Hairballs: When to Worry About Your Cat, And When to Simply Clean Up

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The law of cause and effect states that every single action produces a reaction. In the world of cat care, the law of cause and effect can be readily seen. While some cat owners shake their heads at the sight and sound of feline regurgitation, hairballs are part of the natural order of life.

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When it Comes to Pet Lumps and Bumps, Should You Wait or Worry?

An older dog looking up at the camera

One of the best parts of owning a pet is the mutually beneficial act of petting them. It feels good to them, of course, but snuggling and stroking a furry pet has proven to enhance human health, too. 

Equally important during your daily cuddle-fests is the opportunity to feel for any pet lumps and bumps. To be sure, knowing exactly what is normal for your pet’s skin and body condition can go a long way to staying in front of developing problems.

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Can My Pet Make Me Sick? An Overview of Zoonotic Diseases

A woman bends down to pet her dog.
Woman feeding dog.

This past year the global pandemic has been on everyone’s mind, but you probably haven’t thought about your pet (including exotics) in this age of social distancing. 

You may have even heard more about the term zoonosis these days, which means a disease that can be passed from animals to people. House pets do carry their own illnesses, some of which can be transmitted to humans – Salmonella, for example.  

Many pet owners have asked about different viruses and other diseases and whether they can be transmitted to their human family. The team at Parkside Animal Hospital is here to explain more about zoonotic disease and how you can protect your entire family, pet family included.

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HONK-Wheeze: What Is a Reverse Sneeze?

Pet Allergy -- Dog Sneezing

Have you ever been sitting enjoying some quality time with your dog when they let out a weird, honking noise and appear to be struggling to breathe? 

This scary phenomenon is called inspiratory paroxysmal respiration, also known as the reverse sneeze. While it seems like something for dog owners to worry about, in most cases it is a common condition that occurs without serious repercussions in dogs

While most reverse sneezes are completely harmless, there are some cases where it could be a sign of something more. The team at Parkside Animal Hospital is here to help you understand more about the reverse sneeze and what it means: 

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The Pet Lover’s Guide to Paw Diseases

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There may not exactly be such a thing as a puppy podiatrist, but that doesn’t mean that pets don’t have trouble with their feet. Paw problems are a real issue, and Parkside Animal Hospital is equipped to help you and your furry friends with paw diseases of all kinds.

Protecting Those Pads

As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to pay attention and be proactive when it comes to their health. You put a lot of effort into your pet’s care, and adding a few checklist items that specifically have the feet at heart isn’t much to ask.

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A Toothy Topic: Why Dental Care for Pets Is Important to Overall Health

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Aside from the occasional dental chew, most pets don’t get much attention to their dental care. After all, wild animals seem to get on okay without toothbrushing, so why wouldn’t that be true for a companion animal? 

Actually, there is every reason why pet dental care should be on the top of the pet care list. Dental care for pets is paramount to overall health for several reasons, and is key to a pet’s well-being. The team at Parkside Animal Hospital is here to present a solid case for the importance of dental wellness for your four-legged friend.

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The Never-ending Itch: Allergies in Pets

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Most of us who suffer from allergies rue the seasonal change when the pollen is high and everything is blooming. While beautiful, the misery of seasonal allergies can be felt with constant sneezing, itching, watery eyes, headaches, and so forth. Your pet may be feeling the change in the weather, too, with their own reactions to allergens.

Allergies in pets are a common problem The team Parkside Animal Hospital is here to help explain this common condition in pets and what you can do to help ease the itch.

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Your Golden Girl (or Boy): Making the Most of the Senior Pet Years

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When you have older pets with a little grey around the muzzle, it’s good to remember that, while dying isn’t optional, suffering can be. This means that senior pets can live active, happy, and pain free lives into their golden years and beyond. Your veterinarian can help make this a reality. 

What is a Senior Pet? 

Generally speaking, your pet is a senior at the age of 7. This varies to some degree with species and breed. Your veterinarian can determine when your pet falls into the senior life stage, one reason that preventive care exams annually is so important. 

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Scooping The Poop! 

A tan-furred dog squatting

Although we may wish for it, there is no poop fairy to clean up after our pets. This responsibility of pet ownership falls squarely on our shoulders. Aside from making us a good neighbor, scooping the poop of our furry pals helps to keep the environment cleaner and prevent disease as well. 

Parkside Animal Hospital gives you the lowdown on why scooping the poop is important. 

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Tick Season is Here—Are You Ready?

A tick on wood

The snow is finally melting, and the bounty of spring is beginning to arrive. Of course, along with the fresh breezes, colourful flowers, and singing birds come the parasites we all love to hate. Tick season has officially arrived, and protecting your pet – and your family – from the many diseases they carry is a top priority. Fortunately, the team at Parkside Animal Hospital is here to help!

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