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10 Things You May Not Know About Heartworm Disease

Most pet owners have heard of heartworm disease, and many of us dutifully administer a preventative medication to our pets each month. Thanks to a lack of public information, however, some pet owners don’t give their pets a preventative at all, or they don’t provide doses of the medication on a regular basis. Few pet owners truly understand the dangers of heartworm disease and the risk it poses to their pets.

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When “Viral” Equals Awesome: Our Top Picks for Social Media Pets

From the skin to the brain, a viral infection can compromise the health of almost any body tissue. A viral video, however, is quite different, infecting onlookers with joy, happiness, and heartwarming moments–especially when it comes to pets! Images and videos that pop up on various social media sites can become internet sensations, spreading joy with millions of views, likes, and shares in less than a week’s time. Social media pets are simply infectious, no doubt!

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Dog Breath! Once Widely Accepted, Now a Primary Target

We all enjoy a good puppy smooch from time to time, but when that semi-sweet canine breath turns pungent, it’s not just a cue to hold your own breath. Indeed, dog breath may be something dog owners become accustomed to, but it should never be ignored. Dog breath is the first obvious sign of gum disease and is a real threat to your pet’s overall health, happiness, and longevity.

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A Blog Year in Review: Our Top Five Pet Blogs of 2016

Whether you loved it or loathed it, 2016 was one for the books. For the team at Pet Medical Center – Chatoak, every year is another opportunity to improve the lives of our animal friends. We always enjoy providing current information on all things pet-related to our clients and other pet lovers.

For many, nothing rings truer than the expression “information is power.” Knowing how to properly care for your pet empowers you to make his or her life a happy, healthy one.

That’s why we’re proud to offer quality pet health information and resources in order to partner with you for the care of your pet. Continue reading

Holiday Pet Safety Tips Your Family Can Rely On

Between seasonal decor, changes in routine, and unexpected guests, the holiday season can be hazardous for curious pets. While dedicated and responsible pet owners strive to create a pet-friendly (if not pet-centric) home environment year-round, it’s important to focus on pet safety during the last few weeks of the year. With our holiday pet safety tactics in place, you can rest assured that you’ll be ringing in the new year with your healthy and happy pet by your side.

Keepin’ it Real

Due to your pet’s steadfast habits, you may already know that he or she is a creature of habit. Meals, bathroom breaks, bedtimes, and walks around the block can be predicted down to the minute, and your pet’s happiness largely depends on anticipating what comes next. Continue reading

Giving Thanks for Our Wonderful Pet Companions

Traditional Stuffed Turkey Holiday Dinner with Vegetables and Pumpkin PieThanksgiving is a time of gratitude – gratitude for all the wonderful moments, comforts, memories, and loved ones. So, naturally, this is the perfect time to also reflect on the many ways our pet companions add joy and meaning to our lives. That’s why the team at Pet Medical Center – Chatoak have compiled some of the reasons pets are so important to us.

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The Danger in Your Backyard: Pets and Sago Palms

Female Sago palm in flowerpotRecently at Pet Medical Center – Chatoak, we have had a few pet patients made sick by the toxic sago palm. We wanted to take this opportunity to be sure that all of our readers recognize the dangers of this common plant and know what to look out for when it comes to pets and sago palms.

Say Hello to Sago

Sago palms are a common part of the landscape here in California, but not everyone knows what they look like. Sago palms grow naturally and can be found in wild landscapes. They are also a commonly utilized ornamental plant, and may even be in your own backyard.

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The Risk of Rabies: What Every Pet Owner Should Know

Baby RaccoonAlthough the number of rabies cases in the U.S. among humans has largely been contained, the risk of rabies among animals is still quite real (about 400-500 pets diagnosed annually).

Rabies can be found in every state except Hawaii and can be transmitted to any mammal. Considering it has a nearly always fatal prognosis (>99.9%), learning how to protect your pet is imperative to stopping the spread of this illness. Continue reading

Back to School Blues: Coping with Pet Depression

Close-up Studious Dog With Reading GlassesWith summer coming to a close and another school year upon us, many families are caught up in the excitement of shopping for school supplies and figuring out new schedules. However, a family pet who has been enjoying months of constant playtime may feel a little differently once the kids are off to school.

Many pets eventually adjust to the new routine, but for some, feelings of sadness, loneliness, and anxiety set in, leading to pet depression or separation anxiety. Our tips aim to help you and your pet cope with the “back to school blues”. Continue reading

Why Do Cats Love Boxes? Your Burning Questions Answered!

Cat Looking Through a Hole in Cardboard BoxIt’s the rare cat that doesn’t love boxes. Even non-cat owners know about this phenomenon; if you haven’t seen a meme or Youtube video depicting cats playing in, curling up in, and generally taking charge of boxes of all shapes and sizes, you’ve probably been living in a cave.

Have you ever wondered why cats love boxes so much anyway?

Here at Pet Medical Center, Chatoak we believe in tackling life’s mysteries head on, which is why we’ve decided to delve into this particularly perplexing feline behavior. Although many have tried, so far no one has figured out definitively why the average cat seems compelled to cram him or herself into that three-sizes-too-small Amazon box sitting on your coffee table, while completely ignoring the $350 kitty condo you recently purchased and spent 3 days putting together.   Continue reading