November 1st is National Cook for Your Pets Day, but at Capital Home Veterinary Care, we like to celebrate by treating our pets when we treat all of our favorite humans, on Thanksgiving Day, of course!
National Cat Day, a day for celebrating everything feline, falls on October 29th – just before Halloween. So, we figure the best way to celebrate the kitties in your life is to make sure they stay safe through Halloween weekend and the holiday itself.
September is National Pet Insurance Month. The month-long observation exists in order to provide an opportunity for pet owners to learn more about pet insurance because many pet owners aren’t even aware that there are insurance options for their pets.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and our veterinarians with Capital Home Veterinary Care are here to help raise awareness about the importance of vaccinating pets and making sure their vaccines are kept up to date.
We love our pets and, naturally, want to help them have the best lives possible. In order to do this, it’s necessary to recognize that, as our pets age, their needs change along with them. Consider the following tips to improve your senior pet’s health and quality of life.
When you think about veterinary care for your pet, you probably picture yourself going through the stressful experience of taking your pet to a physical veterinary clinic or hospital. However, there is a better way to access veterinary care for pets: mobile veterinary care where your veterinarian and a mobile clinic come to you, instead.
The amount of exercise a dog needs is different for every dog. The amount of exercise needed varies from breed to breed and will change throughout a dog’s life from puppyhood through adulthood and into the dog’s senior years. For this reason, it can sometimes be difficult to know just how much exercise your dog needs each day.
Nothing can take the stress and sadness away from having a terminally ill, injured, or aging pet who has reached the end of his or her life. Knowing what to expect during your pet’s final days and having the power to mitigate your pet’s suffering, however, can help.
Imagine what your feet would feel like if you had to walk outside barefoot during the winter. This is the case for our pets’ paws, and although their paw pads are pretty tough, they can become raw, chapped, cracked, and painful during the winter
When a pet has joint pain, it can be highly stressful for the people who care for them. Watching your pet struggle to get comfortable and lose interest in his or her favorite playtime activities is tough.
When your sick pet has a veterinary appointment, you probably already expect that they will have a blood test or other lab work done. Laboratory testing helps our veterinarians diagnose the underlying cause of the pet’s illness and provide safe and effective treatment.
Generally speaking, if your tap water is safe enough for you to drink, then it should be okay for your pets, too. If you don’t drink your tap water, however, then your pets shouldn’t drink it either.
The 2021 hurricane season has begun, and now is the time to start thinking about your emergency preparedness plan. When you’re stocking up on your emergency supplies and considering a potential evacuation plan, our veterinarians with Capital Home Veterinary Care want to remind you to remember that your pets need a plan, too!
Just like some people get the sniffles from springtime and summer pollen or mold spores in the autumn, dogs and cats can suffer from seasonal allergies, too. If you notice your pet experiencing symptoms of allergies during a particular time of the year, then your dog or cat might have seasonal allergies.
Blind and deaf pets usually need special care because of their loss of hearing or sight. A little extra attention, a set routine, and safety precautions will ensure their safety, happiness, and health.
Imagine what it would be like if you never-ever brushed your teeth. Yuck, right? Unfortunately, that icky-sticky, unhealthy state is a reality for most pets because most pet owners simply aren’t aware that they should be caring for their cats’ and dogs’ teeth.
Today, veterinarians provide exceptional care, which can extend the lives of our pets beyond past expectations. However, pets still don’t live as long as us. One inevitable part of adopting a cat or dog into your family is watching them age. As a pet owner, you can adjust your pet care routines, home, activities, and lifestyle to accommodate your pet’s changing needs and make their golden years the best ever.
If you’re planning to travel with your pet to another country or state, you need to pack a pet health certificate, which is a set of documents provided by a USDA-certified veterinarian that prove your pet’s good health.
Social media feeds might be full of pictures and videos of “chonky” cats, but unfortunately, the health risks that these overweight and obese animals are facing aren’t so cute. To safeguard your pet’s health, it is important to manage weight or take steps that will help your overweight indoor cat shed pounds.
When a cat has trouble using the litter box, it’s not only frustrating for humans, but also for the cat. Whether urinating outside the litter box or struggling to go at all, incontinence in cats is almost always a sign of a health concern and should be addressed right away.
As the nation’s schools and businesses are closing and people practice social distancing, many pet owners are left wondering whether the novel coronavirus will have any effect on their pets (other than leading to unprecedented levels of daytime treating, belly scratches, and purring).
During February, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month to turn your attention and ours toward the importance of oral health care for pets. Each February, we like to put extra effort into educating all of our pets’ parents on caring for their pets’ teeth.
Leptospirosis is a serious, potentially deadly infection found worldwide that’s caused by multiple strains of spirochete bacteria. A zoonotic disease, leptospirosis can be transmitted between animals and humans.
As veterinary medicine improves, pets are living longer. It’s wonderful to have our furry friends in our lives longer, but older pets mean a greater responsibility to improve our pets’ golden years. Pet parents are more commonly having to address the changing health concerns of their aging pets.
Grain-free pet diets are offered by just about every brand of pet food available, and while these brands claim to be a better nutritional choice for our carnivorous dogs, new research might indicate otherwise. Recent and ongoing research from the FDA has shown a potential link between grain-free diets and canine heart disease, specifically a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats (also called chronic renal disease and kidney failure) is a progressive condition, with which a cat’s kidneys gradually stop working properly. CKD is a fatal condition. Untreated, it will progress quickly. With proper management, cats with CKD can live long lives.
We love our pups and do our best to provide them with everything they need to live long, happy, healthy lives. No matter how much love and care pet owners provide, however, as pets age, they become more and more susceptible to developing age-related medical conditions. One particularly common age-related illness is canine osteoarthritis, also referred to as degenerative joint disease (DJD).
Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Four species of ticks have been shown to transmit Lyme disease, but the most common culprit is the deer tick (black-legged tick). Deer ticks and those carrying Lyme disease are common in the Eastern United States and can be found in nearly all warm, damp areas, including northern climates in the summer months.