Home Alone: Keeping Pets Outdoors

July 8th, 2014 by acacia

Dog in grassWith beautiful weather and sunny days the norm in Escondido, it can be tempting to keep your pet outdoors while you’re away for the day. After all, it stands to reason that our animals would rather sniff the smells of nature and bask in the sun than spend the day sacked out in a lonely, air conditioned house, right?

While there is some logic to this reasoning, it is important to remember that keeping pets outdoors does come with a few inherent risks, especially if you’re not home to keep an eye on your pet and let him or her in (and back out, again) as needed. So before you pitch your pet outside and head out for your day, be sure to keep these backyard safety tips for pets in mind…

Fence Me In

While it may go without saying, the first thing you’ll need to consider before leaving your pet outside, unattended or not, is your pet’s perimeter. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Pet Emergencies

July 7th, 2014 by acacia

iStock_000041719618_SmallThe dog days of summer are here at last… And while that means more fun in the sun and surf, it also means an increased risk for pet emergencies. Summer pet emergencies are no laughing matter. From heatstroke and dehydration to overexertion and car accidents, there is plenty of risk at play this time of year.

Know what you and your pet are up against this summer, and what you can do to help. These summer pet emergencies are serious, so channel your inner Boy Scout, and always be prepared.

Overexertion – After limited exercise during the winter and spring months, your pet may not be ready to jump into summer activities right away, and all at once. Help prevent muscle, joint, and tendon strain (and other injuries) by easing into summer. Gradually increase the time and intensity of walks or active play each day, and be sure to let your pet rest between intense periods of strenuous activity. You Read the rest of this entry »

On the Road: Traveling With Pets

June 27th, 2014 by acacia

iStock_000001021022_SmallRoad tripping with your pet can be a great way to spend your summer vacation – and why wouldn’t it be? Your pet is part of your family, so what fun would a family vacation be without your faithful companion at your side?

But if you’ve ever traveled with your pet before, you know that there is more to traveling with pets than simply loading them into the car and hitting the road. So before you do just that, take a moment to consider their needs and safety, and plan your trip accordingly.

Buckle-Up For Safety!

Traveling with pets can be a lot of fun. But if you’ve ever had your 200-pound “lap dog” try to climb into your lap while you’re doing 75 miles-per-hour down the interstate, you know that having your pet in your car or RV while you travel has its risks, too.   Read the rest of this entry »

Sun and Surf: Beach Safety for Pets

June 13th, 2014 by acacia

Man Playing With DogFor pets and people alike, there isn’t much better than a day at the beach. But, it’s important to keep in mind that many of the dangers we are aware of for ourselves, can also affect our pet’s health and safety.

While we know that a day at the beach shouldn’t be all doom and gloom, we do think it’s prudent to address the ins and outs of beach safety for pets. With a little planning and knowledge of what’s what, you and your pet can have a fun-filled day at the beach.


Coastal Concerns

Much of what we ourselves need to be mindful of while on the beach, we need to be aware of for our pets, too. Sneaker waves, rip tides, sharp rocks and shells, broken glass, jellyfish, strange dogs and people all pose a concern for our pets. Read the rest of this entry »

Myth Vs. Fact About Removing Ticks

May 30th, 2014 by acacia

TicksSummertime brings increased outdoor activities with your pet. But play time outside also means additional anxieties about ticks and the potential for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses for your pet. Ticks are found in the grass throughout most of the year, especially from April through November, so precautions should be taken spring through fall to ensure that your pet is safe from this nasty pest.

When you do find a tick on your pet, be sure to remove it safely. There are many myths concerning tick removal which can actually cause harm to your pet:


  • Myth 1: Use petroleum jelly. The suggestion to use petroleum jelly is based on the idea that this will suffocate the tick and cause it to back out. Ticks do not back out once they have embedded themselves in your pet’s skin. Also, using petroleum jelly to cover the tick may lead to the tick depositing even more potentially disease-ridden saliva into your pet’s body.

