Rabbit Care: Your Rabbit’s Dental Health

April 11th, 2014 by acacia

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With Easter just a hop, skip, and a jump away, many of you may be considering adopting a rabbit into your home as a pet. However, there is a lot to consider when it comes to owning a rabbit, and chief among those concerns is keeping your rabbit healthy through proper veterinary care.

In addition to regular well pet visits to the vet, your new rabbit will need committed dental health care, too. Many rabbit owners don’t realize that their rabbit’s dental health can be a matter of life or death, until it’s too late. But, with regular dental exams when visiting your vet, supported by a good diet and strong genetics, your pet rabbit can thrive for years to come.

Here’s what to know…

Your Rabbit’s Teeth

If you are new to the wonderful world of rabbits, it may surprise you to know that rabbits’ teeth grow throughout their entire lifetime. This is an evolutionary design intended to help rabbits break down the fibrous roots, twigs, and vegetation of their natural habitats.

For rabbits living in the wild, the continuous growth of their teeth is balanced by the continuous wear of chewing through the foliage of their habitat. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Help a Baby Bird

April 4th, 2014 by acacia

BabyBirdsSpring is in the air, and with the sunny days and warmer weather, it is not surprising to once again hear the chirping of baby birds calling out to their parents from the nest.

But what do you do if you find that one of these sweet nestlings or fledglings have fallen from their nest? Do you know how, or even if, you should help these tiny creatures?

If you are familiar with Acacia Animal Health Center, then it will come as no surprise to you that we are passionate about caring for the birds in our community, wild and domestic alike. Because of this, we feel it’s important for you to know how to best help baby birds that have been found outside the nest, even if that means simply letting them be. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips and Tricks for De-Skunking Your Dog

March 28th, 2014 by acacia

SkunkAlmost every pet owner has experienced that sinking feeling in their stomach as they open the door for their dog and realize, just a split second too late, that there is another animal in the backyard. If you are lucky, it is just a stray cat or a squirrel that will make a mad dash for the nearest tree.

If that critter in the backyard happens to be a skunk, you may not be so lucky. An alarmed or threatened skunk with often spray. Skunk spray is not a smell that is easily forgotten or removed. Do you know what you would do if your dog got sprayed?

Think Fast

If at all possible, do not let a dog who has been sprayed by a skunk in your home or car. The odor permeates your home furnishings and upholstery, and will linger for quite awhile. It’s best if you do not have to attempt to deodorize your pet and your home. Also, it is smart to put on Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Ear Infections

March 19th, 2014 by acacia

DogEarsMost pets have experienced an ear infection at some point or another in their life. This common, but uncomfortable condition is enough to make any dog or cat miserable and can drive the most patient pet owner crazy.

Typically, ear infections in pets are a little different than the ones that humans experience. When people get ear infections, typically it is due to a problem in the middle ear. Pets, on the other hand, most frequently are affected by otitis externa, or an inflammation of the external ear. This results in painful, itchy ear canals.

How Do I Know if My Pet Has an Ear Infection?

There are several tell-tale signs that a pet has an ear infection. The problem can affect one or both ears, and not all pets experience all symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms of pet ear infections include: Read the rest of this entry »

Seasonal Allergies and Pets

March 13th, 2014 by acacia

Cat Cleaning PawSpring is in the air. And, unfortunately, so is allergy season. For many people this means sinus headaches, runny noses, and sneezing. But did you know that your dog or cat might suffer from seasonal allergies as well? In fact problems related to allergies are one of the most common reasons for pets to visit their vet this time of year.

Pets can be allergic to many things, including ragweed and other pollens, molds, grasses, and trees. While most people exhibit respiratory symptoms in response to these types of allergens, pets most often have skin-related problems.

Here’s what to know when it comes to seasonal allergies and pets…

How Do I Know If My Pet Has Seasonal Allergies?

Because pets often suffer from allergic dermatitis (skin inflammation), rather than respiratory problems like us, their symptoms can look very Read the rest of this entry »

Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworm: How Do I Protect My Pet?

March 7th, 2014 by acacia

Itch catAs spring starts to tempt us back to the great outdoors, you may be starting to consider renewing your pet’s flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives.

Ideally, you won’t have let parasite prevention lapse over the winter months; but we know that many of you have. Thankfully, the opportunity to establish positive routines for your pet’s health is now.

So why not kick off the spring and summer right, and protect your pet from the parasitic pests in our area that can threaten your four-legged friends’ health?

Does My Pet Need Protection?

Yes. Absolutely.

All pets need parasite prevention, regardless of whether they are “indoor” or “outdoor” pets. This is because parasites don’t know the meaning of indoors or outdoors, they just go where the food is. Read the rest of this entry »

Involving Kids in Pet Care

February 27th, 2014 by acacia

KidDogOften, kids and pets go together like peanut butter and jelly.

The bond children and animals share is special, and often transcends the bonds that we, as adults, have with our companion animals.

Given this special connection, it’s only natural that you, as a parent, should want to involve your kids in your pets’ care. And similarly, it’s likely that your children want to be involved in your pet’s care too.  And while this is not always easy, allowing your youngster to take some charge of your pet’s care can be a rewarding and fulfilling way to learn about the responsibility of pet ownership. Read the rest of this entry »

Therapy Dog: Does Your Dog Have What it Takes to Volunteer?

February 20th, 2014 by acacia

Pet Therapy Dog Visiting Senior Female Patient In HospitalVolunteer work is a great way to help others, build your sense of accomplishment, and use your talents and skills to help others.

But wouldn’t it be great if you could include your pet in your good works too?

Actually, there are several different ways that pets can volunteer in our community. And while not every pet is a great candidate, many will have the qualities it takes to have a rewarding volunteering experience.

Here’s what to know about volunteering your pet to be a therapy dog… Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do We Love Our Pets?

February 13th, 2014 by acacia

LovePetsWhy do we love our pets?

There’s no easy answer to that question, and really the answer is just as personal and unique as our relationship with them.

No two pets are alike, just as no two people are alike; and so the way we know and love these crazy critters, and they know and love us, is never the same twice. But despite it being nearly impossible to pin down, the love that we have for our pets is really very simple.

But we do love them. And they love us. Read the rest of this entry »

Is My Dog Walking Funny?

February 6th, 2014 by Kate Matthews

 

Dalmatian in grassIt’s likely that we have all noticed our dog’s ability to walk, run and play with total joy.

Then, once in a while, we see that our dog seems to be off-balance or running with a slight limp, and that the middle back seems to be popping up. In short, you might think to yourself, “Is my dog walking funny?”

We either don’t think much about it, or we reason “it will go away.”

And your pet will continue on as well, adapting to the imbalance or becoming a little less enthusiastic about moving around. This is because, like us, it doesn’t feel that good to move or that they actually hurt.

This is when you decide to get a muscle-skeletal evaluation to address the cause and the reason that your dog “ain’t doing right,” as we often hear people say. Read the rest of this entry »