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Providing Environmental Enrichment for your Cat

September 24, 2012

Environmental enrichment is defined as enhancing the health and welfare of an animal by modifying their environment. Cats are very sensitive to “stressors” in their environment which can change their mood, increase pathologic pain and decrease the immune response (similar to depression in humans). There are six environmental enrichment categories which you can implement in…

Thunderstorm Phobia

June 13, 2012

Thunderstorms can trigger many behaviors in some dogs, including shaking, drooling, pacing, hiding and extreme anxiety. People often ask what they can do to help their pet deal with their thunderstorm phobias. This article will review suspected causes of thunderstorm phobia and non-medication ways to decrease your pet’s anxiety.   There are several reasons’ your pet…

Hypothyroidism in your Pet

June 7, 2012

The thyroid gland is located in the neck near the larynx and produces thyroid hormone in all mammalian species. Thyroid hormone is important for the maintenance of normal body metabolism. A deficiency of thyroid hormone can be evident in a number of ways: weight gain, lethargy, heat-seeking, hair loss, greasy skin, recurrent skin infections, etc. Hypothyroidism occurs…

Parasites: Protect Yourself and Your Family

May 9, 2012

Parasites: Protect Yourself and Your Family Our pets can at times have parasites which may infect humans. Human exposure occurs when children eat soil or put contaminated hands in their mouths. Likewise adults may be infected if they eat using unwashed hands which have been exposed to parasites. Here are some tips to help prevent…

Veterinary Check In Form: A Vital Link to Diagnosis & Recovery

May 1, 2012

Veterinary Check-in Form: A Vital Link to Diagnosis & Recovery When you arrive at Anchor Animal Hospital, we ask that you fill out a check-in form.  This form may not seem important, but it’s the first step in evaluating your pet’s problem.  The information provided guides us in making a diagnosis and recommending the proper…

Brushing Your Pets Teeth

April 24, 2012

Keeping your pet’s teeth healthy is important as they use their mouths for many things: eating, playing, fetching, grooming! Nobody likes the smell of “dog breath” which is caused by the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth in the form of tartar. Establishing a dental plan for your pet is best started when they are…

Labrador is Top Dog

April 20, 2012

The 10 most popular dog breeds of 2011 has been announced by the American Kennel Club.  For the 21st year in a row, the Labrador Retriever is number one, and the Beagle is inching towards the top of the list. Labs are originally from Newfoundland, not from Labrador.  They were developed to help fisherman pull…

Wild Rabbits

January 31, 2012

What to do when you find a baby rabbit: 1. If the baby bunny is not injured it should be returned to the nest site and left there. The mother rabbit only comes to check on the babies once a day, usually at night or in the early morning. You can use flour around the…

Feline Blood Pressure

January 31, 2012

Can blood pressure be a problem in cats? As techniques to measure blood pressure in pets have become available, veterinarians have found that cats can suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension). Chronic long-standing hypertension can cause serious and even life threatening problems. Complications of hypertension can include loss of sight, heart disease, kidney disease, seizures,…

How to feed both dry and moist foods

January 31, 2012

Do you supplement your pet’s recommended dry food with moist grocery store food? You are not alone. But many pet owners don’t realize that supplementation of a veterinarian-recommended food is usually unnecessary and may even decrease its effectiveness. There are ways, however, to provide variety for your pet without compromising dietary goals. Proper nutrition Foods…

Variations In Pet Food

January 31, 2012

“Diet” Pet Foods A new study from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine found a significant variation in both calorie density and suggested consumption in “low-calorie” dog and cat foods. Diets with weight management claims and specific feeding instructions or foods with weight managements but no feeding instructions were studied by researchers. The researchers…

General Pet Search Tips

January 31, 2012

1.) Start foot search immediately. The sooner you start searching, less distance your pet will have traveled. Thoroughly search the surrounding property and continue in the direction that your pet was last seen heading. Go door-to-door, starting close by initially, moving further out later. Bring a flashlight and check EVERYWHERE: in closets, cupboards, and all…