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Helping Your Dog Beat the Pet Boarding Blues

May 28th, 2014 by acacia

iStock_000017437440_SmallWith vacation season officially upon us, many of you may be wondering what to do with your pets while you’re away…

Making arrangements for your pet’s care while you travel is an important consideration. This is especially true if your pet has separation anxiety or gets nervous in new situations. But boarding your four-legged friend at Acacia Animal Health Center’s All Season’s Five Paw Resort doesn’t have to be out of the question for nervous pets. Here’s how you can help your four-legged friend with pet boarding:

Keep Calm

For many pets, pet boarding anxiety is often driven by your anxiety. We know it can be rough to leave your pet in a new place with new people. And it’s natural to be nervous but be aware that you may be projecting your fears onto your pet. Your pet’s anxiety is often a Read the rest of this entry »

Avian Liver Disease: Fatty Liver Syndrome

May 16th, 2014 by acacia

iStock_000004028838_LargeCaring for birds can be delightful but difficult. Our feathered friends are delicate creatures and oftentimes require special attention and care that other pets do not. Unfortunately, many novice bird owners fail to realize that there is more to keeping a pet bird healthy than just feeding and watering it. Balanced nutrition, in particular, is of utmost importance.

One of the most common veterinary problems in pet birds is fatty liver disease. This can be a result of systemic diseases and viruses, but many times it results from a nutritional imbalance. This avian liver disease, known as fatty liver, or hepatic lipidosis, can be fatal.

What Happens in Birds With Fatty Liver Syndrome?

In birds with hepatic lipidosis, an excess amount of fat is deposited within the liver. This happens in one of three ways: the increased production of fat, the slowing of mobilization of fat, and decreased deposition of fat in other locations.

This may happen for a variety of reasons, including [birds that are]:

  • Overfed a high carbohydrate diet (often an all seed diet)
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    Stem Cell Therapy for Pets

    May 9th, 2014 by acacia

    iStock_000017729801_SmallWhile stem cell therapy might sound like an emerging technology, scientists have been studying these amazing cells since the 19th century. Stem cells are normal cells present in the body that have the ability to become whatever type of tissue the body tells them to. This offers a whole host of possibilities for treating different diseases and injuries in both people and pets.

    In recent years, it has become possible to efficiently harvest these cells for treating patients. Stem cell therapy continues to become more and more mainstream in the veterinary world. Acacia Animal Hospital is happy to have this treatment modality to offer to our patients, as it allows us to further increase the quality of life for many of them. Take a few minutes to learn a little more about stem cell therapy for pets. Read the rest of this entry »

    At-Home Allergy Care for Pets

    May 2nd, 2014 by acacia

    SpringCatThis time of year, allergies can make us miserable. And, unfortunately, the same is true for our pets. While some allergy symptoms will warrant a visit to the vet, others can be treated at home with great success. For symptoms that aren’t severe, or to supplement allergy treatment, try these tips for at-home allergy care for pets. Hopefully you can help your fur baby find some relief.

    Allergy Symptoms in Your Pet

    By and large, most pets don’t show their allergy symptoms like humans do (sniffling, sneezing, runny noses, watery eyes). Instead, they are more prone to developing a skin condition called allergic dermatitis, which leaves them with itchy, dry, and uncomfortable skin.

    If your dog or cat is prone to any of these symptoms, especially during the spring and fall months, it’s likely that allergies are to blame: Read the rest of this entry »

    Rattlesnakes and Pets: Be Prepared

    April 21st, 2014 by acacia

    snakexingOne of the perks of living in California is the weather. Unfortunately, we are not the only ones who enjoy soaking up the sunshine. Reptiles and serpents of all shapes and sizes enjoy basking in the sun as much as we do, including rattlesnakes.

    Did you know that California is home to eight species of venomous rattlesnakes? Do you know how to recognize them? How to avoid them? Do you know what to do if your pet is bitten by one? At Acacia Animal Health Center, we believe that rattlesnake awareness is important for all pet owners, and so we offer this primer on rattlesnakes and pets for your consideration…


    Avoiding Rattlesnakes

    Avoidance is by far the best way to protect you and your pet from rattlesnakes. They can be found in both rural and suburban areas, and are no strangers to backyards, crawl spaces, and parking lots. In Northern California, rattlesnakes will hibernate in the colder months, but in our area they are active year- Read the rest of this entry »