your bearings. The same can be said about reading your pet’s blood work. Without any previous knowledge, your pet’s test results are nothing more than acronyms and numbers on a page—but with some basic information, you can recognize specific values and [...]

What Happens to My Pet During Anesthesia?

Your pet has been due for their dental cleaning for some time, but you’ve been putting it off because you’re worried about anesthesia. However, your furry pal’s breath is so rancid, you are avoiding their kisses, and you know their inflamed gums must be painful. But, the day of their dental cleaning has arrived, and [...]

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