What’s the Secret to Long-Lasting Senior Pet Health?

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Similar to humans, pets suffer from various age-related illnesses. When we make it our goal to promote senior pet health, we can prevent diseases that threaten longevity and quality of life in our furry aging friends. In other words, early detection makes a huge difference when it comes to effective treatment. For the owners of senior pets, this means more time together – what could be better than that?

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A Practical Guide: How to Know If Your Pet is in Pain

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We all love our pets, and keeping them healthy and pain-free is a top priority. However, it’s not always easy to tell if our pet is not feeling well, due to a basic survival instinct – and of course, the fact that they don’t have language to tell us how they feel.

Luckily, there are subtle signs that can alert you to when your pet is in pain. This is a lesson we all want to learn, so we can help our beloved furry family members feel better quickly.

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Pot and Pets: What Canada’s New Marijuana Laws Mean for Pet Owners

Pot and pets can affect pet health and can be a pet toxin, depending on exposure.

Canada made history this year when the Senate approved Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act. This sweeping legislation paves the way for the legal possession, production, and sale of recreational marijuana for people over the age of eighteen. It also makes Canada the first wealthy nation in the world to fully legalize marijuana (medicinal marijuana has been legal since 2001).

While marijuana enthusiasts are understandably pleased with this new law, pet owners must take care to prioritize their pets’ safety when it comes to marijuana. At Parkside Animal Hospital, we want to make sure our valued readers understand the risks involved when it comes to pot and pets.

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Build Your Pet First Aid Kit

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Although we don’t like to think about it, emergencies can and do come up, especially when you own a pet. In those situations, it’s a great comfort to have a basic understanding of pet first aid as well as a well-stocked pet first aid kit.

If you’re prepared to respond to an accident, you can administer first aid to stabilize your pet until you can get to our office or the nearest emergency clinic. Remember that Parkside Animal Hospital is always here to help you navigate a pet emergency. You can call us with specific questions any time, but always come in right away if you’re worried about your pet.

Here, we’ll show you what you need in your pet first aid kit.

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Camping? Make Sure Your Pet’s Parasite Prevention Is Up to Date

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Getting ready for a camping trip is a lot of work – especially if you’re taking your dog. On top of all your own necessities to deal with the great outdoors, you have to pack all of their gear, food, toys, and bedding, too. However, one of the most important items isn’t something you have to physically bring with you to the campsite. Instead, through your commitment to your pet’s year round parasite prevention, they’ll be totally prepared for what nature has in store.

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Wheels and Paws: Simple Strategies for Walking with Your Baby and Dog

A dog out for a walk with pet parent and the baby

Welcoming a new baby into the family is one of life’s most exciting and important milestones. The first baby changes everything, including the relationship we have with our canine companions. The numerous and leisurely walks we once took for granted now must include a stroller, diaper bag, and precise timing, all of which can add a layer of complication to the ever-unfolding world of new parenthood. What is a responsible parent and dog owner to do?

Walking a baby and dog together isn’t always easy at first, but it’s certainly possible. As with most things in life, planning, preparation, and patience are the key factors in developing a walking strategy that works for you and your pet.

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Introducing Your Pet to Your New Baby

A puppy looking up at a baby

It’s been proven that children who grow up with animals have greater emotional intelligence, but they also gain constant companionship and a more active lifestyle. It may seem like the match between kids and pets is a natural one, but the connection can take a little work. This is especially true if a pet was adopted before the arrival of a little one crying, crawling, and scampering through the house.

If you are expecting a little bundle of joy, you might be wondering what the best way is to introduce your pet to your new baby. How will your pet react? You know your pet better than anyone, but in order to get the best possible result after the birth, a bit of preparation is the key.

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A Deeper View: All About Ultrasound for Pets

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When a health concern is unclear or can’t be diagnosed, turning to exploratory surgery has been the traditional method in veterinary medicine. After all, what better way to figure out what’s wrong with a pet than by taking a look inside?

Today, there are a variety of tools at our disposal that make diagnosing your pet easier, less stressful, and can often eliminate the need for surgery. At Parkside Animal Hospital, we’re proud to offer ultrasound technology for pets. This diagnostic tool helps us examine your pet’s internal organs painlessly, effectively, and safely.

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Practical Ways to Prevent a Pet Poisoning

pet poisoning

No matter how old they get, pets are sort of like human babies. They experience the world through their mouths, and a great many things they try to lick, chew, or consume shouldn’t be anywhere near the floor. Everything from human foods and plants to medications and chemicals can land your pet in the emergency room. Learn how you can prevent a pet poisoning and protect your pet’s present and future.

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That Sinking Feeling…Is it a Pet Emergency?

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One of the worst fears for a pet owner is the thought of their pet suffering an accident or illness. While we certainly don’t want to alarm you, statistics show the majority of pet owners have to make at least one trip to an emergency clinic during the lifetime of their pet. Thankfully, many of these scenarios end favorably, with the pet expecting a full recovery.

The problem with a pet emergency is that it can sometimes be elusive. Does vomiting signal an emergency? What if your pet is bitten by another animal but seems OK on the surface? The fact is, many of us adopt the wait and see tactic or jump on Google to look up our pet’s symptoms.

Your friends at Parkside Animal Hospital want to diffuse some of the fear and confusion around what constitutes a pet emergency.

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